5 gripping true crime podcasts

The world of true crime podcasts is packed full of exciting, interesting, and sometimes even scary stories. These five gripping series are some of our favourites – offering a variety of viewpoints from both sides of the prison bars.

Shaun Attwood Crime Podcast

A former drug kingpin who spent 6 years in federal prison in Arizona, Shaun interviews ex-gangsters and survivors, as well as true-crime writers, journalists and whistleblowers, exploring why crime isn’t always the best option. Listen in now.


Fact can be scarier than fiction. Casefile explores the circumstances, investigations and trials of both solved and unsolved true crime cases from all over the world. Check it out.

The Apology Line

In 1980, a conceptual artist Allan Bridge set up an answering machine for New Yorkers to leave anonymous apologies on. After one caller repeatedly calls about his urge to murder young men, Bridge becomes obsessed. This podcast, hosted by Allan’s widow, delves into how desperate people can be for answers to the big questions, even when sources are untrustworthy. Take a look.


Hosted by an anonymous speaker, known only as ‘A Concerned Citizen’, Swindled explores the true stories of white-collar criminals, con artists and corporate evil and how their acts of greed have shaped our world. Get started.


Serial tells one true story over the course of a season. From the disappearance of a high school senior to a soldier going AWOL in Afghanistan, and a year inside a typical American courthouse. Give it a go now.

You might not sleep well tonight, but at least you’ve learned something.


  • SMARTY Team
  • March 13th, 2022