From the same network that brought you My Favorite Murder and This Podcast Will Kill You comes The Fall Line. This podcast is a serialized true-crime narrative and possibly one of the most important podcasts currently in production, as well as one of the most binge worthy podcasts out there.

Hosted by the show’s writer Laurah Norton and licensed therapist Brooke Hargrov, The Fall Line focuses each season on a different cold case that seems to have been forgotten by time. These cases are typically from marginalized communities in the Southeast and have been passed over by mainstream media often because they weren’t shocking, gory or blonde-haired and blue-eyed enough to earn mass media coverage. 

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Truth be told: it can be a difficult listen. It’s bittersweet regardless of what season you’re binging. On one hand you are presented with the case in its entirety, which doesn’t have much information in some scenarios, and on the other, you learn how modern technology, social media and DNA advances could be the keys to solving it.

They also post updates in between seasons to let listeners know about recent breaks in a specific case. It gives you hope, gives the families hope, all while keeping you on the edge of your seat as you eagerly await for the next update or the declaration that a suspect has finally been arrested. And the rest of the time? You’ll feel like ripping your hair out. 

I work an over night job, which great because I don’t have to deal with people and I get to listen to my audio books and podcasts while I work. There have been countless times where I have been listening to The Fall Line, had to pause it and stop what I was doing to take a deep breath as I debated if I wanted to continue listening. It’s frustrating to say the least. Questions like “Why have I never heard of this?” or “How could this have happened?” will bounce around your head time and time again. But maybe that’s a good thing.

These cases desperately need a spotlight, the frustration this podcast produces have sparked inspiration in the internet’s armchair detectives as they debunk theories the police have come up with. In the case of Dannette and Jeannette Millbrook, early listeners even managed to get a billboard up as well as create a reward in the case of missing Augusta, GA twins. It’s hard work. Work that undoubtedly makes true-crime heartthrobs like Paul Holes and Billy Jensen proud.

It’s interesting to listen as everyone involved behind the scenes essentially builds up a case from nothing. It’s well written, well executed and compassionate as can be. If you want an eye-opening, well-researched podcast that makes you think and feel deeply then consider listening to The Fall Line. Available on their official website, iTunes, Stitcher and where ever you get your podcasts.

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Fallon Marie Gannon