It’s that time of year again: Tis’ the season of turkey, travel — and true crime podcasts.
Whether you are looking for a quick break from a roomful of people screaming at a football game or something to get you through the six-hour car ride to grandma’s house, we’ve got you covered.
Here are five podcasts to keep ID Addicts company during the holiday season:Mindhunter and are looking for a new window into a killer’s mind will love The Mind of a Murderer. Each episode is narrated by criminal psychologist and trial consultant Dr. Michelle Ward, who talks face-to-face with six violent murderers. Ward uses her experience as a trial consultant to look into each killer’s psyche and find out what drives them to kill.
Like Serial, Someone Knows Something follows one case over multiple episodes. The first season covered the disappearance of a five-year-old boy in Ontario in 1972, while season three focused on a cold case from the Deep South.
In 1964, the remains of Charles Moore and Henry Dee were found in the Mississippi River — but no one was convicted. Forty years later, Charles’s brother Thomas goes back to Mississippi with David Ridgen to reopen the case and confront the Klan.
3. DetectiveThe Investigation Discovery–produced series Detective features true stories from behind the yellow tape. The first season features Lt. Joe Kenda and his true stories from 23 years on the Colorado Springs Police Department’s Homicide Division. The latest season features Detective Rod Demery sharing revealing stories of his career as a homicide detective — and his sometimes dramatic private life.
Actual Innocence presents true stories of individuals who were convicted of crimes that they did not commit, often served lengthy prison terms, and were later exonerated. The podcast provides insight on how listeners can become advocates for those who have been wronged by the criminal justice system — and the stories are heartbreaking and inspiring. The podcast also provides bonus material and follow-ups to the individual stories.
The case remains unsolved, and the podcast covers facets of the investigation from DNA testing to potential suspects. The episodes are short — around 10 minutes long — so are perfect for quick grocery store runs over the holiday.
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