We had the good fortune of connecting with Wendy and Beth Williams and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Wendy and Beth, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
Very simply we saw a problem that needed to be solved and we believed we could do it. The podcasting space is a very white male space. Similarly the content created in the true crime podcast space was missing stories about BIPOC, LGBTQ and other marginalized victims. We wanted to hear those stories in our podcast feeds and there were little to none. We saw a hole and we decided to fill it.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
We are just a couple of gals interested in true crime. What sets us apart is the types of stories we tell and how we tell them. We are friends and our comradery comes through in the show. We got to where we are today just trying to do a show, making lots of mistakes on the way. We are still figuring out what works and what doesn’t. We clearly know what each of us brings to the table, so Beth has her strengths and Wendy has hers and together we are pretty dope. It was not easy, but we keep our training wheels close and are really supportive and protective of each other. The moment this is no longer fun we are done. We have lives and jobs and families outside of the podcast and sometimes those things have to come first. We’ve learned to remember to be ourselves and have fun. We want people to know that talking about murder, sexual assault, torture and race can be disturbing, interesting, and fun. And when they think of Fruitloops serial killers of color we want folks to be intrigued, informed and entertained.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Breh, issa pandemic. But if there were no ‘rona Beth might take them to a concert and a museum. Wendy would take them to one of the black strip clubs in town followed by some chicken and waffles. I think we’d both agree that a trip to the top of one of the nearby mountains in the valley overlooking the city would be dope as well.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Our shout out list is long: podcastincolor podcast directory, chatting over chowder, while black podcast, captain hunter, Phil Chalmers, Phoebe at the New York times for writing about us, affirmative murder, my favorite murder, jensen and holes we could go on and on…