If you’re not listening to Serial, the week-by-week podcast that reexamines a 15-year-old murder case, you are mega missing out. If you are listening, you probably have some serious opinions (Free Adnan! Where the bleep is Jay?!), and waiting for that Thursday installment is definitely torture.
Here, three true crime stories to get into while you wait.
Watch: The Staircase In 2001, novelist Michael Peterson’s wife was found dead at the bottom of her stairs. Peterson told the police she fell, but the wounds on the back of her head said otherwise. Academy Award-winning filmmaker Jean-Xavier de Lestrade’s six-hour documentary about the case (available for free on YouTube) is so gripping, you won’t be able to stop until the final verdict is read.
Read: Fatal Vision When Green Beret captain Jeffrey MacDonald’s two daughters and pregnant wife were found murdered in 1970, all eyes turned to the husband--whose story just didn’t add up. Journalist Joe McGinniss's 1983 true crime biography is one of the most haunting things you’ll ever read.
Read: The Innocent Man Wrongful convictions do happen, people, and this Texas Monthly article from 2012 tells the completely captivating narrative of Michael Morton, a man who spent 25 years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit.