Host of Bear Brook Jason Moon explores why true crime is such a phenomenon

The true crime genre has changed dramatically in the last few years.
The true crime genre has changed dramatically in the last few years. Photo credit Matt Pitman/KCBS Radio

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS RADIO) – When Bear Brook first launched out of New Hampshire Public Radio in 2018, the landscape of true crime media was not as vast as it is today.

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The podcast, which covered a cold case out of New Hampshire's Bear Brook State Park, was groundbreaking, for delving into the use of genealogy in forensics, a technique later used to solve the Golden State Killer case.

The podcast also helped set the tone for how this type of project can garner attention from the public and law enforcement in a renewed effort to solve cold cases.

Now, five years later, the podcasting world has been flooded with true crime, and Bear Brook has returned for a second season this week.

The new season will examine another New Hampshire murder case, this time focusing on the remaining living suspect still in prison for the crime, and how his confession might have been falsely made.

In Friday's Bay Current, Moon talks about how things have changed since Bear Brook's first season, the impact true crime media can have on the legal system, and what it is that draws people in with these stories.

In the conversation I talk about my own experience working in true crime podcasting more recently, and what I've learned this past year working on my series, Bitter Academia, about the murder of Jane Stanford.

Episode one of Bear Brook Season 2 and of my podcast, Bitter Academia, are out now. Listen and subscribe wherever you listen.

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