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The Best True-Crime Podcasts to Listen to Now

In 2023, we may be living in the golden age of the best true-crime podcasts. Remember back when there was appointment listening? Those olden days of waiting for the next Serial installment may be far in the past (though developments in the case it chronicled continue to unfold, even to this day), but there is no shortage of true crime offerings that have blossomed in the decade-ish since to fill its place. Even now, it continues to be the most addictive of the podcast genres, bringing all the mystery, drama, and primal fear of a Law & Order episode directly into our ears. There is something particularly riveting about a suspenseful whodunit unfolding in audio form, like a modern-day ghost story or a throwback to the radio mystery plays of yesteryear. Whether you’re already an obsessive or just wading into the world of cold cases and red herrings, here are Vogue’s picks for the best true-crime podcasts to try now.

The Apology Line

A phone number gets posted across the streets of New York City in the early 80s, into which strangers can spill their secrets via voicemail. Messages poured in, and for 15 years, what started as a social experiment, took on a life of its own. Known as Mr. Apology, Allan Bridge found himself tapping into the dark side of the human psyche. The eerie recordings are uncovered by Bridge’s second wife–Marissa, who takes listeners on an unsettling journey of what it means to be the keeper of secrets and the toll it took. 


This 2021 podcast follows the classic format of examining a specific cold case with painstaking detail. Here, it’s the unsolved murder of 24-year-old Arpana Jinaga, who was found strangled in her Washington State apartment in 2008 after a Halloween party in her building. Journalists Matthew Shaer and Eric Benson take listeners back to the night in question and through a trial, poring over the issues embedded in the case—from the misuse of DNA to the broken relationship between race and policing.

Tom Brown’s Body

The tiny city of Canadian, Texas is the backdrop for this narrative podcast—hosted by Skip Hollandsworth of the award-winning Texas Monthly magazine—about the 2016 disappearance of a popular high school senior. When Brown’s remains are found two years later, everyone in the Panhandle community is a suspect (as the true-crime cliché goes), including members of Brown’s own family. 

Crime Junkie

Just as the name suggests, hosts Ashley Flowers and Brit Prawat are obsessed with anything and everything related to true crime. Each week, they look into some of the most compelling (and mysterious) cases ever, including stories from the 1940s and more recent convictions. Below, Flowers and Prawat discuss the murder of Loren Donn Leslie, whose remains were found along Canada’s Highway of Tears, a 450-mile stretch of road where dozens of women, most of whom were Indigenous, have been known to vanish or be found murdered.

Down the Hill: The Delphi Murders

On Valentine’s Day in 2017, two teens, Liberty German, 14, and Abigail Williams, 13, were found murdered near a hiking trail in Delphi, Indiana, after going missing the day before. When police released a short audio clip believed to belong to the male suspect, it included only three words: “down the hill.” But the eerie voice, yet to be identified, was enough to make my hair stand on end. Here, the podcast breaks down the tragic story that continues to haunt Indiana today.

The Dropout

While the shocking story of Elizabeth Holmes’s rise and fall as the founder of disgraced medical tech company Theranos has been retold across a number of platforms, few have captured her toxic mix of ambition and hubris as powerfully as ABC News podcast The Dropout. (It even served as the basis for the Emmy-nominated Hulu show starring Amanda Seyfreid.) An added bonus? The podcast’s host, Rebecca Jarvis, released a follow-up miniseries charting the developments around Holmes’s trial last year in California, which proved to be just as riveting as any John Grisham courtroom drama.

The Clearing

The Clearing offers an unexpected spin on the conventional true-crime podcast formula, with its central voice being not just an investigative reporter, Josh Dean, but also the daughter of the culprit, April Balascio, who tipped off police in 2009 after suspecting that her father was responsible for a spate of murders in the early 1980s. Charting both her father’s devastating crimes and the trauma he inflicted on his own family, besides the families of his victims, The Clearing is sensitive rather than sensationalist as it deals with this thorny subject, marking it out as a rarity in the world of true-crime reporting.

Dr. Death

Another podcast that proved so riveting it was quickly adapted into a TV series, Dr. Death charts the horrifying career of Christopher Duntsch, the now-imprisoned neurosurgeon who performed a series of disastrous operations on patients around the Dallas-Fort Worth area over several years, leaving 33 injured and many eithers maimed or paralyzed. Not only does the show offer insight into Duntsch’s sociopathy as he continued to cause harm, but it also highlights the dangers and dysfunctions within the American medical system. A warning: Some of the details of Duntsch’s malpractice veer into grisly territory, so it’s not a podcast for the squeamish or faint of heart.

Killer Fun

Hosts Jackie, who holds a Master’s degree in Psychology from Harvard, and internet sleuth Christy, are the brains behind “Killer Fun.” We love a well-researched podcast with lighthearted dialogue on topics ranging from hit shows to true crime. More merry than morbid, the episodes make for easy listening if you’re looking for something on the lighter side. 

LISK: Long Island Serial Killer 

For two decades until 2010, an unidentified suspect murdered nearly a dozen people, mostly female sex workers, and left their bodies along a secluded stretch of Long Island’s Ocean Parkway. This podcast, inspired by the bestseller Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery, recalls the gruesome case with unheard interviews from family members, police, and more. 

MrBallen Podcast: Strange, Dark & Mysterious Stories

Navy SEAL, John Allen, better known as internet personality MrBallen, spills unsolved secrets on his weekly podcast. Following a near-death experience while serving in Afghanistan, MrBallen discovered a love for true crime, sharing podcasts on serial killers and strange disappearances. His no holds barred style is matter-of-fact, descriptive, and will get you hooked thirty seconds in. Forewarning, the episodes aren’t for the faint of heart and come with warnings. 

My Favorite Murder

True-crime junkies who don’t take themselves too seriously should start here. MFM is a biweekly safe space for comedians/hosts Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark to break down the cases that keep them up at night, from the Golden State Killer to Black Dahlia and the Zodiac murders. The show’s devoted listeners, also known as “murderinos,” have made it one of the podcast world’s biggest hits, spawning a live show and a book: Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered.

Morbid: A True Crime Podcast

Best friends Alaina Urquhart and Ashleigh Kelley have range: In addition to serial killers and mysterious deaths, they tackle other true-crime subgenres such as spooky myths, creepy history, and haunted places. 

Root of Evil

Hosted by sisters Yvette Gentile and Rasha Pecoraro, Root of Evil takes a look back at one of the most infamous cases in the history of American crime: the Black Dahlia murder. But Gentile and Pecoraro’s interest in the case runs deeper than most. The great-granddaughters of one of the prime suspects, George Hodel, now believe that Hodel was indeed culpable; but alongside their investigations into the murder, they also look back at the effect the case had on their family, making this as much a tale of intergenerational trauma as it is a deep dive into the infamous murder of Elizabeth Short.

The Shrink Next Door

A bizarre tale led by the charismatic host Joe Nocera, a New York Times journalist who decided to dive into the case after his psychotherapist neighbor, Ike Herschkopf, mysteriously disappeared, The Shrink Next Door looks at how therapy can go very, very wrong. Talking to a number of Herschkopf’s previous patients—among them Marty Markowitz, who vividly describes the way his therapy sessions spun out of control as Herschkopf began inserting himself into Markowitz’s life—the podcast’s many twist and turns make it as compelling as it is horrifying.


Award-winning journalist Charlie Webster takes listeners on an emotional rollercoaster in this blockbuster podcast, following the bizarre but very real story of a woman named Amanda. After she was diagnosed with cancer, Amanda became an early ‘influencer,’ documenting her illness through a popular blog. Her posts caught the eye of investigative producer Nancy where things start to unravel very quickly. Let’s just say when a story seems too good to be true, it usually is. 

Southern Fried True Crime

Native Tennessean Erica Kelley uncovers true crime stories of the Deep South in a series that  almost feels like you’re sitting on a back porch somewhere, hearing the latest local gossip. Kelley’s southern twang adds to the ambiance, bringing small-town crimes to light while also laying bare “how southern fried the justice system can be.”

True Crime Obsessed

Consuming too much true crime can leave you desperately in need of a comedic pick-me-up. That’s where the hilarious, theater-loving duo Patrick Hinds and Gillian Pensavalle come in. Without ever making fun of the actual crime, the cohosts recap popular true-crime documentaries, from Tiger King to Making a Murderer, with a much-needed lighthearted, sassy twist. Listen to their take on I.D.’s The Atlanta Child Murders, which covers the nearly 30 Black children who disappeared or were murdered in Atlanta during the early ’80s.

White Lies

This devastating podcast from NPR, which looks back to the 1965 murder of Reverend James Reeb—a white pastor involved in the civil rights movement—in Selma, Alabama, is a powerful window into the secrets and unspoken truths of race relations in the American South. A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in audio reporting, White Lies is a masterful work of audio journalism broaching subject matter that still feels depressingly relevant in the age of Black Lives Matter.

Welcome to Your Fantasy

Murder meets G-strings in historian Natalia Petrzela’s eight-episode dive into the sordid, largely unknown story “behind the powerful mullets, oiled pecs, and non-stop parties” of the Chippendales dancers. The twisted tale tracks how mastermind Steve Banerjee built the male revue into a phenomenon—and how drugs, greed and crime tore it all down.



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