Here are 5 riveting true crime podcasts that need your immediate attention
True crime is a popular podcast genre.
Some podcasts rehash solved cases, while others aim to bring awareness to unsolved ones.
"The Vanished" presents a new missing persons case each week, and "Cold" investigates cold cases based in Utah.
True crime is a mega-popular genre in the podcasting world.
These shows take the listener into the middle of criminal investigations and give glimpses into the minds of killers, all without having to leave the comfort of home.
Listening to these types of podcasts can also feel exploitative and voyeuristic because they cover solved cases that garnered national media attention.
Podcasts about unsolved cases are essential because they raise awareness about crimes that need a conclusion, and perhaps a listener holds a pertinent piece of the puzzle.
Here are five true crime podcasts that are shedding light on unsolved cases.
1. "The Vanished" examines a new missing persons case each week.
"The Vanished" debuted in 2015 and has nearly 400 episodes in its catalog.
The show's host, Marissa Jones, dives deep into each missing person case and gives listeners background, including their life story and the circumstances surrounding their disappearance. She also interviews pertinent people involved, like local investigators, law enforcement, and family members.
Jones paints a complete picture of who these people are apart from the unfortunate circumstances of their disappearance.
Many of the cases Jones has covered have since been solved, and she often posts update episodes.
New episodes of "The Vanished" are posted every Monday.
2. "Witnessed: Devil in the Ditch" attempts to solve the murder of the host's grandmother.
The "Witnessed" podcast series launched in 2021 and published three seasons before "Witnessed: Devil in the Ditch."
This season is a personal story about the murder of the host's 85-year-old grandmother, Presh.
Throughout the series, reporter Larrison Campbell takes listeners back to Greenville, Mississippi, as she attempts to solve the almost 20-year-old case.
During the beginning stages of the investigation, fingers were pointed at Presh's nephew, Richard, according to the podcast, and Campbell interviews Richard throughout the episodes.
Along with Richard, other family members and friends of Presh contribute to the podcast and say what they think happened.
What makes this podcast unique is the first-person perspective from Campbell. Her dedication to this case and love for her grandmother shine through.
Eight episodes are currently available.
3. "Why Can't We Talk About Amanda's Mom?" looks at a cold case in Alabama.
"Why Can't We Talk About Amanda's Mom?" is hosted by Sarah Cailean, a former police officer, and looks at the 1993 beheading of a Mobile, Alabama, woman named Renée Bergeron.
As the podcast's name suggests, Bergeron's daughter Amanda sits down with Cailean and talks about her mother's case.
An interesting aspect of this podcast is that Cailean takes over the cold case from the Mobile County Sheriff's Office, which could not solve it. This gives her great insight and access to information not shared with the public previously.
During the eight episodes, Cailean rehashes the case, presents possible new theories, and talks to potential suspects.
All eight episodes are available to stream.
4. "Cold" investigates unsolved missing persons cases in Utah.
Journalist Dave Cawley has gone in-depth on three Utah missing person cases throughout the three seasons of "Cold."
The latest season covers the case of 25-year-old Sheree Warren, who went missing from Salt Lake City, Utah, in October 1985.
The two main suspects in the disappearance are Warren's husband, Chuck, who she was separated from, and her boyfriend, Cary Hartmann. Cawley looks at both men and their potential motives in great detail and other persons of interest who have cropped up over the years.
What makes this series great is Cawley's thorough reporting. He does this by letting listeners hear actual police interviews, presenting all sides of the case, and pouring over each piece of evidence. He truly leaves no stone unturned when reexamining these cases.
All episodes of season three of "Cold" are out now.
5. "Unsolved Mysteries" is the beloved mystery show in podcast form.
Whether it's a strange paranormal experience or a cold case, "Unsolved Mysteries" tackles a different case in each episode.
Based on the long-running TV show of the same name, the podcast is hosted by voice actor and announcer Steve French.
In April, the podcast announced on Instagram that the second season would be it's last; however, with 80 episodes in its catalog, there's a lot to binge.
There is also an "Unsolved Mysteries" reboot on Netflix that aired its third installment last fall.
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