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True Crime Podcasts from Kentucky for a Road Trip

For anyone planning a trip to or from Kentucky who loves true crime podcasts, there are plenty of bluegrass-related options. Here are a few.

True Crime Podcasts from Kentucky

These true crime podcasts have Kentucky connections.

“Back to Bardstown”

“Back to Bardstown,” a podcast from Vault Studios and WHAS11’s Shay McAlister, looks at five “unsolved murders,” including that of Crystal Rogers, whose body was never found but investigators believe to be dead, the Courier Journal previously reported.

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“Bardstown, Kentucky is a small town in the heart of the Bluegrass State. The kind of town where you can wander around for a few hours and feel like you've stepped back in time… but Barstown, Kentucky also has secrets,” McAlister said in the podcast trailer. “Five unsolved murders in four years.”

The in-depth podcast was originally released in 2019, with the last episode released on April 23, 2024. It covers the cases of Jason Ellis, a Bardstown police officer who was shot and killed in May 2013; the double murder of Kathy and Samantha Netherland, a beloved mother-daughter duo in the community, in April 2014; the case of the missing Crystal Rogers, a mother of five who disappeared over the Fourth of July weekend in 2015; and the death of Tommy Ballard, Rogers' father, in November 2016.

“Hundreds of police interviews and years of investigation. Rumors and theories and still no one is behind bars,” McAlister said in the podcast trailer. “Is there a connection between the Bardstown cases? Why is the killer still at large? The people of Bardstown want answers.”

How to listen: “Back to Bardstown” is available on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.

“Bloodshed in Bluegrass”

“Bloodshed in the Bluegrass,” hosted by Sheenah Yoder, is an ongoing podcast in its second season. The series launched in October 2022 and looks at various crimes throughout Kentucky's history from the 1900s to the present day. “Welcome to Bloodshed in the Bluegrass, where it's all about Kentucky, all about crime,” Yoder said in the trailer.

Episodes include “The Terror of Leslie County,” which focuses on the story of Paul Douglas Sizemore, which begins in 1987 and ends with his arrest in 2018. Sizemore was charged with triple murder and attempted murder of a police officer, the Courier Journal previously reported.

The episode “Two Women Five Murders” is about a 1986 case in which two women killed five people in Lexington, and “Murder, Lies and the FBI” is about missing FBI agent Susan Daniels Smith in Pikeville in 1989. According to the Courier Journal, the story has also been made into a movie.

How to listen: “Bloodshed in the Bluegrass” is available on Spotify and Amazon Music.

“The Spooky Kentucky”

“Creepy Kentucky,” hosted by Laura Bechtel, began in May 2020 and is an ongoing podcast that, according to the podcast description, tells “tales of the weird and wild from the Bluegrass State.”

The podcast covers stories such as “The Appaling Ashland Tragedy,” in which three minors, Fanny and Robert Gibbons and Emma Carico, were brutally murdered; “Teen Fangst: The Kentucky Vampire Clan Murders,” about a double murder of a couple by Rod Ferrell, an alleged “vampire cult,” according to a 1996 Times article; and “The Louisville Torture House,” about the murder of Richard Heaton by William Gates, who was held captive by Heaton in 1924. Heaton's wife, Mary Cawein, was later murdered in 1965.

How to listen: “Creepy Kentucky” is available on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.

“My Old Murder in Kentucky”

“My Old Kentucky Homicide,” hosted by Buddy Forbes, Christa Layne, Tyler Layne and Breanna Pruitt, is an ongoing podcast that began in 2021. The four friends from Eastern Kentucky delve into paranormal and true crime stories from across the state.

Episodes include “Don't Judge My Moon, Okay?” about the 1949 murder of Floyd County teenager Muriel Baldridge, “Advanced Darkness,” about the 1925 death of Floyd Collins in Mammoth Cave, and “Burn Some Sage, Drown it in Holy Water. It's Fine,” about Savannah Spurlock, a 22-year-old who disappeared in Lexington in 2019 and was later found dead.

How to listen: “My Old Kentucky Homicide” is available on Spotify and Amazon Music.