Boy, do we love our murder podcasts. And why wouldn’t we? These tales of true crime are often more fascinating than fiction. They’re also the perfect way to get your horror fix without having to actually see any gore (although some of these podcasts definitely include graphic details).Read More »
Maybe it’s that we love the excitement of tasting death like we do when we ride a roller coaster. Maybe it’s the comforting narrative voices of the podcast hosts that we love so much. Or maybe it’s the fascination that these stories actually happened. Whatever our reasons, we just can’t get enough of these true crime podcasts.
If you’re looking for the best true crime podcasts to keep you up at night and absolutely slay you, we’ve got you covered. Here are some of the best, in no particular order, to keep you on your toes. Maybe these are already in your regular rotation. Or maybe there are one or two that you’ve heard of but haven’t yet given a try. Whatever the case, definitely enjoy these murder podcasts from the comfort of your own headphones.
Crime Junkie Podcast
If you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t heard of the Crime Junkie podcast, then you’re seriously missing out. This podcast is hosted by Ashley Flowers and Brit Prawat, two true crime enthusiasts who love nothing more than talking about murder (among other things). Every week, they release a new episode that covers a different case. They often have guests on the show to help them break down the details and offer some insight, and they always make sure to really dive deep into everything so that you feel like you’re getting the full story.
One of the things that we love about this podcast is that Ashley and Brit are just so darn likable. They’re funny, they’re smart, and they have a real passion for what they do. They also make sure to keep things as respectful as possible, which can sometimes be a challenge when talking about such sensitive subjects.
If you’re looking for a true crime podcast that’s going to keep you coming back for more, then look no further than Crime Junkie.
The Last Podcast on the Left
The Last Podcast on the Left is another great option if you’re looking for some true crime murder podcasts to get into. This podcast is hosted by Ben Kissel, Marcus Parks, and Henry Zebrowski, and it covers all things horror. They cover everything from ghosts to cryptids to serial killers, and they do it in a way that’s both hilarious and informative.
The hosts on this podcast are very personable, and they definitely have a lot of fun with the material. But they also know how to handle things with sensitivity when it needs to be done. They’re not afraid to get into the gory details, but they always make sure to do it in a way that’s respectful to the victims and their families.
If you’re looking for a podcast that’s going to make you laugh and scream, then definitely check this one out.
Small Town Murder Podcast
Small Town Murder is a podcast that’s hosted by James Pietragallo and Jimmie Whisman, two comedians who love nothing more than talking about murder. Every week, they cover a different case, and they always make sure to add some humor to lighten the mood. But don’t worry, they’re still respectful of the victims and their families.
One of the things we love about this podcast is that it really feels like you’re just sitting around with two friends and chatting about murder. James and Jimmie are super likable, and they always make sure to keep things light and fun. But they also know when to get serious, and they’re not afraid to tackle some tough cases.
If you’re looking for some great true crime and want to be entertained, then check out the Small Town Murder podcast.
My Favorite Murder Podcast
the My Favorite Murder podcast is another one of those true crime podcasts hosted by a pair of podcast hosts that you can picture yourself being very good friends with. Hosted by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark, two true crime fans who love nothing more than talking about murder, My Favorite Murder is one of the few “true crime comedy podcasts” around. Yes, you heard that right. As comedians and comedy writers, Kilgariff and Hardstark discovered a certain niche in murder. Every week, they cover a different case, and they always make sure to keep it light. But don’t worry, they’re very much respectful of the victims and their families and provide resources for victims of crimes. It’s clear they really care about what they do.
If you’re looking for murder with a side of funny, then definitely listen to a few episodes of the My Favorite Murder podcast.
In The Dark Podcast
An oldie but a goodie, the In The Dark Podcast was one of the first true crime podcasts to really break into the mainstream. It’s hosted by investigative reporter Madeleine Baran, and it covers everything from cold cases to wrongful convictions. Baran really knows how to keep things interesting, and she’s not afraid to tackle some tough cases.
One of our favorite things about this podcast is that you get a glimpse inside to how a reporter investigates a case. Baran is always respectful of the victims and their families, but she’s also not afraid to ask tough questions.
If you’re looking for some great investigative journalism, then you need to check out the In The Dark podcast.
Up and Vanished Podcast
The Up and Vanished podcast is hosted by Payne Lindsey, an investigative filmmaker who decided to take on a cold case in his home state of Georgia. The case he chose in the maiden season was that of Tara Grinstead, a high school teacher who went missing in 2005.
Lindsey does a great job of laying out the case and all of the evidence, and he’s not afraid to ask tough questions. He also interviews a lot of people who were close to Grinstead, which gives you a really well-rounded view of the case.
The podcast is extremely addicting, and you’ll definitely find yourself binge-listening to it.
If you’re looking for a great cold case to get obsessed with, then the Up and Vanished podcast is definitely worth a listen.
Someone Knows Something
The Someone Knows Something podcast is another great investigative podcast, this time hosted by Canadian journalist David Ridgen. Each season of the podcast focuses on a different case, and Ridgen does a great job of diving deep into the cases and talking to people who were close to the victims.
Add the Someone Knows Something podcast to your queue for another great investigative podcast to get hooked on.
Morbid: A True Crime Podcast
Here’s a podcast hosted by two individuals that might never have met had it not been for their mutual love of true crime. Morbid: A True Crime Podcast is hosted by Alaina Urquhart, an autopsy technician and writer, and Ashleigh Kelley, a hairdresser. They’ve been hosting the podcast together since 2018 and have a rapport that is nearly unmatched when it comes to podcast hosts.
If you’re looking to add something to your weekly true-crime podcast list, then definitely check out Morbid if you haven’t already.
There are so many great true crime podcasts out there, and we’ve basically only scratched the surface with this list. If you’re looking for more great recommendations, then be sure to check out our other lists of the best podcasts in different genres.
Whether you’re a true crime junkie or just getting started, there’s definitely a podcast on this list that will appeal to you. So go ahead and give one (or all) of them a listen, and happy bingeing!