From the disturbing life stories of serial killers to tales of the paranormal, the Last Podcast on the Left has fascinated listeners with its unique mix of humor and horror since 2011. Spanning over 600 episodes to date, the show has covered countless unforgettable crimes, killers, cults, and unexplained events.
Here are the best last podcasts on the Left episodes that you should listen to. To curate this list, I investigated fan forums, checked out which episodes get the most listens, and threw in a few of my favorites for a mix that’s as intriguing as it is chilling.
Just be warned—you may never sleep soundly again.
- Release Date: February 17, 2015
- Duration: 59 Minutes
The troubled origins of cannibalistic serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer.
We begin this list with the story of Jeffrey Dahmer, popularly known as the Milwaukee Cannibal. Being the first in a three-part series, this episode takes you through the troubled life that made a future serial killer. From his bizarre persona at school to his disturbing habit of playing with animal bones, this episode leaves you with one conclusion: Jeffrey was never a normal child.
- Release Date: January 18, 2020
- Duration: 2 Hours, 6 minutes
Revisiting the Heaven’s Gate cult.
In 1997, a religious cult led by Marshall Applewhite and Bonnie Nettles believed that a comet was their ticket to salvation. Tragically, 39 members took their own lives with the hopes of being taken to a better life. In this episode, Ben, Marcus and Henry revisit Heaven’s Gate (Episode 34), diving deeper into the details of how the Hale-Bopp theology and its evolution. As the episode comes to a close, perhaps the most disturbing question is, ‘What is it so wrong about this world that made the group so eager to leave it?’
- Release Date: September 5, 2020
- Duration: 55 Minutes
A far-fetched 1971 plot for Manson followers to break him out of jail.
Charles Manson had gained popularity for masterminding the 1969 murders of Sharon Tate and others. In 1971, Manson follower Bill Vance planned a far-fetched scheme to break Manson out of jail. The idea was to raid a Western Surplus store for guns and supplies. Listen in and get to know how the attempted rescue turned out.
- Release Date: November 23, 2019
- Duration: 1 Hour, 33 minutes
Shocking stories of alien abductions for intergalactic breeding experiments.
Breaking from the typical true crime stories, this episode dives into the world of extraterrestrial encounters. You will hear about three cases of alien abduction motivated by sex for breeding purposes. Ben, Marcus and Henry bring out a mix of skepticism and curiosity. If you are fascinated by the paranormal, you should begin your LPOTL binge with episode 392. You will be hooked.
- Release Date: August 17, 2019
- Duration: 1 Hour, 41 minutes
Founding Mormonism: Angels, visions, disputed holy translations or lies?
Episode 378 is the first of a five episodes series that looks into the complex history and beliefs of Mormonism and the life of founder Joseph Smith. Looking in-depth at Smith’s early days, they cover his controversial claims of discovering golden plates, supposedly translating the Book of Mormon from Egyptian hieroglyphics, and the divine revelations involving God, Jesus, and the angel Moroni.
- Release Date: June 11, 2021
- Duration: 1 Hour, 42 minutes
Reliving the 14th-century Black Death outbreak in five memorable episodes.
The Black Death Series explores the horror and devastation of the medieval Black Death pandemic. Digging deeper than textbook histories, these Last Podcast on the Left episodes vividly explain the plague’s origins, spread, and symptoms. Ben, Marcus and Henry do a great job explaining its apocalyptic scale and existential terror. This episode on the Black Death? Way scarier than any serial killer story. It’s a deep dive into history’s nightmare. Trust me, you’ll be hooked.
- Release Date: October 31, 2020
- Duration: 1 Hour, 45 minutes
The story of a 1980s Mexican cult leader behind narco satanic murders and rituals.
This is an unbeatable episode focusing on the Mexican cult leader Adolfo Constanzo, whose 1980s narco-satanist killings shocked Mexico. Constanzo built a violent cult that practiced ritual magic and human sacrifice and offered criminal services as mercenary hitmen. Over three episodes, the series explores Constanzo’s dark charisma and spine-chilling rites, from human casseroles to organs carved from living victims. If you’re into true crime, this one’s a wild ride. It’s about a hidden death cult with a leader who took things way too far. It’s creepy, it’s real, and it’s totally addictive.
- Release Date: June 29, 2018
- Duration: 1 Hour, 16 minutes
Who are the creepy Men in Black?
Dive into the bizarre world of the Men in Black with Ben, Marcus, and Henry as they go through tales that’ll make your skin crawl. Ever wondered who these spooky figures are, lurking behind UFO sightings and whispering threats? This episode takes you from the initial whispers in the ’50s right up to hair-raising recent run-ins. Are they government spooks, beings from another dimension, or something even more out-of-this-world? Grab your headphones and get ready for a journey into the unknown with these guys – it’s a wild ride you won’t want to miss.
- Release Date: January 12, 2024
- Duration: 1 Hour, 31 minutes
A strange vortex that swallows planes, beasts, and time in Alaska’s twilight zone.
Ever heard of the Alaska Triangle? Episode 560 takes a look at the mysteries of the Alaska Triangle, an area known for unexplained disappearances similar to the Bermuda Triangle. From strange vortexes and time travel tales to mythical creatures, Episode 560 has it all. Will they uncover more dark secrets as they investigate Alaska’s most mystifying location?
- Release Date: September 24, 2022
- Duration: 1 Hour, 30 minutes
A serial killer couple and a backyard full of bodies.
If you have ever thought serial killers were lone individuals with abnormal habits, you were wrong. Fred and Rose West were an apparently normal married couple… and serial killers. Together, they were responsible for the murder and sexual abuse of many, including their own children, in the 60s and 70s. Episode 506 is the first podcast broadcasting that looks at the case of Fred and Rose West in unprecedented detail, unlike ever before.
- Release Date: February 16, 2019
- Duration: 1 Hour, 33 minutes
The legend of Skinwalker Ranch
Ever wondered about the spooky tales of Skinwalker Ranch? It’s a place wrapped in mystery, with stories of paranormal happenings that’ll give you the chills. This episode kicks off a three-part dive into the legends and mysterious experiences reported by those brave enough to visit. From bizarre sightings to unexplained events, Ben, Marcus, and Henry peel back the layers of reality. What’s really going on at Skinwalker Ranch? Let’s find out together.
- Release Date: November 11, 2023
- Duration: 1 hour, 45 minutes
Necrophilia laid bare.
In Episode 554, the boys take you deep into the world of Necrophilia. To give you an idea, you will hear about tales of people who have sex with the dead. As horrifying as that sounds, Ben, Marcus, and Henry break down the narrative in a way that terrifies while throwing in some sense of humor to calm the tension.
From serial killers like Dahmer to cult leaders and paranormal hotspots, the best Last Podcast on the Left episodes look into some of humanity’s darkest hours. While often difficult to digest, the show’s open dissections of evil provide food for thought.
So, if you’re craving a mix of laughs and chills or can’t look away from the horrific, queue up these episodes for a memorably scary yet entertaining immersion into the dark side. Just don’t listen before bed—nightmares seem inevitable.Share: