The world can be a scary place, so you might as well laugh
1. My Favourite Murder
My Favourite Murder is a weekly true crime comedy podcast, hosted by stand-up comedian Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark, co-host of the podcasts Do You Need a Ride and Drinks with Allie and Georgia. While some people might consider the juxtaposition of true crime stories and comedy inappropriate, it's not the horrible nature of the crimes the hosts are making fun of. Rather, they are laughing in the face of the horror, as a way of coping with it.
Each week Karen and Georgia each present a story they have researched. Some of the crimes are older historical cases, like the Black Dahlia Murders, and others are more recent. They also include some chit-chat about their week and recommendations for movies, books and TV shows, some true crime related, some not. There are also shorter, bonus episodes for the "hometown murders" listeners write in to share.
My Favourite Murder has a large, active fan base (including a Facebook Group with over 200,000 members), and the hosts regularly travel to perform live shows. Their book, Stay Sexy and Don't Get Murdered is due to be released in 2019.
S'Laughter is another true crime comedy podcast, hosted by two British women, Emma and Lucy. The two hosts are both school teachers, and getting together over a bottle of wine to chat about true crime seems to be how they let their hair down a bit. The format is similar to that of My Favourite Murder, with each of the hosts presenting a different story each week, as well as shorter "Slash and Dash" episodes with topics voted on by listeners. Recent episodes have covered the Hosein brothers, Devernon Legrand, and the Yorkshire Ripper.
If you're a true crime fan, Emma and Lucy will help make you feel that you're not alone, and as they say, "listening to S'laughter doesn't make you a psycho, killing people does."
3. The Murder Dictionary
The Murder Dictionary, with Brianna and Kelly, tackles different types of crime by topic, alphabetically. For example, the first few episodes are about murders connected with adultery. 'B' is for bikers and 'c' is for cannibalism. As with most true crime podcasts, the content can be disturbing, so let the listener beware, but the topics are handled as sensitively as possible while maintaining an interesting story.
Serial is the odd one out in this list, but you can't talk about true crime podcasts and not mention the one which holds the world record for the most downloaded podcast of all time. Serial is a spin-off of the radio series This American Life, and is hosted by reporter Sarah Koenig. Season One covers the investigation into the murder of Hae Min Lee, an 18-year-old student from Baltimore.
Koenig conducts interviews and does thorough research into the case, which she presents as an engrossing nonfiction narrative. To date there have been three seasons of the podcast, each focusing on a different true crime story. 5. And That's Why We Drink
AndThat's Why We Drink is a weekly true crime and paranormal podcast, hosted by Christine Schiefer and Em Schulz. Each episode the hosts present one true crime and one paranormal story (eg. tales of hauntings, auras and wendigos) while the enjoy boxed wine and milkshakes, respectively. It's light-hearted and fun, despite the subject matter.