Morbid Is the Best True Crime Podcast—Here's Why

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I can't stop listening!

This True Crime Podcast Might Be Morbid, But It's My Latest Obsession

True Crime podcasts are popular, to say the very least.

When podcasts increased in popularity, so did the genre. While most were serious in tone and factually accurate, many merged the darker stories with comedy. My Favorite Murder pairs scary stories of death and murder with comedy, thanks to upbeat and funny hosts Karen and Georgia. And many shows followed in lighter forms—Martinis & Murder, Wine and Crime, and The Last Podcast on the Left. Just because the topic might be dark, doesn't mean the podcast has to follow suit.

As an avid fan of podcasts, I perused my Spotify account and landed on a podcast I had never heard of, Morbid: A True Crime Podcast. The podcast is certainly not new, as I realized right away by the sheer number of episodes in front of me. I recognized some names: Lizzie Borden, Kurt Cobain, and The Black Dahlia.

Instead, I went for a mini-episode, a quick 30-minute introduction that could make part of my afternoon go by faster. I started with episode 99, a true story about a school bus kidnapping in California that had a happy ending. Not only was the story captivating, but the hosts were absolutely a delight to listen to. I have an incredibly low tolerance for podcasts hosts with terrible voices or insane vocal fry, so I noticed right away how much I enjoyed listening to hosts, Alaina and Ash. On top of that, they were charismatic, sharp, funny, and hosted the show effortlessly. I was hooked.

While the content is morbid, the hosts do a fantastic job of stating the facts accurately and promptly, while adding their personal flare to the show. With hilarious soundbites and personal anecdotes, it felt as if I was eavesdropping in on a friend's conversation. Because the content can be depressing or alarming, I didn't expect much from the hosts, but I think I walked away liking the podcast so much because the hosts perfectly married horror with humor. And with so many podcasts out there (many of which are just straight up bad and hosted by people whose voices I do not want directly in my ear), I was almost relived to find a new true crime podcast I liked so much.

So, if you're in the mood for a legitimately great podcast, I urge you to take a moment and listen to Morbid: A True Crime Podcast. And if you're obsessed with the genre, I assume you've already listened but if you haven't, download now. If you scare easy, I implore you to reconsider and hope you stop being a wuss one day so you too can enjoy Alaina and Ash's hard work.

My Favorite Episodes (So Far)

Episode 99: The Schoolbus Kidnapping of 1976

Based on a terrifying true story, this episode tells the story of the Chowchilla kidnapping where 26 children, ranging in age from 5 to 14, were kidnapped along with the bus driver in California. Thankfully, it's not too morbid for listeners.

Episode 70: The Survival Tale of Jennifer Morey

Jennifer Morey is a badass, and this chilling true story very much proves her willingness to survive.

Episode 59: Christina Paolilla & Chris Snyder

This ugly ducking story isn't nearly as cute as the children's tale but it is captivating. Christina was an unpopular student, until the kindness of her peers helped her grow out of her shell. But no good deed goes unpunished...

Episode 84: The Unbelievable Survival Tale of Susan Walters

Quite possibly the most heroic story from Morbid, we're introduced to Susan Walters, a nurse who is able to ward off an assailant by giving him the ass-kick of the century. She's my new hero and I hadn't known about her two days ago.

Where To Listen To Morbid: A True Crime Podcast

Listen here on iTunes.

Listen here on Stitcher.

Listen here on Spotify.

Listen here on their website.

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