5 True Crime Podcasts You Need to Listen to Right Now
Updated: Sep 17
There has been something taking the U.S by storm for the past few months - true crime podcasts. The reason as to why these intriguing, yet unusual subjects have been such a regular scene in the world of podcasts is unclear. Could it be the sneak peek they provide into the lives of the demented? Or could it just be that we are all a little crazy? Either way, we have decided to compile a short list of our favorite true crime podcasts that will help feed into your addiction.
Hosts Ashely and Brit sit down and discuss all things true crime with a hint of paranormal. Whether it be the story of the copycat “Dexter” killer or the eerie serial disappearances of Los Angeles sex workers in the 1970s, they never fail to entertain. One of our favorite aspects of this podcast is that they update you periodically on findings related to unsolved crimes featured their older episodes, many of which feature a criminal still at large.
Serial has won just about every award that can be given to a podcast, very deservingly so. Serial is hosted by Ashley Koenig, who not only hosts the episodes but actually investigates the crimes. This podcast covers a singular crime over the course of anywhere from nine to twelve episodes. This decision to cover one case every season as opposed to a different case every episode allows you to become even more hooked and attached to every creepy little detail.
Rather than this podcast having multiple seasons, To Live and Die in LA is one, fourteen episode long special dedicated to the case revolving around Adea Shabani’s disappearance. Adea was a Macedonian citizen coming to the bright lights of Los Angeles in search of the Hollywood dream. We won't get into the details, but this podcast explores all the twisted fates she could have encountered in LA.
Another one-season special from the creators of To Live and Die in LA, this podcast is focused on the death of Christian Andreacchio. While this particular tragedy has now been officially deemed a suicide, much of the evidence revolving the original crime scene points to this having been a premeditated murder.
Up and Vanished revolves around the 2005 disappearance of high school teacher Tara Grinstead. Filmmaker Payne Lindsay sets this podcast out to be a series in which he does weekly updates on his interviews and findings. Episode by episode, you begin to see the puzzle pieces fall together and align, and in the process, it sucks you in and makes you feel as if you are alongside Payne uncovering every detail yourself. For a lack of better words- it is addicting.
There you have it, a short, sweet, and pretty dour list of true crime podcasts. Whether you listen to them to gather tips for your next illegal adventure (TOTALLY KIDDING), pass the time, or simply learn, these are some insanely good podcasts to die for. Think you have a podcast that deserves to be on this list? Let us know down below in the comments.