Backpacker Radio 78 | Delia D’Ambra of Park Predators
In today’s episode of Backpacker Radio presented by The Trek, brought to you by Backcountry.com, we are joined by Delia D’ambra. Delia is a full-time investigative journalist and the host of Park Predators, a podcast that details some of the most horrific murders that have taken place in national parks. Needless to say, maybe don’t let your kids listen to this one.
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00:11:00 – Intro to Delia D’Ambra!
00:11:24 – How did you get involved with investigative journalism?
00:12:26 – How do you decide what stories to tackle?
00:13:45 – When you do episodes for podcasts like Park Predators, how do you go about doing the research for it?
00:15:50 – Have any of your episodes led to new clues?
00:17:40 – Is Adnan Syed guilty?
00:18:50 – Can you talk about the differences between mediums (news vs. podcast vs. broadcast)?
00:20:40 – How did you decide to focus your research on National Parks?
00:23:01 – Did you find there was a disproportionate amount of murders in National Parks?
00:24:50 – Does doing this murder research freak you out?
00:26:57 – How do you keep an eye out for murderers in the backcountry?
00:29:50 – Do you hear stories from people who heed your advice?
00:31:00 – Can you give us a summary of the first episode of Park Predators?
00:33:50 – What was Gary Michale Hilton’s victimology?
00:35:30 – Are there things that make you feel empathy for the killers? Is there a theme/commonality to the way they operate?
00:37:29 – Can you give us a taste of episode 3?
00:40:48 – Chaunce’s brush with death
00:41:25 – What do you do if you see someone who looks very suspicious?
00:43:12 – Can you talk about episode 4?
00:48:53 – Do you think going through childhood trauma may have affected him becoming a killer?
00:49:20 – What kind of detail do you go into about the specific murders on Park Predators?
00:50:50 – Can you give us an example of how the women in Yosemite were murdered?
00:53:17 – Did any of these victims have or use mace?
00:53:53 – Can you tell us another story?
00:55:38 – Do these stories ever impact your personal life? Do you ever lose sleep?
00:57:10 – Do you ever worry about the killers reaching out?
00:58:25 – Did Epstein kill himself?
00:58:50 – Is there a season two?
00:59:50 – Find Park Predators wherever you get your podcasts!
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1-Minute Gear Reviews
- Chaunce: Cotopaxi Windbreaker—POCKETS!
- Zach: Anker Powercore with dual-input port (charges the battery twice as fast)
Point – Counterpoint: Inflatable sleeping pad vs. closed-cell foam pads
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