B.T. Harman is bringing Atlantans a history lesson in the form of a true crime podcast called Catlick (catlick.com).
The idea came about after a discovery of four specific stories from Atlanta circa 1910—each one salacious and tragic. “As a railroad town, Atlanta attracted a lot of shady characters, which made it a bit like the Wild West,” says Harman. “There was a lot of violence, and that often played out between races and social classes.”
Harman began constructing a timeline of these events in a spreadsheet; that’s when he saw the overlapping chronology. They all played out over 56 months. He became fascinated with how the plot lines of these spies, villains and midnight vigilantes intersected. And Atlanta newspapers weren’t just reporting on the events, they were influencing them.
Harman has assembled local talent to help produce the project. Along with archival images, he has a team that created a film trailer, a sound designer to score each episode, an illustrator to create a visual library and, most importantly, an advisory council of diverse voices from around Atlanta. “The advisory council consists of about a dozen African American friends from around Atlanta,” says Harman. “As a white guy talking about Atlanta’s past, I recognize that my perspective is limited. You can’t talk about Atlanta without talking about its racially divided history. You can’t understand America’s past unless you understand Atlanta’s past.”