Top 10 True Crime Podcasts

Like many out there, I am a big fan of true crime and every week I listen to numerous podcasts on the subject. Below are my personal pick of the top ten that I myself listen to and why I love them. Did I miss out your favourite? Let me know, down in the comments!

10. The Clearing

What’s it all about?

The Clearing follows the story of Edward Wayne Edwards, a multiple murderer. His daughter April appears on the podcast, helping to unravel the story that she feared was true for so long.

Where should I start?

At the start. As a story driven podcast, it wouldn’t make sense any other way.

Where can I listen?

On all podcast platforms or here.

9. Mens Rea

What’s it all about?

Every two weeks Sinead McHugh will tell you about a case from Ireland and the UK.

Where should I start?

Pick an episode you like the look of or one you want to know more about. If you want a recommendation, episode 48 on Milly, Marsha and Amelie is a terrific one.

Where can I listen?

On all podcast platforms or here.

8. The Storyteller: Murder Most Foul

What’s it all about?

Isla Traquair tells the story of the murder of Melanie Sturton that happened 20 years ago in Aberdeen, Scotland. But here’s the kicker – we know who did it… but why is another question.

Where should I start?

Again, at the start, you need the whole story for this one.

Where can I listen?

On all podcast platforms or here.

7. Over My Dead Body (Season One)

What’s it all about?

Over My Dead Body tells the story of Dan and Wendi, a divorced couple. But this story doesn’t end there, it also leads to murder. There are so many twists and turns, I found it so hard to know who to trust. Reported by Matthew Shaer and Eric Benson, and hosted by Matthew Shaer. Season Two was about Joe Exotic, but that’s now moved to it’s own podcast.

Where should I start?

At the beginning! It’s a story podcast, don’t skip any!

Where can I listen?

On all podcast platforms or here.

6. The Vanished

What’s it all about?

The Vanished covers cases of vanished people (obviously) one person at a time. Hosted by Marissa Jones the podcast brings together interviews from friends and family as well as law enforcement and experts.

Where should I start?

Pick one you find interesting, or just start from now onwards!

Where can I listen?

On all podcast platforms or here.

5. Someone Knows Something

What’s it all about?

Someone Knows Something (or SKS as fans know it as) is a season based podcast. Each season follows a different storyline of a cold case. The host David Ridgen joins family and friends, along with law enforcement to track down old and new leads.

Where should I start?

At the beginning of any of the seasons, but I really enjoyed Season One, so you could start there!

Where can I listen?

On all podcast platforms or here.

4. Serial (Series One)

What’s it all about?

The original, the first, the watershed-er. Serial is the story of the murder of Hae Min Lee who died in 1999. Adnan Syed, her ex-boyfriend, has been in prison for her muder since 1999 and has maintained his innocence ever since. Journalist Sarah Koenig relays the story, with help from Adnan and his family as well as others who knew Hae. It will leave you teetering on the fence of did he – didn’t he? Also, you WILL fall in love with Sarah’s voice – I guarantee it.

Where should I start?

At the beginning. This is very much story based podcast and you will get lost if you don’t. There have been other series and other podcasts about the case – if you’re interested in delving further I’d go for the Truth and Justice Podcast.

Where can I listen?

On all podcast platforms or here.

3. My Favourite Murder

What’s it all about?

Karen & Georgia, awesome and wonderful comedians, take a case each every week and tell the other about it. Episodes tend to be on the long side because of the format, but Murderinos (their fans) like it! As one of the most popular podcasts EVER, I’d be surprised if you haven’t heard at least one of these. Karen & Georgia are funny and lovely and the researchers do an amazing job. They also talk about other things including mental health and do a great job of making their fans feel included. (p.s. I’m a Georgia).

Where should I start?

Don’t start with a live episode or a hometown episode. Scroll back until you find a regular episode. Even though it might be worse quality, I would start near the beginning, because there are jokes and sayings that you won’t understand unless you’re a lifer. Saying that, it’s not necessary.

Where can I listen?

On all podcast platforms or here.

2. Casefile

What’s it all about?

Every week the anonymous narrator tells the story of a case. It’s kind of like listening to an audio book – there’s no conversation and no speculation, only what we actually know. Leaving the narrator anonymous gives Casefile an eerie feeling and the music adds to this – great if you want a short story vibe.

Where should I start?

Again, pick a case you’re interested in. The multiple-part episodes on Jamestown are fascinating, if you want a recommendation.

Where can I listen?

On all podcast platforms or here.

1. Generation Why

What’s it all about?

Every week Justin and Aaron will take a case and lay it out for you. Sometimes a case is told in 2 parts, but mostly you get the story in one go. They usually pick a story that has something interesting about it or one that they feel hasn’t been explored. Gen Why takes the top spot because of Justin and Aaron – they’re a fantastic team, the research is excellent and (when appropriate) it’s funny.

Where should I start?

Pick any case! I would start later on rather at the beginning, as the sound quality has improved a lot. (Saying that, I’ve listened to them all.)

Where can I listen?

On all podcast platforms or here.

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