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The Best True Crime Podcasts (2019)

Get drawn towards the darkest of humanity. We've found the best episodic true crime podcasts to help you with your insatiable appetite for new true crime stories and put them all into True Crime Radio. Listen in the Scout FM app or ask your Alexa to "open True Crime Radio."

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1. Criminal

Criminal is a podcast about crime. Not so much the "if it bleeds, it leads," kind of crime. Something a little more complex. Stories of people who've done wrong, been wronged, and/or gotten caught somewhere in the middle.

Oct 11, 2019
A Bucket, a Mop, and a Sledgehammer
After a crime occurs, or when someone dies, the police aren’t responsible for cleaning up. That’s not their job. So, who does?
2. Serial Killers

Every Monday, Serial Killers takes a psychological and entertaining approach to provide a rare glimpse into the mind, methods and madness of the most notorious serial killers with the hopes of better understanding their psychological profile.

Oct 7, 2019
The Vampire of Sacramento, Part 1
He was a strange child—messy, disorganized and prone to random outbursts. But things got much worse.
3. The Vanished Podcast

The Vanished is a true crime podcast that explores the stories of those who have gone missing. The Vanished goes beyond conventional news reports to take a deep dive into the story of a different missing person each week.

Oct 14, 2019
Marty Dean Teague
Marty would talk to his kids every day if he could. So, when he disappeared without a word, his family knew something terrible had happened.
4. Female Criminals

The true crime podcast where women aren’t just the victims. Every week, we examine the psychology, motivations, and atrocities of female felons. New episodes come out every Wednesday.

Oct 9, 2019
The Black Widow of England, Part 1
A career gold-digger with a penchant for arsenic, and a trail of murders that would make headlines.
5. My Favorite Murder

Lifelong fans of true crime stories Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark tell each other their favorite tales of murder and hear hometown crime stories from friends and fans.

Oct 17, 2019
Sticking Together and Helping Out
The disappearance of Emanuela Orlandi, and story of the Oversteegen Sisters and Hannie Schaft.
6. Thin Air Podcast

A true-crime podcast dedicated to investigating missing persons cases from around the world.

7. Casefile True Crime

Fact is scarier than fiction.

Oct 12, 2019
Killer Petey
Pedro Rodrigues Filho, or Pedrinho as he came to be called, was born on June 17, 1954.
8. Forensic Files

Forensic Files is a pioneer in the field of fact-based, high-tech, dramatic storytelling. This series of television programs delves into the world of forensic science, profiling intriguing crimes, accidents, and outbreaks of disease.

Oct 17, 2019
Fire Dot Com
A federal agency ruled a fire that killed a child intentionally set, charging the mother with murder. Were government officials wrong?
9. Already Gone

Sharing stories of the missing, the murdered, the mysterious and the lost.

Oct 15, 2019
Lost Girls
This is another Missing in Michigan episode, covering two cases that need more attention.
10. The Apex & The Abyss

The true stories behind what keeps you awake at night and afraid of the dark.

Aug 5, 2019
John Wayne Gacy
John Wayne Gacy is one of the most notorious serial killers in the world. He was convicted of 33 murders, but are there more?
11. Crime Junkie

If you can never get enough true crime... Congratulations, you’ve found your people.

Oct 14, 2019
Robert William Pickton
Robert William Pickton was responsible for many Canadian women disappearing. And horrors were found on his pig farm.
12. Analysis of Murder by Dr. Phil

Dr. Phil McGraw tells you what goes through the mind of a cold-blooded killer. What leads them to murder someone close to them in the most horrific way possible?

Oct 17, 2019
The Devil Beside Me, Part 1: The Chris Watts Story
Shan’ann Watts, a pregnant mother of two little girls, was strangled to death by her husband, Chris Watts.
13. Jensen and Holes: The Murder Squad

Retired Cold Case Investigator Paul Holes and Investigative Journalist Billy Jensen dig deep into unsolved murders, unidentified remains and missing persons cases.

Oct 14, 2019
Jesse Matthew, Serial Predator and Serial Killer
A look at the murders of Morgan Harrington and Hannah Graham in Charlottesville, Virginia.
14. The Cleaning of John Doe | True Crime

True crime scene cleaning stories from your host, Vanessa Phearson. She takes you on a journey of her experiences cleaning up the aftermath of some of the grisliest, most heartbreaking and most intense cleanups a crime scene cleaner can face.

Apr 13, 2018
Is Anybody In There?
A hoarder wants his house cleaned and everything sorted in a particular way. But then disappears leaving the cleaners to work alone.
15. The Trail Went Cold

The Trail Went Cold is a weekly true crime podcast which explores baffling unsolved mysteries and cold cases.

16. Disgraceland

Murder, infidelity, suicide, arson, overdose, religious cults, drug trafficking; this podcast explores the alleged true crime antics and criminal connections of musicians we love like Jerry Lee Lewis, Beck, The Rolling Stones, and many more.

Oct 15, 2019
Mad Artistry, Mental Wards, and Gaping Chest Wounds
Iggy Pop pushed rock further than anyone before him, committing to live acts of sex, sickness, and rumored suicide on stage.
17. The Unexplained with Howard Hughes

Join Howard Hughes as he explores the world of the unexplained, live from London Howard has been in conversation with some of the world's most renown mediums and paranormal investigators.

18. In Sight True Crime

Pairing captivating tales with clear storytelling. Host Charlie brings in appropriate historic and cultural context to look beyond what happened and consider why it happened.

19. Case Notes

Case Notes is a brand-new crime podcast, investigating some of the darkest mysteries from the history of music.

20. Small Town Murder

Two comedians look at a small town, what makes it tick, and a murder that took place there. In depth research, horrible tragedy, and the hosts' comedic spin on the whole thing. New episodes every Thursday!!

21. Real Crime Profile

Join Jim Clemente (former FBI profiler), Laura Richards (criminal behavioral analyst, former New Scotland Yard) and Lisa Zambetti (Casting director for CBS' Criminal Minds) as they profile behavior from real criminal cases.

22. The First Degree

Join Ladygang’s Jac Vanek, true crime TV producer Alexis Linkletter, and investigative journalist Billy Jensen on a chilling ride into the darkest corners of your worst nightmares.

23. Court Junkie

Imagine being wrongfully convicted for a crime you didn’t commit, or imagine your child’s killer is still on the loose even though there’s enough evidence for an arrest.

24. Crimes of Passion

Every Wednesday, we tell a love story that turns into a crime story. Our subjects might start as lovers, friends, or family, but by the end, there's a criminal and a victim.

25. Since Columbine

Since Columbine tells the stories how one school shooting changed America and what we’ve learned since April 20, 1999.

26. CreepyPastaJr

TRUE SCARY STORIES, CREEPYPASTA, and a dash of INSANITY. Bringing the Scariest Stories and Monsters to your mind! Turn out your lights, shut your door, and let me tell you a scary story.

27. Dark Poutine

True crime, legends, folklore, dark history and other creepy topics from the perspective of real live Canadians.

28. Martinis & Murder

Hosts Daryn Carp and John Thrasher chat about creepy crimes and mysterious murders...while mixing up martinis! Each fun new episode will focus on a new crime, the crazy details and of course the theories about how it all went down.

29. The Dark Side Of

Most people have no idea what's hiding behind their favorite things. We dig deep into everything from charities to the Founding Fathers to the Bible, and turn up disturbing stories and salacious details.

30. Once Upon A Crime

Once Upon a Crime is a true crime podcast that researches the crime, criminals and victims to discover the “why” behind some infamous crimes as well as fascinating lesser known cases.

31. Mysterious Radio

Everything from real hauntings, aliens encounters, the unexplained, strange creatures, spirituality, true crime, conspiracies, ancient history, mysterious disappearances, the occult and more.

32. True Crime Daily The Podcast

True Crime Daily The Podcast covers murders, scams, investigations and unsolved crimes across the country every week with hosts Billy Jensen and Owen Michael.

33. Trace Evidence

Trace Evidence is a weekly true crime podcast that focuses on unsolved cases, from chilling murders to missing persons.

34. Dateline NBC

Current and classic episodes, featuring compelling true-crime mysteries, powerful documentaries and in-depth investigations.

35. Crime in Sports

Two comedians take an unmerciful and hilarious look at athletes who have lost big games...with the law! Crime in Sports does the research, and finds the funny in the world of sports true crime. New episode every week!

36. Hollywood Crime Scene

Desi Jedeikin and Rachel Fisher tell true tales of Hollywood's most sordid crimes and scandals

37. Kingpins

Undeniable power. Unbelievable stories. Unlikely origins. Kingpins follows the rise and fall of rulers of the underworld. Every Friday, we examine the leaders of organized crime rings, and how money and power corrupted and changed their communities.

38. Reasonable Doubt

World-renowned criminal defense lawyer Mark Geragos reveals the latest in our nation's most high-profile legal cases with podcast king Adam Carolla.

39. Mile Higher Podcast

Welcome to the Mile Higher Podcast hosted by husband and wife duo Josh Thomas and Kendall Rae!

40. Cults

Mystery. Manipulation. Murder. Cults are associated with all of these. But what really goes on inside a cult? More specifically, what goes on inside the minds of people who join cults and leaders who start them?

41. Most Notorious! A True Crime History Podcast

Serial killers. Gangsters. Gunslingers. Victorian-era murderers. And that's just the tip of the iceberg.

42. True Crime Garage

Each week Nic and the Captain fire up the true crime garage flying ship fueled with beer, great discussion and listener participation. The garage covers a new case each week from headline news to local real life horror stories.

43. The Generation Why Podcast

The Generation Why Podcast released its first episode in 2012 and pioneered the true crime genre in the podcasting world. Two friends, Aaron & Justin, break down theories and give their opinions on unsolved murders and controversies.

44. Alice Isn't Dead

A truck driver searches across America for the wife she had long assumed was dead. In the course of her search, she will encounter not-quite-human serial murderers, towns lost in time, and a conspiracy that goes way beyond one missing woman.

45. Criminal (In)justice

Problems with police, prosecutors and courts have people asking: is our criminal justice system broken? University of Pittsburgh law professor David Harris interviews the people who know the system best, and hears their best ideas for fixing it.

46. Family Secrets

Every family has them. When Dani Shapiro accidentally stumbled upon a massive secret that had been kept from her all her life, she dove headlong into discovering everything she could about how that secret had shaped her reality and her destiny.

47. Sword and Scale

The Sword and Scale true-crime podcast is an immersive audio experience covering the dark side of humanity and human nature. Our stories delve into the worst of the worst and include murder, rape, dismemberment and cannibalism.

48. Unsolved Murders

Unsolved Murders: True Crime Stories is a podcast drama with a modern twist on old time radio that delves into the mystery of true cold cases and unsolved murders.

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