Already binged Serial? Here are five other true crime podcasts you'll love
Whether you're captivated by criminal cases and unsolved mysteries or looking to get into the Halloween spirit, here are five podcasts that will keep you at the edge of your seat.
1. Somebody Knows Something
Now in its fifth season, this CBC podcast tackles a different unsolved death or disappearance each season and has gained an international audience for the high quality of its production—each episode really feels like a mini audio documentary. This season, narrator David Ridgen and his team are looking into the murder of a 15-year-old Manitoba teen who was found dead two days after she went missing leaving a house party in 1986.
2. The Teacher’s Pet
This is one of those twisting, twisted stories you can’t quite believe is real life. On the surface, Lyn Dawson appeared to have the perfect life—a handsome ex-athlete husband, two daughters, a beautiful home. But as this investigation by an Australian newspaper reveals, all is not as it seemed, and that perfect facade concealed abuse, her husband’s infidelity with a teenage student and a chilling explanation for why she hasn’t been seen since 1987.
3. Up and Vanished
Let’s be real: The vast majority of true crime podcasts don’t ever end up solving the crimes they investigate. They might turn up new leads, or unearth some interesting information, but very rarely do they result in an arrest. Up and Vanished is that rare exception. In season one, documentary filmmaker Payne Lindsay looked into the disappearance of a popular teacher in a small Georgia town, and—no spoilers here—he found a lot more than he thought he would. In season two, he’s taking the action to Colorado and the vanishing of a troubled young woman from a bush party.
In December of 1979, college student Elizabeth Andes was found brutally murdered in her apartment, and her boyfriend was quickly arrested—despite a wealth of evidence to suggest that it couldn’t have been him. This podcast is painstakingly investigated by a reporter from a Cincinnati newspaper, and, while it’s very gripping, also does a nuanced, sensitive job of looking into the heartbreaking reverberations an event like this can have on those who had a relationship with a victim.
5. Bear Brook
This one’s only three episodes into its first season, but we can already tell that this NPR podcast is going to be GOOD. It all centres around the grisly discovery of two bodies, an adult and a child, in a New Hampshire state park in 1985. It’s also about new discoveries in forensic science, that, the podcast claims, could change the way we investigate murders forever.