I am not into audio books, so when I can’t read, I listen to podcasts! When I’m driving to work, waiting on my kids to finish at after school activities, while drying my hair, etc. Pretty much anytime that reading isn’t possible and my kids aren’t around I have a podcast going. My favorite app for listening is Overcast! After getting frustrated with the one Apple provides I did some research and found it and it's a game changer! I have some other favorites to share later, but these are all my favorite true crime podcasts. Let me know what I’ve left out!
I’ll also add that I prefer documentary style podcasts versus episodic style, so I’m not including the ones that change cases each week!
Up and Vanished – Hosted by Payne Lindsey, (who has THE BEST podcasting voice! It’s just so easy to listen to!) this podcast investigates cold cases of missing persons. Season one was better than two in my opinion, but both were interesting to listen to. Season one is about missing high school teacher and former beauty queen, Tara Grinstead, and season two about a missing young mother in Colorado, Kristal Reisinger. Lindsey also hosts Atlanta Monster, about the infamous Atlanta child murders in the late 70s-early 80s.
Cold – Is a thorough look into the 2009 disappearance of Susan Powell. This story has been all over the news and the case is essentially wrapped up with just a few loose strings, but in this podcast, we get a good look at the background of Susan and of Josh, her husband. I don’t want to give too much away, but this podcast definitely held my attention.
Serial – Hosted by Sarah Koenig, who is one of my favorite hosts EVER, the first season of Serial looks into the case of murdered 18-year-old Hae Min Lee and the background and trials of suspect Adnan Syed. Sarah is an excellent storyteller and I enjoyed this season so much! Season two is about an American Army soldier, Bowe Bergdahl, who was held for five years by the Taliban and then charged with desertion. I did not enjoy this season nearly as much as the first.
S-Town – John McLemore is an eccentric man who studies time in Woodstock, GA. He emails and strikes up a friendship with the staff of This American Life and asks them to investigate a murder in his hometown, which he despises. This story was crazy and figuring out what was true and what was false was a wild ride.
In the Dark – The kidnapping a young Minnesota boy in 1989 is investigated by a journalist who uncovers a botched police job. This case is solved decades later while she is working on the podcast. This case shaped how missing children’s cases and sex registry laws work today. (This is Season 1; I have not yet listened to season 2)
Dr. Death – Dr. Christopher Duntsch, a brain surgeon in Texas who has no business being in the operating room, is investigated after 31 of his patients are injured in the OR and 2 die during their operations. Former patients, lawyers, coworkers, girlfriends, professors, and more speak out. This story proves true life is stranger than fiction!
The Dropout – After dropping out of Stanford Elizabeth Holmes launches Theranos, a technology startup promising to revolutionize the medical diagnostic industry. She was the youngest self-made female billionaire at age 19 and was called the next Steve Jobs. This was a fascinating story!
Hell and Gone – Catherine Townsend, a writer, private investigator, and an Arkansas native, hosts this podcast about unsolved deaths in rural Arkansas. Season one investigates the 2004 murder of a college student and season two the 30-year cold case of the murder of a 16-year-old at a party. Arkansas natives will recognize many small towns and landmarks mentioned in this podcast.