While some may shrink away from the horror of murder and death, others find themselves fascinated by these crimes. Luckily, the Serial Killers podcast is here to satisfy listeners’ cravings.
The name of the show says it all – Serial Killers dives into the background of history’s most notorious serial killers each week, such as Aileen Wuornos, H.H. Holmes and Ted Bundy. It’s only been around since the beginning of 2017, meaning there’s still plenty of ground for hosts Greg Polcyn and Vanessa Richardson to cover – if you haven’t hopped on the bandwagon, now is the perfect time to do it.
The format of the show, produced by Parcast (“Unsolved Murders,” “Remarkable Lives. Tragic Deaths”), is well thought-out and enhanced by both Polcyn and Richardson, who talk through one serial killer’s dark past in each episode. Despite the serious, macabre nature of the topic, the hosts keep it light, and voice actors give the show a playful feel with imaginative “reenactments.”
For a podcast about serial killers, it falls surprisingly short in terms of scare factor. However, each episode (usually less than an hour in length) manages to touch on what hardcore murder fans look for in a retell – the facts behind the crimes and the psychological deep-dive into the killer’s mind.
In terms of addictiveness, it helps that Polcyn and Richardson focus on one killer over the course of two consecutive episodes – this means listeners have to wait a week to hear the full story of a killer, creating a cliffhanger effect that encourages fans to subscribe.
As long as there continues to be a thirst for bloody crime stories, there will be a place for Serial Killers in the podcast world. This can only be good news, as Polcyn and Richardson have a lot more history to unpack.
Title: "Serial Killers"
Episodes Available: 23
Episode Length: 60 mins
Where to Download: PodBean
Host: Greg Polcyn and Vanessa Richardson