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Jacaranda FM launches a true-crime podcast series - 'To Catch a Serial Killer'

Janine Lazarus joins Mzansi's favourite radio station and other true crime experts for an exclusive look into the mind of a serial killer.
Jacaranda FM launches a true-crime podcast series - 'To Catch a Serial Killer'

On Monday, 13 September 2021, Jacaranda FM will launch ‘To Catch a Serial Killer’ - a true-crime JacPod that unpacks former crime reporter Janine Lazarus’ recently launched true-crime memoir - ‘Bait’.

‘To Catch a Serial Killer’ draws on ‘Bait’ to vividly recreate the pre-digital news environment in which the Norwood serial killer was lured and caught. Lazarus was used by the police as a decoy to hunt the serial killer who terrorised women in northern Johannesburg.

“What makes this true-crime JacPod novel is that it is set against a wonderful but volatile time in South Africa and speaks from an extremely personal point of view. Janine has covered many true-crime subjects, including the famous paedophile, Gert van Rooyen and his heinous deeds. She has serious clout and we want to offer our listeners the crème-of-the-crop in this genre. We’re thrilled to have Janine join us for this Jacaranda FM first,” says Deirdre King, Jacaranda FM managing director.

Episodes will include commentary from true crime experts such as Dr Gerard Labuschagne, former head of the SAPS psychiatric unit who spent four years doing a thesis on over 130 serial killers. Other episodes will take a look at the dark side of the human psyche and speak to media veterans about the bizarre newsrooms of the past.

‘To Catch a Serial Killer’ will be hosted by Jacaranda FM’s news editor Marius van der Walt in a five-part series. Each episode will be around 30 minutes long and a new episode will be released weekly.

“Everywhere you turn, it seems there’s a new and wildly successful documentary, television series, and even parody of true-crime. Crime is always going to be interesting to people. It’s a collective obsession guided by something innate about the genre and its storytelling about real people, involved in real things. I can’t wait to bring the Jacaranda FM listeners into this world,” comments Lazarus.

To listen to the podcast, join at or e-mail moc.mfadnaracaj@vsuiram.

Jacaranda FM
Jacaranda FM broadcasts at 94.2FM from Midrand, Gauteng and is one of the most popular radio stations with a substantial footprint across Mzansi. The station has the only bilingual commercial license in the country; broadcasting regionally in English and Afrikaans across Gauteng, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, and the North West Province.

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