What can you do in a three-minute TikTok video? The answer turned out to be basically anything: refill a fridge, tell people what to read, remind viewers that retail employees are human too, let someone know their partner is cheating, and so much more. For better or worse, that includes true crime media.
From creators who don’t cite their sources to those who stereotype crime victims, to attempting to overlook or erase the realities of police brutality, misogyny, racism, and other systemic issues, the toxicology seems alive in the real crime media. They have and here are the top 10 of 2022.
Credits: Screenshot TikTok/ @TruerCrimePod
Celia Stanton is the creator of the podcast True Crime, yes, it examines true crime stories with nuances that are often omitted from the more risqué news. On her TikTok, she addresses the whitewashed, pro-police, true crime media and how it affects the way we think about high-profile cases. Susan Smith. Specifically, Stanton shows how the media appropriately fictionalized Smith before he accused a Black man of kidnapping a car and kidnapped his two children and admitted that he actually killed them—a phenomenon that has resulted in the targeting and death of Black men for decades. . Also, check out his series on Jonestown, which reveals many details about the massacre you probably didn’t know about, including the fact that 70% of the 909 people who died were Black people and mostly women and children.
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Credits: Screenshot TikTok/ @HeyImAfia
Afia Asamoah “sits on a chair and talks” and you’ll be glad you visited her TikTok corner. Come for “Spark Notes Story Time”. Along with the perfectly placed profanity, stay tuned for polygraph tests, police errors, and their thoughts on what it takes for law enforcement to pay attention to cases of missing and murdered people of color. and how much real crime a person can consume responsibly in making it beautiful.
Credits: Screenshot TikTok/ @CriminologyAndCoffee
“Netflix makes everyone think they’re working for the FBI,” says Rebekah T, creator and co-host of Criminology and Coffee. Doctor’s Crime digital audio file. (To say he wasn’t wrong is an understatement.) This TikTokker’s focus is on victims, but it’s also dedicated to dispelling myths about true crime, including the “zip in the doorknob” rumor perpetrated by someone else. TikTok video. There’s plenty of other educational content, including information on unsolved cases and missing persons, as well as much-needed calls of bizarre true crime events such as people conducting crime-scene sessions. (Yes, you read it right.)
Credit: Screenshot TikTok/ @KaraRobinsonChamberlain
In 2002, 15-year-old Kara Robinson Chamberlain was abducted from her best friend’s front yard in Columbia, South Carolina. She escaped and took the police to her captor, who would later turn out to be a man. serial killer. Robinson Chamberlain’s TikTok account, now in his mid-thirties, is an education space; Check out her videos on how to talk to children about sexual abuse, victim compensation funds, the treatment of missing youth by law enforcement, as well as mental health and support for victims of violent crime. Even if you’re undecided about videos of people wearing makeup while talking about disturbing things, watch Robinson Chamberlain talk about true crime industry “scumbags” while applying foundation.
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After Alissa Turney disappeared from Phoenix, Arizona in 2001 at the age of 17, her half-sister Sarah was tasked with finding some answers. Sarah didn’t even hesitate when her own father (and Alissa’s stepfather) Michael appeared to be guilty of Alissa’s murder. (He was accused of killing Alissa in 2020.) Sarah Turney started her excellent podcast Voices for Justice In 2019, at the center of the first season is Alissa’s then-unsolved story. Since then, she has continued to pursue other unresolved cases as well as defending on behalf of victims and their families. He’s also great at TikTok. Hers expands on missing persons cases, comes true on mental health and expresses her frustrations about the real criminal community, including the exploitation of families by the creators… And then there’s the potentially haunted attic.
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Credits: Screenshot TikTok/ @TraumaMommaMoe
In August of 2022, news feed published an article about TikTok creators whose family members were killed and whose stories were transferred to TV shows. One of the names in the news was Mariah Day, whose mother Betsy Faria was killed by Pam Hupp in 2011. Things about Pam Revealing last summer, Day started using TikTok to informally respond to the series and its viewers and share what it’s like to live with such a traumatic loss. Day’s TikTok is also a place where viewers can find out who Betsy Faria really is, a feisty, determined woman who continues to make an impact.
Credits: Screenshot TikTok/ @TheMissPamelaJ
In July 2022, Pamela posted a video on her TikTok asking her followers what they thought of creators who financially benefited from true crime stories. The video went viral and sparked a wider conversation about true crime victims and respect for their families. “This bullshit is getting bullshit,” Pamela says in front of a background photo of a Richard Ramirez keyring. In a video about serial killer products, including a makeup bag with pictures of Jeffrey Dahmer, Charles Manson, Ted Bundy, and the like, he addresses the people who would buy such things. He then explains that investigating true crime must be about understanding the bigger picture and, above all, respecting the victims’ families. In his videos, he commissions those who romanticize and sexualize serial killers, ignore victims and their loved ones, urging us all to “do better” and consider what is behind our true consumption of crime.
Credit: Screenshot TikTok/ @TheFallLinePodcast
if you didn’t listen Fall Line In podcast format, go and do it. Plus, subscribe to their TikTok, where you’ll find tons of videos about hidden cold cases in the southeastern United States, interview previews, and answers to crime-related questions you didn’t know you had: is it cold? How do cadaver dogs do their job? Are wrongfully convicted people compensated in any way? On both the podcast and its associated TikTok, Fall Line It does what all good true crime media should do – it draws attention to the victim and keeps it there.
Credits: Screenshot TikTok/ @DNADoeProject
DNA Doe Project Jane and John Does, a nonprofit organization that uses genetic genealogy (DNA testing and profiling to reveal genetic relationships between people) to identify the unidentified remains of people who may be victims of crime or accidents. Some TikToks focus on different cases of Doe in their system, while others announce that someone has been identified, share stories from their volunteers, and even offer tips on how you can become a research genetic genealogist.
Credit: Screenshot TikTok/ @MauraMurrayMissing
“Missing Maura Murray” is her sister Julie Murray’s TikTok account. MauraHe disappeared after his car crashed into a New Hampshire road in 2004. Maura’s case has been the subject of podcasts, documentaries, and wild speculation, but it’s still unsolved. Julie answers questions about her sister’s case, but her TikTok also gives an insight into what it’s like when the person you love disappears. That means living in the midst of rumors and blaming the victim and coping with being at the center of one of the most publicized true crime cases in recent history.