Best True Crime Docs, Podcasts, and You Tubers
True crime is now more popular than ever. There are tons of podcasts, Youtube channels, and shows available to watch on all the major streaming services. But, you don’t want just any true crime, you want the best true crime.
Well, fear not! There are plenty of options for those of you similarly drawn to the genre. These are the ones I would recommend.
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Best Documentaries to Stream
Below, find some of the best true crime documentaries you can stream.
1. I Love You, Now Die: The Commonwealth v. Michelle Carter
In 2014, Conrad Roy committed suicide. His girlfriend, Michelle Carter, was then blamed for his death. It turns out she sent a series of text messages to him encouraging him to go through with his planned suicide. This 2-part documentary was beyond fascinating. It does a great job of showing you both sides of the story, and honestly, it left me unsure of Michelle’s guilt.
2. American Murder: The Family Next Door
Chris Watts, a seemingly “nice guy,” killed his pregnant wife, Shanann, and their two kids. It was a horrific crime and this documentary uses a series of home videos and transcripts of Shanann’s text messages (some with Chris, others with a friend) to really paint a portrait of their marriage. It’s heartbreaking and well worth the watch.
3. Making a Murderer
Steven Avery spent 18 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. After being exonerated for his wrongful conviction, he sued Manitowoc County and those responsible for his arrest. Shortly after, though, he was accused of another murder – this time of a woman who was last seen on his property. It’s an unbelievable story and… I still don’t know what to think.
4. Mommy Dead and Dearest
This is one of the more heartbreaking stories out there. Dee Dee Blanchard was found dead in her home in 2015. Her daughter, Gypsy Rose, and her boyfriend Nicholas were the ones who killed her. But when you look at the way Gypsy Rose was abused by her mother for years, it seems that she genuinely felt it was her only option to escape.
5. Amanda Knox
In 2006, Amanda Knox was an American student living abroad. She was accused, convicted, and later acquitted of murdering her roommate, Meredith. After four years in an Italian prison, she was finally set free and allowed to come back to the states.
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Best True Crime Channels on You Tube
As much as I enjoy a good documentary now and then, I’m way more into watching true crime on YouTube. Here are 6 of the best true crime You Tube has to offer.
1. Kendall Rae
Kendall Rae is probably my all-time favorite True Crime YouTuber.
I love the way she tells the stories with a clear focus on the victim. She also has some conspiracy related videos which I find fascinating.
Plus, she often sells merchandise and donates the proceeds to Thorn, a charity organization that works to help victims of child sex trafficking and abuse.
2. Mile Higher Podcast
Can you tell how much I like Kendall Rae?
Mile Higher Podcast is her second YouTube channel that she hosts with her husband, Josh. She also has a third one – The Sesh, and Josh also has two others. Of the five channels they have between them, though, Mile Higher is hands-down my favorite.
This one is equal parts true crime, conspiracy theories, and paranormal happenings.
3. Christina Randall
Christina Randall is like that fun, cool older sister you always wanted. She just has a certain energy about her that makes her fun to watch.
For one thing, there’s the way she talks – I’m obsessed with some of her mispronunciations. She’s bubbly and excitable and despite the gruesome nature of the videos, that still comes across. But my favorite thing is how she describes everything with such genuine emotion. It’s clear she’s very invested in the stories she covers.
4. Eleanor Neale
Eleanor Neale is another YouTuber I adore for her personality. She seems very down-to-earth and sweet to me.
Another thing I love about her is how in-depth she goes with the stories. A lot of her videos are split into two or three parts because she fills them with extensive research.
After watching her coverage, you learn a lot about both the criminals and the victims.
5. Danielle Kirsty
Danielle is a newer YouTuber on the scene, but I’ve come to really love her videos. Her channel is similar to Bailey Sarian’s in that she does her makeup at the same time.
And listen, I know that Bailey is one of the OG’s and that she’s beloved, and don’t get me wrong, I like her too! But, sometimes she has too much personality. When you’re covering these kinds of cases, there’s a bit of a fine line I think, and Danielle just does it better (in my opinion.)
6. Dr. Grande
Dr. Grande is an interesting character.
His coverage is much shorter than any of the other creators on this list – all of his videos come in under the 20-minute mark. And, unlike the others, he doesn’t usually include any 911 phone-calls or interrogation tapes.
But he analyzes the cases from a psychological viewpoint and has a very dry sense of humor that I really enjoy.
Those are my top picks for documentaries and YouTube channels, but I know there are a ton more out there.
Are there any other True Crime YouTubers you like that I missed? Let me know in the comments below!
As always, thanks for watching
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