Accusedis creating a true-crime podcast reinvestigating cold cases.
This tier provides early ad-free access to new episodes of Accused (note that our seasons take more than a year to produce, so this doesn't promise episodes at consistent intervals), as well as bonus episodes (longer interviews, update episodes, etc.) that we feel appropriate to release. You'll be helping support our investigative work, which requires both money and time to do right.
Amber and Amanda figure it's a lot to ask for monthly support of a podcast that releases annually at best, so we'll produce an additional monthly podcast called -30- to touch base with fans and discuss criminal justice issues. Hopefully it'll be a little less earnest than our case-specific work.
Access to everything at the earlier tiers as well as monthly behind-the-scenes content. One month that might be a short video of us working on the current case, while another might be a live chat with Amber and/or Amanda in which we'd take submitted questions (assuming you have some).
For us, this job is as close to perfect as we could hope. We get to put to work our storytelling and investigative skills, which we've honed over a combined 40 years in journalism. (That is admittedly a horrifyingly big number when written.) When we pick a case, investigating it becomes a full-time job. Our focus is the victim and the questionably accused. We choose cases that seem like they weren't given the attention they deserved, either because investigators formed a theory too quickly and stuck with it, or because investigators didn't have the time or support to do the legwork needed. Our resources are limited, so we have to be selective about the cases we adopt. To that end, each case also highlights issues in the criminal justice system that we want to explore as journalists.
In a changing journalism landscape, we're experimenting here with a new way to help fund our work. The focus of Accused will always be on the cases we reinvestigate, and that work takes priority and will always be free to listeners. But with this Patreon community, we'll post extended interviews, bonus episodes and off-shoot creations for those wanting more. We also will make new episodes of Accused available early and free of ads.
Thank you for your support. It means more than you know.