Satisfy your curiosity with Wondery’s best true crime podcasts
Want to satisfy your craving for true crime? We got you covered! Here are three Wondery podcasts for you to take a look at!
True Crime All The Time: Enjoying time and talking crime
Hosts Mike Ferguson & Mike Gibson say in the podcast’s description, “We don’t take ourselves too seriously but we take true crime very seriously.” And that just about sums up this show. It’s an enjoyable listen.
And that enjoyment is something that will either get you into this show – or turn you off completely. The two hosts have a charming, almost bubbly demeanor as they discuss various murders, serial killers, and missing persons.
Whether you like that approach is up to you. But if you want a classic take on a true crime show, look no further than True Crime All The Time.
The Generation Why Podcast
Want another true crime anthology show with a comfier, more somber vibe? Try The Generation Why Podcast.
Aaron Habel & Justin Evans, friends since the mid ‘90s, host this true crime series. They cover a wide range of topics, from missing persons, to major cases, and more. This podcast began in 2012, and they claim to have “pioneered the true crime genre in the podcasting world”. Considering the age of the podcast and how many episodes have been produced (over 400!), we’re inclined to believe them.
The main draw here is the dynamic between Aaron & Justin. It’s not a comedic one, like the McElory brothers’ many shows, or even Mike Ferguson & Mike Gibson’s more lackadaisical attitude.
Two friends until the end
There’s a calmness in the air as we listen to these two friends talk their way through many true stories. They give these cases the seriousness they deserve, and banter back & forth about the details in a respectful way.
For example, one of their latest episodes (Episode 438, called “Jonathan Amerault”), they discuss the abuse that one of the perpetrators went through, and sincerely talk about what it means to be a victim of a bad marriage. It’s heartwarming to see them take this seriously, as they could have just thrown the woman under the bus. But they didn’t. That’s the kind of respect you can expect from this show.
If you want a look at true crime with two best buds at your side, look no further than The Generation Why Podcast.
The Grand Scheme: Snatching Sinatra: One long mantra
Unlike the other two shows we’ve discussed, The Grand Scheme: Snatching Sinatra is not a true crime anthology series. It describes itself as, “a complicated, nuanced story of one imperfect man trying to redeem himself by pulling off the perfect crime,” and shows us the true tale of Barry Keenan, who kidnapped Frank Sinatra Jr. in 1963. John Stamos hosts this show, and brings us through this intense journey one step at a time.
This is a true crime podcast that leans more into the “audio drama” side of things, with plenty of cool sound edits, great music, and (of course) excellent narration by John Stamos. He guides us through all the twists & turns in store and presents an excellently written story, introducing a new generation of people to the Sinatra kidnapping.
There are also content warnings at the beginning of the episodes, which is much appreciated. It would be nice if more podcasts included that! Overall, this is a strong listening experience that we don’t want to miss.
So there you have it! Three different Wondery true crime podcasts for you to listen to. We hope you enjoy them. Let us know which one is your favorite!