I miss Serial. There, I said it. I’ve always been a massive true crime fan, so naturally I was instantly obsessed with Serial. I read everything that I could get hold of about the case, even the court records. I was so absorbed in it that I struggled to hold conversations with people who weren’t listening to it and I felt a bit lost when it ended.
If you’re looking for new podcasts to replace the Serial shaped hole in your life, here are my favourite gruesome podcasts. But first, a warning. If you’re of a delicate nature, the three first podcasts especially are not for you. They cover very disturbing topics and they do occasionally get very graphic.
The Last Podcast On The Left
“Ben Kissel, Marcus Parks and Henry Zebrowski explore the horrors of the world both imagined and real.” They talk about murderers, cults, the paranormal, suicide, aliens, creepypastas, urban legends, Satanism and many other topics. This is my favourite podcast. It has the greatest name! I have a very morbid sense of humour and they make me cry with laughter. They don’t spare any gory details. If you only listen to one of these podcasts, make it this one.
Sword and Scale
“Sword and Scale covers the underworld of criminal activity and the demented minds that perform the most despicable and unthinkable actions. A show that reveals that the worst monsters are real.” They use taped confessions and 911 calls, courtroom testimony, interviews and other audio from the cases. It’s perfectly executed and the narrative is wonderful. This podcast occasionally gets extremely graphic.
The Generation Why Podcast
Justin and Aaron discuss unsolved murders, controversies, mysteries, conspiracies and anything that impacts our culture. Every now and then they are joined by experts. It could for example be an author who’s written a book about that episode’s topic. Here are a few episodes that I recommend: Elisa Lam, Rape Culture, The Black Dahlia and Casey Anthony.
“A weekly podcast about science, horrible news and humor hosted by Toren Atkinson, Kevin Leeson and Joe Fulgham. Each episode of Caustic Soda takes a gruesome, gory or otherwise horrible topic, such as shark attacks, parasites and radiation, and breaks it down into an easily-digestible bubbling paste of funny!” I heard about this brilliant podcast from someone in the The Last Podcast On The Left Facebook group. It’s like Stuff You Should Know for morbid people.
“Investigating things we simply don’t have the answer to. Sometimes you have to think a little sideways to come up with a plausible solution to the mystery.” Who doesn’t love mysteries! There are lots of episodes about missing people and disturbing murder cases, but there are episodes about ‘nicer’ topics too. Some of my favourite episodes are Lost Boy Larry, Elisa Lam (can you tell that I’m intrigued by her case?), Time Travelers, YOGTZE-Fall and Boy in the Box.