14 episodes

The Greatest True Crime Stories Ever Told is an anthology podcast series of the most layered and engrossing true crime stories about female killers, cops, scientists, lawyers, scammers, activists, and more. Hosted by true crime writer, Mary Kay McBrayer, this podcast tells the stories in which women aren’t narrowly defined as victims, but instead are the protagonists.

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    • 3.9 • 134 Ratings

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The Greatest True Crime Stories Ever Told is an anthology podcast series of the most layered and engrossing true crime stories about female killers, cops, scientists, lawyers, scammers, activists, and more. Hosted by true crime writer, Mary Kay McBrayer, this podcast tells the stories in which women aren’t narrowly defined as victims, but instead are the protagonists.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    Bonus Episode: True Crime as an Entertainment Genre w/ Keith Wallman

    Bonus Episode: True Crime as an Entertainment Genre w/ Keith Wallman

    In this exclusive bonus episode, producer Emma DeMuth sits down with Keith Wallman, Editor-in-Chief of Diversion Books, to discuss the "why" behind the true crime genre. 
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    • 19 min
    Finding My Brother's Killer

    Finding My Brother's Killer

    This is the story of Penny Farmer—who lost her brother at sea in the late 1970s, and never stopped looking for him. Not for 40 years… The Greatest True Crime Stories is a production of Diversion Audio.• Follow Diversion Audio on Instagram • Explore more: diversionaudio.com This series is hosted by Mary Kay McBrayer. Check out more of her work at www.marykaymcbrayer.com.This episode was written by Nora BatelleEditorial Direction by Nora BatelleDeveloped by Scott Waxman, Emma DeMuth and Jacob BronsteinProduced by Antonio EnriquezDirected by Jacob BronsteinTheme Music by Tyler CashExecutive Produced by Scott Waxman, Mark Francis, and Jacob BronsteinSpecial Thanks:

    Penny Farmer, Dead in the Water, My Forty-Year Search for My Brother’s Killer
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    People Don't Sleep in Bras

    People Don't Sleep in Bras

    This episode is about the murder of Steve Beard…and Steve’s wife’s lover, who shot him.The Greatest True Crime Stories is a production of Diversion Audio.• Follow Diversion Audio on Instagram • Explore more: diversionaudio.com This series is hosted by Mary Kay McBrayer. Check out more of her work at www.marykaymcbrayer.com.This episode was written by Mary Kay McBrayerEditorial Direction by Nora BatelleDeveloped by Scott Waxman, Emma DeMuth and Jacob BronsteinProduced and directed by Mark Francis and Antonio EnriquezTheme Music by Tyler CashExecutive Produced by Scott Waxman, Mark Francis, and Jacob BronsteinSpecial Thanks:

    The Fortune Hunter by Suzy Spencer

    Lange, M. (2023, February 16). The case for chilling. The New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/2023/02/16/style/sheila-liming-hanging-out-interview.html

    NBCUniversal News Group. (2018, March 29). How to make friends as an adult. NBCNews.com. https://www.nbcnews.com/better/health/how-make-friends-adult-ncna860971 
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    • 1 hr 5 min
    The Murder Factory (Pt 2)

    The Murder Factory (Pt 2)

    This is the second episode of a two-episode mini series about the Archer House. It was supposed to be a place where older folks could find comfort, community, and somewhere to call home.

    Instead, it was a murder factory. The Greatest True Crime Stories is a production of Diversion Audio.• Follow Diversion Audio on Instagram • Explore more: diversionaudio.com This series is hosted by Mary Kay McBrayer. Check out more of her work at www.marykaymcbrayer.com.This episode was written by Mary Kay McBrayerEditorial Direction by Nora BatelleDeveloped by Scott Waxman, Emma DeMuth and Jacob BronsteinProduced, Directed and Edited by Mark FrancisTheme Music by Tyler CashExecutive Produced by Scott Waxman, Mark Francis, and Jacob BronsteinSpecial Thanks:Devil's Rooming House: The True Story of America's Deadliest Female Serial Killer by M William Phelps
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    • 56 min
    The Murder Factory (Pt 1)

    The Murder Factory (Pt 1)

    This is the first episode of a two-episode mini series about the Archer House. It was supposed to be a place where older folks could find comfort, community, and somewhere to call home.

    Instead, it was a murder factory. The Greatest True Crime Stories is a production of Diversion Audio.• Follow Diversion Audio on Instagram • Explore more: diversionaudio.com This series is hosted by Mary Kay McBrayer. Check out more of her work at www.marykaymcbrayer.com.This episode was written by Mary Kay McBrayerEditorial Direction by Nora BatelleDeveloped by Scott Waxman, Emma DeMuth and Jacob BronsteinProduced, Directed and Edited by Mark FrancisTheme Music by Tyler CashExecutive Produced by Scott Waxman, Mark Francis, and Jacob BronsteinSpecial Thanks:Devil's Rooming House: The True Story of America's Deadliest Female Serial Killer by M William Phelps
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    • 45 min
    I Survived a Serial Killer

    I Survived a Serial Killer

    This is the story of Holly Dunn, the only known survivor of the brutal, bloody crimes of the so-called “railroad killer.” But Holly’s story is also about what she did when she survived: how she found strength, power, and how she showed up for the showdown. The Greatest True Crime Stories is a production of Diversion Audio.• Follow Diversion Audio on Instagram • Explore more: diversionaudio.com This series is hosted by Mary Kay McBrayer. Check out more of her work at www.marykaymcbrayer.com.This episode was written by Nora BatelleEditorial Direction by Nora BatelleDeveloped by Scott Waxman, Emma DeMuth and Jacob BronsteinProduced directed and Edited by Mark FrancisTheme Music by Tyler CashExecutive Produced by Scott Waxman, Mark Francis, and Jacob BronsteinSpecial Thanks to:Holly Dunn, Sole Survivor
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    • 1 hr

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5
134 Ratings

134 Ratings

LA YMCA user ,

Appreciate the angle!

Personally I like to fall asleep to true crime and this music is a little jarring - if you like this but want less noise check out Dead Sleep True Crime for Bedtime which is similar but not noisy and no ads

Kel_e_r ,

Intriguing stories, well told

The stories are all interesting, and the podcast is well written and narrated. However, the occasional injection of slang-filled editorializing is juvenile and does not fit the tone at all.

stellacawley ,

She had me at the intro!

I’ve only just begun but as a True Crime Podcast addict, I believe I can safely say this one is slipping into a routine listen! Maybe a top fiver!
From the voice, to the obvious attention in story selection, focus on details, fascinating characters and riveting plot —this show is a must listen for me.
Give this one a listen! I think you’ll agree!

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