Emily Thompson’s Top 10 Podcasts for True Crime Radio

True-crime television shows, documentaries, and books have always held the nation’s attention. But in the past few years, true crime podcasts have become all the rage and it isn’t difficult to see why. These audio stories have a way of dropping listeners directly into the scene of the crime – required to examine evidence and weigh the facts as they unfold. In a very real way, you become the lead investigator. 

Which is why Otto Radio has launched True Crime Radio – curated by Emily Thompson, true-crime blogger, and internet celebrity. Because when you need 35,000,000 laws to enforce ten commandments, you need True Crime Radio.

Below we wanted to share several of Emily’s favorite true-crime podcasts. Also, be sure to listen daily to True Crime Radio to discover her favorite episodes ranging from some focusing on an in-depth investigation to ones that take a more comedic approach, there will be something for everybody. So listen to the shocking, the terrifying, the strange, and the unsolved, on True Crime Radio.

Because the truth is scarier than fiction!


Serial unfolds one story – a true story – over the course of a whole season. The show follows the plot and characters wherever they lead, through many surprising twists and turns.


S-Town is a podcast about a man named John who despises his Alabama town and decides to do something about it. He asks Brian to investigate the son of a wealthy family who’s allegedly been bragging that he got away with murder. But when someone else ends up dead, the search for the truth leads to a nasty feud, a hunt for hidden treasure, and an unearthing of the mysteries of one man’s life.

Sword and Scale

The Sword and Scale true-crime podcast is an immersive audio experience covering the underworld of criminal activity and the demented minds that perform the most despicable and unthinkable actions, proving that the worst monsters are very real.

True Murder

Dan Zupansky will interview the authors that have written about the most shocking killers of all time.

Casefile True Crime

Fact is scarier than fiction. Casefile explores a new case. We cover the shocking, the terrifying, the strange, and the unsolved.

True Crime Garage

Nic & The Captain get in the garage and talk true crime and drink beer. Unsolved: True Crime Stories: True Crime Stories is a podcast drama with a modern twist on old time radio that delves into the mystery of true cold cases and unsolved murders.

The Generation Why Podcast

Two friends, Aaron & Justin, discuss theories and share their opinions on unsolved murders, controversies, mysteries, conspiracies, & true crime.
Misconduct: A True Crime Podcast

‘Misconduct’ discusses the facts, the theories, and opinions of resolved and unresolved crimes, wrongful convictions, and miscarriages of justice.
The Minds of Madness – True Crime Stories

An investigative discovery, uncovering the series of events, circumstances, and state of mind which cause ordinary people to do unthinkable things….
Who Killed Theresa?

By John Allore, a True Crime podcast about unsolved murders in Quebec.
Listen to all of these podcasts and more on True Crime Radio. Enjoy!