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This Company Will Pay You $1,666 to Listen to True Crime Podcasts This Halloween

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by Eben Diskin Oct 13, 2020

The perfect job for the Halloween season, Vio Security, a home security company, is looking for a true crime fanatic to spend their days listening to podcasts while they record their heart rate.

According to the job posting, “Upstanding detective or criminal mastermind, true crime lover or adept podcatcher, scaredy-cat or ‘final girl’ — if you have a taste for the macabre, Vio Security is looking for a [person] who knows whodunit. This Halloween, we’re shelling out $1,666 for one crafty crime buff to listen to 31 hours of the top true crime podcasts. Think you could handle it?”

Applicants have to state their case in a short essay explaining why they’re the best fit for the job. If you do win, you can choose to listen to any episodes from the following list: “Motive for Murder,” “Crime Junkie,” “Son of a Hitman,” “Dateline,” “My Favorite Murder,” “Real Narcos,” “Serial,” “Someone Knows Something,” “I Survived,” and “The Thing About Pam.”

After listening you’ll be expected to answer several questions based on your experience. Vio Security’s ultimate goal is to use your expertise to help it understand “how true crime podcasts affect people — specifically if they make people feel more unsafe the more they listen.”

In addition to earring $1,666 for your time (that’s $56 an hour, by the way), you’ll also be given a heart rate monitoring device, wireless earbuds, a safety flashlight and whistle, a door blocking mechanism, and access to a personal safety app. Applications must be submitted by October 19 at 2:00 PM ET.

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