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15 Best True Crime Podcasts of All Time

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With the lure of the unknown and the thrill of piecing clues together, there’s a reason why the true crime genre has captivated the minds of podcast listeners.

There’s an endless sea of formats and subgenres spanning anthologies, commentary shows, buddy chats, and long-form series. Immerse yourself in dark, twisted stories of murder, scams, cybercrimes, white-collar crimes, infamous serial killers, and unsolved mysteries. With these best true crime podcasts, listeners can form their own theories, investigate together with hosts, and bury themselves deep in the cases. Get ready to take a peek into the psyche of a serial killer and the unfathomable criminal acts that keep us counting down until the next episode.

With the help of Podyssey’s community of true crime lovers, we’ve put together a list of the top true crime podcasts for you to sink your teeth into and get your binge on.

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Best True Crime Podcasts 🔪

32 podcasts

Curated by:podysseyapp

1. Criminal

Criminal

Criminal & Radiotopia

+1055 FANS

Criminal is a lovely and poetic true crime podcast featuring cultural analysis uncovering the societal factors that underlie each heinous act. Since 2014, host Phoebe Judge and the Criminal gang have been interviewing victims, suspects, and witnesses. Each episode dives into the motivations and interesting stories surrounding the crime. Phoebe’s buttery smooth voice is also perfect for storytelling. If you’re hunting for podcasts like Serial, this is it.

Most Recommended Episode

Episode 51: Money Tree

28:09 | Sep 23rd, 2016

8 RECOMMENDATIONS

When Axton Betz-Hamilton was 11 years old, her parents' identities were stolen. At that time, in the early 90s, consumer protection services for identity theft victims were basically non-existent. So ...Show More

2. The Dropout

The Dropout

ABC News

+168 FANS

The Dropout is a true crime documentary that follows Elizabeth Holmes and Theranos in an unbelievable tale of ambition and fame gone terribly wrong. How did the world's youngest self-made female billionaire lose it all in the blink of an eye? How did the woman once heralded as "the next Steve Jobs" find herself facing criminal charges — to which she pleaded not guilty — and up to 20 years in jail? How did her technology, meant to revolutionize healthcare, potentially put millions of patients at risk? Witness the never-before-aired deposition testimony of Elizabeth Holmes, and those at the center of this story.

Most Recommended Episode

Myth-Making

45:27 | Jan 23rd, 2019

14 RECOMMENDATIONS

On the premiere episode of The Dropout, you'll meet a young Elizabeth Holmes. Convinced of her own destiny even as a young child, she would come to drop out of Stanford in her late teens, intending to...Show More

3. Missing and Murdered: Finding Cleo

Missing & Murdered: Finding Cleo

CBC Podcasts

+244 FANS

Cleo was only a child when she was stolen, murdered, and missing. The only proof of her existence is a tiny, undated school photo. Missing & Murdered recalls one woman’s search for the truth about her missing sister from an unlikely clue. This investigative podcast sheds light on a broader, dark chapter in Canada’s Indigenous history. Reporter and host, Connie Walker, an Indigenous woman, helps craft this sensitively-structured podcast helping the family of the victim find closure from their heartbreak.

Most Recommended Episode

S2 Episode 1: Stolen. Murdered. Missing.

34:26 | Mar 7th, 2018

15 RECOMMENDATIONS

Connie responds to Christine’s plea for help finding her eldest sister, Cleo. The only proof of Cleo’s existence though is a tiny, undated school photo. A clue soon emerges which will take Christine’s...Show More

4. Darknet Diaries

Darknet Diaries

Jack Rhysider

+140 FANS

Are you a web sleuth? Fascinated about cyber crimes? Explore the dark side of the Internet with this indie true crime podcast that takes you on a journey through the chilling world of privacy hacks, data breaches, and cyber crime. The masterful criminal hackers who dwell on the dark side show us just how vulnerable we all are.

Most Recommended Episode

67: The Big House

42:54 | Jun 9th, 2020

10 RECOMMENDATIONS

John Strand is a penetration tester. He’s paid to break into computer networks and buildings to test their security. In this episode we listen to stories he has from doing this type of work. Thanks to...Show More

5. My Favorite Murder

My Favorite Murder with Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark

Exactly Right

+638 FANS

The long adored My Favorite Murder has broken download records and built a cult-like fanbase of “Murderinos.” If you’re obsessed with true-crime and the psychology behind it, join hosts, Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark as they tell each other their favorite tales of murder and hear hometown crime stories from friends and fans. Explore stories of notorious serial killers like Ted Bundy and unsolved mysteries like JonBenet Ramsey. Stay for the hosts' blunt and quirky sense of humor.

Most Recommended Episode

2 - My Second Best Murder

45:58 | Jan 22nd, 2016

4 RECOMMENDATIONS

In this episode, Karen & Georgia discuss Paul Bernardo the Scarborough Rapist/Schoolgirl Killer, the assassination of Robert Kennedy and Alie Ward shares a hometown high school murder story. See om...Show More

6. Forgotten: Women of Juárez

Forgotten: Women of Juárez

iHeartRadio

+35 FANS

In this series, Journalists Mónica Ortiz Uribe and Oz Woloshyn investigate the mass disappearance of hundreds of women from Ciudad Juárez, a border city in Mexico. With many of the women showing up dead, Uribe and Woloshyn dive into the theories surrounding the murders — from drug cartels to hit men to satanic cults — and shed light on the factors that have allowed these tragic killings to continue. Full of original reporting and interviews this captivating series is one of the best true crime documentaries out there.

Most Recommended Episode

1. A Cross-Border Killer?

42:49 | Jun 1st, 2020

12 RECOMMENDATIONS

For the last three decades, women have gone missing in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, right across the border from El Paso, Texas. Some are found later, bearing the telltale signs of a serial killer. Hosts Oz...Show More

7. Atlanta Monster

Atlanta Monster / Monster: The Zodiac Killer

iHeartRadio & Tenderfoot TV

+151 FANS

The Atlanta Monster digs into one of the most disturbing true crime stories, taking us back to the summer of 1979 when two children disappeared in the booming metropolis of Atlanta. Their only connection is that they are both Black, and the community is disheartened when they are found murdered. However this is just the start to the serial killer’s work, surpassing over 25 murders of Black children and young adults by the time an arrest is made. Beyond the crime itself, the podcast explores whether the correct offender was placed behind bars, and the racial tensions that grew prior to police taking action.

Most Recommended Episode

Episode 01: Boogeyman

45:55 | Jan 5th, 2018

5 RECOMMENDATIONS

It's 1979 in Atlanta - and children are going missing.

8. Last Podcast on the Left

Last Podcast On The Left

The Last Podcast Network

+350 FANS

What do you get when a horror podcast is hosted by comedians? The Last Podcast on the Left! Since 2011, their informative and entertaining episodes have covered infamous killers, in-depth assessments of cults, and even aliens. Listeners often applaud the level of research conducted by the three hosts, and how each provides a humorous perspective on the topic of choice. Fan favorites include the episodes on Tupac & Biggie’s unfortunate deaths, the assasination of Rasputin, and an investigation into the origin of Bigfoot. All together, this is a true crime comedy podcast that is well worth your time.

Most Recommended Episode

Episode 129: O.J. Simpson

1:04:29 | Feb 17th, 2015

5 RECOMMENDATIONS

In honor of the 20th anniversary of the infamous murders, we cover everyone's favorite hidden camera prankster O.J. Simpson as he jukes and jives his way through the heavy hitting Trial of the Century...Show More

9. Supernatural with Ashley Flowers

Supernatural with Ashley Flowers

Parcast Network

+30 FANS

Ideally, every true crime case has the ability to be solved, but occasionally there’s no apparent explanation for the horrific events that have occurred. It’s these perplexing cases that are the focus of Supernatural with Ashley Flowers. A phenomenal mystery podcast, Ashley analyzes unearthly events such as encounters with the legendary Jersey Devil and plane crashes in The Bermuda Triangle. Also the host of the acclaimed Crime Junkie podcast, Ashley is well-versed in podcasting and knows how to create fact-filled episodes you’ll be glued to.

Most Recommended Episode

DISAPPEARED: Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

38:29 | Sep 9th, 2020

3 RECOMMENDATIONS

On March 8, 2015, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 seemed to vanish into thin air. Less than an hour after takeoff, the plane disappeared from radar—and though seven countries launched a search and rescue...Show More

10. Scam Goddess

Scam Goddess

Earwolf & Laci Mosley

+42 FANS

If you’re looking for a hilarious and unique true crime podcast, join host Laci Mosley’s devoted “con-gregation” and learn all about scams and fraudsters big and small. Each week, Mosley is joined by a comedian to dissect — and laugh about — a different scam, including the infamous fake heiress Anna Sorokin and influencer scammer Caroline Calloway. Covering many cases you’ve never heard of, Mosley’s great sense of humour and genuine appreciation for the art of the scam make this podcast a fun escape from the darker alleys of true crime.

Most Recommended Episode

Scam Heiress Anna Sorokin with Paul F. Tompkins

58:31 | Oct 1st, 2019

6 RECOMMENDATIONS

What’s up Con-gregation & welcome Scam Goddess, the #1 pod dedicated to all things fraud! In this initial episode comedian, actor, and podcast papi Paul F. Tompkins joins host Laci Mosley for a deep d...Show More

11. Bear Brook

Bear Brook

New Hampshire Public Radio

+107 FANS

Bodies were found in a mysterious barrel in the woods of Bear Brook State Park in Allenstown, New Hampshire, but no one knew who the victims were. This is the ultimate cold case where the identities of both victims and the murderers were both unknown, making it an obsession for both amateur sleuths and Jason Moon from New Hampshire Public Radio alike. Throughout the episodes, you get to hear the case solved in real-time with novel scientific techniques that completely changed how murders are investigated since. If you’re new to the true crime genre, this gripping series will ease you in and get you eager to listen to more investigative true crime.

Most Recommended Episode

EP 1: Hide and Seek

34:10 | Oct 3rd, 2018

5 RECOMMENDATIONS

Three boys kick over a mysterious barrel in the woods. A small town cop fishes for answers. Evidence is buried, and the case goes cold. Click here to donate $20 and get ad-free episodes of Bear Brook ...Show More

12. Serial

Serial

This American Life

+1652 FANS

A best-of true crime podcasts list would not be complete without the smash hit podcast Serial. Hosted by podcast star Sarah Koenig, Serial was not only a breakout podcast for the investigative narrative true crime genre, but a defining moment for the podcast industry as a whole. In its first season, Koenig revisits the 1999 murder of a Baltimore high school student Hae Min Lee. Behind bars sits her convicted murderer and former boyfriend, Adnan Syed, who claims he is innocent … but is he? Koenig sets out to uncover the truth. With over 80 million downloads alone in the first year, Serial is truly one of the best true crime podcasts of all time.

Most Recommended Episode

S01 Episode 01: The Alibi

54:00 | Oct 3rd, 2014

24 RECOMMENDATIONS

It's Baltimore, 1999. Hae Min Lee, a popular high-school senior, disappears after school one day. Six weeks later detectives arrest her classmate and ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed, for her murder. He says ...Show More

13. Casefile

Casefile True Crime

Casefile Presents

+376 FANS

14. Crime Junkie

Crime Junkie

audiochuck

+169 FANS

15. Dateline

Dateline NBC

NBC News

+49 FANS

Want to save this list to listen later? We’ve conveniently curated them all for you in this playlist:

Best True Crime Podcasts 🔪

32 podcasts

Curated by:podysseyapp

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