After the entertainment biz had a true crime boom in the last few years – I’m talking docos, books and a chunk of Bravos late night shows – the podcasting world took on the genre and it may be one of the best things that’s ever happened. From real investigative journalism to girlfriends drinking wine and chatting about cold cases, there are a tonne of options to delight your ears and satisfy your inner detective.
If you’re a first timer looking to dive into the genre or you’re just on the hunt for some new ideas, check out some of the podcast I’m listening to obsessively.
My Favourite Murder
If it’s possible to put a comedic twist on true crime, these ladies have mastered it. A staple in the true crime genre, Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark host an incredible podcast that dives head first into real-life murders (both the big and the small). With a new crime every episode, the ladies chat about the murder, the circumstances surrounding it and so much more in this podcast that has developed a cult following. If a tongue-and-cheek approach to these serious topics isn’t for you, probably one to steer clear from.
The Teacher’s Pet
I basically stopped everything non-essential in my life to listen to this podcast. Following a crime that happened across the ditch and hosted by The Australian’s Hedley Thomas, this unsolved cold case grips you, angers you and intrigues you all at the same time. Unsolved for 36 years, the podcast looks at the disappearance of Lyn Dawson, a woman who seemingly had a perfect marriage to Aussie footballer Chris Dawson. We meet friends, family and neighbours throughout the episodes and you can’t help but create your own conspiracy theories about what happened to this devoted wife and mother when her husbands strange relationships are unveiled. A great intro to true crime.
My hubby made me listen to this and I was so fascinated by how this story unfolded. The Clearing revolves around a 40 year-old April Balascio who comes to realise that her deceased father, Edward Wayne Edwards, was a murderer. Can you imagine?! We follow her as she recounts how she discovered his secret, hear about the type of man her father was, hear her make a call to the police and listen as she now lives with the knowledge of who her father was.
Wine and Crime
Another comedic take on the true crime genre, this podcast is a little more light-hearted than the others as we join three friends as they chug wine, chat true crime, and unleash their worst Minnesotan accents!
Man in the Window
A recent discovery that I’ve now made so many people listen to, The Man In The Window takes a look at the man who would become the Golden State Killer. After spending decades evading the law, the podcast brings you everything you need to know about the serial killer while asking the bigger questions such why did it take so long for him to be caught? Truly gripping, this is one you definitely need to keep on your radar.
Let us know what your favourite true crime podcast or doco is.
Written by Steph Graham
The girl you want by your side during any major life event, Steph is a decorating boss and a baking Queen. You’ll usually find her getting tipsy at a bottomless brunch, playing basketball and Insta-stalking the Hemsworth brothers.
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