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I feel like the popularity of true crime podcasts has skyrocketed recently. I got hooked on them a few years ago thanks to Serial. I’m not sure how I found that at this point but I got hooked on them every since. Since they are so popular I wanted to share some of my favorites.
Serial is about a murder that took place in Baltimore in 1999. Hae Min Lee was a high school student that did not return back to her house after school one day. Her body was found in a park one month later and soon after that her ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed, was arrested for her murder. To this day he maintains his innocence but remains in prison due to be found guilty. The narrator, Sarah Koenig, goes through all of the evidence and tries to talk to his family and friends. Throughout the whole season, I kept flip flopping on whether I thought Adnan was guilty.
There is a season 2 to Serial that, in my opinion, is not even close to being as good as the first season. I highly recommend season 1 if you are looking to jump into true crime podcasts. They are working on season 3 now but the story and release date have not been released.
I feel like Up and Vanished is what made true crime podcasts so popular. Tara Grinstead, a teacher in Ocilla Georgia, did not show up for work Monday October 24th, 2005, which was unlike her. When people arrived at her house, the front door was found open and Tara has not been spotted or heard from since. This one is unique because the GBI, Georgia Bureau of Investigation, has not released any evidence. Payne Lindsey, a documentary maker, has to conduct his investigation off of rumors, news articles and what law enforcement had said during the initial part of the investigation.
Due to the podcast’s popularity, arrests have been made in the case but there are still so many questions. I loved the way Payne followed information he was given and befriended a private investigator, Maurice Godwin, who was hired by Tara’s family as well as a lawyer, Philip Holloway, to have gain more knowledge. This podcast had me hooked from the beginning and there are so many questions that I’m dying to get answers to.
Someone Knows Something was introduced to me by my cousin Shelby. It looks into the disappearance of Sheryl Sheppard. On December 31st, 1997, her boyfriend, Michael Lavoie, proposed to her on a live televised New Year’s Eve party. Two days later, she disappeared. The narrator, David Ridgen, talks to her mother, friends, police investigators and follows the evidence. David goes to the apartment building that Sheryl lived in with her mother. I felt like this one is a little creepy in the way they talk about some of the evidence but it’s still so good.
Casefile finds crimes that have occurred with most happening in Australia. The anonymous narrator gives background on victims and their families, talks about the police and their investigation and any news articles that were written. Depending on information available, a 911 call will be included in the podcast which adds to it.
I will give a fair warning and say that the crimes that are talked about can be very disturbing. I highly recommend taking caution when listening if violent crimes and their details will be too much for you.
Crimetown looks at the culture of crime in different American cities. The first season talked about Providence, Rhode Island. Organized crime and corruption were rampant in the city. The two hosts, Marc Smerling and Zac Stuart-Pontier, look at a period in Providence and talk to people involved. I found this to be extremely interesting because they’ll talk to the people involved who committed some of the crimes which gives a different perspective. This one is much different than the other’s I’ve talked about since it doesn’t have to do with cold cases or murders.
Sworn is a true crime podcast told from the perspective of law enforcement. The host is Philip Holloway whose name you may recognize from Up & Vanished. He is a lawyer and previously worked as a sheriff so he knows his stuff. I love this podcast because even though it’s true crime, the new perspective is really interesting. Philip will talk to the police officers involved in the crimes investigation. I find that this doesn’t happen a lot of times which is why I highly recommend this!
This is a relatively new podcast (to me!) but it’s on episode 101 so it’s been around for a while. The podcast tells story of crimes and how evil can be closer than you think. For example, the current episode I’m listening to is about a mother who killed her son. In my opinion, many podcasts will cover crimes where a random person or acquaintance will commit it. Sword and Scale tells about the crimes that happen close to home and how sometimes, the victims will be completely blindsided by it.
Question of the day: Do you listen to podcasts? Tell me you favorite if you do!