Kia ora koutou, Jessica here to give a quick update on the state of the podcast right now and upcoming releases. And where our heads are at right now.
The next episode of True Crime New Zealand will be released on the 25th of April (ANZAC Day). This is for two reasons, one, we are releasing our annual ANZAC episode, and two, the release after that is in two parts so we don’t want to split that release up with the ANZAC episode in between.
The ANZAC episodes going forward won’t always be about the ANZAC troops but instead interesting stories from New Zealand’s military history. This year’s episode is going to take place during World War II and is about a man who saved many lives who were scheduled to die.
After that, we are adding to our HISTORY series, creating a two-part look into the history of the 1981 Springbok Tour. Part I is already written, we will continue writing the second part after the completion of the ANZAC episode.
After those three episodes, we will continue to write about true crime cases. Just a small note on criminal cases we will be covering, as the show has grown and become more well known, we carry a lot more weight on our shoulders over discussing crime in NZ. Sometimes we feel guilt about investigating and probing into what is undoubtedly the hardest time in the victim’s or their family’s lives. It is why (for the most part) we stay away from more recent criminal cases in NZ.
That is why we try hard to find themes of cases, something we can learn from criminal cases in New Zealand. However, it is also our goal to become an archive of true crime in NZ, so that may not always be possible. Nevertheless, we want to be ethical in our approach to true crime, which is already something that we admit is a morally grey area. This is just something that has been floating around our heads for a while and we needed to express it.
Also, some have you may have noticed that releases have slowed down a bit. This is due to a number of factors, but mostly it is because we are working on a number of side projects at the moment. One is another (sister) podcast about deviant sexual fetishes (sometimes so perverse they are illegal) which may or may not ever see the light of day but has a lot of potential to be interesting. We know the format, just need to put it all together. If we decide taking on another podcast is too much work, we may release a one-off episode of this. Let us know if this is something you’d be interested in hearing. You can message us on our Facebook, or Instagram (@ True Crime New Zealand) or email us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The other project is fiction. We have written a fictional NZ crime story (and are currently writing another) that was meant to become a film but we may turn this into something else, perhaps a podcast (or audio drama). The next crime fiction project that is being written currently is specifically being written to be a podcast, its working title is MONGREL. We are both really excited about these projects but again, they may not ever see the light of day (there are countless abandoned TCNZ projects). We only tell you about these to be transparent with our listeners and to explain the slowed release schedule.
Once again, thank you so much for all your support and kind words.
Mā te wā,
Your friends at True Crime New Zealand
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