I’ve always had an interest in anything crime-related. From reading Sherlock Holmes to watching MindHunters on Netflix. But it feels like everyone’s life gets busier and busier, and it’s hard to find time to sit down, relax, and devote my full attention to a TV series. So for the past couple of years, I have turned to podcasts for my ‘true-crime-fix’. It’s so easy to just pop in my earphones and press play while I work on something else. As a self-proclaimed true crime fan, here is my true-crime podcast list that’s worth binging.
1. CRIME JUNKIE
Crime Junkie is hosted by Ashley Flowers and Brit who are both obsessed with true crime. They cover a wide range of happened events, from murder, serial killers, wanted to conspiracy. My absolute favorite part of their storytelling is they treat the dead, the victims with respect. Ashley and Brit will always start the episode with a little blurb and end it with “this is the story of” so and so. It is fascinating to listen to them talk about the details and know that they mean every word, that they truly care about each case, and devoted to sharing the stories. Ashley is also on the board of directors for Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana, which is a non-profit organization that lets people provide anonymous information about criminal activity. They are true, crime junkies.
2. DATELINE NBC
Dateline started off as a TV series on NBC then brought into the podcast medium last year hosted by Keith Morrison. Keith’s mesmerising voice pulls you right into the story, and to top it all off, the podcast engages their listeners by interviewing the actual people in the events which creates an illusion of the listeners being present. Dateline explores current and notable events with chilling evidence and in-depth investigations. If you are into modern real crime then this is the podcast for you.
Hey Weirdos! they are Alaina and Ash! Morbid has a different and lighter approach to true crime events. Although with grisly details of some horrible stories that happened, they’d always end it with a light joke or cursing the assailant so when you listen to them you don’t usually feel heavy-hearted after a gruesome episode but want to keep listening to the next. They’d usually have the full-length episode up to an hour and a bit, or a mini morbid episode which is still a decent amount of time. Alaina and Ash would often do special episodes called “listener tales” to engage with their audience. This is a segment where they will tell true crime or paranormal activities that have happened to their listeners. The Morbid podcast will definitely satisfy your true crime fix!
4. SERIAL KILLERS
Serial Killers is one of the podcasts that Parcast creates. It is also my first true-crime podcast experience. Narrated by Greg Polcyn and Vanessa Richardson, they are all about recreating the imagery of serial killing events. What’s different about this and the other true crime podcasts are the details they go into with the killers. Each story will have at least 2 episodes while the first one introduces their childhood and the beginning of the killings, followed by in-depth of the crimes committed and capture if applies. Greg also has an engaging voice to tell the story part of the episode and Vanessa focuses on the psychological aspects. Therefore you’d be absorbing what happened in chilling details as well as understanding the criminal mind. I think that’s what gets us true crime fans hooked, to answer the question that always pops into our heads— why?
5. SMALL TOWN MURDER
Shut up and give me murder! Small Town Murder is a true-crime comedy podcast hosted by James Pietragallo and Jimmie Whisman. Being a comedian themselves, James and Jimmie add a sarcastic way into murder cases, in a humorous way of course! They would focus on murders in small towns and always research for a property report of the place, you know, just in case you’d want to live there. It’s obvious that they put a lot of hard work into the research but often mistaken to be disrespectful to the victims due to their narrative style. But if you are sick of listening to infamous murder cases that have been played on the tv and spoken over so many times, this podcast may be the one for you.