History will surely point toward true crime as one of the factors that propelled podcasting into a golden age. In our opinion, the best true crime podcasts are ones that are both meaningful and interesting, and we have listed more than a few of them on this list.
Below you will find our top picks of the best true crime podcasts available right now. You will find plenty to listen to when taking a long road trip, riding the train, running, cycling or on a Sunday just for fun.
So, without further ado, check the best true crime podcasts below.
If you would like us to include your podcast on the list don’t hesitate to contact us. We will check it out, and if everything is ok include it on the list.
My Favorite Murder is the hit true-crime comedy podcast hosted by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark. Since its inception in early 2016, the show has broken download records and sparked an enthusiastic, interactive “Murderino” fan base who come out in droves for their sold-out shows worldwide.
A top 10 regular on iTunes’ comedy podcast chart, My Favorite Murder has been featured in Entertainment Weekly, The Atlantic, Nylon and Rolling Stone magazine.
Aside from being avid true crime enthusiasts, Karen Kilgariff is a stand-up comedian and television writer and Georgia Hardstark is a writer and host for the Cooking Channel.
“Criminal is the NPR of crime podcasts. You learn something new every time.” – San Francisco Chronicle
Criminal is an award-winning podcast about true crime. Stories of people who’ve done wrong, been wronged, or gotten caught somewhere in the middle.
Criminal launched in January of 2014, and new episodes come out twice a month, always on Fridays.
Criminal is one of the most popular podcasts in the world, and has been featured in “Best of” lists in Time, The Atlantic, Rolling Stone, Cosmopolitan, USA Today, and Wired.
We travel around the country to interview people, and sometimes take the show on the road to tell stories live.
Casefile is an award-winning true-crime podcast that presents unforgettable stories in a professionally produced audio format. What started in 2016 as a one-person side project has grown to include an entire team based across multiple continents.
Their episodes delve deep into the circumstances, investigations, and trials of both solved and unsolved cases from all over the world. Casefile has hundreds of millions of downloads and consistently ranks highly across podcasting charts. Discover why everyone from Rolling Stone to Time magazine is calling it a must-listen experience.
Atlanta filmmaker Payne Lindsey of Tenderfoot TV originally envisioned Up and Vanished as a true-crime documentary. Lindsey selected a missing-person case from his home state, Georgia, and embarked on a journey as an amateur investigator. After starting his research and initial interviews, he decided to present the project in audio form as a podcast.
Season 1 of Up and Vanished explored the 2005 disappearance of beauty queen and high school teacher Tara Grinstead from her home in Ocilla, Georgia. The cold case was the largest case file in the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s history, with no arrests in 11 years. The podcast quickly drew attention, both in South Georgia and nationwide. Reviewing old leads and uncovering new ones, Up and Vanished quickly expanded from a planned six-episode season to a final count of 24 episodes with numerous bonus episodes.
As the people of Ocilla began talking about the case again, new leads and stories emerged. In February 2017, the GBI arrested two suspects for Grinstead’s murder. Up and Vanished will continue to provide updates on this no-longer-cold case as the criminal trial proceeds in 2018. The second season of Up and Vanished, covering a completely different true crime story will debut on August 20, 2018.
5. Dr. Death
We’re at our most vulnerable when we go to our doctors. We trust the person at the other end of that scalpel. We trust the hospital. We trust the system.
Dr. Christopher Duntsch was a neurosurgeon who radiated confidence. He claimed he was the best in Dallas. If you had back pain and had tried everything else, Dr. Duntsch could give you the spine surgery that would take your pain away. But soon his patients started to experience complications. And all they had to protect them was a system ill-equipped to stop the madness.
From Wondery, DR. DEATH is about a medical system that failed to protect these patients at every possible turn. Reported and hosted by Laura Beil.
This American Life is a weekly public radio program and podcast. Each week we choose a theme and put together different kinds of stories on that theme.
Mostly they do journalism, but an entertaining kind of journalism that’s built around the plot. In other words, stories! Their favorite sorts of stories have compelling people at the center of them, funny moments, big feelings, surprising plot twists, and interesting ideas. Like little movies for radio.
Their show is heard by 2 million listeners each week on over 500 public radio stations in the U.S., with another 2.8 million people downloading each episode as a podcast. They are also heard on radio stations across Canada and Australia. They’ve won all sorts of awards, over a half dozen Peabody Awards, and the very first Pulitzer Prize ever awarded to a radio show or podcast.
Their love of true crime, horror, creepy history, and anything spooky as hell became too great for us to handle. They knew it was time to share it with the world and luckily, it brought them a community of beautiful weirdos to share it all with.
Morbid: A True Crime Podcast was born out of genuine love for true crime and all things spooky. They cover serial killers, unsolved mysteries, spooky history, paranormal happenings, conspiracy theories, and anything that sends chills down your spine and gets your mind working overtime.
They pride themselves on thorough and accurate research but they also throw some humor in (respectfully of course) to lighten some of the subjects, since they can get very heavy. Come on it and join them, weirdo. You are welcome here, as long as you lock the windows at night because….Fresh Air Is For Dead People.
Where is Cleo?
It’s a mystery her family has been trying to unravel for decades after the young Cree girl was apprehended by child welfare workers in Saskatchewan in the 1970’s. Her siblings say she was stolen, and then raped and murdered while trying to hitchhike back home, her body left at the side of the road somewhere in the United States. They have no idea where she is, whether her name was changed, or if anyone has been charged in her murder.
Like many Indigenous children, Cleo’s brothers and sisters were taken from their community, displayed in advertisements, and sent to live with white adoptive families across North America, through a controversial program called “Adopt Indian and Metis.” They’ve reconnected as adults and are determined to find their missing sister and penetrate the secrets shrouding the truth about Cleo.
CBC’s Connie Walker joins in their search, uncovering disturbing new details about how and why Cleo was taken, where she wound up, and how she died.
Two friends, Aaron Habel & Justin Evans, discuss theories and share their opinions on unsolved murders, controversies, mysteries, conspiracies, & true crime. Unsolved murders, controversies, mysteries, conspiracies, as well as anything that impacts our culture. In each podcast, Justin & Aaron find a new topic and break it down. And, of course, we get into the ‘why’ of it as well. Page maintained by Aaron.
In 1972, five-year-old Adrien McNaughton vanished while on a family fishing trip in Eastern Ontario. Despite an intensive search and investigation, no sign of Adrien was found, no clue as to where he might be. The case has hung over the area like a dark mass ever since, especially in the small town of Arnprior, where the McNaughton family lived.
In season one of the podcast Someone Knows Something, host David Ridgen, who grew up in Arnprior, goes back to investigate. Ridgen, an independent filmmaker with a proven record of solving cold cases, asks questions that have been waiting for answers for over 40 years. He speaks to family, friends, and other members of the community, discovering new leads and evidence, trying to put the ghosts of the past to rest.
Its 1979, and Atlanta is a city on the rise. It finds itself neck-and-neck with Birmingham as the hub of the New South. It’s been branded, “the city too busy to hate.” But in the summer of ’79, two kids go missing: 14-year-old Edward Hope and 13-year-old Alfred Evans. Both male. Both black. They would later be found dead. Murdered.
For the next two years, the city of Atlanta lives in fear. African American children, adolescents and young adults go missing, one by one, only to be found later, their bodies disposed of in remote areas. There was a real-life boogeyman on the prowl. Parents demand more attention and effort from law enforcement, as racial tensions rise. There are no leads. There are no suspects. But there is pressure to close these cases, and preserve Atlanta’s status as a thriving metropolis.
As the list of missing and murdered rises to more than 25, the “Atlanta Monster” is seized. 22 years old. Black. Wayne Williams. He is convicted only of two adult murders, but authorities close the majority of the child killings, attributing them to Williams. The city returns to business as usual for most, but did law enforcement get the right man? Questions still linger today. This is the story of fear, a grieving city, and a search for justice: 40 years ago, and today.
John despises his Alabama town and decides to do something about it. He asks a reporter to investigate the son of a wealthy family who’s allegedly been bragging that he got away with murder. But then someone else ends up dead, sparking a nasty feud, a hunt for hidden treasure, and an unearthing of the mysteries of one man’s life.
When Elizabeth Short, also known as The Black Dahlia, was brutally killed in 1947, it gripped the entire country. More than 70 years later, it remains America’s most infamous unsolved murder. Many believe Dr. George Hodel was the killer, thanks to an investigation by Hodel’s own son. But murder is just part of the Hodel family story, one filled with horrifying secrets that ripple across generations.
Now, through never-before-heard archival audio and first-time interviews, the Hodel family opens up to reveal their shocking story. In this eight-part documentary series, sisters Rasha Pecoraro and Yvette Gentile, the great grand daughters of George Hodel, take a deep dive into their family history to try to figure out what really happened, and where do they all go from here? Root of Evil is the companion podcast to TNTs limited series I Am the Night. Inspired by the true story of the Hodel family, the series stars Chris Pine and comes from acclaimed Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins.
The Last Podcast on the Left is a weekly podcast on the Last Podcast Network featuring comedian and podcast host Ben Kissel, podcast producer, and researcher Marcus Parks, and comedian and actor Henry Zebrowski (who joined in the third episode), all of whom are longtime friends. With the main episode released each Friday and a Side Stories episode released once a week, the episodes are generally one to two hours in length, with the hosts exploring the horrors of the world both imagined and real. The name is a reference to the 1972 horror movie The Last House on the Left.
The podcast was launched in 2011. Episodes have explored the topics of serial killers, conspiracy theories, UFO sightings, ghosts, and readings of fan-submitted creepypastas.
The Sword and Scale true-crime podcast is an immersive audio experience covering the dark side of humanity and human nature. Their stories delve into the worst of the worst and include murder, rape, dismemberment and cannibalism. No crime is too brutal and no victim is too pure. The worst monsters are real.
They cover high-profile trials, unsolved murders, serial killers, weird news, and missing persons cases.
16. Over My Dead Body
We all have limits. And some people who are pushed beyond those limits will do unspeakable things.
In “Tally,” season One of OVER MY DEAD BODY, Dan and Wendi are two good-looking attorneys whose wedding is featured in the New York Times. But when this “perfect” couple falls apart, it leads to a bad breakup, a worse divorce, and a murder case involving a menagerie of high-priced lawyers and unexpected co-conspirators. Reported by Matthew Shaer and Eric Benson, and hosted by Matthew Shaer.
Their season 2 story has moved! You can now find it with the show title Joe Exotic: Tiger King on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you’re listening right now.
Utilizes narrative storytelling, archival audio, and immersive soundscapes to explore true stories of white-collar criminals, con artists, and corporate evil. From corruption and fraud to Ponzi schemes and environmental disasters, these financially motivated crimes have shaped our world in unimaginable ways. All in the name of greed.
The Undisclosed podcast investigates wrongful convictions, and the U.S. criminal justice system, by taking a closer look at the perpetration of a crime, its investigation, the trial, and ultimate verdict… and finding new evidence that never made it to court.
The State v. Joey Watkins – The conviction under examination at present belongs to Joey Watkins, a Georgia man sentenced to life in prison in July 2001 for aggravated assault, a weapons violation, misdemeanor stalking, and the felony murder of Isaac Dawkins in January 2000. Joey’s case was brought to the team by the Georgia Innocence Project.
Join the Undisclosed team every Monday at 6 p.m. EST as they dive into the details of Joey’s case — and try to unravel the events leading up to his troubling conviction. And then check out the Undisclosed Addenda–a discussion show about the case featuring Emmy award-winner and host Jon Cryer–every Thursday at 6 p.m. EST.
19. Bear Brook
Two barrels. Four bodies. And the decades-long mystery that led to a serial killer.
A podcast about a cold case that’s changing how murders will be investigated forever.
Their debut season takes a deep dive into the mysterious disappearance of 25-year-old Adea Shabani, an aspiring actress and model who vanished without a trace from her apartment complex near Hollywood’s famous Walk of Fame. Last seen in February of 2018, Shabani is a native of Macedonia.
Like the thousands who flock to Los Angeles each year, she hoped to realize her Hollywood dream of stardom. What really happened to Adea? The full story has never been told.
The Vanished is a true-crime podcast that explores the stories of those who have gone missing. The Vanished goes beyond conventional news reports to take a deep dive into the story of a different missing person each week. Host Marissa Jones brings you exclusive interviews with family members, friends, law enforcement, and experts. What will The Vanished uncover next?
Lyn and Chris Dawson appear to have the perfect marriage. He’s a star footballer and popular high school teacher. She’s a devoted wife and mother. They share a beautiful home above Sydney’s northern beaches. But when Lyn goes missing, dark secrets are buried. This is no fairytale, but a sordid story of strangely close twin brothers, teenage student lovers, and probable murder. The Australian’s Hedley Thomas digs deep into a cold case which has been unsolved for 36 years, uncovering startling new evidence.
23. The Clearing
The Clearing is a 2019 true crime podcast about April Balascio, daughter of American serial killer Edward Wayne Edwards. It premiered on 18 July 2019 and is a production of Pineapple Street Media and Gimlet Media.
In 2009, April began to suspect her father of the 1980 murder of Tim Hack and Kelly Drew. Following her report to the police, Edwards was arrested and confessed to several other murders. He later became the subject of conspiracy theories accusing him of involvement in famous unsolved crimes.
Featuring interviews from April and private recordings made by Edwards while he was living, The Clearing discusses April’s journey to discover the truth about her father’s life.
Accused is a true crime investigative journalism podcast created by Cincinnati Enquirer reporter Amber Hunt and photographer Amanda Rossmann.
As of 2020, three seasons have been published, each of which analyzes a different suspicious death case. By the conclusion of Season 1, the podcast had been downloaded 430,000 times and reached No. 1 on iTunes’ podcast chart.
Esther Ludlow has been interested in true crime since she was a teen and has been podcasting since 2012. She launched her true crime podcast, Once Upon a Crime in June of 2016. In only 8 months, the podcast had over 1 million listens and the audience continues to grow. Her love for storytelling combined with her interest in true crime and her background in psychology creates a unique and compelling podcast.
Esther writes, produces, and edits the podcast as a solo venture. Once Upon a Crime presents true crime stories chapter by chapter. Each episode stands alone and cases are grouped by topic. Esther has covered the kidnapping cases of Elizabeth Smart and Jaycee Dugard, celebrity stalkers Mark David Chapman and John Hinckley, and historical cases including Kitty Genovese, Mary Bell, and Charles Starkweather.
26. Dirty John
Dirty John is a true crime podcast based on the life of John Michael Meehan. The podcast is hosted by Christopher Goffard and was created by Wondery and the Los Angeles Times.
The first two chapters were launched on October 2, 2017; the following four chapters were released over the following days. The podcast was downloaded over 10 million times within six weeks of release.
Veteran journalist Joe Nocera’s neighbor in the Hamptons was a therapist named Ike. Ike counted celebrities and Manhattan elites as his patients. He’d host star-studded parties at his eccentric vacation house. But one summer, Joe discovered that Ike was gone and everything he’d thought he’d known about his neighbor — and the house next door — was wrong.
From Wondery, the company behind Dirty John and Dr. Death, and Bloomberg, “The Shrink Next Door” is a story about power, control, and turning to the wrong person for help for three decades. Written and hosted by Joe Nocera, a columnist for Bloomberg, “The Shrink Next Door” premieres on May 21st.
Real Crime Profile is a true crime podcast distributed by Wondery and co-hosted by Jim Clemente (former FBI profiler), Laura Richards (criminal behavioral analyst, former New Scotland Yard), and Lisa Zambetti (casting director for CBS’ Criminal Minds). The show features the hosts profiling behavior from real criminal cases from Charles Manson, to John Meehan of the podcast Dirty John to Jerry Sandusky.
In 2018, Real Crime Profile partnered with Showtime to create Escape At Dannemora, a companion podcast series to launch alongside the television show of the same name (Escape At Dannemora). This successful 8-episode limited series podcast was nominated for Best Branded Podcast in the 2019 Shorty Awards.
29. Court Junkie
Imagine being wrongfully convicted for a crime you didn’t commit, or imagine your child’s killer is still on the loose even though there’s enough evidence for an arrest. I want to help shine light on the injustices of our judicial system. I delve into court documents, attend trials, and interview those close to the case to help me tell their stories.
Welcome to Crimetown, a series produced by Marc Smerling and Zac Stuart-Pontier in partnership with Gimlet Media. Each season, they investigate the culture of crime in a different city. In Season 2, Crimetown heads to the heart of the Rust Belt: Detroit, Michigan. From its heyday as Motor City to its rebirth as the Brooklyn of the Midwest, Detroit’s history reflects a series of issues that strike at the heart of American identity: race, poverty, policing, loss of industry, the war on drugs, and our universal desire for a savior. Detroit’s a tough town, and its residents are even tougher. They’ve weathered riots, a drug epidemic, political scandal, and innumerable other hardships, but they’re still here—and they have stories to tell.
Unsolved Murders: True Crime Stories is a podcast drama with a modern twist on old time radio that delves into the mystery of true cold cases and unsolved murders. With the help of an ensemble cast, follow our hosts as they take you on an entertaining journey through the crime scene, the investigation and attempt to solve the case. With many surprising plot twists, it’s important you start listening from the first episode of a cold case. New episodes are released every Tuesday. Unsolved Murders: True Crime Stories is part of the Parcast Network and is a Cutler Media Production.
The true-crime / comedy podcast YOU NEED IN YOUR LIFE. We recap your favorite true crime documentaries with humor, sass, and heart. FROM VULTURE: “It’s not wrong to laugh when you’re listening to a true-crime podcast. Or at least I hope it isn’t, because if almost crashing my car while listening to True Crime Obsessed is wrong, I don’t want to be right.” Hear our take on “Abducted in Plain Sight,” “The Ted Bundy Tapes, “Dirty John: The Dirty Truth” and so many more.
Each week Nic and the Captain fire up the true crime garage flying ship fueled with beer, great discussion, and listener participation. The garage covers a new case each week from headline news to local real-life horror stories. Discussions about Serial killers like Ted Bundy, Jeffrey Dahmer, and BTK, cold cases like Jonbenet Ramsy, OJ Simpson, and the Zodiac, disappearances, missing persons, and unsolved mysteries are all on tap along with craft beers from all over the world. If you like to kick back and have a little fun with your true crime then this show is for you and your friends. Remember don’t take yourself too seriously because if you do, nobody else will.
Find the full archive of True Crime Garage for free only on Stitcher, as well as exclusive bonus episodes of True Crime Garage: Off The Record, on Stitcher Premium. For a free month of listening, go to stitcherpremium.com/truecrimegarage and use promo code ‘GARAGE’
In August of 1980, Playboy Playmate Dorothy Stratten was found dead at just 20 years old. She was the girl next door with the shy smile and whispery voice who didn’t know her own beauty. To Hugh Hefner, she was his next Marilyn Monroe. To famed director Peter Bogdonovich, she was his muse. And to her husband, Paul Snider, she was his ticket to fame and fortune. All three ambitious men adored her. Only one of them murdered her. How did Dorothy’s Hollywood dreams lead to her death?
From Wondery, and the team behind the hit series Hollywood & Crime (The Dating Game Killer, The Wonderland Murders) comes a six-part series about love, sex and murder. Co-hosted by Tracy Pattin and Josh Lucas.
35. In the Dark
Serial investigative journalism from APM Reports, with host Madeleine Baran and a team of reporters. Season 1 looked at the abduction of Jacob Wetterling in rural Minnesota and the accountability of sheriffs in solving crime. Season 2 examined the case of Curtis Flowers, who was tried six times for the same crime. Also, a special report on Covid-19 in the Mississippi Delta.
Crime never takes a day off, and neither does Parcast. Every day, we flip back the calendar and examine a true crime event from the same date. It might be the anniversary of an important case being solved, the end of a landmark trial, or a serial killer’s birthday– whatever the date, there’s no ordinary day in true crime history. In each episode, we present a short true crime story, then analyze the impact of that historic day’s events. Today in True Crime is a Parcast Original, with new episodes daily.
Benjamin and Rosanna Fitton are the husband and wife team behind the number one hit podcast They Walk Among Us ®. The podcast started in September 2016, focusing on crime in the UK — delving into the crimes that are close to home, the criminal that sleeps beside you, lives next door, or delivers your newspaper.
The podcast has won two British Podcast Awards for best true crime podcast and a Lovie Award for best entertainment podcast.
The couple’s work has been praised by The Guardian who called the show “a cult hit”, The Financial Times, referred to it as “sharply written”, The Evening Standard praised the “expertly understated storytelling” and Newstatesman labelled it “the mysterious true crime podcast that’ll keep you up at night”.
They have written a book They Walk Among Us available through Virgin Books.
What causes ordinary people to do unthinkable things? We examine the most disturbing criminal minds and the impact these violent crimes have on the victims and their families. An investigative discovery, uncovering the series of events, circumstances, and state of mind which cause ordinary people to do unthinkable things….
Small Town Dicks is a podcast about the big-time crime that’s happening in Small Town, USA. Each episode features the detectives who broke the case in their small town, and includes assets like jailhouse phone calls, suspect interviews and 9-1-1 calls. The show is anchored by veteran, identical-twin detectives Dan and Dave, and hosted by actress, Yeardley Smith.
40. Park Predators
Sometimes the most beautiful places hide the darkest secrets. Delia D’Ambra is an investigative journalist from North Carolina who started her career in journalism in 2014. She has worked in both the broadcast news industry and is currently a producer and host for audiochuck. Delia specializes in re-investigating cold case homicides and unsolved crimes. She is an outdoors enthusiast and is currently on a mission to visit every national park in North America.
41. The Dropout
Money. Romance. Tragedy. Deception. The story of Elizabeth Holmes and Theranos is an unbelievable tale of ambition and fame gone terribly wrong. How did the world’s youngest self-made female billionaire lose it all in the blink of an eye? How did the woman once heralded as “the next Steve Jobs” find herself facing criminal charges — to which she pleaded not guilty — and up to 20 years in jail? How did her technology, meant to revolutionize healthcare, potentially put millions of patients at risk? And how did so many smart people get it so wrong along the way? ABC News chief business, technology and economics correspondent Rebecca Jarvis, along with producers Taylor Dunn and Victoria Thompson, take listeners on a journey that includes a three-year-long investigation. You’ll hear exclusive interviews with former employees, investors, and patients, and for the first-time, the never-before-aired deposition testimony of Elizabeth Holmes, and those at the center of this story.
The Dropout is an American podcast hosted by Rebecca Jarvis that follows the story of Elizabeth Holmes and Theranos. It was produced by ABC news, Taylor Dunn, Victoria Thompson, and Ashley Louszko. Following the podcast, a two-hour 20/20 episode premiered in March 2019, following the popularity of the podcast.The series is scheduled to be made into a limited series of the same name.
The weekly UK True Crime Podcast is the home of UK true crime. They examine UK cases in depth, talk to true crime authors, review products/shows and interview other experts in the field of UK True Crime to offer you the very best insight and analysis. Whether it is murder, financial fraud or any other UK crime, they will be covering it through blogs, other posts and weekly podcast.
The Trail Went Cold is a weekly true crime podcast which explores baffling unsolved mysteries and cold cases. On each episode, host Robin Warder examines a new murder or missing persons case, tackling a wide variety of mysteries from different countries and time periods. After sharing all the details about each case, Robin offers his own personal analysis and theories about what happened. The podcast is produced and edited by Magill Foote and the music composed and performed by Vince Nitro.
Jerri Williams is a retired FBI agent and author on a mission to show the public who the FBI is and what the FBI does by conducting interviews with retired FBI agents about their most intriguing and high-profiled cases, reviewing how the FBI is portrayed in books, TV, and movies, and recommending crime fiction and dramas. Photos and links to articles about the cases and violations discussed can be found in the show notes for each episode at jerriwilliams.com.
Desi Jedeikin and Rachel Fisher tell true tales of Hollywood’s most sordid crimes and scandals
How do you take down a criminal network that’s hidden in the shadows? How do you rescue child abuse victims who could be anywhere in the world? Hunting Warhead follows the journalists and police on a global mission to expose the darkest corners of the internet. What they discover shocks them. Host Daemon Fairless tracks down the investigators, survivors and criminals themselves. A co-production of CBC Podcasts and the Norwegian newspaper VG.
Hosts Mike Ferguson and Mike Gibson guide you through the most interesting true crime stories. This is a true crime podcast that spares none of the details and delves into what makes these killers tick. Join us for a good mix of lesser known cases as well as our take on what we call the “Big Timers”. We don’t take ourselves too seriously but we take true crime very seriously.
The original true crime review podcast that looks at other podcasts, TV, and pop culture.
True crime authors and real-life couple Rebecca Lavoie and Kevin Flynn hold a pop-culture round table with noir novelist Toby Ball and journalist-turned-investigator Lara Bricker. The panel chats about other podcasts (including ‘Serial’) as well as journalism, storytelling, TV shows and films, and the special segment, ‘Crime of the Week.’
A true crime podcast that seeks to go beyond the narrative and discover the truth. Both sides have facts, which picture comes into focus depends on how those facts are Framed.
Everyone’s heard of Ghislaine Maxwell (Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged partner in crime). But there’s a shadowy figure who hangs above her who you likely don’t know: her father, media tycoon Robert Maxwell. His rise from nothing to fall… from the deck of his super yacht under mysterious circumstances is straight out of a crime novel. His favorite daughter Ghislaine’s theory: her father was murdered.
From Somethin’ Else, makers of ‘The Immaculate Deception’ and ‘The Fault Line: Bush, Blair and Iraq’, hosted by Investigative journalist Tara Palmeri, ‘Power: The Maxwells’ is a seven part series on the incredible true story of a media mogul whose legacy is still being felt today.
In 2016, a popular high school senior mysteriously disappeared on the night before Thanksgiving. His remains were found two years later. What happened to Tom Brown in the small town of Canadian, Texas that night? It seems everyone in town’s become a suspect, including Tom’s family, friends, the local sheriff, and a high-flying private investigator. Acclaimed writer Skip Hollandsworth digs into the mystery that’s torn this town apart in this eight-part true crime podcast series.
From the Texas Monthly team behind “Boomtown”—a popular eleven-part podcast series about the culture and economy of the West Texas oil fields—“Tom Brown’s Body” launches September 29 and is the first narrative podcast series from Hollandsworth.
Most mysteries can be solved by looking at the facts. But sometimes, the facts don’t lead to a logical explanation, and the truth lies somewhere in the unknown… Join Parcast and Crime Junkie’s Ashley Flowers as they dive deep into the strange and surreal to explain some of the world’s most bizarre true crime occurrences in the new series, Supernatural with Ashley Flowers. Every Wednesday, Ashley digs into a different mystifying crime—where the most fitting theory isn’t always the most conventional.
53. Paper Ghosts
Four separate cases, four young girls. All of whom go missing in the early to mid-1970s, all within miles from one another in neighboring New England towns. And not one arrest has been made in over 50 years. In Paper Ghosts, investigative journalist and true crime author M. William Phelps’ decade-long search for answers is reignited when a call reveals new information that sets the investigation in motion, uncovering never-made-public documents and bringing forth new witnesses and suspects.
And That’s Why We Drink is a paranormal and true crime podcast hosted by Christine Schiefer, Em Schulz, and boxed wine. With over 80 million lifetime downloads, And That’s Why We Drink is consistently featured in the top 20 on the comedy podcast charts and winner of the 2019 “People’s Voice” Webby Award for Best Comedy Podcast.
Join them every Sunday for some chilling ghost stories and downright terrifying true crime stories. The world’s a scary place. And that’s why we drink!
Do you wanna hear something scary? Join Markeia every week as they bring you the creepiest ghost stories, urban legends, and folktales.
Brainwashed investigates the CIA’s covert mind control experiments – from the Cold War and MKULTRA to the so-called War on Terror. It’s the story of how a renowned psychiatrist used his unwitting patients as human guinea pigs at a Montreal hospital, and the ripple effects on survivors, their families, and thousands of other people around the world. It also examines the cultural impact — how the CIA brought LSD to America and inadvertently created counterculture influencers such as author Ken Kesey and poet Allen Ginsberg. It’s an exploration of what happens in times of fear, when the military and medicine collide. And what happens when the survivors fight back.
57. The Orange Tree
Fifteen years ago, 21-year-old Jennifer Cave went out with her friend Colton Pitonyak to celebrate getting a new job. She never showed up for her first day of work. Two days later, Jennifer’s body was found at The Orange Tree, a condo complex near the University of Texas at Austin. Pitonyak, a promising UT business student who lived in the condo, had fled to Mexico … and he wasn’t alone. He had gone with another UT student, Laura Hall. The crime’s gruesome nature, Pitonyak’s surprising defense and Hall’s mysterious involvement shocked the city of Austin. The Orange Tree is reported and hosted by Tinu Thomas and Haley Butler, who started working on the story when they were journalism students who lived and went to classes just a few blocks from the crime scene. From The Drag, a new audio production house based in the Moody College of Communication at the University of Texas.
58. Invisible Choir
Invisible Choir™ is a true crime podcast created and hosted by Michael Ojibway. Each episode explores the intimate details surrounding a crime, and the subsequent individual and community fallout as people struggle to make sense of loved ones tragically lost. Every other week Invisible Choir deconstructs the unanswered questions left lingering in the wake of some truly horrific and often under-reported crimes. We bring you the stories as they have never been told through a balance of investigative storytelling, primary source audio, and victim testimonials from those directly impacted by the crimes.
These are the stories of the missing and the dead. Their voices reaching out from beyond the grave in unison, seeking peace… and yearning for justice. Together they are the…Invisible Choir™.
SON OF A HITMAN is a new podcast documentary series produced and hosted by Jason Cavanagh, that dives into the deadly world of Charles Harrelson, a womanizer, a card shark, and possibly one of the most notorious hitmen of all time. He is also the father to A-list actor, Woody Harrelson. Jason Cavanagh investigates each of the three murders Charles Harrelson was charged with, including the first assassination of a federal judge in United States history, all while seeking to unravel the Harrelson’s claim… that he was involved in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
In the 1980s the “male exotic dancers” of Chippendales were everywhere: On beefcake calendars and daytime TV. Gyrating on stages across the world in their signature cuffs, collars, and spandex pants. Selling the promise of women’s liberation for the price of a few dollars in a g-string. But behind the powerful mullets, oiled pecs, and non-stop parties lies a much darker story.
This is the story of how two men—an immigrant from India and a children’s TV producer from New Jersey—transformed a seedy nightclub in Los Angeles into a global phenomenon, and how paranoia and greed turned Chippendales into a hotbed for drugs, corruption, and murder.
With over one hundred hours of archival footage, and sixty-plus interviews with investigators, co-conspirators, former dancers, and the women who loved them, historian Natalia Petrzela exposes one of the great, sordid, unexamined stories in American culture.
Marijuana, motorcycles, and mayhem. Deep Cover is the true story of an FBI agent in Detroit who goes undercover in an outlaw motorcycle gang and makes a series of bizarre discoveries that inadvertently lead to the US invasion of a foreign country.
Jake Halpern (Host) is a journalist, bestselling author, and the winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize. His first book, Braving Home (2003), was a main selection for the Book of the Month Club by Bill Bryson. His next book, Fame Junkies (2007), was the basis for an original series on NPR’s All Things Considered and portions of the book were published in both the New Yorker and in Entertainment Weekly. Jake’s most recent nonfiction book, Bad Paper (2014), was excerpted as a cover story for the New York Times Magazine. It was chosen as an Amazon “Book of the Year” and was a New York Times best seller. Jake’s debut work of fiction, a young adult trilogy, Dormia, has been hailed by the American Library Association’s Booklist as a worthy heir to the Harry Potter series. His most recent young adult novel, Nightfall (2015), was a New York Times best seller.
62. Red Collar
When we think of white-collar criminals, we picture a CEO getting caught up in the latest financial scandal. But there is a subgroup within these seemingly nonviolent offenders who are never discussed in mainstream media – the white-collar criminals who kill. Join Catherine Townsend as she dives into the minds of these real-life American Psychos…who are often hiding in plain sight. This is Red Collar.
The truth is rarely the best story. And when it’s not the only story, the truth deserves another look. Every Wednesday, we tell the complicated stories behind the world’s most controversial events and possible cover-ups. Conspiracy? Maybe. Coincidence? Maybe. Complicated? Absolutely. Conspiracy Theories is part of the Parcast Network and is a Cutler Media Production.
Serial is a podcast from the creators of This American Life, hosted by Sarah Koenig. Serial unfolds one story – a true story – over the course of a whole season. The show follows the plot and characters wherever they lead, through many surprising twists and turns. Sarah won’t know what happens at the end of the story until she gets there, not long before you get there with her. Each week she’ll bring you the latest chapter, so it’s important to listen in, starting with Episode 1. New episodes are released on Thursday mornings.
In the border city of Ciudad Juárez, hundreds of women have gone missing. The ones that are found have strange symbols carved on their bodies, some have their wrists bound with shoelaces. All are discarded like garbage. The story of Forgotten investigates theories about what or who is responsible—a serial killer, organ traffickers, a Satanic Cult—and pursues an investigation with law enforcement on both sides of the border, terrified witnesses, and corrupt authorities
Morbidology is a true crime podcast created and hosted by Emily G. Thompson, author of “Unsolved Child Murders,” “Cults Uncovered” and co-author of “Unsolved Murders: True Crime Cases Uncovered.”
Join Emily as she covers a new true crime case – solved and unsolved – released weekly.
n April 2016, hours after an argument with his wife Jessica, Griffin, Georgia police officer Matthew Boynton radios for assistance and reports hearing two gunshots coming from inside his home. Officers rush to the scene to find Jessica Boynton inside a locked closet, with an apparent gunshot wound to her head. Underneath her body, officers find her husband’s service weapon. But this story of small-town romance gone wrong was far from over. The investigation into what really happened inside that closet and what happened next would captivate a small town and change the lives of one family forever. The Officer’s Wife is a VAULT Studios production in collaboration with 11Alive in Atlanta.
911 Calls Podcast with The Operator is an *award-winning podcast brought to you by The Operator and his trusty junior-assistant, Mr Luna (of Dark Topic and Monstruo fame).
Each episode presents and dissects the gripping audio from 911 calls made throughout the world.
You’ll find yourself traveling the rough road that dispatchers, and those on the other end of the line, must travel to find help in a crisis. You’ll feel the terror, the panic, as the moments tick by on each call. You’ll even find yourself being exasperated, as the height of emergency breeds the height of confusion between caller and rescuers!
But all is not lost. Every episode brings you two emotionally-riveting calls – one harrowing call to stir your senses, and a heartwarming call to tug at your heartstrings.
With over one-thousand 9-1-1 calls in the bank, there are years of episodes to come! So buckle up.
In May 2010, sex worker Shannan Gilbert inexplicably disappeared inside the gated Long Island community of Oak Beach. Months later, while police combed the area in search of Gilbert, they unearthed the remains of ten bodies—none of which were Shannan—including the infamous Gilgo Four. The discovery, which officials quickly deemed the work of a serial killer, sent shock waves throughout the country and soon incited a media firestorm with rumors of widespread police corruption at the forefront.
Inspired by the New York Times bestselling book Lost Girls by Robert Kolker and brought to you by Mopac Audio, a subsidiary of the leading, independent Austin-based production company Megalomedia, the ‘LISK: Long Island Serial Killer’ features rare interviews, new leads, and incisive analysis from host Chris Mass and team. Mass is a writer and producer whose team has spent the last four years researching and investigating the LISK case.
Season One of the ‘LISK: Long Island Serial Killer’ features six episodes plus bonus content and is currently free to listen to without advertisement.
Criminology is a true crime podcast that takes a deep dive into some of the most famous cases in the annals of crime. Hosts Mike Ferguson and Mike Morford will give you every details of these infamous crimes. New episodes come out every Saturday night at 10 PM.
Obscura: A True Crime Podcast is a podcast about shining a spotlight on the darker things in life. It’s a podcast that takes a narrative approach to cover true stories. We cover murders, mysteries, missing persons, and more. We cover terrible acts in unflinching detail. Listener discretion is advised.
Serial killers. Cold cases. The lost and the missing. We’re working with crime reporters around the country mining newsroom archives and case files to explore unsolved mysteries, infamous criminals, and underreported cases. Will Johnson, Spencer Bruttig and Reed Redmond are digging into these stories and bringing you a new case every week.
Murder is a crime of many victims. It affects not only the murdered, but also those who loved them. The Murder in My Family tells the effects of murder from the perspective of the family members of the victims and shows how they, too, are victims in this terrible crime.
Ever wonder what murder took place on todays date in true crime history? If so, sit back and grab a cup of coffee as you enjoy your daily dose of TC goodness. Your host, Korina Biemesderfer, guides you through history with tales of murder, abduction, serial killers, crimes of passion, cults and more in this short form daily true crime podcast with over 600 episodes and counting. Recently featured in Marie Claire USA and AU as a 2020 Must Listen.
In 1978, Rodney Alcala won a date on the popular TV show, The Dating Game. What no one knew was that he was a prolific serial killer in the middle of a cross-country murder spree. In this six-part series, co-hosts Tracy Pattin (Hollywood & Crime) and Stephen Lang (Avatar, Don’t Breathe) take listeners on an unbelievable journey into Alcala’s twisting secret life. He hid behind normal jobs as a typesetter at a prominent newspaper and a summer camp counselor. How did this predatory monster fool employers, prison psychiatrists, and parole boards — all while committing heinous crimes from coast to coast? And how did a one-time appearance as a game show contestant help lead to his capture? From the makers of Dirty John, Dr. Death, and Young Charlie, learn the story of the most famous serial killer you’ve never heard of – The Dating Game Killer.
76. Trace Evidence
race Evidence is a true crime podcast that focuses on unsolved cases, from chilling murders to missing persons and the unexplained. Join host Steven Pacheco as he examines each case, diving deep into the evidence and exploring the theories which revolve around them. For each unsolved case, there are the victims and their families, who want answers and the abductors and murders who hide the truth.
This podcast has the goal of drawing attention to and relating the stories of the events and individuals involved in these unsolved crimes. To seek truth for the victims and their families.
Each episode examines the details of the case, which are ascertained through research and study. As much detail as can be dug up is shared and presented in a chronological format. Following discussion of the case, there is a second segment which focuses on the known theories and their likelihood. The host often interjects his own theory, if he has one, or selects which theory he believes is most likely. However, since the answers are not known, there is no attempt to deliver any particular theory as the definitive one. Any student of history knows that, in order to find the closest answer as to what truly happened in any particular event, you must examine all sides of it and the real details are likely an amalgamation of specific pieces from each side.
Trace Evidence examines well known cases, as well as little known cases. The podcast is open to suggestion and will look into any case recommended, especially if it is recent and time is of the essence.
Mens Rea is a fortnightly true-crime podcast that discusses crime in Ireland and the UK. Mens Rea refers to the mental element of intent required to prove certain crimes have been committed…. like murder. Every two weeks, they delve into the most notorious crimes and examine the people involved, the investigation of the police and the court cases that followed.
Mens Rea is researched, written and produced by host, Sinead. In a former life she was a tour guide at a busy Irish landmark, and has spent far more years in University than is reasonable. She received her BA from Trinity College Dublin in 2009, and her MSc in Human Rights in 2012 from University College Dublin. She also holds a Diploma in Prof. Legal Studies.
Above all else, Sinead is a true crime fanatic and a podcast addict.
78. Killer Queens
We could tell you about our show, but in the words of LeVar Burton, “don’t take our word for it!” Here is an actual listener’s description of the show: “Think Cher Horowitz meets Dolly Parton… create a love child. Then THAT person meets Bill Kurtis…. and two random girls are the product of that…. that’s Tyrella and Tori (sisters and hosts). Smart, weird, pretty, blonde, hilarious, southern, and just really okay with being themselves…. even when it is weird. It made me realize [they] became their role models without even meaning to.” Give it a try if you like ANY of those people and/or a lighter take on your True Crime!
79. Serial Killers
Every Monday and Thursday, Serial Killers takes a psychological and entertaining approach to provide a rare glimpse into the mind, methods and madness of the most notorious serial killers with the hopes of better understanding their psychological profile. With the help of in-depth research, we delve deep into their lives and stories. Serial Killers is part of the Parcast Network and is a Cutler Media Production.
80. Crime Junkie
You are obsessed with all things crime-related. It started out as a general interest but now you have this true-crime-shaped-hole in your life that no amount of radio segments, podcasts, or documentaries can fill. And the more true crime media you consume the more you crave it.
You’re the one at the gym looking inconspicuous running to stories about murder instead of music like a normal human. You’re the one telling your friends “fun facts” about the most notorious murder that took place in the city you’re visiting when all they want to talk about is where they’re getting dinner. You don’t read anymore because you’ve already consumed all the good mystery books and freaking Gillian Flynn is just living her life and not thinking about your needs! (Sorry Gillian, I miss you.) You do a thorough internet search on all potential friends and or lovers and get a little bummed out when you don’t find anything juicy. And you’re pretty sure you missed your true life’s calling to be a detective.
Yep, you are a Crime Junkie!
Criminal Perspective is a podcast exploring the perpetrators behind the crimes. Host, Chris Duett, has accumulated 11 years of experience interacting with notoriously violent criminals. Chris brings you firsthand experiences and insights on such offenders as well as interviews with professionals who’ve worked with or studied these criminals extensively. Criminal Perspective also offers appearances from notable figures from the world of True Crime, as well as interviews with the criminals themselves and the people who know them! This is a one of a kind podcast for the most ardent True Crime
Dallas based comedians and friends, Christie Wallace and Heather McKinney, focus on a different true crime, cult, or creepy topic each week “and chat all things sinister in this funny and well-researched podcast.” (Marie Claire, 2020)
83. Dakota Spotlight
Dakota Spotlight is a slow burn, deep-dive True Crime podcast from and about the upper midwest. Season 5: A Better Search for Barbara Cotton: Season 4: Chasing Billy. Season 3: The House on Sweet and Seventh. Season 2: Zeeland, the untold story of Wade and Ellen Zick. Season 1: The case of Victor Newberry. A production of Forum Communications
84. American Scandal
Every scandal begins with a lie. But the truth will come out. And then comes the fallout and the outrage.
Scandals have shaped America since its founding. From business and politics to sports and society, we look on aghast as corruption, deceit and ambition bring down heroes and celebrities, politicians and moguls. And when the dust finally settles, we’re left to wonder: how did this happen? Where did they trip up, and who is to blame? From the creators of American History Tellers, Business Wars and Tides of History comes American Scandal, where we take you deep into the heart of America’s dark side to look at what drives someone to break the rules and what happens when they’re caught. Hosted by Lindsay Graham.
85. Women and Crime
Two Criminologists cover a new female-focused story each episode and examine how women fair in the criminal justice system. We’ll explore the causes of female crime, victimology, as well as celebrate heroines who have left their mark on the criminal justice system.
Dr. Meghan Sacks and Dr. Amy Shlosberg are both Associate Professors of Criminology at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Both have years of first-hand experience working with offenders and professionals in the criminal justice system. They teach classes such as Women & Crime, Race & Crime, Criminology, and Serial Killers.
86. Crime in Sports
Two comedians take an unmerciful and hilarious look at athletes who have lost big games…with the law! Crime in Sports does the research, and finds the funny in the world of sports true crime. New episode every week!
87. Creepy Caffeine
Whitney and Dani love hearing stories of things that go bump in the night. From true crime and the paranormal to movies and books, if it’s a tale that gets under your skin, they want to scratch that itch until it comes crawling out. But possibly not in such a disgustingly eloquent way. Join them every week for the podcast meant to get your blood pumping while they discuss all the things that creep them out.
A podcast for the ultimate true crime enthusiast. A glimpse into the life and crimes of some of the most evil minds. You will not want to miss an episode!
Retired Cold Case Investigator Paul Holes and Investigative Journalist Billy Jensen dig deep into unsolved murders, unidentified remains, and missing persons cases. Each week listeners ride shotgun as Holes and Jensen attempt to solve the crime using a variety of methods, from old-fashioned detective work to advanced technologies including familial DNA searches, social media geotargeting, and maybe most important—the skills of their listeners who send in tips and theories, becoming active members of The Murder Squad.
DIE-ALOGUE: a true crime conversation, is a weekly true crime podcast, hosted by Rebekah Sebastian.
Each week, Rebekah interviews fascinating people connected to true crime in unique ways. Think field experts, cult escapees, veteran journalists, podcasters, and attack survivors. Together they will attempt to answer the WHY of true crime- as opposed to the WHO/ WHERE /WHAT/WHEN.
91. Last Seen
It remains the most valuable — and confounding — art heist in history: 13 artworks stolen from Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Twenty-eight years later, not a single piece in a haul worth half a billion dollars has surfaced. The art, and the thieves who made off with it, remain at large. With first-ever interviews, unprecedented access, and more than a year of investigative reporting, “Last Seen” takes us into the biggest unsolved art heist in history. A joint production from WBUR and The Boston Globe.
92. The Sneak
Season 1: DB Tuber – News of the crime spread across the internet like wildfire. The story of a football hero turned bank robber shocked the sleepy town where the heist occurred and became a worldwide sensation. People were aghast as the disgraced athlete told his incredible story. There was only one problem. It wasn’t the whole story. Not by a long shot.
From USA Today & Wondery comes The Sneak. A show that digs into spectacular true crime stories from the world of sports. New episodes every Tuesday. There are 2 more seasons.
If you could call a number and say you’re sorry, and no one would know…what would you apologize for? For fifteen years, you could call a number in Manhattan and do just that. This is the story of the line and the man at the other end who became consumed by his own creation. He was known as “Mr. Apology.” As thousands of callers flooded the line, confessing to everything from shoplifting to infidelity, drug dealing with murder, Mr. Apology realized he couldn’t just listen. He had to do something, even if it meant risking everything. From Wondery the makers of Dr. Death and The Shrink Next Door, comes a story about empathy, deception, and obsession. Marissa Bridge, who knew Mr. Apology better than anyone, hosts this six-episode series.
94. Dateline NBC
Current and classic episodes, featuring compelling true-crime mysteries, powerful documentaries and in-depth investigations.
“Unraveled: Long Island Serial Killer” is a search for answers to one of the biggest murder mysteries in American history. It’s been ten years since eleven bodies were found on the coast of Long Island. Amongst a backdrop of police corruption and cover-ups at the highest levels of Suffolk County, co-hosts Alexis Linkletter and Billy Jensen reinvestigate the murders from a decade ago to expose the untold story of why the case remains unsolved.
Take a gruesome trip through history with chilling campfire stories of true crime. It’s a unique blending of narrative nonfiction storytelling with investigative journalism, a deep dive into the lives of victims…and killers. And how they made history.
ANATOMY OF MURDER is a weekly true crime podcast examining homicide cases and paths to justice for the victims. Former New York City homicide prosecutor and host of Investigation Discovery’s True Conviction, Anna-Sigga Nicolazzi, teams up with Emmy award-winning investigative journalist, and former Deputy Sheriff Scott Weinberger, to take listeners behind the scenes, for an insider’s perspective of compelling homicide cases from around the country. In every episode, listeners will also hear and gain insight from a victim’s family member, the prosecutor, or a member of law enforcement directly involved in the investigation.
Something Was Wrong (http://www.somethingwaswrong.com) is an Iris Award winning true crime docuseries about the discovery, trauma, and recovery from shocking life discoveries and abusive relationships.
What if your mother left to follow a cult… or you woke up in a morgue… or if your boat got caught in a storm and began to sink — what would you do? This is Actually Happening brings you extraordinary true stories of life-changing events told by the people who lived them. From a man who finds out a celebrity crush isn’t who she seems to a woman stranded in a Mexican desert fighting to survive, these stories will have you on the edge of your seat waiting to hear what happens next.
Let’s Talk About Sects is an award-winning monthly podcast focusing on a different cult each episode. Sarah takes a storytelling, deep-dive approach, looking at the history of a sect’s leaders, the recruitment of members, their experiences, psychological aspects, and notable incidents during its existence.