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Recent years have seen a massive uptick in true crime podcasts, and it can be overwhelming figuring out which ones to listen to.
That's why Insider has compiled some of the more notable true-crime podcasts that are perfect for casual or die-hard fans of the genre alike.
Podcasts like "Atlanta Monster" and "Crime Junkie" do an excellent job of revisiting older cases.
And others, like "74 Seconds" and "Somebody," explore issues of police brutality as they relate to the Black community.
There are plenty of true crime podcasts. Some are more worth a listen than others.
Podcasts like "Crime Junkie," "Man at the Window," and "Atlanta Monster" all dive deep into various controversial cases, including the Atlanta child murders from the late 1970s, or the Golden State Killer's reign of terror in California that was only recently solved.
Others, like "74 Seconds" and '"Somebody," focus on social justice issues like police brutality. Both podcasts examine the deaths of Black men — Philando Castile and Courtney Copeland, respectively — and the heartbreaking aftermath of the tragedies.
Here are seven true crime podcasts to listen to right now.
'Atlanta Monster' focuses on a series of child killings in Atlanta from 1979 to 1981
Presented by Tenderfoot and iHeart Media, this engrossing podcast focuses on one of the most brutal strings of murders in Georgia's history: the Atlanta child murders. From 1979 to 1981, at least 24 children, in addition to several adults and adolescents, were murdered. Most of the victims were young boys, and all of them were Black.
In 1982, a young Black man named Wayne Williams was tried and convicted for the murder of two adults, and the Atlanta police department attributed many of the children's deaths to Williams as well, although no specific charges regarding those cases were brought against him.
"Atlanta Monster" re-examines the crimes, as well as the police's response, which many people at the time criticized for being influenced by racial tensions. It's not an easy listen, but the podcast does an excellent job of highlighting a decades-old case that some people believe is still unsolved.
'Crime Junkie' profiles a new murder, disappearance, or conspiracy each episode
Ashley Flowers and Brit Prawat host "Crime Junkie," a chilling yet totally bingeable podcast devoted to bringing fellow "crime junkies" their fix. Focusing on a new crime or conspiracy each week, Flowers and Prawat have covered cases like those of the DC Sniper and the "Dexter" killer, as well as mysterious deaths like those of the Yuba County Five.
The podcast also does an excellent job of focusing on the cases of missing and murdered people of color, especially Black women. The deaths of Tamla Horsford, Joseph Smedley, and Mitrice Richardson, in addition to missing persons like Relisha Rudd and Unique Harris, have all been researched and re-examined extensively by Flowers and Prawat.
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'74 Seconds' is named after the amount of time in the video that showed Philando Castile's arrest and death
Presented by Minnesota Public Radio, "74 Seconds" takes an unflinching look at the life and death of Castile, who was shot point-blank in 2016 by a Minnesota police officer during a routine traffic stop. While the title refers to the video of Castile's death, the podcast as a whole examines disturbing instances of police brutality against all Black people, especially Black men.
And though much of the podcast is focused on Castile's death and the ramifications it had for the Black Lives Matter movement, it also focuses on his life — and the multi-faceted person he was before his death at the hands of police.
'Somebody' focuses on the death of Courtney Copeland, a Black man who was shot outside of a Chicago police station
Copeland's mother Shapearl Faulkner-Wells is the primary storyteller in "Somebody," which follows Faulkner-Wells as she relives her son's 2016 murder. Listening to a grieving mother discuss the factors that led to her son's death, as well as her fight to make sure his death wasn't brushed under the rug, is equal parts heartbreaking and inspiring.
Overall, "Somebody" is a relevant and engrossing exploration of violence against Black men and the ways in which we're all complicit.
The Golden State Killer's decade-long reign of terror is brought to life in 'Man in the Window'
Responsible for over 50 rapes and 13 known murders from 1979 to 1986, the Golden State Killer was one of California's most prolific serial murderers. He's also the subject of numerous documentaries, podcasts, and books, including HBO's new show "I'll Be Gone in the Dark," which is based on Michelle McNamara's book of the same name.
And those who want to learn more about the killer's twisted crimes should definitely check out "Man in the Window," a joint podcast from the LA Times and Wondery. Retracing the Golden State Killer's crimes case by case, the podcast paints a vivid portrait of past crimes and provides important context for listeners.
Given that 74-year-old Joseph James DeAngelo recently pleaded guilty to 13 counts of murder, the podcast makes an excellent refresher on the case or introduction for those who aren't familiar with it.
'This Land' profiles two murders while also diving deep into issues related to Native American oppression
The assassination of a Cherokee leader is just the jumping-off point of "This Land," which deftly explores the numerous other issues faced by the Cherokee Nation and other Native Americans in the US. A separate murder case nearly two centuries later, as well as political scheming and the systemic oppression of Native people, are also touched upon in this podcast.
Journalist Rebecca Nagle, herself a member of the Cherokee Nation, skillfully weaves together the two cases and makes clear just how wide-ranging the ramifications are.
Those who can't get enough of grifters, cheaters, and scammers should definitely check out 'Scam Goddess'
Focusing on true crime stories, but without the death and violence that normally comes along with it, "Scam Goddess" is a refreshingly light-hearted entry into the genre that still packs a punch. The podcast explores various cheats, scams, and grifts committed throughout history, and each week, host Laci Mosley is joined by comedians as she updates listeners on current scams while also revisiting famous past schemes.
Overall, "Scam Goddess" is a great podcast for people who enjoy true crime stories, but want something that's fun to listen to, too.
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