By Justin Metcalf, Assistant News Editor–
Podcasts are a great way to learn information or listen to stories on topics that interest you. As a person who loves true crime and horror, there is no shortage of podcasts for someone with my disposition. I know I am not the only person with darker interests, and finding a podcast that suits your specific wants can be difficult. Luckily, I compiled a short list of podcasts with their own unique approaches to chilling topics.
My Favorite Murder
This is probably my favorite podcast of all time. For each episode, hosts Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark discuss a true murder story while using their comedic backgrounds and chemistry to make the morbid details feel less weighty on the listener. They also have minisodes where listeners can submit murder stories from their hometowns. They are still releasing episodes each week, so you’ll have plenty of content to binge.
This six-episode podcast tells the true story of Debra Newell, a wealthy interior designer, and her family after she meets the seemingly perfect man, John Meehan. They quickly develop an intense relationship, but Debra’s family doesn’t trust John. The story becomes increasingly complex, scary and deadly. Host Christopher Goffard from the L.A. Times gives an incredible report of the story with interviews from the actual family.
This podcast offers a varuety of true stories about suriving horrors such as being in prison for 32 years, plane crashes and sex trafficking. Hosts Wagatwe Wanjuki and Jenna Brister take an activist approach to these stories by shedding light on trauma, mental health and marginalization that victimizes certain groups of people over others.
Welcome to Nightvale
If you enjoy scarier topics but do not want to hear true stories, Welcome to Nightvale is a fictional podcasts set in Nightvale, a desert town with secret police, faceless old women, creatures known as “Antiques” and other bizarre happenings. It releases twice monthly and features a radio host who delivers the town’s weather, news, and other cultural events.
Alice Isn’t Dead
Another fictional podcast from Nightvale productions, this series is based on the book of the same name. This is a three-part series with each part containing ten chapters, or episodes. It follows a truck-driver named Keisha who searches across America for her wife who she assumed was dead. Along the way, she encounters strange towns, deadly characters and a conspiracy that leads to the truth behind her missing wife.