The identity of the Casefile host: why I deleted his dark secret

caseyOne of the most stunning podcast success stories in recent years, is Casefile, a true crime podcast started just over two years ago by a mystery Australian bloke “from a spare room in his house”.

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Narrated anonymously, his distinctive Australian drawl has added an element of creepiness to tales drenched in blood. Every week hundreds of thousands of listeners, indeed sometimes many millions, download or stream the latest Casefile podcast.

With this viral success, the podcast has quickly become a slick, commercial venture with advertising, a creepy soundtrack and professional production qualities.

A team of engineers, producers, composers and researchers have sprung up around the Casefile creator and host.

But his identity – like the perpetrators of the unsolved crimes retold on the podcast – remains a closely guarded secret.

In an interview with Vice.com in October 2016, the Casefile host said he wanted to remain anonymous so that he could “stay out of the story and “let the facts speak for themselves”.

“I’m just a random Aussie guy, in my spare bedroom, running a podcast,” he said modestly.

As a naturally curious journalist, I decided to take up the challenge and try to found out who the Casefile host was.

It wasn’t really hard – if you know where to look.

Indeed, for someone who wanted to remain anonymous, he didn’t seem to be making much of an effort to hide his identity.

And so last week, I ran a story, briefly, on this blog revealing his identity.

If you were one of the 100 or so people who read the post, you would know who he is and would have seen his photograph.

Soon after it was published and Tweeted and Facebooked, the Casefile host contacted me and asked me not to reveal his identity and to remove the post and all my social media about it.

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I was bemused by his reaction, as I thought his anonymity was a “marketing gimmick” and that it if a blogger like me revealed it would not make any difference to the show or how it is presented.  Indeed many of his fans crave to know who he is.

But no, he told me, it had nothing to do with marketing but affected his “real world life”  and his “ability to do the show”.

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In the end I took it down.

He told me that if no damage had been done to his anonymity and the show could continue, he would consider doing an interview with me.

I’ve sent over a few thought-provoking questions…let’s see what happens.

Of course, I remain intrigued as to why his anonymity is so vital to the show’s viability. No other podcasts I know of has anonymous narrators.

In fact, most successful podcast creators, like the hosts of the ground breaking Serial have become famous in their own right.

And so while the Casefile host insists on not making his identity part of the murderous stories he tells,  for me, his identity has, ironically, become the story.

As, I think it always has been for many of his faithful listeners.

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11 thoughts on “The identity of the Casefile host: why I deleted his dark secret

  1. Unfortunately, revealing the Casefile creator and host’s identity—against his sincerely expressed wishes—is to be expected from wannabe journalists who look to gossipy, lowbrow periodicals like Rolling Stone for inspiration. These publications and their contributors profit from and revel in invading and disrespecting the privacy of their articles’ subjects—driven particularly by hopes of finding something sordid to embellish and present to their readership.
    That said, thank you for having the decency to pull the article after host “Brad” so politely requested you do so.

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  2. I was also curious about who this fellow Aussie was, now after seeing his response to you doxxing him I agree his identity should remain completely anonymous.

    Perhaps he’s a police officer, this would directly affect his ability to earn a living should your post out him.

    Furthermore, your identity tidbits should be removed also for this reason – was it really necessary to add those in ? it’s like a passive aggressive way of sticking it to him when from what I can see, he has been quite reasonable and accommodating with his requests.

    He creates great content – just let it be move on.

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  3. I’m actually not sure I believe a word of this. I think you’ve just made this up for clicks and make yourself look like a fantastic buy gracious journalist. Not buying it sorry!

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  4. Hey dude, loved the article I don’t see how you did anything wrong here and kudos to you for taking it down though.
    You say it’s not hard of you know where to start or look… Any suggestions for an equally curious minded person?

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  5. I used to listen to a bad-movie podcast called Yeah It’s That Bad several years ago. It was hosted by three friends who wanted to remain anonymous because they didn’t want it to impact their professional lives. Anyway, a random listener revealed their identities on her blog. They asked her to take down the info, but she refused. They pulled the plug on their show shortly thereafter. They say it was getting to the point where they were just too busy to keep up with the show, but I’m still upset by how it all went down.

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