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Damned Spot

Length: 1 hr and 40 mins
4 out of 5 stars (54 ratings)
Regular price: £23.49
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Summary

Whenever a tragic event happens, our first thoughts are with the victims, their families, and even with the motives driving the perpetrators. But what happens after the police tape comes down? Damned Spot revisits the places where painful memories of death and destruction still linger, and explores what a building and, ultimately, a community needs in order to heal.

As an Audio Show - free for members - when you add Damned Spot to your library, you'll get all 4 episodes, each with a runtime of about 25 minutes.

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Interesting Take on the Subject

These shows are a nice addition to the Audible membership offer. They are of course free and I find them very useful to listen to when time is short or as a break between books. This one is another American production, it would be great to have more UK-based documentaries, but it's reasonably well done and presented in a lively fashion.

While it doesn't go into great depth, given its short length the stories were interesting, particularly the last episode where I thought that the journalists did dig a little deeper into the issues faced by a troubled town.

Only word of warning is that the first episode contains a fairly grisly account from a witness of a crime scene so if that would affect you best to stay clear of that one.

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Good idea, but ...

I think the idea for this podcast is really interesting, but unfortunately the execution is not particularly sensitive. In episode 1, one of the survivors - Wendy - is portrayed with such pity and a certain amount of disdain, it left me feeling incredibly uncomfortable. Wendy had gone through unimaginable trauma - instead of just letting her talk, the journalist was simply rude, mainly to fit in with the narrative of 'damned spot'. In a later episode, groups of people were referred to as cockroaches. It's a shame, it had potential and the stories themselves were interesting. But the treatment of some people was unprofessional and uncalled for.

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An antidote to ghoulishness

I’m surprised at some of the negative reviews here. This short series is an engrossing and balanced examination of how individuals and communities try to overcome the stigma of horrible (and in one case fictional and sensationalised) events that have blighted their town or home. It’s about sensible, normal people dealing with bad stuff. Certainly the best free offering I’ve come across on Audible to date.

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Interesting idea that needs better execution

This documentary drew me to it with it's novel idea that places where traumatic incidents occur retain the memory and stigma of these events. I was intrigued to see this idea explored and discussed.

The stories we are introduced to are as interesting as they are horrifying. The producers chose well in selecting them. They build up over the series to make a solid argument in favour of places retaining traces of trauma after tragic events. Each episode is well narrated and easy to follow. However, there are a few problems.

The stories discussed in this series are violent, graphic and disturbing and deserved to be given due sensitivity and care. The producers have done their best to provide these conditions but the short nature of the episodes meant that there was room for improvement in this area.

I also found that in the discussion of the McDonald's massacre, one witness is not presented in a fair or balanced light. It's clear that she has been very overwhelmed by the events she witnessed but the documentary is not sensitive to these problems.

I enjoyed the story of the ghost house. It's an interesting story and it's a scenario I would never have considered before. In the same evidence the house where Nicole Simpson is mentioned and then disappears from the plot, making me wonder why it was mentioned in the first place.

I thought there was lazy investigation employed in the final episode about the racial killings in Jasper, Texas. Everything we learn in the episode is easily found on the Wikipedia article on the events, almost verbatim. It's so disappointing when documentary makers think that's acceptable. I wanted them to go further and to link to more recent killing and events in Jasper to build a more cohesive argument about how a town can and sometimes should become synonymous with atrocities.

For all of these criticisms, I enjoyed this documentary and felt it had real merit. It could have been better executed but a good listen overall. I'd recommend it.

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Unprofessional with silly comments

Didn't finish it. Had the potential to be really good but it wasn't. Very disappointing

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A riveting insight into another viewpoint

A really interesting listen to an area of life I had never considered before. Recommended if the darker side is something you are interested in.

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Best audible original I’ve listened to

So engaging and interesting, and I absolutely didn’t expect it to be! Doesn’t sound like the most interesting premise but I loved this. Please make more!

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Too much author opinion

I liked the idea of this, but rather than letting the stories tell themselves the production is very heavy-handed in trying to push their own interpretations of events. Only the first episode really feels like it sticks to the concept of the write up. The episode about the house that was on some ghost TV show just feels like a waste of time, and the one about the entire town just feels like it's addressing entirely different issues than the rest of the podcast. Found the narration stilted too. I do wish podcast people would learn from radio professionals and speak normally!

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Brilliant series

Really interesting and poignant series on memory in a place after violent events. Would definitely recommend.

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  • Admiralu
  • 01-10-18

Fascinating Look at Less Than Ideal Properties

I had my doubts about this one, but it turned out to be very interesting. What happens to properties where terrible things have happened? Hear from people who banded together to take action regarding several heartbreaking locations. Learn about a supposed haunted property as well. The damaged property specialist was probably the most fascinating. Much better than you think.

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  • 14-01-19

Wow

Wow. So good. It can be a bit hard to listen to sometimes, especially the descriptions of the crimes in the first and last episodes, but overall, this is so interesting to listen to. Some of these stories are so touching to listen to. The narration and reporting is good as well. Not for younger listeners, but definitely recommend!

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