6 true crime podcasts to start binging

Lost for something to listen to since The Teacher's Pet released its final episode? Try one of these gripping true crime podcasts.

The world has been transfixed by Australian podcast The Teacher's Pet - the case following the disappearance of Lynette Dawson and the accusations she met her death at the hands of her husband Chris in order to make way for his schoolgirl lover.

But while it may have wrapped it's - for now - final episode, you're in luck. There are plenty of worthy true crime podcasts ready to take its place in your podcast heart. Here are eight of the best.

Serial

For many, season one of Serial - following the did-he-or-didn't-he case of convicted teenage killer Adnan Syed - was their gateway into the wonderful world of podcasts. And while season two didn't hit the same giddy heights, co-creator and narrator Sarah Koenig promises we'll be hooked when season three drops it's first two episodes on September 20.

This season, instead of one case examined week by week, Serial will instead follow single cases as they unwind in courts in the Cleveland area. The reason, says Sarah, is that Adnan Syed's case and eventual retrial opened their eyes to how flawed the US justice system can be. 

“Every case (reporter and co-host of season three) Emmanuel and I followed, there came a point where we thought: ‘No, this can’t be how it works,’” Koenig explains. “People who work in the system, or have been through the system, they know this. But millions more people do not. And for the past year, I’ve had this urgent feeling of wanting to kind of hold open the courthouse door and wave people inside. Because things are happening — shocking things, fascinating things — in plain sight.”

Gone Fishing

In 1989, young Auckland tyre-fitter Deane Fuller-Sandes went missing and was presumed drowned after going on a solo fishing expedition to a well-known perilous spot. But years later, Gail Maney a young mum who had slid into a life of drugs and prostitution was charged - and eventually sentenced - for ordering a hit on Deane after an alleged break an enter.

For years, she has protested her innocence. And now Gone Fishing, an eight-part podcast, goes painstakingly through the stranger than fiction case which saw Gail spent over 10 years behind bars. Did she do it?

Dr Death

From the people who brought us Dirty John (and if you haven't listened to this investigative podcast into the bizarre relationship between successful interior designer Debra Newell and her doctor beau John Meehan get it all here) comes the story of yet another medical worker with a not-so-stellar reputation. 

Dr Christopher Duntsch billed himself as one of the top neurosurgeons in Dallas, Texas and had the online reputation to match. But while his CV was spotless, his history in the ER was anything but with patient after patient turning up with extreme complications - and some not making it out the hospital. Dr Death is a "you have to hear it to believe it" investigation into not just Dr Duntsch's botched ops but into the health system that let him slip through the cracks in the first place.

Ear Hustle

Ever wondered what it was like to be behind bars? This hit podcast gets you as close as possible. Ear Hustle is a brilliant collaboration between Nigel Poor - a visual artist who has spent years as a volunteer teacher at San Quentin Prison - and inmate Earlonne Woods who is currently serving 31 years-to-life for attempted second-degree robbery.

Together, the unlikely duo interview inmates bi-weekly (season three dropped on September 12) about everything from what it's like on your first day in prison, how it feels to share a cell with a stranger, the importance of letters, how they feel when they get a date for parole, the support networks within the community and much, much more. It's a fascinating and often heartwarming listen for those curious about life after the crime.

Unravel

The brainchild of ABC investigative reporter Rachael Brown - the creator of brilliant crime podcast Trace - Unravel will follow some of Australia's best journos as they seek to crack cold cases. Season one has just wrapped and is a gripping listen.

Titled Blood On The Tracks, this is the story of the suspicious death of young indigenous teenager Mark Haines, whose body was found on the railway lines just outside of Tamworth in January 1988. While it was ruled a suicide, Mark's family never stopped seeking justice for what they believed was a cold-blooded murder. So reporter Allan Clarke decided to investigate - and this explosive podcast is the fruits of his five-year investigation.

I, Survivor

So many true crime stories focus on either the perpetrators of crime or those who didn't make it. This podcast is different. I, Survivor is helmed by comedian Jenna Brister and anti-violence advocate Wagatwe Wnjuki - both survivors themselves - with an array of incredible women who have faced some of everyone's worst fears and come out the other side triumphant. From survivors of abuse to plane crash survivors, these stories showcase how fighting back and putting yourself back together is the most powerful story of all.

 

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