13 Best True Crime Podcasts For You

True Crime

The Podcast Explosion

The true crime genre for podcasts has hit the internet like a storm. This new wave of gripping productions seems to be serving a morbid curiosity that is encoded deep in the DNA of human beings.   

Society has always had an interest in the macabre. Whether it is Dateline, 20/20, Cops, or even Dr. Phil in certain moments, true crime has always had major traction on television and through other media like books and films.   

There is an entire television network dedicated to the genre, so this recent explosion in podcast shows makes total sense. The long-form audio format of a podcast allows the listener to not only get lost in the depth of the story but to also become privy to real audio clips from 911 calls and actual confessions recorded by the police.  

If you are already a fan of true crime or if you are looking to get indoctrinated into this thrilling new wave of investigative entertainment, we have compiled the ultimate true crime feature for you.

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Root of Evil: The True Story of the Hodel Family and the Black Dahlia - Podcasts To Listen To:

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The Black Dahlia Murder

The Black Dahlia Murder has intrigued and confused the world since Elizabeth Short was murdered in 1947. Over the years, various theories have been put forward about the identity of the enigmatic killer who rivals Jack the Ripper for his ability to grab the attention of true crime fans. 

One name that seems to be thrown up every few years as a suspect is that of notorious Dr. George Hodel who has become an even more important figure to true crime fans following the release of TNT drama, I am The Night.

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Not Guilty Podcast By Parcast

True Crime Podcasts

The true crime genre in podcasting has exploded in recent years. It is a legitimate phenomenon with a staggering cross-section of different styles, approaches, and manners in which true crime podcast shows are produced.  

From principled investigative pieces like Murder On The Space Coast to raucous romps of criminality from our favorite rock stars on Disgraceland, there is a flavor of true crime out there for just about anyone with even the slightest pull towards the genre.

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Podcasts To Listen To: Crimes Of Passion By Parcast

Pushing The Parcast Style

Crimes of Passion, hosted by Lanie Hobbs and brought to us by Parcast, is the podcasting network’s nod to the hardcore fans of the ever-ascending genre of true crime.

The show’s motto is “where true crime, meets true love.” Just by definition, the stories told by Crimes of Passion are infamous cases of murders motivated by love, lust, and misguided feelings.

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A Dude And A Bro Podcast Show: Disgraceland

Disgraceland

True Crime Rock n Roll Style

True crime has exploded for podcasts in recent history and Disgraceland is a podcast venture that adds a unique twist to the genre by focusing on crimes and stories that involve legends from the music industry. It is a brilliant twist that binds together two wildly passionate fan bases, true crime, and music, that are sure to be equally swept up by this unique mashup.

Creator and host Jake Brennan is back with season 3 of Disgraceland and he kicks off the season with a gripping and emotional 2-part look at Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love. On this episode of A Dude And A Bro Podcast Show we take a deep dive into the premier episodes of season 3 of Disgraceland.

A Dude And A Bro Podcast Show

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Murder On The Space Coast Returns With Season #4

True Crime Florida Style

Dick Crandall is not your average 78-year-old Florida retiree unless the retirees you know roll around trailer parks with fat pockets of prescription pills for sale. Add onto that pretty picture a drug-addicted younger girlfriend and her drug-addicted son both shacking up with Dick and you have got yourself some good old fashion chaos brewing up in the small coastal town of Brevard County in Florida.

To further lend to the insanity of this story and to prove true life is far more bonkers than any Hollywood script, Dick’s ex-girlfriend happens to be his current girlfriend’s sister and the two sisters along with the addict son are all thick as thieves.

All of this Florida born madness can only mean one thing and that is the true crime podcast series Murder On The Space Coast is back for season number 4. This time around they got another doozy on their hands.

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Hostage By Parcast Debuts 2-Part John McCain P.O.W. Special

Parcast

Parcast has rapidly established themselves as a creative force and major player in the ever-expanding world of podcasting.  

One of the many things I appreciate about Parcast is that each show they put out has a similar style and brand, giving the entirety of their network a familiar feel stemming from their approach towards storytelling.

We all know by now that the true crime genre has essentially taken over the podcast-sphere with what feels like an infinitesimal amount of true crime shows. What makes the shows on Parcast unique is the network’s perfected proprietary blend, akin to Reeses melding peanut butter and chocolate, of professional narration coupled with the psychological, almost clinical, approach to covering the granular details of investigative sagas.

It is a creative formula that works tremendously for both entertaining and informing their listeners.

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Monstruo: Incongruity True Crime’s Latest Offering

True Crime Dream Team

“The heart of a man is delicious” are the only notes in the feed description of the new terrifying podcast Monstruo. Finally, we have the ultimate new macabre offering from a true crime and dark fiction podcasting dream team.

That team is comprised of Sword and Scale creator Mike Boudet, Jack Luna, the creator of Dark Topic, and Tyler Bell, author and producer of The Westside Fairy Tales. Fans of these respective shows will be in their glory with Monstruo.

The project, according to Mike Boudet, has been in the works for over a year. After a couple of teaser episodes and a documentary style preview, the long-anticipated true crime, psychological, and downright creepy podcast finally arrived on January 9th, 2019.

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Podcasts To Listen To: Scandal...Stan Lee's World

Stan Lee

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I can not think of any other artist who has made the kind of pervasive and persistent impression on Pop Culture as comic book genius Stan Lee has.

The characters he created are enmeshed in the fabrics of our lives through varying media and an endless stream of branded product. From blockbuster commercial movie success to the Spider-Man pajamas my son adorns at bedtime, his mark has been left indelibly on our society and we are the better for it.

With this kind of generational, lightning in a bottle success comes a massive empire of riches and assets. Stan Lee had amassed the kind of wealth that most common working folk cannot even begin to wrap their heads around.

Having that kind of lucrative empire attached to the iconic nature of Stan’s illustrious career tends to bring people out of the woodwork day and night angling to secure some sort of benefit from Stan’s vast comic kingdom.

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Did Sword And Scale Go Too Far With Episode "Plus 29 - The Cannibal Cop"?

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I am a huge fan of Sword and Scale and obviously if I am listening to the premium “Plus” episodes, I am a paying and supportive listener. They may have built a bridge too far for me to travel, though, in the episode "Plus 29 - The Cannibal Cop".

I ultimately could never stray from what I believe to be the preeminent show in all of the true crime genre, so I will instead take to this article below and air my concerns with the hopes of stirring a healthy and constructive debate amongst my fellow and rabid true crime enthusiast brethren. - Tim Rodgers


Sword and Scale 

"Plus 29 - The Cannibal Cop”

What constitutes a thought crime? Not having the correct political point of view? Voting for the wrong party? What about a social media post or tweet?  

What is the difference between an unpopular opinion and a vulgar opinion? Is it something that is simply offensive or does it need to rival a flat out hate crime? Who decides which is what and where do we draw lines?  

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Podcasts To Listen To: Cover-Up By People Magazine

Cover-Up Podcast

The Kennedy Name

The Kennedy name is one of the most iconic and storied family names in all of American history. Just hearing the name stirs images of patriotism, unrivaled leadership in the face of global crisis, and compassion for all American citizens across the socioeconomic divide.

Just as quickly, though, thoughts of the Kennedy name can turn to the more tragic and darker side of the family as well. Unparalleled suffering from the loss of young lives, rumors of womanizing and excessive alcohol consumption, and of course two assassinations, both within a decades time, that forever changed the soul of America.

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Podcasts To Listen To: Murder On The Space Coast - A True Crime Podcast Review

Murder On The Space Coast

When disclaimers are announced at the onset of a show warning the viewer or listener that the proceeding material could be unsuitable for sensitive audiences I quite often pay little attention to the forewarning.

Never has a disclaimer been more fitting and never should anyone have to heed these words with such caution as when entering the dark, disturbing, yet highly captivating world of Murder On The Space Coast.

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