The scariest stories are often the ones that are true. Pop culture is having a love affair with real darkness, with podcasts and TV series effectively blending entertainment with real-life investigations of some of the most troubling crimes we know of – and many of the crimes we didn’t. If your own addiction for the truth about crime isn’t fully satisfied by podcasts and Netflix, lend us your ears. We have some chilling stories to tell you.
*Disclaimer, these stories may keep you up at night and require you to check under the bed.
1. Fatal Jealousy by Colin McEvoy, Lynn Olanoff
Narrated by Roger Wayne
June 26, 2010. A Pennsylvania state trooper witnesses a car speeding and crashing into trees. Stopping to help, he finds that the driver, Michael Ballard, is alive-and drenched in blood. When asked what happened, the man answers, "I just killed everybody."
2. They All Love Jack by Bruce Robinson
Narrated by Bruce Robinson, Phil Fox
For over a hundred years, the mystery of Jack the Ripper has been a source of unparalleled fascination and horror, spawning an army of obsessive theorists and endless volumes purporting to finally reveal the identity of the brutal murderer who terrorized Victorian England. But what if there was never really any mystery at all? What if the Ripper was always hiding in plain sight, deliberately leaving a trail of clues to his identity for anyone who cared to look, while cynically mocking those who were supposedly attempting to bring him to justice?
3. Gotti’s Rules by George Anastasia
Narrated by Joe Barrett
The notorious Gotti family is the stuff of mob legend. The "Dapper Don," John Gotti Sr., and his son John A. "Junior" Gotti ran New York's powerful Gambino crime family and were well known for their flamboyant style and brutal ways, an image perpetuated in popular Mafia mythology. John Alite, a mob hit man, associate, and close friend of the Gottis, has a very different story to tell.
4. The Midnight Assassin by Skip Hollandsworth
Narrated by Clint Jordan
In the late 1800s, the city of Austin, Texas was on the cusp of emerging from an isolated western outpost into a truly cosmopolitan metropolis. But beginning in December 1884, Austin was terrorized by someone equally as vicious and, in some ways, far more diabolical than London's infamous Jack the Ripper. For almost exactly one year, the Midnight Assassin crisscrossed the entire city, striking on moonlit nights, using axes, knives, and long steel rods to rip apart women from every race and class.
5. Ranger Games by Ben Blum
Narrated by Johnathan McClain
Alex Blum was a good kid, a popular high school hockey star from a tight-knit Colorado family. He had one goal in life: endure a brutally difficult selection program, become a U.S. Army Ranger, and fight terrorists for his country. He poured everything into achieving his dream. In the first hours of his final leave before deployment to Iraq, Alex was supposed to fly home to see his family and beloved girlfriend. Instead, he got into his car with two fellow soldiers and two strangers, drove to a local bank in Tacoma, and committed armed robbery...
6. Adnan’s Story by Rabia Chaudry
Narrated by Rabia Chaudry
In early 2000, Adnan Syed was convicted and sentenced to life plus thirty years for the murder of his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee, a high school senior in Baltimore, Maryland. Syed has maintained his innocence, and Rabia Chaudry, a family friend, has always believed him.