Nicole Engelbrecht


True Crime South Africa


Nicole Engelbrecht worked in corporate management for 20 years before moving on to try her hand at creative entrepreneurship in 2019. She is now the creator and host of the popular True Crime South Africa and I Lived Through This, podcasts. TCSA consistently charts as South Africa's most popular true crime podcast even among international offerings, and in 2021, Business Insider ranked the podcast as the 5th most listened to podcast overall in the country.

Her first true crime book, Samurai Sword Murder: The Morn! Harmse Story was published in October 2022 and is described by journalist and fellow crime writer, Jana Marx, as being true crime at its very best.

Nicole works with television production companies to research and develop true crime documentaries and pioneered the first companion podcast of its kind with Showmax in 2021: the award winning, Devilsdorp: The Official Companion Podcast.

She also records and produces audiobooks in the true crime space including Jana Marx's The Krugersdorp Cult Killings.

To help grow the true crime space in South Africa, Nicole mentors other creators to help them create their own podcasts. She also partners with selected production companies to work on influencer campaigns for documentaries and television series that align with her victim-focused style of true crime content creation.

Nicole lives in Cape Town and is a dog mom (although the cat might disagree). When she's not fully immersed in the world of true crime she enjoys listening to podcasts, reading, and volunteering at animal welfare organisations.



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