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Podcast Drama: ‘Crime Junkie’ is accused of plagiarizing content



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Popular True Crime Podcast ‘Crime Junkie’ has been accused of plagiarizing content by other podcasters and journalists


- Journalist Cathy Frye wrote an in-depth investigative article series about the murder of Kacie Woody, Crime Junkie based an whole episode on her research without giving credit.

- Podcaster Robin Warder (The Trail Went Cold) recognised his own researched reddit post on the murder of Henry McCabe being used on Crime Junkie without getting credit

- Robin Warder : "There are sometimes issues in the true crime podcasting world with shows not citing their sources, and some podcasts don’t do any research besides reading off Wikipedia. But Crime Junkie is probably the most high-profile example of this."

- Esther Ludlow (Once Upon a Crime) recognised her own reasearch on the missing and murdered women in Ciudad Juárez being used verbatim on Crime Junkie.

The episodes in question have been deleted.

Statement from creator and host Ashley Flowers:

“we recently made the decision to pull down several episodes from our main feed when their source material could no longer be found or properly cited. Since then, we’ve worked to put additional controls in place to address any gaps moving forward.”

Flowers continued, “Our work would not be possible absent the incredible efforts of countless individuals who investigate and report these stories originally, and they deserve to be credited as such. We are committed to working within the burgeoning podcast industry to develop and evolve its standards on these kinds of issues.”

Tags: podcasts, true crime
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