I’m a true crime/murder podcast nut. Seriously; I already listen to many, many podcasts on the subject, but I am always looking for another one to add to my ever-growing library on my phone.

Casefile is a true-crime podcast whose tagline is ‘Fact is scarier than fiction’. There’s currently an archive of over 70 episodes, all of which take a look at a different crime. Here are three reasons why you should listen to Casefile.

  • The cases are incredibly interesting, and where it’s an Australian production, many of them are ones that are not quite as famous as their American or British counterparts. Not all the episodes focus on Australian cases, but many do, and even the ones that feature crimes from outside of Australia, tend to be less famous. When you listen to a lot of true crime podcasts, you tend to hear the same cases crop up over and over, but that always feels less likely with Casefile.
  • The host has a great voice. He’s Australian, and committed to remaining anonymous, so we know him as the host, and that’s it. He might be discussing the most awful crimes that humans have ever perpetrated, but there’s something slightly soothing about his voice, so you may find yourself falling asleep and having horrific dreams.
  • There are plenty of true crime podcasts out there that combine crime and comedy (My Favorite Murder, All Killa No Filla, Last Podcast on the Left, S’Laughter), and they are (mostly) a lot of fun, but that’s not what Casefile sets out to do. It deals solely with the facts, even interspersing the highly researched script with the actual emergency phone calls and interview audio recordings from time to time.

My favourite episodes: Case 18 – The North Hollywood Shootout; Case 42 – Sherri Rasmussen; Case 49 – The Moors Murders (three parts); Case 50 – Jennifer Pan. Check out all Casefile episodes on their website, or wherever you get your podcasts.

Three Reasons… is an ongoing series.