We mentioned in the blog about us that you can often find me listening to true crime podcasts. Well, that’s a bit of an understatement. I listen to them all the time… when I’m decorating, when I’m driving, I even go to sleep listening to them (yes, Mike thinks it’s weird too).
I’m constantly Googling for the latest ‘Best true crime podcasts’, so I thought I’d create my own list, for those fellow true crime junkies (I know quite a few of you!).
1. Truth & Justice
I was obviously tempted to start with Serial, but I’m just going to assume that if you’re reading this, you’re interested enough in true crime to have listened to it. If you’re anything like me, you’ve been desperate to get any update on Adnan’s case since. Well then, Rob Ruff @ Truth & Justice is your man. His podcast started as Serial Dynasty, a weekly podcast discussing Serial and then Undisclosed. And he ends up finding pretty good evidence incriminating Hae’s potential real killer. Since then T&J has done another 6 series, and every one is as good as the last.
2. Up and Vanished
Series 1 of Up and Vanished looks at the case of Tara Grinstead, a beauty queen who went missing from her house in 2005. One of the best things about this podcast? Unlike many others that don’t have a satisfying ending, this one really does. Her killer is identified half way through the real time investigation. Series 2 is also well worth a listen!
3. To Live and Die in LA
Only out this year, To Live and Die in LA is one of the best podcasts I’ve listened to in a while. It tells the story of Adea Shabani who mysteriously disappeared from her LA apartment in 2018. There’s a shocking revelation half way through that made me shout out loud!
Culpable is the latest from the Tenderfoot TV guys (makers of 2 and 3 above) and delves into the case of Christian Andreacchio, who’s death was rules a suicide and the case closed within 45 minutes. However the stories told by his girlfriend and best friend don’t quite seem to add up!
5. Hell & Gone
Series 1 of Hell & Gone investigates the 2004 murder of 22-year-old college student Rebekah Gould. Series 2 has just kicked off and sounds like it’s going to be just as riveting.
6. True Crime Garage
Although I prefer a full series about one story, I make an exception for the guys at True Crime Garage. They dedicate one or two episodes to each story, and the way they tell it is always very engaging. Some of the best episodes are; Brandon Lawson and his creepy 911 call, The Oklahoma Girl Scout Murders, the True East Murders, Maura Murray and Kenneka Jenkins.
7. Real Crime Profile
Another one with shorter series’, Real Crime Profile is presented by some proper real crime experts; Laura Richards and Jim Clemente. I’m always interested to hear their expert views on cases, particularly fascinating are the episodes on Making a Murderer’s Steven Avery, Amanda Knox and Madeleine McCann.
8. Someone Knows Something
All 5 series of SKS are worth a listen, but my favs are Season 2 which follows the case of Sheryl Sheppard, who was proposed to on TV on NYE and then disappeared a few days later, and Series 4 about Wayne Gravette, who was sent a homemade parcel bomb and features the gruesome 911 call made by his son who was beside him.
Time to add a couple of British ones to the list. Paradise is a BBC podcast telling the tragic story of a British couple who’s hogtied bodies were found in the sea off Guatemala in 1978.
10. Death In Ice Valley
Death In Ice Valley tells the perplexing story of ‘The Idsal Woman’, an unidentified woman who was found dead in the “Ice Valley” in Norway in 1970. If you’re into a bit of espionage, this ones for you.
And because 10 was just to hard to narrow down to…
The Clearing is only 5 episodes in but I’m already hooked. It follows the daughter of serial killer Ed Edwards as she tries to figure out how many crimes he really committed. Could he really be the infamous Zodiac killer?
OK OK I’ll stop now.
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