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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.

    When you add Damned Spot to your library you will receive all 4 episodes, each with a runtime of approximately 25 minutes.

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  • Ep. 1: McDonalds

    Oct 26 2017

    In July of 1984, an armed man walked into a McDonald’s in San Ysidro and murdered 21 people. At the time, it was the deadliest mass shooting in US history. The massacre created a strange dilemma for McDonald’s: what happened wasn’t their fault, but the event was becoming synonymous with their brand. The corporation decided to replace the branch’s windows, clean up the blood, and reopen their doors to the public. But the survivors had a different plan.

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    25 mins
  • Ep. 2: The Master of Disaster

    Oct 26 2017

    Randall Bell is a real estate appraiser who specialises in stigmatised properties — places that have become synonymous with violence. In this episode of Damned Spot, we examine some of Randall’s most notorious assignments: the condo where Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman were murdered, the mansion where 39 members of the Heaven’s Gate cult committed suicide, and the home of Sandy Hook mass shooter Adam Lanza.

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  • Ep. 3: La Palazza

    Oct 26 2017

    [Contains explicit content] When Keith Resnick bought his dream house in 2009, he didn't realise he was also purchasing a ghost story. Reporter Lina Misitzis attempts to summon the spirits who purportedly haunt this Las Vegas mansion.

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    24 mins

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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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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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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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So interesting

Narrator was ok. such an interesting topic. More please! it is fascinating, seeing how things pan out after a crime has been committed. Harrowing in places, but a considered look at the aftermath of murder.

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Interesting.

A couple of the stories were really quite shocking insights in to modern day America.

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A nice selection of short stories. Would of been nice to have a little more information in some of them. Overall not a bad listen

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Fascinating

loved this, was saddened that it was so short but what's there is really interesting.

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interesting listen

good narrator to listen to
interesting stories of true crime
would recommend this to others

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Interesting

Interesting stories, but hardly mind blowing.
Any place where disasters or crimes have happened will always intrigue people to have a look it's human nature.

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  • Olivia
  • 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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  • Ambrosia Castro
  • 05-12-20

Excellent

Excellent podcast very informative, if your a true crime fan you will love. The details are very real and told by some of the people who experienced these tragedies. I honestly never thought about what happens to a places where tragedy may occur or how it can change a community. Wish there was more episodes seems like it would have been a very good podcast.

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  • Admiralu
  • 08-12-19

Places Affected by Tragedy

This was an interesting series about places where tragedy has occurred. What happens to property and places in the aftermath? Are they sold, destroyed, how are people in the surrounding areas affected? This series explores those questions. With different examples. Very well done and thought provoking.