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The 13 Finest True Crime Podcasts for 2021 – From Serial to Crime Junkie

Bring some spooky action to your morning commute (Image: Getty)

What better way to relax than listening to the detailed account of a gruesome murder?

While some people prefer to chill out to an audiobook or the latest Billie Eilish album, some of us need a little more horror on our commute to work.

Whether you call yourself the regular Nancy Drew or just indulge your morbid curiosity, the true crime genre is a firm favorite among many.

The world of true crime podcasts is a double-edged sword because the abundance of content to consume makes it difficult to figure out what is worth hearing and what is not.

But no worry – Metro.de has compiled the ultimate list of not to be missed and must see podcasts so you can get straight to the grizzly details.

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Series deals with the murder of Hae Nin Lee (Elizabeth Malby / Baltimore Sun / Tribune News Service via Getty Images)

Serial is probably the best-known true crime podcast and a must for every crime connoisseur.

The first series, which came out in 2014, revolves around the murder of Hae Min Lee in 1999 – and the controversial conviction of her ex-boyfriend Adnan Syed.

Unsolved Murders: True Detective Stories

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Unsolved Murders is great if you want a complete experience (Image: Parcast)

Unsolved Murders is a podcast that gives the old radio a modern twist.

Each episode focuses on a different case, with an ensemble bringing the stories to life through dialogue, sound effects, and music – making for a truly immersive experience.

Up and gone

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Up and Vanished is now a popular TV show (Image: TENDERFOOT)

This series, hosted by Payne Lindsey, is so popular that it has its own TV show of the same name in the United States.

Each episode investigates a different missing person case by reviewing old clues, interviewing witnesses, and conducting an on-site investigation.

Generation why

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Every true crime lover had heard of Generation Why (Image: Wondery)

Best friends Aaron and Justin break up theories and share their opinions on unsolved murders, controversies, mysteries, and conspiracies.

The two go through some of the most famous cases in the world, including Lizzie Borden, Jack the Ripper, and Ted Bundy.

Obsessed with true crimes

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Make TCO your next obsession (Image: True Crime Obsessed)

For those who like a light hearted spin on their hearing about true crimes, Metro.de recommends True Crime Obsessed (TCO).

Hosted by Gillian Pensavalle and Patrick Hinds, TCO sums up the most gripping documentaries on true crime – including Tiger King and The Staircase – with humor and cheek.

Dr. death

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Dr. Death is a cult classic in true crime fandom (Image: Wondery)

Dr. Death follows the true story of Christopher Duntsch, a Texas surgeon convicted of gross medical malpractice after leaving many of his patients seriously injured – or even dead – after assuring them that his surgeries would help them if nothing else would do it.

This first season of 10 episodes, presented by Laura Beil, reveals a terrifying story about what can happen when we place our trust in the hands of someone we shouldn’t.

My favorite murder

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This podcast will make you laugh and tremble in fear (Image: My Favorite Murder)

My Favorite Murder, presented by comedians Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark, is both informative and hilarious.

In each episode, the moderators tell each other their favorite murder stories and share stories sent in by fans.


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Even the host is a mystery (Image: Casefile)

Casefile deals with resolved or cold crime cases, often related to known murders and serial crimes.

However, one of the biggest puzzles fans of the show want to solve is very simple: who is the host?

Although his identity has been presented by the same man since it began years ago, his identity remains completely unknown, which adds to the general creepiness of the show.

Untold: The murder of Daniel Morgan

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As DSI Ted Hastings once said: “There is only one thing that interests me and that is catching bent pieces of copper” (Image: Innumerable)

If you’re obsessed with Line of Duty (who isn’t?) Then Untold is the next podcast for you.

Narrated by investigative journalist Peter Jukes, the show focuses on the unsolved murder of south London private investigator Daniel Morgan – and the twisted cops who may have had something to do with it.

An independent review of the handling of the investigation into Morgan’s murder was released in 2021; it found that the Met Police had “some form of institutional corruption” that had hidden or denied the failure of the case.

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The last podcast on the left

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This podcast is hilarious – but listener discretion is recommended (Image: Last Podcast Network)

This podcast has a special affinity for all scary things like cults, serial killers, and even demons.

Host Ben Kissel, researcher Marcus Parks and comedian Henry Zebrowski guide you through topics ranging from the West Memphis Three to UFOs.

Fair warning: this show is not for the faint of heart as the Last Podcast guys don’t hold back on their gross jokes.

Crime junkie

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Everyone has heard of this one (Image: Crime Junkie)

One of the highest rated Trust Crime podcasts of all time features the only crime junkie.

Each episode, hosted by Ashley Flowers and Brit Prawat, delves deep into a different case – resolved and unsolved.

The creators have even hinted at plans to turn the podcast into a drama series.

The teacher’s pet

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This series will get you addicted from the first episode (Image: The Australian)

Moderated by journalist Hedley Thomas, The Teacher’s Pet is investigating the 1982 disappearance of Lynette Dawson, wife of rugby league player Chris Dawson.

During the 14-part series, Thomas discovers new evidence that has changed the direction of the case and renewed hope that Dawson’s disappearance will finally be cleared up.

Morning mug of murder

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The best way to start the day (Image: Morning Cup of Murder)

How do you like your eggs in the morning? I like mine with a Cup of Murder.

Every day – yes, every single day – a 10 minute episode is released detailing a murder, kidnapping, cult, etc. that happened that day in true crime history.

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