Got some time for short true crime? 5 podcasts with episodes under 30 minutes for even the fastest commute binges

True Crime April 18, 2022

If you’re a time-crunched true crime fan with 30 minutes of streaming time to spare, Podsauce has you covered with 5 true crime podcasts with episodes under 30 minutes. Hear a “this day in history” podcast for daily true crime doses under 20 minutes. There is also a popular true crime podcast with mini episodes where celebrities like Nicole Byer share stories from their hometowns.

Also on our list are podcasts about the Long Island Serial Killer, a season about 1989’s Pelley family murders, and a show about convicted sexual abuser Larry Nassar.

Scroll down to check out our complete round-up of true crime podcasts with episodes under 30 minutes:

Morning Cup of Murder

Morning Cup of Murder

Listen to ‘Morning Cup of Murder’

Host Korina Biemesderfer delivers a daily dose of true crime in episodes under 20 minutes. Hear a crime that happened each day in history such as abductions, cults, murders, and serial killings. Recent episodes covered the man hunt for Christopher Dorner, “The February 9th Killer,” and “The Death of Tim Piazza,” just to name a few. Since 2019, “Morning Cup of Murder” has released over 850+ episodes and counting.


Listen to ‘CounterClock’

Investigative journalist Delia D’Ambra explores mysteries and cases in “CounterClock.” Check out over 40 episodes in chronological order each season. Let us warn you – some of the episodes, like the Q&A sessions, run upwards of 45 minutes. Delia also hosts the true crime series, “Park Predators,” also produced by audiochuck.

Grim Tide: Hunting the Long Island Serial Killer

Grim Tide: Hunting the Long Island Serial Killer

Listen to ‘Grim Tide: Hunting the Long Island Serial Killer’

The Long Island Serial Killer case remains unsolved. FOX News Podcasts’ “Grim Tide: Hunting the Long Island Serial Killer” shares details from the case and follows leads with new technology. Host Laura Ingle investigates the ongoing murders that appear to target sex workers with more than ten victims. All episodes of season 1 are now streaming.

My Favorite Murder

My Favorite Murder with Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark

Listen to ‘My Favorite Murder with Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark’

Fresh from winning an iHeartRadio Podcast Award in The Audible Audio Pioneer Award category, “My Favorite Murder with Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark” releases Minisodes under 30 minutes each. Hear hometown stories from guests like visiting Stonehenge after escaping murder, a coroner’s outlook on the circle of life, discovering a crime scene, a death row optometrist, and more.

Celebrities share hometown stories on Minisodes, such as Wanda Sykes, Phoebe Bridgers, and Megan Mullally. Full-length episodes run under 90 minutes on average. “My Favorite Murder with Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark” is presented by Exactly Right.



Listen to ‘Believed’

Former Olympic gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar sexually abused women and girls for years, but how did he get away with crimes for decades? NPR’s “Believed” shares survivors’ stories and unpacks how a group of women won a conviction against Nassar. It’s a story of empowerment and demonstrates how sometimes, adults are reluctant to believe. All 9 episodes are now streaming.

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