13 Podcasts That Aren’t Afraid of Death

If you find yourself drawn to podcasts that uncover stories of death, you’re not alone. Whether you’re new to the true-crime podcast genre, a true fan of fictional whodunnits, or somewhere in between, we know that podcast listeners all share one trait, above all else; making and taking recommendations. Here are ours.

1. My Favorite Murder

My Favorite Murder is a true crime comedy podcast hosted by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark. The show is wildly popular and its fan base calls themselves “Murderinos”, always advising each other to “Stay sexy, don’t get murdered.” Each episode dives into a unique murder case, complete with commentary from its enthusiastic hosts. 

2. Dirty John 

Dirty John tells the story of interior designer Debra Newell and her new boyfriend John Meehan. Debra’s family and friends don’t like John, though, because of his manner and shadowed past. As the relationship gets serious, it brings up love, deception, denial, and death. 

3. Dr. Death

Dr. Death covers the stories of what happens to patients when a doctor abuses their trust within a medical system that allows it all to happen. Don’t listen if you’re having surgery soon.

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4. Up & Vanished 

Season 1 of Up & Vanished uncovered the story of the largest case file in the history of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. The 2005 disappearance of Tara Grinstead in Ocilla, Georgia resulted in no arrests and a lot of unanswered questions. 

5. Crimes of Passion 

Each week, Crimes of Passion shares stories of what happens when love leads to crime. In order to understand the crimes, you have to understand the relationships, psychology, and the dynamics that lead up to the crimes. 

6. Bardstown 

Bardstown, Kentucky, is the Bourbon Capital of the World, which evokes certain imagery. However, there is a lot that has happened in this town that sit just below the surface. Bardstown explores these creeping, sprawling stories. 

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7. The Thing About Pam 

The Thing About Pam is a story that starts out simple, but spirals out in unexpected ways with each episode. A crime that appears to be domestic murder reveals a deeper, darker villian. 

8. Limetown (Fiction)

Limetown takes listeners on a compelling, fictional journey. You can follow along as you learn about the events in the titular city of Limetown that led to the disappearance of over 300 people, never to be heard from again.

9. Sword and Scale

Sword and Scale tells twisted stories of an underworld of criminal activity perpetrated by some of the most demented minds in recorded history. 

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10. Why Women Kill

Why Women Kill is the podcast version of a dark comedy-drama from CBS that breaks down 3 generations of women motivated to kill by different forces.=

11. Crimetown 

Crimetown investigates different crime cultures in cities all over the US, uncovering the people, places, and motivations that change the places we live. 

12. Wine & Crime

Wine & Crime sees three childhood friends drinking wine and finding the absurd humor in different stories of true crime and justice. 

13. Serial

Arguably one of the strongest gateway drugs for true-crime podcast listening, Serial dove into the wealth of information from the case that placed Adnan Syed in prison for the murder of Hae Min Lee. The biggest catch was that the information Serial uncovered wasn’t ever seen or heard by the jury in the murder trial. 

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