Favourite True Crime Podcasts

Alex Marwood on SOMEONE IS LYING

A podcast forms a crucial part of Jenny Blackhurst's new chilling psychological thriller SOMEONE IS LYING. Here Jenny picks her favourite true crime podcasts.

Posted on May 23, 2019 in Guest Author
Tags: Jenny Blackhurst, Someone is Lying, podcasts, true crime

Serial

I know, I know, somewhat predictable. But in case you’ve been living under a true crime rock, Serial is the podcast that started our arm chair detective obsession. Serial tells us of the murder of student Hae Min Lee in Baltimore, 1999. Her ex-boyfriend Adnan Syed is arrested and found guilty of her murder after a fellow student claims Syed showed him Hae’s body in the trunk of his car. When Sarah Koenig is contacted by Adnan’s aunty, Rabia Choudry no one realised that his case would grip and divide people all around the world.

 

A Killing on The Cape

In 2002 in idyllic seaside town Cape Cod Christa Worthington was found stabbed to death with her 2-year-old daughter, unharmed at her side. After three years Christa’s trash collector, Christopher McCowen, would eventually be convicted of the crime, but his trial would raise questions about the evidence, investigative methods, and whether racial prejudice played a role.

 

Beyond Reasonable Doubt by BBC Five Live

When True Crime show The Staircase aired on Netflix I was absolutely hooked on the case of Michael Peterson, a writer accused of beating his wife to death and alleging that she had fallen down a staircase in the family home. So many pieces of the evidence didn’t add up, and it was hard to tell if that was down to producer bias or wrongful arrest. This podcast complimented the show, telling you all the things that producers elected to leave out of The Staircase. If you’ve watched The Staircase and still have questions this is the podcast for you.

 

The Grift

Narrated by best-selling author and New Yorker writer Maria Konnikova, The Grift is ‘a show about con artists and the lives they ruin’. I loved Maria’s book The Confidence Game and have a weakness for stories about people who can take on another persona the way regular people wear a raincoat so this podcast is one of my favourite ever. You’ll listen with your jaw on the floor to tales of fake heiresses, carnival cons and card sharks, and by the end you’ll be wondering if your own granny is hiding something from you.

 

Dirty John

Another podcast made famous by Netflix, Dirty John is the story of real life con-artist and psychopath John Meehan who met and romanced mother Debra Newell before terrorising her and her family. Shocking, distressing and addictive this podcast will have you literally yelling at your speakers for her to run as fast as she can.

SOMEONE IS LYING publishes in ebook this summer and in paperback in November 2019


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