It’s been a while, hasn’t it?! I’ve been wanting to do a post lately, and I figured a podcast rec post would be the perfect excuse!
1. Sword & Scale
I know S&S has been out for a while, but I only started listening about two weeks ago and I’m just kind of picking and choosing which episodes take my fancy. I think what gripped me most was the fact there are two episodes on the Johnny Gosch case and two on Morgan Ingram; these cases are so fascinating and awful, and I feel like S&S did an amazing job and even educated me a little. This is a brilliant source of information on the horrors of the real world, but Mike does it with such care and empathy that I can’t help be drawn in.
When Elizabeth Andes was found murdered in her Ohio apartment in 1978, police and prosecutors decided within hours it was an open-and-shut case. Two juries disagreed. The Cincinnati Enquirer investigates: Was the right guy charged, or did a killer walk free?
This podcast sucked me in so quickly. There’s so many different angles and I think we all more or less suspect the same person, but it’s up to you to make up your mind. However, the pain and heartbreak that Elizabeth’s boyfiend (and their families) went through is horrific and a classic example of the incompetence of some police work*.
Casefile is possibly the best true crime podcast there is. Each episode is about a different case, some famous, some infamous, and some just downright obscure; however, each episode will leave you shocked, in awe, and so confused about this world we live in.
4. They Walk Among Us
They Walk Among Us is a UK centred true crime podcast, telling the stories of some of the most horrific and shocking crimes to happen within the UK.
From the same people who created The Black Tapes and TANIS, Rabbits is an instant winner in my opinion. When Carly Parker’s friend Yumiko goes missing under very mysterious circumstances, Carly’s search for her friend leads her headfirst into a ancient mysterious game known only as Rabbits. Soon Carly begins to suspect that Rabbits is much more than just a game, and that the key to understanding Rabbits, might be the key to the survival of our species, and the Universe, as we know it. If you like ancient mysteries, the TV show Lost and detective stories, this is for you.
6. In The Dark
This podcast is quite different to others. At the very beginning of this show, we’re told that just recently, just before the first episode, the crime (the abduction and murder of a young boy) has been solved and the killer has been caught. So, this show that was investigating the murder starts by informing us that though they’ll be taking us on the journey, the crime HAS been solved, albeit rather late – 27 years late, in fact. This show highlights the failures in the justice system when it comes to child abduction and murders, and just how badly it effects the lives of those involved.
7. Hollywood & Crime
Hollywood & Crime focuses on the murder of Elizabeth Short – more commonly known as The Black Dahlia. However, this isn’t just an investigation into one of the most infamous murders in history; this investigation encompasses the whole of Hollywood and the various other crimes and murders that happened before and after the death of Miss Short, and the possibility that the crimes are all connected.
Stranglers is a fantastic show that is not only about ‘the Boston Strangler’, but the possibility that there was more than one. I simply love this podcast as it covers so much ground and it educates you on so many other crimes that could be attributed to the Strangler(s). Another aspect that I love about this show is that a lot of focus is on the victims, who I feel tend to be forgotten about in the shadow of a criminal becoming infamous. I also like the inclusion of other investigators.
9. Small Town Horror
This docudrama is the journey of Ryan Jennings and his return to Crayton (aka Crazytown), Minnesota and the mysterious Ashtown, the disappearance of several people, and some creepy rituals and laughter. No summary I give with do this show any justice – if you like mystery, possible supernatural themes and a rather depressed host, check this out.
10. Archive 81
A podcast about horror, cities, and the subconscious. I literally cannot elaborate anymore, other than you need to listen to this and tell me how much you love Rat in season 2.
Honourable mentions to:
I’ve listed these podcasts in the past, hence them not being in my list, but as they are some of my favourites, I had to link them!
Okay, now tell me some of your favourites!