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Denise Hamilton breaks down the best series, hosts, and subjects in this wildly popular genre. 

Once you’ve sampled the shows featured in our story, here are eight other compelling true-crime podcasts worth a listen.

TRACE EVIDENCE

Focusing on unsolved murders, disappearances, and the unexplained, host Steven Pacheco seeks “truth for the victims and their families” with a detailed retelling of each case, followed by an evaluation—infused with Pacheco’s personal take—of clues, theories, and motives.

THE MURDER IN MY FAMILY

Mike “Morf” Morford, cohost of the excellent Criminology podcast, started this true-crime series to tell stories from the perspective of victims’ families, whose voices aren’t always heard in other crime podcasts.

"Someone Knows Something" podcast

SOMEONE KNOWS SOMETHING

This Canadian show looks at unsolved cases, visiting cities as well as those rural farms, virgin forests, endless highways, and wide prairies where no one can hear you scream.

"Generation Why" podcast

GENERATION WHY

Aaron Habel and Justin Evans are OGs who were sitting around talking murder and cracking jokes when many other podcasters were still wearing short pants. You laugh. You cry. You download another episode.

"Lisk" podcast

LISK

A deep-dive into the unsolved Long Island Serial Killer case, LISK was inspired by Robert Kolker’s bestselling book Lost Girls. The podcast throws a wide net, examining not only the victims but also their families and friends, the area’s changing socioeconomic landscape, forensic science, the investigation, police-corruption allegations, and the possibility that two serial killers committed the crimes.

"Criminal" podcast

CRIMINAL

The San Francisco Chronicle called Criminal “the NPR of crime podcasts,” and sure enough, host Phoebe Judge and crew have sterling public radio pedigrees that are reflected most keenly in their detailed investigations, interviews, and storytelling.

"The Serial Killer" podcast

THE SERIAL KILLER PODCAST

Expect terrifying (and gruesome) true-life explorations of this most horrific of phenomena: the backgrounds, childhoods, twisted psychologies, and motivations of killers; the trajectories of their crime sprees; and how they were brought to justice. Your host is Norwegian Thomas Wiborg-Thune.

"Man in the Window" podcast

MAN IN THE WINDOW: THE GOLDEN STATE KILLER

In a Wondery partnership powered by Los Angeles Times journalism, award-winning investigative reporter Paige St. John hosts an 11-part series that traces the path of devastation left by one of California’s deadliest serial killers.

Read more from Alta‘s Fall 2020 Noir Special Section

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