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The best true crime podcasts for crime junkies and armchair sleuths

From the heinous to the hilarious, here are our favorite true crime podcasts to fill your feed.
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February 4, 2022
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If any genre thrives on the podcast format, it’s true crime. The mega-popular Serial podcast may have broken the doors wide open, but several other great true crime podcasts have been around for years.

To help you get your fix, we’ve assembled a list of our favorite podcasts about criminals and crime, plus a few honorable mentions. There’s sure to be something to catch your morbid fancy.

Read also: What is a podcast, and how do you listen to one?

The best true crime podcasts

Editor’s note: We’ll regularly update this list of the best true crime podcasts.


Criminal

Criminal podcast true crime

Topic: True crime

Frequency: Bi-weekly

Length: 30-45 minutes

Criminal is a true crime podcast that truly has it all: excellent writing, fantastic narration by Phoebe Judge, and an extensive back catalog of over 130 episodes. Each episode is self-contained, and topics go well beyond the typical murder stories and missing person cases.


Casefile

Casefile true crime podcast

Topic: True crime

Frequency: Weekly

Length: 60-90 minutes

The Casefile podcast is a must-listen for Australian listeners looking to hear true crime stories a little closer to home. The grittiest crimes from down under and abroad are illuminated in one-off or occasionally weekly serialized episodes, each of which is meticulously researched and well-written. An unnamed and anonymous host narrates the show in order to let the original police files and recordings speak for themselves.


Sword and Scale

Sword and scale podcast

Topic: True crime

Frequency: Irregular

Length: 60-90 minutes

Sword and Scale is another podcast about crime that’s been around for years, despite a brief controversy and temporary change of hosts. It explores the darker side of human nature, frequently playing gruesome audio clips of criminal testimonials, 911 calls, or even the crimes themselves. This one isn’t for the faint of heart.


Suspect

Suspect Podcast

Topic: True crime

Frequency: Finished

Length: 30-45 minutes

The Suspect podcast follows the story of an apartment complex party that turns into a crime scene. One of the hosts is murdered, and the police are trying to find out who’s guilty. You’ll listen through witness testimonies, DNA investigations, and even a psychic’s take on the matter.


LISK: Long Island Serial Killer

LISK Long Island Serial Killer

Topic: True crime

Frequency: Finished

Length: 10-50 minutes

A sex worker goes missing, sparking an investigation since May 2010. It turns out there was something more than a one-off case, though. Suffolk County Police soon discovered nine bodies of other sex workers, murdered similarly. Dig into interviews, investigation details, and more.


My Favorite Murder

my favorite murder podcast

Topic: True crime, comedy

Frequency: Weekly

Length: 20-30 minutes

My Favorite Murder puts an entirely different spin on the genre. Instead of lingering on the dark and scary parts of crime, hosts and comedians Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark take a more light-hearted approach to podcasts about murder. Conan O’Brien, Patton Oswalt, and other famous comedians have also been on as guests to discuss some of the world’s most interesting (and somehow hilarious) crimes.


They Walk Among Us

they walk among us podcast

Topic: True crime

Frequency: Weekly (seasonal)

Length: 30-70 minutes

There is no better podcast than They Walk Among Us for true crime stories based in the UK. Each week host Benjamin Fitton runs through the facts of a single British crime, focusing on the facts instead of delving into armchair detective work. If you’re tired of hearing about the same few famous cases, this podcast is chock full of relatively unknown — but still fascinating — cases.


Morbid: A True Crime Podcast

Morbid A True Crime Podcast

Topic: True crime

Frequency: Biweekly

Length: 40-90 minutes

Morbid: A True Crime Podcast is much less serious than some of the best true crime podcasts listed here. It takes on a light-hearted and often fun approach, and is directed by an autopsy technician and a hairstylist. You can imagine the kind of interaction you’ll witness! It’s also great that they don’t limit themselves to crime, and usually expand to other creepy topics.


Disgraceland

Disgraceland podcast

Topic: True crime, music

Frequency: Weekly

Length: 30-45 minutes

Disgraceland is yet another unique take on true crime podcasts, this time focusing on the misdeeds of famous musicians. Everything from religious cults and drug trafficking to full-blown murder, this podcast doesn’t limit itself to any specific musical era. You’ll hear about Johnny Cash’s obsession with pills, Frank Sinatra’s mob connections, Eminem’s history of armed assault, and more.


Criminal Perspective

Criminal Perspective podcast

Topic: True crime

Frequency: Weekly

Length: 30-60 minutes

Our final true crime podcast on the list flips the script, giving criminals themselves a chance to talk about their own crimes. Each episode is a first-hand interview with a convicted criminal, survivor, or occasionally other experts in criminology. If you’re a fan of the Netflix Original series Mindhunter, this will be right up your alley.


True crime podcasts — Honorable mentions

  • Dirty John — This true crime podcast is focused on the life of John Michael Meehan, whose story of abuse and manipulation will keep you on the edge of your seat until the last minute.
  • Swindled — Leaving gory murders behind, this podcast is about white-collar crime. The show’s anonymous host lays it all bare, from petty con artists to Ponzi schemes and corporate environmental disasters.
  • The Missing Cryptoqueen — This limited-run BBC podcast tells the story of Dr. Ruja Ignatova, who defrauded millions of people out of their money before disappearing without a trace.
  • Crime Junkies — This podcast is hosted by two besties with an unhealthy obsession with crime. It’s a more conversational approach to podcasting, with new episodes released every week.
  • Up and Vanished — Up and Vanished is an excellent true crime podcast for binge-listening because each season is devoted to a single crime. This allows it to dig deep, chasing up old leads and interviewing first-hand witnesses.
  • Crimetown — Crimetown isn’t exactly a true crime podcast. However, its subject matter dips so heavily into criminal behavior that there’s no need to split hairs. Each season takes a flashy and entertaining look at crime in a specific city.
  • Someone Knows Something — Most of these are cold cases that took place in host David Ridgen’s home country of Canada. After listening to interviews with eyewitnesses and family members, don’t be surprised if you find yourself deeply invested in each story.

Now that you know the best true crime podcasts, do you think you have what it takes to start your own? We have a guide on how to create a podcast! Our sister site, SoundGuys, has also put together a great list of the best podcasting microphones, just in case you need some equipment.