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True Crime Podcasts
January 2, 2016
11:38 am
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SO excited this forum exists! 

 

Some of my favorite true crime podcasts

 

Serial obviously

Undisclosed: The State vs. Adnad Syed is done by some friends of Adnan, biased but good

Generation Why they don't take criticism super well and some of their research is done poorly, and it's definitely obvious they are two white dudes – they're often slightly sexist or racist when covering issues about race or gender

Sword and Scale high budget, really great. Probably my overall favorite

True Murder with Dan Zupansky terrible quality recording and it's funny because it's not edited at all, but a true crime author interviews other true crime authors about their books

The Unresolved Podcast new and pretty good so far

 

dance

January 2, 2016
12:41 pm
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Grass Fed Hot Dogs
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April 14, 2014

I tried so hard to like True Murder and the content was good and interesting but like you said the audio quality and lack of editing made it unlistenable. 

January 2, 2016
12:45 pm
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klarapro
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September 5, 2013

i had to stop Sword and Scale, it just got too gory for me

Thinking Sideways: the hosts can get annoying fast, but their last ep on Danny Casolaro was really good

January 2, 2016
2:41 pm
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November 23, 2013

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i had to stop Sword and Scale, it just got too gory for me

Thinking Sideways: the hosts can get annoying fast, but their last ep on Danny Casolaro was really good

I skipped a lot of the SaS episodes – the child abuse and CP ones especially. Not interested in hearing about that at all. 

 

Re Thinking Sideways, the super informal format works sometimes but other times it's really annoying. I also don't like supernatural or urban legend stuff and they do that kinda frequently.

January 2, 2016
2:42 pm
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ATWYSingle
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August 20, 2013

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i had to stop Sword and Scale, it just got too gory for me

Thinking Sideways: the hosts can get annoying fast, but their last ep on Danny Casolaro was really good

I got through 3 episodes, the last two being the Luka Magnotta 2 parter, and punched out. Between the gratuitous gore/sound effects of people actually being murdered and the unnecessarily long interviews that add nothing to the story, I was really turned off.

January 2, 2016
5:57 pm
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unobstructed_views
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Snarking Since:
June 7, 2013

trust me with your tangerines meowed
SO excited this forum exists! 

 

Some of my favorite true crime podcasts

 

Serial obviously

Undisclosed: The State vs. Adnad Syed is done by some friends of Adnan, biased but good

Generation Why they don't take criticism super well and some of their research is done poorly, and it's definitely obvious they are two white dudes – they're often slightly sexist or racist when covering issues about race or gender

Sword and Scale high budget, really great. Probably my overall favorite

True Murder with Dan Zupansky terrible quality recording and it's funny because it's not edited at all, but a true crime author interviews other true crime authors about their books

The Unresolved Podcast new and pretty good so far

 

dance

bandwagon

Along the same lines as Serial/Undisclosed, Truth & Justice has been following Adnan's case. The production isn't has professional, but it offers another (possibly less biased) perspective.

January 2, 2016
9:52 pm
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Namcat
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December 28, 2013

I really enjoyed Liar City. Not strictly true crime, but the host goes over subjects who lied or were lied to and their reputations irrevocably changed because of it- subjects included: Michael Jackson, Tania Head, Brian Wilson, the Balloon Boy. Great stuff.

I've also been listening to Caustic Soda- historical, mystery stuff and Last Podcast On the Left- which is serial killers but incredibly entertaining.

January 3, 2016
1:02 am
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open face quesadilla
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September 3, 2012

I can't stand Sword and Scale, almost because it just seems like a guy reading a wikipedia article who contacted some peripheral figures via USA people search? I don't think it is very well done at all.

Has Criminal seriously not been suggested? Very short, well-done, podcasts about crime.

January 3, 2016
5:13 am
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wonderwombat
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December 24, 2015

Sword and Scale was my introduction to true crime podcasts. I've got a strong stomach for these things but I do find the show can be unnecessarily gruesome. Was it the Luke Magnotta one that had people watching video of an actual murder and giving their reaction? And the Canadian cannibal on the Greyhound bus was too much even for a death hag like me. But Boudet's work on the Johnny Gosch case and and the Morgan Ingram saga was riveting and thoroughly researched. If nobody here has heard of the Morgan Ingram case, believe me that's a rabbit hole you won't emerge from for days.

Criminal hosted by Phoebe Judge is far less sensational and not always about murder. One of my favourites was episode 11: I'm about to save your life.

Thinking Sideways and Generation Why often cover the same stories. The T S hosts can be really annoying but I enjoy listening. The recent one on the Sodder children pretty much solved the case for me and I learned some new stuff on the Maddie McCann episode.

newhere

January 3, 2016
7:33 am
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klarapro
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September 5, 2013

my Sword and Scale breaking point was the ep on teenage boys killing their parents and the 911 call with one of the boys just hysterical sobbing for ~15 minutes. there was no need to play out the whole call imo

January 3, 2016
11:25 am
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SnarkyBunny
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August 31, 2015

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Sword and Scale was my introduction to true crime podcasts. I've got a strong stomach for these things but I do find the show can be unnecessarily gruesome. Was it the Luke Magnotta one that had people watching video of an actual murder and giving their reaction? And the Canadian cannibal on the Greyhound bus was too much even for a death hag like me.

I think Sword & Scale is extremely well done.  A few episodes were kind of boring, or at least didn't keep my interest very well, but as a whole it is hands down my favorite podcast right now (Serial was my favorite but the second season hasn't been as riveting to me so far).  The episode with Vince Li (on the Greyhound bus) messed with me for a while after listening to it.  It's still absolutely terrifying to me, but I remember being really bothered by it when I first listened to it (because of the crime, not for anything Mike did lol).

January 3, 2016
11:32 am
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Salem Saberhagen
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May 7, 2014

I love Sword and Scale–I think it's produced well and has variety in it's production (not just one person or a few talking). However, I do think it can be gratituitous at times and I've had to stop a podcast (the cannibal one with the computer voices reading the chat logs) or two (I also have a strong stomach).

 

I LOVED Serial. Haven't listened to season 2 yet because I'm afraid it won't live up to S1.

 

I've tried other true crime podcasts and sadly, didn't like them enough compared to S&S. I found Thinking Sideways annoying. Criminal was okay. I'll have to check out True Murder and Unresolved Podcast!

January 3, 2016
11:42 am
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Fatty McGoo, RD
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August 29, 2014

LOVE FOAM meowed
I can't stand Sword and Scale, almost because it just seems like a guy reading a wikipedia article who contacted some peripheral figures via USA people search? I don't think it is very well done at all.

Has Criminal seriously not been suggested? Very short, well-done, podcasts about crime.

Seconding Criminal. I just started listening and I love it so far. I went into it expecting them all to be like the first episode where it just recounts the stories of weird/compelling murder cases. I'm not sure why I made that assumption, but I've been pleasantly surprised by how it's gone into detail about other things too, like the episode about lying. 



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