Reasons To Listen To My Favorite Murder

8 Reasons To Listen To 'My Favorite Murder'

Stay sexy, and don't get murdered.


If you're like me, Halloween is just another reason to listen to your fave spooky songs and watch your fave scary movies. Rather than dig out "Twitches" and "GhostBusters," I decided this year to look into true crime and paranormal podcasts. While there are many reasons to listen to podcasts, I want to offer reasons why "My Favorite Murder" (MFM) is a spooktacular choice to get you into the Halloween spirit.

1. You'll die from laughter. 

Comedians Georgia Hardstark and Karen Kilgariff are the hosts of the show. They manage to make murder seem not so dark with their sense of humor. Many of the laughs come from mistakes, like saying 'addict' instead of 'attic.'

2. Karen and Georgia are best friend goals.

Their love for murder stories brought them together, but the duo seem like they could be childhood best friends.

3. The episodes make you feel like you're chatting with your friends.

Every episode you listen to just feels like you're telling scary stories at a sleepover with your friends. Karen and Georgia really allow their listeners to get to know them as people and often discuss the events going on in their lives. As they tell the stories, they oftentimes make connections to their past like what it was like back in the 80s or 90s for them when the murder would have taken place. My favorite is Georgia describing what kinds of outfits she wore as a teenager to raves.

In their minisodes, they read 'Hometown' murders or stories that their listeners send in that last around 20-30 minutes. As they read the letters, they act as if they are actually talking to the sender and to the listeners making you feel like you are being directly addressed.

4. It'll help your mental health.

Karen and Georgia allow their listeners to know all about them, both the good and the bad. They openly discuss their struggles with addiction, anxiety, depression, body image issues, and other flaws. Their openness and supportive discussions of mental health can be therapeutic and they offer great advice and tips on seeking help and self-care. I have appreciated listening about Karen and Georgia's efforts to practice yoga as part of their self-care. It's inspired me to practice yoga again.

5. The Murderino community will make you feel welcome.

The MFM fans, known as Murderinos, have formed local communities and spinoff groups on Facebook and other social media platforms. There are spinoff groups for everyone, from cat lovers to craft enthusiasts to "murdeREADos." Karen, Georgia, and the Murderinos have created an inclusive community where everyone is welcome as long as you're kind and respectful.

6. They will empower you. 

Although all are welcome in their community, Karen and Georgia speak as females and speak more to females (with most of the Murderinos being female). Women are disproportionately at a higher risk than men to be raped, killed, or abused according to Buzzfeed. Many of the true crime stories they tell have women victims or women as objects of desire or rage, but Buzzfeed describes how MFM reframes the narrative of female trauma.

Karen and Georgia don't just tell the stories, but they give suggestions on how to prevent being victimized and to protect yourself in the case you are victimized. I appreciate the concept of "Pepper spray first, ask questions later." They have taught me the value of my own safety and my worth, and now I feel stronger knowing that I am taking every precaution and that having these fears does not make me weak but rather a realist.

7. You will gain new mottos.

Some of their advice seems simple but is very powerful like "Stay out of the forest" and "lock your f***ing door." My favorite is "F*** Politeness," which reminds women of how gendered politeness exists and that protecting yourself if you are uncomfortable is more important than coming off as rude. They end each podcast with the iconic phrase to "Stay Sexy, and Don't Get Murdered!" or SSDGM!

8. Elvis!!!

Along with the stories, Karen and Georgia discuss their 'fur babies' including Karen's dogs and Georgia's cats. Georgia's cross-eyed Siamese cat, Elvis, is featured at the end of every show giving his signature 'meow' off.

Karen and Georgia put a lot of work and heart into MFM. While they don't always do their homework and there may be a few mistakes (hence the 'Correction Corner'), they make up for it in the dedication and care they show to their listeners. I hope that someday I'll get a chance to see a live show and read a Hometown murder! So Stay Sexy, and Don't Get Murdered!

You can find MFM on Spotify, Instagram, Facebook, and their website.


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The End Of The Semester As Told By Todd Chrisley

Because we're all a little dramatic like Todd sometimes.

The last 3-4 weeks of every college student's semester are always crazy hectic.

We have last minute assignments, group projects, and exams all squeezed into the last few weeks before break.

Sometimes we all need a little humor, and sometimes we are all a little dramatic, so why not experience the last few weeks of the semester as told by the king of drama himself, Todd Chrisley of "Chrisley Knows Best."

1. Sitting in class listening to your professor explain upcoming assignments/exams.

2. When your group project members refuse to do anything until the night before it's due or just show up the day of to present.

3. When you and your roommate try to cook with whatever few ingredients you have left in stock.

Because we definitely want to avoid going to the grocery store at the end of the semester if we can.

4. When your parents get tired of you calling them about every little inconvenience in your life.

5. Sitting down to work on assignments.

6. Your thoughts when the professor is telling you what they want from you out of an assignment.

7. When you've had about 30 mental breakdowns in two days.

8. Trying to search out the class for the right group members.

9. The last few days of classes where everyone and everything is getting on your nerves.

10. When your friend suggests going out but you're just done with the world.

11. This. On the daily.

12. When all you want to do is snuggle up and watch Christmas movies.

13. Studying and realizing you know nothing.

14. When your finals are over and it's finally time to go home for break.

You're finally back to your old self.

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5 Things To Think About During Trans Week Of Visibility

You should always think of your trans friends, but especially during this week.


Trans week of visibility is March 25 through March 31, these are the five things you should keep in mind during those days (and at all times).

1. Using The Correct Pronouns Are Extremely Important

If you do not know which pronouns to use, just ask. When talking to a trans person do not assume their pronouns, hell- don't assume a cisgender persons pronouns it is always better to ask someones pronouns when you first start talking to them. Using the correct pronouns is a major step in accepting trans people and it makes us feel so much more accepted, loved, and respected. It isn't that hard to do, so just ask.

2. Dead Names Are Dead For A Reason

If you know a trans persons dead name, DO NOT SHARE IT WITH OTHERS. It is dead for a reason. When trans people change their name (or pronouns) it is to reflect how they truly feel on the inside and show it to the outside world. This is something that is personal and should not be shared with anyone. Deadnaming a trans person is violent. Once a trans person has told you "Hey, I go by this name now", use that new name. Embrace it, love it, accept it, move on.

3. Never Ask What Genitals Trans People Have Or Which Bathroom They Use

First off, this is none of your business and why do you want to know? This is very private information and unless you're a doctor performing surgery or a doctor treating a patient you do not need to know what genitals a person has. Nobody needs to know which bathroom a person uses. That's all I have to say about this. Just don't do either of these things.

4. The World Isn't That Safe For Us, So Please Try To Make It Safer

Most of us are afraid to come out, even if you have been by our side no matter what or you have made comments that you would support us if we were trans. We are terrified because we know what the world is like for trans people. We see that the world we live in is a scary place for minorities and we are one of them. Being trans isn't easy, but coming out is one of the most freeing feelings in the world because you finally get to let the world in on who you truly are. It's all a scary process. If we come out to you, or even if we don't- just try to make the world safer for trans people. It's our cisgender allies that make the world safer for us. Without you all there is no change.

5. Love Us, Respect Us, Support Us

That's all we ask.

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