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Best True Crime Podcasts to Fight COVID-19 Cabin Fever

Best True Crime Podcasts to Fight COVID-19 Cabin Fever

2020 has been a bit of a rocky road (yes, we’re talking to you COVID-19).

Already, there’s a good chance you have been impacted. At the very least, social distancing means the typical night out with your friends just isn’t an option anymore.

Wondering what the best true crime podcasts are to survive a quarantine?

These binge-able true crime podcasts will have you so frightened to go outside you’ll be grateful that you have to stay inside. From dating game killers to creepy neighbors, you’ll be reminded that social distancing has its silver linings.

Take a breather from all those COVID-19 conspiracy theories swirling around on social media. We’ve jotted down the best true crime podcasts to help you survive a quarantine.

The Dating Game Killer

Let’s face it, COVID-19 makes dating pretty difficult: from shuttered bars and restaurants to social distancing (which we are pretty sure impacts first-date kissing scenarios), it’s a virtual jungle out there. If you just met an intriguing match online and are lamenting the fact you can’t cozy up with them over a cup of coffee or a movie, The Dating Game Killer might be just the cure. It tells the story of Rodney Alcala, a serial killer who appeared on the popular ‘70s dating show–and won. This terrifying story will make you wonder if taking a little break from the whole dating game merry-go-round isn’t such a terrible thing after all.


The level of fear and anxiety surrounding COVID-19 varies from person to person. But whether or not a cough sends you into a panic attack, or you are mocking the toilet paper crisis, there is one thing that is probably giving just about all of us anxiety–the economy.

From lay-offs to crashing stock markets, odds are your pocketbook has been hit in one way or another. As you watch your savings account deplete, you might feel a sense of anguish. There go your plans to escape to a tropical island next year–you just spent your vacation money on canned food to last you for a month. 

This might be the perfect time to turn on Scamwow. Comedians Sue Smith and Caitlin Brodnick are not your typical “feel good” podcasters–you will love to hear them rant. As they discuss some of the most fascinating scams you’ve never heard of, you’ll remember that you can survive just about anything if you can find a way to laugh about it–even recessions.

The Shrink Next Door

 If you’re finding that healthy six-foot distance from your neighbors tedious, The Shrink Next Door is not only incredibly entertaining to listen to, but provides a perfect picture of residential life–then shows you its darker underbelly. This true crime podcast is a reminder that people aren’t always what they seem–sometimes they are maniacal psychotherapists that prey upon their patients.

“Every neighborhood has its share of mysteries,” its host, New York Times writer Joe Nocera warns us. “We can live our entire lives and barely know the people just one door down.”

After listening to this podcast, you may be grateful you don’t know your neighbor’s mysteries. Maybe a healthy dose of social distancing isn’t such a bad thing after all.

Enduring social distancing can be grueling. Fight boredom by cozying up to a good true-crime podcast–they are the perfect cure for those quarantine-blues.

Stay safe out there!

Feeling cooped up and ready to go on a vacation? How about a trip to Hollywood? We have a True Crime list for that…

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