The hype of true crime

Destiny Marquis, Reporter

True crime is popular amongst many people, the age range is very diverse and inclusive. True crime comes in many forms, books, films, podcasts and television shows. One of the most high profile cases was the Simpson murder case. Serial Killer David Berkowitz trails closely behind, while Aileen Wuornos, serial killer, and the Richardson family murders tie for fourth. “Watching true crime doesn’t make you strange or weird,” Dr. Childs says. “It’s human nature to be inquisitive. True crime appeals to us because we get a glimpse into the mind of a real person who has committed a heinous act.” Have you ever wanted to get into true crime, or curious to at least try? Well here are the top 5 podcasts for true crime, and why to choose them.

Serial

Each episode tells a new story, a true story. Serial has won many broadcasting awards in the past including the duPont-Columbia, Scripps Howard, Edward R. Murrow, and the first-ever Peabody awarded to a podcast. Serial has over 5 million monthly listeners, the targeted audience is “American Life Listeners”. A highly recommended episode would be S01 Episode 02: The breakup.

Criminal

“Stories of people who’ve done wrong, been wronged, or gotten caught somewhere in the middle.” This podcast is all about the why. Everyone is always curious about the why. This podcast will trigger the most basic but powerful emotion in anyone. A great case to start off with would be Episode 152: The Clearwater Monster. 

My Favorite Murderer 

  This podcast is more light -hearted and uses more comedy, to bring the listener into a comfortable state of mind but still learn about true crime. So if you’re one of those people that want to watch true crime, but you like the humor in the unfortunate things, then this podcast is for you. A unique case to start off with would be 129: Coincidence Island.

Crime Junkie

This podcast makes you feel like you’re sitting down hanging with your best friends and just talking about the craziest new case that the hosts have come across this week. This podcast is straight-to-the-point entertainment. No rabbit holes. This would be a great podcast to start off with. Especially if you want one that is easy to follow. An interesting case to start off with for this podcast would be Wanted: Killer on the High Bridge

Casefile 

This podcast is aired in Australia, if you want to hear about more cases outside the US then this is the podcast for you. What is unique and eerie about this podcast is that the host is anonymous. This podcast is all focused on true crime, the host is pretty much just a story teller. A great case to start with on this one is Case 76: Silk road.