6 Bingeable True Crime Podcasts You'll Listen To In One Sitting
True crime is definitely having a moment. From cult documentaries like The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann and made-for-Netflix movies (see: Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile) to a seemingly never-ending stream of new and noteworthy podcasts, we just can't get enough of this spine-tingling genre.
While there's nothing wrong with enjoying a good fright or even being interested in the criminal forensics and psychology side of things, constant exposure to graphic and upsetting details can take a toll. If you've ever settled down to go to sleep with a true crime podcast teed up only to find yourself disturbed and wide-awake hours later (was that a door creaking open or just the wind?!) you're not alone. Thankfully it is possible to get a true crime hit without scaring yourself silly.
Ahead we've curated the bingeable true crime podcasts we listen to when we can't also afford to spend 2 hours watching The Office afterward to take the edge off. Some cover murders but focus more on the investigation than the gory details, and some stray away from brutal cases completely. So whether you're deeply into stories that pick apart the inner workings of modern-day cults or are fascinated by the people who plot and scheme to break out of prison, there's something here for you. The best bit? You'll still sleep soundly when you're done.The Butterfly Effect, teams up with Ames' husband Kevin Moore to look at what exactly went wrong. It's as much an investigation into the rift between the gay and straight porn industries and the treatment of women as it is a look at cyber-bullying and its role in this case.
Currently sitting at number one on the Top Charts, this podcast racked up one million downloads in just six weeks. (!) It focuses on the quest of a daughter to find her mother, Marion Barter, teacher and former wife of Australian soccer player Johnny Warren. Barter stepped onto a plane in 1997 and effectively vanished forever. Presented by investigative journalist Bryan Seymour, it's almost as exciting to listen to as Serial was (season 1 obvi).
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