True crime is now considered a form of entertainment, and draws in massive ratings. However, our fascination with the macabre and monstrous depravities of mankind has always pulsed under the thin veneer of polite society. A few hundred years ago, it was a “normal” family event to take the kids to a town hanging, or a beheading at the guillotine was the talk of the town. So if anything, we’ve toned down our fascination with the grotesque, or…..have at least become better at hiding it on the Dark Web.
With shows like Don’t F’’k With Cats, House of Secrets, American Murder, and Night Stalker on Netflix, many of us now fancy ourselves as armchair profilers, perhaps worthy of a sparring session in an interrogation room with Bundy. Should we find it unsettling that now serial killer names the likes of Dahmer, Kemper, Corll, Gein and Gacy are garden variety household topics to be thrown around at dinner parties? Whether you are a true detective, or an amateur crime sleuth, we can guarantee that the following true crime podcasts — including one that’s specifically focused on Hong Kong cases — will give you a chilling earful indeed.
A true crime podcast dedicated specifically to grisly, notorious cases in Hong Kong, Catching Worms makes us question how safe we really should feel in our hometown. The podcast features cases that have become notorious in the press, with multi-part episodes focused on specific cases, ranging from the “jars murderer” about a taxi driver who murders hostesses and keeps their body parts in jars under his bed, to the gruesome, heart-breaking murders of two ESF highschoolers on Braemar Hill. The well-curated podcast series features interviews with police and eyewitness accounts, and paints an insightful landscape of what Hong Kong was like during the time of each crime.
With over 500 million downloads and 630 stories told thus far, this little podcast between two childhood friends, Ashley and Brett, has bloomed into a mega audio empire since its inception at the tail-end of 2017. The weekly podcast focuses on individual cases with each episode, and raises awareness to many unsolved cases. With minimal banter and easy-to-follow flow, each episode is packed with details yet stays focused on topic. All the salacious details but curated with the upmost respect for those affected, this is definitely our go-to true crime podcast. Crime Junkie has come a long way since its birth, and is part of the AudioChuck productions empire, which hosts 10 other podcasts based around true crime. The podcast also has its own app and a paid subscription format for extra content for those ultimate crime junkies.
Go down the rabbit hole with host Stephanie Soo and her mysterious fiancé, who never reveals his face or identity on their YouTube as well as podcast platforms. Rotten Mango, named after one of her pooches, is a deep dive into some of the darkest true crimes around the globe. Each episode focuses on a separate crime, with lengthy, but incredibly entertaining, no holds barred storytelling by host Stephanie in true Millennial fashion, complete with all the lango. Rotten Mango will have you laughing as well as gasping through all the gory details. Although based in the United States, Stephanie’s Korean background and her fiancé’s Chinese background give them more exposure to crimes in Asia and allow them to bring these cases to an English-speaking audience.
Hosted by investigative journalist Ben Adair and Korean interpreter Sharon Choi, Strangeland is, at its core, an immigrant’s story. The entire season is based around one case, the murders of Chi Hyon Song, a 30-year-old mother, her two-year-old son and 56-year-old nanny in Los Angeles’ Koreatown in the 1990s. With interviews and reviews of interrogation tapes, Adair and Choi reexamine the conviction of the accused Robin Cho, who was a neighbor of the victims at the time. Did this seemingly mellow-mannered man really commit such a heinous crime? Or did the “quick to convict” biased justice system at the time find the perfect scapegoat? Listen and judge for yourself.
Every week, former New York City homicide prosecutor, Anna-Sigga Nicolazzi, and Emmy award-winning investigative journalist and former Deputy Sheriff, Scott Weinberger, dissect solved and unsolved cases from the perspective of law enforcement officers and prosecutors. Each episode focuses on a single case, with interviews with family and friends of the victims and law enforcement officers offering an insider’s perspective. Legal buffs will find the detailed descriptions of the processing behind each case riveting as the two hosts discuss how the legal system works to facilitate the outcome of each case. A thorough, insightful look into the legal ramifications of true crime cases in the United States.
In this age of social media mania, you’d think that it would be hard to live a double life. Wrong! Something Was Wrong, hosted by Tiffany Reese, is filled with stories about people who’ve been hoodwinked by those closest to them. If stories about gaslighting and catfishing are your cup of tea, then this is the podcast for you. Stories are told via friends and family first-hand accounts, and will have you scratching your head trying to figure out how some of these cases could ever have happened. Tiffany tells these stories against a backdrop of empowerment, and has also written two books on the topics of emotional, physical and sexual abuse. Click play, and it might just save you from being hoodwinked yourself!
Comedian Dan Cummins takes listeners on deep dives into topics around true crime, paranormal phenomena, historical events, cryptozoology and conspiracy theories, all with a hefty dose of his hilariously entertaining, crass, and unique brand of dark humor. Although not specifically limited to true crime, there’s certainly a huge number of episodes around infamous, heinous cases. If you get easily offended or have problems with extremely dark humor, then this isn’t the podcast for you. But for everyone else, Dan can even make some of the mundane details of historical events feel like a raunchy good time!