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I’ve been on a major podcast kick lately, so I thought I’d share with you all some podcasts that I’ve been listening to and my thoughts on them. If you have an iPhone, you should have the podcast app automatically downloaded on your phone. A podcast is basically just audio of interviews or talk shows across tons of different topics. Anyone can host a podcast because they are so affordable to produce, so there are tons to sort through on the app.
Today, I’m going to share some of my recent favorite HORROR podcasts. Yep, you read that right. Who am I? I’m really into crime and mystery podcasts, and I’ve found some really good ones.
Up and Vanished
This podcast is an investigation of the unsolved disappearance of Tara Grinstead. Tara, a pageant queen and high school teacher from Georgia mysteriously disappeared from her small town in 2005. The podcast has dozens of episodes that are around 45+ minutes an episode, so you can enjoy this story and its developments for a good amount of time. The podcast host, Payne Lindsey, is a filmmaker who decided to take it upon himself to investigate the case and podcast his journey. You get audio of his conversations with friends of Tara and, as the podcast grew in popularity, episodes turn from a cold case mystery to a very active case. I really enjoyed listening to Payne tell this story, and I think you will too! I hope he has plans to do another podcast like this again soon.
Crime Stories with Nancy Grace
Ok, say what you want about Nancy Grace, but she knows how to talk crime. People ALWAYS scoff/laugh at me when I tell them about this podcast. Don’t knock it until you try it! Unlike Up and Vanished, Nancy Grace’s podcast looks into one case in an hour (roughly). She brings in other attorneys and investigators to talk about cold and solved cases. She puts out new episodes each week, so you won’t run out of episodes to listen to. Nancy is pretty funny to listen to because she gives her friends a hard time when she brings them on to comment on the crimes, and she also talks about her fiancé’s murder that inspired her to become a prosecutor at least once an episode. These episodes are good for the car or when you’re doing cardio because you start and finish the story in an hour.
This is the first crime podcast I listened to and actually my least favorite of the three. Those of you who have heard it are probably shocked. This podcast has so many fans, but I connected with others more than this one. Serial tells the story of Adnan Syed and Hae Min Lee. Syed was convicted of murdering Lee, an 18-year-old student in Baltimore. Syed was her ex-boyfriend. The host of the podcast, Sarah Koenig speaks to Syed at length in many podcast episodes. Syed maintains his innocence in the cast, which had a mistrial in its first trial and resulted in a conviction of Syed in the second. After going through all kinds of evidence and speaking to witnesses and detectives, the publicity from the case and Syed’s consistent claims of innocence has led to a judge granting a new trial. Give this podcast a listen and see if you can decide whether or not Syed is guilty … I still don’t know.
So, have you listened to any of these? They’re all pretty different and extremely interesting. If you haven’t, what are you waiting for? Send me your crime podcast recommendations if you have some! I’d be happy to give them a listen.
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Holly Hoehner has her bachelor’s degree in public relations from the University of Oklahoma. She considers herself more of a Russell Westbrook than a Kevin Durant and enjoys learning about and participating in the digital age, blogging about anything that comes to her mind and creating witty Instagram captions. Holly was raised a die-hard Sooner fan in Edmond, OK.