2020’s best true crime podcasts

Emma Costigan

Although gory in detail, True Crime podcasts have become adored by a plethora of people. In the same way we’re fascinated by scary movies, we love being kept on the edge of our seats, even if what we’re listening to has actually happened in real-life. 

Three years ago, Australian youtuber Bella Fiori introduced a True Crime series entitled “Mystery Mondays”. The series began with a case study on the murder of JonBenét Ramsay, who was murdered in her family home on Christmas Day, at only six years old. 

What makes Bella’s work stand out is the commitment she puts into her research. Each case study begins with background information of the person in question; what was so unusual about their cases or how loved they were in their community prior to whatever horrific circumstances they were involved in. 

The brief insight we receive into the subject’s background, paired with the intricate detail she describes the facts in, humanise the cases. Perhaps the most interesting aspect of her detailed coverage are her discussions of the theories behind the unsolved cases. 

The only drawback to this source of true crime is that Bella’s posting has become quite inconsistent, and therefore no longer warrants the title “Mystery Mondays”. However, whenever a new episode is released, this can be forgiven.  

True Crime can be quite a heavy topic to consume. If you’re one of those people that loves listening to true crime podcasts, but then needs to watch something more light-hearted to prepare themselves to sleep at night…this is probably the podcast for you. 

Buzzfeed’s Ryan Bergara and Shane Madej are the comedic duo that you never realised you needed. Obviously, the nature of the topics they discuss are horrifying, but it’s the way in which they discuss it that makes it just another form of light entertainment. 

Intermittently, they take breaks to make fun of and criticise the stranger facts presented in the case. This breaks up each episode into something slightly easier to digest than just grizzly facts. Buzzfeed Unsolved lasted for twelve seasons, including coverage of both True Crime and the Supernatural. 

The anonymously hosted Casefile is a weekly podcast founded in 2016. To date, there have been 185 episodes including some that feature double-episodes which feature the same cases twice. 

This podcast contains the straight, hard facts of the cases leaving little open for speculation. The episodes are far longer than that of the podcasts previously mentioned, making them slightly harder to pay attention to. Nevertheless, they’re equally as interesting. The Australian podcast discusses a wide variety of cases – from extremely widespread well-known cases to smaller, localised cases. Due to the fact that it is an audio-exclusive podcast, it doesn’t tend to startle viewers with stark images as much as the others.

Emma Costigan

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