Unsolved Murders, Missing People & Corruption

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My recent obsession has been podcasts. Not just any podcasts though. For some reason, I’m drawn to podcasts about murder, missing children, and cold cases. I have no idea why, but maybe it’s because of the first podcast I started with called Serial.

Serial’s first season followed a high school kid named Adnan Syed, who was accused of murdering his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee. I was HOOKED on Serial, and it led to finding more podcasts like it. Because of this, Serial will always be my favorite podcast, and #1 on my list of recommendations.

**Side note, I’m not a big fan of season 2 of Serial, but it’s worth a listen. Season 3 comes out soon!**

Recommendation #2:

S*Town

S*Town (the S is edited for a bad word) is kind of a murder mystery to start with, but it ends up being an incredible story of a man named John B. McLemore. This podcast made me laugh, cry, and ugly cry. It’s intriguing and it captures your attention right off the bat. It’s intelligent and digs deeper than you ever imagine.

Recommendation #3:

Up & Vanished

I found this one after S*Town. Season one investigates the murder of Tara Grinsted, a teacher in Ocilla, GA. Until this podcast came about, her murder was still a cold case. I won’t give anything away, but the importance of podcasting comes to light in this podcast, and in Serial. Sometimes when people poke around and question things, they get results. I just started listening to season 2, about the disappearance of Kristal Anne Reisinger, so no review of that one yet, but I’ll keep you posted.

Recommendation #4:

Atlanta Monster

The same guy who made Up & Vanished also made Atlanta Monster. This one is about a string of murders of young African-American children and young adults in the late 1970s to early 1980s. Wayne Williams was convicted of over 20 murders, but there’s a possibility that he didn’t commit any of them. This one is scary, eerie, and inexplainable. It’s hard to listen to at times, but it’s intriguing.

Recommendation #5:

Accused

This is one of the latest podcasts I’ve listened to. The first season investigates the 1978 unsolved murder of Beth Andes, a college student. Season 2 follows the same formula, but this time it’s the 1987 murder of Retha Welch, a 54-year-old woman from Newport, KY. Neither of them are solved at this point, because local law enforcement thinks they caught the right guy; however, both men accused got off… eventually.

Honorable mentions:

Crimetown– season one is about a town I partied in as a young adult, Providence, RI. If you like corrupt politicians or mafia stories, this one’s for you.

Someone Knows Something– I just started season one, and so far I really like it.

 

 

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