True Crime Fans: You Can Listen to 31 Hours of Spooky Podcasts on Halloween and Get Paid $1,666

published Oct 11, 2020
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There’s no better time for true crime fans than Halloween, because not only is it fun to dive into all things mysterious and scary—it’s basically a rite of passage during the month of October. But if you need an extra incentive to listen to all the true crime content your heart can handle, listen up. One company is offering up a cash prize of $1,666 to the true crime buff who can commit to listening to 31 hours of true crime podcasts over the span of five days this month—here’s the spooky scoop.

The team at Vio Security, a home security company, is hoping to see if there’s a link between true crime aficionados and their level of perceived safety after enjoying true crime content. So they’re putting one fan to the ultimate test, giving the winner a list of the most popular true crime podcasts and allowing them to pick and choose which episodes they listen to, as long as they clock 31 hours total in the end.

As you listen, you’ll also answer questions about your perceived level of safety along the way, keeping track of both your heart rate and sleeping habits via the Fitbit included in your true crime kit. You’ll also get a pair of wireless earbuds to optimize your listening experience and a safety flashlight—crucial for those late night listening sessions—a whistle, a door blocking mechanism, and access to a personal safety app (like Bond) to “boost your peace of mind” as you binge all these terrifying true stories. If you’re successful, you’ll receive $1,666 for your efforts, which might just be worth the several weeks worth of sleepless nights you’re about to embark on.

Open to US residents over the age of 18, you simply apply by filling out the form online and giving a brief, 200-word synopsis of why you’re the best person for the job, answering questions about how you celebrate Halloween, how often you listen to podcasts, and what your favorite true crime story is. Applications are open until October 19, with a winner being chosen on October 26. The winner then has until October 31 to complete the mission, with just 31 hours standing between you and a payout of $1,666. Can you handle it?