It’s no secret that missing persons and murder cases involving Black people and people of color don’t get near the same amount of media attention as their white counterparts. With the rise in awareness of “Missing White Woman Syndrome” (e.g. the murder of Gabby Petito), it’s more important than ever that we listen to Black true crime creators and stories they are sharing.
Here is a list of 8 true crime podcasts with Black creators and hosts that focus on marginalized murderers and victims. From “Sistas Who Kill” to “FBI Case File Review,” we have true crime podcasts about serial killers, buried cases that barely saw media coverage, and stories from a retired FBI agent. Check out these Black true crime podcasts below.
Sistas Who Kill: A True Crime Podcast
Best friends MaRah and Taz have been quickly rising through the ranks of true crime podcast fame with “Sistas Who Kill: A True Crime Podcast.” Together, they research and tell the stories of Black women who have killed, along with their trials and treatment in the criminal justice system – especially how those often differ from their white counterparts. Despite the newness of the podcast (its first episode was released in March of 2021), “Sistas Who Kill” has a huge following. MaRah and Taz have incredible chemistry. The two are funnier than most comedy podcasts out there, and their conversations on the cases they research are endlessly interesting and thought-provoking. One listen, and you’ll be hooked on “Sistas Who Kill.”
“Affirmative Murder” expertly mixing comedy and true crime while hosts Alvin Williams and Francel Evans try to make each other laugh when sharing true crime stories involving marginalized communities. With over 200 episodes, there’s plenty of stories to choose from.
Black Girl Gone: A True Crime Podcast
From iHeartPodcasts and Cloud10, “Black Girl Gone: A True Crime Podcast” chronicles the cases of missing and murdered Black women and women of color in America. Hosted by Amara Cofer, this podcast is working to bring these cases to the forefront of the news, working so that the energy of Missing White Woman Syndrome often seen in media and social media can be brought to cases involving non-white women.
Cases of Color
Randi Johnson hosts “Cases of Color,” a true crime podcast focusing on cases involving people of color. He discusses missing persons and unsolved cases, open-and-shut cases that still hold lingering questions, and cases that were never fully investigated by local police. “Cases of Color” chronicles stories like these that often go untold.
Fruitloops: Serial Killers of Color
“Fruitloops: Serial Killers of Color” is a weekly true crime podcast covering stories about people of color that didn’t get media coverage. In 2021, they won Best Black True Crime Podcast at the Black Podcasting Awards and have recorded over 100 episodes.
FBI Retired Case File Review
Retired FBI agent and author Jerri Williams hosts this amazing true crime podcast “FBI Retired Case File Review.” Her mission: to share the most intriguing and high-profile cases ever investigated by the Bureau. She shows us what the FBI is and what it does, interviewing retired agents and her former colleagues about their storied careers. Not only that, but she tells us what popular books, shows, and films got right about the Bureau and what they got totally wrong.
On Their Behalf: A True Crime Podcast
Aja Hamilton and Devon Balsamo-Gillis host “On Their Behalf: A True Crime Podcast.” Focused on highlighting the stories that didn’t get air time or media attention, specifically cases involving BIPOC, the LGBTQ+ community, and others. “On Their Behalf: A True Crime Podcast” works diligently to represent these stories in media. They’ve recorded over 45 episodes separated into multipart seasons for easy listening.
“Truer Crime” is making sure to get all the details right. On this podcast, host Celisia Stanton talks about real people, murdered, missing, and misled, with more nuance and context, which ultimately raises even more questions about just what happened in the first place.