17 June 2015

5 True Crime Podcasts for Lovers of Serial


I have a confession to make, I am a secret true crime lover!  It actually only recently dawned on me that I have been keeping this my 'guilty little secret'.  I don't know how long I have been a secret lover but I do have a distinct memory of myself not long after finishing uni spending my evenings watching serial killer documentaries on Youtube and reading articles on The Electric Chair etc into the wee  hours.  Then wondering why I couldn't sleep!

Since then I have watched the odd documentary on and off and left it at that.  Then Serial happened.  For those of you who have been living under a rock, Serial is a podcast that rocked the world recently. It revolves around the 1999 murder of Hae Min Lee her ex-boyfriend Adnan Syed, who is currently in prison serving time for her Murder.  However, the investigation might not be as clear-cut as it first appears, the team look into the evidence and ask some much-needed questions.

  When it ended a few months ago I was left wanting more and after months of trial and error, here are my top 5:

Undisclosed: The State Vs. Adnan Syed
If you were at all interested in the case in Serial then you have to listen to this podcast.  It's a follow-up series based on the same case, by a group of lawyers, including Rabia Chaudry who passed the case onto the guys from Serial in the first place.  A lot of new information has come out since Serial ended and this covers a lot of that so it is definitely required listening.  It is worth noting that Rabia is biased in believing that Adnan is innocent so you just have to take it with a pinch of salt.

Crime Writers on Serial 
This started out as a commentary alongside the Serial podcast, and although I haven't listened to those episodes I have listened to the ones they have released since, commentating on the extra information as it comes out after Serial ended.  Although it isn't as detailed as Undisclosed and they might not have access to as much information, they are more unbiased and provide a layman's look into the facts.

Criminal
These short and sweet podcasts cover a different crime every week.  This isn't a full linear story, just a bit of interesting information.  You never know what you are going to get but each story is unique and often not covered before.

What Happened to Vishal?
This podcast covers an unresolved case from 1981 about an 8-year-old boy who went missing walking down the street near is home.  There are many unresolved questions about the police investigation and what was left undiscovered.  As a result of this podcast the case is being looked into again and so hopefully justice can be found after all these years.

Sword and Scale
I think this might be my current favorite.  It is a seriously addictive and doesn't hold back, so if you are squeamish this isn't for you.  It covers murders, serial killers and much more and is a no holds barred account, with lots of real interviews and courtroom footage.  It covers offensives you might have never even thought was possible, it could give you nightmares!

Do you like true crime?  Do you read it, watch it, or find it another way?
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