Georgia crime cases are a popular subject on true-crime podcasts.

Georgia cases featured on true-crime shows

If you’re listening to true-crime podcasts, you’re hearing a lot about Georgia. From "Up and Vanished" to the AJC's own "Breakdown," the explosion of true crime podcasts has introduced millions of listeners to crime cases across the state. Some programs such as "Breakdown" or "The Fall Line" investigate a single case over the course of a season. Others follow single-episode formats and cherry-pick notorious Georgia events for quick recaps or discussions. 

And it's not just podcasts. Georgia true-crime has shown up to television too, where it's not uncommon to find programs on Wayne Williams or JonBenet Ramsey. Documentary-style police procedurals such as "The First 48" and "ATL Homicide" have given viewers an inside look at police department investigations and unsolved cases. 

In no particular order, here’s a list of where to find Georgia crime in your podcast queue or your streaming service. We’ll update this list as we find more examples.

"Atlanta Monster," from the producers of "Up and Vanished," covers the Atlanta Missing and Murdered Children cases of 1979-1981.

Wayne Williams / Atlanta Missing and Murdered Children (Atlanta) 

Sidney Dorsey / Derwin Brown murder (DeKalb)

  • Atlanta Monster (Season 1 bonus episode)

Tara Grinstead murder (Ocilla, Irwin & Ben Hill counties) 

  • Up and Vanished (Season 1 – all episodes) 
  • Crime Stories with Nancy Grace (Eps. 1/18/17, 2/24/17, 3/6/17, 7/26/17,12/29/17) 
  • True Crimecast (Ep. 11/14/17) 

Ross Harris murder case (Cobb County) 

Tex McIver murder case (Atlanta) 

"Sworn," a spin-off from "Up and Vanished," has covered the Lake Oconee murders and the Ross Harris case.

Anthony Hill shooting (Chamblee, DeKalb County)

Russell & Shirley Dermond (Lake Oconee) murders (Putnam County) 

  • Sworn (Season 1, Eps. 1, 2, 3) 
  • Crime Stories with Nancy Grace (Ep. 8/10/17) 
  • In Sight (Ep. 82)
  • Murder at Great Waters (all episodes)
  • True Crime Chronicles (Ep. 30)

JonBenet Ramsey murder (Colorado, with Marietta connection) 

  • The Case of: JonBenet Ramsey Response Podcast (all episodes) 
  • Generation Why (Ep. 129) 
  • My Favorite Murder (Ep. 35) 
  • True Crimecast (Ep. 11/28/17) 

Eric Rudolph/Olympic Park bombing (Atlanta)

  • Terminus (Season 1, all episodes)
  • FBI Retired Case File Review (Ep. 105)
  • Sofa King Podcast (Ep. 395)

Fred Tokars case (Marietta, Cobb County)

  • The Blotter Presents (Season 1, Ep. 62)
  • Martinis & Murder (Season 1, Ep. 83)

Hemy Neuman (Dunwoody Day Care) murder case (Dunwoody) 

  • Forensic Transmissions (Ep. 21) 
"Undisclosed" devoted a season to the Joey Watkins case in Rome, Ga.

Joey Watkins murder case (Rome, Floyd County) 

  • Undisclosed (Season 2 – all episodes) 

Jenna Van Gelderen disappearance (Atlanta, DeKalb County)

  • The Vanished (Ep. 105)

Brian Nichols escape/murders (Atlanta)

  • Beyond the Blood (Ep. 11 – two episodes)

Kendrick Johnson (gym mat death) case (Valdosta, Lowndes County)

  • True Crime Garage (Eps. 195-196)
  • Generation Why (Ep. 83)
  • True Murder (6/14/13, 11/6/13)
  • Mysterious Circumstances (3/6/18)
  • Crime Junkie (Ep. 73)
  • Creep It Real (Ep. 3)

“Mr. X” murders (Atlanta)

  • True Crime Chronicles (Ep. 2)

Dwight York (Nuwaubians) sex crimes (Eatonton, Putnam County)

  • True Crime Chronicles (Ep. 4)
  • As the Key Turns (March 17, 2019)
  • Sick and Wrong (Ep. 675)

Debbie Lynn Randall murder (Marietta)

  • True Crime Chronicles (Ep. 22)

Mary Shotwell Little disappearance (Atlanta-Buckhead)

  • 5 Roses (All episodes)
  • The Trail Went Cold (Ep. 38)
  • Southern Gone (Ep. 2)
  • Crime and Scandal (Ep. 66)

Diane Shields murder (Atlanta)

  • 5 Roses (All episodes)
  • Crime and Scandal (Ep. 66)

Jessica Boynton shooting (Griffin, Spalding County)

  • The Officer’s Wife (All episodes)
  • Housewives of True Crime (Season 1 — Aug. 24, 2019)
  • Killer Instinct (Season 1 — May 15, 2019)

Isaiah Nixon murder (Alston, Montgomery County)

A.C. Hall murder (Macon-Bibb County)

1911 “Atlanta Ripper” killings (Atlanta)

  • Catlick (Season 1, Eps. 1-10)
  • The Serial Killer Podcast (Sept. 20, 2016)
  • Thinking Sideways (Ep. 142, March 16, 2016)
  • Shoes, Boos and Tatoos (Ep. 22, July 22, 2019)

Ellen Grice/Mae Crow assaults (Forsyth racial violence)

  • Catlick (Season 1, Eps. 11-14)

Mary Phagan murder/Leo Frank lynching (Atlanta/Marietta)

  • Catlick (Season 1, Eps. 14-)
  • Archive Atlanta (Season 1, Ep. 13)
  • Unsolved Murders (Season 1, Eps. 152-153)
  • Stuff You Missed in History Class (April 21, 2018)
  • Yours in Murder (May 12, 2018)

Robert Alston murder (Atlanta)

  • Archive Atlanta (Season 1, Ep. 63)

W.A. Scott murder (Atlanta)

  • Archive Atlanta (Season 1, Ep. 71)

Grady Babies abductions (Atlanta, Fulton County)

  • The Fall Line (Season 2 — all episodes)

Elia Banderas (Westin Peachtree) murder (Atlanta)

  • The Fall Line (Season 4, Ep. 1)

Christmas Doe murder (Ware County)

  • The Fall Line (Season 4, Ep. 4)

Dennis Doe murder (DeKalb County)

  • The Fall Line (Season 4, Ep. 4)
  • Inside Crime (Season 2, all episodes)

Jane Doe murder (Jenkins County)

  • The Fall Line (Season 4, Eps. 5,6)

Shy’Kemmia Pate disappearance (Unadilla, Dooly County)

  • The Fall Line (Season 5, all episodes)

Gregory Montgomery murder (Atlanta)

  • The Fall Line (Holiday Miniseries -- Dec. 11-18, 2019)

Cedartown Jane Doe murder (Polk County)

  • The Fall Line (Season 6, Eps. 3, 4)

DeCorrius Jones disappearance (Gwinnett County)

  • True Crime Chronicles (Season 1, Ep. 38)
  • Mysteriously Missing (May 19, 2019)

Barbara Mackle kidnapping (Decatur, DeKalb and Gwinnett Counties)

  • Sun Crime State Podcast (Ep. 17)

Wideman family murders (Rebecca, Turner County) 

  • Sworn (Season 1 – Eps. 7, 8, 9) 

Tiffany Whitton disappearance (Marietta)

  • Sworn (Season 1 – Eps. 12, 13, 14)

Jerry Scott Heider / Daniels family murders (Santa Claus, Toombs County) 

  • Small Town Murder (Ep. 29) 
"The Fall Line" has covered cold-case disappearances in Augusta and Brunswick in its first two seasons.

Millbrook twins (Dannette and Jeanette) disappearance (Augusta) 

  • The Fall Line (Season 1 – all episodes) 

Monica & Michael Bennett disappearance (Brunswick, Glynn County) 

  • The Fall Line (Season 2 – all episodes) 

Doris Worrell murder (Douglas, Coffee County) 

  • True Crimes and Mysteries (Ep. 29) 
The AJC's "Breakdown" podcast, now in its sixth season, covers breakdowns in Georgia's legal system.

Justin Chapman case (Bremen, Haralson County) 

Narendra Gupta abuse case (Johns Creek, Fulton County) 

Devonia Inman murder case (Adel, Cook County) 

Reggie Coicou/Quincy Wytche murders (Atlanta) 

Elizabeth Butler arrest, as seen on “COPS” (Lawrenceville, Gwinnett)


These cases are covered on the following television shows: 

Wayne Williams / Atlanta Missing and Murdered Children (Atlanta) 

Sidney Dorsey / Derwin Brown murder (DeKalb County)

  • Deadly Power (Oxygen, Season 1, Ep. 3)

JonBenet Ramsey murder (Colorado, with Marietta connection) 

  • Casting JonBenet (Netflix movie)
  • Who Killed JonBenet? (Lifetime movie)
  • Perfect Murder, Perfect Town (CBS miniseries)
  • Getting Away with Murder (FOX movie)
  • The Case of: JonBenet Ramsey (CBS miniseries)
  • JonBenet: An American Murder Mystery (ID miniseries)

Fred Tokars case (Marietta, Cobb County)

  • American Justice (A&E, July 6, 2000)
  • City Confidential (A&E, May 19, 2002)
  • My Dirty Little Secret (ID, Season 2, Ep. 9)

Tex McIver case (Atlanta)

  • 48 Hours (CBS, April 28, 2018)
  • Dateline (NBC, June 22, 2018)

Aeman Presley murders (Atlanta/Decatur, Fulton & DeKalb Counties)

  • ATL Homicide (TV One, Season 1, Ep. 12)

Eric Clark murder (College Park)

  • ATL Homicide (TV One, Season 2, Ep. 7)
  • Snapped (Oxygen, Season 12, Ep. 4)
  • Fatal Attraction (TV One, Season 3, Ep. 12)

Bridget Shiel murder (Atlanta)

  • The First 48 Presents: Homicide Squad Atlanta (A&E, Season 1, all episodes)

Jeronta Brown/Briana Brooks murders (DeKalb and Fulton Counties)

  • ATL Homicide (TV One, Season 2, Ep. 1)

Sparkle Rai murder (Union City, Fulton County)

  • Dateline (NBC, Feb. 6, 2009)
  • ATL Homicide (TV One, Season 1, Ep. 5)

Jenna Van Gelderen disappearance (Atlanta, DeKalb County)

  • Searching for Jenna Van Gelderen (Oxygen, Oct. 23, 2019)

Elizabeth Bowie murder (Smyrna, Cobb County)

  • In Pursuit with John Walsh (ID, Season 1, Ep. 7)

Barbara Mackle kidnapping (Decatur, DeKalb & Gwinnett counties)

  • A Crime to Remember (ID, Season 5, Ep. 4)

Mary Burge murder (Macon, Bibb County)

  • A Crime to Remember (ID, Season 3, Ep. 5)

Tara Grinstead murder (Ocilla, Irwin & Ben Hill counties)

  • Up and Vanished (Oxygen, Season 1 — all episodes)
  • Dateline (NBC, Oct. 5, 2018)

Reggie Coicou/Quincy Wytche murders (Atlanta)

  • The First 48 (A&E, Season 17, Ep. 7)

Randy Smith murder (Atlanta)

Jerome Blake / “Rap Studio” murder (Atlanta)

Mary Frances Stoner murder (Adairsville, Bartow County) 

Danielle Marshall murder (Powder Springs, Cobb County)

Sharon Brady murder (Marietta, Cobb County)

George Young murder (Gwinnett County)

Millbrook Twins disappearance (Augusta)

  • The Disappearance of the Millbrook Twins (Oxygen, Nov. 23, 2019)

Jessica Boynton shooting (Griffin, Spalding County)

  • Real Life Nightmare (HLN, Nov. 9, 2019)

Camila Aguilar murder (Brookhaven)

  • In Pursuit with John Walsh (ID, Feb. 12, 2020)

NOTE: Atlanta homicides have been regularly featured on TV One’s “ATL Homicide” (Seasons 1 and 2, all episodes) and on A&E’s “The First 48” during Seasons 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18. “The First 48” featured DeKalb County homicides in Season 12 and features Gwinnett County homicides in Season 18. Gwinnett County was also featured in Season 2 of “Live PD” for six weeks in 2018.


Theatrical-release films include:

Brian Nichols escape/murders (Atlanta)

  • Captive (2015)

Eric Rudolph/Olympic Park bombing (Atlanta)

  • Richard Jewell (2019)

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