Ah, the spooky season—not a month, but a mindset. At 12 years old, I analyzed Halloween and was convinced that Michael Myers’s killing spree could have been prevented if he just “had a friend.” Long before I was introduced to the genre of true crime, I was obsessed with attempting to understand the criminal mind.

I can pore over dozens of psychological thrillers and binge all of Netflix’s scariest documentaries, but I still can’t get enough. After all my streaming, I’ve come to the conclusion the best way to take in true crime is through podcasts. Call it a modern-day ghost story, but there’s something so riveting—so chilling!—about hearing a suspenseful whodunit unfold.

Whether you’re a true crime obsessive like me or just planning to spend Halloween at home this year (as we all should be!), these are six stories from my favorite true crime podcasts that are sure to turn you into a regular Charlie Kelly

LISK: Long Island Serial Killer 

For two decades until 2010, an unidentified suspect murdered nearly a dozen people, mostly female sex workers, and left their bodies along a secluded stretch of Long Island’s Ocean Parkway. This podcast, inspired by the bestseller Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery, recalls the gruesome case with unheard interviews from family members, police, and more. 

Morbid: A True Crime Podcast

Best friends Alaina Urquhart and Ashleigh Kelley have range: In addition to serial killers and mysterious deaths, they tackle other true crime subgenres such as spooky myths, creepy history, and haunted places. Here, they cover the mysterious death of actor Brittany Murphy. Was it really pneumonia, or did something more sinister take place? You be the judge.

True Crime Obsessed

Consuming too much true crime can leave you desperately in need of a comedic pick-me-up. That’s where the hilarious, theater-loving duo Patrick Hinds and Gillian Pensavalle come in. Without ever making fun of the actual crime, the co-hosts recap popular true crime documentaries, from Tiger King to Making a Murderer, with a much-needed lighthearted, sassy twist. Listen to their take of ID’s Atlanta Child Murders, which covers the nearly 30 Black children who disappeared or were murdered in Atlanta during the early ’80s.

Down the Hill: The Delphi Murders

On Valentine’s Day in 2017, two teens, Liberty German, 14, and Abigail Williams, 13, were found murdered near a hiking trail in Delphi, Indiana after they went missing the day before. When police released a short audio clip that’s believed to belong to their male suspect, it was only three words: “down the hill.” But the eerie voice, yet to be identified, was enough to make my hair stand on end. Here, this podcast breaks down the tragic story that continues to haunt Indiana today.

Martinis and Murder

With the winning combination of laughter and alcohol (courtesy of their producer “Matt the Bartender”), Daryn Carp and John Thrasher cover new chilling stories every week, from unsolved murders to the most famous cases in history. Here, this personal favorite covers the unexplained death of Elisa Lam and the viral video that captured the final moments before her disappearance.

Crime Junkie

Just like the name suggests, hosts Ashley Flowers and Brit Prawat are obsessed with anything and everything related to true crime. Each week, they take a deep dive into some of the most compelling (and mysterious) cases, including stories from the 1940s and more recent convictions. Below, Ashley and Brit discuss the murder of Loren Donn Leslie, whose remains were found along Canada’s Highway of Tears; a 450-mile stretch of road where dozens of women, most of whom were Indigenous, have been known to vanish or be found murdered.

Source: vogue.com