The Most Unsettling 'Crime Junkie' Episodes You Just Can't Forget

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Crime Junkie has risen in the ranks of the best true crime podcasts for its thorough and thoughtful approach to telling often terrifying stories. The best Crime Junkie podcast episodes go into great detail about mysterious deaths, missing people, and finally getting justice for the victims of horrific crimes.

Some of the most popular podcast episodes of Crime Junkie are about cases where the family disagrees with the findings of investigators. Take the Kendrick Johnson Crime Junkie episode which finds Ashley and Brit discussing how the high school student being found dead in a gym mat was even considered to be an accident. The case of Phoebe Handsjuk is also an engaging episode of Crime Junkie Podcast.

Read on to learn more about the greatest episodes of Crime Junkie, and vote up your favorites. Come back to check out where your favorite Crime Junkie episodes landed on this list!


  • 1. 'MISSING: Bryce Laspisa'

    In 2013, Bryce Laspisa embarked on a seven-hour drive home to visit his parents, but a few days later, his car was found overturned without him in it. Bryce has been missing ever since. Ashley and Britt examine the case, and speculate on potential scenarios with this outstanding mystery.

  • 2. 'SERIAL KILLER: Israel Keyes'

    In this "SERIAL KILLER" episode, Ashley and Brit detail the crimes of Israel Keyes, a murderer, burglar, arsonist, rapist, and all-around terrible monster, who committed suicide while awaiting trial in 2012. He was known to have murdered at least three victims, but many mysteries remain.

  • 3. 'MURDERED: Laci Peterson (Part 2)'

    'MURDERED: Laci Peterson (Part 2)'
    Photo: The Murder of Laci Peterson: Miniseries / A&E

    Everyone has heard the name Laci Peterson, but do they really know the story? This episode is the second in a two-part series about the murder of Laci. The first episode introduces the case, and details of the crime. However, the second part is all about the suspicion surrounding Laci's husband, Scott. Ashley and Brit add depth to this infamous true crime case, along with the commentary Crime Junkie fans have come to love.

  • 4. 'MYSTERIOUS DEATH OF: Kendrick Johnson'

    In 2013, the body of Kendrick Johnson was found inside a rolled-up gym mat at his Georgia high school. Initially, his death was ruled accidental, but following a second autopsy, ordered by his family, evidence of blunt force trauma was discovered. His cause of death remains a mystery. Ashley and Brit discuss the ins and outs of the case in this fan-favorite episode.

  • 5. 'SERIAL KILLER: Green River Killer'

    Dozens of young women were murdered in the northwest in the 1980s and 1990s. When DNA technology became available, these horrific crimes were linked to Gary Ridgway, who often returned to the scene of the crime to sexually assault the bodies. Ashley and Brit go over this terrible tragedy in a "SERIAL KILLER" episode.

  • 6. 'SERIAL KILLER: Charlie Brandt'

    In 1971, then-13-year-old Charlie Brandt shot his parents causing the death of his pregnant mother. He spent a year in psychiatric treatment. Over 30 years later, he stabbed his wife and niece to death before taking his own life. How did this happen? Did he commit other murders? What is his true number of victims? Ashley and Brit get into it all in this "SERIAL KILLER" episode.