Week 178 - True Crime Cat Lawyer
For the 178th week of "7 QUESTION SUNDAY" we shine the spotlight on another influential individual from the PNW. True Crime Cat Lawyer is a podcast lead by the duo of Elyse Lopez and Winston the cat. The podcast covers true crime cases from the PNW region.
4EVRGRN: Hey, TCCL! Tell us a little about yourselves.
TCCL: My passion and love for the law began when I was 12 years old. I currently practice workers' compensation defense, representing employers and insurance companies, in Oregon and Washington. When I am not lawyering, I enjoy anything and everything true crime related.
- How did you get interested in true crime?
TCCL: I’ve always been interested in true crime; I used to watch Matlock and Perry Mason with my grandpa. My best friend in 5th grade was also murdered in 2002 and her murder changed my life.
- How did the idea come about to do a podcast about PNW cases?
TCCL: The pandemic! I burned through all my regular podcasts and hadn’t yet learned about indie podcasts, so I decided to make my own podcast!
- What has been your favorite case to research and discuss?
TCCL: The episode I’m most proud of is my recent episode on Autumn Stone which was a live episode done at the PNW True Crime Fest back in October 2022. I spoke with the victim’s sister and got to know more about the victim than what’s out in the public. This episode will always hold a special place in my heart.
- What PNW true crime podcast do you enjoy listening to?
TCCL: I have a few but True Crime Queen is one of my faves of all time! Ginger says the snarky comments we’re all thinking when listening to a true crime case and she’s very thorough!
- Favorite PNW activity when you need to decompress from case research?
TCCL: I absolutely LOVE the beaches in the PNW. No, they’re not sunny and warm all the time, but they’re absolutely beautiful and being at the beach just restores/resets my mind. They’re so beautiful and soothing.
- Do you think being a lawyer changes the way your view true crime as opposed to most with journalist backgrounds?
TCCL: I definitely think so. I work really hard to bring a level of professionalism to my podcast along with a knowledge of the law that’s involved with these kinds of cases. I don’t bring a lot of speculation into these cases nor am I trying to conduct my own investigation. My purpose in telling these cases is to inform and educate on various issues in the criminal justice system.
- Favorite local cat product (we’re big Winston fans)?
TCCL: Winston loves to hear about all her many adoring fans. She’s a huge catnip fan - her favorite toys are the mini kickers from Aloha Ellie & Co. which is based out of Beaverton, Oregon!
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