10 True Crime Stories That'll Make You Feel Like A Modern-Day Sherlock Holmes

10 True Crime Stories That'll Make You Feel Like A Modern-Day Sherlock Holmes

Books, podcasts, and shows to make you say "the game is afoot!"

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By basic human nature, we are interested in what is a bit eerie, a bit mysterious, and what has just a bit of danger. We also love to hear stories. With that in mind, I consulted Amazon and my true-crime loving friend Abby, and I've compiled a list of a good collection of sources and examples of the best true crime podcasts, shows, and books. I've included links to everything that isn't a Netflix show.

Also keep in mind that I've tried to bring in as many recent examples as possible, though I may have to put in one or two of my personal favorites from a few years back.

Here we go....

1. The Staircase- Netflix

If you have a Netflix subscription, odds are you have heard of this show by now. But, in case you haven't, here's a quick, mini-synopsis that won't give much away. Michael Peterson, an author and father of four, is accused of killing his wife after he calls 911 saying she fell down the stairs. The show mostly centers around him and his family as well as his legal team, and if you're not one for a very scripted looking documentary, this may not be for you.

That being said, I am obsessed. There were 8 episodes, and now there are 13 (and I think that's the end of it, but I'm only on episode 11). I don't know if he did it. I don't know anything anymore.

2. I'll Be Here in the Dark

https://www.amazon.com/Ill-Be-Gone-Dark-Obsessive/dp/0062319787/ref=sr_1_sc_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1530792520&sr=8-1-spell&keywords=I%27ll+be+gone+in+the+daark

This book can be found on Amazon.

Admittedly, I have not read this yet, but if Abby's gushing at work has told me anything, it's that this book is MONUMENTAL in the crime world. Michelle Macnamara spent practically her entire career searching for the Golden State Killer (who, we know by the news, has only recently been apprehended). This book details the search up until her death and has since been updated with details from the rest of the case.

The Golden State Killer was elusive during the 1970s and 80s, and this investigation, for a long while, was one of the longest, most expensive investigations this country has ever seen (or so I hear), and hearing the story of how journalism met police work will be incredibly interesting.

3. My Friend Dahmer

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The first attention this movie got from me was not because it was about Jeffrey Dahmer, but more so because Ross Lynch, formerly of Disney Channel, was going to be playing a serial killer. I would normally be a little bit alarmed about that, but this seemed like a mature role for him.

The movie tells the teenage years of Dahmer and his slow spiral into what would later make him a serial killer. Without giving too much away, those of you who know the signs of psychopathic tendencies, as well as those of you who just know what is right and wrong will have your spine tingling most of the movie. It's CREEPY, and not just because it puts a lot into perspective.

The movie recently came out, so attaining it might not be the easiest feat, though if you're really eager for the story, the 2012 graphic novel of the same name is available on Amazon and was written by Dahmer's high school friend.

4. The Devil in the White City

https://www.amazon.com/Devil-White-City-Madness-Changed/dp/0375725601/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1530792771&sr=8-1&keywords=devil+in+the+white+city

This novel has a little bit of everything- history, mystery, and of course, murder. For the most part, this book centers around the later murders of H.H. Holmes, who the world has regarded as the original serial killer. Case reports have written that Holmes did a lot of his work during the World's Fair, where many flocked to see the new inventions of the 20th century.

Along with a supporting cast of inventors and historical figures like Einstein, Archduke Francis Ferdinand, and Susan B. Anthony, this novel pulls together the tale of the fair that changed America and the murderer who ran rampant.

(PS. This novel is available from Amazon, but I'll be stealing it from Abby's desk when she is done with it.)

5. Serial Killers

https://www.parcast.com/serial/

I did not think I was much of a podcast person, but this one has pretty much changed my perspective. Partially because it feels more real than someone just telling a story, and partially because its scripted format makes me feel like I'm in a murder mystery for my ears only, Serial Killers tells the stories of many (and I think they're up to 35 or so killers with 2 episodes per killer) of the sickest minds with the most strange stories. From H.H Holmes to Aileen Wuornos to many killers I hadn't heard of (like the Werewolf of Wysteria and the Giggling Granny), hosts Greg and Vanessa take a psychological approach to talk about what happened in killings going back as far as the 18th century and as far forward (at least where I've gotten to) as 2009.

I will admit that the advertisements in the middle of the podcast are a bit annoying, but you are able to skip forward 15 seconds on Spotify, where I listen to the podcast, and it is mainly available through their website, Parcast, though it is available through most podcast directories.

6. The Confession Tapes

For anyone wondering how people can admit to things they did not do, this show is for you. The Netflix show goes into detail about 7 cases (and there are more seasons coming) of people confessing to crimes they did not commit. It's terrifying to watch sometimes because some of the cases have no evidence that the suspect has committed the crime except their confession, yet they are imprisoned. TERRIFYING. I had to watch all of it in two sittings, so maybe it wasn't a complete Netflix binge, but even so, this show is insane.

7. Hunt a Killer

https://www.huntakiller.com/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI6-ruj_iH3AIVSF8NCh3q4QieEAAYASAAEgK8bvD_BwE

Okay, so this is the only thing on the list that isn't something you can just get immediately. This is kind of like if a serial killer was delivering a box on your doorstep every month. That is, it has clues and case files on a fictional case that you get to solve. There are even forums and chats and exclusive, secret videos made for the people who are working on the case- everyone gets the same clues every month, so you're able to communicate with people around the world about it.

It is a paid service, as most "delivered to your door every month" services are, and it is exclusive. They only let about 300 new people subscribe per month.

The website is here, in case you want more info.

8. My Favorite Murder

https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/independent-content-provider/my-favorite-murder

This podcast is not for the light of heart....or the light to laugh. The hosts couple talking about important murder cases (not just serial killers) with the enthusiasm of two high school girls gossiping at a sleepover. it's funny sometimes, serious others, and their advertisements are short and at the beginning, so you don't miss a second of the action. I've found that when things start getting more intense, they bring their cat over and start talking about her.

If you want a complete story told smoothly, probably not the podcast for you, but even so, this is a good one to at least listen to the first episode to get a feel for it.

I listen to My Favorite Murder on Spotify, but it is available on most other podcast directories and here for a more direct link.

9. The Stranger Beside Me

https://www.amazon.com/Stranger-Beside-Me-Ann-Rule/dp/1416559590/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1530793084&sr=1-1&keywords=the+stranger+beside+me

This is another intriguing way of looking at the Ted Bundy case, besides the traditional biographies and case reports, and yes, the episodes of Serial Killers devoted to him. This story is told by Ann Rule, a friend of Bundy's who worked with him on a suicide hotline. It is interesting to read an account of Bundy from someone who really was not involved in the case, and who knew Ted outside of his murder spree. Many people would recall that Bundy was attractive, intelligent, and kind. The judge ruling over his case even said that it was a "waste" that he had turned his talents to murder instead of being a lawyer or a doctor. He had the world at his feet, and Ann Rule knew it.

I've only started reading this book, but even within the first 20 pages, it is riveting, and it can be found on Amazon.

10. Mindhunter

Another interesting perspective comes from this Netflix show, which goes inside the heads of FBI investigators as they interview serial killers to start building a profile of what makes a killer. It's creepy, but even more than that, it really does start to look like the investigators are going to use their information to catch someone we only see snippets of at the beginning of each episode. I won't say who it is, but for those who know a bit about criminal history, this is HUGE.

I mainly started watching because one of my favorite actors, Jonathon Groff, is in it, but once I started watching, I watched all ten episodes in one sitting.

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6 Places in New York City Every "Friends" Fan Needs to Visit

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2. The Pullitzer Fountain

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15 Hilarious 'SpongeBob' Episodes To Watch During Your Procrastinationn

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Procrastination is something we all do whether it's to avoid that five-page essay or studying for your test at the end of the week. We all do it and we all do it differently. Yet for most of us, some kind of TV streaming app is usually involved in our procrastination ways. Want one of the best things to watch mindlessly while still having a great time? "Spongebob."

Yes, "Spongebob." One of the greatest shows of our childhood and still pretty funny for us as adults. There are plenty of moments that will have you laughing, but if you're looking for some of the bests, you're looking for this list. Here are some of the best "Spongebob" episodes, in no particular order, to watch while you're busy ignoring your responsibilities.

1. "Pizza Delivery"

Season 1, episode 5. This episode has been recreated by many college students whenever they have a pizza in their hands. It's funny, "Krusty Krab Pizza" is a banging jam, and it's filled with quotable moments.

2. "Procrastination"

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Season 2, episode 17. Accurate to you avoiding your responsibilities, this episode will make you feel guilty watching but you'll be laughing at the same time. It's quotable, you'll know almost every scene, and you'll end the episode saying "me too" because of just how relatable it is.

3. "Sailor Mouth"

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Season 2, episode 8. We all know they're basically replacing curse words with random noises and frankly, it's funny as *dolphin noises.* Another quotable episode and definitely a fan favorite.

4. "Just One Bite"

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Season 3, episode 3. You know you've seen the face from tons of internet memes, now you need to watch the episode if you never have, or rewatch it if you know it. It turns out Squidward loves Krabby Patties and the reaction is always worth watching.

5. "Dying For Pie"

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Season 2, episode 13. A must watch episode, just to see the Flying Dutchman howling, Spongebob laughing, and Patrick going "leedle leedle leedle lee." The whole episode is worth it, but this part, in particular, will truly make your night.

7. "SB-128"

Season 1, episode 14. Trying to avoid Thing 1 and Thing 2, Squidward accidentally gets frozen for 2,000 years. In both the future in the past, he meets creatures similar to the Spongebob and Patrick from his time. However, this episode may cause an existential crisis so beware!

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Season 3, episode 12. There is nothing bad about this episode and it has to be one of the most recognizable and quotable episodes that almost anyone could know. It's hilarious the entire way through and always worth a watch.

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Season 3, episode 17. This episode created one of the best jams that almost everyone sang growing up, whether you were camping or not! It's a fan favorite that'll leave you singing one again.

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Season 2, episode 11. This must be your wallet and this must be a fan favorite episode. We all know the memes, it's time to relive the episode because it really is just as funny.

14. "Krusty Krab Training Video"

Season 3, episode 10. This episode is amazing from POOP to the Ti-ta-ti-ti-ta-ti-ti-ta-ta Krabby Patty zoom in. It's a hilarious episode that will leave you crying through your laughter.

15. "Rock Bottom"

Season 1, episode 17. This episode is an oldie but goodie. Most people know this episode and how weird it actually is, but it's funny nonetheless and always worth a watch.

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