It seems like everywhere you turn, there's a new podcast, documentary, fictional series, or film that focuses on one wildly popular topic: true crime.
Whether you're interested in true crime because of the chilling subject matter or whether you're interested in examining issues related to the legal system, there's no denying that there will be a podcast in the list of 10 below that perfectly fits your true crime craving.
Note: Marymount University is not a sponsor or affiliated with any of these podcasts. These podcasts contain adult subject matter and include sensitive language. Please use discretion.
Criminal is a podcast about crime. It’s a show that tells stories about people who've done wrong, been wronged or gotten caught somewhere in the middle. Time Magazine calls it "the purist's true crime series" and New York Magazine says “there are few shows that feel more alive.” Each episode tells the story of a different crime — some are funny, some are tragic — and each one will change the way you look at the world around you.
2. Small Town Murder
On Small Town Murder, hosts James Pietragallo & Jimmie Whisman look at a small town, what makes it tick, and a murder that took place there. In-depth research, chilling evidence, and the hosts' lighthearted spin on the topic make this podcast perfect for lovers of true crime.
3. My Favorite Murder
My Favorite Murder is a hit true crime comedy podcast hosted by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark. Since its inception in early 2016, the show has broken download records and sparked an enthusiastic, interactive “Murderino” fan base who come out in droves for their sold-out shows worldwide.
4. The Murder Squad
Each week on The Murder Squad, you'll join retired cold case investigator Paul Holes and investigative journalist Billy Jensen as they attempt to solve unsolved murder cases using a variety of methods, from routine shoe-leather work to advanced technologies like familial DNA searches and social media sleuthing.
5. Serial (Season 1)
Serial follows the story of Hae Min Lee and Adnan Syed. In 1999 in Baltimore, Hae, a popular high-school senior, disappears after school one day. Six weeks later detectives arrest her classmate and ex-boyfriend, Adnan, for her murder. He says he's innocent - though he can't exactly remember what he was doing on that January afternoon. But someone can. A classmate at Woodlawn High School says she knows where Adnan was. The trouble is, she’s nowhere to be found.
In S-Town, John despises his Alabama town and decides to do something about it. He asks a reporter to investigate the son of a wealthy family who’s allegedly been bragging that he got away with murder. But then someone else ends up dead, sparking a nasty feud, a hunt for hidden treasure, and an unearthing of the mysteries of one man’s life.
7. Dirty John
Dirty John follows the story of Debra Newell and John Meehan. Debra is a successful interior designer. She meets John, a handsome man who seems to check all the boxes. But her family doesn’t like John, and they get entangled in an increasingly complex web of love, deception, forgiveness, denial, and ultimately, survival. Reported and hosted by Christopher Goffard from the L.A. Times.
8. Dr. Death
From Wondery, the network behind the hit podcast Dirty John, Dr. Death is about a medical system that failed to protect a variety of patients at every possible turn. Reported and hosted by Laura Beil, this podcast is about Dr. Christopher Duntsch, a neurosurgeon now serving a life sentence for his crimes.
9. Without Warning
In Without Warning, you'll learn about Lauren Agee. Lauren attended Wakefest in Smithville, TN with some friends in July of 2015. On the last day, without warning Lauren's life was gone in an instant. Join Professional Investigator Sheila Wysocki as she takes back the curtain to go behind the scenes of an investigation.
10. The Teacher's Pet
In The Teacher's Pet, there's a star footballer, a high school lover, and a wife who vanishes. Chris and Lyn appear to have the perfect marriage. But when Lyn goes missing, dark secrets are buried. This is a sordid story of strangely close twin brothers, teenage student lovers, and probable murder.
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