There’s nothing we love more than true crime. We talk about it, we read about it, hell, we built the Death Becomes Us true crime festival. So we decided to take our daily true crime chats (it’s a fun office environment!) and condense them into an easy to read column jam packed with all the crime news you crave. From our favorite podcasts, to some classic #TBTs, we’ve got all the talking points you need to scare your friends and family.
DISPATCHES FROM THE DEAD: PODCAST RECOMMENDATIONS
- Let’s start off with some good old fashioned NPR! White Lies, their latest podcast, dives into the unsolved murder of Rev. James Reeb in Selma, Alabama. The first episode dropped this week, so if you start now, you’ll be an early adopter.
- If you’re looking for something noir-y (but real), Murder Book covers a 30-year-old Hollywood killing and doesn’t skimp on the complicated criminal justice system that surrounds the story.
- Want a story you can finish in a weekend (or a day)? Murderville has seven 20-35 minute episodes that make binging it incredibly easy. It doesn’t hurt that it’s a story with a lot of atmosphere.
NEWLY UNEARTHED: TRUE CRIME NEWS
- I have no idea if you’d consider this a true crime, but this fascinating story about the ecosystem of Chernobyl post-disaster is worth reading anyway. Everyone enjoys cute photos of foxes, right?
- To Live and Die in LA (a podcast we’ve written about in this very column) is crushing it on iTunes.
- Need a break from podcasts? Pivot on over to these true crime audiobooks.
- Newsflash: Ladies love murder.
- The Atlantic argues that serial killers are as American as apple pie.
- Is this the best true crime documentary of all time? (In my opinion it is probably The Thin Blue Line or Dear Zachary, but I’m willing to be wrong.)
- The NYT story takes you through the messy and complicated emotions that pop up when a family member tries to kill you.
- This definitely absolutely isn’t true crime, but do you have a death doula?