Can’t get enough of true crime stories? Congratulations, because you are in the right place. Whether it’s sheer curiosity to uncover the truth or a need to know what’s on a person’s mind to get them to commit such heinous crimes, there’s a reason this podcast genre is so popular. People are fascinated by the unknown and that includes us! There’s no shortage of true crime TV series, but when you need a compelling story in audio form, look no further than a list dedicated solely to some of the best true crime podcasts out there.
Whether you’re looking for a new podcast focused on creepy unsolved mysteries, unsolved disappearances, long-buried murders, or a bit of dark humor, there’s a new show that will have your name written all over it. For the person who has a short attention span and wants to hear a story from start to finish, we would suggest podcasts like crime junkie and Criminal. If you like more of a slow burn with a story that requires you to triple check your locks at night, we recommend shows like Serial and The dating game killer. If you thought finding the culprit would be difficult, just wait while you try to decide which one to listen to first! So time to switch off all those distractions and lose yourself in a true crime story that sounds almost too wild to be reality.
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Hosts Ashley Flowers and Brit Prawat are obsessed with all things true crime (hence the name). With new episodes weekly, they compile some of the scariest, most mysterious murders, disappearances, and serial killers to ever happen. From stories from the early 1940s to recent convictions like Gabby Petito, there’s a reason for it crime junkie has become one of the number one podcasts on the charts.
If you are unwell or want an operation, who do you go to? The doctor! We are most vulnerable with the doctor and put a lot of trust in the person with the needle (or scalpel). When Christopher Duntsch, a confident and well-known Dallas neurosurgeon, did more harm than good, his patients got a rude awakening. When 33 patients came to him for surgery, complications soon arose, sometimes ending in death. What is now also a TV show follows Dr. Death Duntsch, his 33 patients who trusted a flawed system, and what they went through before he was finally brought to justice.
Moderated by Sarah Koenig, Serial focuses on unfolding a story over the course of an entire season, allowing you to immerse yourself in every single twist the story brings. The first season garnered a lot of national attention for her investigation into high school student Hae Min Lee and the possible wrongful conviction of her ex-boyfriend Adnan Syed. The second season follows the story of an American soldier being held captive by the Taliban, and the third explores different cases, all running through a single courthouse.
Some consider Criminal crime podcast NPR, and you’ll learn something new in every episode. Hosted by Phoebe Judge, the show delves deep into a wide spectrum of criminal behavior, including the psychology and sociology behind the crime. From a woman who came close to breaking into the FBI to the untold story of the infamous Milgram Psychology Experiments, some stories sound almost too crazy to be true.
John despised his small town in Alabama, so he decided to do something about it. He asks a reporter to investigate the son of a wealthy family who openly boasts he got away with murder. When someone else dies, a nasty feud ensues and the hunt begins – for hidden treasure and the truth behind one man’s life.
host and house beautiful Editors Hadley Mendelsohn and Alyssa Fiorentino meet at the intersection of true crime, interior design and the paranormal. The podcast delves into the twisted backstories of four notorious homes and the strange tales that suggest the previous occupants never left and that history isn’t the only thing haunting them. Along the way, the couple speaks to mediumistic media, psychologists and other experts to better understand why these stories are so important.
The dating game killer
In 1978, Rodney Alcala won a date on the popular TV show known as The dating game. Despite his charm, no one knew he was truly a prolific serial killer amid a killing spree across the country. Hosts Tracy Pattin and Stephen Land take listeners on an incredible journey through Alcala’s secret life, where he hid behind mundane jobs while committing heinous crimes from coast to coast.
True crime, scary history and all things spooky are covered in this podcast hosted by a barber and autopsy technician. Morbid keeps things light-hearted with a heavy dose of research and a dash of comedy for a little extra flavor. From serial killers to haunted houses, who doesn’t love a little dark humor?
The shrink next door
What happens when you turn to the wrong person for help for 30 years?! Veteran journalist Joe Nocera’s neighbor in the Hamptons was a therapist named Ike, whose patients included the elite and celebrities. When Ike goes missing one summer, Joe realizes that everything he thought he knew about Ike and the house next door was wrong.
Host Marissa Jones examines missing person stories, going beyond the traditional news stories that often disappear between other stories. Each week delves deep into a different missing person, including exclusive interviews with family, friends, law enforcement and experts.
Root of Evil: The True Story of the Hodel Family and the Black Dahlia
When Elizabeth Short, also known as The Black Dahlia, was brutally murdered in 1947, it was a story that gripped the entire nation. More than 7 decades later, it’s still one of the most notorious unsolved cases. Many point fingers at Dr. George Hodel as the murderer, thanks to an investigation started by his own son. Now, with never-before-heard audio and first-time interviews, the Hodel family opens up their shocking story in an eight-part series that delves deep into their murder-marred family history.
Up and gone
Host Payne Lindsey focuses on a different cold case disappearance each season. Season 1 covered the disappearance of a Georgia high school teacher, while Season 2 focuses on the disappearance of a young mother from a remote mountain town in a case that has since been reopened. Now in its third season, Lindsey takes listeners down a rocky road with the disappearance of an Indigenous woman who disappeared from a Native American reservation in 2017.
my favorite murder
True crime and comedy? Sounds like it won’t work, right? think again Hosts Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark take turns telling stories of real-world crime and tales of their hometown, finding a bit of humor along the way (of course, they make sure to honor the victims anyway).
Over my corpse
In this anthology series, listeners are introduced to people pushed beyond their limits to do unspeakable things. With stories incl King of the Tigers‘s Joe Exotic, a couple whose perfect relationship takes a difficult turn, and a small-town cop who uncovers deep corruption after his death in Fox Lake.
When a shocking crime occurs, people often ask, “Why” or “How could they do that?” Was it power, ego, or revenge? Here, retired FBI agent Candice DeLong draws on her decades of experience. She unveils intriguing new details about what drives some of the most complex and twisted minds from the Unabomber to Dr. Death drove.
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