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Spend any amount of time on TikTok, and you'll find there are hundreds of different corners of the social media app. There's book TikTok, medical TikTok, dance TikTok, parenting TikTok, and so on, all with videos focused on these subjects. So naturally, true crime TikTok has also exploded in popularity.
Of course, not all TikTok accounts are created equal, so we highlighted some of the best TikTok accounts for true crime fans to follow, including Kara Robinson Chamberlain's. Robinson will tell her story in depth in the new Oxygen special "Escaping Captivity: The Kara Robinson Story," airing Sunday, September 26 at 7/6c on Oxygen.
Here's who to follow for shocking deep dives, useful safety tips, legal knowledge, and more:
Robinson went viral after telling her shocking story on the app: She was kidnapped by Richard Evonitz while watering plants in a friend's backyard in 2002, when she was just 15 years old. Evonitz held her captive in his South Carolina apartment and sexually assaulted her, but when he fell asleep, Robinson was able to get out of her handcuffs and run for help. After Robinson escaped, investigators discovered Evonitz was a serial killer and linked him to the murders of three women in Virginia.
Robinson went on to work in law enforcement, although these days she is a motivational speaker and a mother to two sons. Her TikTok is filled with advice for overcoming trauma, her own personal struggles with PTSD, and safety tips like how to escape restraints.
True crime documentaries and podcasts often highlight the investigators, lawyers, and psychologists who get involved when a crime occurs. But there is another profession that's highly involved in these tragic scenarios: crime scene cleaners.
Crime scene cleaning company Spaulding Deacon gives a peek at the gruesome work it does with its TikTok account Crime Scene Cleaning. The Florida-based company shares creepy stories and explain what exactly goes into crime scene cleanup, from odor removal to mopping up bloodstains.
The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children's main focus is providing assistance to victims, families, law enforcement, social service agencies and others when they need help with a missing, exploited, or recovered child. To assist in that goal, the organization has launched a TikTok account @missingkids.
The account highlights missing children's stories, but it also provides useful safety tips, explains terms like "grooming," and walks viewers through issues like getting nude photos taken offline. Viewers also get educated on how to spot warning signs their children is being groomed online, how to talk about safety with kids, and more.
The user behind @911_stories_ isn't an actual 911 dispatcher. However, they highlight some of the most unusual 911 requests ever made with audio recordings of the calls. The calls are divided into two sections: Funny 911 calls and sad/scary 911 stories, so people can know what to expect before they listen in.
Lawyer Mike Mandell uses his TikTok account to provide the legal advice users may need. The account, called @lawbymike, first got attention after his video about identifying liars through their body language went viral.
Now, Mandel walks viewers through common legal scenarios and offers a deeper look into the legal system, ensuring viewers know more about their rights. Whether you want to know what to do if you're pulled over without a driver's license, if you can legally film the cops, or how to find a good lawyer, Mandel has you covered. Mandel also still offers psychological hacks and gives explainers on famous cases like Britney Spears' conservatorship battle and Scarlett Johansson's lawsuit against Disney.
True Crime Cam
If you've spent any time in the true crime section of TikTok, you've probably come across @truecrimecam. With 1.3 million followers, True Crime Cam has become increasingly popular in the TikTok sphere. The account does deep dives into famous crimes, gives updates on well known legal battles, and posts series like one that highlights states with the highest crime rates.
And of course, we have to highlight our own TikTok account, which was just launched. You can follow us @OxygenNetwork, where you can see exclusive clips from our shows, do deep dives into famous murders, keep updated on current crime news, and learn safety tips. It's the ideal follow for any true crime fan!
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