MY TRUE CRIME VOICEOVERS [NEW!]
New! My true crime voiceover sample—featuring a collection of unimaginable true crime stories from around the world. What do you think? Please listen below and say "hi" on Twitter.
From an early age, true crime stories edged into my life. In fact, one of my earliest memories is me sitting on the bus heading to school the morning Jeffrey Dahmer was sentenced to life in prison. I was 11-years old and someone had left a copy of The Sun (Britain's biggest newspaper) on one of the seats. I was stunned by the images showing the prison cell Dahmer would spend the rest of his life in. I couldn't get my head around living in such a cramped space... no window, no bath, no access to the outside world. Curious to learn what this man had done, I read the article. This was the first time I saw the words 'serial killer'. Dahmer was an American serial killer and sex offender who murdered and dismembered 17 men and boys between 1978 and 1991. Dahmer was also my gateway to the term 'cannibal'. This was all too much for an 11-year old, surely?
From that day onwards, true crime fascinated me from a psychological and environmental point of view. I've read countless studies on psychopaths and sociopaths, and my biggest surprise was realising how many psychopaths live amongst us, blending perfectly in to our daily lives, often occupying positions of extreme power and influence: politicians, doctors, surgeons, CEOs, lawyers, police officers and teachers.
Nowadays, I watch true crime documentaries with an unflinching belief that the underlying emotions driving someone to murder reside in us all, be it greed, jealousy, insecurity, insignificance, anger, narcissism, trauma or the pursuit of significance. Which of these emotions have you felt this week? It is of course deeper than that - what about the neurobiological components, including hormonal, genetic, electrical and chemical?
The popularity of true crime documentaries, true crime podcasts and true crime books has soared in recent years, and frankly, our appetite shows no sign of receding. Personally speaking, true crime documentaries easily account for over 70% of my weekly YouTube content. What about you, how much weekly true crime do you ingest and why?
For me, true crime helps me develop a deeper understanding of the behavioural and psychological patterns of the world's most heinous criminals, psychopaths and murderers. If you watch enough true crime docs, you start seeing patterns everywhere. I mean, it's staggering how 'typical' the backgrounds, behaviours and psychologies of killers often are. I guess that's why the field of criminal psychology and behavioural psychology is so critical to investigations. As a documentary maker, though, these insights also give me a better understanding of people generally.
Anyway, that's enough from me. I've written all this purely to give you a little context as to why this true crime voiceover reel exists.
Let me conclude with thanking the incredible Mark Chadwick (Sonic Gods Branding) for producing this true crime voiceover sample. And of course, Tom Roberts & Christopher Slade for being the undeniable titans of true crime voiceover narration - you're both kings to me.