I have an incredibly long commute. I work in Boston’s Back Bay, but live in the ‘burbs. During rush hour, it’s a two-hour commute from my driveway to the front door of the office building. It might sound torturous (and some days, it really is), but I’ve gotten really into podcasts to pass the time. It’s a great way to be entertained and to learn about any particular topic.
I listen to a variety of subjects, so I’ll break up my recommendations by general category. Today I’m sharing with you my top five true crime podcasts.
My Favorite Murder
This one needs no introduction. My Favorite Murder is wildly popular, and their Facebook group has just shy of 151k members. The hosts, Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark, are like your funny girlfriends that love true crime and want to chat about it with you. They are incredibly conversational, mispronounce things, make fun of themselves, normalize the discussion around mental health, stick up for sex workers, and advocate for the victims. It’s not the most somber of true crime podcasts, but they’re a lot of fun to listen to and I basically want to be their best friend.
Casefile True Crime
First, the host of the podcast is Australian, and I love listening to his accent. That being said, it’s an incredibly in-depth look at a given case. The host is very respectful of the subject matter and of the people in each investigation. Each episode is a new case (with the occasional case being covered over multiple episodes).
This series was created by the same people that created HBO’s The Jinx, so you know it’s good. Each season will focus on crime in a given city, and the first season is about Providence, Rhode Island. This is true crime of a different type: it is about how organized crime and corruption shaped the city and public life. There’s the mob, crooked politicians, betrayals, and heists. I’m not quite through Season One yet, and I can’t wait to see what city they choose for Season Two.
A contemporary, in-depth investigation of the unsolved Boston Strangler murders. I learned so much about this 19-month reign of terror in the early 60s that took place in neighborhoods I walk through every day.
Up and Vanished
An investigative podcast that looks into the disappearance of Tara Grinstead, a beauty queen and high school teacher from Georgia. This 11-year cold case has the largest case file in Georgia’s history. Host Payne Lindsey digs into old evidence with fresh eyes, as well as conducts new interviews with people involved in the case. I don’t want to spoil anything, but there are some very interesting discoveries and breakthroughs along the way.
Do you have any recommendations for new true crime podcasts? I’d love to hear your suggestions. If you’re not into true crime, not to worry because I have some other really great, really un-crime focused podcasts that I’ll be sharing with you soon!