“Small Town Murder” has been sweeping the nation with its comedic takes on crime in the country’s smallest communities. This podcast was mentioned by the hosts of “It’s Always The Husband” on episode 7 of “Podsauce” as one of their favorite podcasts of all time, and a show they emulate theirs after. Hosted by comedians James Pietragallo and Jimmie Whisman, “Small Town Murder” is one of the (ironically) biggest comedy true crime podcasts ever. Together, they do in-depth research on the wildest murders that happened in the farthest corners of America and present it in their own unique way.
You might recognize Piertagallo and Whisman’s names from another hit podcast they host, “Crime in Sports.” After talking about athletes who lost it big in the eyes of the law (and fans – killing typically doesn’t win you supporters), they realized that what people really wanted was murder anywhere they could find it.
Thus, “Small Town Murder” was born. These are cases you probably haven’t heard of before, in towns you never knew existed. But Piertagallo and Whisman are here to tell you that these little pockets of America have hands down the weirdest, wackiest, and strangest murder cases you’ll ever hear. Excruciatingly detailed, the two comedians paint a picture of each tiny town so you know exactly what you’re dealing with. From murders to serial killers to kidnappings and mysteries, there’s a little something for everyone.
Some fan favorite episodes include “#116 – A Vampire Pyramid Scheme in Marshfield, Massachusetts,” a particularly crazy murder involving house fires, vampire MLMs, and pocket robins. Or, if you’re not interested in the inner mechanisms of vampirism, try “#060 – A Triangle Of Tragedy in Phillips, Oklahoma.” A weird story of what could be defined as a cult, karma showing she’s still got it, and using “white trash” as a legal defense.
The two hosts also emphasize every episode that if you don’t believe comedy and crime belong together, then this might not be the podcast for you. But, if you’re looking to laugh at some very stupid criminals, bumbling small town police forces, and crazy twists and turns, then “Small Town Murder” delivers every time. Besides, laughter is the best medicine. Listen to “Small Town Murder” to see if your hometown has made the list.