I LOVE this article, and I couldn’t agree more about MFM and most of the other true-crime podcasts. Too much random chit-chat, not enough actual storytelling and forensics.
Excellent recommended reading list — I own the Bill Bass book and in college, I interviewed his successor, Murray Marks. Also “Dead Men Do Tell Tales” by William R. Maples is similar, and fascinating. And I really liked “The Poisoner’s Handbook,” which is a lot like “The Butchering Art” in that it details the history of that particular branch of forensics, though individual cases.
You might also like Mary Roach’s “Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers,” even though it’s not true crime.
Anyway, you’ve got a new fan! Can’t wait to read what you publish next.