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The 31 Best New True Crime Podcasts of 2021

While some of the most popular true crime podcasts release new episodes every week for years, there are also a bunch of new shows and seasons that are released every month.

If you’re always on the lookout for the best new true crime podcasts, I’m here to help! I’m constantly updating this post with the newest seasons and shows as I learn about them, so be sure to bookmark this one to come back and see when new podcasts make the list!

Read on for the best new true crime podcasts of 2021 – this list started in July since that’s when I started this site.

First published: July 31, 2021 // Last updated: October 10, 2021

The Best New True Crime Podcasts in July 2021

New Podcasts - July 2021

Long, hot days – and dark, twisted stories. Sounds about right for a true crime podcast fan in July, doesn’t it? Here are the 7 new true crime podcasts in July 2021 that I heard about. Each of these shows (or seasons) premiered in July and you might have missed them!

1. The Wonderland Murders & the Secret History of Hollywood

  • Show Type: Single Serial, Interview Case Analysis (?)
  • Host Type: Single Host
  • Cadence: Weekly, Ongoing
  • First Published: July 1, 2021 (?)

With a mouthful of a name, The Wonderland Murders & the Secret History of Hollywood is an Audible original – meaning you won’t find it on the other podcast players out there. In it, best-selling crime novelist Michael Connelly digs into the horrific slayings of four people in Los Angeles in 1981. With his trademark talent for storytelling, Connelly hosts the audience on a fascinating look at the seedy underbelly of the City of Angels.

Note: The Wonderland Murders & the Secret History of Hollywood is not yet in the True Crime Podcasts database but I’ll be adding it soon!

2. The Yellow Car

  • Show Type: Single Serial
  • Host Type: Single Host, Interview Case Analysis
  • Cadence: Weekly, Ongoing
  • First Published: July 7, 2021

I can only imagine how hard it is for family members of victims to come forward and be on podcasts; when they are willing and have the strength though, it makes for an incredible story. Such is the case for The Yellow Car, where the victim’s daughter helps tell the story of her mother Effie’s death – and why she believes her father was wrongly convicted for it. Personally, I’m saving this show to binge once the serial is complete.

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3. Murder in Illinois

  • Show Type: Single Serial
  • Host Type: Single Host
  • Cadence: Weekly, Ongoing
  • First Published: July 8, 2021

Murder in Illinois brings veteran true crime podcast host and producer Lauren Bright (Happy Face, Murder in Oregon, and The Murders at White House Farm) back in front of the mic to cover the 2007 deaths of the Vaughn family – and arrest and conviction of the family father, Chris Vaughn. But as in so many cases, the story isn’t that simple, and deserves a second look.

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4. Life After Happy Face

  • Show Type: Interview Case Analysis
  • Host Type: Multi Host
  • Cadence: Weekly, Ongoing
  • First Published: July 9, 2021

Melissa Moore – daughter of the infamous Happy Face serial killer – and Forensic Criminologist, Dr. Laura Pettler discuss serial killers and the lives they touch… including those who lived with and loved the killers themselves. In Life After Happy Face, the pair starts with discussed Happy Face, but also discussed Jodi Arias and Robert Brashers in this first month’s episodes.

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5. LISK Podcast – Season 2: The Search for Answers

  • Show Type: Single Serial
  • Host Type: Single Host
  • Cadence: Weekly, Ongoing
  • First Published: July 14, 2021

Back for a second season, LISK (not to be confused with Unraveled Season 1, which also covered LISK) host Chris Mass dives back into the case, trying to identify new evidence, witness statements, and possible suspects. Through it all, one main question hangs over his investigation: why did the police mess this one up so badly?

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6. Transportista

  • Show Type: Interview Case Analysis (?)
  • Host Type: Single Host
  • Cadence: Weekly, Ongoing
  • First Published: July 14, 2021

True crime podcasts generally fall back on violent crimes as a foundation; Transportista takes a different angle and explores the world of drug trafficking. Told in both English and Spanish, this podcast tells the stories of el Transportista, who transported drugs through planes for the world’s most dangerous drug lords in Mexico, Venezuela, the Dominican Republic, and Colombia.

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7. Art Bust

  • Show Type: Casefile with Commentary
  • Host Type: Single Host
  • Cadence: Weekly, Ongoing
  • First Published: July 14, 2021

Art Bust is a fascinating peek at a small corner of the true crime world: art heists in their varied and refined forms. British author and arts journalist Ben Lewis examines a new case every week (or two, based on multi-part stories), enlightening us to the fascinating and creative ways criminals try to pull the wool over the sharp eyes of the art world. This show reminds me a ton of Cheat! if you like that one.

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8. Chasing Ghislaine

  • Show Type: Single Serial
  • Host Type: Single Host
  • Cadence: Weekly, Ongoing
  • First Published: July 15, 2021

An Audible original, Chasing Ghislaine is yet another story examining the twisted web that surrounded Jeffrey Epstein. Ghislaine Maxwell has drawn everyone’s attention – from the media to the public to podcasters – in an attempt to understand why she aided Epstein in his perverse lifestyle, and what her future might be.

Note: Chasing Ghislaine is not yet in the True Crime Podcasts database but I’ll be adding it soon!

9. Solvable

  • Show Type: Single (Multi?) Serial
  • Host Type: Multi Host
  • Cadence: Single Drop
  • First Published: July 19, 2021

I personally love how audiochuck releases each of their shows a little differently: some are ongoing, some are serials, some are discrete seasons, and some come as a single drop – Solvable is these last three all rolled into one. Focused on the 1982 discovery of a Baby Doe, co-hosts Amanda Reno (a genetic genealogist) and Greg Bodker (a law enforcement veteran) follow the clues and use new technology to give this little girl her name back.

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10. Firebug

  • Show Type: Single Serial
  • Host Type: Single Host
  • Cadence: Intermittent, Ongoing
  • First Published: July 21, 2021

Arson is one of those crimes that gets overlooked a lot in the true crime world; Firebug is a new podcast that fills the gap on this terrifying and often passively violent crime. It follows the story of an arsonist in Southern California who terrorized business owners for years and whose fires killed four people. When it finally came out who was responsible, everyone was shocked – and I’ll leave you that cliffhanger to encourage you to give it a listen…

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11. The Grand Scheme: Snatching Sinatra

  • Show Type: Single Serial
  • Host Type: Single Host
  • Cadence: Weekly, Ongoing
  • First Published: July 27, 2021

This brand new show from Wondery dropped mid-month for Wondery+, but free episodes started to drop at the end of July for non-subscribers. Host John Stamos (yes, that John Stamos) sits down with a man whose story is larger than life – and who successfully kidnapped Frank Sinatra Jr. in the early 1960s.

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12. Fox Hunter

  • Show Type: Single Serial
  • Host Type: Single Host
  • Cadence: Weekly, Ongoing
  • First Published: July 27, 2021

Fox Hunter is a brand new show, examining the murder of 18-year-old Rhonda Sue Coleman in 1990. It’s a 10-episode single serial show that aims to help family, friends, and townspeople who knew Rhonda find the answers they seek.

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13. Convicted: Across Borders

  • Show Type: Interview Case Analysis
  • Host Type: Single Host
  • Cadence: Weekly, Ongoing
  • First Published: July 27, 2021

It’s the worst nightmare of travelers everywhere: getting into legal trouble abroad and being unable to return home. In this short five-story series produced by Focus Features with L.A. Times Studios, Convicted: Across Borders shares some of the stories that inspired the new movie Stillwater in their entirety. Learn the harrowing accounts of people – American citizens – detained abroad, and how their stories resolve.

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The Best New True Crime Podcasts in August 2021

New Podcasts August

We all know it’s true: the hottest days of summer always lead to an increase in crime. And while we love true crime podcasts, let’s all just stay indoors where the A/C keeps it cool instead. Without further ado, here are the best new true crime podcasts in August 2021.

14. Dr. Death – Season 3: Miracle Man

  • Show Type: Multi Serial
  • Host Type: Single Host
  • Cadence: Weekly, Ongoing
  • First Published: August 2, 2021

The ultra-popular Dr. Death podcast from Wondery is back for a third season – perfectly timed to coincide with the television premiere of the drama miniseries on Peacock. If you’ve never listened, Dr. Death is a fabulous multi serial show worth going back to start at the beginning. Season 3, Miracle Man, follows Dr. Paolo Macchiarini and his documentarian – and eventual fiancΓ©, Benita Alexander. The first two seasons are available now on Wondery+ and I’m ready to binge the whole show!

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15. Strangeville

  • Show Type: Multi Serial
  • Host Type: Single Host
  • Cadence: Weekly, Ongoing
  • First Published: August 18, 2021

Love wild stories with a dash of true crime thrown in? Looking for the podcast that offers a perfect combination of Tiger King and Criminal? Strangeville is the new true crime podcast for you! This show covers it all – from a tiger on the loose to heists, scams, and more. Each week on Strangeville, you’ll hear a new narrative with witness and participating officer interviews to add extra color.

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16. Bad Blood: The Final Chapter

  • Show Type: Single Serial, Trial Recap
  • Host Type: Single Host
  • Cadence: Weekly, Ongoing
  • First Published: August 26, 2021

On the eve of Elizabeth Holmes’ trial beginning in California, former WSJ reporter John Carreyrou comes back to the huge story he broke in 2015: the fraud of Theranos, Holmes’ blood-testing company. In Bad Blood: The Final Chapter, the first few episodes give you a recap of the original story and updates in the six years since his story first ran; he’ll also be covering the trial in real-time with regular bonus episodes.

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17. The Labyrinth

  • Show Type: Single Serial, Interview Case Analysis
  • Host Type: Single Host
  • Cadence: Single Drop
  • First Published: August 31, 2021

When a young disabled woman goes missing at an Arizona campground, a community – and the ploice force – is split on who’s to blame. In this single drop binge-worthy podcast, The Labyrinth host Ottavia McHenry walks us through the details of the case, and the stories that lead up to that moment.

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18. Suspect

  • Show Type: Single Serial
  • Host Type: Singe Host
  • Cadence: Weekly
  • First Published: August 31, 2021

Produced in collaboration between Wondery and Campside Media, Suspect follows the story of a Pacific Northwest Halloween party gone wrong. When a young woman is killed after a night of revelry, the police must narrow down the suspects – initially each just known as the costumes they wore – to find the killer. But now, years later, the convicted man still claims innocence, and this podcast aims to seek the truth.

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The Best New True Crime Podcasts in September 2021

Best New Podcasts September 2021

19. Up and Vanished – Season 3

  • Show Type: Multi Serial
  • Host Type: Singe Host
  • Cadence: Weekly
  • First Published: September 1, 2021

Almost three years after the culmination of Season 2, host Payne Lindsey and the rest of the Up and Vanished team return for a third season. This time, they focus on the disappearance of Ashley Loring HeavyRunner who went missing from the Blackfeet Nation Indian Reservation in 2017. Fans and subscribers of the show will be delighted to see this one pop back up in their streams.

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20. The Fault Line – Season 2: Dying for a Fight

  • Show Type: Multi-Serial
  • Host Type: Single Host
  • Cadence: Weekly
  • First Published: September 13, 2021

We often hear about how policing and the justice system have inherent – and sometimes very blatant – biases, but what happens when the system is decidedly unjust in a way you’d never predict? That’s what happens in The Fault Line: Dying for a Fight, which discusses the still-unsolved murder of anti-fascist Sean Kealiher in Portland in 2019. This podcast also discusses how the tremors felt in Portland have exposed a fault line that culminated in Washington D.C. earlier this year.

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21. The Followers: Madness of Two

  • Show Type: Single Serial
  • Host Type: Single Host
  • Cadence: Single Drop
  • First Published: September 15, 2021

One of the most infamous cases that the world watched unfold in real time, The Followers: Madness of Two covers the story of Lori Vallow and Chad Daybell. Both have been accused of multiple crimes, five people are dead, and host Sarah Treleaven will explore the religious fanaticism, brainwashing, and greed, that lead these two “ordinary” people to believe extreme ideas – and possibly commit murder.

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22. Armored

  • Show Type: Casefile with Commentary
  • Host Type: Single Host
  • Cadence: Weekly
  • First Published: September 15, 2021

The true crime podcast genre covers a broad swath of behavior – far beyond the murder and violence most of us listen to. One great example of other true crime stories worth hearing comes in Armored, the latest show from audiochuck. Through an intense storytelling style, host Jake Brennan shares notorious stories of armored truck robberies – a very niche topic. Nevertheless, the details are compelling and you’ll get carried away (all puns intended).

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23. Cousins by Blood – Season 3

  • Show Type: Single Serial
  • Host Type: Singe Host
  • Cadence: Weekly
  • First Published: September 17, 2021

In the third and final season of Cousins by Blood, convicted murderer Ivan Cantu faces the ultimate question: will he receive a new trial, or face execution? Private Investigator Matt Duff follows the story to its ultimate conclusion in this weekly multi-season single serial show.

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24. The Dougherty Gang

  • Show Type: Single Serial
  • Host Type: Single Host
  • Cadence: Weekly
  • First Published: September 20, 2021

The Dougherty Gang is the true story of three siblings who went on an eight-day, fifteen-state crime spree in 2011. This remarkable account delves into the details of the complex circumstances that kicked off their silver screen-worthy crime spree, how they averted police along the way – and how they’re doing now in prison.

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25. Mind of a Monster

  • Show Type: Investigation Case Analysis
  • Host Type: Single Host
  • Cadence: Weekly
  • First Published: September 21, 2021

We’re all curious about why serial killers act the way they do – but what can we make of a town (Santa Cruz, CA) where two serial killers hunted at the same time, with similar – but not identical – MOs? In Mind of a Monster, host Dr. Michelle Ward takes us through the details of killings by both Ed Kemper “The Co-Ed Killer” and Herbert Mullin, who operated in the Santa Cruz area during the 1970s. By the end, maybe serial killers will make more sense… but perhaps not?

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26. The Opportunist – Season 3

  • Show Type: Multi Serial
  • Host Type: Single Host
  • Cadence: Weekly
  • First Published: September 21, 2021

After two captivating seasons, The Opportunist is back – with another fascinating story of how ordinary people end up in extraordinary and often warped circumstances. Season 3 tells the story of Sheryl Ruthven, whose twisted logic somehow inspired a cult-like following. This is a short, four-episode season – but weirdly and wildly interesting.

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27. Over My Dead Body – Season 3: Fox Lake

  • Show Type: Multi Serial
  • Host Type: Single Host
  • Cadence: Weekly
  • First Published: September 27, 2021

As the climate between police and the public came to a head in the mid-2010s, one small-town cop is gunned down in a swamp – and becomes a martyr in the national headlines. But there’s more to the story, as you’ll learn in season 3 of Over My Dead Body. As the truth comes out, the townspeople must reconcile betrayal, corruption, and the secrets of an American hero – and the audience does too.

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28. Unraveled – Season 3: Experts vs Experts

  • Show Type: Multi Serial
  • Host Type: Single Host
  • Cadence: Weekly
  • First Published: September 29, 2021

What happens when an expert is called to the stand? It seems simple.. right? Unfortunately, that’s not the case, as discussed in season 3 of Unraveled. This season, hosts Billy and Alexis discuss the proliferation of courtroom experts, and what happens when their expertise is used to put innocent people behind bars.

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29. Queen of the Con: The Irish Heiress

  • Show Type: Single Serial
  • Host Type: Single Host
  • Cadence: Weekly
  • First Published: September 30, 2021

When a reality TV producer meets a new friend who seems too good to be true, surely their radar must go off… but that’s not the case in Queen of the Con. TV producer Johnathan Walton tells his own story of meeting “The Irish Heiress” Mair Smith – who ended up conning him out of almost $100,000… and others out of millions more.

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The Best New True Crime Podcasts in October 2021

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30. Chasing Enlightenment

  • Show Type: Single Serial
  • Host Type: Single Host
  • Cadence: Weekly
  • First Published: October 4, 2021

They call themselves seekers, those who look for enlightenment or make sense of this world and understand what comes beyond. But what if groups that encourage this end up being darker than expected? In Chasing Enlightenment, you’ll learn the story of Toronto’s Students of Light and what lurks in the shadows too.

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31. Bad Women: The Ripper Retold

  • Show Type: Single Serial
  • Host Type: Single Host
  • Cadence: Weekly
  • First Published: October 5, 2021

Everyone knows the story of Jack the Ripper, and the women he killed. Or do we? In Bad Women: The Ripper Retold, historian Hallie Rubenhold guides the audience through the personal stories of the five women clearly tied to the Ripper’s gruesome crimes, focusing on their lives and the sociocultural circumstances that led them to cross paths with the still-unknown Ripper.

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Did you hear of – or listen to – any other new true crime podcasts in 2021? Let me know in the comments!

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