When the OC Swingers podcast was first introduced to me, I said, “I cover True Crime, not lifestyles!” I was quickly corrected that this IS a true-crime podcast. I decided to give it a listen and almost turned it off after hearing what I found to be annoying intro music.
However, if you can get past the confusing brand name and the irritating opening melody, you will be treated to some of the best reporting and storytelling from host Justine Harman that you will ever find in the true-crime category.
OC Swingers is a true crime investigative podcast focused on the scandal surrounding Newport Beach surgeon and former Bravo reality star Dr. Grant Robicheaux and his girlfriend, substitute teacher Cerissa Riley. The two are currently accused of drugging and raping a number of victims.
True-crime fans who enjoy digging deep into one case are very likely to enjoy OC Swingers. Justine does a superb job of presenting the details of the story and includes accounts from alleged victims as well as subject matter experts.
To the last point, I particularly enjoyed the conversations Justine had and shared with Mike Fell, the attorney for Jane Doe #4. They added an intriguing extra dimension to the storytelling.
To my fellow true-crime fans, give OC Swingers a listen. It is actually “True Crime,” and not what you might assume by the title.
August 2021 Issue