FOIA Requests Are Her Secret Weapon

How Emily G. Thompson uses research to build a huge audience for Morbidology

There are over one million podcasts in the world—or there were in April 2020, according to Podcast Insights. And thanks to stay-at-home orders forcing everyone to boredom-create new shows, that number has undoubtedly gone up. While it’s hard to determine exactly how many of those million-plus shows are true crime, it’s clear that it’s a lot. Like a lot a lot.

The New York Times called true crime “the lifeblood of podcasting” and the evidence of that can be seen each week on Apple Podcasts charts, where true crime dominates the rankings, thanks to shows like Crime Junkie, My Favorite Murder, Criminal, Up and Vanished, Unjust and Unsolved, and Criminalia. It can be hard to stand out in that sea of murders, serial killers, and mysterious disappearances, but Morbidology manages. The show has earned a reputation as one of the most well-researched podcasts out there.

That reputation is all due to the hard work of one woman working out of her home office in Belfast, Ireland. Emily G. Thompson uses investigative research combined with primary audio culled from 911 calls, interviews, and recordings of trials to give listeners a front-row seat to some of the most heinous crimes [...]

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