Flawed but rewards patience
I found this pod slow-going at first but persisted and am glad I did. I count on Serial/NYT to elevate the subjects it tackles and, in the end, this series brings nuance and subtlety I’ve rarely seen in true crime. I think someone approaching it from a “traditional” investigative true crime perspective could be disappointed, because that’s not what this is. What it does well is shine light on the CONVENTIONS and tropes of the genre and the shades of gray that reveal themselves in many cold cases. I found the exploration of the limitations of memory, how even our most vivid and powerful memories can trick us, to be fascinating, and loved the openminded and human approach taken in interviews of subjects other true crime pods would steamroll. On balance I think “Coldest Case” overdoes this approach in the interview of the prime suspect and a more aggressive approach would better serve the search for truth. On the other hand, I thought the current lead detective was ILL-served by his depiction here; he seems a model of diligence and objectivity. In any case, I found it very thought-provoking. Those who find fault with the initial depiction of Laramie should listen on, as ultimately that is more of a setup for a later epiphany that is far kinder toward the town.
Bzpal via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/26/23
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