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“At last, we can retire and give up this life of crime.” — Zoe, ‘Serenity’

  • Αστυνομικά 3194
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  • Τίτλοι εφημερίδων 401
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  • ΕΥΧΕΣ 374
  • doctor who 370
  • Ευχαριστήρια 353
  • ΕΡΓΑΣΙΑ 348
  • behind the sofa archive 337
  • ΑΘΛΗΤΙΣΜΟΣ 320
  • Δήμος Κιλκίς 318
  • Υγεία 270
  • ΔΙΕΘΝΗ 261
  • Ορθοδοξία 245
  • Περιφέρεια 239
  • ΠΡΟΣΤΑΣΙΑ ΚΑΤΑΝΑΛΩΤΩΝ 232
  • Περιβάλλον 223
  • shakespeare 201
  • Δήμος Παιονίας 195
  • WHO 50 Tangents 190
  • ΠΡΟΣΤΑΣΙΑ ΠΟΛΙΤΩΝ 184
  • Γεωργαντάς Γεώργιος 176
  • Επιμελητήριο 160
  • ΔΙΑΜΑΡΤΥΡΙΕΣ 153
  • the story of my life 135
  • Σχόλια 133
  • ΔΙΑΦΟΡΑ 131
  • ΠΑΡΕΜΒΑΣΕΙΣ ΑΝΑΓΝΩΣΤΩΝ 131
  • ΔΙΑΦΗΜΙΣΗ 130
  • ΣΙΝΕΜΑ 126
  • ΑΝΑΠΤΥΞΗ 124
  • Η ΓΝΩΜΗ ΠΡΙΝ ΑΠΟ 10 ΧΡΟΝΙΑ 109
  • ΝΕΑ ΔΗΜΟΚΡΑΤΙΑ 104
  • Εργασιακα 99
  • ΑΓΓΕΛΙΕΣ 97
  • ΚΚΕ 96
  • ΕΙΔΗΣΕΙΣ 94
  • ΕΚΔΡΟΜΕΣ 90
  • ΕΜΠΟΡΙΟ 81
  • ΣΥΓΧΑΡΗΤΗΡΙΑ 80
  • ΙΣΤΟΡΙΑ 78
  • ΠΡΟΣΦΥΓΕΣ 76
  • ΕΘΕΛΟΝΤΙΣΜΟΣ 74
  • book reviews 72
  • my favourite film of 72
  • video 68
  • ΑΛΑ ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΑ 65
  • ΑΓΑΘΟΠΟΥΛΟΣ 61
  • ΕΚΛΟΓΕΣ 2015 61
  • ΘΕΑΤΡΟ 59
  • ΑΓΑΘΟΠΟΥΛΟΥ 58
  • ΑΥΤΟΚΙΝΗΤΟ 56
  • liverpool life 54
  • film reviews 53
  • ΒΙΒΛΙΟΠΑΡΟΥΣΙΑΣΗ 53
  • ΚΥΡΙΑΚΙΔΗΣ 52
  • lost in translation 49
  • heardsaid archive 46
  • soup safari 43
  • Η ΦΩΤΟΓΡΑΦΙΑ ΤΗΣ ΗΜΕΡΑΣ 42
  • liverpool 41
  • watching all of Woody Allen’s films in order 41
  • Ανακοινώσεις 40
  • ΕΠΙΧΕΙΡΗΣΕΙΣ 40
  • ΕΠΙΜΟΡΦΩΣΗ 39
  • Sugababes 38
  • sefton park 38
  • television reviews 38
  • screen studies 37
  • my so-called life 34
  • ΑΚΤΙΒΙΣΜΟΣ 33
  • ΟΙΚΙΣΜΟΙ ΝΟΜΟΥ ΚΙΛΚΙΣ 33
  • Douglas Adams 31
  • about 31
  • spotify 31
  • the road to beijing 31
  • ΠΡΟΣΦΟΡΕΣ 31
  • ΕΞΕΤΑΣΕΙΣ 30
  • the films I watched in 2014 29
  • mystery music 28
  • off the telly archive 28
  • ΔΗΜΗΤΡΗΣ ΚΥΡΙΑΚΙΔΗΣ 28
  • ΕΙΚΑΣΤΙΚΑ 28
  • ΠΥΡΟΣΒΕΣΤΙΚΗ 28
  • Ρεπορτάζ 28
  • * Περιφέρεια 27
  • playing the dane 27
  • review 2005 27
  • ΟΜΟΡΦΑ ΤΑΞΙΔΙΑ 27
  • FACT Liverpool 26
  • film school 26
  • review 2014 26
  • Elizabeth Wurtzel 25
  • before … 24
  • ΑΠΕΡΓΙΑ 24
  • ΓΕΝΟΚΤΟΝΙΑ 24
  • ΠΑΡΑΣΤΑΤΙΔΗΣ 24
  • links 23
  • liverpool biennial 2010 22
  • liverpool biennial 2016 22
  • ΚΙΝΗΜΑ ΑΛΛΑΓΗΣ 22
  • ΤΕΧΝΟΛΟΓΙΑ 21
  • * Νατσιός Δημήτρης 20
  • titlebar archive 20
  • ΑΡΧΑΙΟΛΟΓΙΑ 20
  • all the president’s men 19
  • at the bbc 19
  • * Καραγιαννίδης Γιάννης 18
  • the eighth doctor 18
  • ΓΕΩΡΓΙΑΔΗΣ ΠΑΝΟΣ 18
  • ΔΙΚΑΣΤΙΚΑ 18
  • ΕΙΔΟΜΕΝΗ 18
  • Επιστολές 18
  • Η γελοιογραφία της ημέρας 18
  • ΜΑΥΡΟΣ 18
  • Χιούμορ 18
  • The BBC Proms 2007 17
  • almost hamlet 17
  • caffeinated 17
  • christmas links 2017 17
  • fucking audiences 17
  • marvel cinematic universe 17
  • Το ΓΝΩΜΗκό της ημέρας 17
  • london olympics 2012 16
  • review 2011 16
  • review 2013 16
  • royals pointing at food 16
  • watching all of Alfred Hitchcock’s films in order 16
  • ΚΙΛΤΙΔΗΣ 16
  • Jennifer Lawrence’s life now 15
  • Public Art Collections in North West England 15
  • belle de jour 15
  • new york stories 15
  • review 2010 15
  • ΑΚΑΔΗΜΙΑ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ 15
  • ΜΗΤΣΟΤΑΚΗΣ 15
  • ΦΩΤΟΑΝΑΔΡΟΜΕΣ 15
  • 642 tiny things to write about 14
  • Mutya Keisha Siobhan 14
  • debbie gibson 14
  • enough said 14
  • scene unseen 14
  • ΠΡΟΚΗΡΥΞΕΙΣ 14
  • ΦΩΤΟΓΡΑΦΙΕΣ ΑΝΑΓΝΩΣΤΩΝ 14
  • christmas links 2014 13
  • christmas links 2016 13
  • love actually is rubbish 13
  • tate liverpool 13
  • theatre on television 13
  • ΑΝΑΣΤΑΣΙΑΔΗΣ ΓΙΩΡΓΟΣ 13
  • ΣΤΡΑΤΟΣ 13
  • * Στεφανίδης Κώστας 12
  • BE FIT 12
  • Romola on 12
  • christmas links 2015 12
  • christmas links 2018 12
  • shakira 12
  • star trek 12
  • Δήμος Παιονίας Πολιτιστικά 12
  • ΜΟΥΣΙΚΗ 12
  • ΠΟΛΙΤΙΣΜΟΣ 12
  • Stephen Fry 11
  • The 231163 Diaries 11
  • annual predictions 11
  • star wars 11
  • the west wing 11
  • ΑΝΕΛ 2015 11
  • ΔΙΑΣΚΕΔΑΣΗ 11
  • * Καλφοπούλου Βίκυ 10
  • Joss Whedon 10
  • blog of the day revisits 10
  • christmas links 2019 10
  • inception 10
  • museum review 10
  • the suffragette story 10
  • woody allen 10
  • ΑΙΜΟΔΟΣΙΑ 10
  • ΔΗΜΟΨΗΦΙΣΜΑ 10
  • ΚΤΗΝΟΤΡΟΦΙΑ 10
  • LOVEFiLM shenanigans 9
  • actors meet royalty 9
  • class 9
  • commuter life and tales 9
  • live 8 9
  • review 2006 9
  • ΙΣΟΤΗΤΑ 9
  • ΚΤΗΜΑΤΟΛΟΓΙΟ 9
  • ΡΩΜΑΙΗΚΑ 9
  • ΣΑΤΙΡΑ 9
  • * Κακανοπούλου Παγώνα 8
  • Blog exclamation mark 8
  • Cardiff 8
  • KINESIS 8
  • geocities rescue 8
  • my years in film 8
  • review 2007 8
  • talks 8
  • the list 8
  • ΔΙΚΑΙΟΣΥΝΗ 8
  • ΕΦΟΡΙΑ 8
  • ΚΥΒΕΡΝΗΣΗ 8
  • ΜΕΤΑΦΟΡΕΣ ΚΑΙ ΣΤΟΧΑΣΜΟΙ 8
  • ΠΟΛΕΟΔΟΜΙΚΑ 8
  • Σχολια 8
  • ΤΟΥΡΙΣΜΟΣ 8
  • INTERNET 7
  • Royals in windows. 7
  • Zooey Deschanel 7
  • artists strike back 7
  • general election 2015 7
  • in the national trust 7
  • watching and listening to all of televised doctor who in order 7
  • werner herzog 7
  • ΑΝΑΓΓΕΛΙΑ ΓΑΜΟΥ 7
  • ΑΣΕΠ 7
  • ΓΙΑΝΝΗΣ ΦΑΧΟΥΡΙΔΗΣ 7
  • ΓΚΟΥΝΤΕΝΟΥΔΗΣ 7
  • Γενικά 7
  • ΕΛΛΑΔΑ 7
  • ΕΥΡΩΕΚΛΟΓΕΣ 2019 7
  • ΚΑΤΑΓΓΕΛΙΕΣ 7
  • ΠΑΓΚΟΣΜΙΕΣ ΗΜΕΡΕΣ 7
  • ΤΑΤΙΔΗΣ 7
  • ΦΟΡΟΛΟΓΙΑ 7
  • Ideas (c) Stuart Ian Burns 6
  • Who’s in it from Doctor Who? 6
  • art of the state 6
  • birthdays 6
  • dawson’s creek 6
  • sherlock 6
  • superlambanana-on-and-on 6
  • the feeling listless soundtrack 1.0 6
  • the seventh doctor 6
  • ΑΓΤΖΙΔΗΣ 6
  • ΑΣΦΑΛΙΣΤΙΚΟ 6
  • Αστνομικά 6
  • Βιομηχανία 6
  • ΕΚΠΤΩΣΕΙΣ 6
  • ΕΠΙΣΤΗΜΗ 6
  • This American Life 5
  • Who is the Secret Actor? 5
  • breaking the fourth wall 5
  • general election 2010 5
  • life props 5
  • liverpool biennial 2006 5
  • liverpool biennial 2012 5
  • miranda july 5
  • one and other 5
  • pilgrimages 5
  • random album covers 5
  • review 2012 5
  • the books I have read in 2009 5
  • the naughties 5
  • you like me you really like me 5
  • ΑΝΘΡΑΚΙΔΗΣ ΘΕΜΗΣ 5
  • ΚΟΛΟΤΣΙΟΣ 5
  • ΜΑΡΔΑΣ 5
  • ΝΟΣΟΚΟΜΕΙΟ ΚΙΛΚΙΣ 5
  • ΠΑΝΕΛΛΑΔΙΚΕΣ 5
  • ΠΟΔΟΣΦΑΙΡΟ 5
  • Φωτογραφικές αναδρομές 5
  • κοιν 5
  • οικον 5
  • Fani 4
  • William and Kate 4
  • all saints 4
  • annotations 4
  • artifacts 4
  • christmas 4
  • comedy 4
  • comics review 4
  • disney 4
  • eurovision 4
  • freedom of information 4
  • ghost bbc three 4
  • life hacks 4
  • london calling 4
  • music reviews 4
  • other people’s photographs 4
  • steven soderbergh 4
  • the back of my head 4
  • the rachel mcadams fan club 4
  • wes anderson 4
  • women in film 4
  • ΕΡΩΤΗΣΕΙΣ ΑΝΑΓΝΩΣΤΩΝ 4
  • ΖΩΑ 4
  • ΜΑΡΚΟΠΟΥΛΟΣ 4
  • Ο ΚΟΣΜΟΣ ΕΙΜΑΣΤΕ ΕΜΕΙΣ 4
  • ΠΑΣΟΚ 2015 4
  • ΡΟΜΑΙΗΚΑ 4
  • ΣΟΥΛΗΣ 4
  • ΣΤΑΤΙΣΤΙΚΑ 4
  • ΣΥΡΙΖΑ 4
  • ΣΧΟΛΙΟ ΑΝΑΓΝΩΣΤΗ 4
  • ΤΑΞΙΔΙΑ 4
  • ΤΑΧΜΑΖΙΔΗΣ 4
  • ΤΟΝΙΚΙΔΗΣ 4
  • * Γκαράνης Μανόλης 3
  • * Κωνσταντινίδης Βασίλης 3
  • John Moores Painting Prize 2014 3
  • almost doctor who 3
  • bloomberg new contemporaries 3
  • british pathe 3
  • cedric klapisch 3
  • death to zavvi 3
  • destination target 3
  • extracting the BBC Genome 3
  • feminism 3
  • fixing the x-men 3
  • gravity 3
  • guest blogging 3
  • gwyneth paltrow 3
  • julia roberts 3
  • lena dunham 3
  • lord of the rings 3
  • museum films 3
  • my twitter archive 3
  • radio reviews 3
  • review 2002 review 3
  • review 2009 3
  • spider-man 3
  • the books i’ve read in 2020 3
  • the eleventh doctor 3
  • the nth doctor 3
  • the sunday seven 3
  • their names fit their jobs 3
  • ΑΒΡΑΜΙΔΗΣ 3
  • ΑΛΙΕΙΑ 3
  • ΑΝΝΑ ΔΗΜΑΚΗ 3
  • ΑΥΓΕΝΑΚΗΣ 3
  • ΑΦΙΕΡΩΜΑΤΑ 3
  • Αβραμίδης Ηλίας 3
  • Αναγνώστες 3
  • ΒΑΦΕΙΑΔΗΣ 3
  • ΓΙΩΡΓΟΣ ΠΕΡΠΕΡΙΔΗΣ 3
  • ΕΚΚΛΗΣΙΕΣ 3
  • ΕΣΕΙΣ ΡΩΤΑΤΕ 3
  • Η ΕΙΔΗΣΗ ΤΗΣ ΗΜΕΡΑΣ 3
  • Η ΦΩΤΟΓΡΑΦΙΑ ΤΗΣ ΝΥΧΤΑΣ 3
  • ΘΕΣΣΑΛΟΝΙΚΗ 3
  • ΙΩΑΝΝΙΔΗΣ 3
  • ΛΟΓΟΤΕΧΝΙΑ 3
  • ΜΑΡΩΝΙΔΗ ΣΟΦΙΑ 3
  • Οικολογία 3
  • ΠΟΥΝΤΖΟΥΚΙΔΗΣ 3
  • Πρωτοσέλιδα Γνώμης 3
  • ΤΕΝΙΣ 3
  • ΦΩΤΟΣΕΙΡΕΣ 3
  • αστυ 3
  • εκδ 3
  • περιφ 3
  • ‘* Κακανοπούλου Παγώνα 2
  • * Ραμπίδης Κωνσταντίνος 2
  • Eπιχειρήσεις 2
  • Mark Kermode 2
  • Sixty words about a Penguin 60 2
  • The Oxford Paragraphs 2
  • accordo 2
  • chronologies 2
  • commerce 2
  • gilmore girls 2
  • homebaked 2
  • kate bolick 2
  • liverpool biennial 2008 2
  • liverpool biennial 2014 2
  • liverpool biennial 2018 2
  • magazine reviews 2
  • museum of liverpool 2
  • my photographs 2
  • politics 2
  • reading 2
  • review 2003 2
  • review 2008 2
  • review 2010s 2
  • review 2015 2
  • review 2017 2
  • school secret wars 2
  • the sixth doctor 2
  • the tenth doctor 2
  • tom lehrer 2
  • veronica mars 2
  • walker art gallery 2
  • wolfgang amadeus mozart 2
  • wonder woman 2
  • Έργα 2
  • ΑΘΗΝΑ ΑΝΤΩΝΙΑΔΟΥ 2
  • ΑΙΑΣ ΚΙΛΚΙΣ 2
  • ΑΛΑΤΖΟΓΛΟΥ 2
  • ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΗ 2
  • ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ 2
  • ΑΜΥΝΑ 2
  • ΑΝΑΣΤΑΣΙΑ ΑΝΑΝΙΑΔΟΥ 2
  • ΑΝΝΑ ΝΙΚΟΛΑΙΔΟΥ 2
  • ΑΞΙΟΥΠΟΛΗ 2
  • ΑΥΤΟΠΤΗΣ ΜΑΡΤΥΣ 2
  • ΒΑΣΙΛΑΚΑΚΗΣ 2
  • ΒΙΟΛΙΤΖΗΣ 2
  • ΔΑΣΑΡΧΕΙΟ 2
  • ΔΙΑΓΩΝΙΣΜΟΙ 2
  • ΕΔΙΡΝΕΛΗΣ 2
  • ΕΙΡΗΝΗ ΧΑΤΖΗ 2
  • ΕΚΤΑΚΤΟ ΔΕΛΤΙΟ 2
  • ΕΠΙΣΚΕΨΙΜΟΙ ΧΩΡΟΙ 2
  • ΖΑΙΚΟΣ 2
  • Η ΑΤΖΕΝΤΑ ΤΗΣ ΓΝΩΜΗΣ 2
  • ΘΕΜΑΤΑ ΓΝΩΜΗ 2
  • ΙΑΤΡΙΚΑ 2
  • ΚΑΙΝΟΤΟΜΙΑ 2
  • ΚΙΛΚΙΣΙΑΚΟΣ 2
  • ΚΟΙΝΩΝΙΚΑ ΔΙΚΤΥΑ 2
  • ΛΕΣ ΚΑΙ ΗΤΑΝ ΧΘΕΣ 2
  • ΜΙΣΟΠΟΥΛΟΣ 2
  • ΜΩΥΣΙΔΗΣ 2
  • ΠΑΠΑΔΟΠΟΥΛΟΣ 2
  • ΠΑΤΟΥΛΙΔΟΥ 2
  • ΠΕΡΙΔΙΑΒΑΖΟΝΤΑΣ ΣΤΟ ΝΟΜΟ ΚΙΛΚΙΣ 2
  • ΠΡΩΤΟΣΕΛΙΔΑ ΕΦΗΜΕΡΙΔΩΝ 2
  • ΣΕΜΙΝΑΡΙΑ 2
  • ΣΚΑΚΙ 2
  • ΣΥΛΛΟΓΟΙ 2
  • ΤΗΛΕΟΡΑΣΗ 2
  • ΤΣΑΝΤΑΚΗΣ 2
  • ΤΣΙΜΠΟΥΣΛΗΣ ΓΙΩΡΓΟΣ 2
  • Το “μεζεδάκι” της ημέρας 2
  • αστυν 2
  • ς 2
  • #* Στεφανίδης Κώστας 1
  • * Ανδρεανίδης Χρήστος 1
  • * Μεταλλίδης Ντίνος 1
  • 100 Things About Me 1
  • Guardianistas 1
  • VIDEO ΑΝΑΓΝΩΣΤΩΝ 1
  • actors who should have played green arrow 1
  • ballet 1
  • bbc proms 2010 1
  • bookcrossing 1
  • books 1
  • dc comics 1
  • ferris bueller 1
  • films in fifty words 1
  • forgotten films 1
  • free t-shirts 1
  • friends 1
  • global links 1
  • greenwich theatre 1
  • harry potter 1
  • heardsaid 1
  • heroes dot com 1
  • kvetch 1
  • laurie penny 1
  • liverpool biennial 2004 1
  • liverpool biennial in general 1
  • liverpool confidential 1
  • liverpool out in the world 1
  • marvel cinematic univers 1
  • music 1
  • my favourite film of all time 1
  • olympics 1
  • research tools 1
  • review 2003 review 1
  • rio olympics 2016 1
  • sarah polley 1
  • stieg larsson 1
  • taylor swift 1
  • television history 1
  • television on youtube 1
  • the coffee collection 1
  • the forest of ardens 1
  • the fourth doctor 1
  • the hobbit 1
  • theatre reviews 1
  • they knew they were right 1
  • tilda swinton 1
  • victoria gallery and museum 1
  • w 1
  • youtube 1
  • ΑΒΡΑΜΟΠΟΥΛΟΣ ΣΩΤΗΡΗΣ 1
  • ΑΓΟΡΑ 1
  • ΑΕΤΟΣ ΚΙΛΚΙΣ 1
  • ΑΛΙΕΥΜΑΤΑ 1
  • ΑΜΑΛΙΑ ΞΟΠΛΙΔΟΥ 1
  • ΑΝΑΣΤΟΡΩ 1
  • ΓΙΑΝΝΗΣ ΤΣΟΓΓΙΔΗΣ 1
  • ΔΗΜΟΚΡΑΤΙΚΗ ΣΥΜΠΑΡΑΤΑΞΗ 1
  • ΔΗΜΟΣ ΝΕΑΠΟΛΗΣ-ΣΥΚΕΩΝ 1
  • Δήμος ΠαιονίαςΠολιτιστικά 1
  • ΕΙΚΟΝΕΣ 1
  • ΕΚΛ 1
  • ΕΛΛΗΝΕΣ ΡΙΖΟΣΠΑΣΤΕΣ 1
  • ΕΜΜΕΤΡΑ 1
  • ΕΠΙΜΟΡΦΩΤΙΚΗ ΚΙΛΚΙΣ 1
  • ΕΥΑΓΓΕΛΟΥ 1
  • ΗΤΙΣΜΟΣ 1
  • ΘΕΟΔΩΡΑ ΠΑΠΑΔΟΠΟΥΛΟΥ 1
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  • ΚΑΖΑΚΗΣ 1
  • ΚΑΙΛΗ 1
  • ΚΑΡΑΜΠΙΔΟΥ 1
  • ΚΑΣΤΑΝΙΔΗΣ ΧΑΡΗΣ 1
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Aphrodite Jones has long been a fixture in the world of true crime. She is award winning crime reporter, best selling author, and host of the popular Investigation Discovery show, True Crime with Aphrodite Jones, where each episode is an in-depth look at high profile cases across America, including JonBenet Ramsey, Casey Anthony, Dennis Radar, Scott Peterson, and O.J Simpson. Aphrodite is the author of such books as The FBI Killer, All He Wanted: the story of Brandon Tenna, and A Perfect Husband, the story of Kathleen Peterson’s murder, which was made into the Lifetime Movie. Her new podcast, Sex, Love and Murder, documents murders of romantic passion, and is quickly climbing the iTunes charts. Appearing as a crime expert for Dateline, E! News, Fox Report, the Forensic Files, and more, Aphrodite is a prolific individual dedicated to finding the truth, and she’s not afraid to tell it like it is.
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When future historians look back at this golden age of podcasting, they’ll likely point out that true crime was the engine that boosted the medium into the stratosphere.

What they’ll probably get wrong, though, are many of the things critics are getting wrong today: that the “true-crime podcast” is a monolithic genre, a single kind of thing with a single kind of fan; that it’s a cheap and tacky plague on an industry previously dominated by the real pioneers — the snarky comedians, the nerd-pop-culture commentators, and the public-radio producers; and that its popularity is driven by some reductive idea or event, like “our society’s growing social anxiety” or “the release of Serial.”

That’s not to say there aren’t a lot of terrible true-crime podcasts out there, because there are. Some are irresponsible. Some are exploitative. And, worst of all, some (okay, many) are copies of copies of copies, recycling the same stories and formats and background music and naming conventions and logos to the point where a glimpse at the true-crime podcast charts can feel like an exercise in parody.

But for those willing to dig a little deeper, the true-crime podcast world is also a rich one, encompassing dozens of subgenres and formats. Most fit into a handful of categories: standalone long-form series; anthologies; buddy chat and commentary shows; investigations (both professional and amateur); podcasts about criminal justice/wrongful convictions; comedy shows; and subculture shows that look at crime in sports, for instance, or in the music industry.

And while some like to write off true crime as a flash-in-the-pan trend, its influence is everywhere. Some of the best podcast journalism being produced today is borrowing liberally from the production and writing style of true-crime podcasts, building on what works best from the genre, from cliffhanger endings and narrator-as-guide signposting. And that’s a good thing, because as outlets like Slate and the New York Times and Longreads have learned, a piece of in-depth journalism produced like a true-crime podcast can reach far more people than a standalone story on a homepage. Heck, it may even inspire people to visit an outlet’s website or subscribe to their local newspaper for the first time.

All that said, it’s important to acknowledge that there’s no way to make a list of the most important true-crime podcasts without killing a lot of darlings. Because I’ve worked on or reviewed several of the podcasts up for consideration, I relied on a bunch of podcast heavyweights to weigh in. And of course, some very strong contenders didn’t land on the list. But we feel confident that many of the shows on the list below will still be earning mentions when those future historians parse this era’s golden age.

Serial

Let’s face it: This list (and, some may argue, an entire era of podcasting) might not exist without Serial, which set the gold standard not just for true crime, but for the whole genre of first-person, long-form podcast journalism. “It’s the holy grail,” says Up and Vanished host Payne Lindsey, who adds that reporter and host Sarah Koenig “pioneered investigative storytelling” for the medium. Released in late 2014 as a spinoff of public radio darling This American Life, Serial’s first season sparked a storytelling renaissance, giving hope that an old-media format (the serialized, week-by-week radio program) could find a whole new audience for long-form audio stories, one willing to listen to and even embrace ads for brands like Mailchimp. The show also kicked off a shift of the public’s interest from crime stories with clear-cut “bad guys” and “good guys” to deeper narratives about flawed investigations and potential miscarriages of justice. And while Koenig’s singular style inspired a half-decade of haters and imitators, no honest podcaster can deny her unparalleled influence. As best-selling true-crime author and podcaster Billy Jensen puts it, “Serial is the most important, because it went viral, got into the zeitgeist, introduced many people to podcasts, and got them hooked.”

In The Dark

There is perhaps no other podcast, true crime or otherwise, that has had a greater real-world impact than In The Dark, which launched in 2016 with an examination of the failed investigation into the infamous disappearance of Jacob Wetterling. This is especially true of the show’s second season, which focuses on Curtis Flowers, a Mississippi man who was tried six times for four murders he probably didn’t commit, an assertion most listeners would be comfortable making after hearing the ample evidence uncovered in the series. “This case is precisely the type that crime podcasting is made for,” says investigative reporter and Accused podcast host Amber Hunt, one of the many people who told me In The Dark was at the top of their list. Hosted by the measured and confident Madeleine Baran, the journalism behind In The Dark is second to none, a team reporting effort that’s transparently explained to the listener. And the proof is in the pudding: Flowers’s latest conviction was recently overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court, which considered, among other things, a pattern of egregious prosecutorial misconduct uncovered in the podcast. It’s the rare show to effectively combine shoe-leather investigation, exhaustive sourcing, and groundbreaking data dives, all driven home with rare precision and a welcome dose of humanity.

Criminal

Before Serial exploded the medium, the anthology show Criminal, which debuted nine months earlier, was one of the genre’s first true hits. The brainchild of North Carolina-based public radio host Phoebe Judge and producer Lauren Spohrer, Criminal is a gift to the ears, in no small part because the show makes a point to stretch far beyond murder and mayhem in the stories it covers. It also brought true crime, a genre long relegated to mass-market paperback bookstore shelves and networks like Investigation Discovery, into the ears of a discerning new audience that would soon embrace it in the media mainstream. But make no mistake, it’s the hypnotic host that makes Criminal an essential entry. “She simultaneously makes herself perfectly present in the story but invisible in the reporting,” says Patrick Hinds of True Crime Obsessed. And, importantly, the show played a big part in shifting the listener’s perspective. Radiotopia producer Julie Shapiro puts it best: “Criminal reframed our sense of the impact of crime on both victims and perpetrators.”

My Favorite Murder

There are two kinds of people in the world: Murderinos … and the rest of us. When it launched in 2016, My Favorite Murder felt like a weird kind of therapy, a place those who’ve long been obsessed with real-life crimes could go to feel, well, a little more normal about that. It was also a fresh format for the genre, bringing the long-established comedian chat show to the otherwise grim world of true crime. Since then, My Favorite Murder has become a bona fide juggernaut, breaking all kinds of ground and — for better and worse — inspiring countless “friends who talk about crime” copycats. Hosted relatably and imperfectly by comedians Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark, the series delivers in spades on the potential of audio as the most intimate of media. It’s at once earnest and silly, irreverent and crusading, and can take credit for building an unrivaled fan community that extends far beyond the podcast itself.

Up and Vanished

How did a podcast that began with a 20-something amateur Googling a cold case and selling his grandmother’s cookies to fund his show become an essential title? Despite its rough edges, it’s hard to deny that the hugely popular Up and Vanished deserves a spot on true crime’s Mount Rushmore. With a helping hand from a private investigator, aspiring filmmaker and musician Payne Lindsey kicked off his show’s first season by rummaging through the Georgia town where beauty queen Tara Grinstead disappeared in 2005. At one point, he even crawls (with his microphone!) under a house where he thinks a body might be buried.

But is it journalism? Or ethical? Or even good? These are fair questions that have been raised and debated in the years since Up and Vanished debuted, and are the basis of several cutting parodies of the show. But at the end of the podcast’s initial run, Grinstead’s alleged killer Ryan Alexander Duke stepped forward and confessed to the crime, catapulting Up and Vanished to podcast-legend status. Although Lindsey never focused on Duke and the police never considered him a suspect, Duke said his unsolicited confession was prompted by the podcast, an incredible testament to the power of the blooming medium. While inspiring a wave of knockoff I-could-probably-solve-that-cold-case amateur podcasts, Up and Vanished did provide audiences with something few podcasts have: a satisfying ending.

Dirty John

In pondering the place Dirty John deserves on this list, I couldn’t help but think of one of the most memorable lines delivered by Alicia Silverstone’s Cher in the movie Clueless. As podcasts go, it’s a “full-on Monet … It’s like a painting, see? From far away, it’s okay, but up close, it’s a big old mess.” From far away, Dirty John — which chronicles the life of Debra Newell, a wealthy California divorcée duped by a love-bombing con artist named John Meehanis — is actually a lot better than okay; it’s kind of groundbreaking. It’s the first story to go from newspaper to podcast to TV show, complete with a plot twist that blew listeners away. But up close, Dirty John is deceptively simple, comprising a series of interviews that retell a story previously reported by host Christopher Goffard in the Los Angeles Times. Its subjects are consistently unrelatable, often confounding, and occasionally infuriating. And despite all of that, the show deserves every bit of the rabid praise it’s received. Not only does it bring an important narrative about coercive control and the cycle of domestic abuse to the forefront, but it sets a precedent for what true-crime podcast success can look like.

Missing & Murdered: Finding Cleo

Connie Walker, the CBC reporter who hosts Missing & Murdered, recently told me that she set out to make a history podcast about the systemic oppression of indigenous people in Canada, but she knew that in order to get people to listen to it, it had to be a true-crime story. Walker succeeded in getting those listeners with show’s excellent first season, “Who Killed Alberta Williams,” which digs into the unsolved case of a young woman murdered in 1989. But it’s her follow-up series “Finding Cleo” that’s the true revelation, dishing out mounds of history lessons while giving true-crime fans just as much to chew on. The titular “Cleo” is Cleo Nicotine Semaganis, a young girl taken from her Saskatchewan Cree family by government welfare workers in the 1970s as part of a horrific program known as the Sixties Scoop. But, in an episode that comes relatively early in the podcast, Walker achieves something even she admits she didn’t think was possible: She learns the truth and finds out what really happened to Cleo. That’s just part of what makes this series stand out and above just about every other podcast in the genre. The other factor here is Walker, an experienced journalist who is also Cree, taking the listener on a journey across thousands of miles to remote towns, into living rooms, through graveyards, and onto reservations, adding new layers every step of the way.

Bear Brook

“Bear Brook is simple, elegant, well told,” says Josh Dean, host of the true-crime podcast The Clearing. “And there’s a reason for it to be,” he adds. Covering the decades-long investigation around four unidentified bodies stuffed in a pair of barrels found in a wooded New Hampshire park, the show delves into a complicated story about a previously unknown serial killer and the many investigators — some amateur, some police, and mostly women — who worked it tirelessly. The story spans more than 20 years and involves victims and investigators on both coasts, yet it was the very existence of Bear Brook that moved the needle on the case, resulting in real-world revelations that changed the investigation. But perhaps the podcast’s biggest contribution to the genre is its exploration of genetic genealogy, the forensic technique that led to an arrest in the Golden State Killer case in April 2018, and has solved dozens of cold cases since then. Yet the series stands out for another reason, according to In The Dark executive producer Samara Freemark: “It’s such a good example of how to be measured and journalistically responsible while still crafting an edge-of-your-seat story.”

Believed

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Believed is the ultimate example of a podcast that achieves near-impossible feats. Focusing on the story of former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State doctor Larry Nassar, who sexually abused girls and women for decades, the series manages to put Nassar’s victims front and center, daring listeners to flinch as they detail stories about being groomed and molested. It’s an element that hosts Kate Wells and Lindsey Smith make clear we need to understand. They succeed in large part because they’re both already well-versed in the story, having reported on it for Michigan Radio since 2016. Believed also manages to humanize Nassar — not in order to engender sympathy, but so we can also understand how it was possible he got away with his crimes for so long. Finally, and perhaps most surprisingly, Believed is unapologetically gripping, even entertaining, as it tells one of the most viscerally difficult true-crime stories of the modern era. A right-on-time series that was delivered at the crest of the Me Too era, the series also sticks one of the best landings in podcasting, letting us listen in as more than 150 women give testimony at Nassar’s sentencing, a brand of justice we desperately crave but so seldom get to witness.

Undisclosed

For all Serial did for Adnan Syed’s case, Undisclosed did more — literally. Picking up where the genre’s greatest podcast left off, host Rabia Chaudry, who appeared in Serial as the family friend who brought Syed’s case to Sarah Koenig’s attention, teamed up with an unlikely duo of bloggers and proceeded to tear apart, bit by bit, the state’s case against Syed, and many aspects of the Serial narrative itself. In early episodes, the Undisclosed trio dug up information about reward money, police corruption, and prosecutorial misconduct. They identified the “tap tap tap” on a taped interview as detectives coaxed witness Jay Wilds by pointing to a map. They made the term “Brady violation” part of their listeners’ vocabulary.

But perhaps the biggest surprise is that Undisclosed has remained an enduring title beyond the post-Serial frenzy around the Syed case. Since that first batch of episodes, the show has covered the stories of wrongfully convicted people all over the country, raising money for defense teams and even helping to win exonerations. The show captures our current moment in which audiences want to hear stories about innocent people caught up in an unfair and cruel system, positioning Undisclosed as the closest thing podcasting has to the Innocence Project.

7

It’s the year of our lord 2019, and you’ve definitely already heard of Serial and its sister show, S-Town. No matter how many times you go searching, lists are replete with the exact same options, and your true crime podcast itch needs something new, or indie, or just different. For the true crime devotee, especially ones concerned with the ethics and boundaries at play in true crime podcasting, here are twenty different podcasts that do not linger in sensationalism nor inappropriately timed jokes. Murders, missing people, assassinations, cybercrimes, con artists–something for everyone. They’re the kind of true crime podcast that will leave you questioning the human psyche, social relationships, and the legal system, while bearing in mind the fact that these are the lives of human beings they’re talking about.

1. Missing and Murdered: Finding Cleo

From the same CBC team that brought us Who Killed Alberta Williams? comes Finding Cleo, once again shedding light on the unsolved cases of Indigenous women in Canada, in this case that of Cleopatra Semaganis, who was taken from her family by the Canadian government’s initiative to re-home Indigenous children with white families. This is a skillfully designed podcast, from the sound to the script to the interviews, and sensitively structured. Reporter Connie Walker, an Indigenous woman as well, is a conscientious investigator who never lets the work become exploitative or sensationalist as Walker tries to help the family find closure in their missing person’s case.

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2. The Doorstep Murder

From the BBC Scotland, comes this look into Scotland’s most infamous unsolved murder: Alistair Wilson’s shooting on his doorstep in 2004. Host Fiona Walker makes it very clear up front that she is not out to solve this case, and the materials she’s collected in the podcast is restricted to what she could obtain both legally and ethically. The Doorstep Murder’s episodes are broken down into the different aspects, like an episode fully dedicated to the gun, and one on the impact the crime had on the family and the town.

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3. Death in Ice Valley

This cooperative investigation between the BBC World Service and the Norwegian NRK is a this serialized podcast looking into the Isdal Woman, an unidentified woman who was found in the icy wilds of Norway in the 70s. The weaving of the story and the slim pickings for interviews mean they need to blend in personal stories and outside resources (such as a Norwegian crime writer who’s done a lot of research about the Isdal Woman), in ways that are sharply reminiscent of parts of S-Town.

with all the gloomy atmosphere of a wintry desolate area.

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4. Bundyville

OPB and Longread’s investigation into the Bundy family and the Bundy standoff is hallmarked by reporter Leah Sottile’s lengthy, in-depth interviews, sharp observations, and in-person experience of both people and place. If you don’t know about the Bundys, the super brief rundown is that Cliven Bundy, a rancher in Bunkerville, Nevada, initiated an armed standoff against the federal government due to cattle-grazing and raising livestock laws. Sottile’s approach to the Bundys is tone-perfect: factual, but empathetic; empathetic, but without approval for their actions.

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5. Pretend Radio

Pretend Radio is not fiction; these are people’s real lives about pretending to be people they are not, fictionalizing their own existence. True crime and psychology interlock with some of the strangest interviews and audio clips I’ve heard in a while from a podcast. The anthology opens with the three-part investigation into the Word of Faith Fellowship and an interview with an escapee from an environment involving things like mass beatings and abusive discipline. Pretend Radio is one of the most innovative approaches to this realm of true crime podcast, a respectful host who builds a story from the ground up with no doubts as to what the reality is.

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6. Bear Brook

In 2015, new forensic techniques were applied to the Bear Brook murders, a cold case surrounding the discovery of four bodies inside of two barrels, discovered in 1985 and in 2000. They went unidentified until DNA profiling determined they were all maternally related, and advanced forensic testing determined the areas in which they lived the longest. Host Jason Moon, along with the NHPR team, dive into the history, the break this case had with the advances of the twenty-first century, and the ripple effects throughout the community.

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7. Alibi

Alibi is an award-winning radio story and true crime podcast from South Africa, a response to a desperate plea of innocence from Anthony deVries, a man incarcerated for double murder and robbery under apartheid. Follow journalist Paul McNally and co-presenter Freddy Mabitsela through these old secrets as they try to uncover what really happened at a supermarket in 1994, only a few weeks before their first democratic election. This a story about racism and skewed justice systems, about how politics touches everyone’s lives.

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8. Undisclosed

At a time when justice runs rampant over civil rights, digging into wrongful convictions in the U.S. justice system is a necessary part of uncovering the flaws, failures, and biases in the actors participating in that system. Originally created as a spin-off of Serial and following the continuing story of Adnan Syed, Undisclosed presents cases of wrongful conviction with the careful consideration afforded by people dedicated to advocacy for marginalized peoples. They present legal matter, like court recordings and interviews, and journalistic items, like press conferences and news reports.

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9. Darknet Diaries

Living in the digital era that we live in now, tales of cyber crimes run rampant, sensationalized and overblown or underrated and underreported. Indie true crime podcast, Darknet Diaries, dives deep into the types of crimes that hit very close to home right now. The technological aspect is explored in depth and in an accessible fashion for all listeners with stellar production values. Jack Rhysider is an incredible host with both a flair for the dramatic and a conscientious mind for fact-checking and narrative building.

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10. The Dream

Hailed as one of the best investigative podcasts of 2018, The Dream goes deep into what it means to be involved in MLMs, multi-level marketing companies. Jane Marie is the host of a podcast that dives into pyramid schemes that often target women, who invest large amounts of sums and never make any of that investment back. The research, investigation, and undercover work involved in this podcast is breathtaking, especially considering the dangerously litigious nature of several of these companies.

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11. The Lost

This five-part miniseries from Radio New Zealand is a cautiously intimate exploration of five missing people cases in by Canadian-Peruvian reporter Paloma Migone. This is a sensitive podcast, built up from interviews with witnesses and remaining family members, that hopes to both re-examine the evidence and bring out the beating heart of these lives left bereft so they are more than just the paperwork.

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12. The Dropout

The story of Elizabeth Holmes has attracted attention since 2015, when a journalist first questioned the validity of their revolutionary blood-testing methods. The Dropout is one of the must-listen investigative podcasts of 2019, which goes deep into Holmes’ conspiracy and the Theranos company. This podcast contains edited testimony from the Holmes trials, a fascinating look into the con artistry involved in science and business, and how the word genius leverages trust.

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13. Curtain

Out of Australia comes Curtain, an independent podcast about the racism faced by Indigenous Australians in the justice system, hosted by Amy McQuire, an Indigenous Darumbal reporter, and Martin Hodgson, an advocate for Indigenous prisoners. This serialized investigation is about Kevin “Curtain” Henry, accused of murder in 1992, but takes as its big picture the rampant issue of wrongful convictions of Indigenous people. It’s a smartly designed podcast, with descriptive, clear storytelling on the part of the hosts, spine-tingling musical choices, and an extremely respectful approach to talking about the murder and the victim.

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14. Sound Africa: They Killed Dulcie

The newest season of this radio documentary podcast out of South Africa deals with the unresolved assassination of Dulcie September, an anti-Apartheid activist. Sound Africa, in conjunction with Open Secrets, calls out the systematic forces that exiled her, from her work, her country, and her history. This is a heart-wrenching, incisive look into the life of an erased activist, who deserves justice and respect for the struggles she endured to help end Apartheid, and the power of government-enforced espionage over political activists.

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15. 74 Seconds

A Peabody-winning podcast from Minnesota Public Radio, this is the story of the 74 secondsof Philando Castile’s death and every painful second afterward. They are straightforward coverage of the trial of Jeronimo Yanez with a second-by-second narrative of Castile’s death and deep coverage into the cultural and societal context surrounding both Castile and Yanez. Even knowing how this ends, 74 Seconds is a must-listen for anyone who wants an in-depth understanding of the current face of racism in policing and the courts.

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16. Sick Sad World

Sick Sad World is a podcast hosted by two Black hosts, Jasmine and Mari, look at both true crime and paranormal, bringing many much-needed perspectives, including actively participating in creating a non-ableist space within the true crime community. I highly encourage listening to the episode “Marginalized in True Crime”, between Mari and guest speaker Kitty, where they discuss how privileged lenses approach true crime stories and investigations and why there’s a need to support marginalized voices.

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17. The Fall Line

The Fall Line focuses on the missing people of marginalized communities in the Southeast, on uncovering information and presenting their family’s stories so that anyone who may have information can come forward. The first season, about missing twins Dannette and Jeannette Millbrook in 1990, is an experience in frustration and despair as law enforcement appears uninterested in helping the family and, when the girls turn 17, remove them from the missing children’s database. It’s infuriating and depressing, but necessary work, and the people behind this podcast execute it with passion and tenderness.

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18. Fruit Loops

This energetic, high-powered podcast covers the subject of serial killers of color, which are often either ignored or totally skewed in media coverage. Hosts Wendy and Beth have such magnetic chemistry and infectious laughter on mic that it’s hard to not get swept up into their ventures. Their racial and gender analysis is crucial to their breakdowns, especially when tackling cases where certain angles are overlooked due to systemic racist barriers.

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19. Uncover: The Village

The third season of the CBC’s Uncover tackles the serial killer lurking in Toronto’s Gay Village, where for eight years, men disappeared and no murderer was sought until the arrest of Bruce McArthur in 2018. The police are now looking into cases going back to 1975. Justin Ling covered the story at the time, and is now here to investigate deeply into the case that went ignored due to sexuality, skin color, and systematic oppression. Ling’s treatment of this case falls in line with the CBC’s classic honest and respectful handling of true crime, while creating a riveting experience.

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20. The Unseen

Out of the UK comes this calm, clear podcast covering missing people and unsolved cases. Host Caprice has a very precise and structured manner of speaking, partly using a script that has been carefully written to have a strong narrative arc. Caprice has ensured a solid presentation of facts without lingering on gory details, a small amount of speculation, and overall, a very respectful and kind discussion of cases that deserve to be heard and known.

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Like the Avengers of armchair policework, this pair have been brought together by My Favourite Murder’s Exactly Right network to solve cold cases. Each episode takes on a different crime and whether they’re asking for help on finding more victims of known serial killers or investigating missing persons cases, Holes and Jensen are constantly engaging and thoughtful hosts, only ever concentrating on the victims of these crimes.

14. S-Town

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Is S-Town a true crime podcast? Well, This American Life journalist Brian Reed is certainly drawn to S-Town, AKA Shit-town, Alabama with the promise of a crime. It all just… unravels from there. Without giving too much away, S-Town centres around horologist (clock maker) John B. McLemore, an eccentric figure infamous in his hometown of Woodstock. He calls Brian Reed in to investigate an apparent murder that has been covered up by the police after hearing This American Life solve other similar cases.

S-Town isn’t like other cases, though. S-Town is one of those podcasts that your friends will just nod silently about and will you with their eyes to listen to. It’s what I’m doing now but I only have words. Evocative and exceptionally controversial, this is a podcast quite unlike any other.

13. The Clearing

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There are plenty of sayings about family. You can even buy them etched on wood and scatter them around the house. ‘You don’t have to be mad to live here but it helps…’ or just ‘family is everything.’ April Balascio would probably like to make a giant bonfire of these signs. She had always been afraid that her father was up to no good but at 40, when she pieced together her childhood of endlessly moving home, she called a detective with her suspicions. Edward Wayne Edwards, it turns out, was a serial killer and April had supplied the missing piece for a swathe of cold cases.

The Clearing feels like far more than just solving the unsolved though. April’s honesty about her father and genuine quest for the truth as she and host Josh Dean delve into Edwards’ past, makes this an emotional journey. Supplemented by tapes from Edwards himself, who obsessively documented everything, the podcast is a terrifying glimpse into a depraved psyche. One that was hidden until his daughter finally went looking.

12. Crimetown

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It’s mob time. While so many podcasts centre around individual killers and cases, Crimetown is a welcome breath of illegal air as it covers the criminal underbellies of US cities. While the first season peers beneath the surface of Providence in Rhode Island, the second is all about the seedy history and crimes of Detroit.

The scope and scale of Crimetown is what makes it stand out from the crowd. One minute we’ll be learning about political corruption, the next it’s all about drug trafficking and coke addiction. Like a reverse Trip Advisor search, Marc Smerling and Zac Stuart-Pontier’s well-researched stories are fresh glimpses of cities that’ll make you happy you’re safely on the commute to work.

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Your relationship with your therapist is meant to be healthy; the one safe space where you can spill all of your innermost thoughts and feelings and not be judged. You’re paying for it, aren’t you? Well, it’s not ruining anything to say that, given that this Bloomberg podcast is from Wondery, the network behind Doctor Death and Dirty John, of course this titular shrink isn’t the good kind.

Again, the less I say the better, but The Shrink Next Door from journalist Joe Nocera is a fascinating glimpse into what happens when therapy goes so, so wrong that right is basically a dot. It’s not an easy listen and you’ll be afraid to ever go to therapy again but this is even more brilliant podcasting with a story effortlessly stranger than fiction.

Best True Crime Podcasts 2019

10 Best True Crime Podcasts in 2019
Updated 06.18.19 | Podcasting | By: Jon Street

A number of months we ago we rolled out our 20 Best True Crime Podcasts in preparation for Halloween. As seems to often be the case in podcasting, a lot has changed in just a short amount of time. Over the last several months we have seen several new true crime podcasts storm onto the (crime) scene and leave an impressive footprint. Here is an updated list to guide your listening as you peruse the top charts of podcasts looking for something to keep you up at night.

Best New True Crime Podcast (Bonus)

Culpable

Culpable is a new true crime podcast that debuted on Monday, June 17th with its first two episodes. The trailer and teaser are also out now in all major listening directories. The podcast dives into the shocking death of 21 year old Chrsitian Andreacchio of Meridian, Mississippi who died on February 26, 2014. The case was originally declared a suicide by Meridian Police Department after a mere 45 minute investigation. As details of the case have emerged there is ample reason to question whether or not this was actually the cause of death, which the podcast explores in depth. The podcast hopes to bring more clarity to this seemingly open-and-shut case with interviews and investigative journalism aimed at getting the word out about the Christian’s death in hopes that someone who may know something would be willing to step out and help confirm what really may have happened and bring Christian’s family the closure they have been fighting for these last 5 years. Culpable is a production of Black Mountain Media in partnership with Tenderfoot TV, the fine folks that have brought us Up and Vanished, To Live and Die in L.A., Atlanta Monster and others. Culpable Season 1 is anticipated to have 15 episodes with weekly releases on Monday. Be sure to listen, rate, review and subscribe to Culpable wherever you listen to podcasts.

Best True Crime Podcasts of 2019

1. To Live and Die in LA

The first podcast worth checking out is hot off the press but is already climbing the charts within the listening directories. Whatever you’re doing right now, stop. And go listen to To Live and Die in L.A.. Here’s the overview. “The entertainment capital of the world: Hollywood, where dreams come true. But not all that glitters is gold, and sometimes those dreams are met with harsh, even tragic, realities. This was the case for 25 year old Adea Shabani, an aspiring actress and model who vanished without a trace from her apartment complex near Hollywood’s famous Walk of Fame. Follow along as award-winning journalist and best-selling author, Neil Strauss, investigates this mysterious disappearance as the police investigation unfolds. What really happened to Adea? The full story has never been told. From Tenderfoot TV, the creators of Up and Vanished and Atlanta Monster, this is To Live and Die in L.A.” To Live and Die in L.A. debuted its trailer at the end of February and has released 3 episodes to date with a highly anticipated full season to follow. Even in such a short time this podcast has gained a tremendous amount of traction. The Resonate Recordings team has been privileged to work with the LiveDie L.A. crew on this project and we highly recommend you check out this jaw-dropping podcast!

2. Over My Dead Body

Another new podcast that is creating avid fans worldwide is the recently released podcast Over My Dead Body. It’s gripping. “We all have limits. And some people who are pushed beyond those limits will do unspeakable things. In “Tally,” the first season of OVER MY DEAD BODY, Dan and Wendi are two good-looking attorneys whose wedding is featured in the New York Times. But when this “perfect” couple falls apart, it leads to a bad breakup, a worse divorce, and a murder case involving a menagerie of high-priced lawyers and unexpected co-conspirators. From Wondery, the team that brought you “Dirty John” and “Dr. Death,” “Tally” is a story that says as much about love and marriage as it does about justice, revenge, and the lengths some people will go to get what they want. Hosted by Matthew Shaer.” Over My Dead Body is made in partnership with Wondery and released its trailer at the end of January and has given weekly episode releases. Buckle up!

3. Root of Evil

Our next podcast is quickly becoming a fan-favorite. Root of Evil: The True Story of the Hodel Family and the Black Dahlia. There is no doubt that the story and circumstances surrounding the infamous Black Dahlia murder has been well publicized in many mediums. But this podcast offers a new and fresh perspective in to the events surrounding this infamous event. “When Elizabeth Short, also known as The Black Dahlia, was brutally killed in 1947, it gripped the entire country. More than 70 years later, it remains America’s most infamous unsolved murder. Many believe Dr. George Hodel was the killer, thanks to an investigation by Hodel’s own son. But murder is just part of the Hodel family story, one filled with horrifying secrets that ripple across generations. Now, through never-before-heard archival audio and first-time interviews, the Hodel family opens up to reveal their shocking story. In this eight-part documentary series, sisters Rasha Pecoraro and Yvette Gentile, the great grand daughters of George Hodel, take a deep dive into their family history to try to figure out what really happened, and where do they all go from here? Root of Evil is the companion podcast to TNTs limited series I Am the Night. Inspired by the true story of the Hodel family, the series stars Chris Pine and comes from acclaimed Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins.” The podcast trailer was released at the end of January and new episodes release every Wednesday. Be sure to tune into both the series and podcast for some true crime goodness.

4. Monster

The next can’t miss podcast recommendation is another entry from the Tenderfoot TV crew called Monster: The Zodiac Killer. In Season 1 of the podcast the focus was on the infamous Atlanta Child Murders from the ‘70’s and ‘80’s. With this new season comes a new case which has likewise been previously well-publicized, but still holds its roots in Atlanta. “From Tenderfoot TV and HowStuffWorks, ‘Monster: The Zodiac Killer’ dives into one of the most notorious, unsolved serial killing sprees in history. Despite sketches, cyphers and taunting letters to the press, the question still remains: who is the Zodiac?” Created in conjunction with HowStuffWorks and Stuff Media the podcast continues to offer listeners gripping and engaging episodes in a bingeable format. Be sure to check out the Season 2 trailer and then delve right in.

5. Up and Vanished (Update)

For nearly every true crime fan, Up and Vanished is a household name. In many ways this podcast opened new avenues for storytelling and investigative-style documentary journalism which has solidified podcasting as a new platform for the world to tell stories. With over 250 million downloads (and growing), Season 1 focused on the notable Tara Grinstead case while the recently completed Season 2 focused on the disappearance of Kristal Anne Reisinger. I recommend you check out both. Like, right now. But with recent events unfolding related to the Grinstead case, the Tenderfoot TV crew is at work bringing the podcast world these compelling updates. Be sure to tune in for more anticipated releases and to see how things unfold!

6. Crime Junkie

If you’re reading this post than chances are you’re either a crime junkie…or you will be soon. Thankfully there’s a whole emerging genre dedicated to giving you what you need. Including a new podcast with you in mind (and title). “Crime Junkie is a weekly podcast dedicated to giving you a true crime fix. Every Monday, Ashley Flowers will tell you about whatever crime she’s been obsessing over that week in a way that sounds like you’re sitting around talking crime with your best friends. The storytelling is straightforward and free of rabbit holes so the cases stay suspenseful and are easy to follow. If you can never get enough true crime…Congratulations, you’re a Crime Junkie! You’ve found your people.” To be fair, Crime Junkie is not new to the scene as the show debuted in late 2017, but it has gained steady popularity ever since. In fact it was named one of Rolling Stone’s Top 20 True Crime Podcasts of 2018. With weekly releases, each bursting with true crime goodness, you’re sure to get hooked.

There you have it. A list of 6 fresh recommendations for you to lock yourself in your room and tune in to. But maybe you’re new to the true crime scene (see what I did there?) and you’re looking for more. Well, we’ve got you covered. Here’s our top picks of “classic” true crime inspired podcasts to round out your list.

Favorite True Crime Podcasts

7. Sword and Scale

Aside from a clever name, Sword and Scale offers some terrifying accounts of true crime. As the creators pose, the podcast, “is an immersive audio experience covering the dark side of humanity and human nature. Our stories delve into the worst of the worst and include murder, rape, dismemberment and cannibalism. No crime is too brutal and no victim is too pure. The worst monsters are real.” Hosted by Mike Boudet and a part of the Wondery family of podcasts, Sword and Scale offers an array of true crime tales which include murder, torture, heists and other bizarre stories of the terrifying and unthinkable (yet terrifyingly true). Looking for a place to dive in? Check out their 5 Episodes of Sword and Scale That Will Keep You Up at Night

8. Serial

This next podcast is one of the most popular true crime podcasts to date. Recently kicking off its third season, it has won numerous awards and honors and has become a staple for the true crime community. In fact it has won every major award for broadcasting, including the duPont-Columbia, Scripps Howard, Edward R. Murrow, and the first-ever Peabody awarded to a podcast. I am of course talking about Serial, a podcast from the creators of This American Life, which is hosted by the infamous Sarah Koenig. The concept is simple. “Serial tells one story — a true story — over the course of a season.” Fair enough. But what has made it so ravingly popular is the content it brings and the format it packages it in. While it may not offer the listener guts and glamor, it brings an engaging storytelling format to shine the light on known cases which are clearly not all they seem to be at first glance. In Season 3, “Serial is heading back to court. This time, in Cleveland. A year inside a typical American courthouse. This season we tell you the extraordinary stories of ordinary cases. One courthouse, told week by week.” And with grippingly witty episode titles like A Bar Fight Walks into the Justice Center and A Bird in Jail Is Worth Two on the Street you’ll not want to miss a moment!

9. Lore

Stories and folklore about creepy creatures, unthinkable acts and downright frightening events have been part of history, it seems even since time began. We often write them off as nonsensical campfire tales designed just to give people a good scare. But what if they aren’t? Enter Lore. “Lore is an award-winning, critically-acclaimed podcast about true life scary stories. Lore exposes the darker side of history, exploring the creatures, people, and places of our wildest nightmares. Because sometimes the truth is more frightening than fiction.” Created, written and hosted by Aaron Mahnke, these bi-weekly episodes deep dive into some of the most bizarre and frightening legends ever heard (and attemptedly covered up), with the purpose of discovering the truth behind the folklore. With episodes like The Beast Within, The Castle, A Devil on the Roof and Broken Fingernails you’re sure to get your fill of chills. But heads up-you’ve been warned.

10. Criminal

Another intriguing episodic true crime podcast is the infamously popular Criminal. Criminal is an award winning and highly publicized podcast about crime which is known for its captivating sound design and enthralling writing style which seem to bring it to life in a way many podcasts do not. It offers, “stories of people who’ve done wrong, been wronged, or gotten caught somewhere in the middle. Not so much the “if it bleeds, it leads,” kind of crime. Something a little more complex.” Part of the Radiotopia family, Criminal covers bizarre and often misunderstood tales of crime and punishment. It has been noted as, “A true­ crime podcast that understands crime as something sociological, historical, even anthropological – that crime is a function of people, time, and place.” For newcomers the Criminal crew recommends starting with episodes like In Plain Sight, Money Tree, 695BGK and Animal Instincts.

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Plug Into 8 Of The Best Chilling New True Crime Podcasts

It’s official, we’re straight up obsessed with true crime. Be it a local missing persons case or an international man hunt for an escaped prisoner in the US, no beach stroll or gym workout is complete these days without downloading a truly terrifying podcast.

Need some newbies to download? We’ve got you sorted with the best new true crime podcasts worth downloading today.

Detective Trapp

When LA Times reporter Christopher Goffard released a little-known podcast by the name of Dirty John last year, true crime buffs lost their collective minds. Well praise the podcast gods because Goffard is back with his newest offering. Detective Trapp goes like this—when a young woman’s body is found at a trash-sorting plant, investigator Julissa Trapp learns the murder may be linked to the disappearance of three other women around California. She embarks on a dark journey that brings her face to face with a man who takes, as Goffard says, ‘a little piece of her soul’.

The Lighthouse

The Australian (creators of Who The Hell Is Hamish? and The Teacher’s Pet) have launched their latest investigative podcast, this time about the mysterious disappearance of Belgian backpacker Theo Hayez. At the request of Theo’s family, The Australian’s national crime correspondent, David Murray, joined the unofficial search party to investigate what happened to Theo, who hasn’t been seen since leaving a Byron Bay bar in May this year. The podcast delves into all possible scenarios highlighted by a major police investigation and takes you inside the extraordinary search by local volunteers.

The Score: Bank Robber Diaries

Picture this: 14 months and 30 bank robberies, yes you’re about to meet one of the world’s most notorious bank robbers. In the first true-crime series to be told from a criminal’s point of view, this podcast explores the captivating story of Southern California’s most prolific bank robber Joe Loya. Often wearing a trench coat and sunglasses, Joe—aka the Beirut Bandit—robbed so many banks he lost count. Each week listeners will be given an all-access pass into the mind of Joe, exploring everything from his troubled childhood and journey to a big-time criminal to recounts from Joe’s family and insights from the FBI agent that caught him.

Gone Fishing

This New Zealand true crime podcast will have you questioning everything you thought you knew. Gone Fishing goes like this—Gail Maney served 15 years in prison for the putting a hit on a man who stole drug from her. The problem? Maney has consistently denied having anything to do with the disappearance of Deane Fuller-Sandys. In fact, she says, she never even met him. The podcast explores flaws within the case and speaks with key witnesses for the first time. While the original eight-part series was released last year, the show’s creators have just dropped a bonus follow-up episode with new info on the case. The power of podcasts is alive and well people!

The Missing

Here’s a devastating statistic for you: every year more than 38,000 missing persons reports are made in Australia. Need another shocker? That equates to one report every 15 minutes. It’s this harrowing fact that formed the basis of this true crime podcast. Hosted by former policeman turned journalist Meni Caroutas, The Missing takes listeners on an emotional journey with the hope of providing closure for families and friends left bereft by the missing loved one.

Investigates

True crime buffs, stop your Google searches on unsolved murders and plug into this truly creepy podcast stat. Dropping their second season just last week, this podcast delves in some of the world’s most horrific crimes and baffling mysteries. From inside Australia’s most haunted house to a 37-year-old missing person’s case, Investigates lifts the lid on the some of the most fascinating crimes we’ve ever heard of.

Beenham Valley Road

Fill up your spare time with the dark story behind the Beenham Valley Road podcast. Taking a look into the tragic murder of 27-year-old Kirra McLoughlin from Wolvi, Queensland, this podcast is hosted by two ex-cops who actually met Kirra. Expect a real-time telling, where you find out details around this case at the same time these guys do. At the moment, no one has been held responsible for Kirra’s death so you’ll no doubt be hooked around the mission to find justice.

Have You Seen This Man?

This fast paced podcast is like nothing we’ve listened to before. In Have You Seen This Man? you’ll join the real life manhunt for escaped Ohio death row inmate Lester Eubanks. While out on bail for an attempted rape in 1965, Eubanks murdered a 14-year-old school girl, which he was convicted for and sent to prison. In 1972, Eubanks was taken on a furlough with a group of other prisoners to local outlet to do some Christmas shopping. While the rest of the group met up with the guard at the appointed time, Eubanks was a no show. He has not been seen since.

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Most popular true crime podcasts in every state

(KUTV) —

Calling all true crime junkies.

Crime podcasts have become immensely popular over the past few years.

From classics like “Serial,” to the shorter stories about specific crimes, like “Dirty John” and “Doctor Death,” these podcasts dive into unsolved cases, the perpetrators, every known details of the crimes and so much more.

According to a study published by Kastle Systems, the most popular true crime podcast in Utah is “Crime Junkie.”

Even though the results seem to vary from state to state, the most popular crime podcast in the U.S. is “Generation Why.”

KUTV 2News did not commission or participate in this study and could not verify its results or findings.

Surprisingly, widely known podcasts “Lore” and “My Favorite Murder” only ranked as the most popular in one state each.

Most popular crime and true crime podcast in every state:

  • Alabama: Root of Evil
  • Alaska: Morbid
  • Arizona: The Dropout
  • Arkansas: Man in the Window
  • California: Dirty John
  • Colorado: Up and Vanished
  • Connecticut: Dirty John
  • Delaware: Dr. Death
  • Florida: Monstruo
  • Georgia: Unsolved Murders
  • Hawaii: Generation Why
  • Idaho: Lore
  • Illinois: And That’s Why We Drink
  • Indiana: Dr. Death
  • Iowa: Generation Why
  • Kansas: Generation Why
  • Kentucky: Root of Evil
  • Louisiana: Dr. Death
  • Maine: Morbid
  • Maryland: Serial
  • Massachusetts: Dirty John
  • Michigan: Pretty Scary
  • Minnesota: Once Upon A Crime
  • Mississippi: Culpable
  • Missouri: The Thing About Plan
  • Montana: Missing and Murdered
  • Nebraska: In the Dark
  • Nevada: Generation Why
  • New Hampshire: Bear Brook
  • New Jersey: 22 Hours
  • New Mexico: Morbid
  • New York: Killer Queens
  • North Carolina: Generation Why
  • North Dakota: In the Dark
  • Ohio: Room 20
  • Oklahoma: Room 20
  • Oregon: My Favorite Murder
  • Pennsylvania: Generation Why
  • Rhode Island: Crimetown
  • South Carolina: Room 20
  • South Dakota: Morbid
  • Tennessee: Root of Evil
  • Texas: Monstruo
  • Utah: Crime Junkie
  • Vermont: S-Town
  • Washington: Morbid
  • Washington D.C.: Serial
  • West Virginia: Morbid
  • Wisconsin: In the Dark
  • Wyoming: S-Town

12 Podcasts You Must Listen to if You Love Dr. Death

A story about a neurosurgeon, a failed medical system, and 33 victims — ‘Dr. Death’ takes a very different approach to conventional true crime podcasts. It’s not about serial killers like Andrei Chikatilo or Ted Bundy or unsolved cold cases. It is a hell lot scarier. When patients visit a healer as the other end of the scalpel during their most vulnerable moments, they place their trust on his hands. But what happens when life-saving healthcare turns into a death machine? This is the true story of ‘Dr. Death’, narrated by medical reporter Laura Biel, who tells the devastating tale of Christopher Duntsch. This Texas-based surgeon, due to his inept surgical skills, ended up killing or permanently maiming 33 of his patients. Finally, he was apprehended and imprisoned, but not before he affected the lives of many.

Duntsch’s infamous tale has also been documented on Netflix’s ‘License to Kill‘. And in the podcast named ‘Dr. Death’, Biel gives raw accounts of each disastrous surgery, the details of which will leave you scarred forever. Accompanied by interviews from Duntsch’s close associates and victims, it is an absolute must-hear if you are a true crime maniac. You can listen to all its episodes here. With that said, here’s the list of best podcasts similar to ‘Dr. Death’ that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these podcasts like ‘Dr. Death’ on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify or even YouTube for free.

12. To Live and Die in LA (2019-)

The first entry on our list is ‘To Live and Die in L.A’. If you want to indulge in more of the chilling details as depicted in ‘Dr. Death’, then leave everything and start listening. The story is set in Hollywood and is about an aspiring actress, 25-year-old Adea Shabani, whose dreams of glitter and fame ended in a tragic catastrophe. She was residing in an apartment complex near Walk of Fame, when one day, she suddenly vanished without a trace. Narrated by Neil Strauss, it takes us through this mysterious disappearance and the events that unfolded during the subsequent police investigation. What actually happened to Adea? In order to hear her full story, check out this podcast. You can listen to all its episodes here.

11. Over My Dead Body (2019-)

Another podcast that wonderfully captures the gritty and engaging elements of ‘Dr. Death’ is ‘Over My Dead Body’. It’s about people, who when pushed beyond their tolerance limits end up doing unspeakable things. One of the stories is about an attorney couple, whose wedding came up even on newspapers. But when their marriage ended in a messy breakup, a bad divorce, and a consequent, gruesome murder, it opened up a pandora box of dirty secrets. The cops unearthed evidence, pointing to several people involved – prominent lawyers and conspirators. Hosted by Matthew Shaer, this narration captures the horrific details of justice, revenge, and the lengths some people go to achieve what they want. You can listen to all its episodes here.

10. Mugshot (2018-)

Usually, murder documentaries and podcasts talk about the crime and the investigative process that ends up apprehending the perpetrators. However, ‘Mugshot’ is a fascinating audio file that explains the catalysts propelling criminals to attempt killing another. Again, not only murder, there are other crimes as well. What is the mindset that makes one a creepy stalker or compels him/her to fake his/her own death? With an aim to answer such questions, host Lindsey narrates devious cases that reflect the varied nuances of destructive human behavior and explains how their actions come with deadly consequences. You can listen to all its episodes here.

9. Root of Evil (2019-)

Yet another fan-favorite, ‘Root of Evil’ revolves around the true story of the Hodel Family and the Black Dahlia. You must be already aware of the notorious Black Dahlia murder that made its way to feature on the front pages of all leading tabloids during the late 1940s. Adding fresh insights into this infamous unsolved crime, ‘Root of Evil’ tries to decipher the events that led to the brutal slaying of Elizabeth Short in 1947. The crime was disturbingly graphic, with Short’s mutilated body discovered after being sliced into two halves. One of the primary suspects was Dr. George Hodel and this podcast tries to shed light on the shocking history of the Hodel family via archival audio and first-time interviews with its members. Created as a companion podcast to TNT’s limited series ‘I Am the Night‘, it is hosted by Chris Pine and directed by Patty Jenkins — the genius behind ‘Wonder Woman’. You can listen to all its episodes here.

8. Monster (2017-)

Our next recommendation is the podcast franchise named ‘Monster’, that showcases The Zodiac Killer and the Atlanta Child Murders. During the 1970s and 1980, a series of at least 28 murders of African-American kids, adolescents, and adults shook Atlanta, Georgia, to its core. Yet, another case that had its roots in Atlanta is that of The Zodiac Killer and his killing spree that still remains one of the biggest unsolved mysteries in history. Narrated by Payne Lindsey, this binge-worthy podcast is a must-hear for true crime fanatics. You can listen to all its episodes here.

7. Up and Vanished (2016-)

Whether you’re a ‘Dr. Death’ fan or not, you must definitely check out ‘Up and Vanished’ — a name that defines the genre of true crime podcasts. Introducing new approaches to crime storytelling and investigative journalism techniques, it is one of the most downloaded audio files. It narrates the real incidents behind notable cases such as those of Tara Grinstead and the disappearance of Kristal Anne Reisinger. You can listen to all its episodes here.

6. One Eye Open (2018-)

Hosted by Stephy, who also happens to be the daughter of a homicide detective, ‘One Eye Open’ introduces us to cases that she can strongly connect with the memories of her father and family. Blending in meticulous details and empathy in each of her narrations, she reveals the facts related to the events by entwining first-hand accounts and real, human stories. Some of the cases covered here are those of Lance Hart, Joshua Davies, and Leigh Robinson. You can listen to all its episodes here.

5. Crime Junkie (2017-)

‘Crime Junkie’ is presented by Ashley Flowers and it releases on a weekly basis every Monday, narrating true crime stories that the host had been obsessing over the last seven days. The format resembles that of a crime discussion which we might be having with our best friends. Combining straightforward storytelling and suspense elements, some of the cases covered here are the 1970s child killings in the affluent neighborhoods around Detroit, Michigan and the conspiracies behind these happenings. Another incident is of the murder of two women, Reyna Marroquín and Michelle Schroader, whose families are still waiting for closure. You can listen to all of its episodes here.

4. Sword and Scale (2014-)

One more podcast that makes you squirm with chilling details about grotesque true crimes is ‘Sword and Scale’. As per the official synopsis, this “is an immersive audio experience covering the dark side of humanity and human nature.” Each of these terrifying stories delves into the worst of the worst and include murder, rape, dismemberment, and cannibalism. In fact, there’s no degree of brutality that can differentiate one crime from another. And neither is any victim completely pure. However, the world’s worst monsters are not fictional and parts of an imaginary fantasy realm. They are real. Hosted by Mike Boudet, ‘Sword and Scale’ covers all types of crimes, ranging from murder, torture, and heists to bizarre, unthinkable incidents. You can listen to all its episodes here.

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3. Serial (2014-)

Of course, any true crime podcast list is incomplete without the mention of ‘Serial’ — the genre-defining name that had set up the stage for multiple modern counterparts. One of the most popular podcasts to date, it is also the winner of several coveted awards and honors. A staple among the members of the loyal, true crime community, it is hosted by Sarah Koenig. Each season dives deep into one new story and all of the episodes are centered around this tale, divulging concealed information and fresh twists. Showcasing unique content and witty titles, all wrapped up in a fascinating format, it is the complete package.

Season 1 of the audio coverage is about the 1999 murder of Hae Min Lee, an 18-year-old student who was studying in Woodlawn High School, Baltimore. Her strangulated corpse was discovered four weeks later in Leakin Park after her disappearance on January 13, 1999. Season 2 tells the story of Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, a soldier of the US Army, who was imprisoned for five years by the Taliban. Later, he was charged with desertion. Season 3 narrates the cases that unfolded in the Justice Center Complex in the Cleveland area. Branded as the number 1 ranked podcast on iTunes for several weeks, ‘Serial’ also won a Peabody Award in April 2015 for its creative approach towards narrating long-form nonfiction stories. This is a first in the history of podcasts. You can listen to all its episodes here.

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2. Criminal (2014-)

‘Criminal’ is a famous, award-winning, and highly publicized, episodic true crime podcast whose staple USPs are its engaging sound design and exceptionally unique writing style. In fact, when listening to this podcast, you shall feel as if the events are unfolding right before your eyes. It narrates the real tales of individuals who committed wrongdoings, were falsely accused of crimes, or ended up being trapped somewhere in the middle. Yes, it brings in quite a complex concept.

Similar to ‘The Confession Tapes‘, ‘Criminal’ is mainly about misunderstood tales of crime and punishment, which are the results of an inadequate legal system. Branded as “A true­ crime podcast that understands crime as something sociological, historical, even anthropological – that crime is a function of people, time, and place”, it is a must-inclusion on your catalog if you are a loyal fan of this specific genre. You can listen to all its episodes here.

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1. Happy Face (2018-)

‘Happy Face’, the last entry on our list, is anchored by Melissa Moore. Her life has centered around crimes since she was a teen. No, she is not from a family of detectives or cops. She is the daughter of one notorious serial killer. Melissa, when she was just a teenager, received the shocking news that the killer who had murdered eight women before being finally captured, was her own dad. He was popularly referred to as the “Happy Face Killer” by the press because he drew smiley faces on his multiple letters to the media and prosecutors. Melissa narrates this true crime podcast that derives its name from her father’s memories. Produced by Noel Brown, it not only focuses on crimes but also tells the stories of their long-term effects on victims, families, and society as a whole. Coupled with deft storytelling, whimsical musical scores, adept sound design, and a gothic ambiance, this well-researched podcast is quite chilling in its detailing. You can listen to all its episodes here.

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The Essential Crime Podcasts of Fall 2018

Fall is officially here, a chill is sort of in the air, and it’s never been a better time to curl up with some headphones and listen to things that go bump in the night. But crime podcasting is about much more than jump scares and sleeping with the lights on—and this fall there’s a rich array of podcasts pushing the boundaries of what crime podcasts are, what they can and should do. But wait! you say. Real life is spooky enough! Which, let’s be honest, is fair. But isn’t variety the spice of life, and of spiked cider? Okay, maybe just life—I think with cider it’s nutmeg. But either way, go get the seasonal beverage of your choice, then come back and lend your ear to 13 frightening, affecting, incredible podcasts.

Very spiked cider: One Eye Open

One Eye Open is a brand-new podcast hosted by Stephy, the daughter of an English homicide detective. Stephy opens each episode with memories of her father or of other family members, going on to connect them—often very poignantly—with the case at hand. Even though Stephy literally grew up with crime, she is anything but hardened to it; she discusses her cases with thoughtfulness and empathy, weaving together first-hand sources, self-deprecating asides, cold gin and tonics, and sometimes even poetry (intentional or not). The result is a special hybrid of a podcast that can somehow be both extremely fun and emotionally devastating. Can I promise that you’ll hear absorbing narratives of lesser-known crimes from a warm, engaging host? Yep! Can I promise that some of these episodes won’t leave you trying not to noticeably cry while on public transportation? Nope! As Stephy herself says at the end of one episode, researching and writing that week’s case had her in tears. But these are real, human stories, after all—and especially at a time when it can be tempting to tune out and go numb, getting emotional might not be such a bad thing.

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The stuff of hauntings: Happy Face

This fall will see the debut of another podcast driven by a daughter’s story—but this time, it’s the daughter of a serial killer. Melissa Moore was just a teenager when she got the stunning news that the man who had become known in the press as the Happy Face Killer, who murdered at least eight women before being caught, was her own father. Happy Face is anchored by Melissa’s investigation and narration, in a fresh twist on the true crime genre. As producer Noel Brown says in the podcast trailer, Happy Face is “really more about the way that crimes like this have ripple effects beyond the people who are hurt directly, and how it can affect people’s lives over a much longer timeline.” With its dreamy music, effective sound design, nimble storytelling, and near-gothic sense of atmosphere, Happy Face is a haunting listening experience—and, because it’s made by How Stuff Works, it’s also rigorously researched and skillfully constructed. The first episode drops on September 28th.

Stories around the campfire: Nighttime

Nighttime is a podcast focusing on strange and unusual stories from Canada—whether true crime, mystery, or the paranormal. Host Jordan Bonaparte discusses everything from UFOs to ghosts to missing persons cases, managing to maintain both a sense of wonder and a spirit of earnest inquiry. “As adulthood continues its assault on the magic and madness I’d like to believe exists in the world,” Bonaparte says in an introduction to his podcast, “I wanted to further surround myself with things that remind me that there’s still mystery out there, and that incredible things do happen.” With rigorous research and painstaking production, he certainly accomplishes that—while remaining aware that he often finds himself discussing real tragedy. Jordan’s episode on the murder of Pina Rizzi, which is centered around an interview he conducted with Rizzi’s niece, is a perfect example of the sensitivity, empathy, and willingness to step away from the microphone that can sometimes seem rare in podcasting, and which make Nighttime shine.

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The extraordinary ordinary: Serial

Okay, here’s the part where I helpfully recommend the most famous crime podcast ever. But famous or not, Serial is back for a third season, and it’s honestly fantastic. For fans who loved Season 1 and felt a bit let down by Season 2, now is definitely time to tune back in; while Season 3 certainly isn’t a return to the original format, it’s easily as gripping as anything the podcast has delivered to date. Sarah Koenig and fellow reporter Emmanuel Dzotsi spent a year camped out in the Cleveland Justice Center, where they were granted incredible access to record pretty much whatever they wanted. And the Justice Center is where they stubbornly stay, no matter what occurs in it. Rather than one overarching look at an unusual story, the exception, Serial Season 3 is a collection of shorter stories about the rule. You’ll be reminded of the podcast’s This American Life roots as Koenig and Dzotsi hear from defendants, attorneys, judges, law enforcement, anyone and everyone who finds themselves in the Justice Center—to ultimately take an unflinching look at the American criminal justice system, in all its captivating, maddening, and deeply flawed glory.

Left in the cold: Unravel

Increasingly, Australian true crime podcasts are becoming a force to be reckoned with. Odds are that you’ve already listened to The Teacher’s Pet, which examines the swirl of intrigue around a young mother’s disappearance in Australia– but make sure you also listen to Unravel. Season 1, Blood on the Tracks, covers the mysterious death of 17-year-old Aboriginal boy Mark Haines, whose body was discovered on a cold night in 1988, draped across the train tracks of his hometown. Journalist Allan Clarke, who is Aboriginal himself, has been troubled by the Haines case for the past five years—and finds himself trying to balance professional restraint with personal investment. It’s not an easy task, since at every turn, Mark Haines’s case is steeped in the type of systemic racism that allowed police to shrug off his death, and which continues to make Aboriginal Australians feel invisible within their own country’s justice system. With the help of Mark’s fearless, irrepressible uncle, Clarke fights to finally find out what really happened to Mark that night, in a podcast that you may find yourself racing through in one afternoon. Which would be good timing, because Season 2 of Unravel—which follows the case of missing teenage hitchhiker Trudie Adams, all the way from the beaches of Sydney to the dens of police corruption and organized crime—comes out on October 9th.

Inquiring minds want to know: Jolted

This five-part podcast from Vermont Public Radio covers the fascinating story of a tragedy that didn’t happen. Just this past February, shortly after the Parkland school shooting, 18-year-old Jack Sawyer was arrested in Vermont for planning a mass shooting at his former high school. Jack’s plans were detailed; he’d thought everything through. He had a manifesto. He’d bought a gun. For all intents and purposes, he was stopped in the nick of time. Or was he? Jolted seeks to answer that question and more, first trying make sense of why Jack made the plans he did, and why he was arrested when he was. But Jolted also looks into the thorny legal and ethical implications of the case, which inspired sweeping gun control reforms from a Republican governor, but which also left many asking—when does a thought become a crime? Can someone go to jail for something they didn’t do? And if we can’t use the legal system to prevent crimes as well as punish them, how much is that system worth?

A sympathetic ear: Voice of the Victim

Ryan and Rosie, the married couple who host the Voice of the Victim podcast, make one thing clear: They do not enjoy discussing other people’s suffering. If it makes for upsetting listening, it also makes for upsetting telling. But they started Voice of the Victim, which focuses on criminal cases involving abuse, to spread awareness of what abuse can look like, and to help all of us spot warning signs and speak up—whether for someone else, or for ourselves. In a recent episode, Rosie shared her personal experience of abuse, which highlights just how harmful victim-blaming can be, especially when victims often blame themselves already. “It took me a long time for me to see myself as a victim,” Rosie told listeners. “But I don’t think that’s right—and I’m hoping that sharing this story with others with similar experiences will give them the nerve to speak up.” Even in cases we’d rather not think about, Ryan and Rosie have made speaking up their mission—and thank goodness for that.

The trappings of justice: Court Junkie

This is just speculation, but I fear that this fall may prove a frustrating time for some listeners of the remarkable Court Junkie podcast. As Serial returns, examining crime from the vantage point of the courthouse, Court Junkie will be doing kind of the same thing—as it has already been doing, for two years. But there’s nothing keeping you from listening to both podcasts, and it would absolutely be worth your time to do so. Jillian, the creator and host of Court Junkie, immerses herself and her listeners in the criminal justice system, digging into the legal side of crimes, in addition to the crimes themselves. She uses a wide array of sources±court records, police interrogations, interviews she conducts herself—to create gripping narratives not just of crime, but of the complicated tangle of what happens next. After all, the ending of one story is simply the beginning of another; and where most podcasts turn off the lights, Court Junkie keeps them on.

Razor-sharp conversation: RedHanded

I first wrote about RedHanded in my Mother’s Day roundup, when I discussed their 40th episode, “How Larry David Saved a Man from Death Row.” But as RedHanded continues to post first-rate content every week, this list would be incomplete unless I recommended adding the whole podcast to your autumn listening. Hosts Hannah and Suruthi, who recently made the Top 20 in the Listeners’ Choice category of the British Podcast Awards, bring a sense of clarity, honesty, and emotional tact to the world of true crime, with the type of bantery podcast that many attempt, but few manage so well. RedHanded is not only entertaining, but rigorously researched, sharply reasoned, socially aware, and conscious that any digressions shouldn’t derail the story, and should still be interesting to someone other than the hosts. Hannah and Suruthi’s episode on the murder of Stephen Lawrence is a must for anyone remotely interested in race politics and policing, and their discussion of the murder of Kim Wall contains one of the most incisive takes on rape culture, sexual objectification, and victim-blaming that I’ve heard in recent memory.

Nightmare fuel: Dr. Death

Dr. Death isn’t like other crime podcasts. It’s not the scary story of Jeffrey Dahmer, or Ted Bundy, or other monsters of legend: It’s scarier. While some podcasts can make crime feel like it’s at a safe distance, Dr. Death brings it one scalpel’s length away, disguised and repurposed as life-saving healthcare. Medical reporter Laura Biel works with Wondery, the production company behind last year’s Dirty John, to bring us the jaw-dropping true story of Christopher Duntsch: the charming neurosurgeon who killed or permanently maimed 33 of his patients before he was finally stopped. Biel’s unflinching descriptions of one disastrous surgery after another will leave you squirming, but perhaps even more disturbing is the limpid response from the hospitals who hired and enabled Duntsch, and who ultimately preferred to kick a can down the road rather than take a stand. With high production value, skillful interviews, and smart pacing, Dr. Death is absolutely terrifying—but it’s also an incredibly important story for us to remember, if we’re to have any hope of keeping it from repeating.

Chills up your spine: Who Killed Julie?

Who Killed Julie?, one of the most anticipated audio dramas of the year, tells the story of Julie Macklemore: an enigmatic young woman who vanished from Olympia, Washington in 2013, and whose body wouldn’t be discovered for another two years. In the tradition of podcasts like Tanis, Limetown, and The Black Tapes, Who Killed Julie? is a fiction podcast formatted like a non-fiction podcast, narrated by someone determined to unveil the truth. Investigator Emerald Johnson conducts a series of interviews with people who knew Julie, which reveal just how prismatic a human being can be; everyone who speaks to Emerald wants her to know “the real Julie,” but the real Julie is a different person for each one of them. So is Emerald herself, as she changes her interviewing style from abrasive to conciliatory, tactful to blunt, depending on the person she’s talking to, on what they need to hear. Though the podcast ostensibly deals with who killed Julie, the question it really asks is, who was Julie? Who were the people around her, and why did they turn her life into something she had to try and survive? With consistently strong writing and acting, spine-tingling music, and effective editing, Who Killed Julie? culminates into a gripping finale that will stay with you long after the final episode.

Crime with a Southern twang: All Crime No Cattle

All Crime No Cattle is a podcast devoted to true crime in Texas—which, as anyone who’s watched many episodes of I Survived can tell you, seems to be the setting for some of the most bizarre and shocking cases you’re likely to encounter. Texas natives Erin and Shea, who take turns telling each other about a different case every episode, situate each story in the Texas town where it occurred—describing the environment and cultural landscape of the area to paint a picture for their listeners, no matter where they’re from. Erin and Shea are also careful to list all the sources for their research up front, so that you know exactly how each story has been pieced together. The result is a polished, absorbing podcast that will you have hitting play and suddenly wondering where the past hour or two went. Both hosts are natural storytellers who don’t disguise their feelings, resulting in an honest, affable style that’s all their own.

Widening the frame: Mugshot

To put it bluntly, most true crime podcasts are about murder. There’s something endlessly fascinating to us about what can drive one person to try and erase someone else. But what about other crimes? What makes someone stalk a coworker, or fake their own death? What happens if a bank robber is also the policeman in charge of investigating his robberies? Mugshot is a new podcast exclusively devoted to answering questions like these, and to looking at crimes other than homicide. Lindsey, the host of Mugshot and co-host of the Corpus Delicti podcast, has a professional background in identifying financial crimes, which serves her well here. Every episode, she offers smooth and focused accounts of cases that remind us just how wide the range of human behavior can be, and how many different crimes can have a catastrophic impact.

Laura Beil was skeptical when Wondery called her two years ago. The sensationalistic podcast hitmaker behind Dirty John needed a host for its new series about Christopher Duntsch, the infamous Dallas neurosurgeon accused of maiming his patients. Beil, a veteran Dallas Morning News medical reporter, hadn’t listened to a true crime podcast in full, let alone reported one. She’d certainly never heard of Wondery. “I said, ‘I’m a print journalist,'” she tells ELLE.com. “Why are you calling me?” With some hesitation, she agreed to do it. Today, she’s grateful she did.

Since airing last September, Dr. Death has been downloaded more than 50 million times and ordered as a television series. On the heels of its massive success, Wondery greenlit a second Beil-led podcast, Bad Batch, now available on Apple Podcasts and Spotify. In the six-part investigative series, she takes listeners through the crazy, complicated world of stem cell medical treatment. Like Dr. Death, there’s a narrative arc (corrupt system, suspicious CEO, unsuspecting victims); unlike Dr. Death, she says, it serves a real purpose. “The chances of you coming across a horrible neurosurgeon are pretty slim,” she says, “but the chances of you or someone you love wanting to spend a bunch of money on stem cells because you’re promised a miracle cure? That’s much higher. This has a greater chance of having an impact on listeners.”

Bad Batch has already garnered 3 million listeners since it debuted three weeks ago, and is now the fourth most popular show on Apple podcasts, ahead of rival My Favorite Murder.

On the phone, Beil and I discuss her transition to audio from print journalism, the future of true crime content in a frenetic digital age, and her secret sauce to producing a hit podcast.

You were hesitant when Wondery asked you to do Dr. Death. Now it’s one of the biggest podcasts of all time.

Apparently a Dirty John listener had emailed Wondery saying, “Hey, have you heard of Christopher Duntsch?” They wanted a journalist who had knowledge of the healthcare system in Dallas, where Duntsch practiced, to look into him, and that’s a pretty short list. When they called, I hadn’t even heard of Wondery. But I decided to take a chance on it.

How different is reporting a series for a podcast compared to reporting at a print media brand?

Journalism is journalism. There are some things I had to get used to, of course. For example, in print journalism, if you need something else, you can go back and get it from a source. You’ll email or you’ll text somebody to follow up as you find out you need more details. With audio, you just have one shot. It’s a lot harder to go back and reinterview someone. You have to make the one interview really count, and that means asking the same question over and over again in a different way, to get details that draw people out. It’s something that I’m still learning how to do, frankly.

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What surprised you most about recording a podcast?

The feedback about my voice has been all over the place. I didn’t get so much with Dr. Death, but for Bad Batch I am. Listeners will say, “Oh, the narrator’s too dramatic.” And then someone else will say, “Oh, the narrator’s too robotic.” It’s all conflicting. My favorite bit of feedback was from a listener who said they preferred the host of Dr. Death to Bad Batch.

A recent Edison Research study found that more than a quarter of Americans listen to podcasts at least once a month, many of them true crime. What makes a story stand out in such a saturated genre?

I don’t see true crime being dethroned anytime soon. It will always dominate, because people love it. That said, Bad Batch doesn’t necessarily fit in the true crime box. There wasn’t really a crime, and nobody died. What you need, just like in a print piece, is a good central narrative to hang your story off. The stem cell story is complicated, because you can’t just say it’s all a big con job. There’s legitimate stem cell research going on. The business is growing so much and most of the information about it is coming from people trying to sell it. There’s a lot to explore and explain.

How do you see the future of podcasting, as it relates to journalism as storytelling?

In this business, so much is contracting, like newspapers, so it’s nice to see one aspect of journalism that’s expanding. To see more demand for audio journalism is heartening. It’s reviving a lot of the long-form storytelling that’s been cut in other places. Dr. Death had 50 million downloads. The same story was told in print on ProPublica, which is a hugely popular website, and yet the response from our audio was so much greater. A lot of things that we’re told people want nowadays—shorter stories that are more clickable and scannable—well, you can’t do that with a podcast. I can’t explain it, but people can’t get enough of podcasts.

Do you miss working in print?

I do enjoy doing the audio stuff, but I have to say, in my heart of hearts, I’m still a print writer. If I had to give up one or the other, I’d give up the audio.

Any plans for another podcast?

With two number one podcasts out in a row, Wondery is like, “Do you have anything else?” After Dr. Death, I had so many emails from people saying, “Here’s another horrible doctor to look into.” It was depressing. I don’t want to do another bad doctor story, I want to do something completely different. I want it to be the right story. It’ll be something medical of course.

Rose Minutaglio Staff Writer Rose is a Staff Writer at ELLE.com covering culture, news, and women’s issues.