Liven up your journey to work with gripping tales of serial killers, cold cases and criminal trials
Let’s face it – commuting can be boring.
The same faces every day, the same journey, the same endless scroll through Twitter, Facebook and Instagram… it can all get a little tedious.
But with all that spare time, you could be doing something much more interesting. Here’s our selection of the greatest true crime podcasts – the best way to spice up your commute.
The Teacher’s Pet
Hosted by Australian journalist Hedley Thomas, The Teacher’s Pet is an investigation into the 1982 disappearance of Lynette Dawson, wife of rugby league player Chris Dawson.
The podcast has had results – Dawson has since been arrested in connection to the case.
Serial Season 3
We’ve probably all heard of Serial, a podcast presented by Sarah Koenig and produced by This American Life. Well, the show is now in its third season, following the “normal operation” of the criminal justice system in America.
While previous seasons focused on “extraordinary cases”, season 3’s look at a Cleveland courthouse is an “overarching account of an institution” – and no less gripping because of it.
My Favourite Murder
My Favourite Murder is a unique combo: a true crime podcast that’s also funny.
Presented by comedians Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark, the show has been running for three years and even has a dedicated fan base who call themselves “Murderinos”.
All Killa No Filla
Another humorous take on true crime, All Killa No Filla follows presenters Rachel Fairburn and Kiri Pritchard-McLean as they follow their passion – serial killers. Not for the fainthearted.
You Must Remember This
But one series of the show, on Charles Manson, is just as grisly as you’d expect and well worth a listen.
Fatal Voyage: The Mysterious Death of Natalie Wood
Film star Natalie Wood’s death has never been explained, and is subject to intense speculation. Fatal Voyage unpicks much of this speculation, asking exactly what happened that day in 1981 – and asking whether husband Robert Wagner was involved.
And it has a mystery of its own – its host is anonymous.
Missing and Murdered - Finding Cleo
Missing and Murdered follows the case of Cleo, a young indigenous girl taken from her family when she was six years old. Her family believe she was raped and murdered when trying to hitchhike home, though the mystery of where Cleo ended up has never been solved. A sometimes difficult – but worthwhile – listen.
The Last Podcast on the Left
The Last Podcast on the Left is a real mish-mash, covering cults, serial killers, conspiracy theories, UFO sightings, ghosts and more. It makes for a varied, exciting show – you never know what you’re going to get.
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Emily Reynolds is a journalist and author based in London. Her first book, A Beginner’s Guide to Losing Your Mind, came out in February 2017 with Hodder & Stoughton. She is currently working on her second.