I’ve been wanting to write a post about true crime podcasts for a while. I kept shying away from it because I couldn’t find the right angle. And because I was afraid.
Yes, afraid. Why? Let me count the ways:
- The true crime genre (also known as TC) is ENORMOUS. There are so many true crime podcasts out there that they have an annual conference JUST for TC podcasters! How would I tackle this and provide great podcast recommendations?
- TC podcast fans are ravenous! They gobble the shows up and move onto another. I’ve been afraid that my post would be “old news” to the die-hards.
- I didn’t want those die-hard fans to find my take on good TC to be too “soft”.
The truth is: I only listen to a handful of true crime podcasts. I like true crime just fine; I don’t have any trouble listening to the horrifying or gruesome details of the cases that are covered. I just have other podcast interests, so I only listen to a select handful of crime shows on a regular basis.
I also have a specific preference. I like true crime podcasts that have one host who tells a story. I’m a big fan of Criminal and both seasons of Serial. (I like multi-host “chatty” podcasts in other genres, just not in TC.)
So, I finally gave myself permission NOT to apologize for my personal podcast tastes. They are what they are. And for readers who are newbies to the TC genre, these podcast recommendations should be a good start for you.
For you TC die-hards out there, I invite you to comment on this post with your recommendations, even if they don’t mesh with my personal preferences.
My Top 5 True Crime Podcast Recommendations
The cases covered in this podcast (a mix of unsolved murders and disappearances) are totally new to me. I love the background music as the host builds suspense and examines the evidence and theories behind the cases.
Episode to Try: 008: The Bible John Murders
If you like Serial and Netflix’s Making a Murder, this podcast is for you. It tells the story of the 1990 killing of a 9-year-old girl, and the suspect who says he didn’t do it. Both the host and audio mixing are fantastic.
Episode to Try: Episode 1: Evil In the School Yard
My Aryan Princess
The seven-episode drama podcast tells the true story of drug trafficking, white supremacy, undercover informants, and more. You feel like someone is reading from a crime novel. The episodes are short; I was always left wanting more.
Episode to Try: Chapter 1: Fateful introductions
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The Conspirators Podcast
I was originally drawn to this one because of the title. I’ve always been fascinated by how two, three, or more people all come to agree to do a horrible thing. That’s not exactly what this podcast is about, but it does cover some great lesser-known cases. And I love the host’s voice and pacing.
Episode to Try: Ep. 50 – The Annihilator
Beyond The Blood
When I first discovered this podcast, I liked the concept: an active law enforcement officer recounting the details of crimes that made the news headlines. The problem: the host spoke waaaay too quickly for me to follow. He’s been working on this though, and the latest episodes of this podcast are great. The intro audio is awesome, too.
Episode to Try: Episode 11: Murder in the Court (Part One)
I’m kind of addicted to stories of false arrests and convictions, which is how I found the Wrongful Conviction podcast. The host interviews the actual individuals who have fallen victim to the US’s flawed justice system.
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What do you think of these recommendations? What other TC podcasts would you recommend? Leave a comment below to share with other readers.