Because I’m morbid and scared of everything, I listen to true crime podcasts and get too scared to leave my house (or stay in my house). I know that recently there’s been a pushback against these podcasts, especially comedy podcasts possibly because it can be seen as trivialising horrible things so if you’re not a fan then this post isn’t for you. If you’re interested in true crime and want some recommendations or are a fan of some others then let me know if you love these or have one you’d like to share then please let me know!
1. My Favourite Murder
This was the first crime podcast that I listened to so it is my favourite by default. Karen Kilagariff and Georgia Hardstark present a case every week to each other as well as minisodes with listeners hometown murders. They’re so funny and so nice, very open with listeners about their lives (not so open that it’s weird, they’re crime ladies so they know about privacy) while talking about awful things. Also this gif is from Georgia’s Drunk History episode about the Circleville Letters which is just weird and the podcast ep about it is weird – some crimes are just weird.
Episode recs: 158 Burn Day (3 Billboards), 130 Mike is Right (the West’s and the Romanovs), 18 Investigateen Discovery (Mary Vincent’s survival).
2. Last Podcast on the Left
I spent a few episodes of this podcast unsure about how I felt and my friend had the same experience when she started listening. These guys (Marcus Parks, Henry Zebrowski and Ben Kissel) go hard on humour and details. Details. Sometimes way too many details and I’m sat at my desk with one earbud in just stating into the middle distance not getting any work done just focusing on not fainting (Dahmer episode, had to change to Wonderful for a break). They do alert you that it’s ‘heading into Gold Star territory’ which is code for ‘this is disgusting and if you listen to it you get a gold star because you’re messed up’.
Episode recs: HH Holmes, Joseph Mengele (I started on a conspiracy spiral after hearing about the rat lines now I’m just constantly mad), Carl Panzram and I’m currently listening to the Toybox Killer which I might have to stop.
3. Jensen and Holes: The Murder Squad
Not a comedy! Started on MFM’s podcast network, Exactly Right, this is a new podcast with only a few episodes but it’s Billy Jensen and Paul Holes who are just amazing. Paul Holes is a retired investigator who has appeared on many podcasts and documentaries, Billy Jensen is a crime journalist who helped finish Michelle McNamara’s I’ll Be Gone In the Dark – they’re professional and sensitive.
Episode recs: The Golden State Killer – Paul was part of Michelle’s book AND part of the investigation when they caught and arrested him, his story of that night is great to listen to. They also speak to a woman who may have been a victim of GSK but the DNA evidence has been destroyed.
Not a comedy! This is another details podcast but with no levity, it can be very hard to listen to and there are more episodes of this that I have abandoned. The episode descriptions are mysterious too so unless the title is clear then it’s impossible to find a specific story.
Episode recs: 108: The Kicevo Monster
I’m Phoebe Judge, and this is Criminal.
Not always murders, Judge covers many interesting and weird crimes on this show and it’s just interesting. This one isn’t scary or unnerving.
Episode recs: 4: Call Your Mom (mother daughter investigator interview – YES)
That’s all I’ve got for now! My main goal for this post was actually to ask for your recommendations! I’ll probably do another of these at some point but these are my top favourites, please let me know if you have any more I should listen to 🙂
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