Over the last 15 years, podcasts have become an increasingly vital part of culture, filling voids listeners didn’t even know they had. One of those voids? Coverage of true crime with a distinct voice.
True crime has become one of the most popular genres of podcasting, with heavy hitters like My Favorite Murder and Sword and Scale leading the way. If you’ve already cranked through both, or are looking for a fresh listen, we’ve got you covered.
We’ve found nine true crime podcasts that range from hilarious to devastatingly detailed. And all of them are ongoing projects, so you’re sure to have new episodes for your listening pleasure.
Crimetown is a joint effort from Gimlet Media and the creators of HBO’s The Jinx, so you know it’s got to be good. Crimetown focuses on a different city’s criminal history each season—the first season focuses on Providence, Rhode Island during the years of Mayor Buddy Cianci, who served 21 years as mayor despite resigning twice due to felony convictions. Crimetown is perfect for people who loved The Departed, The Godfather, and other mob stories.
All Killa No Filla
For fans of My Favorite Murder, this podcast is both hilarious and terrifying. The hosts of this particular podcast (Rachel Fairburn & Kiri Pritchard-McLean) are British, which has two advantages. One, they have great radio voices. Two, they shine a light on cases not often covered by their American counterparts. You’ll be sure to find episodes on stories you’ve never heard before.
Behind True Crime
Behind True Crime is a new podcast from Hunt a Killer, a subscription box that asks you to solve a new murder (or murders) each month. The podcast goes deep with different experts in crime every other week. From detectives and criminologists to writers and other podcasters, Behind True Crime gets to the whys of crime, not just the hows and whens.
Court Junkie is another inside look at not just the crime, but also the system that processes and punishes crime. Host Jillian analyzes crimes that changed the way sentencing works as well as crimes where the wrong person may have been punished. The episode on the suicide of Conrad Roy is especially fascinating.
If you like your true crime podcasts straight up, without any of the jokes or personal chatter, misconduct. is for you. Colleen and Eileen get right into the details of each case, supplying great insights alongside the terrifying facts.
Hollywood & Crime
Love old Hollywood and glamour? Still obsessing over the Black Dahlia? Hollywood & Crime is the podcast for you. Hollywood & Crime offers up insight into the infamous crimes you already know about and unearths lesser-known cases that cast a dark shadow over the bright lights La La Land.
They Walk Among Us
Another podcast hailing from Great Britain, They Walk Among Us excels at finding and sharing the small details that really contextualize any case, making each episode enthralling. They Walk Among Us also consistently makes their episodes the perfect listening length, rather than going overlong with filler. Listen to their first episode here.
In the Dark
This Peabody-winning podcast from American Public Media is sure to satisfy the appetite of anyone craving just one more season of Serial. The first season followed the story of Jacob Wetterling, an 11 -year-old boy who was kidnapped in 1989. In September 2016, just before the show was meant to be released, Daniel Heinrich confessed to Jacob’s previously unsolved murder. Host Madeleine Baran rerecorded episodes of In the Dark to reflect this change. In the Dark investigates what happens when the police investigation is not up to snuff.
Jennifer Keese disappeared from her apartment on January 24, 2006. The 24-year-old was never seen again. A boyfriend and ex-boyfriend, nearby construction workers, a coworker and others were all suspects at one point, yet the case remains unsolved. Unconcluded is a deep dive into a case that grows more complex and mysterious with each new discovery.
Featured photo of Rachel Fairburn and Kiri Pritchard-McLean: All Killa No Filla