A true crime documentary for your ears, “What Makes A Killer” is back for its fourth season, starting with the life and crimes of Dennis Rader, The BTK Killer. Each episode of this podcast takes a look into the lives of the world’s most infamous killers, speaking with forensic experts, detectives, witnesses, and family members.
From serial killers like Jeffrey Dahmer and John Wayne Gacy, whose names have been permanently etched into the fabric of society, to lesser known murderers like the Suffolk Strangler and the Railway Killers, host Jennifer Nittoso follows their paths to bloodshed.
This AudioBoom podcast has been going strong since 2019, having released over 40 episodes about killers around the globe. “What Makes A Killer” makes just singular episodes about every murderer they cover, so episodes can be streamed in any order. Episodes are typically just 45 minutes each.
“What Makes A Killer” features a wide variety of cases, an extraordinary depth of research, and experts from across psychology, forensics, and law enforcement. In every episode, Jennifer traces each killer’s origins, examines their behavior, and follows their path to murder.
Dive into the psyche of Stephen Griffiths, the man who named himself The Crossbow Cannibal. Hear the uniquely bizarre story of the murderous couple Fred and Rosemary West, or hear another tale of the Dating Game Killer, Rodney Alcala.
Hear stories like Cary Stayner’s and his murderous 1999 rampage through Yosemite National Park. In Cary’s past, Cary’s younger brother was Steven Stayner who, at just 7-years-old, was kidnapped and held captive for seven years before escaping and reuniting with his family, only to die in a motorcycle accident at age 24. Only, Cary says that all of that had nothing to do with his violent fantasies.
“What Makes A Killer” tells the stories of notorious killers from across time periods and across cultures. Hear about notorious killers of the 1970s and ’80s like Richard Ramirez and BTK, or listen to killers who were only caught in the past decade or two, like Stefano Brizzi or Mike Philpott. Hear the stories of the killers who hunted across Europe and the United States, sometimes undetected, sometimes wreaking havoc.
People looking for a straightforward true crime podcast without any host banter or fluff (not that we don’t also love banter and fluff) are sure to love “What Makes A Killer.”
From the cases you’ve heard on plenty of other true crime podcasts to stories you can only hear right here, “What Makes A Killer” knocks it out of the park. With an excellent script and excellent production quality, every episode of this AudioBoom podcast will leave you wanting more. Hear new episodes of this podcast’s fourth season on Thursdays.