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The rise of true crimes podcasts and series have grown over the last five years, being much more popular with women than men. 

In fact, stats indicate that despite fifty-six percent of podcast listeners being male, it's the ladies who contribute the most to True Crime listeners. 

A Twitter study of True Crime listeners showed that bar one podcast in the genre, women largely dominated the sector.

But it comes as no surprise as there's a whole section of Tumblr dedicated to it. 

That's why we can't WAIT for Netflix's new documentary on serial killer, Ted Bundy.

We will be treated to a four-part series investigating his life, 30 years after his execution for his crimes.

Netflix will be releasing "Conversation with A Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes" in the US on January 24, 2019 – the dates for IE/UK have yet to be announced.

Taking to Twitter, the streaming giant promised that the new series would take us into "the mind of the infamous serial killer".  

The look into Ted's crimes and the media frenzy that followed his trial and sentencing was directed by Joe Berlinger.

The new Netflix release will include previously unheard audio interviews with Ted when he was on death row in Florida.

In the 1970s, the serial killer wrecked havoc in the US and although he finally admitted to killing 30 people, the number of victims unknown and is suspected to be higher.

We will definitely be watching this one. 

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While it might be a bit of a morbid hobby, watching true crime documentaries is a pretty popular pastime – and there is no better way to pass the time on Halloween. 

YouTube is full of some of the best murder films, from the old and grainy, to the most recent and cutting edge.

Here are a few to add to your true crime repertoire: 

8. I don't like Mondays

This documentary covers the notorious case of teenage killer Brenda Spencer, who was behind the tragic Cleveland Elementary School shooting in 1979.

The then 16-year-old was found guilty of the murder of two people in the shooting, and of the wounding of nine. 

When asked why she committed the heinous crime, she simply replied "I don't like Mondays," which inspired the song I Don't Like Mondays by Irish band The Boomtown Rats.

7. The Case Of: Jonbenét Ramsey

This two-part documentary covers the mysterious murder of child beauty pageant winner JonBenet Ramsey.

The exploratory documentary features multiple interviews and explores various possibilities in the infamous whodunit. 

6. The Secrets of the Austrian Cellar

This harrowing and eery documentary covers the crimes of uber-creep Joseph Fritzl, who kept his own daughter locked away in an underground cellar for 24 years.

During this time, he committed a range of horrendous crimes against her and ended up fathering seven children with her. 

This disturbing documentary is a tough watch. 

5. Jonestown

Jonestown was the nickname for a compound called the Peoples Temple Agricultural Project formed by the Peoples Temple, an American cult which was around in the 1970s.

The cult gained notoriety in 1978 when 918 members were mass murdered and committed mass suicide on the same day by cyanide poisoning.

4. The Smiley Face Killers 

The smiley face murder theory is a theory which connects a number of unsolved murders in the USA.

All of the victims bodies were found near the symbol of a smiley face, and this documentary explores the theory in full, and looks at the various murders. 

3. Stalking Amanda Todd: The Man in the Shadows

This chilling film documents the story of teenager Amanda Todd, who committed suicide after being cyber bullied.

The teen was blackmailed by an online predator, and this documentary follows the hunt to find the man responsible. 

2. Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son about his Father

This 2008 documentary covers the heart breaking tale of Andrew Bagby, was murdered by girlfriend Shirley Jane Turner after ending their relationship. 

Shirley announced that she was pregnant soon after her arrest, and Andrew's parents quickly filed for custody of the child, a boy named Zachary.

Enraged at Andrew's parent's attempt to gain custody, Shirley killed herself and Zachary by drowning while out on bail. 

1. When Girls Kill

This documentary covers a series of crimes committed by teenage girls. 

The harrowing tales give some insight into the minds of child killers.

Oh, and while we have you; don't forget to have your say in the inaugural SHEmazing Awards this May! It's time to vote, and you can do it right here!

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The internet is a weird and wonderful place, and from fan fiction about your favourite boy band to flat earth conspiracy theories, everyone can find a little slice of strange internet culture to call home. 

YouTube plays host to some of the most popular content on the world wide web, and among the Gucci bag unboxings and clickbait storytime videos, there are niche communities of viewers following creators who talk about true crimes that shook society. 

The creators ensure that their videos are educational, not exploitative of the victims and their families, and tell the stories of real horror that men, women and families have faced throughout history. Here's a roundup of the crime documenters we're following this Halloween: 

Kendall Rae

Kendall Rae is one of the OG True Crime Youtubers. She has discussed many cases of strange disappearances, and has covered solved mysteries and conspiracy theories. She also discusses crimes like hazing and stalking. 

Most notably, Kendall has a series called Where Is? which focuses on missing people.

Through this series, Kendall promotes a line of merchandise, and 100% of the profits from the sale of the merchandise goes to Thorn – a project set up by Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher which focuses on creating new and innovative technology to combat the world of child sex trafficking. 

Eleanor Neale

Eleanor started out online as a beauty blogger, creating stunning makeup looks on her channel. 

The 19-year-old then branched into making true crime videos, compiling all of the informations he could source on a criminal case, and brining it into the public eye via her channel, which boasts 271,000 followers. 

She specialises in solved cases, bringing the viewer full circle through a murder case and out the other side. She also runs a humour channel at Eleanor Neale 2.

Caitlin Rose

Caitlin is a psychology student based in the UK, and while she does explore true crime on her channel, a stand out element of her content is her series on unethical psychological experiments which have been conducted throughout history. 

Cailtlin has covered Milgram's Obedience Study, The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment and The Minnesota Starving Experiment so far, along with notorious murder cases of serial killers like H.H.Holmes and the Oakland County child killer. 

If you need a little lift after all the horror, Caitlin also makes vlogs about university, college advice videos and fashion content. 

Mile Higher Podcast

The Mile Higher Podcast hosted by husband and wife duo Josh Thomas and Kendall Rae, whose name you may recognise from earlier.

The videos are shot podcast style, with Kendall and Josh discussing topics into microphones. 

The couple mostly focus on scary conspiracy theories like the legitimacy of the moon landing and the death of Princess Diana, but they also talk in depth about mysterious deaths and famous missing cases. 

Georgia Marie

Georgia is a UK-based lifestyle influencer, but midweek she moonlights as a true crime connoisseur. 

Georgia creates a series called Midweek Mysteries,, in which she talk about everything from famous bizarre deaths to historic cases. 

She focuses mostly on unsolved mysteries, and presents viewers with the theories about what happened to the victims in each instance. 

Danelle Hallan

Danelle specialises in raising awareness for missing people through her YouTube videos. 

She runs a specific Missing Persons series which talks viewers through the last few days of a person missing under mysterious circumstances, and gives her followers the right contact information so if they know anything about the victim, they can get in touch with authorities. 

Danelle has also created a Jane and John Doe series, in which she describes Jane and John Doe cases to her viewers, hoping someone will recognise these poor deceased individuals so that they can be named and reunited with their families. 

 

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Making a Murderer fans, get excited.

Netflix has announced the highly-anticipated second chapter of the brilliant, critically acclaimed, Emmy Award-winning original documentary series Making a Murderer, which followed the unprecedented journey of Steven Avery from DNA exoneree and reformer to convicted murderer.

Filmmakers Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos return to the Midwest where they had exclusive access to Steven Avery and his co-defendant and nephew Brendan Dassey, their families and the legal teams fighting for justice on their behalf.  

Over the course of 10 new episodes, Making a Murderer Part 2 provides an in-depth look at the high-stakes post-conviction process – get your binge-watching cosies ready.

We already know it’s going to make for gripping television.

“Steven and Brendan, their families and their legal and investigative teams have once again graciously granted us access, giving us a window into the complex web of American criminal justice,” said executive producers, writers and directors Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos.

So, what will we see this time around?

As Part 1 documented the experience of the accused, in Part 2, they have chronicled the experience of the convicted and imprisoned.

Part 2 introduces viewers to Kathleen Zellner, Avery’s hard-charging post-conviction lawyer as she tirelessly works the case and uncovers unexpected evidence about what may have happened to Teresa Halbach and about how and why the jury convicted Steven of her murder.

Ricciardi and Demos also follow Dassey’s post-conviction lawyers, Laura Nirider and Steven Drizin with Northwestern University’s Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth, as they fight in federal court to prove their client’s confession was involuntary, a fight that could take Brendan’s case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

When is it available to watch?

Making A Murderer 2 is available to watch in the UK and Ireland on Netflix from October 19th.

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If immersing yourself in the details of a true crime story is one of your favourite ways to pass time, then this new podcast is for you.

13: The Search for Leigh Occhi documents the disappearance of a 13-year-old girl in Tupelo, northeast Mississippi in 1992.

In the midst of Hurricane Andrew, Leigh Occhi went missing, and authorities have spent the last 26 years desperately searching for that one clue or piece of evidence which will lead them to Leigh.

"It is a story that has perplexed and angered North Mississippians for twenty-five years," reads the podcast's description.

"What happened to thirteen year-old Leigh Occhi? In this true crime series from WTVA Podcasts, every angle is pursued. And just maybe, questions will be answered."

The podcast. which is being released episodically by local NBC affiliate WTVA News, is available to download on iTunes and SoundCloud.

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We love a good true crime podcast, but every now and again one comes along that completely blows us away. 

The aptly named Serial Killers podcast, part of the Parcast family, is keeping us up at night with their terrifying discussions of some of the world's most shocking crimes. 

 

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The podcast delves into a new scary murder story every Monday. 

The show, hosted by true crime enthusiasts Greg and Vanessa, covers some of the most chilling cases ever recorded. 

From the Chessboard Killer Alexander Pichushkin to the notorious Ted Bundy, the podcast explores the in-depth psychology of the criminal mind. 

 

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The hosts peel back the psychological layers, unveiling the history of the criminal, his or her motive, and the crimes themselves. 

'Serial Killers takes a psychological and entertaining approach to provide a rare glimpse into the mind, methods and madness of the most notorious serial killers with the hopes of better understanding their psychological profile,' reads the podcast description.

They even use voice actors to recreate conversations and evidence which was documented at the time of the crime. 

They also use chilling real recordings of the murderers discussing their crimes. 

If you love an in-depth, insightful divulgence of sinister crime, this is the one for you. 

You can find it on Spotify, Soundcloud, iTunes or Parcast.com. 

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So while we might feel like absolute creeps loving murder podcasts, it's one of our favourite hobbies.

Seriously, if anyone saw our YouTube suggestions they'd think we were plotting something sinister. 

Here are a few of our favourite true-crime podcasts, listen at your own risk: 

6. Real Crime Profile 

The amazing and eery thing about this particular podcast is that involves people who really know what they're talking about when it comes to true crime. 

The podcast features Jim Clemente, a former FBI profiler, Laura Richards, formerly of New Scotland Yards, who is now the Founder and Director of Paladin, the National Stalking Advocacy Service, and Lisa Zambetti, who is the casting director for CBS' Criminal Minds.

The team profile behaviour from real criminal cases to chilling effect. 

5. They Walk Among Us

To sum this one up, They Walk Among Us is a bi-weekly UK true crime podcast that covers a broad range of cases.

Headed up by Benjamin and Rosie, the pair divulge the details of strange and surreal cases, and focuses on UK-based crimes.

As well as laying out the facts, this podcast also brings the crimes full circle, giving details on the criminals and where they are now. It's pretty unsettling stuff. 

4. Casefile True Crime

With a description like "fact is scarier than fiction," you know this series is going to be good. 

The narrator calmly and creepily tells stories of devastating Australian crimes, and we're totally hooked.

Sometimes, in cases where the culprit avoids detection, the narrator speculates on potential theories about whop could have committed the crime. It's quite literally thrilling.

3. Unsolved Murders : True Crime Stories

Unsolved Murders: True Crime Stories is a riveting podcast drama that delves into the mystery of true cold cases and unsolved murders.

The podcast reexamines old cases and explores the unsolved in the spookiest and most engaging manner. 

2. Untold

Untold is unique, as unlike many of these podcasts, it examines only one murder. 

The podcast probes the brutal murder of private eye Daniel Morgan in 1987, a case which is one of the most investigated but unsolved in British criminal history.

Another eery aspect of this podcast is that it is headed up by none other than Daniel Morgan's brother Alastair Morgan, along with Peter Dukes. 

1. Actual Innocence

This podcast is unique, as while it focuses on true crime, it is specifically interested in those who have been wrongfully convicted of those crimes.

"Each episode will introduce an exonerated person and the story of how the criminal justice system failed them," the site explains.

If there is anything scarier than being sentenced to life for a crime you didn't commit, we have yet to hear it. 

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Look, it's far from easy to admit that your favourite way to unwind is by settling yourself in front of a grisly true crime documentary, but the sense of liberation that comes with finally doing it is fairly spectacular.

Yes, it's weird, yes it's mildly disturbing and yes, you've definitely wondered whether your macabre pastime would go against you if you ever found yourself in front of a judge, but hey you like what you like, and you no longer care who knows it.

And while most friends and family struggle to understand your fascination with the darkest recesses of the human psyche, you firmly believe your obsession with true crime will stand to you at some point in the future.

Here are just 13 things you'll know if true crime documentaries are your go-to watch.

1. You have, at times, surprised yourself by knowing the details of a murder which took place in Milwaukee in 1986.

Chances are you've stumbled upon a few documentaries detailing the same case, and you can't help it if the timeline of events has seared itself into your memory, right?

"Oh, I know this one! Your man from down the road did it, but framed his mate."

2. You generally can't stop yourself from researching everything about cases which piqued your attention.

When it comes to the more obscure cases, you end up feeling like an investigative journalist trawling the archives for more information on some homicidal lunatic from the States.

"There's very little on him on Wiki, but this local paper from small-town Idaho knows what's up. I should beef up this guy's online presence."

3. You have heard yourself rationalising your interest by leaning on the forensic side of things.

Throwing phrases like 'development in DNA testing' and 'cold case files' makes your fascination with the life and times of a serial killer sound a little more palatable.

"It's not that odd, really. I mostly focus on the police work involved."

4. You have had to stop yourself from sharing the more obscure details of a case for fear your colleagues will begin questioning your actions.

Everyone in the office watched How To Make a Murderer, but only you decided to spend hours online searching for that one piece of evidence that would set Steven Avery free.

"I'm telling you, lads. If someone would just listen to me."

5. You hate to admit it, but you actually have favourite true crime cases.

You know how despicable that sounds, but there are some serial killer cases which appeal to you more than others.

"I don't know what it is, but it was the perfect storyline… and yes, I know it's true and I'm going to hell."

6. You get a frisson of excitement when you spot a link before the narrator reveals the twist.

You get an inkling you're onto something, and can't help but throw it out there lest anyone think you're losing your touch.

"Hey, have you a second to talk? So, I was watching one of my docs, and I had the murderer in the frame before the first ad-break. Hello?"

7. You curse your fascination when you find yourself alone in certain situations.

It's all well and good when you're cosied up at home, but the moment you're by yourself your mind wanders to the unsolved murder of a person in Wyoming in 1977.

"Oh my God. I'm, literally going to star in my own murder doc."

8. Your most-listened to podcasts are true crime ones, and you can't help but imagine yourself behind that mike.

Secretly, you know that your fascination with crime would make for a compelling podcast, but your damn day job keeps getting in the way.

"Nobody would be able to tell the story of Ted Bundy like I would."

9.You feel awkward when you have to admit that while yes, you adore true crime, it's generally reserved for the more mysterious and grisly.

Bank heists and great train robberies don't exactly do it for you.

"Yeah, I know it happened in real life, but unfortunately I don't care right now."

10. You have endured comments that you're like those women who fall in love with death row prisoners.

While you're more than willing to put up with light mockery, that is one accusation you won't accept.

"I'm sorry, you've taken it too far this time."

11. Your friends consider you an oracle on all things crime-related.

You've had to suppress a surge of pride when friends come to you for the details on the latest high-profile crime case.

"Jesus, it's like they think I have an inside scoop! I'm literally famous."

12. You have urged your friends to join you in your pastime, but they struggle to share your enthusiasm.

They generally like to laugh during TV binges, and don't understand your desire to start goggle-eyed at court proceedings during a high-profile case from 1995.

"Give it a shot. You won't look back."

13. Secretly you know that if someone else actually enjoyed true crime as much as you, you'd be slightly alarmed.

But you're normal… you don't know that THEY are.

"I use it to turn off… they might use to switch on!"

 

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