Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The Best True Crime Podcasts

podcasts to try if you like Serial

Anyone else feeling an emptiness after the Serial finale? Sarah Koenig has promised us an upcoming season but it can't come soon enough, for me at least! In order to scratch that itch and void that Serial's ending left I've been on a quest to find similar podcasts and have found some winners. *UPDATE* Serial Season 2 has finally returned and everyone is rejoicing! So happy to have Mail Chimp ads and Sarah Koenig's soothing voice back in my life! 

I don't know if it's the lawyer, psychology major, or weirdo in me (probably all 3) but I have always been fascinated with true crime. I'm the type of person that doesn't shy away from the gruesome details or morbid stories of crimes. I want to know EVERY detail. Instead of watching Disney shows as a kid I would binge on Law and Order, CSI, and Dateline...so normal. I even kept a journal during the Jon Benet Ramsey tragedy collecting all the details I heard and read on the news. Side note..I'm still obsessed with this story..so if you ever want to swap theories please email me :) 

Without further ado, here are 3 podcasts I've found that satisfy my true crime craving. 


1. Undisclosed: The State vs. Adnan Syed

undisclosed podcast

If you're a Serial groupie and haven't listened to Undisclosed you are missing out! This podcast is hosted by 3 lawyers who have taken an interest in the case. Namely, Rabia Chaudry (as you may remember from Serial the lawyer and family friend who brought the case to Koenig's attention), Colin Miller (law professor at the University of South Carolina), and Susan Simpson (DC lawyer). The podcast basically goes over with a fine tooth comb every detail of the case that Serial either touched on or glazed over. I've heard from a few people that they found Undisclosed too technical or full of legal jargon. I didn't find that was the case. I don't think you need a law degree to understand or appreciate the podcasts. But it is very detail oriented and doesn't have a breezy narrative tone like Serial. If you finished Serial with lots of questions (who didn't) and looking for more--download this now! There's even several big developments that they uncover that the Serial crew didn't piece together. Undisclosed is just 3 episodes in so you have time to catch up! 

2. Criminal

criminal podcast
Criminal is my favorite podcast to listen to while I walk and try to get my Fitbit steps in. Each episode is a short story (roughly 20 minutes) about "people who have done wrong, been wronged, or caught somewhere in the middle." My favorite episodes thus far have been those where the criminal has been interviewed--murders, white-collar, petty thefts--they have them all. It's so interesting to hear their mindset and perception of the event. I would start with these episodes! 

  • The Buck Stops Here: The story of a teenage couple in the 90's that use their ink jet printer to counterfeit money.
  • Mother's Little Helper: A 71 year old woman recounts her life of crime and how it all began when her mother gave her a "mother's little helper" to boost her energy to do chores. 
  • We Lost Them: The son and uncle of the victims in the 2014 Jewish Community Center shooting tragedy discusses how his family dealt with the media.

3. True Murder: The Most Shocking Killers in True Crime History and the Authors that Have Written About Them

True Murder podcast
I'm a big fan of reading books about crimes and this podcast is right up my ally because the host interviews the authors. True Murder spends an entire episode (usually an hour) talking to the author about details of the book, lingering questions, the real life characters, and inside information used to formulate the book. I was so excited to see that one of my favorite books Lost Girls had an episode and have been hooked ever since. Other good episodes include Jonestown,  Robert Durst, and Murder in Suburbia. The episodes are produced in a way that you can follow along even if you've never read the book.

4. Sword and Scale

This podcast is currently my go-to podcast for long drives. It is a narrative based podcast that takes on true crime cases or topics and discusses every dirty detail...and it's wonderful. You hear the 911 calls, police interviews, trial audio and more. My mom was in the car with me one night listening to it and she said she had nightmares for a few days after. But she also has them over Criminal Minds. If you're into the weird and gruesome you will love this! There are also over 50 episodes so totally binge-worthy. 

5. This is Actually Happening

We've all had that surreal moment or feeling where you ask yourself, "is this actually happening?" This podcast poses the questions, "What happens when everything changes?" The podcast details first person stories from people who have had life changing events. Each episode makes you ask yourself difficult questions such as "What if you found your wife hung in your garage", "what if you were a nurse for hardened criminals, or "what if your boyfriend lit himself on fire?" Yes, these are all episodes. Every episode doesn't deal with true crime but they are all very entertaining and have a hefty dose of strange and morbid. 


Have you listened to any of these podcasts? What are your podcast favorites?


52 comments:

  1. I haven't listened to podcasts in a few years but I definitely need to catch up. Great post!

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  2. I've never used Google Play so I'm not sure. I have the "Podcast" app on my phone and you can download them (free) from there. Alternatively, you can go through Itunes. They are so great for long road trips. Let me know how you like them!

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  3. Thanks! I just got into them within the last year and love them. I get really bored with music while working out or driving but these hold my interest

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  4. I started listening to Serial a few months ago, but have fallen off the wagon. I prefer to watch crime shows--like Criminal Minds!

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  5. i have been looking for a new podcast, going to have to check these ones out! i like to switch it up with audiobooks and podcasts.

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  6. Criminal Minds is one of my favorites! Have you seen The Killing (it's on Netflix)? I think you'd like it if you like Criminal Minds

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  7. YES YES YES! Well we all know John has given you plenty of reasons to be suspicious LOL. Have you watched The Killing on Netflix? I think you'd love it!

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  8. I'm fairly new to them and can't get enough..and they're free!

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  9. I really liked the serial podcast, but my favorite podcast is Make It Happen by Jen Carrington

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  10. I should get into Podcast.. I love the ID channel but never thought of a podcast.

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  11. I'll have to check that one out--thanks!

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  12. Oh I love some ID channel too! I could binge that all day

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  13. This stuff is definitely right up my alley!! PS YAY to having Disqus :)

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  14. Oooh! My grandma and I listened to the entire Serial series in one sitting on our 12 hour road trip to Orlando. Looks like I might have more bonding time with grandma. :) Thanks for the recommendations!

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  15. I will have to check some of these out! I haven't listened to Serial yet (it's on my list and yes I am like the last person on the planet to not listen to it) and now I have more to add to the list!

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  16. I haven't listened to these yet, but they seem much easier to follow than tv shows!

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  17. I couldn't take the No-Reply bloggers anymore ha! I'm still learning but like it thus far

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  18. Podcasts are perfect for roadtrips! You all should def try out Undisclosed!

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  19. It's so good! You still have time to catch up :)

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  20. I couldn't survive long car rides without them!

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  21. I haven't listened to any podcast but this sounds so interesting.

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  22. Ooo! I'll have to check out True Murder.
    I LOVE Criminal. I tried to listen to Undisclosed because I loved Serial. I understood the jargon, but I just had a hard time listening to it because it just didn't have the story-telling cadence to it. I need to try again because I'm so interested in the case.

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  23. No lie, I got pretty obsessed with Serial and have faced major withdrawals! After I read this earlier today, I listened to 4 Criminal podcasts! Thanks for the awesome suggestions!

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  24. I agree..I find myself kind of spacing out a bit in Undisclosed too.

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  25. Aren't they great? Perfect little short stories. So glad you liked it!

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  26. I'll have to check some of these out. Great post!
    ~Samantha
    http://goldcoastgirlblog.com

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  27. I'm not usually a podcast listener but I share your true crime obsession - I love settling in to watch a new 48 Hours episode!

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  28. Thanks! I think you'll like them :)

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  29. I love 48 hours too! Podcasts are great for long trips, exercising, or doing chores around the house. They keep my attention better than music.

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  30. Whoa now, these sound awesome!!! I was absolutely obsessed with Serial, so the law-ified version sounds like it'll be right up my alley. While I'm not one for gross or morbid details, I can totally do the more intense legal aspects of it all...it makes me feel like a detective! Can't wait to listen. I wanna hear your theories on the case!!


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  31. I think you'll love Undisclosed! I listened to the newest episode last night on my walk!

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  32. Wait, there's life beyond Serial?! Who knew! ;-)

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  33. I loved every moment of Serial and can't wait for the next season. thanks for some new podcasts. Although I don't practice criminal law, the lawyer in me loves criminal shows and podcasts!

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  34. I'm fascinated with true crime too. Investigation Discovery is my jam. I haven't listened to any pod casts yet, but hope to do so in the near future!
    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle
    acutelifestyle.blogspot.com

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  35. mistakesweremadeMay 26, 2015 at 10:25 AM

    You missed Sword and Scale. This one is particularly dark and skews more to psychopathic serial killers than husbands and wives.

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  36. I know right! I'm hooked on these

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  37. I'm the same way! They have all the "fun work" ha!

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  38. I haven't heard of that one. Thanks I'm going to check it out!

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  39. My favorite podcast is Sword and Scale. Amazing! Check it out. You're welcome!

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  40. Love all three you mentioned but you left out my personal true crime podcast fave - the generation why podcast. It covers so many great cases. And, I just subscribed to sword and scale today.

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  41. I got back and forth on True Murder. The host just drives me crazy with how he is always cutting of the guests. I highly recommend Sword and Scale!

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  43. Sword & Scale is my favorite! Do you know when they plan to release season 3?
    Thank you for all of the new suggestions. I can't wait to listen. :)

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    1. I think they said after the new year so hopefully soon!

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  44. Awesome, thank you!

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  45. Great true crime podcasts:
    The Generation Why Podcast
    Sword & Scale
    Breakdown
    Casefile
    True Crime Garage
    Missing Maura Murray

    Intriguing and interesting mystery podcasts:
    The Black Tapes
    TANIS
    Lore

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  46. check out jsonline.com its a podcast about an unsolved case regarding the murder of a young boy named John Zera.

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  47. True Crime Garage is the best podcast I've found thus far. Hands down.

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  49. Another great one to listen to is true crime garage

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