I’ve been listening and compiling true crime podcasts for almost two years now. It’s a hugely popular category as our fascination with chaos, murder and criminals continues unabated. Here are some of the best true crime shows you can listen to right now.
My Favorite Murder
True Crime is a massively popular podcast category. Probably by virtue of the fact that one of the shows that launched the podcast listening craze was a true crime show. But with so many shows popping up in this genre, there is a real quality problem. You’ll find no such proble with Bear Brook, another terrific podcast from the people at New Hampshire Public Radio. The premise is simple: Two barrels, four bodies and an enigmatic killer. A cold case that changed the way murders will be investigated.
If you haven’t heard the story of the disappearance of Susan Powell and the subsequent events that took place, you’re in for a doozy. I know there are a lot of True Crime podcast fans that subscribe to this newsletter, so this week, this is my gift to you!
Death In Ice Valley
This BBC produced show introduces us to an unsolved mystery that went on for nearly a half-century. It starts with an unidentified body. Who was she? Why did no-one miss her? The clues just get creepier and creepier in this spooky true crime show.
And That’s Why We Drink
You’re probably wondering if I mislabeled this podcast as belonging to the “Comedy” category, but nope, I did not. Because after all, what’s more hilarious than a combination of true crime and the paranormal? Don’t worry, you won’t have to listen to more than an episode to get why this podcast is actually pretty funny. Hosted by Em Schulz and Christine Schiefer who also co-hosts the “Beach Too Sandy, Water Too Wet” podcast which I’ve previously featured here, And That’s Why We Drink is a highly entertaining mix of fact, fiction, and laughs.
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An incredibly haunting podcast about a story that in my opinion got far too little press coverage. Perhaps it’s because it’s about a crime by two Canadian men that were ultimately apprehended in the U.S., or because it’s such an icky topic that frankly almost no-one wants to think about. Nevertheless, if you’re into true crime podcasts and want to learn about how an international team of experts and law enforcement took down one of the largest child-pornography rings in the world, this podcast is for you.
The Catch and Kill Podcast with Ronan Farrow
If you’ve been living under some sort of gigantic soundproof rock and the #metoo movement has not penetrated your skull, the Catch and Kill Podcast with Ronan Farrow might be good place for you to start. Journalist Ronan Farrow recently released a book by the same name and then smartly released this companion podcast which tells the incredibly compelling story of how Ronan was involved in investigating Harvey Weinstein and the lengths to which Weinstein went to destroy his enemies, including Ronan. Considering Harvey just went on trial, this podcast is a great way to catch up with the story.
If you’re old enough to remember what an institution Bill Cosby was in America, you’ll also probably remember how shocked everyone was when the revelations about Bill Cosby began to surface to the public. This investigative true-crime podcast is hosted by Nicki Weisensee Egan of the L.A. Times who does an incredible job in the episodes thus far of presenting the rise and fall of Bill Cosby.
Man in the Window
I know there is a metric buttload of you wonderful subscribers that are big fans of the True Crime genre. So perhaps I would be a little surprised if that cohort of you have not heard about this podcast. But nevertheless, it’s the story, told by Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter, Paige St. John of one of the most deadly serial killers in California’s history, the Golden Stake Killer.
Ushered in by the infamous Serial podcast, True Crime is one of the most popular podcast categories today with seemingly every new podcast delving further and further afield into the world of crime to tell compelling stories listeners will tune in for. But the story presented in THE CLEARING is, and I say this with no love for hyperbole, truly and utterly bonkers. I’ll say no more, just go listen.
The Missing Cryptoqueen
When it comes to story-telling, the BBC is on-part with the best. This podcast is no exception. There have been countless stories about how the Bitcoin / Blockchain / Cryptocurrency mania brought out the world of grifters and scammers both big and small in an attempt to capitalize on unsuspecting investor’s FOMO amidst what was touted as the next big thing in money and finance. This is the story of Dr. Ruja Ignatova and OneCoin. And oh boy, it’s a doozy! Strap in for this 8 episode story that will have you screaming at whatever device you’re using to listen.
Uncover: The Village
In its third season, CBC’s (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) Uncover podcast explores one of Canada’s biggest crime stories in recent decades. The story of serial killer Bruce McArthur who killed 8 victims in and around Toronto’s Gay Village. A fascinating listen if you’re into the True Crime genre of podcasts.