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I love true crime. One of my parents worked in the criminal justice system so I’ve always been around crime stories. This casual dinner conversation sparked my interest in the learning about world of crime as a kid and I ended up graduating college with a degree in criminal justice. To be honest, I always felt alone when it came to my interest in true crime. I’m not even sure how I stumbled upon these podcasts but I’m very glad that I did. If you’re interested in true crime stories as well, these will be right up your alley. For your sake, don’t do listen to these before bed.
True Crime Garage
Recommended episodes: John Wayne Gacy Part 1 & part 2.
True Crime Garage is a weekly podcast hosted by Nic and the Captain. TCG takes you deep inside the most horrific murders and mysteries to date. Nic, the more serious of the two, is the narrator whereas the Captain offers his hilarious two cents. The podcast covers everything from the most famous serial killers to murders you probably haven’t heard about. They keep up with their social media, using Instagram to post pictures of the perpetrators of the crimes to help give you visuals. For you 21-year-olds and older, they take “beer breaks” and begin the show with telling you what beer they are drinking as they record the podcast. New episodes are released every week. If it is a series of podcasts, they typically release the “part 2” the very next day so that you aren’t waiting in suspense.
My Favorite Murder
Recommended episode: Any of them.
My Favorite Murder is hosted by comedians Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark. It is one of the few podcasts that somehow makes you laugh hearing about a murder. Between their witty banter and quick remarks, you find that these ladies say exactly what comes to mind. They certainly don’t hold back. Karen and Georgia do their own research about the murders. As they tell them, hilarity ensues. They have built up quite a following and affectionately call their listeners “Murderinos” ending every podcast by saying “Stay sexy and don’t get murdered.”
Casefile True Crime
Recommended episode: Case 50: Jennifer Pan
Casefile True Crime, commonly referred to as Casefile, covers true crime from across the globe, but mostly crime in Australia. To add to the intrigue, it’s hosted by someone completely anonymous. That’s right. No one knows who he is. The host is eerily calm as he tells some of the most devastating stories from Down Under. The podcast is produced extremely well with creepy background noises and music. This podcast proves the tagline of the show is “fact is scarier than fiction.”
Recommended season: Season 3: Predator, M.D.
Breakdown is a project of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution hosted by a few different people. Breakdown does exactly as the title suggests. They take a case and break it down, starting from the very beginning and ending with what happens after the verdict. Delving into eye witness accounts, they get legal analysts to weigh in, and do extensive research into the court documents themselves. They are currently on Season 4 where they are looking into a case that seems to have the wrong person in prison. This is a welcome change to a lot of the podcasts. It goes into the legal side of the criminal justice system, which as we all know, is not perfect.
True Murder: The Most Shocking Killers in True Crime History
Recommended episode: Monster- C. L. Swinney
True Murder is hosted by Dan Zupansky. He hosts an author every week. The books written by these authors are about the most awful serials killers in history. This podcast is kind of a throwback feel, almost with a 1950’s radio sound. Some of these interviews are a hit or a miss when it comes to chemistry between the host and the author. That doesn’t make the crimes any less shocking. Sometimes, these murders are completely unsolved which makes the story even all the more interesting.
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