“Jessica Chobot and Andrew Bowser lift the veil and showcase the hauntings, urban myths, unsolved murders and general oddities that everyone has experienced but no one wants to talk about.” They read creepy listener stories and discuss weird news stories on almost every episode. The theme tune is suitably spooky, and the hosts are very funny and engaging. This Nerdist podcast is seriously addictive and you’ll soon find yourself binge listening through the whole archive!
“A podcast dedicated to the men and women in the field of death investigation.” This is an educational podcast for coroners and death investigators, but even if you’re not in the death field, it’s mesmerising to hear them talk about past and present cases. There’s a lot to learn from what they have to say, no matter what job you have. If you’re as morbid as I am, you’ll love this podcast.
The Mind of a Murderer
A six part Investigation Discovery podcast. Narrated by criminal psychologist and trial consultant, Dr. Michelle Ward who interviews convicted murderers to gain insight into what drives people to commit murder. Dr. Ward takes us on a fascinating psychological journey and her direct approach is refreshing. This is another binge listen. Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end; then stop. If only there were more episodes!
Here Be Monsters
“An unusual podcast exploring the dark corners of the human mind and new frontiers in science, art and philosophy through visceral storytelling. We tend to produce pieces about science, drugs, death, religion, politics and medicine.” Jeff Emtman created this well produced show in order to face his fears and to help others work through their own anxieties and fears. HBM is about the unknown, about monsters in a non traditional sense. There’s a lot of first person storytelling and the sound design is outstanding.
“A podcast about crime. Stories of people who’ve done wrong, been wronged or gotten caught somewhere in the middle.” The host, Phoebe Judge, has a compelling voice that draws you in. This is a different kind of true crime show as we hear the story surrounding the crime and how it affected someone, rather than a factual retelling. At first, the short length of the episodes put me off so it took me a while to get into Criminal, but it’s a really good podcast. Start with the Dear Sheila episode.