Binged your way through every true crime documentary to ever grace Netflix, Amazon Prime and Now TV during the first lockdown? Us too, but it doesn’t mean all is lost on the true crime front. Enter the true crime podcast, although you won’t be able to see your ‘favourite’ villains, you’ll still be able to delve into the inner-workings of these criminal masterminds and solve the unsolved mysteries.
We’ve delved into the podcast archives and picked out 12 of our favourite true crime podcasts that’ll see you getting your true crime fix in no time.
If you’re rushed for time but are still itching to get your true crime hit Morning Cup of Murder is here to appease your desires. Every day you’ll get your burst of true crime through the short five-minute podcast telling the infamous stories on murders that took place on that specific day in history. Creepy, but we can’t get enough.
If you’re new to the podcasting world and don’t know where to get your true crime fix, Serial is your best place to start. Set up by the creators of This American Life, Serial is hosted by Sarah Koenig and is formed of two seasons.
It’s season one that really stole the show, following the disappearance of high-school senior, Hae Min Lee. Just six weeks later and her ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed, is being arrested for her murder. He claims he’s innocent but can’t remember exactly what he was doing during the afternoon of her disappearance. You’ll be gripped after the first five minutes.
So you’ve binged your way through the Netflix docu-series, you’ve watched Louis Theroux’s documentary Most Dangerous Pets and now is the time to get your third fix of Joe Exotic in podcast form thanks to series two of Over My Dead Body: Joe Exotic. Uncover the muddled reasons why a zookeeper-cum-tiger breeder takes his frustration and anger out on his rival, Carol Baskin.
Expect serial killers, cold cases and endless missing person reports when you dip into the True Crime Chronicles series. Investigative journalist Jessica Noll and co-hosts Spencer Bruttig and Will Johnson delve deep into newsrooms archives and case studies to help answer unsolved secrets.
Ever wondered what life would be like if you were a billionaire? Of course you have, but imagine having it all and then losing it in a flash? Well one woman in particular knows that life far too well (no, it’s not Kylie Jenner). The world’s youngest self-made billionaire Elizabeth Holmes was destined to be “the next Steve Jobs”, but how did she go from that to losing it all in the blink of an eye? The Drop Out follows the story as ABC News correspondent Rebecca Jarvis and producers Taylor Dunn and Victoria Thompson journey through three years worth of investigations. You’ll be left gripping at your seats with every cliffhanging episode.
If you absolutely love trashy police shows, you’ll no doubt have watched copious episodes of the American documentary crime series, Cops. Over six episodes (plus a bonus seventh if you’re really hooked!), you’ll be putting your investigative head on as you trawl through 18-months worth of Cops episodes and help director, writer and producer, Dan Taberski in his challenge to rewrite the troublesome and distorting show that has influenced the way the public views the justice system.
Hosted by journalist and podcaster Chris Lambert, Your Own Backyard follows the disappearance of college student, Kristin Smart, who was last seen walking to her dormitory on 25th May 1996. Years later the case has ceased to be solved and Lambert sets out to unravel the case with new sets of interviews and newfound evidence.
Those on the lookout for something a little more light-hearted, but are still eager to satisfy their true crime hunger should get a piece of Killer Queens, the true crime podcast that “feels like you’re chatting with your besties”.
Stripping back your favourite cases, sisters and best friends, Tori and Tyrella delve into these hands-on while throwing in a few hilarious 90s references.
Do you have a favourite murderer? Wow, that’s not a question I ever thought I’d hear myself asking, or typing in this case, but do you? Two friends, Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark, sit down to talk about their favourite gruesome and murderous tales, and hear from friends and fans of the show as they spill all on their small, hometown murder filled crime stories.
I’ve been a long time listener of Casefile and it’s one of my favourites from the list. The weekly podcast delves into famous murder cases, as well as smaller, cold cut investigations, and will have you hooked in no time. The host is a bit of an enigma himself too, as four years later and nobody still knows who hosts the show…