I spend a lot of my free time listening to podcasts. When I’m driving, cleaning, crocheting, or even falling asleep – I usually have one playing. Most of the podcasts I listen to fall in one of two categories: entrepreneurship and true crime. I’m just waiting for the day that those two categories cross. Maybe that’s a podcast I should launch?
If you’re not familiar with podcasts, they’re episode-based audio files you can listen to. Sort of like niche-themed radio shows that you can listen to on-demand. If you have an iPhone, there’s a built-in app called Apple Podcasts where you can search for shows on just about any topic. If you’re on an Android or Windows phone, there are tons of other apps like Stitcher.
While I’m a big audiobook fan, I love that podcasts are short (most are under an hour each episode). It’s great to listen to the start, middle and end of something if you only have a short amount of time.
I get a lot of ideas for stories from listening to true crime podcasts. There’s ones just about cults, crimes in the specific geographic areas like the United Kingdom, serial killers, kids who kill or unsolved murders. There’s also a wide range of styles from a couple of comedians gabbing about crime to well-researched storytelling by a single person. Some shows focus on one case throughout the whole series or season while others have multiple crimes discussed in each episode (and everything in between).
I’m subscribed to more than 30 true crime podcasts (gulp!) and I wanted to share some of the ones I’m currently listening to in case you find them as interesting as I do.
My Favorite Murder: Two comedians in LA tell each other about a crime. This wasn’t the first true crime podcast, but it’s hands-down the most successful and opened the door to many more podcasts. Serial is another a gateway podcast for many, though it wasn’t one I was really into.
Casefile: An Australian man (great accent, if that’s your jam) tells really in-depth and wonderful stories from all over the world. The stories are thoroughly researched.
Red Handed: Two women from London co-tell a crime each episode. I enjoy their banter and the super interesting crimes they talk about.
Cold: Though I tend to prefer shows where a different crime is talked about each episode, this is a fantastic one (and also horrifying). It’s about a murdered mom in Utah and the sordid history involving her husband and father-in-law.
Okay, one more, Root of Evil is another show about one topic. This is connected to the infamous and unsolved Black Dahlia murder, but not just about that case. It’s about the family of a man who possibly killed her and the fallout of his actions on his descendants into today.
Do you have any favorites? I’d love to hear about them! I also have more than 30 more to recommend if you’re looking for something specific.