Podcasts have seen a rise in popularity with more and more of us turning to them to pass the time. I first got into them in November 2016 when I found myself with a lot of time on my hands having been made redundant from my job. I’d put them off for so long thinking that they’d be boring or that they just weren’t my kind of thing. I’d heard a few people talking about true crime podcast My Favorite Murder and how good it was and being a true crime fan myself, I decided to give it a listen. I’m so glad I did. This then led me onto other true crime podcasts and now I find myself listening to them all the time. On my commute, whilst cooking, in the shower… Basically any free time I have. So I thought I would share some of my favourite true crime podcasts with you.
My Favorite Murder
As I said, this is the podcast that got me onto podcasts. Karen and Georgia are the hosts and in each episode they both talk about a murder but with a comedic twist so it’s not heavy or gruesome to hear. They do have a tendency to waffle on at the start of each episode but as they’re both comedians it’s definitely waffle worth listening to. They also do minisodes where they read hometown murders that listeners have emailed in. I’m going to one of their live shows next month and I can’t wait!
Serial follows Sarah Koenig who is an investigative journalist as she delves deep into the 1999 murder of Hae Min Lee, an 18 year old high school student. Lee’s ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed, was tried and convicted of her murder and was given a life sentence, despite maintaining his innocence. Sarah goes through all the evidence from the trial and forms her own opinion on the case, as do we the listener. It’s an interesting format as we get to follow it from start to end.
Someone Knows Something
This is similar to Serial in the sense that it follows David Ridgen who’s investigating the disappearance of a five year old boy, Adrien McNaughton, who went missing from David’s hometown in 1972. David spends time talking to the boy’s family about what happened the day Adrien disappeared, which gives us a thorough insight into the case. It’s still a mystery what happened to Adrien and with each episode you get to hear more of the story, which allows you to come to your own conclusion.
They Walk Among Us
They Walk Among Us is a British podcast brought to us by a mysterious narrator called Benjamin, who tells us about some of the UK’s most intriguing crimes, such as the murder of Sadie Hartley and John Darwin, a man who faked his own death in order to cash in on a life insurance claim. Benjamin tells the stories in a very calm, almost creepy narrative which is great. This is the only podcast I can listen to in work, maybe because I’m familiar with a lot of the stories mentioned, whereas the other podcasts I like to give my full attention.
Are you a fan of podcasts? What podcast would you recommend listening to and why? Let me know in the comments below.