Feeling a sort of void in your life now that you’ve finished season one of Serial? Nobody blames you. But, you’ll need something to satisfy that true crime hunger you have, right? Fear not! There are plenty of other podcasts out there to become addicted to. Here’s just 6 of them we highly recommend. Happy listening!
Death in Ice Valley
Hosts Neil McCarthy (BBC documentary maker) and Marit Higraff (Norwegian investigative journalist) take a closer look at the 48 year old unsolved case of the Isdal Woman and the endless questions surrounding her murder. Eight fake passports, 500 Deutsche Marks sewn in the lining of her suitcase, all the labels on her clothes meticulously removed and apparently nobody looking for her. She has never been properly identified. Follow Neil and Marit as they dive right in to a cold case that’s jam packed with mystery, secret police cover ups, potential spies. This podcast is ideal for conspiracy enthusiasts.
If you have a weak stomach, this podcast may not be for you. Sadly all the gory details are necessary when discussing the horrific tale of Christopher Daniel Duntsch who is a textbook example of a fall from grace. Once a neurosurgeon operating in Dallas, Duntsch was a madman who’s gross malpractice left a trail of pain and death everywhere he went. When he was finally arrested it felt like too little too late; 33 patients are now living in constant pain, 2 are dead and one man’s throat was even sewed up with a bloody sponge still inside. This podcast updates regularly as Duntsch is currently trying to get his conviction overturned.
One of my personal favorites is Alibi, an award-winning, South African true crime podcast that follows the story of a man who may have been wrongfully convicted for 17 years. Anthony De Vries was convicted for a brutal double murder and robbery under apartheid. But did he do it? The podcasts starts like any good story should, in 1994 outside of a video store and ends in the present day with Anthony De Vries desperately hoping that someday, somehow justice will be served.
Hosts Amy McQuire, an Indigenous Darumbal reporter, and Martin Hodgson, advocate for indigenous prisoners in their superb podcast, Curtain. This Australian series takes a much needed, closer look about the blatant racism faced by indigenous Australians in the justice system by focusing on the case of Kevin “Curtain” Henry who was convicted of a 1992 murder he may not have committed.
My Favorite Murder
One of the most popular podcasts out there is, without a doubt, My Favorite Murder. Hosts Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark make listeners feel like close friends when discussing a new murder every week. Now, murder and comedy doesn’t normally mix but somehow this power duo make it work. As stated in a previous article I wrote “Between bringing out the most absurd factors of every case as well as being advocates for the victims, there’s a reason My Favorite Murder is a top 10 regular on iTunes’ comedy podcast chart. Definitely my favorite podcast to throw on while doing house work or commuting.” And it’s actually one of my favorite podcasts to throw on, even when I’m not doing housework or commuting.
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The Fall Line
From the same podcast network behind My Favorite Murder, The Fall Line is “…An investigative, narrative, and revealing show focused on the cold cases of marginalized communities in the Southeast. Hosted by a professor and licensed therapist, The Fall Line gives a platform to families and victims who have been passed over by mainstream media.” (Exactly Right Media) It’s well, researched and beautifully preformed by our hosts and honestly deserves all the praise in the world.