Updated: Aug 6, 2019
Get ready to be both terrified and hooked at the same time.
Have you always had a morbid fascination with serial killers, murders and true crime, that most people don't want to talk about? Well, get ready to fall down a true crime hole, and completely immerse yourself in the investigative journey that these podcasts take you on.
1. Accused: The Unsolved Murder of Elizabeth Andes
“When Elizabeth Andes was found murdered in her Ohio apartment in 1978, police and prosecutors decided within hours it was an open-and-shut case. Two juries disagreed. The Cincinnati Enquirer investigates:
Was the right guy charged, or did a killer walk free?”
This podcast is an enthralling creation from the Cincinnati Enquirer that brings a new perspective to this long forgotten cold case. Listen to the nine part series here.
2. Someone Knows Something
“On December 31, 1997, at a New Year's Eve party broadcast on live TV, Sheryl Sheppard accepted a marriage proposal from her boyfriend, Michael Lavoie. Two days later, she disappeared. In Season 2 of SKS, documentarian David Ridgen joins Sheppard's mother Odette on her search for answers.”
Season 1 of this of SKS deals with the disappearance of Adrien McNaughton,afive-year-old boy who went missing from a fishing trip in 1972 .
Both seasons are available here.
3. All Killa No Filla
“Rachel and Kiri take difficult subject matter and make it hilarious, while at the same time showing respect for the victims. So far I have learned that Serial Killers are not all genius criminal masterminds (who knew?) So if you are put off by the subject matter, don't be. Give this podcast a try and you will be addicted. The only downside? not regular enough, come on guys we need more. And for any of you people who say women aren't funny, well you obviously need to hear these two women...and soon” -iTunes review by listen_and_learn
Crimetown is a Series from gimlet Media and the creators of HBO’s The Jinx, that investigates the crime culture of different cities in America. The first season takes a look at the organized ring of Providence, Rhode Island. “This is a story of alliances and betrayals, of heists and stings, of crooked cops and honest mobsters—a story where it’s hard to tell the good guys from the bad guys.”
Listen to Season 1 here.
“Criminal is a true crime podcast that understands crime as something sociological, historical, even anthropological — that crime is a function of people, time, and place. With incredible sound design, marvellous writing, and a boldness in the way it makes its choices, there are few shows that feel more alive.” - New York Magazine
Listen to Criminal here.
6. In The Dark
“For 27 years, the investigation into the abduction of Jacob Wetterling in rural Minnesota yielded no answers. Reporter Madeleine Baran reveals how law enforcement mishandled one of the most notorious child abductions in the country and how those failures fueled national anxiety about stranger danger, led to the nation's sex-offender registries and raise questions about crime-solving effectiveness and accountability.”
Season 1 is available here.
7. Missing & Murdered
“Sparked by a chilling tip, Missing & Murdered: Who Killed Alberta Williams? is an eight-part podcast investigation that unearths new information and potential suspects in the cold case of a young Indigenous woman murdered in British Columbia in 1989.”
This podcast from CBC Radio not only investigates the murder of Alberta Williams, but also looks into the crimes against indigenous women in Canada .
8. Missing Richard Simmons
“On February 15, 2014, fitness guru Richard Simmons disappeared. He stopped teaching his regular exercise class at Slimmons, cut off his closest friends, and removed himself from the public eye after decades as one of the most accessible celebrities in the world. Nobody has heard from him - and no one knows why he left. Filmmaker Dan Taberski was a Slimmons regular and a friend of Richard’s. Missing Richard Simmons is Dan’s search for Richard - and the deeper he digs, the stranger it gets.”
Listen to Missing Richard Simmons here.
9. My Favorite Murder
“Ready yourself for a murder adventure hosted by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark, two lifelong fans of true crime stories. Each episode the girls tell each other their favorite tales of murder, and hear hometown crime stories from friends and fans. Check your anxiety at the door, 'cause Karen & Georgia are dying to discuss death.”
Listen to My Favorite Murder here.
“Serial is a podcast from the creators of This American Life, hosted by Sarah Koenig. Serial tells one story—a true story—over the course of a season. Each season, we follow a plot and characters wherever they take us. We won’t know what happens at the end until we get there, not long before you get there with us. Each week we bring you the next chapter in the story, so it's important to listen to the episodes in order.”
Both seasons are currently available for download.
The Boston Strangler killed 13 women, but the killer was never really found. Stranglers is an investigative podcast from Earwolf, that revisits the Boston killings, 50 years later.
You can listen to Stranglers here.
13. The Unresolved Podcast
The unresolved podcast reports on crimes that have never been solved. The matter, though disturbing, is enthralling and will keep you coming back for more.
Listen to The Unresolved Podcast here.
13. Thin Air
“Thin Air is a true-crime podcast dedicated to investigating unsolved missing persons cases from around the world. With its narrative-driven stories, primary-source interviews, and hands-on investigative work, Thin Air is top-choice amongst true crime fans.”
Listen to Thin Air here.
14. Unsolved Podcast
“This show features stories of unsolved true crimes. Our goal is to help, in any way possible, to solve these crime and bring justice to the communities and families of the victims.”
Listen to Unsolved Podcast here.
15. Up and Vanished
“'UP AND VANISHED' IS AN INVESTIGATIVE PODCAST THAT EXPLORES THE UNSOLVED DISAPPEARANCE OF GEORGIA BEAUTY QUEEN AND HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER, TARA GRINSTEAD, AN 11-YEAR-OLD MYSTERY THAT IS THE LARGEST CASE FILE IN GEORGIA’S HISTORY. FOLLOW ALONG AS HOST PAYNE LINDSEY, A DOCUMENTARIAN TURNED AMATEUR INVESTIGATOR, EXAMINES OLD CASE EVIDENCE, RE-INTERVIEWS PERSONS OF INTEREST, AND UNCOVERS NEW LEADS, WHILE GUIDING LISTENERS THROUGH HIS REAL TIME INVESTIGATION. A RECENT BREAK IN THE CASE MAY HAVE GIVEN US MORE QUESTIONS THAN ANSWER, AND THE MAIN QUESTION STILL REMAINS...
WHAT HAPPENED TO TARA GRINSTEAD?”
Listen to Up and Vanished here.