In 2020, just about anyone can have a podcast regardless of whether they have anything compelling to offer society (Trisha Paytas). In addition to this, just about everyone has some type of true crime podcast & they aren’t all winners. I think this is such a tough category because it’s equal parts doing the research & being a good storyteller. Anyone can regurgitate a bunch of facts but these podcasters have mastered the art of telling a heart stopping story.
Southern Fried True Crime: This podcast exclusively focuses on true crime tales from the deep south. It’s not for the faint of heart, many of the stories are incredibly gruesome even for true crime. Erica Kelly delivers the facts & human side of these tragedies in her charming southern drawl. The cases that are directly tied to the aftermath of Katrina fascinate me the most. When you are so far removed from an event like that it is easy to think that things just go back to normal after the clean up but that’s not the case for locals left rebuilding their lives. Brothels, corrupt police, crimes of passion – this one has everything.
Serial: I’m sure that everyone has listened to this one after their deep dive into the Adnan Syed trial in the first season, The second season was a bit different as the subject matter wasn’t necessarily traditional true crime but still very good. I like the format of this podcast, the research that is dedicated to each segment is incredible, I was hooked from the start. I have not yet listened to season three but will soon. I’m not interested in their new podcast Nice White Parents, as a teacher, I don’t want to hear about public education reform from someone who hasn’t been a teacher. And that’s on period 😛
Coast to Coast AM: Is this really a podcast, no but it’s a pretty fantastic radio call in show even though it is a bit hokey 😀 I love the host, the bizarre callers, the fact that it’s live at 1 AM pretty much everything about this one is right up my alley. If you aren’t up at 1 AM, you can catch the show recordings on their website & Spotify but there is something extra spooky about listening to the show live.
Death in the Afternoon: Brought to you by my favorite mortician, Caitlin Doughty (Ask a Mortician) this podcast touches on human mortality in a not sad way. They discuss a lot of topics around death & answer questions that one may not admit to having a morbid curiosity about. I’m not sure if the podcast is just on hiatus but I need some new episodes! Luckily, Doughty also has a YouTube channel where she talks about similar topics, historical tragedies & some current events.
Up & Vanished: Missing persons cases are some of the most compelling, it’s hard to imagine how someone can just go missing. Payne Lindsey does a fantastic job analyzing and discussing both famous & more obscure missing persons cases. It’s in a similar format to Serial, numerous episodes are related to one case which allows for detailed accounts from witnesses, family members & people who worked the cases. I’m not crazy about his voice at times, it’s very blockbuster narrator – THIS SUMMER, ONE MAN…he mellows as the seasons progress 😀 While Lindsey started as an amateur podcaster, he is a pro television personality & director, his ability to get insider info is crazy. It’s fascinating to hear details from the police & detectives who worked these cases, how they’ve never stopped working the cases & the passion they have for finding out what happened to these individuals. Lindsey has a new collaborative podcast coming out soon, Dead & Gone – it chronicles the deaths & disappearances of Dead Heads. I am a huge Grateful Dead fan & am looking forward to this new podcast.
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