Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock (or studying like mad in one of the library’s cubicles) for the last few years it is hard to argue that podcasts are having a renaissance right now. They’re perfect for listening on long car drives, folding laundry and anything in between. And the range of themes is ever expanding. It seems like there isn’t a single category or special niche that doesn’t have a podcast dedicated to it. Even the UGA Law Library has its own podcast! But the subject that has really blossomed recently in the world of podcasts is True Crime and there are some amazing choices out there. I have chosen a few of my personal favorites and while most sway to the spooky all are based on research or true events.
This is one of the most popular podcasts at the moment and its easy to understand why after hearing a few episodes. The shortest explanation: two comedian friends discussing their favorite murders. It sounds macabre but their fun relationship and relaxed environment makes you feel like you are hanging out with your funniest friends who just happen to be discussing serial killers.
Every season, this podcast investigates the culture of crime in a different American city. The most current season takes the unassuming town of Providence, Rhode Island and unmasks it as the seedy crime ridden town once home to some of the most infamous gangsters in America’s history. Be prepared to be shocked and dumbfounded.
Each episode examines historical events that show the dark side of human nature through the lens of both local and international folklore. The narrator makes you feel like you are around a campfire and while it can get silly with episodes about gnomes beware episodes like The Bloody Pit and The Castle that are perfect fodder for nightmares.
The Last Podcast On The Left covers all the horrors our world has to offer both imagined and real, from demons and slashers to cults and serial killers. This podcast delves DEEP with tons of research and often reserving several episodes to a single topic.
This is a storytelling podcast about the secret and forgotten histories of Hollywood’s first century. It doesn’t seem like an obvious podcast to deal with true crime but old Hollywood is full of feuds, court room drama and murder. If vintage true crime is more your thing then this is the podcast for you.