11 Best Crime Podcasts
Commutes can be boring, jogging can work out your body, but your mind stays idle, luckily, there are countless ways to keep your mind busy. One of these ways is through podcasts. Thanks to Spotify, iTunes, Amazon Music, and countless other audio programs you can pass the time through entertaining programs that will keep you occupied and interested.
Crime has always been a favorite topic amongst Americans, and there are many true crime podcasts that deliver to this need. The current era has been declared as the “Golden Era for Podcast” and in turn podcasts are the new frontier of the true crimes genre, it allows its audiences to experience deep knowledge of the cases and formulate their own theories.
We put together a list of the 11 best true crime podcasts that you have to check out:
Jensen & Holes: The Murder Squad
Who better to host a true-crime podcast than a journalist and an investigator? These are the professions of Billy Jensen and Paul Holes, the two men behind this podcast. The duo attempt to solve an unsolved murder case very week on their podcast. The methods they use range from routine work to advanced technologies like familial DNA searches and social media geotargeting.
The Vanished is a podcast, that aside from going in-depth into disappearance cases, tries to bring awareness to the cases in the hopes that someone with information may come forward. Every week, The Vanished highlights a new case each week and includes interviews with family and policemen related to the case. The vanished allows people who have to miss loved ones to submit their cases in order to help raise awareness.
Conviction follows a different story every season. In the first season, New York Times reporter Saki Knafo followed detective Manuel Gomez working within the Bronx. The second season will follow the case of John Quinney, a man who testified against his father when he was 10 when he believed he was the leader of a satanic cult.
In The Dark
In The Dark is a podcast produced by American Public Media. The series is an investigative reportage around one crime per season, where each season is composed of 10 episodes. The series launched in 2016 and is hosted by Madeleine Baran. The research that goes into In The Dark is top par, and it may have even led to an innocent man’s conviction being overturned after being the subject of the podcast. The first season of In the Dark covered the abduction of Jacob Wetterling. In the second season two, the show covered the case of Curtis Flowers, a man who has been tried six times for the same crime and still maintains his innocence.
Criminal is an award-winning podcast about true crime that was launched in 2014 and is one of the most popular podcasts in the world. Hosted by Lauren Spohrer, Phoebe Judge, and Eric Menne the show comes out twice a month and tells a different story in each episode. The show describes itself as telling "stories of people who've done wrong, been wronged, or gotten caught somewhere in the middle.”
FBI Retired Case File Review
This series is exactly as the title advertises. A retired FBI agent interviews other retired FBI agents about some of their most interesting and high-profile cases. The content of the show ranges from cases of foreign and domestic terrorism to mob cases. The show provides listeners with an in-depth view of how the FBI works and is very interesting.
My Favorite Murder
My Favorite Murder is a true-crime comedy podcast hosted by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark. The show began in 2016 and now has its own fan base. It is unique in the sense that it is mixed with comedy, something not standard for true crime podcasts. The show is released weekly and now has over 200 episodes with each episode covering a different crime.
Up And Vanished
The origin of Up and Vanished is a quite unique story that began with a young man in his 20’s googling a cold case and ended up with him selling his grandmother's cookies in order to fund his show. The show, however, has become a great success. For the first season Payne Lindsey, the host of this show teamed up with a private investigator to investigate the disappearance of beauty queen Tara Grinstead in his home state of Georgia. The show stirs up a lot of new leads which led to the first arrests in the case, which was cold for 11 years prior. The show currently only has 2 seasons, but a TV series about the investigation was released early this year.
Once Upon a Crime
While many true crime podcasts focus mainly on the details of a crime, Once Upon a Crime additionally focuses on why the crime happened. The show takes on a new topic each month and tells a new story each episode. The topics range from Kidnappings, mass murders, celebrity crime, killer couples, killer kids and more. Esther Ludlow, the host of the show researches each case comprehensively in order to relay to her listeners the motive of the crime, the perpetrators and the victim’s stories.
The Dropout tells the riveting story of Elizabeth Holmes through the voice of ABC correspondent Rebecca Jarvis. Once called the female Steve Jobs, Holmes was the youngest female self-made billionaire, but lost it all and faced criminal charges and a sentence of up to 20 years in prison. The podcast tells the story of how, and a TV show based on the podcast is currently being produced by Hulu.
Crime Junkie is a true-crime podcast hosted by Ashley Flowers and co-hosted by Brit Prawat. Each episode ranges from a half-hour to an hour yet took has about 30 hours of research put into it. Each weekly episode covers a different case covering murder, missing persons, and serial killers. Flowers is the main host of the show with an added perspective from Prawat. The show is a must-listen from crime junkies and has earned five stars from almost 10,000 listeners.