Top murder/true-crime podcasts for chillout season
The year is almost done. Thank God (is a woman) that we got through this one. It’s had some major ups and some terrible downs, but the one thing that stayed consistent is Podcasts. Where would our commuting life be without someone chatting in your ear about almost anything. The only thing I listen to more than Ashlee Simpson’s “Autobiography” album is Podcasts. My go-to ones are always true crime (My childhood obsessions of Murder She Wrote and Scooby Doo really showing through in my adult life) so provided below is a list of 10 true crime podcasts that will make your travels a lot more tolerable.
Literally the best show ever made. Friends Georgia Hardstark and Karen Kilgariff sit down every week and talk about their favourite murders and provide listeners with a stunning balance of comedy and information. Plus, their sign-off has become iconic: SSDGM (stay sexy and don’t get murdered).
A CBC production, Missing & Murdered focuses on a different case each season. Season 1 follows the unsolved murder of Alberta Williams, from BC. Season 2 is called Finding Cleo, about a Cree child taken by Saskatchewan welfare workers in the 1970s, during what’s known as the Sixties Scoop, and her siblings, who to this day are trying to learn what happened to their lost sister.
It’s not always devoted to murders, but Karina Longworth’s podcast is a deep dive into the classic stories and mysteries of Hollywood’s golden age. I highly suggest the 12-part series within it called Charles Manson’s Hollywood: it breaks down his past and history, along with what was going on in Tinseltown during his hippie rampage.
Not an easy listen by any stretch. Featuring interviews with people affected by the child murders that happened in Atlanta, Georgia, from 1979 to 81, Atlanta Monster examines the horror that hit the inner-city communities with the murders of 25 children of colour.
5) Wine & Crime
Something I only recently found but which has given me so many giggles is Wine & Crime. It’s hosted by three women from Minnesota (Cheeseheads!) who each week discuss a murder or facet of a murder and pair it with a wine. Lighthearted, informative, and with charming accents, Wine & Crime is a stunner.
A classic in the world of true-crime podcasts, The Last Podcast on the Left is a traditional round-table discussion about true-crime stories. Hosted by Marcus Parks, Ben Kissel, and Henry Zebrowski, it will enlighten and make you feel welcomed to the conversations.
An offshoot from the Serial team, S-Town is about a small Alabama town that’s home to a man named John, who doesn’t much care for it or a family of wealthy residents who John believes got away with murder.
Focusing on different cities each season, Crimetown investigates the seedy underbelly of those cities and the corruption that runs through them. From mobsters to crooked cops, Crimetown is any Goodfellas fan’s wet dream.
Another CBC production (seriously, CBC is crushing the podcast world) that follows the new season/new case formula, Someone Knows Something is hosted by David Ridgen, and he’s not one to mess with. He gets to the nitty-gritty of each case and blows your mind.
This is a moody f-ing podcast. The atmosphere they create with sound design is chilling, and the mystery they discuss is creepy. A joint production of BBC and Norwegian NRK, Death in Ice Valley tells the story of an unidentified woman whose body was found in the Norwegian woods in the 1970s.
Thus concludes our holiday podcast selection. I hope your season is merry and bright. SSDGM