9 true crime podcasts to add to your playlist now

May 28, 2019 0 By HearthstoneYarns

With the explosion of true crime podcasts, it can be a daunting task to decide which one to hit play on, especially if you’re a podcast newbie. And now that the cool temps have set in, there’s nothing better than waiting out the cold, dark months under a warm blanket with a gripping podcast to keep you company. Sounds like the perfect hibernation plan except for one small issue; if only you could remember the name of that podcast your friends are all raving about. You could group message all your busy buddies for their lists, or, you could just read this list of the most electrifying true crime podcasts to catch up on and go from there.

This riveting true crime podcast about the 1999 murder of Baltimore high school girl Hae Min Lee is the podcast that launched the genre, capturing the ears and imaginations of listeners around the world thanks to the incredible investigation into the crime by American journalist and host Sarah Koenig. This podcast is your starting point for electrifying true crime listening, starting with episode one, season one.

An exceptionally compelling podcast about organized crime in Providence, Rhode Island, which is currently being adapted into a movie. The hosts, Marc Smerling and Zac Stuart-Pontier, have made-for-podcasting voices that your ears will enjoy listening to as much as your brain enjoys the content.

This true story of how con man John ‘Dirty John’ Meehan  wheedled his way into successful, wealthy interior designer Debra Newell’s life feels like a work of fiction, it’s that unbelievable. The podcast is so good it’s been adapted into a TV series available for streaming on Netflix, starring local actor Eric Bana as ultimate grifter, John Meehan, and Connie Britton as Debra Newell.

From the same network behind, takes a deep dive into the life of former American neurosurgeon Christopher Duntsch—nickname Dr. Death—the surgeon behind numerable botched surgeries resulting in horrific, even fatal in one case, outcomes for his patients, when he was operating out of a couple of hospitals in Dallas, Texas. A shockingly interesting podcast.

A brilliant investigative journalism podcast which kicks off when a gent from Woodstock, Alabama called John B. McLemore contacts a reporter from famed podcast asking him to investigate someone in town who he alleges has been saying he got away with murder. Someone then really does end up dead.

Like many relationships, what you see is not necessarily what’s going on behind closed doors. This podcast investigates the story of a "perfect" couple, Dan and Wendi, who went from a fairy tale wedding featured in to a bitter divorce followed by a murder. It’s fascinating and chilling all at the same time.

The title of this podcast is as ominous as the crimes it looks into. Season one explores the kidnapping and murder of 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling, who was taken as he was heading home with two friends from the local video store near his home in St. Joseph, Minnesota one night in 1989. Season two investigates the legal case and the actions of those involved in investigating and prosecuting Curtis Flowers, the person accused of killing four people inside a furniture store in Winona, Mississippi in 1996.

Hedley Thomas investigates the chilling cold case disappearance (presumed murdered) of northern beaches mother and wife, Lyn Dawson, who was reported missing on January 9, 1982. The podcast captivated the nation’s interest in the case to the point of police returning to a house in Sydney’s Bayview, in September 2018 to conduct a more thorough search for Dawson’s remains.

Following the huge success of true crime podcast , the publication has dropped their newest true crime offering: . Greg Bearup is charged with answering this question, delving deep into the life of serial conman Hamish Watson.

Keen for more true crime content? Add these to your podcast library next: Up and Vanished, Accused, Casefile and My Favourite Murder.

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