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Summary

Some people amass artwork. For others, it's stamps. But why would you want to collect the possessions of a serial killer?

Journalists Poppy Damon and Alice Fiennes travel from New York to Scotland to probe one of the internet’s strangest subcultures – the people from all over the world who can spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on so-called “murderabilia”.

From the Muswell Hill Murderer, Dennis Nilsen, to Charles Manson, the duo explore the grisly yet lucrative business in trading everything from handwritten letters to prisoners' hairbrushes.

They also examine our seemingly insatiable appetite for the macabre, asking if there is a link between serial killer collectables and the true crime podcasting boom? Poppy and Alice hear that sometimes collectors are drawn to the idea that these objects could offer insight into the minds of dark figures like Charles Manson, Ted Bundy, or The Night Stalker.

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Critic reviews

"There seems to be no end to people's fascination with the darker corners of the criminal mind." (The Times)

"True crime is one of podcasting's biggest genres, but the subjects of this six-part series take their love of the grisly stuff to the next level by collecting mementos of murder. British reporters Alice Fiennes and Poppy Damon are measured and non-judgemental as they meet a range of enthusiasts." (The Guardian Guide

"This new Audible podcast looks at people who collect memorabilia from murderers and serial killers. Producers Alice Fiennes and Poppy Damon talk to these people and wonder, you know, why. We meet Charles Manson fans; also those of Dennis Nilsen, the Moors murderes... all the greats." (The Observer)

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Terrible and Annoying

This pair of middle class millennials are annoying, judgemental and do not have the necessary edge for the subject. They had access to some interesting people but failed to engage with them and just sounded like a pair of public school girls with no experience of life. I learnt nothing new and they came to no real conclusion so it was not really a journey - just an utter waste of time.

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Don't Bother

This seemed like a good premise for a podcast but it ended up like a slightly drawn out student project - the six episodes could easily have been four and the repeated intro for every episode was too long and totally unnecessary. Content-wise it isn't anything ground breaking, and they essentially come to a thirty second conclusion at the end of the fifth episode. Oddly, the best episode is the sixth 'bonus' episode where they say very little and let others do the talking. This is both the most interesting and informative episode.

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Jam packed with interesting ideas!

This is such an original, thought provoking concept for a programme. It's full of interesting content with very little padding, unlike lots of true crime podcasts/shows. Really liked how the hosts explored the subject from all angles and tried to remain inquisitive and open-minded while also expressing their mixed feelings towards the industry. It takes some skill to approach a morally complex subject like this and treat it with sensitivity, not jumping to conclusions or trying to simplify it down to good v bad. I particularly liked the bits where the hosts were able to point out the inconstancies and blind spots of their interviewees, to challenge their beliefs and actions. Really interesting programme, well made. More like this please.

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Interesting, if flawed

I found this series very interesting, although it does have some annoying flaws. I didn't like the pretend dialogue between the two creators, which was obviously scripted, and certain bits were utterly pointless. Why did we need to know that one contributor didn't get back to them straight away? It's completely irrelevant. And given that the programme generally looks down on the idea of buying and selling murder-related items, I found it ironic that the creators justified their own purchase of an item (for journalistic reasons, of course...) Strangely, neither of them seems to have properly read the website listing from which they bought the item - for just $10 they expected to receive an original letter written by murderer, rather than the copy they received. If they pay such little attention to something like that, it does make you wonder about the rest of their research. But overall, the series is well-made (apart from one episode with acknowledged sound issues) and informative, so it was well worth a listen.

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Hypocrisy....

What should have proved to be an insightful and sensitively produced podcast ended up with the two women coming over as hypocrites. Turning up their noses at some aspects, while at the same time excusing their *own* fascination with the subject in hand. Then again, listening to both the victim advocate as well as the dealers, a valid point is made. Namely that we ALL deal in murderabilia in one way or another. Be that buying a book, going to the movies or buying a personal item handled by a murderer: we are ALL ghouls. I mean, even THIS podcast is profiting on the very subject matter that the two casters themselves have a fascination. Overall, I'm disappointed. This could have - and should have - been done by non-hypocrites.

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Well researched, good info, bit cringy at times.

Not bad, the repetitive beginning was almost too much to handle though! Good knowledge and well researched but can get a bit cringy at times.

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Good Listen

Very interesting series looking at the philosophy and morals around sourcing, collecting and selling artifacts connected to murderers. Well researched and presented. I'll probably give this a 2nd listen.

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Weird or what!!

I was curious to know what it was all about, I've been to the Edinburgh police museum but not once did I ever want to have my own black museum at home. I'm not criticising the people who collect this stuff, it's just not for myself, it's a good insight though into other people's minds and that I find interesting.

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Interesting

This controversial topic is something I find strange but then again, I listen to and watch murder and crime documentaries so who am I to judge. Although 'judging' isn't me anyway but hopefully you get what I'm saying. This is an intriguing documentary and the two journalists, Alice and Poppy, do very well at laying down both sides of the story.