We are thrilled to introduce you to Chelsea Cox, host of Deliberations, which brings you one of the ‘first dramatically improvised courtroom drama podcasts’, she takes you inside the jury room! In an interview with ReviewFix.com last month, it highlights the authenticity of the podcast within the True Crime podcast sphere:
By employing improvisation in the storytelling, Deliberations creates an authentic environment for jurors to find a verdict. By asking hard questions about ambiguous circumstances, it holds up a lens to our criminal justice system.
Who Is Chelsea Cox?
Chelsea’s obsession to this genre began when she heard the Casey Anthony verdict. The verdict had a clear impact on how she viewed the criminal justice system and just how flawed the system can be.
As a criminal justice and fiction enthusiast, Chelsea searched relentlessly for podcasts that would scratch her particular itch. When these searches proved fruitless, she drew upon her experience in theatre, writing, and improv to create a semi-scripted courtroom drama. In Deliberations, Chelsea explores the way justice is interpreted by a jury under the most ambiguous of circumstances.
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Our Interview With Chelsea
Who has had the biggest influence on your podcasting career and why?
Brooke Gittings. Having been inspired by the way she supports indie podcasters on her episodes, I was hopeful to sponsor her show Actual Innocence when I launched Deliberations. Brooke went the extra mile by listening to my work, speaking with her network, and reaching out to me personally for support and guidance. She’s a true inspiration to indie podcasters and the spirit of community support and uplifting others.
If there’s someone, past or present, that you’d love to have an opportunity to go to dinner with, who would that be and why?
Anne Boleyn. I think she’s gotten a bad rap historically speaking, and as such she’s this everlasting mystery… who’s the real Anne Boleyn? I think she was actually a strong willed, pragmatic, and impassioned woman. I’m fascinated by the way she was demonized posthumously – from physical attributes (warts and extra fingers) to diabolical seduction and treason… I’d love to sit down with her and get the real story.
What is it, about your audience, that continues to surprise you?
How brilliant they are! All the time people are posting in the Facebook Group Deliberations Room (https://www.facebook.com/groups/114530992565658/ ) with insight into the case and characters I’d never considered! My fans themselves make me review and reflect on my own writing, and that’s an intense personal experience for me.
In one word, how would your best friends describe you? Why do you think that is?
Introverted. I worry I’m not always the easiest to be friends with because of how often I isolate. I need to be alone to recharge, and my battery retention is pretty cruddy.
If you had one day, completely free, away from work, no watch on, and could do whatever the hell you wanted, what would it be and why?
I’d go to the Tower of London and spend the day wandering and witnessing. The centuries of unjust deaths. The quarters of Thomas More. The sites of decapitations for Anne Boleyn, Catherine Howard, Lady Jane Grey, and Mary Queen of Scots. I get the Tudor obsession from my mom (who has a whole library dedicated to the subject) but I guess that’s a pretty macabre thing to do with my day… Should I have said go karting?
Any advertisers you want to give a shout out to or anyone you’d like to thank ?
Any company who’s willing to take a chance on the experimental work I’m doing deserves a shout out because they all took a risk. I do think Hunt A Killer has been especially fun to interact with on social media. And Casper has been especially supportive (yuk yuk) by providing me with a real mattress – which has honestly improved the quality of my life. How can I not be grateful for that?
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Chelsea’s Favorite Episodes
Jurors enter deliberations in the trial of Samantha Hall, a dominatrix on trial for murdering her submissive lover, Troy, by instructing him to asphyxiate with a rope. As the press sensationalizes and speculates, Samantha’s six member jury attempts to methodically establish the case timeline. Tensions develop between jurors as judgement arises over the defendant’s alternative lifestyle
Jurors analyze Samantha’s 911 call and the circumstances surrounding Troy’s discovery. A former service provider to Troy, professional dominatrix Mistress Carolynne reveals the particulars of her profession and history with the victim. When discussing the Dominant/submissive dynamic between Samantha and Troy, the jury explores where the line is drawn between consent and abuse. Guest starring LA Dominatrix Justine Cross
This week a real lifestyle submissive (going by the pseudonym Rebecca) explains the unique and often-misunderstood way of life chosen by her and her “Master.” Rebecca also answers listener questions and weighs in on her perspective of Samantha Hall’s guilt or innocence.