True crime podcasts are an undeniable obsession at this point. I’m so happy that there are so many online because they’re so fascinating. And the fact that they’re absolutely free baffles me. I’ve loved podcasts for years, and wanted to do a round-up of sorts for a while, so I’m really excited to be sharing my favourite true crime podcasts today. Each of these are binge-worthy in their own right, and some might even keep you up at night.
The OG. I started listening to this podcast just after its second episode aired years and years ago. I was absolutely hooked. In my eyes Serial is the OG of true crime podcasts. And I love Sarah Koenig’s narration and journalism style. If you’re unfamiliar to Serial, it’s one true crime case told week by week. With the exception of series 3 (spoiler alert?). Series one focused on the case of Adnan Syed and the murder of Hae Min Lee in 1999. If you’re getting into it, definitely start there. You’ll be hooked, I can promise you.
Also, because more people should definitely see it, SNL did an amazing skit of Serial about Santa Claus in 2014 and they nailed it. It also makes me wish there was a mocumentary series like this. Wouldn’t that be great?
My Favourite Murder
A lighter true crime podcast, My Favourite Murder is my newest addiction and I’m loving it. There’s over 100 episodes and I’ve binged something like 5 a day. Narrated by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark, MFM is one of those true crime podcasts that feel like a catch up with your best friend. I sit there laughing sometimes because their quips and conversations are so relatable. And it’s a great remedy to the pretty dark subject matter. Especially across some of the themed episodes.
The Parcast Network
My heart belongs to the Parcast Network podcasts. They have multiple podcasts across a bunch of topics and they’re all amazing. My favourites have been Cults, Unexplained Mysteries and Conspiracy Theories (their Marilyn Monroe episode shocked me to my core). Each episode takes a none-biased approach at dealing with their given topics. Dissecting the facts and alternate theories that have emerged about each one. If you start any Parcast podcast, I guarantee you’ll binge about ten episodes at least. There are some great true crime podcasts episodes among these. 100% worth all the hype that you’ve heard.
Someone Knows Something
Another great entry, Someone Knows Something is a dramatic-investigative podcast focusing on a different case each series, similar to Serial. Series 1 focuses on Adrian McNaughton, a 5 year old who vanished while on a family fishing trip in Eastern Ontario. A classic mystery podcast, SKS follows David Ridgen as he follows the series of events and tests different theories into how Adrian ended up vanishing without a trace.
Casefile: True Crime
One of the first true crime podcasts that I listened to, Casefile is a case-by-week podcast that breaks down a different crime each time. Narrated by an anonymous man, Casefile is a darker podcast but still rich in terms of the research done and how the facts are dictated. Some of these episodes are a lot darker than others, but if you’re after a no-holds-barred look into true crime: this is a great podcast to listen to.
True crime podcasts are a love of mine, and it’s so interesting to listen to the variety of them that are available today. I’d love to know some of your favourite podcasts, and how you’ve been getting into the autumn spirit down below!
What are your favourite true crime podcasts?
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