Thomas Wiborg-Thune is the host of The Serial Killer Podcast 💠 which is partnered with one of the largest podcast networks in the world: PodcastOne. The podcast is dedicated to serial killers: who they were, what they did, and how. Thomas is a 37 year old Norwegian, living in the capital city of Norway, Oslo. He studied in Norway and Scotland and the podcast is presented in English. After searching for a long time for a podcast about serial killers without finding any, Thomas started his own back in July of 2017. The podcast quickly garnered a large following of dedicated listeners and now has about 4.7 million unique downloads and growing, with now over 700 000 downloads per month.
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Thomas, with you being from Norway I would be very interested to hear what you think about the black metal scene and the murder of Euronymous by Varg Vikernes. Maybe a potential podcast episode?
Dear Laura. Varg Vikernes, now known by his new name Louis Cachet, is not a serial killer and thus not a subject I will covering any time soon. He is a very interesting case and I highly recommend reading his blog here:
He is a murderer and obviously amoral in many, many ways; but still a fascinating figure.
What made you interested in doing this type of podcast? Who’s your all time fav killers? Why don’t we as a society help those who we see and know suffer from abuse or have mental issues the help they need?
Dear Brad. As stated in the intro here on WhatPods, I didn’t find any other podcast dedicated to serial killers at the time; so I thought I’d better do it myself. Turns out I was quite fortunate in the timing as the podcast quickly garnered a lot of listeners. I don’t have any “favourite” killers, I abhore violence, but I do find certain serial killers (SKs) more interesting than others. Obviously Ted Bundy stands out, but so does Zodiac and HH Holmes.
PS: I notice I forgot to answer the third part of your question. In Norway I like to think that we do. And when you look at the stats, it would seem it works. We only have 1 documented serial killer case and no ongoing investigations regarding new serial killer cases. In America, however, you seem to be having a significant problem with mental health issues and especially bullying.
Is your “lead in” music a recording or is it you on keyboard? It is a very plaintive refrain and the perfect mood setter for what is to follow. Also, if I am allowed a follow up question….what does your research and prep work entail on a daily basis time wise? (I mean, are you consumed with this work or do you have a “day job”and if so, how do you balance both at the same time). Thank you for taking my questions!
Dear Betty. Thank you for that question, it’s a very good one. The music is made by a very good friend of mine and will soon be available as a ringtone on both Android and iTunes.
Research and prep usually takes up a few minutes every day as I like to scour the web for any and all news about serial killers. I do have a day job as this podcast is in no way paying enough to pay my bills, audio engineer, mortgage, car and so on 😉
Which serial killer that you’ve researched fascinated you most and why?
So far I’ve covered about 20 serial killers, and all of them are fascinating in their own right. But naturally, some do stand out. Ted Bundy is The Serial Killer Superstar Per Excellence, and surpassed most in how much of a pure sexual psychopath he was. But others are more fascinating. The SK that really gets under my skin is Zodiac. He has never been caught and his cyphers, various killing methods and taunting letters to media and police goes beyond any work of fiction.
How much prep time goes into each topic? Have you considered other topics other than serial killers to do a podcast on?
I ususally spend 10-20 hours doing research, but it’s difficult to estimate as I work very sporadically (I have a day job). As stated on my Patreon page (feel free to donate at theserialkillerpodcast.com/donate) I would love to cover more true crime topics such as mass murder and especially gruesome murder cases (The Black Dahlia is a personal favourite). But: in order to do this, I would really need to have far more patreonis 😉
Hi Thomas! What do you do to decompress when your subject matter gets a bit heavy?
Dear Kristi. Doing this podcast _is_ my way of decompressing 😉 I find ordinary life with the 8-16 grind, grey weather, endless bureaucracy, bills and so on very taxing. Serial killers are fascinating and it’s my hobby to investigate and document who they were, what they did and how.
Your podcast very much feels like an old radio show. Was this intentional or is that just how it ended up as you started podcasting?
Dear Becki. Thank you so much! It’s very much intentional. My main inspiration for the style of my podcast is Orson Welles’ “Mercury Theatre” (1938-1940) and “Orson Welles and his Mercury Theater and the Lady Esther Show” (1941-42). I love the old American radio shows. They knew how to enunciate back in the day.
Hi Thomas, thanks for doing this AMA! What do you like the most about hosting a crime podcast and what do you like the least?
Dear Tom. It’s my pleasure, I really enjoy interacting with my dear listeners. I enjoy reading about my favourite topic: serial killers. It’s been a hobby of mine for over 15 years. Also, I do enjoy the amount of listeners I have and it brings me great joy to know so many appreciates the work I put into telling my tales of serial murder. What I like the least is the recording bit. It’s quite time consuming and I always have to lie down afterwards as it really puts a strain on me (I am covered in sweat, hoarse and really tired after each session).
Hiya Thomas! I love the podcast and listen every time it comes on! 🙂 when did you start enjoy researching/learning about serial killers. I am so interested and would like know know what you find interesting about them. Love from Megan in sunny Scotland.
Dear Megan. Thank you. I started being fascinated back in the year 2000. There used to be a website called crimelibrary.com. It was awesome. It had so much detail and great storytelling. It’s gone now, but it kickstarted my interest in serial killers. SKs are the most evil of people, they are exemplars of Man’s ability to commit evil acts. And serial killer cases are fascinating, they surpass any crime movie in wickedness and horror. Naturally, I am also a big fan of serial killer novels such as Thomas Harris’ series on Hannibal Lecter.
I did my Master’s degree in Scotland! Very nice to know I have listeners there too.
Thank you, dear listeners, for posting so interesting questions. I had a good time interacting with you, as always. Please visit theserialkillerpodcast.com for the complete catalogue of episodes, visit theserialkillerpodcast.com/tellme for the latest news and features and you can also stay in touch on Facebook at facebook.com/theskpodcast. The next episode will air on April 1st, and will feature part 2 of Richard Cottingham.
Thank you, good night and good luck.