My Favorite True Crime Podcasts

I have always been obsessed with criminal shows on tv, so I was stoked to find true crime podcasts I can listen to anytime, anywhere.

Whether I am cleaning house or driving down the road (without kids in tow), I am pretty much always listening to some sort of podcast. So many people constantly ask me what my favorite podcasts are. I have listened to inspirational, educational, and more, but I’ll always love my true crime podcasts the best!

So what are my favorites you ask? Don’t worry, I compiled a list for you!

Sword and Scale

Sword and Scale is my current obsession.

Hosted by Mike Boudet, this podcast covers everything from murder, abduction, sexual assault, and more crazy crimes that you can barely wrap your head around. They include clips of 911 calls, court testimonies and interviews with victims and perpetrators.

If you like to dive deep into a crime with a 360 degree look at the entire story, this one is for you.

Up and Vanished

If you ask anyone what their favorite true crime podcasts are, Up and Vanished pops up more than most! Hosted by Payne Lindsey of Tenderfoot TV, each season covers a different disappearance. Season 1 explored the disappearance of Tara Grinstead, a beauty queen and teacher from Ocilla, Georgia. The podcast lead to new discoveries and evidence in the case leading to two arrests in the case years later.

Season Two, investigates the disappearance of Kristal Reisinger of Crestone, Colorado who went missing in the summer of 2016.

Dirty John

If you have yet to hear of the true crime podcast, Dirty John, you are behind the time. Dirty John recently was made in to a tv show on Bravo starring Connie Britton and Eric Bana.

Hosted by Christopher Goffard of the L.A. Times this true crime podcast tells the story of Debra Newell, a successful interior designer, and John Meehan, a handsome “doctor” who in fact was just a con-man and criminal. You will entangle yourself into the story of lies, deception, abuse, and manipulation throughout the entire podcast.

Dr. Death

This true crime podcast was made by the same team that produced Dirty John.

Hosted by Laura Bell, this podcast tells the story of Doctor Christopher Duntsch, a Dallas spinal surgeon. He botched over 30 surgeries in about a years time, leaving his patients paralyzed or dead.

This is the story of how our healthcare system failed the public as they continually allowed him to practice for years and years before finally revoking his license in 2013. He is currently serving a life sentence in prison.


This true crime podcast, can most definitely be one of the most sickening stories you can listen to. This particular podcast covers the well-known story of Larry Nassar, the U.S. Olympics Gymnastics doctor, that was also a serial child molester.

Larry Nassar got away with his sick molestation practices for decades using proof of “science” as to why he would apply certain techniques to young girls. This would happen on occasion with parents sitting right there in the room with him. He sexually abused hundreds and hundreds of girls over decades and got away with it because he was a “trusted and well-respected” man in the community.

This podcast goes in depth with interviews with many of his victims and the stories behind how he got away with it for so long. Larry Nassar is now serving 40-175 years in prison.

48 Hours

This true crime podcast is presented by the award-winning team at CBS News “48 Hours”. If you have been a fan of the 31 season television docu-series you are sure to love this podcast.

48 Hours investigates a ton of different cases that have helped exonerate wrongly convicted people, re-opened cold cases leading them to be solved, and tell us the stories of true crime through interviews and more.

Now, I know there are a TON of true crime podcasts that are readily available to you, but these few are tested by me these past few months that I know AND love!!!

Go get your creepy on!


Kirstie Kay

Not into true-crime? Check out some of our other podcasts we love in Taylers podcast breakdown from Summer 2018.


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