Welcome to Best Evidence, a direct-to-your-inbox publication from your friends at The Blotter and The Blotter Presents, a website and podcast that were devoted to the analysis, critique, and review of true-crime properties across audio, video, and text.
As you of course know, the true-crime genre has exploded since The Blotter launched back in 2011. Kids, ask your parents -- back then, to scratch our itch we often had to resort to pulp paperbacks and episodes of America’s Most Wanted. It was a tough time, but we prevailed.
Eight years later, we’re confronted with an embarrassment of riches. Fans of true crime can scroll until their fingers cramp down Netflix’s streaming options, read well-researched purple-proseless books on serial slayings and Silicon Valley scandals, and drive coast to coast without even making a dent in the current bounty of true-crime podcasts.
That’s why we launched Best Evidence. Now, more than ever, you need a guide to what true crime is worth your time — and that’s what we’re here to do.
Every Wednesday, free subscribers will receive the scoop on the latest The Blotter Presents podcast. We’ll also send them one more email throughout the week, at our discretion. [NB: Most of 2020 has been free to all. If we plan to return to our previous graduated structure, you’ll be notified. — SDB, 12/16/20]
Paid subscribers get way more. For $5 per month, or $55 per year, every weekday you’ll receive original analysis and reporting as well as a painstakingly curated look at the latest news in the true crime genre. You’ll also receive full access to our archives, and will be able to comment on every issue -- both benefits available only to those who sign up for the full package.
Best Evidence is solely supported by subscribers (though, if you’d like to purchase advertising in Best Evidence, please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org), so — not to put too fine a point on it — it can only exist if people pay to subscribe. Please consider signing up to do so today.
If you have any questions, feedback, or more, please do drop us a line at email@example.com.
So who’s writing this thing?
Editor-in-chief: Sarah D. Bunting
Sarah founded The Blotter in 2011 and was the host of its flagship podcast, The Blotter Presents. She was a cofounder of the seminal television critique site Television Without Pity, the East Coast editor of Previously.tv, and still blogs at tomatonation.com. She’s also a co-host of podcasts including Mark and Sarah Talk About Songs, Extra Hot Great, and Again With This: Beverly Hills, 90210 & Melrose Place.
Publisher: Eve Batey
Eve Batey is a co-founding writer at SFist.com, a former Deputy Managing Editor at the San Francisco Chronicle, and has been yelled at by spokespeople from at least eight police departments and three regional FBI offices. She’s been writing about crime at the local, state, and national level since 2004, and has planned how to rob every bank she’s ever entered.