There are plenty of true crime podcasts talking about all the creepy and disturbing things Americans are doing, so we thought, why not try something a little different? We already know Americans are creepy! So, we spread our wings and went out in search of international true crime podcasts telling the strange stories that don’t often leave their country’s borders.
We have true crime podcasts from across both ponds, extending to the UK as well as Australia. Get a true world tour from Ashley Flowers on her Parcast podcast “International Infamy,” or see what dark secrets Canada is hiding in podcasts like “Dark Poutine” and “Canadian True Crime.” While these podcasts are focused on mainly English speaking countries, there are plenty of stories to fulfill your true crime quota. Check out these 8 international true crime podcasts.
It couldn’t be anywhere else but Canada. “Dark Poutine” goes beyond harrowing true crime tales from the north, delving into a world of legends, folklore, and dark histories. Every Monday, hosts Mathew, Mike, and formerly Scott tells us well-researched and thoughtfully presented true crime tales from Canada’s past and present.
International Infamy with Ashley Flowers
Obviously, the queen of true crime made the cut on our list of podcasts about international true crime with her podcast “International Infamy with Ashley Flowers.” Over the course of 15 episodes, she brings us to 15 different countries to explore the details of notorious high-profile cases from around the globe.
Australian True Crime
The true crime obsessive Meshel Laurie and true crime author Emily Webb have teamed up to create their indie podcast, “Australian True Crime.” While they investigate disturbing true crime cases from the Australian suburbs, they interview writers, investigators, and even victims and perpetrators to help uncover the dark stories coming from the country.
They Walk Among Us
If you’re looking for something purely frightening, “They Walk Among Us” is absolutely where you should turn. This podcast covers a wide range of heinous cases from the United Kingdom and has nearly 300 episodes to choose from. Host Benjamin Fitton delivers purely the facts in these long-form true crime stories, perfect for anyone looking for a podcast with no fluff or filler.
We’re always trying to bring you podcasts you may not have heard about, so here it is. From BBC Radio 4, “Fairy Meadow” is a serialized podcast about the 1970 kidnapping of 3-year-old Cheryl Grimmer off a beach in New South Wales, Australia. BBC News Correspondent Jon Kay investigates the young girl’s disappearance in this heartbreaking, 8-part podcast.
A companion to a television documentary by the same title, “GunPlot” is a 9-part podcast about Ireland’s defining modern political scandal: the Arms Crisis. This dramatic podcast tells the story of the 1970 plot to import guns into the Republic of Ireland by its own military and government leaders. It’s a story of lies, spies, and betrayal that still has lingering questions to this day. Hear hosts, writers, and producers Ronan Kelly and Nicoline Greer flesh out this story.
Liar, Liar: Melissa Caddick and the Missing Millions
On November 11, 2020, Melissa Caddick’s home was raided by the Australian Federal Police under the suspicion that she had stole over $30 million from her clients, most of which her own friends and family, while she posed as a financial advisor. The next day, she disappeared.
Sydney Morning Herald investigative journalist Kate McClymont and 60 Minutes journalist Tom Steinfort explore this ongoing story, which only got weirder in February of 2021 when Melissa’s disembodied foot washed ashore. Some believe it’s just a red herring, though, and not a proof of death. Find out the whole story in the new podcast “Liar, Liar: Melissa Caddick and the Missing Millions.”
Canadian True Crime
We’re taking another trip to our neighbors to the north with “Canadian True Crime.” Host Kristi Lee, an Australian living in Canada, explores some of the most controversial and thought-provoking cases in the country’s history. She’s released over 100 episodes of her podcast, delving into heinous and shocking crimes that may not have made it outside of Canada’s borders. You can catch new episodes on the first and 15th of every month.