Masks With A True Crime Theme

Since so many countries are making it obligatory to wear masks in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic and probably that’s the reality we are facing for the next few months, I decided to hunt down some masks with a personality (or a multiple personality disorder.) Take a look and get yours too from an independent artist. There is no reason to not to look cool while protecting your fellow humans.

(Now there is also a 20% discount if you order 4 on RedBubble!)

John Wayne Gacy/Pogo the Clown

Or Ted Bundy, maybe John Wayne Gacy with his weird little moustache, or Richard Ramirez? They have it all if you plan on unleashing the nightmare on the tube. I’m not so brazen, but definitely send me a picture if you are, I will surely appreciate your sense of humour!

Criminal Minds

I think all true crime junkies were obsessed with Criminal Minds at one point or another. Then you realise that real life cases are rarely as straight forward as Spencer Reid and Co makes it out to be, but that doesn’t mean you wouldn’t look good wearing a mask with him on it. There are also masks with the team, or the classic “Wheels up in 30” quote. Take your pick!

Stay Sexy, Don’t Get Murdered

My Favourite Murder was the show which really got me hooked on true crime podcasts, so clearly one of my choices has to be something with Karen and Georgia involved. I lik the below one but there is just too many to choose, with Stay out of the Forest or just a simple SSDGM.

Spahn Ranch, home to the Manson Family

Okay, I promise this is the last one…. I just absolutely love these subtle insider jokes where you can have a little giggle with yourself and when someone asks… Then you can offload years of true crime documentary knowledge on them.

Joe Exotic and Fucking Carole Baskin

Okay, I lied. It wasn’t the last one. But what would 2020 be without Tiger King? So obviously there is a huge selection based on the Netflix documentary/obsession. You can have John’s amazing smile, or a simple – Vote Joe Exotic mask to spend the rest of the summer in.

5 Birthday Present Ideas for the True Crime Junkie

One of the girls in our My Favourite Murder Group had her birthday this week and I decided to pick out 5 presents which we (mostly me), true crime junkies, would love to find under the wrapping paper on our birthday.

Vintage Police Notebook

All true crime junkies dream of the day when they solve a cold case or a mysterious disappearance. Listening to Murder Squad, doing Google searches and waiting for a pattern to jump at you from looking at your searches, or maybe trying to crack the unsolved Zodiac Killer cyphers? This notebook might be the extra inspiration you needed.

Price: £6.00 and free delivery in the UK

Any Murder Squad Themed Present

My browsing through Etsy led me down the rabbit hole and I found some very interesting items relating to my new favourite podcast, The Murder Squad with Jensen and Holes. I would be lying if I would say that I don’t have a crush on these two fine gentleman with their huge knowledge and their desire to find the thruth, throw the bad guys in prison and get justice for the victim’s families.

You can find stickers, cross stich kits and even candles with their faces. At True Crime Idol Candles from every purchase 2 dollar goes towards the End The Backlog initiative which is absolutely awesome!

Billy Jensen and Paul Holes Cross Stitch Kit

Sassi Stitch Boutique has tons of modern designs – quite a lot with My Favourite Murder quotes as well, but these two side by side designs are absolutely hillarious. You can get all the designs as a kit or as just a downloadable design.

Billy Jensen and Paul Holes Stickers

Burnin’ for Billy or Hot for Holes? Pick your team and shop the holographic stickers on EwingsDesignArt on Etsy. There are also tons of My Favourite Murder inspired stickers too so worth ordering a bunch for £2.54.

Murderino Assymetrical Knife Earrings

I absolutely love assymetrical earrings and there is nothing more fun than shocking people with some of your accessories. I have a bloody meatcleaver handbag which this would match perfectly.

Price: £10.00 and free delivery in the UK

Lake Sammamish Mug

I’ve seen a couple of brilliant mugs – mostly loving the snarky Jeffrey Dahmer ones, but I don’t think I would get away with that in the office. This one is more subtle and you won’t be reported to HR while it’s quite likely that other murderinos will spot it and you find your office tribe where you can talk about serial killers as much as you want!

Price: £16.91 and free delivery in the UK

Beach Reads For Crime Lovers

While the coronavirus is still affecting life and our travel plans cancelled the only real escape is books, films and podcasts. Most of us are finally allowed to enjoy some sunshine on the beach and the parks so here are some books which can distract you. This time I picked some fictional crime and some whodunnits, because sometimes we all need to take a step back from true crime.

Oyinkan Braithwaite: My Sister The Serial Killer

I picked this book up because of the cover (I just loved the artwork) and I was pleasently surprised by the story, the story telling, the humour and everything else about it. It was also a Sunday Times Bestseller, longlisted for the Booker Prize in 2019, shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2019 and the winner of the 2019 LA Times Award for Best Crime Thriller.

When Korede’s dinner is interrupted one night by a distress call from her sister, Ayoola, she knows what’s expected of her: bleach, rubber gloves, nerves of steel and a strong stomach. This’ll be the third boyfriend Ayoola’s dispatched in, quote, self-defence and the third mess that her lethal little sibling has left Korede to clear away. She should probably go to the police for the good of the menfolk of Nigeria, but she loves her sister and, as they say, family always comes first. Until, that is, Ayoola starts dating the doctor where Korede works as a nurse. Korede’s long been in love with him, and isn’t prepared to see him wind up with a knife in his back: but to save one would mean sacrificing the other…

Price: FREE with Audible, Kindle £3.59, Paperback £5.99

Anthony Horovitz: Magpie Murders

I’m not quite sure how I ended up with his book, but it was on of those I wanted to discuss with people but without giving away anything from the story. It has one of the best twists I’ve ever read and I didn’t expect it at all. So I don’t want to give away too much about the story, because it’s the best part of it, but if you don’t believe me that it’s a great book, take Stephen King’s word for it!

‘Want to read a great whodunnit? Anthony Horowitz has one for you: MAGPIE MURDERS. It’s as good as an Agatha Christie. Better, in some ways. Cleverer.’

Stephen king

Price: FREE with Audible, Kindle £5.99, Hardcover £6.18

Stephen King: Bill Hodges trilogy

Speaking about Stephen King, he can’t be missing from your summer reading list. If you haven’t read the Bill Hodges trilogy you are missing out. A retired detective, a mistery, some supernatural, a vicious killer… what else do you need for a good escape?

Speaking about Stephen King, he can’t be missing from your summer reading list. If you haven’t read the Bill Hodges trilogy you are missing out. A retired detective, a mistery, some supernatural, a vicious killer… what else do you need for a good escape? The series is already on Amazon, if you prefer a good watch to a good read.

Listen to it for FREE on Audible or get the Kindle for £5.99

Dan Wells: John Cleaver series

A list wouln’t be complete without a real serial killer story. John Cleaver is not your average teenager. He is works in his family’s mortuary and has an obsession with serial killers. He wants to be a good person, but fears he is a sociopath, and for years he has suppressed his dark side through a strict system of rules designed to mimic ‘normal’ behavior. But all changes when a series of murders is happening in his town and he starts his own investigation…

There are 6 books in the series and I’m on book 3, so don’t spoil it for me if you get to the end before me!

Listen to it for FREE on Audible or get the Kindle for £5.99

Essentials For The Perfect Night In With Your Favourite True Crime Documentaries

In the last couple of weeks, we all spent more time on the couch than we thought it’s even possible and unfortunately the end is still far away. So it’s time to face it – we all need to turn our flats into the perfect place for a comfortable night in with your favourite documentary. The Danish already perfected Hygge, it is our turn now! 

Weighted Blanket

We can all use something which helps ease our stress and anxiety and helps us fall asleep. Weighted blankets provide a sensation of being hugged which shown to increase the level of serotonin (happy hormones) and melatonin (hormone that regulates sleep-wake cycle), and also releases cortisol (stress hormone). 

Keep in mind when picking out the blanket that it has to be as heavy as 10% of your weight to be see the change in your sleep and anxiety. 

Price starts from £69.99 but the heavier the blanket you need, the priciew it gets.

Popcorn maker

What is a good movie night without some popcorn? I have one of the hot air corn poppers for years and I love it. It doesn’t require any fats so it’s a low calorie treat for the evenings.

A Favourite Wine Tumbler

I don’t know about you but I regularly manage to spill my bevarage on the couch while tryint to get cosy. Plus hugging my glass gets my wine warm too quickly, so having an insulated wine glass with a LID on saves quite a bit of washing and cleaning. It’s also great for picnics, the beach or in the office when you want to pretend that you are having coffee – not like would ever do that!

These unicorn styleinsulated wine tumblers only go for £12.99

Booze Scented Candles

Are you going alcohol free for the night? I commend you! But is there anything better than the smell of a lovely gin and tonic or a glass of wine? I thought so. Luckily there is a solution to have your cake and eat it too – Bottled Up wine scented candles!

These yummies start from £8.00

5 True Crime Books Every True Crime Junkie Must Have

Do you consider yourself a real true crime junkie? Then you must have (and read) these absolute classics. The Zodiac, the Green River Killer or Ted Bundy, they cover it all.

1) Ann Rule: The Stranger Beside Te

A #1 New York Times Best Seller, The Stranger Beside Me gives us probably one of the most intimate portrait of Ted Bundy. Ann Rule who had years of experience and someof the best connections in law enforcement have been the serial killer’s friend for years, worked the night shift together at the crisis hotline and she is one of the few people who regularly kept in contact with Ted Bundy after his imprisonment. together and stayed in touch with Bundy after his imprisonment.

It isn’t and easy read, it’s dark and twisted but Ann Rule is one of the best crime writers and she pays respect to all the known victims.

Price: It’s FREE with Kindle Unlimited and Audibook and it’s available in hardcover and paperback too.

2) The Riverman: Ted Bundy and I Hunt for the Green River Killer

I know, I know, another Ted Bundy book… But listen, this book set me off on the path of true crime books and Robert Keppel’s relationship with Ted Bundy is pretty incredible.

July 15, 1982 they discover the first victim of the “Green River Killer” then in quick succession more and more bodies are showing up in and around Washington state’s Green River. The serial killer has been suspected in over 40 murders and the authorities are at a complete loss on who could be the perpetrator.

Then Robert Keppel receives a letter from Ted Bundy who is sitting on death row and very much interested in the details of the case, after all these are his old hunting grounds. He offers his help and in the following years he has regular contact with the investigator helpiing him to understand this other monster.

It’s an interesting concept – think Ed Kemper in Mindhunters or the Silence of the Lambs – to follow the investigation through the years while the countdown is on for Ted Bundy’s execution. While Ted helps Keppel, he also reveals more and more about his dark mind. Not for the faint hearted!

Price: The Kindle edition is £4.99 and the hardcover is £28.75

3) Robert Greysmith: Zodiac

“This is the Zodiac speaking. I like killing people because it is so much fun…the most thrilling experience…”

The Zodiac Killer terrorised Northern California and taunted the police for years with his mocking notes. It is still one of the biggest mysteries in the true crime world and any book or movie on the topic is an inerest of mine, so obviously it had tobe on the list.

He was never caught. Author Robert Graysmith tells the inside story of the hunt for the hooded killer, and finally reveals his possible true identity.

Price: It’s FREE on Audobook and the paperback is £7.99

4) Rober Keppel: Signature Killers

Was there ever a book about serial killers not covering Ted Bundy? Not my fault that one of the best detectives, Keppel again, wrote so much about him. But this book covers much more than that – itgoes deep into the mind of serial killers likeJeffrey Dahmer and John Wayne Gacey.

Interpreting the calling cards of the serial murderer, Robert Keppel reveals the answers hidden among the grisly evidence, the common threads that link each devastating act of brutal violence. Explore in unflinching detail the monstrous patterns, sadistic compulsions and depraved motives of the killer, and why they kill again and again.

The book is very graphic and sometimes dry, but if you are a true crime junkie you need to have it.

Price: the Kindle Edition is £2.99 and the paperback edition is £9.99

5) Stay Sexy and Don’t Get Murdered: The Definitive How-To Guide From the My Favorite Murder Podcast

A light hearted at the end. I’m obsessed with the My Favourite Murder podcast and I think Georgia Hardstark and Karen Kilgariff aren’t just incredibly funny, but very strong and sane emphatetic voices in today’s crayz world.

This book is an honest account of depression, eating disorders and addiction. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry and you’ll thank me for suggesting this book.

Price: It’s free with Audible,  £9.99 on Kindle and  £11.99 in the beautiful hardcover edition.