Georgia irresistible to true-crime podcasts

A list of Georgia crime cases featured on podcasts


If you’re listening to true-crime podcasts, you’re hearing a lot about Georgia. And with the debut of “Atlanta Monster,” now you’ll be hearing a lot about Atlanta in the late 1970s. That podcast, from Atlanta-based HowStuffWorks, is the most recent project from the producers of the wildly popular “Up and Vanished,” which in its first season tackled the Tara Grinstead murder. 

The explosion of true crime podcasts has introduced millions of listeners to murders and other crime cases across Georgia. Some, such as the AJC’s “Breakdown,” devote entire seasons to exploring a single case while others have covered a case in a single episode. 

In no particular order, here’s a list of where to find Georgia crime in your podcast queue. We’ll update this list as we find more examples. 

Wayne Williams / Atlanta Missing and Murdered Children (Atlanta) 

Sidney Dorsey / Derwin Brown murder (DeKalb)

  • Atlanta Monster (Season 1 bonus episode)

Tara Grinstead murder (Ocilla, Irwin & Ben Hill counties) 

  • Up and Vanished (Season 1 – all episodes) 
  • Crime Stories with Nancy Grace (Eps. 1/18/17, 2/24/17, 3/6/17, 7/26/17,12/29/17) 
  • True Crimecast (Ep. 11/14/17) 

Ross Harris murder case (Cobb County) 

Tex McIver murder case (Atlanta) 

Russell & Shirley Dermond (Lake Oconee) murders (Putnam County) 

  • Sworn (Season 1, Eps. 1, 2, 3) 
  • Crime Stories with Nancy Grace (Ep. 8/10/17) 
  • In Sight (Ep. 82)
  • Murder at Great Waters (all episodes)

JonBenet Ramsey murder (Colorado, with Marietta connection) 

  • The Case of: JonBenet Ramsey Response Podcast (all episodes) 
  • Generation Why (Ep. 129) 
  • My Favorite Murder (Ep. 35) 
  • True Crimecast (Ep. 11/28/17) 

Fred Tokars case (Marietta, Cobb County)

  • The Blotter Presents (Season 1, Ep. 62)
  • Martinis & Murder (Season 1, Ep. 83)

Hemy Neuman (Dunwoody Day Care) murder case (Dunwoody) 

  • Forensic Transmissions (Ep. 21) 

Joey Watkins murder case (Rome, Floyd County) 

  • Undisclosed (Season 2 – all episodes) 

Jenna Van Gelderen disappearance (Atlanta, DeKalb County)

  • The Vanished (Ep. 105)

Brian Nichols escape/murders (Atlanta)

  • Beyond the Blood (Ep. 11 – two episodes)

Kendrick Johnson (gym mat death) case (Valdosta, Lowndes County)

  • True Crime Garage (Eps. 195-196)
  • Generation Why (Ep. 83)
  • True Murder (6/14/13, 11/6/13)
  • Mysterious Circumstances (3/6/18)

Grady Babies abductions (Atlanta, Fulton County)

  • The Fall Line (Season 2 – all episodes)

Barbara Mackle kidnapping (Decatur, DeKalb and Gwinnett Counties)

  • Sun Crime State Podcast (Ep. 17)

Wideman family murders (Rebecca, Turner County) 

  • Sworn (Season 1 – Eps. 7, 8, 9) 

Tiffany Whitton disappearance (Marietta)

  • Sworn (Season 1 – Eps. 12, 13, 14)

Jerry Scott Heider / Daniels family murders (Santa Claus, Toombs County) 

  • Small Town Murder (Ep. 29) 

Millbrook twins (Dannette and Jeanette) disappearance (Augusta) 

  • The Fall Line (Season 1 – all episodes) 

Monica & Michael Bennett disappearance (Brunswick, Glynn County) 

  • The Fall Line (Season 2 – all episodes) 

Doris Worrell murder (Douglas, Coffee County) 

  • True Crimes and Mysteries (Ep. 29) 

Justin Chapman case (Bremen, Haralson County) 

Narendra Gupta abuse case (Johns Creek, Fulton County) 

Devonia Inman murder case (Adel, Cook County) 

Reggie Coicou/Quincy Wytche murders (Atlanta) 

These cases are also covered on television shows: 

Wayne Williams / Atlanta Missing and Murdered Children (Atlanta) 

Sidney Dorsey / Derwin Brown murder (DeKalb County)

  • Deadly Power (Oxygen, Season 1, Ep. 3)

JonBenet Ramsey murder (Colorado, with Marietta connection) 

  • Casting JonBenet (Netflix movie)
  • Who Killed JonBenet? (Lifetime movie)
  • Perfect Murder, Perfect Town (CBS miniseries)
  • Getting Away with Murder (FOX movie)
  • The Case of: JonBenet Ramsey (CBS miniseries)
  • JonBenet: An American Murder Mystery (ID miniseries)

Fred Tokars case (Marietta, Cobb County)

  • American Justice (A&E, July 6, 2000)
  • City Confidential (A&E, May 19, 2002)
  • My Dirty Little Secret (ID, Season 2, Ep. 9)

Tex McIver case (Atlanta)

  • 48 Hours (CBS, April 28, 2018)
  • Dateline (NBC, June 22, 2018)

Sparkle Rai murder (Union City, Fulton County)

  • Dateline (NBC, Feb. 6, 2009)
  • ATL Homicide (TV One, Season 1, Ep. 5)

Barbara Mackle kidnapping (Decatur, DeKalb & Gwinnett counties)

  • A Crime to Remember (ID, Season 5, Ep. 4)

Mary Burge murder (Macon, Bibb County)

  • A Crime to Remember (ID, Season 3, Ep. 5)

Tara Grinstead murder (Ocilla, Irwin & Ben Hill counties)

  • Up and Vanished (Oxygen, Season 1 — all episodes?)

Reggie Coicou/Quincy Wytche murders (Atlanta)

  • The First 48 (A&E, Season 17, Ep. 7)

Randy Smith murder (Atlanta)

Jerome Blake / “Rap Studio” murder (Atlanta)

Mary Frances Stoner murder (Adairsville, Bartow County) 

NOTE: Atlanta homicides have been regularly featured on TV One’s “ATL Homicide” (Season 1, all episodes) and on A&E’s “The First 48” during Seasons 14, 15, 16 and 17. “The First 48” featured DeKalb County homicides in Season 12.

Theatrical-release films include:

Brian Nichols escape/murders (Atlanta)

  • Captive (2015)

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