The true crime genre seems to be made for the podcast format. Indeed, bingeing true crime podcasts has been linked to short bursts of adrenaline. For others, mulling over the horrific details of crime in an often serialized format is the perfect way to wind down after a long day. If murder mysteries and detective stories are your kind of thing, here’s a list of true crime podcasts you need to check out.
One anonymous host. No conversation. No frills. Just engaging, straightforward storytelling. “Casefile” has to be at the top of everyone’s best true crime podcasts list. Based out of Australia, the series covers a lot of Australian and European cases, but there are plenty of American stories as well. Be sure to check out the multi-part broadcast on the Golden State Killer.
“Scene of the Crime”
“Scene of the Crime” focuses on a single case: the murders of two teenage girls in Delphi, Indiana. The show features interviews with law enforcement and family members of the deceased. No arrests have been made in the case.
If you’re looking for something a little less depressing and, well, murder-y, “Swindled” covers stories about financial crimes and scams. Hosted by an anonymous “concerned citizen,” this podcast offers well-researched insights into white-collar crimes and political corruption.
Perhaps the most popular podcast on the list, “Generation Why” offers a more conversational and opinionated approach to the true crime podcast genre. Two friends co-host the show and share their views on a number of unsolved mysteries and conspiracies.
“Small Town Murder”
Comedy and murder may not be your personal peanut butter and jelly, but if you have a dark sense of humor, “Small Town Murder” might be for you. Hosted by two comedians, the series covers murders across small American towns.
Get to Sleuthing, Gumshoe!
Now that you have a few options, it’s time to pour yourself a drink, put your feet up, and settle in for a nice tale of crime. Don’t forget to check out our blog for more fun topics and updates on local events.