Can you believe it is almost the end of the year? I hope you are able to end it on a high note with lots to look forward to in 2018. I wanted to do something special for my final podcast list for the year so I compiled my favorite shows from one of my favorite genres–true crime. What I ended up with was a monster of a list of the best true crime podcasts of 2017.
This genre is huge in podcasting and trust me, there are about a million and one shows out there to choose from. So I put together this list of my favorites. I stuck to shows only relevant to this past year. All of the podcasts here have had all or most of their episodes come out in 2017, making this the perfect list for those out there looking for new shows to feed their true crime needs.
It took me much longer to research this list so I am sharing full shows with you rather than specific episodes. Many of these have too many good eps to choose just one. This month, I will let you be the judge there. Without further ado, here are my favorite true crime shows from 2017. Please be sure to give them a listen!
This podcast is hosted by two comedians from the UK who I just cannot get enough of. They cover serial killers from all over the world, many I had not heard of prior to listening to them. These women are quick, witty, and outrageous enough to make you feel okay about laughing out loud about death (it is not the victims they make jokes about but instead the killers, shaky police investigations, etc.). The show has been out since 2014. It has since attracted quite a following and they now perform live shows throughout the UK. Their accents are enticing, the subjects are horrifying, and their banter and side tracking is endearing. All in all if you like true crime and comedy, you can’t miss this one.
Already Gone is a show about people who are missing. Each episode takes you through a missing person’s life, their last known whereabouts and what was done to try and find them. The host does a great job of researching each subject’s life and the possibilities of what may have happened to them. She is located in Detroit, so there are quite a few stories from Michigan but she also branches out to missing persons across the US and Canada. This show is respectfully done and an important one to keep up with as each of these cases remains open. Someone listening could know something about where these people are, and could possibly break the case. Heads up: this one is also a tear-jerker. Although I do recommend following, I would hold off on binging this podcast. It will break your heart to think about all that loss at once.
Casefile is one of the best and most popular true crime shows from down under. Each episode profiles a killer’s story from the time of the crime all the way up to the offendant’s sentencing–if there is one. Some cases are solved while others remain a mystery. No murder is too big or small for Casefile to cover. What makes this podcast stand out is the top notch research and story writing that goes into each and every episode. The host also has somewhat of a cult following due to his general mystique and dreamy voice. Don’t let that fool you! These stories will have the hairs on the back of your neck stand up.
This show is a newbie, debuting in 2017. Season One is solely dedicated to the case of the Zodiac Killer. I don’t believe there has been a more detailed compilation of information surrounding this case. The hosts are well researched and focused on presenting ALL the facts about the peculiar serial killer who hunted victims along the California coast while antagonizing police with chilling letters relating to his crimes. Shockingly, the offender is not yet identified, leaving much room at the end for speculation and theories. This show is binge-worthy!! I suggest saving this one for a long car ride, but maybe not at night. After covering all the distressing twists and turns in this case, you may find yourself weary of the dark road ahead.
This show is a little different from the rest on this list. It does not cover multiple murderers or missing persons. Instead, it focuses on one story. A story about love, greed, and ultimately death. It is a newer one that was released in 2017 and made quite a splash. This one is a true nail-biter! The story winds its way through your emotions as you feel for the characters while simultaneously wanting to slap them upside the head. And it is 100% true (duh! true crime, I know. But when you listen you will question how some people can really behave like this). The production level is top notch and the interviews from the family members involved bring it full circle. Do not miss this intriguing tale!
The Grift is a fascinating show dedicated to con artists and the people whose lives they disrupt. Each episode covers a different card shark, cult, or con man who swindled others out of extreme amounts of money, trust and honesty. Each story is well written and presented as a narrative, allowing the listener to understand the mindset of those who have been swindled. You can tell just how easy it is to get tricked into thinking someone is something more. It is a lighter subject than many of those featured on this list, but no less damaging to the victims who live to tell their tales.
Hollywood and Crime is a podcast solely dedicated to the Black Dahlia murder and the various but lesser known killings surrounding the incident. Episodes debuted in the beginning of 2017 and had listeners at the edges of their seats ever since. This docu-drama podcast mixes theatrics with case facts to bring life to a mystery nearly 80 years old. It weaves together information overlooked by authorities at the time with eye witness accounts and official reports to paint a true picture of what was going on in Los Angeles in the mid 20th century. This show will have you questioning everything you think you know about the infamous murder of Elizabeth Short.
After wrapping up this story, the creators wasted no time and got right to work presenting their latest podcast: Young Charlie. This one covers the life of Charles Manson, the forming of his ‘family’ and their infamous night of terror, and the ramifications for his murderous accomplices. I didn’t want to include more than one show by each podcaster on this list, but there are a few that are too good to pass up. This is one of those!
Two internationally-based hosts review both well known and obscure criminal acts in this podcast. It has been around since 2016 but really took off in the last year. These women take the time to research each story and relay it in a factual and respectful manner. They make sure to remember the victims and do not sensationalize the killers or perpetrators. In Sight reviews crimes from history as well as more recent times, and their topics are broad enough that each episode is new and interesting.
Killing on the Cape is a series that covers the 2002 murder of Christa Worthington in Cape Cod, MA. Someone stabbed her to death in her home without any immediate reason. You can imagine the stir caused in her idyllic small town. What followed was an eventual conviction of her garbage man. However, there is some doubt as to whether or not the correct man is behind bars. This podcast breaks down the evidence, theories and actions taken by police in a journalistic style to review the questionable prejudice involved in the conviction. Killing on the Cape builds anticipation as you uncover more compelling information with each episode. This is a good one to listen to all at once as you will not want to stop until the end.
This podcast is a wild mix of killers, conspiracy theories, alien encounters, and everything in between guaranteed to make your spine tingle. All this is brought to you by three loud mouth comedians who don’t miss a beat when it comes to raunchy jokes and calling each other out on just about anything. I will admit, when I first listened to this one I had a hard time keeping track of everything going on and wasn’t sure it was for me. However the astounding research put into every topic and the laugh-out-loud delivery quickly had me hooked. The show has been around for quite a few years, but these guys have put the work into making it one of the veterans at the top of many iTunes charts. And they sure do deserve it. I suggest finding your favorite serial killer in their archives, and going from there.
Minds of Madness is another newbie podcast from 2017 that I cannot get enough of. It covers better known murders that take place for seemingly no reason. These are the crimes we hear about because at face value they just don’t seem to make sense. Newlyweds killing their spouses, brutal attacks in broad daylight, tragic mass murders with no visible reasoning are just the tip of the iceberg with this show. I would not advise this one for everyone. It can be graphic and actual audio is sometimes included. However, if you have a morbid curiosity and a sizable threshold for heartache (like me) then Minds of Madness is right up your alley.
Sometimes I like to be very literal and listen to this one on a long car ride! All jokes aside, Murder Road Trip is an informative and entertaining podcast that covers a different killer with each episode. The host discusses them with various co-hosts and well as a few guest appearances from fellow true crime podcasters. They mostly stick to discussing more infamous killers; their lives both before and after their offenses, the lives of the victims, and of course the murders themselves. The show debuted mid 2017 so it is quite new but doesn’t seem to be going anywhere but up.
My Favorite Murder is a show where two self-proclaimed murder story lovers discuss death, justice, and their personal lives. Unlike most true crime shows, research is not their forte and they make sure the listeners are aware. This show is less like a lecture and more like a chatty, macabre conversation with your bff. It has amassed quite the cult following with good reason. It is hilarious and entertaining as hell especially once you get to know the hosts (which doesn’t take long as they are not shy about sharing their personal stories). They mix things up with “minisodes” where they read personal hometown stories from listeners. Most of these murders you will have not heard of before. My Favorite Murder has been out since 2016, but it is one of the most popular true crime/comedy podcasts and I love it too much to leave it off this list!
If you are looking for comedy, death, and suburban statistics, then Small Town Murder is the show for you. The name here is pretty self-explanatory. Each episode is dedicated to a lesser known crime committed somewhere in Small Town America. The two comedian hosts first review the town it took place in with information such as population size, median income level and housing market prices. They go on to tell the tale of a murderous act committed by a local community member, their attempts to cover the tracks, and the sentencing they ultimately receive. These guys are witty and a little outrageous at times but always entertaining!
The guys have another podcast with the equally self-explanatory title Crime in Sports. This one focuses on crimes committed by sport stars and the shaky justice they usually receive. Like the hosts say, you don’t have to like sports to get into this podcast. Part of each episode highlights the athletic achievements of the offender, and the rest is dedicated to their criminal offenses.
Someone Knows Something truly sets the bar in overall production, writing and the hunt for the truth when it comes to true crime podcasts. Each serialized season focuses on a cold case from the past. The host uses vivid imagery, interview audio and relentless investigative journalism to find resolutions to questions left unanswered. Season 3 was released this year and definitely lived up to and surpassed expectations from previous seasons. It focuses on two racially charged murders committed in the deep south in the 1960s. One of the victim’s brothers along with the host, sets out on a quest for justice. The story is riveting and heart wrenching. You must not pass up this show!
Take everything you think you know about the infamous Boston Strangler and throw it out. Now you are ready for this podcast. Stranglers covers the multiple strangling murders committed in the Boston area throughout the 1960s. Albert DeSalvo later confessed to the killings. Some believe he is lying and the real killer has never been caught. Find out why as the host digs to cover all bases and conducts interviews with reporters, police, and witnesses. This show successfully shares a riveting story while simultaneously exposing the sexism rampant in American society and its dire consequences. It shows the utmost respect for the victims and will have you fighting back tears by the last few episodes. Stranglers really is one of the best true crime podcasts out there. I highly recommend it.
Sword and Scale has been around for quite some time, but it is one of the more successful true crime shows with quite a large following and one of my personal favorites. I will warn you that it is not for everyone. In fact, I don’t usually recommend it to parents as there are sometimes young children involved in the stories. This show covers the most heinous crimes, both well known and obscure. They incorporate actual audio whenever possible whether it be 911 calls, courtroom recordings or Youtube videos posted by the criminals themselves. Each episode outlines the crime and leaves behind no details proving as they say, that the worst monsters are real. If you have a threshold for atrocity, then give it a go.
A classic true crime podcast, True Crime All The Time covers all sorts of cases from both the past and present. The hosts’ banter and discussion keep things light and entertaining. They do great research, too. True Crime All the Time has been around since the end of 2016. Most of their episodes were released in the last year so they meet list criteria. Each episode is usually a different story, some multi-parters for the “Big Timers”. If you are looking for an entertaining, informative review of your favorite killer, look no further than TCATT.
The guys also do a spinoff show: True Crime All The Time Unsolved. If you can’t guess from the name it has the same setup as TCATT, but with only unsolved crimes. If you are into the mysteries then this is the show for you. I tend to get a little bogged down emotionally when I hear about cases not yet solved. So I like a mix between the two shows to satisfy my true crime binging needs.
This is one of my original favorite crime podcasts. It brings together two of my favorite things, true crime and beer. In this show the hosts present in-depth analyses of popular cases that are often left unsolved. They are partial to cases that include actual video or audio evidence, and really go the lengths to break it down for the listeners. You get all of the facts followed by plenty of speculation and theories from these Ohio natives. They like to cover well known stories but will also present lesser known deaths and missing persons. Oh and you will always get a beverage recommendation from the guys in the beginning. They have tried so many micro brews by now I can’t help but trust their judgement!
Here is another favorite Aussie podcast of mine, True Crime Island. The host covers murders, disappearances, and disasters from Australia, the U.S., and everywhere in between. While many are well known cases, some of these ones are more obscure and I had not heard of before especially the ones from outside North America. But they are just as disturbing. The host does his research and does not hold back on details and takes you step by step over what really happened. This show debuted in October 2016 and shows no signs of slowing down.
Looking for some brand new true crime stories you have not yet heard about on other shows? Unless you are from Scandinavia, I am willing to bet you will find satisfaction from True Crime Sweden. As the name states, this show reviews heinous acts committed in Sweden. Don’t worry, you don’t have to understand Swedish! The bilingual host does a great job at presenting the stories in English. She will sometimes include audio clips that are in Swedish but always takes the time to help the listener understand them. Some of these stories are fascinating. Some will break your heart. This is one of the newest shows on the list! Be sure to give it a listen.
This show is the perfect mix of audio drama and true crime. Each 2-3 part series uses voice actors to reenact the timeline of events of an infamous cold case. It helps you really get a feel for how things were and think about the murder in real time. If you haven’t guessed it by now, all these murders have yet to be solved. It is hard to imagine how people can be so barbaric towards each other, but this podcast helps. If you are looking for something entertaining, informative and theatrical, look no further than Unsolved Murders: True Crime Stories.
And there you have it! These are my favorite true crime podcasts from 2017. I hope you found some new shows to listen to and will refer back here if you find yourself in need of a fresh take on murder. Of course I have to thank the podcast creators for their talents, hours of hard work and dedication. I couldn’t make this list without them, and I would have far less to listen to.
Did your favorite shows make the Epic True Crime Podcast List 2017? Got any you think I should add?
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