While some people may find it gruesome, I find true crime incredibly interesting. True crime is defined as a non-fiction literary and film genre in which the author examines an actual crime and details the actions of real people. Most of the time, true crime topics are about murder, specifically in the serial killer or high profile (think OJ Simpson and JonBenét Ramsey) categories.
I’ve recently gotten really into the subject of true crime, so I’ve put together a list of different sources to for you to dig into to get your true crime fix.
My Favorite Murder
By far, this is my very favorite true crime podcast. While not as factual as the other ones, it’s definitely interesting and feels like you’re having a conversation with a friend. Each episode discusses the host’s favorite murder (and there’s usually a theme), as well as hometown murders.
— My Favorite Murder (@MyFavMurder) January 14, 2019
This is probably one of the most factual podcasts you’ll get. This podcast narrates a story over the course of the season. For example, the first season is about the murder of Hae Min Lee. This is one of the highest ranked podcasts about true crime, has a world record, and won a Peabody Award.
This podcast tells a different story in each episode with a wide variety of topics. One of the coolest things about this podcast is the artwork designed to go along with each episode.
Last Podcast on the Left
Like My Favorite Murder, this podcast is a little bit more relaxed and includes different topics, like serial killers, UFOs, and conspiracy theories.
Making a Murderer
Steven Avery was exonerated from a crime he didn’t commit, but was then charged with the murder of Teresa Halbach. This series was truly everywhere and started a whole bunch of buzz. Both season one and two are on Netflix.
This HBO miniseries dives into the life of real estate agent Robert Durst, a man who was suspected of being behind the disappearance of his wife and deaths of a family friend and neighbor.
A good Netflix documentary that follows the story of Michael Peterson, a convicted crime novelist. His wife was found dead at the bottom of the staircase in the family’s home. This series goes into whether or not he was guilty of the murder.
Conversations With a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes
It’s not even out yet, but this Netflix series premiering in late January 2019 already has a lot of buzz. The series will focus on listening to the unheard interview tapes of Bundy while he was on death row.
by Erik Larson
It’s the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago. The book weaves together the two viewpoints of an architect and a killer, making it an interesting historical and true crime read.
by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry
The prosecutor of Charles Manson, Vincent Bugliosi, writes a first hand account of the cases of Manson and his accomplices during the 1970’s. This book goes through the investigation, arrest, and prosecution of Manson.
by Truman Capote
In the small farming community of Holcomb, Kansas, a quadruple murder occurred in 1959. This book gives details into the Clutter family murder, where there wasn’t any apparent motive.
by Michelle McNamara
The Golden State Killer (also the Original Night Stalker and East Area Rapist) was a serial killer, rapist, and burglar who terrorized California from 1974 until 1986. This book highlights McNamara’s obsession to unmask the killer by pouring her life into this case. McNamara actually died while writing this book. Creepy.
by Ann Rule
It’s all about Ted Bundy and the author’s relationship with him. This book offers an inside look into the life of Bundy through the author’s first hand account. Makes you think about if you could actually tell if a serial killer is right there in plain sight.
Also published on Medium.