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Plug Into 8 Of The Best Chilling True Crime Podcasts

By Morgan Reardon
24th Mar 2020

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It’s official, we’re straight up obsessed with true crime. And right now, with WFH life and virtual lunch breaks becoming most people's reality, sometimes tuning out and falling into a web shocking but oh so interesting true crime stories is just the tea you need.

Need some newbies to download? We’ve got you sorted with the best true crime podcasts worth listening to today. 

The Dating Game Killer

We cannot get enough of this new true crime podcast. The story goes like this: In 1987 Rodney Alcala won a date on a reality TV show, The Dating Game. While he charmed everyone, including his potential date, what no one knew was that he was a prolific serial killer in the middle of cross country murder spree. In this six-part series, co-hosts Tracy Pattin (Hollywood & Crime) and Stephen Lang (Avatar) take listeners on Alcala’s chilling journey, chronicling his crimes and how he managed to fool everyone around him—from his employers to prison psychiatrists and parole boards. Oh, and did we mention it’s from the creator of Dirty John, so you know it’s going to be epic. 

Jensen and Holes: The Murder Squad

It's important to note that not all trume crime podcasts are created equal, and this one has serious credentials that put it right at the top of our must binge list. Retired cold case investigator Paul Holes and investigative journalist Billy Jensen dig deep in unsolved murders, unidentified remains and missing persons cases. Each ep you’ll get a front row seat as the duo attempt to solve crimes using everything from old-fashioned detective work to modern tech like DNA and social media geotargeting. Season two dropped this week so get streaming. 

Chasing Cosby

For decades families all around the world welcomed Bill Cosby into their homes as the loveable dad in The Cosby Show. But behind the jokes and accolades, the comedian was leading a dark, secret life—preying on women. One of those women was Andrea Constand, the only one of Cosby’s 60-plus accusers whose case could be tried in a court of law. In this podcast, she’s telling her side of the story, along with firsthand accounts from more than a dozen survivors, jurors and prosecutors. Direct from The Los Angeles Times, this podcast is a must listen. 

Murder In Oregon

This true crime podcast begs a serious question—who really killed Michael Francke? We say really, because a low-level drug dealer by the name of Franke Gable was actually charged and sentenced to 30 years imprisonment for the murder of Oregon Department of Corrections director Francke in January 1989. But Francke’s own brother Kevin, along with Oregon reporter Phil Stanford, believe the wrong man is behind bars. They believe Francke was slain because he uncovered a trail of corruption in the prison system and someone wanted to shut him up for good. More than two decades since the murder the duo are determined to finally uncover the truth. This story is so wild no one could make it up. 

Life And Crimes With Andrew Rule

Andrew Rule has seen more than his fair share of true crime. As one of Australia’s most prolific journalists and authors, the Sunday Herald Sun columnist is uncovering some of Australia’s worst cases of crime in this binge-worthy podcast. In each episode he’ll dig deep to expose the dark corners of Australian life in historic and recent crimes. One of our favourites was his coverage of Kath Pettingill AKA Granny Evil who, along with her sons, terrorised the Melbourne underworld.

Detective Trapp

When LA Times reporter Christopher Goffard released a little-known podcast by the name of Dirty John last year, true crime buffs lost their collective minds. Well praise the podcast gods because Goffard is back with his latest offering. Detective Trapp goes like this—when a young woman’s body is found at a trash-sorting plant, investigator Julissa Trapp learns the murder may be linked to the disappearance of three other women around California. She embarks on a dark journey that brings her face to face with a man who takes, as Goffard says, ‘a little piece of her soul’.

The Lighthouse

The Australian (creators of Who The Hell Is Hamish? and The Teacher’s Pet) have launched their latest investigative podcast, this time about the mysterious disappearance of Belgian backpacker Theo Hayez. At the request of Theo’s family, The Australian’s national crime correspondent, David Murray, joined the unofficial search party to investigate what happened to Theo, who hasn’t been seen since leaving a Byron Bay bar in May this year. The podcast delves into all possible scenarios highlighted by a major police investigation and takes you inside the extraordinary search by local volunteers.

The Score: Bank Robber Diaries 

Picture this: 14 months and 30 bank robberies, yes you’re about to meet one of the world's most notorious bank robbers. In the first true-crime series to be told from a criminal’s point of view, this podcast explores the captivating story of Southern California’s most prolific bank robber Joe Loya. Often wearing a trench coat and sunglasses, Joe—aka the Beirut Bandit—robbed so many banks he lost count. Each week listeners will be given an all-access pass into the mind of Joe, exploring everything from his troubled childhood and journey to a big-time criminal to recounts from Joe’s family and insights from the FBI agent that caught him. 

Image credit: Eugene Triguba

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