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.
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!
We need more women in the world like Laura Richards. She’s intelligent, empathetic, & willing to be a voice for victims.
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.
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.
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.
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!
What a unique and amazing tale about the strength of families during the worst moments in their lives. I appreciate the more human approach to the stories being told. you get just as much information but in a smart and respectful way. Hearing about it from all of these different angles somehow makes it more real and not just another murder talkshow on a podcast show. It's horrifying and intriguing at the same time
Love hearing “language matters” and why in a murder case. The point is underscored and episode #2 highlights this. Well done.
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.
Laura Richards has done a sensitive job of listening to the children who were also victims of this ruthless and violent murderer.
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.
Brilliant job by Laura! I’m a fellow Crime Analyst having worked hundreds of murder cases in the UK and have had the pleasure to know and work with Laura for many years. What separates this podcast from other true crime podcasts is the humanity behind the headlines. It provides a clinical breakdown of how the job gets done but the golden thread is always the victim and the huge impact violence against women and children has. As a society we are hotwired to focus on the offender and this podcast brings into sharp focus how totally wrong that is. Always question, always be curious, always realise the impact that language and assumptions has. Dig for the truth and always know behind every crime there is a family who has been destroyed by events. Bravo Laura, this podcast is a triumph and a heartfelt tribute to those lost lives and those living with the memories. #hernamewas
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!
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
I have been following Laura Richards for quite some time now. I am so grateful for and in awe of her critical mission! Her work is truly changing lives. I devoured the first 2 episodes of Crime Analyst and cannot wait for the next. Taking the power away from the offenders and giving voices back to the victims and their families in a very profound way. No one realizes how fancy names and media obsession of the OFFENDERS punish the victims and/or their families over and over again. Keep it up Laura! This podcast is incredibly well done!
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.
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!
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!
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
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.
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.