True Crime Buff? Crime Fiction Lover? Try These Darkly Compelling Podcasts

So I heard on one of my favourite podcasts that this month is try-a-podcast-month. I love podcasts; I listen pretty much every day. Maybe you do too, or maybe you’ve never tried a podcast before. Wherever you are on that scale, if you love crime fiction (and if you’re reading this, I’m assuming that you do) here are a few that you’ll enjoy. While these are actually true crime, they’re presented in a conversational way, focusing, not just on the facts, dates and details of cases, but on the stories behind the events and the people involved, which gives them more of a narrative non fiction feel. Go ahead and give one a try. You won’t be disappointed.




#1 Criminal

Criminal brings you true stories relating to some of the strangest crimes you can imagine. They focus, not just on the ins and outs of the crime itself, but on the people and the circumstances surrounding them. The Criminal team performs thorough research into every episode. They frequently interview anyone from those who have been affected by crime, such as victims or family members, to criminals, law enforcement,  and experts on related topics. The thoughtful exploration of all aspects of the crimes is what makes this podcast so interesting to listen to. One of the things that I love about Criminal is that they never try to tell you how you should feel or what you should think about what you’re hearing. They bring you the facts and different points of view, explore all aspects of the case, and then let you draw your own conclusions.

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#2  Detective

Detective claims to bring you “True stories from behind the yellow tape. The ones you don’t hear about on TV.” Each season, Garnsey Sloan interviews a different detective. She asks them about how they got into law enforcement, what drew them to the role, what they learned about people, about life and about crime as homicide detectives.  The detectives interviewed are all from different backgrounds, different cities around the US, and came to law enforcement in different ways and for different reasons. Because of that, each detective brings a new and unique perspective. Detective is a real and sometimes poignant look into the realities of crime and policing.

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#3 In the Dark

In the Dark investigates the 1989 disappearance of Jacob Wetterling, and has a particular focus on the deficiencies in the case. It starts in the beginning, talks us through what happened, what was known, what wasn’t known, what witnesses there were, and what they had to say. It then follows the course of the investigation, what was done, what wasn’t done, and what might have been done differently. In the Dark includes interviews with witnesses, family members, and law enforcement personnel, both from the original case and as experts to review what took place. While the In the Dark team’s opinion on this case is very clear, they support it with facts, research, and logic. This is a compelling portrait of how not to solve a murder. In the Dark has announced that there will be a season two of the podcast, but they have not yet released what the topic will be.

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#4 Stranglers

Stranglers reviews the thirteen murders that took place in Boston in the 1960s which are popularly attributed to the so called “Boston Strangler”, Albert DeSalvo. It discusses each case individually, the theories involved, the impact that it had on Boston, and the US, on individuals, particularly women, trying to live their lives in this time. It discusses the media treatment, including the popular film that was made based on these events.

Stranglers discusses, in detail, the police investigation into the murders, exploring the strengths and weaknesses of the case, including some surprising problems that I certainly never knew about. Strangers asks the questions that still have no answers, and explains the reasons that many believe there may be other stranglers who were never caught. Like In the Dark, Stranglers has announced that there will be a season two, but has not released what the topic will be.

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So, if you’re looking for a podcast to try this try-a-podcast-month, give one of these four a listen. Whether you’re a true crime buff or a crime fiction lover, these are sure to draw you in and keep you hooked for hours. If you decide to give one of these podcasts a try, I’d love to know what you thought. You can get in touch with me on twitter, or just shoot me an email.

Have recommendations of your own? You can tweet me @RebeccaZettl and be sure to use the hashtag #trypod.

Happy listening!


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