In 2017, Olivia Gatwood picked up a new hobby: listening to true crime podcasts. Living in a first floor Boston apartment at the time, Olivia was quickly consumed by a new fear: a man breaking into her apartment and murdering her in her sleep. In order to work through this fear, Olivia wrote about it in what would eventually become her poetry collection “Life of the Party.”
A conversation between Olivia and Celisia, today’s episode explores how warranted fear can become harmful paranoia, why so many women are obsessed with true crime, and what ‘justice’ looks like in a society obsessed with punishment.
Today’s episode contain’s descriptions of physical assault and references to sexual violence. Please take care while listening.
A full transcript of this episode is available here.
Items mentions + resources related to this episode:
Check out Olivia’s books Life of the Party and New American Best Friend.
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