Do you love to listen to a true crime podcast whilst you while away the hours? Can’t get enough of the gory details and shocking stories? Well, you’re not alone and thanks to a new study by Kastle systems you can now see which true crime podcasts are the most popular state by state.
Kastle explained their reasons for exploring the true crime phenomenon and how they went about doing it on their website. “We’re fans of these True Crime podcasts, not only because the subject is related to our industry, but because we find them seriously compelling! So, we decided to see which crime podcasts are most popular in each state based on search volume. Our team compiled a list of all of the crime podcasts we could find on Spotify and Apple Podcasts and evaluated the search volume for each of them by state. If you’re wondering which crime podcast your state is obsessed with, you can check out the results below!”
If you want to check out the podcast that’s most popular in your state we’ve got a rundown of the most popular options below.
Generation Why – Most popular in HI, IA, KS, NC, NV, PA, and VA
“The Generation Why Podcast released its first episode in 2012 and pioneered the true crime genre in the podcasting world. Two friends, Aaron & Justin, break down theories and give their opinions on unsolved murders, controversies, mysteries, and conspiracies.” You can listen to Generation Why here.
Morbid – Most popular in AK, ME, NM, SD, WV, and WA
“Morbid: A True Crime Podcast was born out of a genuine love for true crime and all things spooky. We cover serial killers, unsolved mysteries, spooky history, paranormal happenings, conspiracy theories and anything that sends chills down your spine and gets your mind working overtime.” You can listen to Morbid: A True Crime Podcast here.
Dr. Death – Most popular in DE, IN, and LA
“Dr. Death is a 2018 podcast produced by Wondery that tells the story of Christopher Duntsch, a Texas surgeon who was convicted of gross malpractice after thirty-one of his patients were left seriously injured after he operated on them, and two patients died during his operation.” You can listen to Dr. Death here.
Root of Evil – Most popular in AL, KY, and TN
“Root of Evil is the companion podcast to TNTs limited series I Am the Night. Inspired by the true story of the Hodel family, the series stars Chris Pine and comes from acclaimed Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins.” You can listen to Root of Evil here.
Dirty John – Most Popular in CA, CT, and MA
“Debra Newell is a successful interior designer. She meets John Meehan, a handsome man who seems to check all the boxes: attentive, available, just back from a year in Iraq with Doctors Without Borders. But her family doesn’t like John, and they get entangled in an increasingly complex web of love, deception, forgiveness, denial, and ultimately, survival. Reported and hosted by Christopher Goffard from the L.A. Times.” You can listen to Dirty John here.
Room 20 – Most popular in OH, OK, and SC
“The sign above his hospital bed called him Sixty-Six Garage. For more than 15 years, he would lay there unidentified and unconscious. Or so, everyone believed. From LA Times Studios and the team that brought you Dirty John and Man in the Window, comes Room 20, a story about the search for a man’s identity and the truth about his accident. Investigative reporter Joanne Faryon’s two-year journey is filled with twists and turns. Now, she’ll finally reveal who Garage really is. But one important question remained for her upon this discovery: has Garage been conscious this entire time?” You can listen to Room 20 here.
In the Dark – Most popular in ND, NE, and WI
“In the Dark is a podcast produced by American Public Media. Hosted and narrated by Madeleine Baran, and produced by Samara Freemark, the series features investigative journalism and in-depth reportage from APM Reports, the investigative reporting, and documentary unit of APM.” You can listen to In the Dark here.
S-Town – Most popular in WY and VT
“John despises his Alabama town and decides to do something about it. He asks a reporter to investigate the son of a wealthy family who’s allegedly been bragging that he got away with murder. But then someone else ends up dead, sparking a nasty feud, a hunt for hidden treasure, and an unearthing of the mysteries of one man’s life.” You can listen to S-Town here.
Monstrou – Most popular in FL and TX
“From the creators of Sword and Scale, Dark Topic and The Westside Fairytales, comes the most terrifying audio experience you will ever hear. Nine stories. Carefully Crafted. One year in the making… Beyond the limits of anything you could possibly imagine, and based on actual events.” You can listen to Monstrou here.
Serial – Most popular in DC and MD
“Serial is an investigative journalism podcast hosted by Sarah Koenig, narrating a nonfiction story over multiple episodes. The series was co-created and is co-produced by Koenig and Julie Snyder and developed by This American Life” You can listen to Serial here.
Up and Vanished – Most popular in CO
“Season 1 of Up and Vanished explored the 2005 disappearance of beauty queen and high school teacher Tara Grinstead in Ocilla, Georgia. The cold case was the largest case file in the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s history, with no arrests in 11 years. The podcast quickly drew attention, both in South Georgia and nationwide. As the people of Ocilla began talking about the case again, new leads and stories emerged. In February 2017, the GBI arrested two suspects for Grinstead’s murder. Up and Vanished will continue to provide updates on this no-longer-cold case as the criminal trial proceeds in 2018.” You can listen to Up and Vanished here.
Crimetown – Most popular in RI
“Welcome to Crimetown, a series produced by Marc Smerling and Zac Stuart-Pontier in partnership with Gimlet Media. Each season, we investigate the culture of crime in a different city.” You can listen to Crimetown here.
Pretty Scary – Most popular in MI
“Pretty Scary. A podcast about true crime, ghosts, aliens, and all other manner of mysterious and unexplained phenomena.” You can listen to Pretty Scary here.
My Favorite Murder – Most popular in OR
“My Favorite Murder is the hit true crime comedy podcast hosted by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark. Since its inception in early 2016, the show has broken download records and sparked an enthusiastic, interactive “Murderino” fan base who come out in droves for their sold-out worldwide tours.” You can listen to My Favorite Murder here.
Once Upon a Crime – Most popular in MI
“Join me as I dive into some of the most fascinating and thought provoking true crime stories told one chapter at a time. Kidnappings, murders, mysterious disappearances, serial killers, celebrity crime and more will be covered.” You can listen to Once Upon a Crime here.
Man in the Window – Most popular in AR
“In Man in the Window, Paige St. John, a Pulitzer Prize winning investigative reporter has uncovered never before revealed details about the man who would eventually become one of California’s most deadly serial killers. From Wondery and the LA Times comes a new series that traces his path of devastation through his victims’ eyes.” You can listen to Man in the Window here.
Culpable – Most popular in MS
“A new investigative true crime podcast from Black Mountain Media and Tenderfoot TV, Culpable explores unsettled cases where those deserving of blame have somehow eluded justice.” You can listen to Culpable here.
Crime Junkie – Most popular in UT
“You are obsessed with all things crime related. It started out as a general interest but now you have this true-crime-shaped-hole in your life that no amount of radio segments, podcasts, or documentaries can fill. And the more true crime media you consume the more you crave it.” You can listen to Culpable here.
Lore – Most popular in ID
“Lore is an award-winning, critically-acclaimed podcast about true life scary stories. Lore exposes the darker side of history, exploring the creatures, people, and places of our wildest nightmares.” You can listen to Lore here.
Bear Brook – Most popular in NH
“Two barrels. Four bodies. And the decades-long mystery that led to a serial killer. A podcast about a cold case that’s changing how murders will be investigated forever.” You can listen to Bear Brook here.
22 Hours – Most popular in NJ
“It was a case nightmares are made of. A D.C. power couple, their 10-year-old son and housekeeper held hostage for nearly 24 hours and murdered inside a burning D.C. mansion. WTOP examines the complicated trail of evidence that police say led to finding their killer and why they say he committed such a brutal crime.” You can listen to 22 Hours here.
Missing and Murdered – Most popular in MT
“Missing and Murdered is a CBC News original podcast hosted by CBC News investigative reporter Connie Walker.” You can listen to Missing and Murdered here.
Unsolved Murders – Most popular in GA
“Unsolved Murders: True Crime Stories is a podcast drama with a modern twist on old time radio that delves into the mystery of true cold cases and unsolved murders. With the help of an ensemble cast, follow our hosts as they take you on an entertaining journey through the crime scene, the investigation and attempt to solve the case.” You can listen to Unsolved Murders here.
And That’s Why We Drink – Most popular in IL
“And That’s Why We Drink is a paranormal and true crime podcast hosted by Christine Schiefer, Em Schulz, and boxed wine. Join us every Sunday for some chilling ghost stories and downright terrifying true crime stories. The world’s a scary place. And that’s why we drink!” You can listen to And That’s Why We Drink here.
The Thing About Pam – Most popular in MO
“Two days after Christmas, 2011, Russ Faria came home to find his wife, Betsy, dead. Betsy’s brutal murder set off a chain of events that would leave another person dead and expose a diabolical scheme.” You can listen to The Thing About Pam here.
Killer Queens – Most popular in NY
“A light true crime podcast with ’90s references.” You can listen to Killer Queens here.
The Dropout – Most popular in AZ
“Money. Romance. Tragedy. Deception. The story of Elizabeth Holmes and Theranos is an unbelievable tale of ambition and fame gone terribly wrong. How did the world’s youngest self-made female billionaire lose it all in the blink of an eye? How did the woman once heralded as “the next Steve Jobs” find herself facing criminal charges—to which she pleaded not guilty—and up to 20 years in jail? How did her technology, meant to revolutionize healthcare, potentially put millions of patients at risk? And how did so many smart people get it so wrong along the way? ABC News chief business, technology and economics correspondent Rebecca Jarvis, along with producers Taylor Dunn and Victoria Thompson, take listeners on a journey that includes a three-year-long investigation. You’ll hear exclusive interviews with former employees, investors, and patients, and for the first-time, the never-before-aired deposition testimony of Elizabeth Holmes, and those at the center of this story.” You can listen to The Dropout here.
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