Remember the good ol’ days of radio shows? Podcasts are radio shows that you can CHOOSE, that you can binge on, and that you can carry around whenever you like. And crime podcasts? Man, that’s the good stuff. They may make you scared of the dark and distrustful of everyone around you, but boy are they addictive.
Here are some of my absolute favourites. Just don't listen to them right before bed.
In 2014, the creators of This American Life (the hugely popular weekly radio show) created Serial. Hosted by Sarah Hoeing, Serial tells one true story over the course of a season.
The first season explores the case of Adnan Syed, who is currently serving a life sentence for the murder of ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee. But was there really enough evidence to put the then-17-year-old behind bars for life?
TIP: If you become as obsessed with this case as I did, tune into Undisclosed: The State v. Adnan Syed and Truth & Justice with Bob Ruff: Serial Dynasty for further investigations into the Adnan Syed case.
2. Truth & Justice with Bob Ruff
Truth & Justice with Bob Ruff is a crowd-sourced, listener-driven series put together by former Fire Station Chief Bob Ruff. Bob delves deep into American cases with possible wrongful convictions.
The first season is a more thorough investigation into the Adnan Syed case; the second season takes a look at a few more intriguing cases, including that of Kenny Snow, a professional boxer who is currently in prison for violating his parole on two robbery convictions.
If you’re after something a little more lighthearted, Criminal is perfect. Put together by Phoebe Judge, Eric Mennel and Lauren Spohrer, each episode of the bi-monthly podcast tells stories of people who’ve done wrong, been wronged or ended up caught somewhere in the middle.
You’ll, find yourself laughing at the conviction of animals in episode 1, fascinated by the Venus flytrap black market in episode 5, and astonished by the hacking abilities of a 15-year-old back in 1999 in episode 12.
While it’s not 100 per cent dedicated to true crime, Stuff You Missed in History Class is an intriguing podcast series that focuses on weird, whacky and interesting events in history. You probably won’t have heard of many of the cases discussed in the crime-based episodes but you’ll find yourself hooked nonetheless.
If you were one of the many who binge-watched Making a Murderer, this podcast is the next best thing.
Most podcasts are available on the Podcast app (Apple Store) and PlayerFM (Google Play)
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