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5 of the Best Murder Podcasts

We’re at our most vulnerable when we go to our doctors. We trust the person at the other end of that scalpel. We trust the hospital. We trust the system.

This podcast really shook me! It wasn’t just the terrifying malpractice Dr. Death committed, but how the medical system avoided the truth and let it go on for years and never actually fired him or charged him with a crime! It reminded me to always think for yourself and don’t just take people’s word at face value. If something feels off, trust your gut.

For eight years, Toronto’s Gay Village worried a serial killer was operating in its midst. Men had been disappearing from the neighbourhood, but police insisted there was no evidence of foul play. It wasn’t until January, 2018, that police finally arrested Bruce McArthur for the murders of eight men. 

This podcast told a deeply disturbing story about the marginalized LGBTQ community in Toronto, where I currently live, and how that left room for a serial killer to hunt for years without getting caught. Even aside from the murder, it’s incredible hearing what the community was like back then and how they taught each other to protect themselves when the police couldn’t.

In 1998, 77-year-old Joan Lawrence disappeared from her Muskoka town. All police could find were her cats, many shot dead with a hunting rifle.

At first you think this is just a story of a woman going missing. But as the episodes go on there is a much bigger crime happening right under the town’s nose to those who are most vulnerable. Police still haven’t found the bodies.

When The Black Dahlia was brutally killed in 1947, it gripped the entire country. Many believe Dr. George Hodel was the killer, thanks to an investigation by Hodel’s own son. But murder is just part of the Hodel family story, one filled with horrifying secrets that ripple across generations.

I did not expect what this story ended up to be. It’s fascinating the lives people are able to live and what they are able to get away with. It was certainly a wild ride into the life of this family and their darkest secrets.

The podcast started in September 2016, focusing on crime in the UK — delving into the crimes that are close to home, the criminal that sleeps beside you, lives next door, or delivers your newspaper.

Little bit different than the rest – but every episode is about a different true crime (a lot of them are murders) and some of them are so crazy that I wish there were entire series about them.

Am I missing any other great podcasts about murder?

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