Deadly Dioceses Investigative, Wondery

Hosted By: Rachael O’Brien and Greg Hunter

Deadly Dioceses investigates the mysterious death of Father Joe Moreno, a Catholic priest who was found dead in his rectory in Buffalo, New York in 2000. The podcast follows the journey of Father Joe’s twin sister, Sue, as she seeks justice for her brother’s death. Along the way, Sue teams up with former autopsy tech Joe Wedge and renowned forensic pathologist Dr. Cyril Wecht to uncover new evidence that suggests Father Joe’s death was not a suicide.

Deadly Dioceses Podcast Host:

Rachael O’Brien and Greg Hunter are the hosts of Deadly Dioceses. Rachael is a journalist and podcast producer who has worked on several true crime podcasts, including Serial and The Clearing. Greg is a former police officer and private investigator who has worked on a number of high-profile cases.

Praise from Listeners*:

  • Educational and Eye-Opening: Listeners praise Deadly Dioceses for shedding light on a crucial yet often overlooked topic, raising awareness about the abuses and systemic problems within the Catholic church.
  • Thorough Research: Listeners appreciate the depth of research they conduct, bringing to light little-known facts and uncovering shocking revelations.
  • Calls for Accountability: Many appreciate that Deadly Dioceses doesn’t stop at revealing disturbing facts; it also urges accountability, demanding justice for victims and holding those responsible accountable for their actions.

Criticisms from Listeners*:

  • Biased Approach: Some critics argue that the podcast exhibits a biased perspective against the Catholic Church, painting all dioceses with the same brush and failing to acknowledge efforts made by certain dioceses to address and prevent abuse.
  • Privacy and Consent Concerns: Given the sensitive and personal nature of the topics covered, there may be concerns about the privacy and consent of individuals interviewed or featured in the podcast.
  • Triggering Content: Due to the nature of the podcast’s subject matter, some listeners find the content triggering or emotionally distressing, and may prefer content warnings or trigger alerts at the beginning of episodes.

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