True Crime Podcasts: Best Episodes & Shows of 2020

Katie OsterhausLast updated on Aug 01, 2020
When Serial (a podcast from the creators of This American Life) came out in 2014, audiences across all the nation were immediately hooked by the audio investigation of Hae Min Lee's 1999 murder. While criminal storytelling is not necessarily new, Serial was groundbreaking in that listeners could join the criminal investigation via a podcast format. Since Serial, True Crime podcasts have become our ultimate obsession. From the clues to the conspiracies, these podcasts draw us into the real life stories of scandal, corruption, evil and innocence. There are two typical types of True Crime podcasts: those that are ‘episodic’ and those that are ‘serialized’ (no pun intended). In an episodic format, each episode will tell a different crime-related story. So, you can start at any episode and get in your true crime fix. Serialized formats tell a story over multiple episodes. These are great for a plane or car ride when you can binge on multiple episodes at one time or, when you wish to hear a longer more complex story. So, without further delay, we've broken this article down into two sections: the best True Crime episodes of the month & the top True Crime shows to follow for ongoing listening.

The Best True Crime Episodes for August 2020

For those that love a good Dateline murder mystery, or heck, just want to hear a gripping tale, you can access some of the most captivating true crime and wrongful conviction stories via these fantastic episodes. Take a look at the most mysterious, murderous, and crime-filled tales as voted upon by the listeners.
The list of the top 10 True Crime episodes for August 2020 is compliled from Repod’s podcast app chart data. The list below is updated monthly, daily True Crime charts can be found inside the app.
  • 1
    Missing in Alaska

    Missing in Alaska

    The Search
  • 2
    Missing in Alaska

    Missing in Alaska

    The Disappearance
    "This is good. A mysterious plane crash that left no trace of the plane, or the congressmen on board. The host of this show dives deep into debunking the conspiracy theories and trying to find out what really really happened back on this night in 1972."
  • 3
    Crime Junkie

    Crime Junkie

    MISSING: Rico Harris
    "New format! Seems like Brit is taking the reigns as host and Ashley is transitioning on to different projects. We’ll see!!"
  • 4
    I Survived

    I Survived

    A Two-Foot-Long Machete
  • 5
    The Orange Tree

    The Orange Tree

    Episode 1: The Orange Door
    "A recommendation for true crime fans! The co-hosts are two journalism majors from the University of Texas who investigate the 2005 murder of a 21 year old student named Jennifer Cave."
  • 6
    Wrongful Conviction Podcasts

    Wrongful Conviction Podcasts

    Wrongful Conviction with Jason Flom - Julius Jones - with Kim Kardashian West
    "Love or hate the Kardashians, you have to give credit to Kim for her commitment to prison reform. Julius Jones’ story is one we need to pay attention to. In addition to this podcast episode featuring Kim Kardashian, check out the website: justiceforjuliusjones.com."
  • 7
    True Crime Daily The Podcast

    True Crime Daily The Podcast

    Soldier Vanessa Guillen’s remains identified; TikTok users discover dead bodies while filming
  • 8
    True Crime Daily The Podcast

    True Crime Daily The Podcast

    Ex-detective charged in ’99 murder case; mom accused of fatally shooting 5-year-old daughter
  • 9
    Crime in Sports

    Crime in Sports

    #217 - Don't You Dare Call Me Rachel! - The Robustness of Sebastian Janikowski
  • 10
    Criminal

    Criminal

    Episode 140: Cowboy Bob
    "Well that was a surprising twist 🤠🤠"

Editors Choice: Top True Crime Shows In 2020

A list of the best True Crime podcasts (shows) is surely an impossible task with so many amazing podcasts to follow. So, this is definitely not an all-encompassing True Crime list, instead we're showcasing some of the favorites that we've listened to over the years.
The list of the top 10 best True Crime podcasts of 2020 is a compilation of the editor’s choice + collaboration with the Repod community.
  • Bear Brook
    Bear Brook
  • Conviction
    Conviction
  • Dirty John
    Dirty John
  • Dr. Death
    Dr. Death
  • Gladiator: Aaron Hernandez and Football Inc.
    Gladiator: Aaron Hernandez and Football Inc.
  • Happy Face
    Happy Face
  • Joe Exotic: Tiger King
    Joe Exotic: Tiger King
  • Man In The Window: The Golden State Killer
    Man In The Window: The Golden State Killer
  • Monster: DC Sniper
    Monster: DC Sniper
  • Murder in Pilot Mountain: A 40 Year Mystery
    Murder in Pilot Mountain: A 40 Year Mystery

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