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True crime books, podcasts, and movies about real crimes that involved real people. It is one of the most popular genres of podcasts so there is bound to be one on your shopping list this year. Which means you need some gifts for True Crime lovers.
According to a new Pew Research study, true crime podcasts making up making up 24% of these top-ranked podcasts of 2023. Some popular true crime podcasts are Serial, Someone Knows Something, West Cork, The Podcast On The Left, and more. The research proved that those who love true crime love podcasts that have in-depth reporting. 95% of true crime podcasts use this method in informing their listeners compared to other popular genres such as politics and government, entertainment and pop culture, self-help/advice, and sports podcasts which round out the top five genres. For the other four genres there is a split between in-depth reporting, social commentary, and interviews with specialists in the related field.
The Pew Research study analyzed 451 podcasts to gather its data. They pulled from an average of top 300 daily rankings on Spotify and Apple Podcasts U.S. from April to Sept. 2022.
It’s also not just podcasts either film, television, and books are also popular media that true crime lovers use to learn about stories. A misconception about true crime is that all stories whether it be on a podcast, documentary, or book have to deal with a gruesome murder. A popular true crime documentary that hit Netflix last year was The Tinder Swindler. The documentary followed Simon Leviev (legal name: Shimon Hayut) luxury lifestyle as he deceived single women to be in a relationship with him so that they could send him money to fund all of the glitz and glam that he wanted to again attract more victims.
Whether your true crime lover on your list likes to figure out the mindset of serial killers or enjoys less heinous crimes, you’ll find something on this list to gift the person in mind this holiday season.
Take a look at eight best gifts for the true crime lovers on your list this holiday season below: