My Favourite True Crime YouTubers

favourite true crime youtubers

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Struggling for something to watch? Love watching True Crime? Wondering where you should go to watch something new? I thought I would put together my current favourite True Crime YouTube content creators for anyone interested in getting into the topic, or people who love consuming True Crime but is running low on things to watch. I have listed 8 people/channels in no particular order that I enjoy. True Crime gets me through a work out on a regular basis and many of these people have hundreds of videos you can watch, you wont run out any time soon if you enjoy these people. All quite different from each other with a different vibes so hopefully everyone can find something to watch here.

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Kelsey Darragh’s Confidently Insecure Podcast has a series called Hoes Throughout History often crime related and sometimes supernatural stuff. She has also done some episodes on BIPOC people who have been murdered and unjustly punished, particularly the case of Saraya Rees I believe she is still working with the family on this.

Stephanie Harlowe mainly conducts true crime videos with so much research done, often several, hour long episodes or more. Mostly modern day true crime, sometimes more historic crime. Takes it very seriously, has done some historic type videos for Halloween theme. Mostly seems to be working to push cases out there and help possibly reach people who could make connections and also asking hard questions about how some investigations are done.

My Friend Kenna, the creator of LVNDR zine, introduced me to Stephanie Harlowe’s videos and said, “I enjoy watching Stephanie Harlowe because I get the sense that she truly cares about the victims. None of her content feels rushed or just for the sake of having an upload. Her content is all fully researched with some individual crimes taking two or three videos to explore fully. The emphasis is always on the victim, which I think is really important.”

Bailey Sarian hosts Murder Mystery Make-up Mondays. Does make-up whilst talking about true crime cases, mostly modern but occasionally more historic cases. Presented with some humour, less serious compared to some other YouTubers but always being respectful.

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Danelle Hallan was my first experience of true crime on YouTube (except Buzzfeed Unsolved, but she is a bit more serious and less for entertainment) I really enjoy her videos, she takes this very seriously, has a lot of in-depth research done on these cases, often roughly half-hour long but can be several hours in several episodes. Mainly works on current cases or cold cases, trying to bring attention to them in hopes they will reach the right people and eventually get solved. Often goes on other True Crime youtube channels and podcasts.

Cydnee Black has started to do some videos where she does her make-up and talks about true crime or goes more in-depth on some historic events that have been skewed. They kind of cross over in her videos but lean more on history. She has spoken about some topics I haven’t seen discussed by many other people.

Kendall Rae mainly true crime youtube videos that are a bit shorter than the other people listed, tends to vary from 15-40 minutes. She has a podcast with her partner for longer deep dives into cases, I’ve not watched or listened to it yet but you can find it here. Sometimes talks about supernatural things around October for Halloween. She also regularly sets up fundraisers on her channel.

Loey Lane mostly does conspiracy theories and supernatural but occasionally delves into more True Crime videos. She mainly does a lot of spooky tiktok analysis type videos, which I enjoy because I’m then not watching these freaky videos alone! Another Make-up/beauty YouTuber turned supernatural and true crime.

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buzzfeed unsolved

Buzzfeed Unsolved obviously, I mainly like watching Shane and Ryan, I don’t think they work with Buzzfeed as often. They are bringing out another true crime series on the channel for the spooky season though. They may be starting their own version on their new channel Watcher. Some of the Buzzfeed shorter videos with voiceover and images are interesting, but I prefer the more in-depth videos. Speaking of Watcher, they have a Puppet History series going if that’s of interest to you which can cross over with true crime.

I thought I would add a quick list of true crime documentaries you can watch on Netflix: Unsolved Mysteries, Murder to Mercy: The Cyntoia Brown Story, Abducted in Plain Sight, The Keepers, Captive, Long Shot, Remastered: The Two Killings of Sam Cooke, Making a Murderer, The Innocent Man, Time: The Kalief Browder Story, Athlete A, Dirty Money, Surviving R. Kelly, November 13: Attack on Paris, Strong Island. There are many more, but I’ve listed the ones I feel like I would like to watch and learn more about.

More can be found here and here.

I’d love to expand who I watch so please leave your favourites and recommendations in the comments! Tell me why you like them so much! I also enjoy Supernatural videos and Conspiracy theories so link some of those below too! Should I make a post about the channels doing conspiracy theories and supernatural videos? Let me know!

~ Artie

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7 Halloween films for people who don’t like scary videos.

Spooky and Gay things to watch.

My favourite Spooky Video Games to play and watch.

Spooky TBR.

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Things to Watch That are a Little Spooky and a Little Gay

things to watch that are a little gay and a little spooky

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I’ve talked about a lot of these shows before so apologies to anyone who has seen these recommended and talked about in previous posts of mine, but I wanted to compile a list of shows with queer representation but also have a spooky theme, perfect to watch for Halloween.

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: Riverdale filming and aesthetic vibes but witchier. One of the main crew is trans (Theo) with a cool bit of lore/family history. There are also a lot of sexually fluid characters, the main one being Ambrose, Sabrina’s cousin, who dates a selection of genders and multiple people at once (we love consensual polyamory). There are a lot of orgies in this show and very normalised within the witch world. Also, our icon Zelda is queerer than we originally thought but it will have to wait until the final season to really see more.

American Horror Story: Most people have seen this show by now, at least the first few seasons so I’ll try to be brief on representation. Every season of this show is spooky and horror-esk to varying degrees.

Murder House: Gay white male couple previous owners of house. It has been a while since I’ve seen this series so if I’ve missed any rep, sorry but I don’t want to re-watch it to figure it out. 

Hotel: Bi-coded vampires, gay man buying the hotel, Elizabeth Johnson (Lady Gaga’s character) is in a poly relationship with married couple, a wlw relationship with Ramona Royale, and sexualised preying on humans is pretty bi. 

Roanoke: Slave-owner and his lover (a slave, yikes), the old gay man who was a medium. Both minimal. 

Cult: Married lesbian/wlw couple. I’ve not watched much of this but they seem like a main focus. 

Being Human a show about a Ghost, a Vampire and a Werewolf being friends and living together. There was one cis white male couple in one episode early on, one of them dies and the other has to flea. The rest of the show is constantly queerbaiting, but if you can get past that, it’s pretty funny. Also the werewolf actor is gay.

October Faction: A witchy show featuring a mixed race family. The son of the main family is Black and gay, has a few love interests dotted around including other POC. I honestly don’t remember watching this… only some bits. It’s very aesthetically pleasing to look at but the writing was a bit meh.

Elite: a fantastic drama based in a high school in Spain where all the rich kids go, bit of a murder mystery. One of the rich kids is gay, another is bi and a selection of polyamorous relationships shown. One of the non-rich is a gay Muslim boy. There’s also suggestion a female character has multi-gender attraction but hasn’t had the chance to be shown in the show, I have my fingers crossed for the next season.

3%: a dystopian show with similar vibes to the Hunger games, everyone has to compete at age 20 to get into the luxurious life of the 3% but it’s a lot creepier than that. One of the main characters has multi-gender attraction to some extent, ends up with a character of the same gender. There is a trans character but she’s not in focus much at all. Not a lot of queer or trans rep otherwise but I liked this addition.

Black Lightning: A superhero show focused around a Black family. The father is the superhero with the power to control electricity but it’s becoming clear his daughters all also have his powers. One of the main characters (one of the sisters) is queer, I’ve not watched very far yet.

Cheer: this was a weird one, kinda thriller-y. About cheerleaders who hate their new coach and try to ruin her life. The main character is a Black queer woman, it’s relatively clear she is sapphic but is keeping it a secret. Unsure if she is attracted to multiple genders or performing straightness. Same for the best friend and the Coach, not sure if it’s multi-gender attraction or performative straightness/queerness depending on the situation. Content warning: abuse of power. There’s a football coach (i think) but definitely some adult man who sleeps with the high school girls and also the female coach of the cheerleaders engages in some inappropriate behaviour with her students.

Dead to Me: had a lot of sapphic undertones but turns out one of our main characters is queer and gets into a bit of a pickle. Dead to Me is about a woman’s husband suddenly dying and his murderer feeling so guilty she befriends the wife without her knowing she murdered her husband. Things spiral and get a bit crazy but it’s a great show with two amazing leading actresses. One of her love interests is also actually played by a queer actress, her and her ex-girlfriend are both WOC as well.

Shadowhunters: Alec is gay, mlm relationship with Magnus Bane who is bi spectrum immortal who has had relations with men and women. POC, magnus is Asian and I think Alec is Latinx. Stopped watching after a while as it was very cringe, badly written and acted but really liked the queer couple. 

Russian Doll: One of those living the same day over and over again shows. The main female character has a couple of queer friends who have queer interactions. One of them has like… an orgy that you see her wake up from. One of the actresses is gay (Rebecca Henderson).

How To Get Away With Murder: a murder/crime show based in a Law school. One of the set main cast is a gay man who dates around a bit and then has a set main partner. I love the couple here and I’m a sucker for crime shows. The lead, Annalise Keating, is also shown as bi/on the bi spectrum as the series goes on. Season 5 features a case for a gay immigrant woman on trial at risk of being deported. Also HIV+ representation.

You: creepy thriller-esque show about a stalker. Spoiler alert, the best friend of the main girl is gay and kinda shows bad rep of having a closeted gay best friend but she is a WOC. She’s just as freaky and possessive as the MC. Season 2, Forty Quinn was thought to be gay and apparently was but it was never displayed on screen. Also some minor roles, Love Quinn’s friend Charlie Barnett is a queer Black man (played by the gay actor Gabe Miranda, I think he’s a fantastic actor and wish he had more star time in this show).

Once Upon a Time: A show about fairy tales trapped in the real world. Very lackluster with their first attempt at representation. Seems like someone said ‘hey we should put something gay in here’ so they put in a Dorothy and Red Riding Hood storyline. It was nice to have Red as a canon Bi woman and seeing a wlw relationship compared to most shows going straight for mlm. They did it better in their last series with Alice and Robin, more developed and actually relevant and weaved in with the rest of the plot compared to a one off episode where you never see them again. I did enjoy this show for the most part but felt very repetitive and very white which was a shame as it was a show about redoing classic fairy tales, I felt like they could and should have pushed it a bit more.

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Pretty Little Liars: I have conflicted opinions about the rep in this show. Emily tends to go for very domineering women (Alison and Paige) and though I loved her and Paige together, particularly when they sorted her closeted ass out, she seems to just forgive and forget a lot when it comes to Alison who I think is genuinely an awful person who did crazy horrible things to many people. Alison and Mia are some nice bi women representation, showing completely different characteristics outwardly and in personality and showing the fluidity of a bi person’s sexuality. Over all, hate the rep a lot and Emily ended up with the wrong person IN MY OPINION!!! And I feel like it was nice to see not just white actors playing these roles as well. (it has been confirmed that Haleb, the actors anyway, are both bi which is nice to know)

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The Umbrella Academy: I have many feelings about this show I love Klaus so much. I think the writers of the show heard us and in season 2 VANYA FINALLY gets to be the gay she was destined to be. Also has a disabled child in the second series. Series two can be quite upsetting as there are some very graphic moments of the civil rights movement in the ’60s so a content warning for that.

The Haunting of Hill House: A family with a history of being haunted and are followed by tragedy and spooky happenings. Something that even little wusses can watch (i.e. me) One of the main siblings is a Sapphic woman (Theo). The representation is pretty decent and the actress who plays Theo reminds me of a young Angelina Jolie. She also seems to have this power to read people by touching them, skin to skin, which is really interesting.

The Haunting of Bly Manor: The next part of the Haunting anthology series, the two are not connected. A young American woman is in England and hired to care for a couple of rich orphans in Bly Manor. She has her own ghost following her, but also starts seeing spooky things at Bly. Sapphic romance with the lead character, Dani, and the Gardener, Jamie.

Not yet out, but The Craft reboot is said to feature some transness and queerness which I am dying to see.

Check out my post from a couple years ago, films to watch this Halloween for people who don’t like scary films.

Have a read of my favourite Spooky Video Games post.

If you think I should add any others to this post, let me know in the comments!

~ Artie

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My Favourite Spooky Video Games

spooky halloween video games

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Are you looking for some games to play or let’s plays to watch? This is my list of video games I’ve either enjoyed playing or watching LP’s of and some links to gaming YouTuber Playlists to enjoy in the lead up to Halloween. I only watch a handful of gaming YouTubers so I’ll be recommending the same people, besides these guys I only watch sims YouTubers and that’s not really relevant here. This is a game rec blog! I’m a casual video game player, I don’t really play or watch games that would be too difficult to play, most of these will have the ability to change the setting to be suitable for novice players for those like me who just kinda wanna have a good time and disconnect from the world.

Phasmophobia

This is a new game that has come out, currently only accessible by PC on Steam as it is in the early release days. It’s basically virtual ghost hunting with a selection of maps to choose from, loads of equipment to use and a bunch of ghost types to identify. I think you play with friends, I’m sure you can play alone but i think it would make it very difficult to complete and I’m not sure if you can play with other people online. I’ve been watching a couple of LP’s of this game as I don’t have a PC but it looks like a game I’d really be into playing if I had any friends. This is also cool because it uses your voice as part of the game too, you can speak to the ghosts and they can hear you so when you’re being hunted, you need to keep quiet. It also works with VR.

Markiplier has a LP going on at the moment.

JackSepticEye also has an LP.

CallMeKevin has played this too but he’s more of a troll player so if you need some humour to break the tension, I recommend him!

Until Dawn

An interactive survival horror game based on the spoof concept of horror films with teenagers out in cabins in the woods/middle of nowhere. With a mixture of supernatural threats and human. A group of teen friends return to the cabin a year after two of their own disappeared and were never found.

Markiplier has one here. I enjoyed watching this at uni.

JackSepticEye

Kelly Kpopp is one of the few female YouTube gamers I’ve found and enjoyed, she doesn’t post so much now but here’s the Until Dawn LP.

Geek Remix are two queer women who make LPs and stream together. View their complete LP.

The Walking Dead Series

I’m sure you all know what this is about, even if you’ve only heard of the TV show, you know the gist. A story, choice based game in the zombie apocalypse. To begin we follow Lee as he tried to protect this little girl, Clem, he stumbles upon. Each of the games follow different people, two of the seasons follow Clementine and there is a Michonne spin off. Available on pretty much all platforms at this point, the game has now been completed. Available across numerous platforms.

JackSepticEye has a bunch I think he played all of them. I couldn’t find the playlist for season 1 but I’ve linked season 2.

Kelly Kpopp I’ve linked a massive playlist of her Walking Dead LP.

Hello Neighbour

Doesn’t look scary, but I swear to god I got jump scared so many times watching LP’s of this freaking game. When I was watching, it was under development, I’m not sure where it’s at now or what it looks like to play but it changed so many times through the LP’s I watched. It was creepy and seemed to have a lot of lore.

JackSepticEye

Markiplier

Finding Bigfoot

Basically a simulator for hunting a Bigfoot out in the woods. Fend off attacks and live through the night. Setting up traps and trying to find useful items for keeping alive. PlayStation and Steam.

Markiplier.

Oxenfree

This isn’t a horror game, it’s just kinda spooky and strange with really cool art. It’s a supernatural mystery graphic adventure game, another one heavily influenced by the tropes of teen coming-of-age films. A group of teenagers go to an island together after the death of the main character’s brother. Available on steam.

Kpopp

JackSepticEye

Geek Remix.

For some non-scary but still kind of Halloween related games, check out these:

CallMeKevin has played a lot of these games but as I said above, he is quite a trolly player so a great choice for getting to know the games without too much risk of horror.

GeekRemix have played a lot of supernatural queer dating sims like Monster Prom, Wicked Willow and PairANormal to name a few.

If you have any recommendations for other gaming YouTubers you think I might like, let me know! (Do not suggest pewdiepie pls…) I hope you enjoy watching or playing some of these games for Halloween season!

~ Artie

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My 25 Book Long Non-Fiction TBR

nonfiction books to be read list

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I am a fond reader of nonfiction books, which might be a little surprising, I don’t often meet people who enjoy reading nonfiction. During lockdown I have read 6 nonfiction books (also DNF’d two, one was fucking dreadful and the other was a little boring to me) but I still have a tonne of other books that are mostly physical to read.

So far, the ones I have read and enjoyed are: How to Give up Plastic, From Baghdad With Love, Dark Days, Becoming Dangerous, Biting Anorexia, and Memories of Old Sussex. You can see more on my GoodReads!

I’ll quickly mention the few ebooks I have on my list to read. One is Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham who played Loreli Gilmore in Gilmore Girls, and this is her memoir and I think it’s mostly about being on this set. I love this show and am always interested in behind the scenes of TV and Film. The other book is Crohn’s Disease: Wrestling the Octopus by Nigel who also writes the blog Wrestling the Octopus, written by and about this man’s experience having Crohn’s disease in the UK for the last 40 odd years, I think it’ll hold some useful information for my own journey with Crohn’s and my healthcare services. I also still have an ebook about Marilyn Monroe by Donald Spoto from my uni days I’d like to finish off.

There are also a selection of anti-racism and system dismantling ebooks I have yet to read. How To Be Anti-Racist, Superior: the Return of Race Science, Who Do You Serve Who Do You Protect?, and Heart of The Race: Black Women’s Lives in Britain.

Now, this is my nonfiction shelf, it’s quite broad from (auto)biographies, to creative nonfiction, to self help books.

Borderline Personality Disorder: Survival Guide – I’ve been recommended this book numerous times by a mixture of healthcare professionals and other people with BPD so at some point I want to go through this and work on my mental health linked to my BPD.

The Woodpecker Story – I’ve mentioned this before, but it is the story of the Woodpecker platoon of the RAF in World War Two. My great Granddad was the mechanic in this platoon and he died 11 years ago, so I can’t ask him any more questions, so I hope this book will one day give me some more interesting information of what he went through during that period of his life.

The Chronicles of a London Girl – this is a memoir independently published about and by a woman who lived through World War Two.

No Room For Secrets: Joanna Lumley – Lumley takes us through each room in her house and talks about the memories she has that come from photos and items.

The Body Book: The Law Of Hunger, The Science of Strength, and Other Ways To Love Your Body – By Cameron Diaz, this book is about health and learning to love and care for your body based on scientific facts. This is the important part for me, I find it’s close to impossible to find reputable sources when it comes to nutrition and fitness, and I really enjoy Cameron’s work and social media presence, and I feel like this would be a good book for me to continue learning about these things and implement them into my own life. She also has a second book on body science called The Longevity Book.

Trans Britain – Another book I’ve mentioned a few times. The history of Trans people in Britain, a topic I don’t know much about and feel I should as a trans Brit. Interviews with different trans people.

Another Bullshit Night in Suck City – A memoir about Nick Flynn crossing paths with his father who is a criminal and self proclaimed con-man and poet. Living through homelessness where they finally meet. I’ve had this book for many years as well and it just sounds like one of those stories that seems hard to believe, and those are my favourites as I have often lived stories like that myself.

Made in America / Notes from a Small Island – These are comedic travel novels, one based in America and another in Britain. I’ve never really read much travel writing, but I remember studying Bill Bryson at AS Level and found these books secondhand years ago but never read them, so I thought I would give them a go. Take me somewhere else or teach me a little about the country I live in.

Call the Midwife: A True Story of the East End in the 1950s – Apparently this book should be required reading for all student Midwives, nurses, sociology, and modern history, as it is the experiences of a midwife in the 1950s with graphic portrayals of the appalling conditions people were living in. I watch this show and I do think it’s really important to remember our history for what it was rather than some weird glorified version of it, as we often repeat all these awful things that have already happened because we try to hide they ever did.

A Streetcat Named Bob / The World According to Bob – Made into an incredibly popular film that even I enjoyed. I’m not big on cats but this story was really quite interesting and I like to read the books that were turned into films and see what they skipped out on. Plus, there are two books, I’m not sure they are making another film but clearly there was enough adventures to write a second novel!

Falling Leaves: The Memoir of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter – A Memoir by Adeline Yen Mah, who born in 1937 North of Shanghai and the youngest child of an affluent Chinese family. She sadly suffered abuse in her youth from her ‘Eurasian’ step-mother. She eventually moved to England the America to become a physician and a writer. I’m trying to make my reading more diverse when it comes to race and heritage, because it’s very easy to pick up a book by a white British or American author in England without thinking. I’m not sure when I picked this book up, I believe when I was at university, and I’m really interested to get into this one. Almost 300 pages long, it’s an average length. Another popular book with thousands of ratings on Goodreads.

The Biography of Kurt Cobain – I had to include a book about the King. I think this was one of the very few books I picked up new rather than second hand. Still very old, though, I think it has been on my shelf for a solid 5 years or more. Heavily based on the hundreds of interviews with Kurt, and goes from his childhood until his end. It’s quite a chunky book at nearly 400 pages, but it seems like a lot of research went into it. I’m curious to see what is included and if anything about Kurt’s presentation (when he wore dresses) might come up.

The End of Eddy – This is a memoir about a man who grew up in a village in the North of France, coming to terms with his sexuality in a place that wasn’t very accepting. Another short book at 192 pages, but apparently very popular with thousands of ratings on Goodreads averaging nearly 4 stars. I feel like it’s worth giving a go.

The Psychic Case Files – Tony Stockwell is a psychic medium often invited to help in criminal investigations, especially when they go cold. Everyone is on it with true crime at the moment, I think this could be a good book to introduce me to the world or reading crime, nonfiction or fiction. It’s also relatively short, which is always convenient.

Norma Jean: A Hollywood Love Story – Another book about Marilyn, picked his up secondhand and it doesn’t seem to be very well known as the Goodreads page is blank? So, I’m very curious what it will contain and compare it to the ebook I have by another writer.

Here is a short list of non-fiction books I enjoyed by women!

Carrie Fisher’s Postcards From The Edge, it is said to be non-fiction heavily influenced by Carrie Fisher’s life but creatively presented as this is from two points of view. One is this Hollywood actress, the other is a wannabe scriptwriter. It is in three sections and all written extremely differently which is really interesting to see.

Portia De Rossi’s Unbearable Lightness is her memoir of getting into the film industry and battling an eating disorder and struggling to come to terms with her sexuality. I spoke more on this book in this post.

Kai Cheng Thom’s Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars is a creative non-fiction novel with really beautiful fantasy elements woven in and some sections of poetry, about a trans woman of colour. I spoke more on this book in this post.

Melanie Murphy’s Fully Functioning Human (Almost) is like a how-to guide and is split into sections of common life issues all heavily based on Melanie’s life experiences full of advice and anecdotes. She covers sexuality, relationships, disordered eating, skin care, and practicing healthy habits. A book version of her YouTube channel, many say.

And finally, Crystal Renn’s Hungry. A memoir from a now plus-size model, how she got into the modelling industry, her experiences of body shaming and eating disorders, and how she became a plus-size model instead and began recovering from her ED.

I hope you enjoyed this post, let me know what nonfiction books you enjoy! See you next week!

~ Artie

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