Column: Check true-crime podcasts for edge-of-seat listening


Christy Escobar

While sitting in the halls, writer and reviewer Christy Escobar listens to “My Favorite Murder’s” most recent podcast release, “Monster Machine,” by Karen Kilagriff and Georgia Hardstark. The episode details the revenge of Miriam Rodriguez and the Happy Face Killer. “I really enjoy this podcast because it goes into depth with hilarious commentaries that interest me,” Escobar said. “There’s nothing better to put you on the edge of your seat than a good true crime that keeps you intrigued in who the real killer is.”

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Whether it’s through audiobooks, music, or even podcasts, we all have our interests in audio form. For some of us, true crime binging is the perfect way to fill free time. With true crime, unsolved mysteries and investigative journalists in chatty backgrounds is the best way to catch your interest. There’s nothing better to put you on the edge of your seat than a good true crime that keeps you intrigued in who the real killer is. There’s a feeling inside of you where you need to know more, and you can’t seem to pull yourself away from wanting to know the answer. Reading mystery books as a kid, like Nancy Drew and Harriet the Spy, sparked my interest in true crime podcasts today.

To spice up your routine, you can include these podcasts into your queue while folding your laundry, tidying up your room, or just driving. Some of these podcasts are long, humorous, detailed, or just like reading a good mystery. If you like to dive nose-deep into the topic of true crime and mysteries, then this is the list for you and your ears.

My Favorite Murder

My Favorite Murder is a true-crime podcast that follows two charismatic American comedians Karen Killagariff and Georgia Hardstark who share a love of both unsolved and solved mysteries through storytelling. Ever since their first debut in 2016, they’ve discussed the cases of JonBenet Ramsey and The Golden State Killer, broken records through iTunes charts, continued following their interactive fanbase who call themselves the “Murderinos” and finally, their famous catchphrase “stay sexy and don’t get murdered.” With their storytelling skills and comedic commentaries, they have definitely been one of my favorite true crime podcasts. This weekly podcast talks about widely known crimes to ones that you may not have heard about. However, if you would prefer to avoid dark humor, this might not be the best podcast for you. With the perfect balance of the two hosts, humor and respect make this podcast as perfect as it is.

New episodes are available on Mondays and Thursdays.

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Crime Junkie

Crime Junkie is one of the most popular and well known true crime podcasts there is, and it’s a true essential for the typical true crime lover. The two hosts Ashley Flowers and Brit Prawat narrate just like any true-crime junkies. They’ve dived in nose-deep into cases that range as early as the 1940s to recent cases today. This weekly podcast has been around since the end of 2017, and ever since then, has skyrocketed through the charts, making a name to people who are as obsessed with true crime just as they are. With the titles of their episodes, you can easily tell what’s coming from it, whether it’s the topic of murder, mysterious death, conspiracies, missing people, serial killers, or stalkings. What makes this podcast unique from the others is that these two cover every detail in stories, and they never skip out on describing each important point.

New episodes are available every Monday.

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The Last Podcast on the Left

The Last Podcast on the Left is another true-crime podcast that has comedy, dark comedy and paranormal aspects. This podcast leads with comedian Ben Kissel, producer and researcher Marcus Parks, and actor Henry Zebrowski. The trio combines to make a spectacular light-hearted true crime podcast with the three lifetime friends. This unique podcast dives deeper into more than just serial killers, and includes paranormal topics like UFOs, conspiracies, ghosts, demons and “all the horrors our world has to offer, both imagined and real.” There’s a perfect mixture of research along with details that go into all the stories, combined with plenty of humor.

New episodes are available every Friday.

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