Why “Culpable” Podcast is different from your other true-crime favorites
Several podcasts have solved cold-cases this year, but unfortunately many of them share a commonality— the alleged killer is no longer living. From the suspected Black Dahlia murderer George Hodel (The Root of Evil), to the identified fourth man who was complicit in the murder of James Reeb in Selma (White Lies), many podcast investigators have solved crimes but have been unable to achieve justice for the victims and their families. This is what sets Culpable apart.
Christian Andreacchio was found slumped over his bathtub with a bullet wound to his head when he was 21 years old. The death was quickly ruled a suicide by local law enforcement of the city of Meridian, Mississippi, but the Andreacchio family never believed that was possible. Christian, who worked on a tug boat, was known to be in a tumultuous relationship with his girlfriend Whitley Goodman, and had told several friends he was planning to end things with her the day Whitley discovered Christian’s body along with friend Dylan Swearingen.
The initial police investigators did not question that the gun Christian used was in his non-dominant hand. It was also indicated that the gun had been manually de-cocked. The testimony of Whitley changed several times following the initial investigation. She had told a friend she discovered Christian herself, but told the police that Dylan found him while she was sleeping. She sent suspicious texts to several other friends following Christian’s death, seeming to craft a story to explain why she would have gun powder on her hands. Dylan was discovered attempting to withdraw money with Christian’s bank card the same day of the murder. Neither were ever arrested or implicated in Christian’s death.
If Culpable is capable of finding indisputable evidence of foul play, both Whitley and Dylan are still very much alive. It would be a welcomed change for a podcast to end with justice being served, for which the Andreacchio family would be eternally grateful.