Obsessed: The Podcasts The ID Office Can’t Get Enough Of

We don't only work on true crime content all day long, we listen to it during our workouts as well. Here are 11 audio rabbit holes we've got in our earbuds now, selected by the staff at Investigation Discovery.

February 15, 2019

Hell and Gone promo art [courtesy Catherine Townsend/Stuff Media]

Hell and Gone promo art [courtesy Catherine Townsend/Stuff Media]

By: Christine Colby

1. Hell and Gone

WHERE TO FIND IT: HellAndGonePodcast.com

WHAT IT'S ABOUT: This a present-tense podcast that plunges viewers into a cold-case investigation of the 2004 Arkansas murder of 22-year-old Rebekah Gould. Her killer has never been brought to justice — and may still live in the same small town. Each week, the listener is invited to join the investigative team as they track down suspects, embed themselves in the town, and try to finally bring Rebekah’s killer to justice.

WHY WE'RE OBSESSED: Catherine Townsend, writer and investigator, moves back to her hometown of Mountain View, Arkansas, for the investigation. Rebekah's sister Danielle went to high school with her younger sister, and she's been haunted by and following the case for years. Townsend is also a writer for CrimeFeed — go team!

2. The Teacher's Pet

WHERE TO FIND IT: The Teacher's Pet podcast

WHAT IT'S ABOUT: This is the story of an apparently perfect marriage between Chris, who was a good-looking star footballer, and Lyn, his school girl lover. But it's actually a sordid tale of strangely close twin brothers, teenage student lovers, and probably murder.

WHY WE'RE OBSESSED: The hightened focus on this case due to the podcast resulted in a new and stunning development in the story — and an arrest.

Charles Manson in 2017

Photo by: Corcoran State Prison

Corcoran State Prison

Charles Manson in 2017

3. You Must Remember Manson

WHERE TO FIND IT: iTunes

WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Each episode examines the infamous Manson Family massacres and the mania surrounding them from the point of view of a different figure, including actress Sharon Tate, her filmmaker husband Roman Polanski, Beach Boys drummer and Manson pal Dennis Wilson, and, of course, madman Charlie himself.

WHY WE'RE OBSESSED: Hollywood historian Karina Longworth covered the Manson Family murders on her popular podcast You Must Remember This. Longworth’s 12-part analysis of the 1969 slayings proved so profoundly rich, intriguing, and informative that it was spun off into its own podcast: You Must Remember Manson.

4. Uncover: Escapting NXVIM

WHERE TO FIND IT: CBC

WHAT IT'S ABOUT: This podcast exposes the alleged sex cult that reportedly subjected its female disciples — among whom were notable Hollywood actresses — to isolation, food restriction, and physical torture including branding.

WHY WE'RE OBSESSED: Providing up-close, exclusive insight is Sarah Edmondson, an actress and former executive cult member who says she fled the grip of founder Keith Rainiere.

5. Bear Brook

WHERE TO FIND IT: BearBrookPodcast.com

WHAT IT'S ABOUT: 1n 1985, remains of an adult and a child were discovered in a New Hampshire state park. There was a large barrel next to the remains. Fifteen years later, just a hundred meters away, a second barrel with another two bodies was found. The investigation of these unsolved murders will change how murders are investigated forever.

WHY WE'RE OBSESSED: Produced by public radio, Bear Brook boast exceptional storytelling, production, and music. Not only does the story contain a compelling recent break in the case, but it also plunges into the efforts and methods to identify the four victims.

Detective promo image [Investigation Discovery]

Detective promo image [Investigation Discovery]

6. Detective

WHERE TO FIND IT: iTunes

WHAT IT'S ABOUT: This podcast from Investigation Discovery goes behind the yellow tape with your favorite detectives, revealing their stories and personal lives.

WHY WE'RE OBSESSED: Detectives Joe Kenda, Garry McFadden, and Rod Demerery. Need we say more?

7. Dr. Death

WHERE TO FIND IT: Wondery

WHAT IT'S ABOUT: If you had back pain, and had tried everything else, Dr. Christopher Duntsch could give you the spine surgery that would take your pain away. But soon his patients started to experience complications.

WHY WE'RE OBSESSED: In the same vein as Dirty John, Dr. Death tells the outrageous but true story of a neurosurgeon who left his patients worse off or dead following his procedures in Texas and Tennessee. It's the story of how Duntsch became a surgeon, the failings of our healthcare and legal system that allowed him to continue operating for so long, and how he was eventually (and thankfully) stopped.

Keith Jesperson [Riverside Sheriff's Department]

Keith Jesperson [Riverside Sheriff's Department]

8. Happy Face

WHERE TO FIND IT: TheHappyFacePodcast.com

WHAT IT'S ABOUT: For Melissa Moore, 1995 was a nightmare. That’s the year the teenager learned her father, Keith Hunter Jesperson, was a serial killer. Happy Face is the story of Keith Hunter Jesperson, his brutal crimes, and the cat-and-mouse game he played with detectives and the media. But it’s also the story of Moore investigating her father’s crimes, reckoning with the past, and wading through her darkest fears as she hunts for a better future.

WHY WE'RE OBSESSED: Hearing about a notorious criminal from someone in their family is always compelling. Listeners hear Moore's memories of her dad, her pain, doubt, baggage, and guilt — and follow her as she attempts to discover if her father's psychopathy could be genetic.

9. Finding Cleo

WHERE TO FIND IT: CBC

WHAT IT'S ABOUT: A young Cree girl was apprehended by child-welfare workers in Saskatchewan in the 1970s. Her siblings say she was stolen, and then raped and murdered while trying to hitchhike back home, her body left at the side of the road somewhere in the United States. They have no idea where she is, whether her name was changed, or if anyone has been charged in her murder.

Like many Indigenous children, Cleo's brothers and sisters were taken from their community, displayed in advertisements, and sent to live with white adoptive families across North America, through a controversial program called "Adopt Indian and Metis." They've reconnected as adults and are determined to find their missing sister and penetrate the secrets shrouding the truth about Cleo.

WHY WE'RE OBSESSED: This story is a combo of true crime, mystery, family drama, and a history lesson about the abuses suffered by Canada's Indigenous peoples. It will make you cry, but there are also uplifting moments as you follow the Semaganis family on their search for closure.

10. Missing Maura Murray

WHERE TO FIND IT: MauraMurrayDoc.com

WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Hosts Lance Reenstierna and Tim Pilleri ostensibly started their podcast about the unsolved Maura Murray disappearance as a companion piece to a documentary they were working on. Since then it's taken on a life of it's own and become the go-to place for any and all history and leads in the still unsolved case.

WHY WE'RE OBSESSED: Listening to Lance and Tim throughout the evolution of the podcast is almost like watching them grow up. They refer to their early episodes as "cringe-worthy," and feel so strongly about all the mistakes they made that they've posted an apology to the Murray family. MMM is not only a podcast about the 15-year-old case, but about responsible journalism, true-crime reporting, and learning to do the right thing.

11. Cold

WHERE TO FIND IT: TheColdPodcast.com

WHAT IT'S ABOUT: This podcast takes a look at the disappearance and probable murder of Susan Powell. It features never-before-heard recordings from her husband, Josh Powell, and his father, Steven Powell. It also features in-depth interviews with the people who knew the Powells the best, and tries to figure out what happened to Susan.

WHY WE'RE OBSESSED: The more you learn about the Powell family, the more you can't believe it's true. Starting with the disappearance of Susan, this horrible, tragic story is an onion with so many layers of WTF that it'll shock you. Bingeworthy!

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