Criminal podcast junkie? Here’s 10 chilling ones that focus on the evil doers behind the crimes
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IT’S official. The world has been swept into a bloodthirsty true crime binging bubble.
I turn on Netflix and see true crime and Adam Sandler every which way. I open my podcast app and fall headfirst into a true-crime-induced state of content hypnosis.
I go to breakfast with friends and we talk about a dirty creeper named John, an innocent/guilty teenage dude named Adnan (still) and a New Zealand kid who maybe/maybe-not gunned down his entire family.
All crime podcasts are great, but for this list we went looking for the ultimate criminal podcast — where the focus is on the minds and motives of the evil doer behind the crimes, instead of the crimes themselves — and found 10 great ones.
If you’re hankering for some true crime but this list isn’t exactly what you’re after, check out our overall list of best true crime podcasts, our list of top mystery podcasts, or our list of crime podcasts like Serial. Otherwise, enjoy hearing the grisly and gory stories behind some of the most heinous criminals the world’s ever seen.
10. Locked Up Abroad
Locked Up Abroad comes in at number 10 as a top criminal podcast. Heard this podcast before? Leave it a review.
9. True Murder: The most shocking killers in true crime history and the authors that have written about them
True Murder comes in at number 9 as a top criminal podcast. Heard this podcast before? Leave it a review.
8. Serial Killers
Andre Chikatilo “The Butcher Of Rostov” slaughtered 53 people over a killing span of 12 years. The “Lethal Lovers”, Gwen Graham and Cathy Wood were made infamous in the Alpine Manor Killings. Then, of course, there’s good ol’ Jack The Ripper. As the name suggests, Serial Killers chronicles the lives and crimes of history’s most notorious and prolific killers and the hosts do a fantastic job of telling their personal stories.
Serial Killers comes in at number 8 as a top criminal podcast. Heard this podcast before? Leave it a review.
7. Court Junkie
Court Junkie comes in at number 7 as a top criminal podcast. Heard this podcast before? Leave it a review.
6. Suspect Convictions
Suspect Convictions pieces together chilling recorded interviews with the accused and convicted killers themselves, news audio from the crime coverage, and expert interviews with the writers, journalists and law enforcers covering some pretty brutal murder cases. The unique method of bringing together a collage of insights is used brilliantly to paint the dark pictures of the criminals at the centre of the attacks.
Suspect Convictions comes in at number 6 as a top criminal podcast. Heard this podcast before? Leave it a review.
Crimetown comes in at number 5 as a top criminal podcast. Heard this podcast before? Leave it a review.
4. The Mind Of A Murderer Podcast
It’s a shame The Mind Of A Murderer Podcast only ran for 6 episodes back in 2015 because it’s absolutely one of the better products of the sub-genre. The basic premise is that the host, Dr. Michelle Ward – a Criminal Psychologist – visits inmates in prison and on death row to interview them personally about the crimes they committed and the lives they destroyed. It’s unique concept not replicated in many other shows makes it worthy of a listen.
The Mind of A Murderer Podcast comes in at number 4 as a top criminal podcast. Heard this podcast before? Leave it a review.
3. The Serial Killer Podcast
Crime podcasts need more Norwegian hosts like Thomas Wiborg-Thune, if for nothing other than the suitability of the accent for the subject matter. If you want to diversify your listening of true crime into international hosting waters, do yourself a favour and revel in the stories told by Wiborg-Thune in The Serial Killer Podcast.
The Serial Killer Podcast comes in at number 3 as a top criminal podcast. Heard this podcast before? Leave it a review.
2. The Minds of Madness
The Minds of Madness comes in at number 2 as a top criminal podcast. Heard this podcast before? Leave it a review.
Embedded comes in at number 1 as a top criminal podcast. Heard this podcast before? Leave it a review.
Think this list needs work?
That’s it — our list of the top 10 podcasts that put the criminals under the spotlight. If you agree with our selections, great! If you don’t and think some need adding, we have good news for you. To make a suggestion for a podcast we’ve missed, search for it in the box below and hit submit. We’ll get an email with your tip and may include it in this list.