If you’re obsessed with true crime on Netflix you need to listen to these podcasts

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If you’re anything like us, you’re obsessed with true crime documentaries on Netflix: we’re talking Making a Murderer, Abducted in Plain Sight, The Ted Bundy Tapes – you name it we’ve watched it and we’re not even sorry. But now we’ve pretty much exhausted every doc on Netflix, we’re turning our attention to podcasts.

Podcasts have seriously gained popularity in the last couple of years and we can see why – they’re free and there’s literally a podcast for everything, from current affairs to comedy. But our personal favourite atm is true crime, and there’s a whole world of true crime podcasts out there guaranteed to make your commute or gym sesh way more bearable. To feed your (ok, mainly our) addiction we’ve rounded up 11 of the best true crime podcasts to listen to in 2019, from unsolved mysterious murder cases to some of the most notorious serial killers in history. Grab your headphones, and get downloading, because these really deserve your undivided attention.

Serial

serial podcast

Episodes: 36 

Length: 1 hour or less

Listen on: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Pandora, Stitcher, RadioPublic

What’s it about?

Serial is an award-winning investigative journalism podcast; it’s widely regarded as the OG true crime podcast and is consistently in the iTunes Top 10. Each season tells the story of a different crime from the real life murder case of 18-year old Hae Min Lee in season 1, the story of an American soldier held by the Taliban for five years in season 2 and an analysis of the American criminal justice system in season 3. If you’re just getting into true crime podcasts, this is the one to start with.

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Dirty John

dirty john podcast

Episodes: 14

Length: 1 hour or less

Listen on: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn

What’s it about?

Dirty John starts with a woman named Debra who is a successful interior designer who meets the titular John on a dating site. At first he appears the be the perfect man – he’s handsome, charming and has just come back from serving a year with Doctors Without Borders, but as the podcast reveals he’s actually a con artist and a sociopath and things aren’t as they seem. Trust us, this podcast will have you on the edge of your seat, and if you enjoy it you’ll be pleased to know that a Netflix adaptation of Dirty John is due to be released soon!

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The Teacher’s Pet

the teachers pet podcast

Episodes: 17

Length: 1 hour

Listen on: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify

What’s it about?

This podcast delves deep into the 37-year old cold case of Lyn Dawson, who disappeared without a trace in 1982. Lyn and husband Chris appear to the have the perfect marriage; she’s a devoted wife and mother and he is a popular school teacher, but when Lyn goes missing plenty of dark secrets start to emerge. One of the most exciting things about this podcast is that it uncovered large amounts of new evidence previously unknown to investigators, which has since led to the arrest of Chris Dawson on suspicion of homicide. Watch this space we say…

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My Favourite Murder

my favourite murder podcast

Episodes:  270

Length: 1 hour or more

Listen on: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, PlayerFM, Stitcher

What’s it about?

If your friends are fed up of you yapping on about your love of true crime then you need to listen to this podcast. Hosted by friends and lifelong true crime story superfans, Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark, each week the duo discuss their favourite murders as well as hometown crime stories submitted by friends and fans. It’s funny, lighthearted and a welcome break from the seriousness of other true crime stories; honestly it feels just like having a conversation with friends.

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Casefile True Crime

casefile podcast

Episodes: 137

Length: 1 hour or more

Listen on: Apple Podcasts

What’s it about?

Guaranteed to give you chills, Casefile deals into cold and solved criminal cases which often relate to high profile murders and serial killers; plus, it’s narrated by an anonymous host which makes it all the more creepy. Each episode delves deep into a crime and uses real police material and evidence, eyewitness accounts and interviews to narrate the story. There are episodes on murders from all around the world but notable episodes include The Yorkshire Ripper and The Moors Murders. As the tagline suggests, fact is scarier than fiction.

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Unsolved Murders: True Crime Stories

unsolved murders podcast

Episodes: 133

Length: 1 hour or less

Listen on: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher

What’s it about?

Just in case the title didn’t make it clear, this podcast focuses on unsolved murder cases – perfect for budding detectives. Each case is divided into two episodes with the hosts taking listeners through the crime scenes, the investigations and the attempts to solve the case. Make sure you listen from episode 1 as there are lots of plot twists.

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They Walk Among Us

they walk among us podcast

Episodes: 85

Length: 1 hour or less

Listen on: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, Stitcher, Podcast Addict, Overcast, Pocket Casts

What’s it about?

This podcast traces some of the UK’s most intriguing crimes, from the bizarre to the downright sinister. The series is hosted by husband and wife duo, Benjamin and Rosie, who are obsessed with true crime and narrate the show from their bedroom. Every episode is researched in depth and covers a broad array of crimes from the disappearance of Shannon Matthews to the case of  “Canoe Man” John Darwin who faked his own death. Well worth a listen.

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West Cork

west cork podcast

Episodes: 1

Length: 8 hours

Listen on: Audible

What’s it about?

True crime podcast meets audiobook in this 8-hour saga. It tells the story of Sophie Toscan du Plantier who was murdered days before Christmas 1996, her body discovered at the edge of her property in the Irish town of Schull, West Cork; the rest is a mystery. Two investigative journalists guide the listener through this unsolved murder – they had unprecedented access to the prime suspect which really adds another layer to this story. You’ll have to pay for this one though, so it might be one for superfans only.

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Dr. Death

dr death podcast

Episodes: 14

Length: Under an hour

Listen on: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn

What’s it about?

This one comes from the makers of Dirty John so we can pretty much guarantee it’s going to be good. Dr. Death tells the story of neurosurgeon, Dr. Christopher Duntsch, whose botched spine surgeries left two patients dead and 31 either paralysed or gravely injured in two years. The 10-part podcast explores every area of his life from his training to his drug abuse. Maybe don’t listen to this if you’re about to undergo any medical procedures…

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Broken Harts

broken harts podcast

Episodes: 9

Length: Under an hour

Listen on: Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Podbean, Spotify

What’s it about?

Jennifer and Sarah Hart were a married white couple who adopted six black children; to outsiders they seemed like the perfect happy family. They drove their kids to festivals, posed for perfect pictures and posted soppy too good to be true statuses on Facebook. So why did a drunk Jen Hart drive the family car off a cliff at 90 miles per hour in 2018 killing her entire family? The bodies of two of the children have yet to be found. The podcast investigates every angle of the story, from the ugly truth behind the Hart family veneer to the documented accounts of child abuse Jen and Sarah subjected the children to.

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Trace

trace podcast

Episodes: 14

Length: Under an hour

Listen on: Apple Podcasts

What’s it about?

If you love the mystery of an unsolved murder case, then you need to listen to Trace. It tells the story of the murder of mother of two Maria James who was stabbed to death in the back of her suburban Melbourne bookshop in 1980. The killer was never found. The podcast traces (geddit?) the hosts attempt at re-examining the evidence and suspects with the help of a retired homicide detective who was put on the original case as his first ever case. Much like The Teacher’s Pet, this case has actually been reopened because of this podcast; there’s even an email address for listeners to send tip-offs to, in order to help the case.

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