In October 2014, the true crime world was forever changed with the premiere of the podcast Serial. Serial was so popular, and so effective, that it helped Adnan Syed, convicted of the 1999 murder of his girlfriend, Hae Min Lee, get a retrial.
Fast forward to today: true crime podcasts are all the rage. So which ones are actually worth your time? For your listening pleasure, here are 18 of the best true crime podcasts to start listening to right now.
1. My Favorite Murder
In this podcast, hosts Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark discuss their favorite tales of murder, and hear friends’ and fans’ best hometown crime stories.
Host Phoebe Judge breaks down all the different elements of specific crimes, paying extra attention to the unfortunate people caught somewhere in the middle of having “done wrong” or “been wronged.”
“Fact is scarier than fiction,” proclaims Casefile’s tagline. Each week, the series explores a new shocking true crime case.
4. Real Crime Profile
Jim Clemente—formerly of the FBI—and others profile criminal behavior from specific cases.
5. Truth & Justice
Host Bob Ruff takes a deep dive into the Hae Min Lee murder case, first brought to the public attention in Serial.
6. Thin Air
Every week, Thin Air investigates a different unsolved missing persons case from around the world.
Stranglers is a contemporary, in-depth examination of the Boston Strangler case of the 1960s.
8. True Murder
Every week, host Dan Zupansky interviews an author who has written about a horrific killer.
9. Thinking Sideways
Hosts Devin, Joe and Steve investigate all sorts of mysterious happenings: unsolved disappearances, bizarre deaths and more.
Undisclosed investigates wrongful convictions from around the U.S. by reexamining the cases in detail.
11. The Vanished
The Vanished investigates a different missing persons case every week.
12. Someone Knows Something
On the current season of Someone Knows Something, documentarian David Ridgen searches for answers in the case of Sheryl Sheppard, who disappeared in 1997, two days after accepting a marriage proposal.
13. Up and Vanished
Up and Vanished looks at the unsolved disappearance of Tara Grinstead, a Georgia beauty queen and high school teacher.
14. In the Dark
For 27 years, the abduction of Jacob Wetterling went unsolved. Reporter Madeleine Baran reveals how this was largely due to law enforcement’s mishandling of the case. This was the topic of season one of In the Dark: season two in currently in the works.
Friends Aaron and Justin discuss theories and opinions about various unsolved true crime cases and other mysteries.
When a woman was found murdered in her apartment in 1978, police and prosecutors decided it was an open-and-shut case. Two juries thought otherwise. Was justice served?
17. Hollywood & Crime
Most are familiar with the infamous unsolved case of the Black Dahlia murder. What fewer people know is that multiple other women died in similar circumstances around Los Angeles around the same time. Host Tracy Pattin investigates.
You didn’t think this list would be complete without the one that started it all, did you? Season 1 of the smash hit Serial examines the murder case of Hae Min Lee, while season 2 looks at the bizarre case of the apparent U.S. army deserter Bowe Bergdahl.
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