I moved to Vancouver Island as my husband took a job here. I quit my Executive Producer position at CBC Vancouver, took early retirement but wasn't quite ready to call it quits on story telling.
In Season 2, I joined the Rogers' Frequency Podcast network. Their creative team now designs my podcast covers. I have a producer named Claire who listens carefully to each draft episode and provides feedback and an audio engineer named Brandon who makes my mixes sound better! And I also have support from the Frequency gang on things like ads and social media. I still do all of the original journalism -the research, writing, interviewing and editing on my own.
I don't make any money on Island Crime. Some day ads may generate enough money to cover my costs (travel, gear, subscriptions) . Right now Island Crime is almost entirely a labour of love. (and that's just fine the work is very rewarding)
If you like hearing gruesome terrifying stories about horrible humans doing horrible things, Island Crime is not for you. I focus on the victims and their families and friends. I deliver context and depth. I want people to understand and empathize with my story telling. I don't want listeners to be traumatized. That's not the point.
Great question. Thanks for asking. I want justice for the victims and those who love them. Through my story telling I hope to jar memories, bring forward witnesses and help keep the stories in the public eye. I also try to push the investigation forward where and when I can.
If nothing else I hope to tell stories with dignity that families will find worthwhile.
I want to build on the work the police have been able to do in each case. If possible I aim for a positive, professional working relationship with the police involved in the file. But I'm not a police agent. I'm not beholden to anyone except the victim and those who love them.
Love fast paced, action packed, easily digestible true crime? Then Island Crime is not for you. This is the single most significant event in the lives of the victim's loved ones. I take my time. I go deep. And sometimes include aspects of life that don't relate directly to the crime, but do reveal a more complete picture. And if you are in a hurry, go ahead and listen in double time!
That's true. Most of my journalism career involved producing other broadcasters. Now that I work solo, I have to use my own voice. I get it. My voice is not everyone's cup of tea. If you don't like it there are so many great podcasts you can choose to listen to!
I've had many requests to take on particular cases. I do all of the journalism alone. I take about a year on each season. So I can't possibly cover all of the stories suggested to me, as much as I wish I could. I focus on Vancouver Island cases only because as much as possible I try to go to the scene of the crime and to meet people where they live.