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The Best True Crime Audiobooks to Download Now from Apple Books

Grab your earbuds and get obsessed.

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From In Cold Blood to I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, we know you can’t get enough true crime. That's why we rounded up the best true crime audiobooks you can download right now from Apple Books.

Apple Books is Apple’s new and improved version of iBooks. It offers a wide array of chilling audio investigations for your listening pleasure. Whether you’re on the hunt for a true crime classic or a twisted case that you’ve never heard of, these true crime audiobooks are sure to deliver a chilling listening experience. 

Grab your earbuds and prepare to get obsessed.

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Mindhunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit

By John E. Douglas and Mark Olshaker

The inspiration for Netflix's serial killer series, Mindhunter chronicles John E. Douglas's career in the Investigative Support Unit, a groundbreaking FBI task force that used psychological profiling to delve into the minds of criminals and killers. Douglas investigated some of the most notorious serial killers in modern history: from the Green River Killer to Alaska's Robert Hansen. Here narrator Richard M. Davidson brings the profiler's story to life, taking listeners into Douglas's darkest, most disturbing investigations. 

Related: 13 Chilling True Crime Audiobooks to Listen to Right Now 

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I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer

By Michelle McNamara

For years a serial rapist turned murderer prowled California, claiming multiple victims and eluding capture before going cold in 1986. Decades later, Michelle McNamara launched her own investigation into the criminal she dubbed the Golden State Killer. The result was a masterful piece of true crime writing. Sadly, McNamara did not live to see the 2018 publication of I'll Be Gone in the Dark, nor the 2018 arrest of James DeAngelo, now widely believed to be the Golden State Killer. Gabra Zackman, along with Gillian Flynn and McNamara's husband Patton Oswalt, narrate McNamara's moving true crime narrative. 

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The Stranger Beside Me

By Ann Rule

Listen in on the true crime classic that started it all. In the early 1970s, University of Washington psychology student Ann Rule was working at a crisis hotline center. Next to her was a charming young man who would go on to become one of America's most prolific serial killers. Narrated by Lorelei King, The Stranger Beside Me chronicles Ann Rule's chilling investigation into the life and crimes of Ted Bundy, the dangerous stranger sitting right beside her. 

Related: 15 True Crime Books by Ann Rule That You Won’t Be Able to Put Down 

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People Who Eat Darkness: The True Story of a Young Woman Who Vanished from the Streets of Tokyo - and the Evil That Swallowed Her Up

By Richard Lloyd Parry

In early 2001, butchered human remains were discovered in a seaside cave due south of Tokyo. The victim was identified as Lucie Blackman, a 21-year-old British woman who had been living in Tokyo and went missing the previous summer. In People Who Eat Darkness, narrated here by Simon Vance, writer Richard Lloyd Parry dives deep into this dark and twisted case, crisscrossing continents and assessing the man accused of the crime, described by one judge as "extremely evil."

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The Killer of Little Shepherds: A True Crime Story and the Birth of Forensic Science

By Douglas Starr

In the late 19th century, a murderer stalked the French countryside preying upon children. Dubbed the Killer of Little Shepherds, the perpetrator evaded capture for years, until a pair of renowned French criminologists brought him to justice. Narrated by Erik Davies, The Killer of Little Shepherds traces the brutal crimes of Joseph Vacher and how the resulting investigation helped usher in a new era of forensics. 

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Under the Banner of Heaven

By Jon Krakauer

This audiobook, narrated by author Jon Krakauer, takes listeners on a harrowing journey through isolated Mormon Fundamentalist communities and into the lives of Ron and Dan Lafferty. The Utah brothers who murdered a woman and her baby girl and insisted they were called upon by God to commit the murder. 

Related: Unsung Horrors: 10 Underrated True Crime Books 

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True Crime Addict: How I Lost Myself in the Mysterious Disappearance of maura Murray

By James Renner

In 2001, investigative journalist James Renner began investigating the mysterious disappearance of Maura Murray, a young woman who in 2004 vanished after crashing her car along a rural New Hampshire roadway. Yet as Renner's search for Murray intensified, his personal life and own wellbeing began to crumble. Narrated by Renner himself, True Crime Addict is a fascinating look at how real-life mysteries and a quest for the truth can turn into an all-consuming obsession. 

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The Most Dangerous Animal of All: Searching for My Father...and Finding the Zodiac Killer

By Gary L. Stewart and Susan Mustafa

When Gary L. Stewart set out to find his biological father, he had no idea what he was about to uncover. In The Most Dangerous Animal of All, narrated here by the author, Stewart chronicles how his search for his father unearthed a set of chilling clues and documents, evidence that convinced him that his long-lost father was the Zodiac Killer. 

Related: The Most Dangerous Animal: Is the Zodiac Killer the Next Cold Case to Be Solved? 

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H.H. Holmes: The True Story of the White City Devil

By Adam Selzer

Adam Selzer's true crime narrative dives deep into the case of infamous American serial killer H.H. Holmes, who used the Chicago World's Fair of 1893 to lure multiple victims to their doom. Citing an impressive body of primary sources, from legal documents to articles and archival records, Selzer goes beyond the nightmarish legend of the White City Devil to find a truly dangerous man. Narrated by David Bendena, this fascinating investigation is perfect for those interested in historical true crime.