Of all the content I follow, this podcast has become the thing I am most excited for each week. As a survivor of domestic abuse and coercive control, I am so grateful that Laura is educating the world on how damaging these behaviors are, and what they actually look like to those outside of the situation. I have hope that someday our criminal and judicial systems will finally understand and hold these perpetrators accountable. Your Gabby Petito episodes, especially, have been incredible and so important. I see so many uneducated comments online about how the Moab police did the best they could, and I'm grateful you're out there explaining all the signs of coercive control and abuse that they missed. Thank you, Laura, for this immensely vital and valuable work you are doing! I can't wait to hear your talk at the upcoming International Coercive Control Conference!
Thank you Laura for standing out amongst the rest in your reporting and sharing. You are clearly so experienced and professional. I appreciate your dedication and your approach.
As a survivor of domestic abuse myself, I know I can always count on Dr Laura Richards to get it right! Even when the media sensationalizes the abuser and demonizes the victim, you can count on Laura to advocate, empathize and educate.
Laura has an amazing amount of specific knowledge and skill in recognizing and explaining the dangerous characteristics of coercive control. The Gabby Petito series is so wrenching but also a very clear scenario of what Laura calls a murder in slow The episode on 8/31/2022 taking a very close listen to the officers as they totally missed every opportunity to recognize what a dangerous situation Gabby was incredibly “angry making” - to use Laura’s turn of words - The work Laura is doing is vital to educating citizens and peace officers of the signs of coercive control - they are indeed in plain sight - I love love love Crime Analyst
You are doing the hard work. It’s almost impossible for me to listen to these police tapes from Gabby. They are leaving me raging at the lies and misunderstanding.
I have so much respect for Laura Richards and her work. She is intelligent, compassionate, and insightful. She genuinely cares for crime victims & wants to educate people in order to increase their understanding of the causes of these crimes and the real issues that cause abuse and coercive control to occur and continue. She’s a great teacher and I especially appreciate it when she ‘breaks down’ what peoples words and behaviors really mean. In my opinion, the best true crime podcast available. Laura Richards isn’t interested in sensationalizing or trying to be humorous or entertaining, but in educating and helping people. Thank you Laura and keep up the great work. Well done!
With so many women dying at the hands of partners and husbands daily in the U.S., this kind of training along with building awareness can save lives and costs associated with these crimes! Laura Richards has the credibility! She also uses her intuition and experience. She should write a manual or a book on this topic for the general public — especially for women! She has gained much wisdom!
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.
I’m so glad I found this podcast. Laura you are amazing, such a wonderful advocate for victims and their families. All I can say is wow. I love this podcast!
I have heard Laura in small doses for years and been impressed with her brilliance. But finding this podcast it's nothing but phenomenal. She it's so obviously engaged in showing us the light that it radiantes thru my earbuds. Listen and learn my friends! Lauri in Minnesota
I have so much respect for Laura Richards and her work. She is intelligent, compassionate, and insightful. She genuinely cares for crime victims & wants to educate people in order to increase their understanding of the causes of these crimes and the real issues that cause abuse and corrosive control to occur and continue. She’s a great teacher and I especially appreciate it when she ‘breaks down’ what peoples words and behaviors really mean. In my opinion, the best true crime podcast available. Laura Richards isn’t interested in sensationalizing or trying to be humorous or entertaining, but in educating and helping people. Thank you Laura and keep up the great work. Well done!
Love this podcast. Laura is on a mission to protect women and promote knowledge about coercive control. Keep up the great work!
Laura you are amazing. I have been listening to your podcast for a while now and have learned so much. Thank you!
We all know the stories but now we receive an education along with the facts. This show is thought provoking and reflective. I always learn something new. Well worth the time spent listening. Thank you.
Laura is nothing short of brilliant( her insights are thoughtful and enlightening. I also love her advocacy work and it shows in her words and actions. Can’t recommend this podcast enough!
I applaud your excellent analysis of the Heard case; it has been authoritative, informative and comforting. As you've mentioned, this case's outcome, and others, are triggering for survivors (including myself) with worrying implications for future disclosures and justice claims. Thanks again for your vital work!
Victoria Police behaves exactly the same way, I have documented the behaviour after I reported a workplace bullying and harassment incident to police in August 2019. Police application for a FVIO against only one of the perpetrators who was validated and emboldened by the response of police and magistrate. There followed 27 MCV Hearings with errors and skullduggery meant that police 600kms away refused to recognise the FVIO and then arrested me three times for 98 breaches stated to police in the nine statements with false information. Police eventually withdrew the stalking charges and filed a revocation of the invalid PSO but before the proceedings were over the Applicants lawyers had another PSO back in place. It’s an extraordinarily complex situation and ongoing instigated by an arch manipulator. Thank you Laura particularly for your work on Gabby Petito it has helped me enormously to understand the abuse I am subjected to. I never realised until I had turned 60.
Thank you, Laura! You at so gifted at unmasking misogyny and subtle oppression. Grateful for your expertise, insight, and compassion.
Laura Richards doesn’t just cover the bare facts of the case, or even the emotional details, but analyzes the meaning behind the actions of perpetrators to uncover what truly happened. In a day where many perpetrators of violence are taken at their word when describing what they did and why, Richards is able to take apart their words, situations and actions and uncover the real, and often more brutal, truth, holding these perpetrators truly accountable. She seamlessly blends her criminal experience and academic knowledge into clear messages that allow listeners to learn and have more insight themselves. If this podcast were required listening for police officers in training, forces all over the world would finally adequately deal with abuse, violence and sexual assault, which many forces don’t deal with well at all. So give it a listen!
Laura Richard’s is always the consummate professional who is passionate in her dedication to the betterment of society. She commits countless hours of her time producing content filled with her expertise in order to inform everyone how to identify others dangerous behavior and increase your safety and the safety of those around you.
Through extensive work and training, Laura has developed a knack for lifting the veil on Domestic Violence. Until I found her some years ago I didn’t have words for the nuances of abuse. She has given me those words. I have so much admiration and appreciation for her exhaustive work. Listen, learn and do something!
I am addicted to Laura Richard’s brain. She is so passionate, detailed and intelligent. Very highly recommended!
She never just tells lurid tales for entertainment - she’s always trying to protect and inform the public, while offering concrete legal and institutional steps we can take toward greater safety and justice.
This podcast has totally changed my view on the true crime genre. Laura goes through true crime cases in extraordinary detail. Best of all, she is an amazing advocate for woman and children and brings the victims into the story. Take a minute to listen and you will be hooked.
Top tier pod. Loaded with valuable education about victimology, and how to spot the nuances of potentially dangerous or abusive situations. I find it remarkably engaging and no bullshit. I feel that if more people listened to this podcast, there would likely be fewer tragic scenarios where "nobody saw it coming".
We are in awe of your passion and journalistic analysis. Thank you! We can not stop listening to all you commit to!