You no longer have to wait for new episodes of Dateline or 48 Hours to get chilled to the bone! Now, murder stories are just a click away, and we’ve rounded up some of the best true crime podcasts so that you can get to listening ASAP. You’ve no doubt heard of our first choice, but the rest of these entries are just as intriguing… and, arguably, just as blood-curdling.
We couldn’t not mention this wildly popular podcast from the producers of This American Life. Each Serial season digs into a different mystery: Season 1 tackled the 1999 murder of high schooler Hae Min Lee and Season 2 explored the case of Army deserter and former Taliban captive Bowe Bergdahl.
The Serial producers also released this podcast after a man named John B. McLemore asked them to look into a murder in his Alabama hometown. But in the midst of the S-Town investigation, someone else ended up dead…
My Favorite Murder
True crime superfans Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark trade their favorite stories of cold-blooded crime in the hit comedy podcast, but they also solicit murder tales from friends and fans.
This podcast also features two friends talking about crime, but these guys take a more serious approach to the murders, mysteries, and conspiracies they discuss. Plus, there are nearly 180 episodes currently available on iTunes.
From the producer of Catfish and The Jinx comes Crimetown. Each episode exposes the crime-ridden underbelly of a different American city. First up: Providence, where onetime mayor Buddy Cianci resigned twice because of felony convictions.
Sword and Scale
“Be prepared to never sleep again” boasts the website for Sword and Scale, which delves into the criminal underworld and plunders the depths of human depravity in an immersive audio experience.
The latest host of Investigation Discovery’s Detective podcast is Detective Rod Demery. After his mother became a murder victim and his brother a convicted murderer, Rod went into criminal justice and solved each of the 60-plus cases on which he was lead detective.
Up and Vanished
The disappearance of beauty queen and high school teacher Tara Grinstead is a decade-old mystery that has become Georgia’s largest-ever case file, but Up and Vanished host Payne Lindsay is determined to get to the truth.
When you’ve had enough doom and gloom, check out Actual Innocence, which tells the stories of people who were exonerated after serving time for crimes they didn’t commit.