True crime podcasts are basically a way of life in the 21st Century. They’re bloody (not even sorry for the pun) awesome and dangerously addictive. We mean the type that makes you unashamedly cancel your weekend plans so you can binge an entire series because nobody wants to be left on a god damn cliffhanger. Yeah, you’re about to become that person.
If you’ve already trawled your way through the mighty true-crime podcast that all others are now measured against (we’re looking at you Serial and The Teacher's Pet) and you’re asking yourself what could ever go beyond one of the greatest podcasts ever, we have you covered.
Jump on the true-crime bandwagon, tune-in and start bingeing, here are all the new true crime podcasts you need to listen to.
Beenham Valley Road
Fill up your spare time with the dark story behind the Beenham Valley Road podcast. Taking a look into the tragic murder of 27-year-old Kirra McLoughlin from Wolvi, Queensland, this podcast is hosted by two ex-cops who actually met Kirra. Expect a real-time telling, where you find out details around this case at the same time these guys do. At the moment, no one has been held responsible for Kirra’s death so you’ll no doubt be hooked around the mission to find justice.
Do you know what’s scarier than Wolf Creek? Spear Creek, because it’s real. Three friends left Alice Springs to explore the outback. Weeks later, their bodies were found in North Queensland. It was clear by the way they were arranged that the friends had been hunted before they were shot dead, but after a series of unfortunate events, the case was left unsolved. Which can only mean one thing: the killer is still out there.
Make way for Cold, the true crime podcast where investigative reporter Dave Cawley takes you into the case of Susan Powell. Susan vanished on December 7 2009, her body never found. From the beginning, West Valley City, Utah police suspected Susan’s husband, Josh Powell, had murdered her but they never arrested him. Cold dives deep into the case files, uncovering never-before-heard details and you’ll learn why Susan stayed with an abusive husband and how the justice system failed Susan and her two boys.
This new true crime podcast looks at a brutal murder in a small southern town in the US that leaves residents and police shocked. The big question is whether or not the “new guy” in town is the person who did it, police seem to think so and so the case is “solved”. But then another murder happens, and another and in the end, there’s four bodies, two convictions and one man in jail for a crime he likely didn’t commit. Yep, Murderville is as juicy as it sounds.
The Lady Vanishes
If you're looking for a new podcast to fill The Teacher's Pet void in your life, The Lady Vanishes is it. The gem focuses on the disappearance of Gold Coast resident Marion Barter after the much-loved mother, teacher and friend stepped on a plane for an overseas adventure and was never seen again. The circumstances surrounding her disappearance are bizarre but her daughter has never given up looking for her. It's already amounted over a million listens in just six weeks so if this podcast wasn't already on your radar, it is now.
In March 2018 the car of Sarah and Jennifer Hart (both white) and their six adopted children (all black) was found smashed on the rocks below a Californian highway in an apparent murder-suicide. Friends considered them the perfect blended family, so what lead the parents to drive off a cliff? Broken Harts brings you more than 30 hitherto unheard interviews as they attempt to answer that question.
Monster: The Zodiac Killer
If S-Town was the true crime podcast of 2017 and Teacher's Pet was the podcast of 2018 well, Monster: The Zodiac Killer is already fast becoming your true crime binge of 2019. The Hell and Gone team actually brought you season one a while back but this next bout tackles the story of one of the most famous serial killers in history (the Zodiac killer, if you hadn't already guessed). In the 60s, a faceless fugitive attacked and killed five people in San Francisco and while the murderer went about his gruesome work, he regularly taunted police and the media. Through an exhaustive search, there were over 2,500 Zodiac suspects but none strong enough to make an arrest ie. the killer has never been identified.
Quick shout-out to the Serial fans—if you like the format of said true crime podcast, Criminal is deserving of your next binge-fest. This one has the same kind of episodic-narration but host Phoebe Judge shares a number of real stories of people who have ‘done wrong, been wronged, or gotten caught somewhere in the middle’. Plus, it’s netted with a heap of complexities which of course, makes it that much more addictive to listen to and makes it the ultimate procrastination podcast.
Casefile is a ripper podcast racking up the episodes already, with an anonymous narrator (seriously, no one knows a thing about this dude other than the obvious fact he’s a full-blown Aussie at heart) who tells of the shocking, the terrifying, the strange and the unsolved true crimes and includes all the details. Emphasis on allllll the details.
This one puts the spotlight on some of the weirdest, wacky and downright bonkers cults around the globe. Sit back and let the hosts get inside the minds of the leaders of these next level cults, and the members that chose to submit to their crazy ways. Control and power is ultimately the downfall for most of these leaders and what they’ll do to remain at the top of these societies is the kind of stuff you don’t even want to imagine. Cults will shock, interest and disturb you all at once. We love it.
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