Fall into fall with true crime podcasts


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As we approach Halloween, get into the spooky mood with true crime podcasts. There are so many to choose from, so lets dive into some of my top creepy listens.

“Relatable and terrifying content that scares you even more because you know that it really happened.” Linnea Welsh, an avid true crime listener, said.

Welsh is just one of millions who enjoy indulging in true crime. Whether it be for entertainment, education, or just a love for all things spooky, true crime podcasts are becoming an increasingly popular listen for people young and old. Just like people have a favorite musical artist, many people have opinions when it comes to podcasts. Here are some podcasts that I love, almost as much as Taylor Swift.

Anatomy of Murder
This podcast is produced by audiochuck, and hosted by Scott Weinberger, an Investigative journalist, and Anna-Sigga Nicolazzi, a former New York City homicide prosecutor. The podcast focuses on all pieces of the puzzle. They conduct important interviews with the victim’s families, pick through all steps of the investigation, and uncover the full story. Anatomy of Murder does a great job approaching a crime from multiple perspectives and keeping listeners captivated from start to finish. The hosts have great knowledge of the subject, with experience in criminal justice
Scare Factor: 6/10
Story Telling: 10/10
Production Quality: 10/10
Creativity: 4/10

Dateline NBC
This popular podcast, based off NBC’s television show “Dateline”, explores various types of cases both old and new. Hosted by Lester Holt, an investigative journalist, Dateline takes a deep dive into its cases. With episodes averaging an hour and fifteen minutes, the podcast is a time commitment but the dedication is worth it.
Scare Factor: 8/10
Story Telling: 9/10
Production Quality: 8/10
Creativity: 2/10

The Deck
The Deck takes a creative approach on the classic true crime podcast. Over the years, law enforcement has been replacing traditional playing card decks with images of people involved in cold cases. These decks were then passed out in prisons to encourage inmates to come forward with information to help heat these cold cases up. Each episode focuses on a different cold case featured on these playing cards. Hosted by Ashley Flowers, this is an amazing podcast that is a great change from your basic true crime listen.
Scare Factor: 8/10
Story Telling: 10/10
Production Quality: 10/10
Creativity: 9/10