A Very Fatal Murder
About This Show
A Very Fatal Murder sends Onion Public Radio (OPR) correspondent David Pascall from New York City to the sleepy town of Bluff Springs, Nebraska to investigate the mysterious death of a 17-year-old girl, Hayley Price. Hayley was a popular, smart animal lover, with a bright future ahead of her. Everyone in town knew her name, and now everyone in town is a suspect. Join David as he works to understand why the initial investigation of Hayley’s death failed, and how a very inquisitive and Pulitzer-hungry podcast host might shed new light on the case.Read more »
Most Recent Episode
Episode 6: The Game Changer
In the finale of “A Very Fatal Murder,” David returns to where it all began to finally solve the murder of Hayley Price.Read more »
Rated 5 out of
A Perfect Parody
I am a huge fan of true crime podcasts (My Favorite Murder, Casefile, LPOTL, All Killa No Filla, Criminal--and so many others), so I am all-too-familiar with some of the tropes and cliches that most podcasts of that genre employ (whether purposeful or not), the type of music they use, the way many of the hosts speak for over-dramatic effect, and their particular fascination with--for the most part--beautiful, white female victims. The Onion has done an amazing job picking out ll of those cliches and more--including the way in which many podcasters do tend to look down on the small towns they cover, or the borderline-to-outright exploitation of the murder victims that they cover in their episodes.
I still love true crime podcasts, but I do think the entire community should listen to this and take a good look in the mirror and be able to laugh at some of the things they all do (and often pretend it's okay or that they're better than that) and then go on and maybe make some changes to some of the things they do that are.. less than kosher. Like, perhaps choosing to finally focus on POC and LGBT cases, and cases where the victim isn't traditionally attractive or those working in professions that frequently get victim-blamed (s*ex workers).
This podcast itself is incredibly well-done (and high production quality, especially for a parody) and I just can't get over all the idiosyncrasies they picked up on and lampooned. The mock ads were hilarious and spot on. It was funny as all get out and kept me interested the whole time. The only complaint I have, is that I honestly would have liked several more episodes! Bravo.
This is exactly what a parody should be. Entertaining, hilarious and based in truth but exaggerated for effect. Something that you can tell was created by people who love the genre (or at least they were consulted on it) in order to get it such an authentic feel. Great work--I highly recommend this to anyone who is a fan of true crime podcasts or podcasts in general.
Date published: 2018-02-10