True-crime podcasts. So simple, yet so entertaining. My obsession began with the cult favorite, Serial. Hosted by Sarah Koenig, Serial guides you through the murder of Maryland highschool student Hae Min Lee and the conviction of her ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed. I binged the first 5 episodes and then waited very impatiently for the weeky episodes to be released. After I finished Serial, I listed to Undisclosed, also about the Lee/Syed case. I can’t get enough of this story.
Upon completing both Serial and Undisclosed, I was jonesing for more true-crime podcasts. And, because I don’t want you desperately searching for quality series like I did, I created a list of the best true-crime podcasts you don’t want to miss!
Gone at 21
Up and Vanished
This podcast covers a new story each episode. Most of the cases take place in Michigan, the host’s home state. Her storytelling approach is a bit different from the others on this list. She has a distinct voice and covers lesser-known cases.
If you are familiar with Adnan’s case, you will recognize a lot of the same officials involved in this series. Accused of shooting his toddler daughter, Richard Nicolas is spending the rest of his life in a Maryland Correctional Facility.
I love this one. The host, Jack Luna, is an interesting guy to say the least. He has some strong opinions and uses dark humor. If you’re easily offended, avoid this one. If not, you’re in for a fascinating podcast. He covers a lot of f*cked up topics, including The Greyhound Bus Beheading.
Another favorite (I know, shocker). J. Ryan Green, the private investigator hired to solve the missing person case of Katelyn Markham, hosts this podcast. Each week he dives further into the disappearance of the young Ohio woman.
A weekly podcast hosted by Ali and Charlie, this one covers a new topic each week. While Charlie resides in Kansas, Ali hosts from Australia. I love the topics (Jennifer Kesse, The Foundling, and Deaths at Spreckels Mansion are a few of my favorites) and of course Ali’s accent!
Misconduct covers a new story each episode. The cases are unique (a favorite – the Papin Sisters) and the hosts do a great job researching the facts.
I honestly love all of the podcasts on this list (or I wouldn’t have included them) but this one really captivated me. Payne Lindsey tells the story of Tara Grinstead, a missing teacher & former beauty queen. As the story unfolds week by week, he uncovers clues to help solve Georgia’s largest unsolved crime.
And for those of you who haven’t listened to Serial or Undisclosed, add those to your list, too!