True crime podcasts have become extremely popular in the last few years. Serial was one of the first podcasts to truly go viral, and since its explosive premier in 2014, producers and hosts have sought to capitalize on the publicâ€™s fascination with true crime stories by putting their own unique takes on cold cases, cults, and criminals out there for the public to enjoy. Some podcasts are funny and humorous, while others are seriously intent on their search for justice.
If youâ€™ve been looking for a new podcast to try, weâ€™ve rounded up a list of some of the best true crime podcasts out there today. You can sample them all, but maybe not right before bed.
1. The Last Podcast on the Left
The Last Podcast on the Left is put together by host Ben Kissel, producer and researcher Marcus Parks, and comedian Henry Zebrowski, and their banter and hilarious tangents will have you giggling even as they take you on a journey through the darkest true crime stories in history.
Their focus is on all things dark and scary. Serial killers and cults are two of their favorite topics, although they have been known to cover UFOs and conspiracy theories as well. Their most recent series was a four-part special tracking the development of cult leader Jim Jones. Their episodes are seriously long â€” generally an hour to up to two hours each â€” extremely well researched, and hilariously funny.