Real-life crime covers a whole spectrum of media so there are plenty of ways to enjoy true crime.

Best Ways to Enjoy True Crime

In case you’re wondering whether true crime is bad for you, it’s not.

Now that’s out the way, let’s look at the ways you can enjoy true crime!

True Crime Books

Books are one of the oldest art forms, and in the modern world of publishing, it looks like they’re here to stay.

Away from traditional media like newspapers and magazines, books were the first media to define true crime as a genre.

Technically, the first ever true crime book was ‘Studies in Murder’ by Edmund Pearson in 1924. It was a book full of real-life essays on different murders, including Lizzie Borden.

I say technically, as the book is written in essay form. And so, the first book to be considered true crime was ‘In Cold Blood’ by Truman Capote in 1966.

Since then, true crime books have taken off in a big way and are usually a true crime lover’s first foray into the world.

Best Ways to Enjoy True Crime

True Crime Magazines

The most famous true crime magazine – and the first of its kind – was True Detective Magazine. First published in 1924 as True Detective Mysteries, it kickstarted the modern true crime wave, away from traditional media.

Many years later, True Detective found itself up against a raft of competition, and by the 1960s, there were an estimated 250 different true crime magazines in circulation.

In the digital age, many print magazines lost their grip on the industry and struggled to make the transition between print content and online.

Today, there are a handful of true crime magazines left, including Crime Monthly, Crime Casebook, and title variations of original magazines like True Crime Detective Monthly.

True Crime Podcasts

The greatest competition to true crime books, are podcasts. True crime podcasts are one of the most listened to categories across the United Kingdom and United States.

Only fitness, lifestyle, and comedy, top the list.

True crime podcasts are:

  • Increasing in popularity
  • Pandemic proof
  • Easy to listen to anywhere

Podcasts are one of the easiest ways to enjoy true crime.

True Crime TV & Movies

Netflix is credited with bringing true crime streaming shows into existence. Though they have popularised it in recent years, its beginnings were much humbler.

Ever since the creation of television news channels, special one-off or episodic shows have been aired.

The first news show in the UK was Television Newsreel which was produced by the BBC and aired from 1948. In the United States, the CBS news channel was first broadcast from 1941.

TV shows like Cops in the U.S. and 999 in the UK popularised a different way of watching real life stories.

It’s now common to see real life crime shows and movies making the top 10 lists on a regular basis.

True Crime Blogs

For as long as there has been online blogging, there have been true crime blogs.

In fact, True Crime Lists is one of the ever-growing blogs and websites disseminating crime information to you on a regular basis.

As with the other types of media above, true crime blogs can be read on any device at any time of the day or night.

Other less common ways to enjoy true crime include:

  • Museums
  • Crime walks
  • Prison tours
  • Castles
  • Historical sites
  • Social media
  • YouTube
  • Conventions
  • Live shows

There are plenty of ways to consume true crime. The choice is yours!

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  1. B
    BookGirl September 7, 2022

    Books all the way. Prefer incoming information at my own pace.

  2. J
    JackyBoy September 16, 2022

    I agree that books are more detailed but podcasts are easier on the train!

  3. T
    TheFiend October 20, 2022

    Books over documentaries.

  4. R
    RaiderCops November 20, 2022


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