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Super interesting and insightful podcast from the brilliant Laura Richards. Her descriptions of the location make you feel like you’ve been there. Her knowledge and understanding of human behavior and criminal behavior is unsurpassed and makes this a gripping listen.

Thank you Laura Richards!

Fantastic forensic analysis, putting the victims at the center of their own narrative—which often changes/challenges points of view at a critical time. The detail in these episodes is so detailed, I find myself going back to listen to episodes again and again, catching more and more detail as I do. It’s an enjoyable process that I probably would not enjoy if other podcasters did this. The empathy and action that Ms. Richards brings to every case and survivors in general is nothing short of a game changer. She has helped to go start to reclaim my own personal narrative and—although I don’t even know her—I am forever grateful for her and her work, whether or be podcasting or championing legislative change. Thank you Laura Richards!

Excellent podcast!

This is the most intelligent, thorough & dignified true crime podcast out there. Always an insightful perspective from Laura Richards with deep-dive analyses, eloquently delivered (with an accent that is genuinely endearing to the typical American fan-girl 😊…) I appreciate that she reads all of the promos herself - it’s a welcome change to the usual sudden, loud, late-night assault to the earbuds.

Terrific, timely, and top priority

If you want evidence-based information that provides insight into behavior, biased perception, and how certain attitudes are societally ingrained, you can ask for no better educator than Laura Richards. Teacher, student, and advocate, she provides information and understanding that allows the listener to truly see the world around them and understand it fully so that we can, bit by bit, change things to make them more equitable and better. Thank you for a wonderful show.


Laura Richards is my shero! She has a special place in my life, as I consume anything she is involved in. I admire her almost as much as my mother, and that is the highest compliment. This podcast is so well done and informative. Thank you Laura!


Just when you thought you knew most everything concerning the Du Plantier case, Laura and guests shed much light. There is no sugar coating Mr. Bailey’s character, history of abuse and denial, and duplicity which they do a great job of highlighting in this podcast. Do I agree with Laura that this man had no achievements in life? That is simply not the case. He was a successful reporter and newspaper man. He dabbled in poetry and the arts. He continues to sell his homemade wares at market. He has law degrees. But he is a sick man and a very viable suspect. Just wish they could definitively nail Bailey and connect him to the crime scene and the victim herself. Why Sophie?? Not a whole lot of concrete evidence to connect them. But Bailey is a strange one with connections to the adjoining property owner and very well could have had a secret obsession. But nothing in his diaries or disclosed to friends about any interest or obsession with Sophie prior to the murder which I find not in keeping with his blabbering nature.

Knowledge is Power

Learning so much from Laura and guests! This is such important work and everyone should be listening!

Brilliant True Crime Podcast!

Absolutely BRILLIANT podcast by experts that know so much. Laura breaking down facts along with Jim is a treasure cove of informational facts. My favorite true crime podcast. 5 Stars!!! Thank you. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟


Thank you for bringing some of the darkest realities of women to light. You are truly helping to start the change. Your work on coercive control should be taught in high school health classes

Crime Analyst

Laura brings it as usual, she’s an advocate for those that cannot speak for themselves.

Excellent, informative, refreshing

Brilliant Teacher! I love listening to Laura I have learned so much about Cohersive Control and in turn I have been able to help many of my patients. Clinically relevant and interesting. I hope Laura champions changing laws in the US as she did in the UK re domestic violence and coercive control. 🙌🏻

Thorough — Revealing

THE best crime podcast out there. I appreciate the focus on the victims as well as the broad and deep approach to the current day investigation. *The terrible music devalues the overall experience and lowers the expectation of valuable information.

Does it get any more important than this?

Laura is truly the most knowledgeable, experienced, hardest-working, best informed, and most articulate person in podcasting, and that’s not to mention her tremendously impactful career in law enforcement, victim advocacy, and public awareness. I can’t recommend this podcast enough, it’s eye-opening and extremely educational, the prevalence of violence against women and girls is horrifying and every possible measure should be taken to end it. Educating yourself and the men in your life particularly is so important!!!!

Critical forensic analysis from a modern woman’s perspective

Have so much respect and admiration for all the work Laura Richards does for victims. I love listening to her logical, empathetic, and no-stone-unturned podcast.

Strong Analysis

Laura gives victims a voice. Great analysis of the case and impact on families and survivors. Highly recommended.

Listen carefully and learn ❤️

I devour my podcasts of choice. I listen at 1-1/2 speed on most so I can enjoy them more quickly. However I leave CRIME ANALYST on standard speed. So much to take in and think about. Dig in, listen, learn, and be empowered! Thank you Ms. Richards you’re our hero 🤟🏼.

Love this podcast!

I have been a fan of Laura Richards for many years… Laura is an incredible advocate for women, and for all victims of crimes! I love how she always puts the victim first! Thank you Laura for all of your hard work!


You can feel how much Laura cares about her work and all the victims/survivors discussed. Laura's passion and empathy are unmatchable. Thank you Laura for all that you do!

Kerri Kasem and Casey Kasem

Excellent podcast featuring Kerri Kasem. Insightful and thought-provoking. Elder abuse is not discussed enough in society. Laura lets her guests not only tell their stories and share expertise, but allows them to process their thoughts in a kind, respectful way. Highly recommend! Nanette

Forgotten Victims

We don’t have much knowledge in America about the massive manhunt for England’s maybe second most notorious serial killer. This went on in Yorkshire, England between 1969 and 1980, but the series of gruesome attacks on women gripped the entire country. Laura’s deep dive into the police investigation and criminal analysis of the perpetrator and his background are instructive to the point of mind-blowing. Everyone can learn from Laura’s experience and should listen to this.

Powerful and insightful

Episode 2 is outstanding. Richard McCann is such an insightful and compassionate person. I have been a fan of Laura Richards for years. These two activists together: there is hope for the world. Throughout this series: Excellent points on treatment of victims, the legal process, focus on the perpetrators, language used in these cases, and media. I was enthralled with this series from the beginning. More so with each new episode. Important criminal justice lessons as applicable in the USA as Britain. Highly recommend.

Excellent podcast

Laura is bringing critically important issues to the forefront, and inspiring us all to action.

She breaks it down so well!!

I adore her! I listen to her on Real Crime Profile Podcast. i am so excited that she has her own podcast. I have enjoyed the first few episodes. She breaks things down and makes you understand in a different light. So much victim blaming on women. I feel stronger as a woman from just listening to her. As women, we are to worried about others feelings that we put ourselves in unsafe situations. She really points out the double standards in our society and the world around us. Thank you, Laura!

Laura is a hero.

I first discovered Laura on the Amy Sher episode of The Vanished. That case touched me more than almost anything I’ve ever seen or heard in the “true crime” realm. Its right up there with the wrongful conviction of Adnan Syed in Baltimore in 1999. But when I heard Laura speak in Amy’s episode I discovered my favorite law enforcement agent on the internet. I listen to Real Crime Profile and Crime Analyst because of Laura’s contribution to that episode of The Vanished. I’ve learned so much about coercive control - what Amy’s husband Robert Desmond (ARREST HIM BEFORE I FIND HIM IN CALIFORNIA OR ALABAMA AND TAKE CRIME INTO MY OWN HANDS) did to her was absolutely despicable and it sickens me to my core. I could go on forever about how I admire Laura, but, words really can’t do how I feel about this woman justice. The world is a better place because of her and I support any and everything she does. Thank you, Laura Richards. Thank you for all you do. You are truly an inspiring and amazing person.

Listen to this

I probably should leave reviews more often, but I sometimes forget. I found this podcast through Real Crime Profile (another podcast that I love). I have always felt while listening to RCP that Laura does an amazing as an advocate for women victimized by crime, and is just an advocate overall for women everywhere. While listening to this podcast, “Crime Analyst”, I feel like I have learned SO much, but stuff I feel like should have known! I was disappointed in myself! I have both a son and a daughter (twins) and I always try to stay on top of information for BOTH of them regarding: relationships, consent, violence, etc. Luckily, my kids have no experience with any of this stuff so far. They are 14 though… In the past recent years I have always double checked my facts and sources…but I admit that stuff I learned when I was younger was a little bit more hardwired. This podcast has really inspired me to look back at what I have learned when it comes to certain things. Thank you Laura.

Thoughtful and Informative

Laura is my favorite true crime analyst. I am a huge fan of hers and the work she does. I learn so much on how I can honor victims and get involved in supporting them.

Amazing !

Laura is so knowledgeable and such a passionate advocate ! She is inspiring as a woman to hear her stories and accomplishments! Every woman should feel empowered by the work she is doing for so many and how we can help ! ❤️

The absolute best true crime podcast

Laura Richards is my hero; she does very important work. There is a lot of value to find in her amazing podcast. Highly recommend. She’ll give you lots to think about, that’s for sure.

The Best!

With almost 20 yrs in law enforcement and now retired, I find most podcast boring , overly dramatic, or just plain bad! However I find Crime Analyst to be detailed, specific, and honest. No drama, no fluff! Not only the best true crime podcasts, but one of the top podcast to listen too!! 5 stars!!!

Wowwy wow wowser!

Laura is my new hero! She is the voice I have been searching for! Thank you so much for this podcast and sharing your knowledge and process.

Holy crappoly

Facts: The pace is fast The information is coming at you quickly Laura shares a LOT. Friggin love this podcast!! It’s revealed levels of misogyny I held that I wasn’t even aware of and I think EVERYONE should hear this message. (It is graphic, there are crime details so it’s not “for everyone”) I feel like a freaking rockstar (as a woman) after listening to this!! Womens for the win and Laura as the winner!!




An excellent, compassionate, thoroughly researched podcast. Kudos to Laura for holding the line by honoring the victims over sensationalizing the perpetrator.

Incredible Podcast

Laura is a force that does not stop. We need more like her. Not only riveting but necessary. Why aren’t there more people bringing these types of issues forward ? Women are not valued or respected in this society and it’s tragic. Thank you Laura.

Tells it like it is

I love listening to Laura's analysis of how criminals could have been stopped if only authorities would change their ways. Laura doesn't just talk about what could have/should have been done, but fights to change policies and legislation to protect victims, especially women and children. She's a real champion

SUBSCRIBE! Obsessed!

LOVE IT! Laura has always been an advocate for women and is a powerful voice for those who need it. Yaaaaasssss 🙌🏻🙌🏼🙌🏽🙌🏾🙌🏿

Voice to the victims

True crime has capitalized on sensationalizing the murderers, not the murdered. Laura Richards puts the emphasis on telling the victims stories and it is honestly the only true crime I want to listen to!

Laura is my Shero

Laura is a real champion for women everywhere. I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to learn through her expertise and insightful analysis of victimology and perpetrators of male violence. Her commitment to changing the world for the better is inspiring and has pushed me to educate myself further on coercion, corrective control and acts of male violence. It’s unfortunately much more common then we realize and it danger can escalate very quickly. She’s such an advocate for change and her existence gives me hope that in my lifetime we’ll see much more accountability then we have ever seen historically. Thanks for being a champion Laura!!

The best!

Thank you, Laura, for sharing you knowledge and giving a voice to the victims. This is such a helpful and powerful resource and I appreciate all the hard work you put into it!

Crime Analyst

Laura is always on point and tells the story that connects the listener to the victim. So much insight and analysis goes into the production of this podcast! She is devoted to her work!


Thank you not only for what you do but sharing your life and what your vocation means. We all have family and friends both female and male and you never know when or who they will come in contact with.

An Eloquent Voice for Victim Advocacy

Laura Richards is a powerful and inspiring advocate for women through her true crime podcast platform. I hope the legislation in the UK can get some “teeth” and that some day the USA will follow suit.

Amazing and Intelligent

Laura, I appreciate how you honor the victims. Your talent and dedication speaks volumes and I’m so glad you are sharing it with the world!

Intelligent Analysis

I’ve loved listening to Laura on RCP and was thrilled to hear she was starting her own show. Her focus on victims instead of lionizing perpetrators is refreshing and sorely needed in the true crime case. I do have one request - please stop referring to sex workers as “prostitutes.” The former gives the sex worker agency, while the latter carries connotations of criminality and misogyny. Thanks!


Laura has provided language to help understand and explain what 28 yrs ago I could not. Much admiration and appreciation for her exhaustive work.

Really In Depth

I love love love this podcast. Laura goes so deep into this investigation, she wrings it out like a sponge. You will have no questions remaining because she asks and answers and researches every question endlessly. Not to mention (I’m an American) and I love the accent. Amazing job!

Thank you!

Thank you for all you do for women and the issue of domestic violence.

Really In Depth

I love love love this podcast. Laura goes so deep into this investigation, she wrings it out like a sponge. You will have no questions remaining because she asks and answers and researches every question endlessly. Not to mention (I’m an American) and I love the Scottish accent. Amazing job!


This true crime podcast is revolutionary. While many sensationalize the murderers, Laura Richards centers the victims. She tells their stories, never failing to honor each person’s humanity. As these are all women, her profound care in ensuring none are dismissed due to class, profession, race, or circumstances often moves me to tears of deep gratitude. As a renowned criminal behavioral analyst, Laura is relentless and thorough in exploring how and why the criminal justice system so egregiously failed these women. Her outrage at the patriarchal systems, misogyny, and sexism inherent in how male violence against women & children is pursued is eye opening. I’m so grateful for Laura Richards and the brilliant, blazing light she’s shining on the gender inequities of “justice”. Her analysis of perpetrators’ patterns, and pursuit of better protections for women and children, will save countless lives.


Excellent, compelling podcast. In-depth information and insight from a law enforcement expert regarding how crimes are investigated. Laura is a great advocate for crime victims and women.

Beyond the crime

This podcast goes beyond the crime- it is a sobering look on our society when it comes to victims of a violent crime. Laura does a deep dive into the victim-ology, the mind of the perpetrator and educates the listener into looking at a perpetrator outside of a media moniker for what they really are... evil. It is podcasts like this that will positively change our society’s response to crime, the victim and the accused. A must listen to podcast.

Honoring Victims

I think this is a great podcast, not sensationalizing but analyzing and honoring. Love anything you do Laura.

Listen and Learn

I absolutely love being able to listen to Laura. I have learned so much from her and this podcast and look forward to each episode to hear her insight and analysis.

Incredibly moving and thought-provoking.

Such a thoughtful, meticulous podcast. It has completely changed my perspective on true crime and how we approach violence against women and girls. I never knew how triggering pithy monikers for murderers were - now I notice them everywhere and try not to use them myself. Great work Laura, what you do is so important!

Deep Analysis

Great long form analysis. Much more rewarding than the 1 hour turn around true crime show.

To quote the spice girls GIRL POWER.

This woman can do it like lunch. I love the eye opening jaw dropping point of view. Thank god someone with her genius is helping us take on the patriarchy through the crime lens. Her passion and wit are inspirational.


Love this! I have so much admiration for Laura’s work and passion. So glad she has her own podcast because I could never get enough of what I needed to hear about advocacy and how much further we need to go as a society to protect women from violent predators.


This became my favorite podcast by her second episode. It’s a must listen.


Laura’s heartfelt sensitivity for women who are victims of unspeakable cruelty combined with her keen insight into the analysis of male violence against women make this podcast, like everything she touches, gold. Dawn Wilcox Founder & Executive Director Women Count USA: Femicide Accountability Project

Thank you.

I can’t say it any better than the other commenters, so I’m just going to thank you for your informative and thought provoking podcast. You get me riled up every week, and thinking about how we can start getting things to change. I was waiting for your comments on Ms. Everard, and you were exactly right. The part that affected me the most was in the episode where Wilma McCann’s son said that she wasn’t a prostitute, but it didn’t matter if she was, his mother would do what she had to do to take care of her children - nobody said anything about his father’s failure to take care of/provide for his family. I know that’s not the exact quote, but everyone reading this knows what I mean.

Great Podcast

This podcast is very thorough. I appreciate the in-depth details.

Best Podcast

I’ve listened to a lot of true crime, but Laura’s analysis is the best. Thank you Laura for all your advocacy, and for using the words ‘’misogyny’ and ‘femicide’ to name these crimes. How long before society realizes that half the population is targeted for violence because of the their sex.


I like the podcast and I’ve heard and seen Laura on tv and other podcasts and I really like how she has made the victims the most important part of the story and how she looks at the case with an instructive eye. I did find it a bit hard to follow, I kinda felt like I was just dropped in the middle. I needed a bit more background and more of a timeline presented.

The more things change

Based on what is happening in the UK right now. The police don’t seem to have changed there attitudes about women

Crime analyst

I love this new podcast by Laura. I’ve heard her before on other podcast as guest speaker. Really like that you pay attention to victims and name them and try to speak very little if the perpetrator. Thanks for all your hard work. I like that you speak about victim blaming and then problems associated with that.

Among the very best!

There are no other podcasts like Crime Analyst. This isn’t a true crime podcast. It’s a victim-centered analysis of criminal behavior through the lens of an experienced woman who doesn’t hold back on calling out misogyny and the roots of male violence. The case may be decades old but the same problems are still here. Listening to Laura helps me to dissect them as well as think about what can be done to change things.

I love this podcast!

Laura offers great insights and I love how she gives power back to the victims and takes it away from the perpetrator.


a crime podcast focusing on the VICTIMS...well done...

Great Listen

This podcast is informative and thought provoking - one of the best podcasts I’ve heard. Laura brings a valued twist to the tale by focusing on the victims rather than glorifying the perpetrator.

Crime analyst

I love this new podcast by Laura. I’ve heard her before on other podcast as guest speaker. Really like that you pay attention to victims and name them and try to speak very little if the perpetrator. Thanks for all your hard work.

A True Crime podcast that gets it right

Laura Richards is a breath of fresh air in that she doesn’t treat crime as entertainment. Richards sees violence, especially violence against women and girls, as the horror it really is. She centers victims in their own stories, as well as their family and friends. Richards also traces the ongoing lifelong effects that ripple outward and even through generations of the grievous harm done by murder and violence.

Great Analysis of the Strengths and Weaknesses in Criminal Investigation

Laura Richards consistently focuses on the victims, not on elevating the criminal. This is not only a refreshing change from many true crime podcasts, it is the ethical way to stave off some level of copycat behavior in pathological and narcissistic people listening to media. This first series of the Crime Analyst podcast takes a deep dive into the stumbles and successes of the police and the prosecution as the women of Yorkshire in the 1970’s and 1980’s paid the price in blood. The survivors and their surviving families also speak, some even in present day interviews. This is a podcast well worth your listen, and I can’t wait for series two.

A win for victims.

It’s nice to finally give the victims and their family a voice after decades of victim blaming/shaming. Laura’s passion is evident as is her compassion. She truly makes the victims the focus and it’s wonderful.

So informative, not sensationalistic!

I love Laura and I love her take, the female lens looking back at this horrible crime spree. I have learned so much and I have communicated many of your takeaways with my 16-year-old daughter as well. Keep them coming Laura -quite interested in what you’re putting out. Thank you!

Expert Crime Analysis Through A Female Lens

Laura is an expert in her field. She shines a spotlight on victims and their families, by centering them in their own stories, is refreshing. It is well past time to have crimes viewed through a female lens, reviewing and reframing the narrative. So often, women are at the receiving end of male violence and yet our input is neglected and our voices unheard. I value that the names of perpetrators are reduced to initials and monikers given them by the media are redacted altogether. No need to sensationalize these criminals.

Laura alone is great!

After years of TCP I found it often got too much off on chit chat and less of crime analysis. I have great hope that Laura alone will be focused and on point. The first episode is great. Thank you!

This!! We need more of this!!

Thank you, Laura! Your passion and insistence that the status quo is not acceptable, is not kind to victims and is NOT the solution! Thank you for helping to define our mission!

Laura is voice for the victims!

I’ve been a long time listener of Laura and I’m so grateful for her dedication to give a voice to the victims and fighting misogyny in this world. Laura is the voice we need.

Fierce advocate for victims

I’m a huge fan of Laura Richards, having first heard her on RCP. Her intelligence, passion for her work, unflinching honesty and, above all, empathy and advocacy for victims, especially women and girls, separates this podcast from all the rest. We get fascinating insight into criminal behavior from her many years of experience. I also think having the perspective of a woman in a field that is still largely male-dominated really does bring a different focus to certain areas of investigating and solving these hideous acts of violence against women. I don’t know how she finds the time, but we are all grateful for her hard work and dedication.

Thank you, Laura

So many important issues that are very much contemporary societal problems are discussed by Laura and her guests. She is truly an advocate for women who are so often blamed and shamed for the acts of violence men perpetrate against them. Let’s keep talking about how this happens and how we can change it. Your work is helping to save women’s lives, and to validate the experiences of survivors. <3

Amazing advocate for the vulnerable

Laura’s perspective speaks to what is needed to protect the most vulnerable, hard to reach individuals that need it the most. The lack of training and understanding in police lead to inaccurate criminal profiles and victimology. Laura’s life work is to change that, and I feel fortunate Laura shares her knowledge on this and other podcasts.

A MUST listen for BOTH men and women.

I’d have preferred to give this podcast 100 stars. It is not story time to tell the tale of this criminal. It is meant to drive home the point that male violence and women’s conditioning to fear men is real and has literally harmed ALL of us either directly or indirectly. I encourage all to listen with an open mind and the understanding that this isn’t an attack by man-haters. Men, I value you and I believe in you. I respectfully ask you to listen and gain a wider perspective to this reality. This podcast is an amazing start.

Smart and fearless

Laura should be our goals! She is intelligent and fighting for the well being of other women. We should be grateful for people like her spreading knowledge on this type of crime.

Great Podcast

Laura is a wealth of knowledge and I truly love hearing her insight and perspective! I learn something from every episode. She fights the good fight!!!! Thank you Laura!


This interview had me in tears at times. I was living in the UK during the time that PS was killing women. I was too young and ignorant at the time to really make sense of the effect on women. Today when the two of you talked about rape not killing you, and the effect of sexual abuse, you confirmed my own feelings. I was sexually abused in my home, and some people expect me to wallow in the pain forever. I refuse to do that, but I am all to aware of how different my life would be now if it hadn’t happened. I’ve made so many life decisions based on the abuse (often without knowing why) and now I’m VERY aware of how different my life would be if the abuse hadn’t shaped my life.

A true hero of women everywhere

Laura is an advocate that is needed today. Looking back at cases to see how things could have been handled differently in order to protect more people today is necessary. Thank you for all your hard work and speaking out for us all.


This is my new favorite podcast! Thank you Laura for all that you do!

Laura's work has saved my mom's life.

I have listened to every episode of Crime Analyst as it comes out and almost every episode of Laura's other show, Real Crime Profile. The insights that she has provided over the years have taught me SO much about the warning signs of Domestic Violence. I've followed up with reading several books and learning what I can about the topic, not knowing how important it would be in my life. My mom recently ended a 2+ year relationship with an abusive man. In her words, "it wasn't long before he was going to get physically violent with me. I could see it coming." She told me how he threated to kill her and bury her in a mineshaft. I know this guy was totally serious. Part of what helped her make the decision to leave was information that I learned from Laura. I was able to teach her and my family members what the warning signs were and help her to safely leave. This information coupled with the book "Why Does He Do That" by Lundy Babcroft opened her eyes to exactly what was going on. Laura, thank you for being such a staunch advocate for women and for providing so much teaching on what domestic abuse truly looks like. I honestly and fully believe that your dedication to teaching others about gendered violence played a large role in saving my mom's life. Thank you for being so passionate and dedicated to your work. You are an amazing woman! ♥️

Such a great gem we get to hear from!

The women of Earth are safer and better off because of Laura and the enormous amount she has done in her career as a behavioral analyst, specifically in the areas of domestic abuse, serial rape, murder of women and the common correlation between the three.

The best

Best true crime podcast in the world. No sensationalism, all facts, all criminology and all in the name of saving women and children.

Cream of the crop

This podcast goes way beyond the telling of a story. It makes victims and their families human. It speaks to effects of acute and chronic trauma. It’s a window into the thinking processes of law enforcement and behavioral analysts. I’d say there is no other podcast that gets this deep. It an education on so many levels. Thank you Laura for making this!!

True crime with a greater purpose

In this new solo podcast, Laura Richards is truly in her element - taking a deep dive into a vexing case that has haunted her since the beginning of her career. It’s amazing to be a fly on the wall of Lauras intelligence cell, and follow along as she peels back layer after layer in her re-investigation of this horrendous case. Laura leads us through every detail, leaving no rock unturned, in her quest to understand the many failures of the original investigation. As always, the victims are front and center and Laura brings a rare compassion, intelligence and a critical lens - to finding the actual truth and connect all the dots - every episode is a treat. So good.

Amazing podcast

Fantastic podcast ! Laura Richards is brilliant so many people failed these women it’s nice to hear Laura calling them out!

Really well done

Laura Richards is a shero and this podcast is really great. She is an expert in the field and a fierce advocate for victims which is rare in the crime podcast world. We’re lucky she is taking the time to share her insight and be a voice for the victims of crime.

Excellent Podcast

Laura Richards brings a wealth of knowledge and true empathy to her analysis of criminal behavior as well as assessing police response. She puts the victims front and center and shines a light on coercive control. Absolutely fascinating and so needed

Thank you for always putting victims first!!

Instead of sensationalizing the crimes and glorifying the perpetrator, in Crime Analyst, Laura Richards puts the victims at the center of their own stories. And she calls out the misogyny and male entitlement at the heart of violence against women. This podcast is a must-listen. Thank you, Laura, for your authenticity, compassion, and for reminding us real crime enthusiasts that these are real people, suffering real tragedy.


Laura Richards is a force. She’s a passionate no-nonsense victim centered advocate with so much experience and knowledge. Already loved her on her other podcast, RCP, but crime analyst is my new fav. Have binged all the episodes one after another. Keep them coming!!

Brilliant work

Thank you for sharing your wisdom.

Deep dive into crime

The hostess takes a novel approach to discussing crime- focus on the victims, both direct & indirect, living and dead. This approach provides a more thorough view of motive, compulsion, and psychology of crimes. Also delivers a more compassionate story when the victim and their families are given more attention.

Victim centered! Thank you!!!

So refreshing to hear a Crime podcast that centers on the victims and does not glorify the perpetrator!


I love you on RCP, but I especially love you here. Your passion and eloquent words have opened my eyes to how desperately things need to change. Thank you for speaking up for those who have no voice. Because of you, I will forever be cognizant of how I speak of victims and those how victimize. Keep up the hard work, it’s truly making a difference.

Crime Analyst

Laura Richards handling of this devastating and brutal subject matter is flawless in its professionalism. Her empathy and compassion for the victims , survivors and the families of those affected is evident in every episode. Laura Richards is an expert guide on this deep dive into a disturbing case that merits from her expert analysis.

Amazingly insightful!

I can’t give enough praise.

Changed my words and attitude

Thank you Laura for opening my mind to the words we use when we describe crimes and their victims.

Fighting for women

I’m so happy you are fighting for women’s right to live their lives without violence and fear. More people should listen to you and your podcast as there is so much to learn. There is so much I’ve learned from you and I thought I knew so much !! Keep up the good fight and I will fight along side you !


Amplifying voices and remember the victim is so important in true crime. So many times the victims are glossed over. Called only the victim. But Laura always makes sure #wesaytheirnames showing respect and honoring them. I’m inspired. I am changed. Just over 2 episodes. So good.


Men think differently but I don’t think they should get an out for their behavior. If they see prostitutes and they aren’t checked for sexually transmitted diseases he could bring that home to his wife or partner. please when you finish this killer can you talk about what his behavior and personality was like so women can see the day to day behavior and what they could be doing at night. So they can get away faster.

Love Laura!

I have been listening to Laura for years since the beginning of her other podcast. I love her insight and expertise and I always appreciate her focus on the victim. You can hear her passion for the victims and giving a voice to the voiceless.

Stop everything you are doing and listen immediately.

I am blown away by Laura Richards and her podcast Crime Analyst. Her investigative skills are extraordinary, but what I enjoy even more is her ability to communicate her findings and reasoning with such clarity and conviction. She is also changing the narrative of this case where a serial killer has been glorified for over forty years. An arduous task – but a more than necessary one that not only acknowledges the victims, but also provides them with a voice and the acknowledgement they and their families deserve. Join her on this journey that is rewriting history – you will not regret it.

Exceptional Crime Podcast

From: @spinwithvin1 This podcast is an exceptional work. Episode #3 where Laura interviews Richard McCann is remarkable. After listening to the latest episode, I can’t wait for the next episode. It’s mesmerizing. The subject matter is horrendous, but the passion and enthusiasm for her work shines through every delivered sentence. I cannot say enough about how fantastic this podcast is. Keep up the great work. I’m a fan 👍

Inside the Mind of a Crime Analyst

Listening to this podcast is like being inside Laura’s mind as she connects the dots and works for victims, and it’s fascinating.


Laura pulls no punches and this podcast is like listening in on a master class on serial murder and investigation. Entertainment is not the goal here - listeners will be absolutely engrossed and moved.

Amazing and informative

This podcast is like sitting in on a crime analyst class. Instead of just grisly crime details, and sensationalized murder, Laura puts everything in context, and encourages you to use your own logic skills to deconstruct events and learn how to see a perpetrator using the aftermath of his crimes. The victims stories become the tools to catch their attacker, which in turn elevates them into becoming the most important part of the story, not a just a passing footnote. Thank you, Laura! Amazing work!!!

Like an analyst seminar

I love Laura Richards’ format for this podcast. It feels like being lucky enough to attend one of her seminars. Appreciate her caring and expertise.

A Plus

I have never written a podcast review, but have been been listening to Dr. Richards for years on Real Crime Profile (which is dear to me). There is nuance, sensitivity, and truth here. Be prepared to use your heart and with good reason as she gives us an opportunity to be our best selves and advocate for victims. Thankful for your work DLR ( got to start an acronym for you😂). I’m spreading the good word/k!

Listen and learn - Laura pulls NO PUNCHES

The most eloquent advocate for all victims. She won’t even NAME perpetrators. Keeps her focus on crimes against women and the terrible price we all pay when criminals become stars. Hurrah for Laura’s passionate crusade for justice!

F’ing Brilliant

Laura is.. I cannot think of enough or the correct positive adjectives to describe her. She is empowering

Finally a crime podcast from a humanitarian

Laura Richards’ credo is that the victims must be elevated and not the perpetrators. And she delivers! Instead of the usual sensational murder porn offering, Ms. Richards deep dive into crime is 3-dimensional. She highlights the impact of crime upon a broader scope of victims, friends, family and community. A MUST HEAR!

Laura Richards is a BAMF

I’ve adored Laura Richards for a long time. Unapologetic defender of women. I’ll listen to anything she says.

Highly qualified host with subjects that are absolutely heartbreaking

Laura Richards has long been a voice of reason, sanity and fierce intelligence backed up with TRUTH I truly hope that judges and defense attorneys that work with proven killers and abusers will listen to these episodes, learn as much as they can- and find their soul to change the insane laws that are still allowed- and the people that allow these abusers and killers to continue to STOP supporting them. Violence on this earth - mostly perpetrated by the male of our beleaguered species is allowed to happen - then forgiven and forgotten far far too often. And it must be stopped- it makes our world a very dark and frightening place Laura Richards is a shining light in that very dark and frightening place Thank you Laura!


Very happy, and can’t wait to hear next time Thank you!

Love anything by Lara Richards

Serious, academic and informative. She takes great care to honor victims.


Laura Richards is a must have at the top of your True Crime podcast list. She knows and shares so much information about domestic violence and is such an advocate for victims you really want her in your ear when listening or watching true crime.

Wow. Laura always does amazing shows.

I knew this podcast would be great, but I wasn’t expecting it to be as emotional as it is. Wow. Laura is truly amazing in her work. Episode 2 with Richard was great. Listening to him speak of his mother and sister was heartbreaking, to say the least, but beautiful, as well. What an inspiration he is to all survivors of such violent crimes.

Love Laura Richards

I could listen to this all day long. I’m so glad there’s someone out there to give victims a voice.

Like taking a master class in crime analysis

Imagine taking an engaging course from the best professor to learn how crime analysts see criminal behavior? Laura Richards was already one of my sheroes, but now I feel like she also here to teach us how to look at criminal behavior and call out the biases in investigation that allow perpetrators to flourish. Love this pod.

Intelligent Analysis

I’ve loved listening to Laura on RCP and was thrilled to hear she was starting her own show. Her focus on victims instead of lionizing perpetrators is refreshing and sorely needed in the true crime case. I do have one request - please stop referring to sex workers as “prostitutes.” The former gives the sex worker agency, while the later carries connotations of criminality and misogyny. Thanks!

A strong woman defending women

We need more women in the world like Laura Richards. She’s intelligent, empathetic, & willing to be a voice for victims.

Passion & Expertise Abound

I’ve always been impressed by Laura Richards. This podcast is so moving, thoughtful, and intentional. It’s a gift to listeners. It’s also a gift to those of us who want to see more dignity and compassion for victims of violent crimes. The advocacy work done through this storytelling is unparalleled.

Must Listen

Excellent podcast for those who have a deep interest in human behaviors as it relates to crime. I’m very impressed with the empathy towards the victims and how their lives are brought to light in the case. I appreciate someone courageous enough to speak out against the media and their lack of respect for human life.

A win for victims.

It’s nice to finally give the victims and their family a voice after decades of victim blaming/shaming. Laura’s passion is evident as is her compassion. She truly gives families a voice and it’s wonderful.

Must Listen podcast

I’ve been following Laura Richards on True Crime Profile. This podcast is just as powerful, incisive and important. This family was so retraumatized by the media and police portrayal of their mom. It’s heart breaking. Please listen to this podcast and share. The right words are crucial and life defining.


Laura Richards is amazing. Not only does she focus on victims, her expertise is second to none. She’s so passionate about issues like coercive control and stalking. Her understanding of criminal behavior really helps get at the heart of these issues. This pod is excellent, as expected! Highly recommend!

So good

Love hearing “language matters” and why in a murder case. The point is underscored and episode #2 highlights this. Well done.

Patience in interview style

Laura has a clear goal of putting victims of crime at the center of the story. She had a unique patience in her own silence that allows the victims story to come forward. We hear things others would miss because she lets the victims agenda lead. It’s very refreshing.

Poignant and insightful.

Laura Richards has done a sensitive job of listening to the children who were also victims of this ruthless and violent murderer.

Focusing on Victims

Laura Richards is a true shero! She does such a good job at describing the actions of perpetrators through the victims, barely talking about the perpetrator themselves while highlighting victims lives’ and the tragedy of their deaths. I’m excited to listen more to this podcast, since we’ll hear from victims directly. It’s so important to remember the loved ones that have left us instead of the terrible tragedy that happened to them.

Crucial lessons

I am a huge fan of of Laura’s other work & her continued advocacy for victims, and this new show is incredible. This podcast is a gift to anyone who engages in true crime or considers themselves a fan. Laura deals with criminals, not monsters or masterminds; criminals with real victims: victims & survivors who have real families that are affected deeply by not just the events but the same media that we “fans” are consuming. As someone who’s engaged with true crime since I was a teen, I am having a mirror turned on myself just by listening & the first 2 episodes have stunned me. it’s truly informative, moving, & human & honest, but you dont get to be passive, you’re being taught new ways of seeing & engaging with true crime. No one else is dealing with true crime in this way - this should be the ONLY way! I am here for it. Take me to school!

Crime Analysis at its Best - Victim Focused

I first heard Laura on The Real Crime Profile podcast where I became hooked by both her brilliance and her work with and for victims of domestic violence. With Crime Analyst, Laura takes on new stories and continues to kick the perpetrators out of the spotlight while putting the victims’ and their families’ stories in their rightful place - front and center. In so doing, Laura sets the record straight and reminds us of who these people were and are. Thank you for all that you do, Laura

Learning A Lot!

I like Ms Richards thorough approach to this topic. Especially appreciated is that she avoids sensationalizing the crime/criminals and instead gives voice to the victims.


Could you somehow let people know that due to (The man of the family not doing his job) this is what these women had to do to feed there children. And list the name of the person who left the wife and children and would not help with the children’s care. They don’t have to be married just being the dad Means they need to give financials. If they are on drugs and alcohol or is abusive they can’t see the children.

Very interesting podcast from one of RCP’s own.

I thoroughly enjoy Laura’s insights on RCP and wasn’t disappointed when I listened to the first episode of Crime Analyst. I highly recommend this podcast for anyone interested in a deep dive into the cases Laura covers. Excellent job, Laura!

The real deal

I’ve been listening to Laura on True Crime Profile all year—it didn’t take long for me to realize she is absolutely brilliant and such an incredible advocate. I’m a clinical social worker; every episode is a master class. I’m so exited this podcast began!

Insightful and Respectful

Laura Richards is an expert in her field, a fierce advocate for victims, and a force for change. Her focus on victims and the people in their lives is a refreshing change from the pseudo-glorification of perpetrators. This podcast is a must listen. Subscribe now, you will love it

Powerful and insightful

Episode 2 is outstanding. Richard McCann is such an insightful and compassionate person. I have been a fan of Laura Richards for years. These two activists together: there is hope for the world. Excellent points on treatment of victims, the legal process, focus on the perpetrators, language used in these cases, and media.

So excited!

I love Laura Richards and can’t wait for more episodes!

5 Stars

Highly recommend this podcast!

A must listen for true crime lovers!

I’ve worked in law enforcement for many years, with both perpetrators and victims. We need to remember to focus on the names of the victims. I find that so many podcasts focus only on the perpetrator’s story. Laura does an exceptional job with keeping the focus of the stories on the victims. She makes sure they aren’t side notes to their own tragedies and that is such a refreshing change.


I have been listening to Laura on other podcasts for awhile now. I have learned a lot from her that has changed my perspective on how I see the world. I had never heard of coercive control until Laura. Listening to her really helped me to understand what happened to me as a child and work thorough my issues. I love Laura’s analytic skills and deep dive into cases from the victims perspective and not glorifying the offender. Thank you Laura, you really are top-notch. You make me proud.

A professional and heartfelt view of the crime

I really enjoy RCP podcast so was excited to hear Laura was going to do her own pod. Loved the first episode and Interview with Richard McCann. Really looking forward to future episodes. Laura is a hard hitter, not afraid to speak the truth and educate.

Thank you!

I’ve loved listening to Laura since the RCP podcast and I am so glad she is giving us more amazing content with the Crimea Analyst episodes. They are insightful and so respectful to the victims that you really feel a connection with the people that really matter - victims, survivors and their families. I am always curious about behavior and I’m happy to have Laura’s expertise to teach me about characteristics of extreme behavior as well as warning signs. Thank you for sharing your expertise with us, Laura! ❤️

Crime Analyst is an important foray into the darkest cases…

My Colleague and Good Friend Laura Richards gives us her uniquely qualified perspective on a crime series that horrified the world. It is well-written and powerfully delivered. Listen and Learn! Jim Clemente, Ret. FBI SSA/Profiler

Just the best!

Laura shows us again how to speak up for victims. She does an amazing job addressing the elements of the crimes without feeding into the sensationalism of the perpetrators. She also gives surviving family members a voice and space to share their grief and experiences with horrific crimes. Thank you, Laura, for your dedication and passion for victims.

Her Expertise is Astounding!!

Laura Richards expertise in identifying and analyzing patterns of these serial perpetrators is spot on!! She advises law enforcement agencies around the world on domestic violence! Her goal is to focus on the victims; NOT the abuser!! Excellent podcast!!


This is an excellent podcast.

So good

Loved it! Can’t wait for more

Fantastic podcast!

Laura is top of her field and understands true crime and how to represent the victims' voices better than anyone. She will always fight for women and making sure there is justice.

So Informative!

Incredible teacher! I learn every time I listen to Laura speak on her podcasts. She deep dives into these important cases ensuring that these victims are not forgotten, but the perpetrators are!

Such a great podcast

An excellent podcast from Laura which focuses on the victims. She is so qualified to do a series like this and I love how she refuses to use the killer’s name. I loved the first episode. It’s for the real true crime geeks.

Excellent analysis!

Laura’s ability to describe what it takes to excel one ones job (crime analyst in this case), and how you must submerged yourself deep within the details. When you have a passion and high level of determination for something, this makes absolute sense. I respect the open minded and victim centered perspective Laura has, as they are the ones that count. Huge fan of pushing and supporting victim’s rights. As a past victim myself, who never saw it coming, I know how helpful it might have been to have a brilliant and dedicated crime analyst in my corner. I bow to forever be the person I needed back then, to the victims that need that now. 5/5 stars indeed Laura!!


Laura Richards is a true advocate and voice for victims and survivors. I’ve learned so much over the years I have been listening and been taught by her in several arenas. She is a true SHERO!

What a true crime podcast should be

This is what all true crime stories should be about: THE VICTIMS! Yes she tells the full story: the when, where, why, how but the WHO is what really sets this apart. While you learn about the offender, it is in a such as way as there is no glorification, no notoriety (which so many offenders seek). But you learn about the victims & survivors whose stories often are left out and that is the connection so many other podcasts lack. There is no guilt listening to Laura on this and on True Crime Profile because the purpose is victim focused in a way that is engaging, informative & and engrossing.

So good and inspiring

I LOVE this. Laura is such a great teacher, and this podcast is amazing. She does such a great job at breaking down the pieces. I am trying break into the Crime/Intel analysis field and hearing this reminds me why I want to do it.

A Hero

I first found Laura through her other podcast Real Crime Profile. This solo venture is already packed with all the things I love in a podcast: true crime, feminism, and education. Laura tells the victims’ stories so passionately while also teaching the audience how to avoid a similar circumstance as well as how law enforcement could do better.

Highly recommend

Once again, Laura brings her expertise, intelligence and humanity to a podcast. Can’t recommend enough

Laura has done it again....

Been listening to Ms. Richard’s on Real Crime Profile with Jim Clemente and Lisa Z. She is awesome on that podcast. Here you are able to hear her POV on a case. She goes into the importance of all of the people that are affected and why it is important to learn from the past and enact change. It’s empowering. She is a teacher and but more than that - She is a force.


I look forward to this podcast every week! I love Laura on Real Crime Profile and was so excited when I heard she was doing another podcast!


Please cut down on music And tell us what the behaviors of this killer was On a daily basis. And I’m glad you have a survivor on to tell what life was like for their mom and their lives after her death. And let everyone know that she had to do what she did to feed the kids.

Love Laura!

Love Laura’s approach, we really need to stop idolizing the offenders and understanding and caring about the victims and their families. This is a learning podcast!

Thorough, Caring and Interesting

I am a real crime profile podcast fan and loyal listener so of course I had to check out Laura‘s new podcast. Laura is thoughtful, resourceful, caring, empathetic and a fierce advocate for victims. This podcast, even after the first episode, has not disappointed!

Five stars for the True Crime Queen!

I will follow Laura wherever she goes! She is the True Crime Queen. Incredible insight. She ropes me in every time and I learn so much about not only the crime she is analyzing but THE WORLD WE LIVE IN. Five stars!

It’s a true analysis

I wish I could rate this higher than 5 stars. Laura’s analysis is so thorough, I cannot wait for more episodes.

Laura Richards Is My Hero

I listen to a lot of true crime podcasts but no one is able to offer a perspective like Laura Richards. She is refreshingly blunt and professional. Laura does not just read you cases and information, she teaches you why. She is the realest of the real, she is a well of information and advocation and she is changing the world as we know it. Laura Richards is a real life hero. 100/100 listen to this podcast.

Laura Richards is a ROCK STAR

So excited for this pod cast. Ms Richards is a tireless victims’ advocate and excellent storyteller. Looking forward to more episodes!

Amazing advocate for crime victims

I absolutely love Laura-she goes into detail like no one else and helps you understand the “why” behind these horrific crimes. She’s an amazing advocate for the victims, their families, and women. If anything ever happens to me I’ve told my husband to hire you to investigate! Keep up the amazing work!

Yay Laura !!

Brilliant Teacher, love listening to Laura I have learned so much from you Laura about Cohersive Control and have helped many of my patients.

Laura Richards, advocate for truth changes us all for the better

Laura’s hands on experience and insight have taught me SO much about truth and justice in relationships. Her clarity and vision haven’t just changed the laws to better protect women. She also teaches each and every one of us how to better spot manipulation, coercion, and danger. I love learning from her and gaining the insights she’s worked so hard to earn. We’re lucky to have this podcast!


Laura is an amazing activist and smart!! I love hearing her truth bomb from her expert lens. I feel like as a survivor, she actually had my back! Love your work!! Thank you for all you do for abuse victims Laura!


Laura Richards has one of the most fascinating minds in true crime.

Important & Necessary Podcast

Laura Richards is my shero. Her work with domestic violence and stalking victims is so important. This podcast is going to help so many people understand coercive control and prevent murders in slow motion. Thank you Laura!

Smart; amazing teacher to all.

Laura is such an important person for any true crime lover to have in their ear! She’s taught me so much about how to look at situations and circumstances that I previously either didn’t understand fully or didn’t realize that the “typical” outlook shouldn’t be “typical”. She’s an inspiration, a woman to be admired. I can’t wait to hear her new podcast