Addicted to true crime podcasts but not sure what you should listen to?
Never fear! Check below for some of the best true crime podcasts out there. Subscribe to one or all of them, and you will be listening to a great story. Some of them are one season only, focusing on one victim or event. Others focus on one murder per season and have multiple seasons. Also, there is a mix of investigative, narrative, and dark humor. In other words, there is something for everyone!
#10-The Vanished Podcast
The Vanished Podcast is an investigative podcast that covers the story of one missing person each week. Host Marissa Jones has come a long way since she began. However, she still lacks the enthusiasm and compelling storytelling ability of more polished podcasters.
Don’t let the poor audio quality of interviews in her earlier podcasts deter you. It gets better, and The Vanished Podcast is definitely worth a try. Due to the nature of each story, you will find yourself looking forward to every Sunday episode.
#9-Up and Vanished
Documentary filmmaker Payne Lindsay gained notoriety for his first season of Up and Vanished, which focused on the 2005 disappearance and murder of Tara Grinstead, a high school teacher from Ocilla, Georgia. His investigative reporting breathed new life into the cold case, which has resulted in two arrests.
In the second season, Payne investigates the July 13, 2016 disappearance of 29-year-old Kristal Reisinger from Crestone, Colorado. While the story is compelling, some audio of witnesses or persons of interest is poor quality and hard to hear. The investigation seems to spin its wheels at points and falls short of the caliber in season one. Still, it’s worth a listen.
For more information, visit Up and Vanished Facebook Page.
#8-And That’s Why We Drink
And That’s Why We Drink podcast includes explicit language, so beware if the f-bomb offends you. Also, be aware that ATWWD is not a pure, true crime podcast. Featured stories also include paranormal and supernatural events.
Hosts Christine Schiefer and Em Schulz release new episodes each Sunday, and a shorter monthly episode called Listener Stories based on their listeners own personal encounters with true crime, the paranormal, or supernatural events. Fast forward through the first 20 minutes or so of the regular episodes if you want to avoid the annoying banter.
For more information, visit And That’s Why We Drink Facebook Page.
#7-Monster-The Zodiac Killer
On December 20, 1968, 17-year-old David Farraday and 16-year-old Betty Lou Jensen became the first confirmed victims of the Zodiac Killer, who terrorized the San Francisco area in the late sixties and early seventies.
Monster-The Zodiac Killer, hosted by Matthew Frederick, aims the spotlight on the unsolved murders by using never before heard audio recordings of witnesses who survived encounters with the Zodiac, as well as reading the chilling letters written by the killer and published in The San Francisco Examiner. While this “new” evidence may or may not lead to the identity of the killer, it is interesting to speculate whether it might help solve the case.
For more information, visit Monster Podcast Facebook Page.
Crime Junkie, released each Monday, follows the familiar format of covering one case per week of a missing/murder victim. This podcast does not include interviews with family members of the victims nor does it investigate key aspects of the cases it features but is rather a narrative on the facts of each case, and an analysis and critique of the detective and police work.
Primary host, Ashley Flowers, narrates the evidence and speculates on the moves of authorities, while secondary host Brit Prawat’s main job is to gasp and interject “wow!” or “what?” at various times. It’s obvious a lot of research is done for each episode, but improvements such as adding interviews with family members or another host would break up Ashley’s domination of the mic.
For more information, visit Crime Junkie Facebook Page.
What would you do if you found out your father was a serial killer? Enter the nightmare of Melissa Moore who, in 1995, found out that her father, Keith Hunter Jesperson, was indeed that person. The Happy Face podcast follows Moore as she is forced to come to terms with the brutal acts her father committed as well as coming face to face with the son of one of his victims.
Listeners are masterfully taken through this tragic story by host Lauren Bright Pacheco, which includes interviews with Jesperson’s family. The focus of this podcast is not about the horrific acts of Jesperson, but rather the strength of Moore to survive and persevere despite those acts. Well worth the listen.
For more information, visit Happy Face Pod Facebook Page.
On March 26, 2018, an overturned SUV containing the bodies of Jen and Sarah Hart and five of their six children were found at the bottom of a 30-meter cliff in Mendocino, California. Friends of Jen and Sarah were shocked by the accident, even more so when it turned out that it was not an accident.
Broken Harts is co-hosted by Glamour editors Justine Harman and Elisabeth Egan who, through interviews with friends, co-workers, and neighbors, peel back the onion of a seemingly perfect family. As it turns out, there were signs that all was not ideal in the Hart household, and signs of trouble that could have prevented the horrible murder-suicide were ignored.
#3-Someone Knows Something
Host David Ridgen is a Canadian director, film-maker, and writer. In the fifth season of Someone Knows Something, this investigative podcast looks into the murder of 15-year-old Kerrie Brown, who disappeared from a house party on October 16, 1986. Her body was discovered two days later, but the killer has never been caught.
Ridgen hopes that by bringing cold cases back into the spotlight, someone will come forward with information to help catch the killers. A compelling storyteller, Ridgen sucks you in by weaving heartbreaking interviews with relatives of the victims which will keep you coming back for more. Definitely binge-worthy.
For more information, visit Someone Knows Something Facebook Page.
The podcast Cold tells the tragic story of the disappearance of Susan Powell made national headlines in December 2009. Her husband, Josh, quickly was named a person of interest. Not long after, he became increasingly uncooperative with police. But Susan’s disappearance turned out to be just one of the tragedies to befall the Powell family.
Host Dave Cawley takes listeners through the timeline of events and uncovers the dysfunction that was the life of Josh and Susan Powell. Ready yourself for the incredibly disruptive and disturbing role that Josh’s father, Steven Powell, also played in the tragedy.
For more information, please visit Cold Facebook Page.
#1-My Favorite Murder
From the catchy theme song to the My Favorite Murder motto, “Stay Sexy and Don’t Get Murdered,” to the live episodes, fans of MFM can’t seem to get enough. Hosts Karen Kilgariff (stand-up comedian and television writer) and Georgia Hardstark (writer and host for the Cooking Channel) have an innate ability to take a horrific murder and tell it with their brand of dark humor, which has attracted fans from all over the world. These women don’t care what anyone thinks, so be warned, episodes (released each Thursday) frequently contain explicit language.
Their purpose is to share their love of true crime as a form of entertainment. If you are looking for a podcast that is investigative in nature, this is not it. Kilgariff and Hardstark frequently go down a rabbit hole while telling a story, and fans love to follow them down to see where they will end up. The hilarious banter between the two makes the trip well worth it.
For more information, visit My Favorite Murder Facebook Page.