Get Hooked On These 11 Addictive Crime Podcasts
There are enough true crime podcasts out there these days to guarantee you'll find the one for your mood and taste on any given day. Looking for high-brow investigative journalism? Listen to Unravel. In the mood for something a bit juicier? Try Dirty John. And if you haven't listened to Serial, dip your toes into the world of true crime podcasts with its first season and you'll be hooked for good.
So whether you're new to true crime or you've just been busy with all your favourite comedy pods, consider this list of the ten most addictive true crime podcasts that define the genre.
When Serial launched in 2014 it kickstarted a true crime podcast boom that continues today. Each season examines extraordinary cases where the facts are not as clear as they seem at first glance. The award-winning podcast makes you think about memory and truth, and satiates any thirst for civilian detective work. Its first season focuses on the 1999 murder of high schooler Hae Min Lee and the arrest of her ex boyfriend, Adnan Syed, who has claimed innocence ever since, and its second follows a US Amy soldier who deserted his post and was held captive for five years by the Haqqani network in Afghanastan and Pakistan. If you love true crime and haven't listened to Serial, add it to your rotation.
Now a hit anthology series on Netflix, Dirty John started in podcast form with the LA Times reporting the story of Debra Newell and John Meehan. John ticks all the boxes, but is he too good to be true? You know the answer is yes, but hearing the story unfold is no less shocking.
Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark have cultivated an incredibly enthusiastic fan base with their podcast, My Favorite Murder. It's a podcast by true crime junkies, for true crime junkies, with each episode focussing on a single murder. One host tells the story, the other reacts.
In the vein of Dirty John, this Australian podcast follows the criminal exploits of Hamish Watson, who for years evaded authorities in the US, Canada, the UK, Hong Kong and Australia, until he was finally convicted in 2019 for swindling millions of dollars from unsuspecting victims.
Childhood friends Ashley Flowers and Brit Prawat grew up reading Agatha Christie and Nancy Drew, Crime Junkie delves into a different murder, missing person or serial killer. Flowers does the research and tells the stories, while Prawat provides an inquisitive ear. One of the highlights of this podcast is its monthly segment in which Prawat tells stories about dogs who have been adopted.
From the team behind Dirty John, this podcast series focusses on the man who would come to be known as the Golden State Killer—one of the most prolific serial killers in California history and the subject of Michelle McNamara's book I'll Be Gone In the Dark and the HBO series on which it is based. Not only does this podcast examine the case itself, it also asks questions about how to make sure such crimes never happen again.
This controversial podcast aims to uncover new evidence about the disappearance and "probable murder" of Lyn Dawson, who went missing in 1982 and hasn't been seen since. Like the first season of Serial, The Teacher's Pet is an example of real-time journalism simultaneously progressing and complicating legal proceedings, according to the ABC.
The host of Casefile remains anonymous, with all focus directed to the gritty details of real crimes—covering both closed and cold cases. The series is on hiatus right now, but there are nearly 200 episodes in the archives to get through until it returns.
In Unravel True Crime, journalists investigates a new crime each season and cover a range of sub-genres. Highly recommended is its first season, where Muruwari man and award-winning journalist Allan Clarke revisits the unsolved death of 17-year-old Gomeroi teenager Mark Haines 25 years ago.
In February 2018, aspiring actress Adea Shabani vanished without a trace from her Hollywood apartment complex. To Live and Die in LA goes deep into the story behind her disappearance and shows just how difficult missing person cases can make the quest for truth.
Dan and Wendi are the perfect couple, until one day a break-up leads to a messy divorce and, eventually, murder. If you loved Dirty John, you'll love Over My Dead Body.