12 Of My Favorite True Crime YouTube Channels

Last Updated on Sun Jun 20, 2021 by JR Rioux

Truth can often be stranger than fiction. Human beings can do some very bizarre things, and we may not be able to think or grasp where the ideas for these actions come from. One of the ways I learn about abnormal human behavior is by watching true crime, and I’ve found some very good channels that focus on these things on YouTube.

Now, I will be the first to admit that you have to take much of what you see on places like YouTube with a pinch of salt. People are biased and flawed, don’t always focus on all available information when preparing their stories. With that said, these are ones that I consider very well done, well-researched, nicely presented, with interesting content. Most focus largely on representing the victims, but few are slim on facts about the investigation – depending on how much law enforcement has released.

Another benefit of watching these is learning more about trauma. Many cases that are solved do discuss the aftereffects of having been through a horrific trauma. Most of these cases, however, do not have happy endings. A majority involve murder or missing persons and usually these cases are unsolved. The goal is to spread information in hopes of helping these cases get solved. Having said all that, let’s get to the list.

NOTE: I will not be including any channel that is linked to an official news organization in this list. These are all independent presenters who collect the information themselves or with the assistance of a small team, sometimes even viewers and fans, as well as amateur criminologists.


Criminally Listed

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Criminally Listed is a Canadian-based YouTube channel for fans of true crime. We strive to bring you the most interesting true crime stories and unsolved mysteries that you’ve never heard of before.

Visit https://www.criminallylisted.com/ for news, merchandise, and to submit a case.


Cold Case Detective

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Cold Case Detective was created by TJ Ruesch and the team behind Top5s & DestinationDeclassified. Our aim is to educate and spread awareness on some of the most puzzling missing person cases in history… If you would like us to research a specific case, or have a personal connection to a case, you can fill out our Cold Case form in the description of our videos or email us using the email below and we will do our best to conduct an investigation into the case. This is Cold Case Detective, shutting the blinds on unsolved mysteries as we seek to heat up another…


Brief Case

Brief Case Videos
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Welcome to Brief Case, a channel dedicated to rediscovering historical and forgotten criminal cases from throughout the world. I work relentlessly on trying to find original cases forgotten in time that you’ve likely never heard of. Takes requests.


Heavy Casefiles

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Heavy casefiles covers a wide range of true crime cases primarily in the 20th and 21st century. Please subscribe if you are interested in unsolved mysteries, missing persons cases, or unresolved crimes.


Dark Curiosities

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This channel explores true crime which can include (although is not limited to) violence, crimes involving children, post-mortem photography and crimes of a sexual nature. Watch at your own discretion, however ages of 18+ is advised. Dark Curiosities is in no way affiliated with law enforcement. If you have a tip about a case featured on the channel, please contact the appropriate authorities. A portion of profits made from the videos on this channel are donated to charities, such as UK-based Missing People and The DNA Doe Project in the USA.


Merc Docs

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Mystery, True Crime, Horror, Space, Facts and Short documentary videos. Two hosts that alternate. Offers visual images, sometimes videos.


The Crime Reel

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Like True Crime? Welcome to The Crime Reel, Uploads every Wednesday.

I have always been interested in true crime and the background and events that lead to crimes being committed. I spend a great deal of time researching my narrations and aim to retell the stories as fairly and accurately as possible whilst always remaining respectful to those involved. As always, my thoughts go out to the victims of all crimes. I hope you find my narrations interesting. If you like what I am doing, please subscribe and feel free to share details of my channel.


They Got Away With Murder

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Murder is the greatest taboo and all societies reserve their strictest penalties for those who commit the ultimate crime – that of killing another person. But there are a few people who in spite of this, quite literally, get away with murder. This channel is about such people. Many of these cases are well known – have become part of the canon of classic true crime literature – and others less so but are nevertheless intriguing unsolved murders that have baffled Scotland Yard.

The opinions expressed in these essays are mine alone – the result of careful research using many sources including original police papers, transcripts of court proceedings, Inquests etc; also contemporary press reports and personal contact with descendants of those who were witness to the events.


True Crime Daily

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True Crime Daily delivers in-depth true crime sagas showcasing the very best of crime journalism. From unsolved murders to compelling mysteries, undercover investigations and shocking crimes caught on camera, TCD brings stories from across America to national attention. “True Crime Daily The Podcast” host Ana Garcia goes in-depth on some of the week’s biggest true crime stories, as well as the ones you might have missed. Ana is joined by crime experts, police officers, defense attorneys, and other leading authorities in their fields.


Rachael Shannon

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Welcome to the true crime community! I love to discuss anything true crime from solved cases, unsolved mysteries, and everything in between!


Danielle Hallon

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Danielle, based out of North Carolina, runs this true crime channel that covers all sorts of cases, presented in a clear, concise, and respectful way.


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