There’s something about the darker side of life that really fascinates me. Be it a creepy historical tale, a discussion about serial killers, cold case investigations or unsolved mysteries, I’m hooked — I find the stories riveting.
It’s true. I’m a closet true crime podcast junkie.
And while I’ve mostly harbored these interests to myself, I’ve recently discovered a whole slew of people who also find themselves fascinated by an eerier side of life.
If you’re one of the those folks (it’s okay; you’re not alone!), I’ve got a fun round-up of true crime podcasts you’ll want to dig into…
4 Riveting True Crime Podcasts
When you combine spot on narration, creepy historical facts and good old fashioned drama you’ve got the makings of an addictive podcast. Lore manages to make each tale simultaneously educational and fascinating. Each episode of Lore looks into a uniquely scary tale and reveals the truth behind it in a delightfully eerie way. From hauntings to tales of vampires and spirits, it’s like a guilty pleasure snack … you can’t just listen to one episode!
2. My Favorite Murder
You guys, I love the My Favorite Murder podcast. If you’re into dark humor (and I so totally am) then this is right up your alley. It’s a fun and snarky murder podcast hosted by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark, who happen to be two huge fans of true crime stories themselves. I totally found it by mistake while listening to Georgia’s other podcast. In each episode Karen and Georgia reveal their favorite murder stories along with some hometown tales from fans. They’re wacky and random and uber-enthusiastic, so it’s hard not to be true crime obsessed right along with them.
3. Someone Knows Something
Someone Knows Something is a newer podcast that examines unsolved cases of the missing or murdered. It’s delightfully dramatic and reminiscent of Serial. The first season’s all about the case of Adrien McNaughton, a five-year-old who disappeared without a trace from Holmes Lake in Canada in 1972. Investigative host David Ridgen actually grew up in Arnprior, the town the little boy disappeared from. Ridgen is an independent filmmaker with an impressive proven record of solving cold cases. This podcast does not disappoint!
I consider Serial to be the master of all storytelling podcasts and the reason I’m so obsessed with true crime tales in the first place. The first season (in case you’ve been living under a rock) debuted in October 2014, as a spin-off of the radio program This American Life. Host/investigative journalist Sarah Koenig took us through the case of Adnan Masud Syed and his conviction of the murder of Hae Min Lee—his ex-girlfriend. The second season of Serial explored the plight of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the American soldier who was held captive as a POW for five years by the Taliban, and then arrested for desertion by the U.S. Army in late 2015. The journalism and storytelling are top notch, and Sarah keeps me fascinated week after week!
We’d love to hear more about your latest podcast obsessions! What podcast series keeps you on the edge of your seat each week?
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