A story about a neurosurgeon, a failed medical system, and 33 victims — ‘Dr. Death’ takes a very different approach to conventional true crime podcasts. It’s not about serial killers like Andrei Chikatilo or Ted Bundy or unsolved cold cases. It is a hell lot scarier. When patients visit a healer as the other end of the scalpel during their most vulnerable moments, they place their trust on his hands. But what happens when life-saving healthcare turns into a death machine? This is the true story of ‘Dr. Death’, narrated by medical reporter Laura Biel, who tells the devastating tale of Christopher Duntsch. This Texas-based surgeon, due to his inept surgical skills, ended up killing or permanently maiming 33 of his patients. Finally, he was apprehended and imprisoned, but not before he affected the lives of many.
Duntsch’s infamous tale has also been documented on Netflix’s ‘License to Kill‘. And in the podcast named ‘Dr. Death’, Biel gives raw accounts of each disastrous surgery, the details of which will leave you scarred forever. Accompanied by interviews from Duntsch’s close associates and victims, it is an absolute must-hear if you are a true crime maniac. You can listen to all its episodes here. With that said, here’s the list of best podcasts similar to ‘Dr. Death’ that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these podcasts like ‘Dr. Death’ on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify or even YouTube for free.
12. To Live and Die in LA (2019-)
The first entry on our list is ‘To Live and Die in L.A’. If you want to indulge in more of the chilling details as depicted in ‘Dr. Death’, then leave everything and start listening. The story is set in Hollywood and is about an aspiring actress, 25-year-old Adea Shabani, whose dreams of glitter and fame ended in a tragic catastrophe. She was residing in an apartment complex near Walk of Fame, when one day, she suddenly vanished without a trace. Narrated by Neil Strauss, it takes us through this mysterious disappearance and the events that unfolded during the subsequent police investigation. What actually happened to Adea? In order to hear her full story, check out this podcast. You can listen to all its episodes here.
11. Over My Dead Body (2019-)
Another podcast that wonderfully captures the gritty and engaging elements of ‘Dr. Death’ is ‘Over My Dead Body’. It’s about people, who when pushed beyond their tolerance limits end up doing unspeakable things. One of the stories is about an attorney couple, whose wedding came up even on newspapers. But when their marriage ended in a messy breakup, a bad divorce, and a consequent, gruesome murder, it opened up a pandora box of dirty secrets. The cops unearthed evidence, pointing to several people involved – prominent lawyers and conspirators. Hosted by Matthew Shaer, this narration captures the horrific details of justice, revenge, and the lengths some people go to achieve what they want. You can listen to all its episodes here.