An excellent, compassionate, thoroughly researched podcast. Kudos to Laura for holding the line by honoring the victims over sensationalizing the perpetrator.
The work and research that has gone into this podcast is astounding. I cannot recommend this Podcast enough In reframing the narrative away from the perpetrator and focusing on the victims and victimology is so refreshing and should be the method the media reports on such matters going forward. This made me think about issues that had never occurred to me before, the sexist and misogynistic tropes we have all lived with for so long and we shouldn’t have to, anymore! Thank you, Laura! keep up the excellent work, on this subject and in your current day advocacy work, you’re truly an inspiration.
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.
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
As a fan of true crime but also forensic psychology this podcast ticks all of the boxes. You feel as though you are solving crimes in real time and absorbing Laura's expertise as you go. Disturbing subject matter is dealt with in a sympathetic and analytical manner as opposed to the sensationalism that ordinarily surrounds murderers.
LOVE IT! Laura has always been an advocate for women and is a powerful voice for those who need it. Yaaaaasssss 🙌🏻🙌🏼🙌🏽🙌🏾🙌🏿
This podcast is so informative, taking complex subject matter breaking it down into manageable and understandable information. Laura is masterful, she cares deeply about the victims and their loved ones and that comes across in the show. I love how uncompromising she is about the way we speak about women, how victims of crime and coercive control and also perpetrators are described. I thought I understood this subject but I have learnt so much and at times it is uncomfortable as she confronts you head on with things that I personally took for granted. Now I see things differently and how the victims of PS were not valued and that women died unnecessarily. Cannot say enough about how good this is, yes it is entertainment but with the heart of an activist and Laura's relentless campaigning is inspirational.
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 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!!
Brilliant podcast! Tired of true cringe podcasts with joking comedians discussing gruesome behaviors? This is the podcast you want. Laura is smart and dedicated and setting off truth bombs about police corruption, lying, laziness and cover ups. I can see the world changing because of the work Laura Richards is doing. Best to you, LR. Thank you.
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!
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.
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.
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!
Laura I need to thank you so much, you have saved me. The first time I saw you was years ago on the Jonbennet Ramsey discussion, along with several other expert opinions on what probably happened and who murdered that poor little beautiful girl. However, you really made a massive impression on me with your Madeleine McCann podcasts! I was relieved to actually find out there is a British highly qualified police person who has the guts and determination to stand up and call it! You are the only one that has honestly held your hand up to fight for what’s right & appear to be one that will not in any circumstances fall into corruption. I have so much admiration for Colin Sutton, who spoke out about the Maddie investigation and why he didn’t take the lead for it, due to SY/O.Grange ignoring the ground zero rule! After listening to your podcast with Jim & Lisa you had me totally zoomed in with your outspoken fact, empathy & care with your passion and force to do what’s right & bloody well fight! Thank God, one person “you!” have the gumption to take it out of the park, kick shit to the Kirb and fight! Please do not change and allow the bigwigs to pull you down 🙏 I do worry for your safety, so please keep safe in this corrupt evil world we now live in ❤️ After Maddie, I joined all podcast apps & listen to you, Jim & Lisa so much, when I’m doing housework etc; rather than listen to music. I have to say, thank you so much from the bottom of my heart 💕 I have been in an abusive relationship that took me years to get out of! But I did and had 2 young children and did it! It wasn’t physical abuse it was mental abuse. I am the strongest person you could ever meet and nobody would ever think I could of ever been in that situation, but I was and for 13yrs!! So many people disregard that kind of abuse, because you don’t have bruises or injuries to show for it! I had it all and was the envy of so many that wanted what I had and my life! In reality, none of them would want my life, having a huge, beautiful house, landscape garden, brand new car every 2-3yrs and the wining & dining! Sounds amazing, however behind closed doors was a sad awful different story I could write a book about! I was told I couldn’t leave, look what I’ve got, I left the safety of my parents and never paid a bill in my life, so how would I cope if I left? I was told this over & over and I believed it and to be honest I loved what I had! I also didn’t want to leave because of it all either!! On the outside I had it all (but always remained grounded & played it down & have never been bought into the designer world, but would have several different color jumpers I liked from a general store!) It took me 13yrs and the worry about me 2 children, I left and became a single parent and yes it was a struggle, but it came to a head that I’d rather live in a rabbit hutch with my kids than have what I had and be miserable every day of my life! I actually have a good relationship with my ex and he is the most amazing father ever! I even get on with his wife number 4! I was number 3!! Isn’t that just an alarm bell - hello - DEFCON ONE!! Then I meet the most amazing man ever, again highly qualified, this time a lot younger and I supported him through his last year In Uni and now married he supports me! Best life ever and I know have even more than I had before!! I am again the Queen bee! The envy of all, I have everything and this time soul mate love - to the point for yrs the envy love, people & friends would approach us and tell us they would love to have the relationship we have. I had a baby late in life as he was the only child, his parents are amazing and the most amazing grandparents ever! 14yrs! Together and married 6yrs married with a child, my other 2 are adults, I have the world in my palm, loving life and BANG! CHANGE!! Iv haf 2yrs of the sane abuse as I had the last time, only this time the mental control is slightly different and there’s a physical abuse in the mix! I don’t get hit directly, I get thrown, pushed and prodded hard enough to Mark! Looking back I’m stupid, it’s always been there but little and sonething you can write off with doubt?!? It’s escalated massively in the last 2yrs and probably has from the start? Now it’s so bad I’m again in a low unhappy state and this time it’s different! The pushing, throwing and forehead against mine, through gritted teeth telling me how disgusting I am and look at me with laughter! Who would want you? Howver, I’m strong enough to talk back and push his demons away! I will fight back but he is bigger & stronger I have no chance, so I block the barges and the head to head wars with all I have! This will sound mad but one time when he was trying to head barge me in bed, I was laying on my back and he was raging over me,, I arm blocked his body. I held my arm up and tried to hold it straight and solid! I didn’t realise my hand was clenched in a fist position as I held my arm straight stopping him getting in my face that was turned away from a nasty, gritted teeth and spitting angry at me. He actually got so frustrated cause I’m not the meek and mild person I once was. Out of the blue grabbed my clenched fist and hit himself in the forehead with it! OMG! I was so shocked that he got my arm and jabbed himself in the face with my fist I burst out laughing and said - OMG, WTAF?? He was embarrassed and retreated! So up to date I am in another abusive relationship and considering I need to get out. Again I see it, although it’s different I still keep allowing chances. Only this time the physical is increasing so I know I’m in a spot of bother! All I can say is LAURA RICHARDS and her podcasts I have now followed and listening to her campaign she is so pationate about, I can honestly say I’m now dealing with my shite! Iv had the lowest few depressing months and with the increasing abuse I actually thought I needed to die! It is only my 10yr old daughter that kept me here, cause I nearly took my own life because I thought I was put on this earth to just be abused. I’m fighting my way through it big time! Yes I’m still here and still taking the abuse but I’m ready to go and I’m keeping strong for our daughter! I’m still at the giving chances stage and hoping he will change, yet know he won’t! Laura you are giving me the strength in your podcasts to find my inner strength! He hates you with a vengeance, and calls u out in arguments - Oh cause Laura told you did she? Yes she bloody did abd I know if I asked her for help as high up as she is she will be here and take your ass away! I now Iv ranted on but I sincerely hope i can help others and will gladly come forward and help with your campaign! You are giving me the inner strength to go on and be strong! 💪 Thank you 😊 I can find me I’m sure and I will be happy to promote it’s not just the beating or killing in an abusive relationship, the mental torture can be so bad and physical abuse that isn’t hitting or kicking that is so hard to prove. This is so long I’m not going to re-read or spell check it’ was hard enough putting it here. Thank you Laura you helped me to out this out there 💕
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.
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!
This is for the listener with more than just a passing interest in true crime. It takes you in depth into the workings of both those who commit crime and the people and agencies who catch them. Do not expect generalisations and surface here. Laura is a true professional who pulls no punches when calling out the organisational bias that has failed victims repeatedly. Equally though she is quick to identify good police work and praise those who are endeavouring to rebalance our culture in favour of the victim. Prepare to be engaged, informed and changed.
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 is an incredible podcast analysing crime and perpetrators in an incredibly professional, thorough and insightful way. I have learned so much more from this podcast than from most others, not just about the crime itself but also the social context in which it has taken place. I love the fact that there are many, many episodes going deeply into it, combined with fascinating interviews. The most thorough analysis you will find anywhere, along with action guides and very useful advice. Fantastic.
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.
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.
A forensic deconstruction of a familiar case, presented in a way which is accessible without being over simplified. Laura keeps the victims at the forefront of the story and ensures that they, rather than the perpetrator, are the focus. The failings of the investigation are jaw dropping and the discussions of inherent misogyny and prejudice gave me pause for thought - particularly discussions around the language used to talk about female victims of male violence. I look forward to future seasons of Crime Analyst.