“To Live and Die in LA” Podcast Season 2 Returns on May 27

Frank Racioppi
3 min readMay 13, 2021

Tenderfoot TV, the independent Atlanta-based content creation company with over 600 million downloads for its award-winning podcasts, announced today that the second season of Neil Strauss’ hit true-crime podcast, “To Live and Die in LA” will investigate the disappearance of Elaine Park. Season two premieres on May 27.

Strauss returns as host to find out what happened to Elaine Park, a 20-year-old woman from Glendale, just north of Los Angeles who went missing in January 2017. Park went to a movie with her ex-boyfriend and slept over at his Calabasas home.

The next morning, surveillance footage shows her leaving his home, but she hasn’t been seen since. Elaine’s Honda Civic was discovered in Malibu five days later with the doors unlocked, the battery dead, and all of her personal belongings still in the car. Almost five years later, with Elaine still missing and many unanswered questions remaining, Strauss is turning to the podcast to share details from his investigation and follow new leads in real time, with the hope of uncovering the truth as listeners who may know something share information.

The upcoming season, in partnership with Cadence13, an Audacy company, follows the critically acclaimed podcast’s 2019 debut in which Strauss, an award-winning journalist and Rolling Stone contributing editor, investigated and helped uncover the truth about the tragic death of aspiring Hollywood actress Adea Shabani. The Associated Press dubbed it “Podcast of the Year,” the series reached #1 on iTunes, and the show racked up more than 50 million downloads.

This season of “To Live and Die in LA” is both a sequel and a prequel to season one. The tragic disappearance of Elaine Park predates the disappearance of Adea Shabani by about one year. While Neil was investigating Adea’s disappearance and death, he was also investigating Elaine’s disappearance. Elaine’s disappearance represents the origin story of “To Live and Die in LA,” painting a picture of how Neil first met season one investigator Jayden Brant, his journey into true crime, and the woman who first introduced Neil to Elaine’s case, his then-wife, Ingrid De La O.

Neil and Ingrid became obsessed with this case and have followed every detail from 2017 until this point. With…

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Frank Racioppi

I am a South Jersey-based writer who manages Podcast Reports on Blogger and have a book available on Amazon about podcasts and podcasting called “Ear Worthy.”