Podcasts were invented for murder and cold case stories, right? I don't know what it is about the format that lends itself so well to stories of the darker side of humanity. I guess it's like how YouTube was made for cat bloopers; my second favorite form of entertainment after murder talk. Here are five of my favorite serial true crime podcasts. Please erase my podcast history if I’m ever charged with a crime.
Teacher’s Pet - This one’s a twofer for murder AND patriarchal fuckery. Ex-footballer Chris Dawson’s wife goes missing and nobody seems to be that bothered by it, even when he moves the babysitter into the house and marries her. Host Hedley Thomas dives deep into a story of lies, abuse, and statutory rape in Australia. Get ready to scream at your phone, folks.
Happy Face - Happy Face gets real dark, real quick. In 1995, Melissa Moore finds out her father Keith is a serial killer. What follows is the story of a brutal, heartless murderer, and a daughter who hopes she’s not like her father. Trigger warning, the pod includes narrated testimony from Keith’s trial, which is very, very graphic.
Dr. Death - Wait, is this a murder list or a shitty patriarchy list? Hahahaha it’s hard to tell! Dr. Death is about how a total moron rose through the ranks of his profession, without anyone questioning his actual ability. Dr. Christopher Duntsch operated on 38 patients between 2010 -2012, with thirty-three patients suffering injury and two patients actually dying post-op.
Black Hands - In 1994, five members of an eccentric New Zealand family were gunned down in their home. The suspects were the father, Robin, dead of a gunshot wound at the scene, and the son, David, the only member of the family not home during the murder. This podcast has it all; hoarding, religious zealotry, family annihilation, and a weird courtroom grudge.
Bear Brook - You had me at "Two Barrels, Four Bodies."