Criminal

Criminal

By Criminal & Radiotopia

Criminal is a podcast about crime. Not so much the "if it bleeds, it leads," kind of crime. Something a little more complex. Stories of people who've done wrong, been wronged, and/or gotten caught somewhere in the middle. We are a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX, a curated network of extraordinary, story-driven shows. Learn more at radiotopia.fm.

Episodes

Episode 140: Cowboy Bob

In May 1991, a bank robber walked into a bank in Irving, Texas, and without speaking handed the teller a note that read, “This is a bank robbery. Give me your money. No marked bills or dye packs.” Witnesses reported that the robber was wearing a cowboy hat and a brown leather jacket. And then it happened again. And again. But when FBI agents finally got a lead, they discovered that robber wasn't who they expected at all. Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven't already, please review us on Apple Podcasts! It's an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow. Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for our newsletter, The Accomplice. If you'd like to introduce friends or family members to podcasts, we created a How to Listen guide based on frequently asked questions. Artwork by Julienne Alexander. Sponsors: Article Get $50 off your first order of $100 or more at Article.com/criminal Better Help Get 10 percent off your first month with discount code criminal at BetterHelp.com/criminal Progressive Get your quote online at Progressive.com and see how much you could be saving Quip Go to GetQuip.com/Criminal right now and get your first refill pack FREE with a QUIP electric toothbrush Ritual Visit ritual.com/CRIMINAL to start your ritual today and get 10% off during your first three months. That’s 10% off during your first three months at ritual.com/CRIMINAL Simplisafe Protect your home today and get free shipping at SimpliSafe.com/CRIMINAL Squarespace Try Squarespace.com/criminal for a free trial and when you’re ready to launch, use the offer code CRIMINAL to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain. Sun Basket Go to sunbasket.com/criminal and enter promo code criminal at checkout for $35 off your order. Virtue Labs Visit VirtueLabs.com and use the code Criminal to receive 20% off plus free shipping on your Virtue order. ZipRecruiter Try ZipRecruiter for free at ZipRecruiter.com/criminal
15/05/2034m 21s

Episode 139: Learning How to Forgive

"The question becomes, when is enough enough?" Today, we're talking about forgiveness. Martha Minow's latest book is When Should Law Forgive. Listen to our other shows, This is Love and Phoebe Reads a Mystery. Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven't already, please review us on Apple Podcasts! It's an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow. Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for our newsletter, The Accomplice. If you'd like to introduce friends or family members to podcasts, we created a How to Listen guide based on frequently asked questions. Artwork by Julienne Alexander. Sponsors: Article Get $50 off your first order of $100 or more at Article.com/criminal Better Help Get 10 percent off your first month with discount code criminal at BetterHelp.com/criminal Progressive Get your quote online at Progressive.com and see how much you could be saving Quip Go to GetQuip.com/Criminal right now and get your first refill pack FREE with a QUIP electric toothbrush Ritual Visit ritual.com/CRIMINAL to start your ritual today and get 10% off during your first three months. That’s 10% off during your first three months at ritual.com/CRIMINAL Simplisafe Protect your home today and get free shipping at SimpliSafe.com/CRIMINAL Squarespace Try Squarespace.com/criminal for a free trial and when you’re ready to launch, use the offer code CRIMINAL to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain. Sun Basket Go to sunbasket.com/criminal and enter promo code criminal at checkout for $35 off your order. Virtue Labs Visit VirtueLabs.com and use the code Criminal to receive 20% off plus free shipping on your Virtue order. ZipRecruiter Try ZipRecruiter for free at ZipRecruiter.com/criminal
01/05/2035m 59s

Episode 138: Starlight Tours

In January 2000, two bodies were found frozen in a remote area of Saskatoon, Canada. It was a place where nobody walked, especially in the winter. And then, a man came forward and said he had been dropped off by police on the outskirts of town, but he had made it back alive. Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven't already, please review us on Apple Podcasts! It's an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow. Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for our newsletter, The Accomplice. If you'd like to introduce friends or family members to podcasts, we created a How to Listen guide based on frequently asked questions. Artwork by Julienne Alexander. Sponsors: Article Get $50 off your first order of $100 or more at Article.com/criminal Better Help Get 10 percent off your first month with discount code criminal at BetterHelp.com/criminal Progressive Get your quote online at Progressive.com and see how much you could be saving Quip Go to GetQuip.com/Criminal right now and get your first refill pack FREE with a QUIP electric toothbrush Ritual Visit ritual.com/CRIMINAL to start your ritual today and get 10% off during your first three months. That’s 10% off during your first three months at ritual.com/CRIMINAL Rothy’s Go to Rothys.com/CRIMINAL to get your new favorite flats. Simplisafe Protect your home today and get free shipping at SimpliSafe.com/CRIMINAL Squarespace Try Squarespace.com/criminal for a free trial and when you’re ready to launch, use the offer code CRIMINAL to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain. Sun Basket Go to sunbasket.com/criminal and enter promo code criminal at checkout for $35 off your order. Virtue Labs Visit VirtueLabs.com and use the code Criminal to receive 20% off plus free shipping on your Virtue order. ZipRecruiter Try ZipRecruiter for free at ZipRecruiter.com/criminal
17/04/2037m 32s

Episode 137: Wolf 10

In April of 1995, wildlife biologists flew small airplanes over Yellowstone National Park, looking for two missing wolves. “They’re just gone. And that’s implausible because wolves don’t just disappear.” We’re trying something new. Two stories about the same family of wolves in Yellowstone. One is a crime story, and one is a love story. For the love story, check out Episode 19 of This is Love. It’s called The Wolves. https://apple.co/2wSJs7B Thomas McNamee’s book is The Killing of Wolf Number Ten. Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven't already, please review us on Apple Podcasts! It's an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow. Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for our newsletter, The Accomplice. If you'd like to introduce friends or family members to podcasts, we created a How to Listen guide based on frequently asked questions. Artwork by Julienne Alexander. Sponsors: Article Get $50 off your first order of $100 or more at Article.com/criminal Better Help Get 10 percent off your first month with discount code criminal at BetterHelp.com/criminal Quip Go to GetQuip.com/Criminal right now and get your first refill pack FREE with a QUIP electric toothbrush. Ritual Visit ritual.com/CRIMINAL to start your ritual today and get 10% off during your first three months. That’s 10% off during your first three months at ritual.com/CRIMINAL Rothy’s Go to Rothys.com/CRIMINAL to get your new favorite flats. Simplisafe  Protect your home today and get free shipping at SimpliSafe.com/CRIMINAL Squarespace Try Squarespace.com/criminal for a free trial and when you’re ready to launch, use the offer code CRIMINAL to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain. Sun Basket Go to sunbasket.com/criminal and enter promo code criminal at checkout for $35 off your order. Third Love Go to thirdlove.com/criminal now to find your perfect-fitting bra… and get 15% off your first purchase! Virtue Labs Visit VirtueLabs.com and use the code Criminal to receive 20% off plus free shipping on your Virtue order. ZipRecruiter Try ZipRecruiter for free at ZipRecruiter.com/criminal
03/04/2034m 22s

Looking for Wolves

Our other show, This is Love, is coming back on April 1. All new stories, about animals and the wild, and what happens when we take time to look around us. Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven't already, please review us on Apple Podcasts! It's an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow. Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for our newsletter, The Accomplice. If you'd like to introduce friends or family members to podcasts, we created a How to Listen guide based on frequently asked questions. Artwork by Julienne Alexander.
25/03/203m 52s

Phoebe Reads a Mystery

Phoebe reads Agatha Christie’s first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles. For more, visit Phoebe Reads a Mystery on its own feed. Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/phoebe-reads-a-mystery/id1503921457 Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/4aqOirMxxorVMFcVRvDusi RSS: http://feeds.feedburner.com/PhoebeReadsAMystery
24/03/2032m 43s

Episode 136: La Brea Dave

Sgt. David Mascarenas was the Dive Supervisor for the Los Angeles Police Department. He’s been diving his whole life, and prides himself on never refusing a dive, no matter how treacherous. At least until the summer of 2013, when a murder investigation led him into the unusually murky waters of the La Brea tar pits. We first spoke with Sgt. Mascarenas in 2015. This week, we’re adding to the story, with information about the crime he couldn't tell us before. Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven't already, please review us on Apple Podcasts! It's an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow. Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for our newsletter, The Accomplice. If you'd like to introduce friends or family members to podcasts, we created a How to Listen guide based on frequently asked questions. Artwork by Julienne Alexander. Sponsors: Article Get $50 off your first order of $100 or more at Article.com/criminal Better Help Get 10 percent off your first month with discount code criminal at BetterHelp.com/criminal Quip Go to GetQuip.com/Criminal right now and get your first refill pack FREE with a QUIP electric toothbrush. Rothy’s Go to Rothys.com/CRIMINAL to get your new favorite flats. Simplisafe Protect your home today and get free shipping at SimpliSafe.com/CRIMINAL Squarespace Try Squarespace.com/criminal for a free trial and when you’re ready to launch, use the offer code CRIMINAL to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain. Sun Basket Go to sunbasket.com/criminal and enter promo code criminal at checkout for $35 off your order. Third Love Go to thirdlove.com/criminal now to find your perfect-fitting bra… and get 15% off your first purchase! Virtue Labs Visit VirtueLabs.com and use the code Criminal to receive 20% off plus free shipping on your Virtue order. ZipRecruiter Try ZipRecruiter for free at ZipRecruiter.com/criminal
20/03/2033m 41s

Episode 135: 527 Lime Street

Just before midnight on October 15, 1990, police arrived at 527 Lime Street in Jacksonville, Florida to find the small wood-frame house on fire. There was a man standing in the front yard. He said there were people inside the house. What happened next was so unusual that it changed the way we think about arson. Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven't already, please review us on Apple Podcasts! It's an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow. Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for our newsletter, The Accomplice. If you'd like to introduce friends or family members to podcasts, we created a How to Listen guide based on frequently asked questions. Artwork by Julienne Alexander. Sponsors: Article Get $50 off your first order of $100 or more at Article.com/criminal Imperfect Foods Just go to ImperfectFoods.com/CRIMINAL to get $10 off your next four orders. Just enter CRIMINAL at check out. Quip Go to GetQuip.com/Criminal right now and get your first refill pack FREE with a QUIP electric toothbrush. Simplisafe Protect your home today and get free shipping at SimpliSafe.com/CRIMINAL Squarespace Try Squarespace.com/criminal for a free trial and when you’re ready to launch, use the offer code CRIMINAL to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain. Third Love Go to thirdlove.com/criminal now to find your perfect-fitting bra… and get 15% off your first purchase! Virtue Labs Visit https://bit.ly/2PNzCKE and use the code Criminal to receive 20% off plus free shipping on your Virtue order. ZipRecruiter Try ZipRecruiter for free at ZipRecruiter.com/criminal
06/03/2031m 51s

Episode 134: Call Russ Ewing

"The police had surrounded the house. They had been there for quite a while. They didn't want to try to rush the house because they thought he might kill one of the innocent people. But after waiting for a long time, I asked the police: 'Let me see if I can talk to the guy.'" Thanks to CBC Licensing. Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven't already, please review us on Apple Podcasts! It's an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow. Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for our newsletter, The Accomplice. If you'd like to introduce friends or family members to podcasts, we created a How to Listen guide based on frequently asked questions. Artwork by Julienne Alexander. Sponsors: Article Get $50 off your first order of $100 or more at Article.com/criminal Imperfect Foods Just go to ImperfectFoods.com/CRIMINAL to get $10 off your next four orders. Just enter CRIMINAL at check out. Quip Go to GetQuip.com/Criminal right now and get your first refill pack FREE with a QUIP electric toothbrush. Simplisafe Protect your home today and get free shipping at SimpliSafe.com/CRIMINAL Squarespace Try Squarespace.com/criminal for a free trial and when you’re ready to launch, use the offer code CRIMINAL to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain. Sun Basket Go to sunbasket.com/criminal and enter promo code CRIMINAL at checkout for $35 off your order. Third Love Go to thirdlove.com/criminal now to find your perfect-fitting bra… and get 15% off your first purchase. ZipRecruiter Try ZipRecruiter for free at ZipRecruiter.com/criminal
21/02/2031m 35s

Episode 133: Red Hair, Gold Car

One day Adam Braseel got a phone call from his mother. She said that a man in Grundy County, Tennessee had been murdered, and the police thought Adam had something to do with it. Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven't already, please review us on Apple Podcasts! It's an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow. Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for our newsletter, The Accomplice. If you'd like to introduce friends or family members to podcasts, we created a How to Listen guide based on frequently asked questions. Artwork by Julienne Alexander. Sponsors: Article Get $50 off your first order of $100 or more at Article.com/criminal Quip Go to GetQuip.com/Criminal right now and get your first refill pack FREE with a QUIP electric toothbrush. Simplisafe Protect your home today and get free shipping at SimpliSafe.com/CRIMINAL Squarespace Try Squarespace.com/criminal for a free trial and when you’re ready to launch, use the offer code CRIMINAL to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain. Sun Basket Go to sunbasket.com/criminal and enter promo code CRIMINAL at checkout for $35 off your order. Third Love Go to thirdlove.com/criminal now to find your perfect-fitting bra… and get 15% off your first purchase! ZipRecruiter Try ZipRecruiter for free at ZipRecruiter.com/criminal
07/02/2039m 40s

Episode 132: Herrin Massacre

In the summer of 1922, in a town in southern Illinois, 23 people were murdered over two days. Men, women, and children came out of their houses to watch, and in some cases, to take part in the violence. Scott Doody's book is Herrin Massacre. Special thanks to the Special Collections Research Center at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, and Matt Gorzalski, and to John Griswold, who wrote Herrin: The Brief History of an Infamous American City. Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven't already, please review us on iTunes! It's an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow. Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for The Accomplice. If you'd like to introduce friends or family members to podcasts, we created a How to Listen guide based on frequently asked questions. Artwork by Julienne Alexander. Sponsors: Article Get $50 off your first order of $100 or more at Article.com/criminal BetterHelp Get 10% off your first month with discount code CRIMINAL when you fill out a questionnaire at betterhelp.com/criminal Everlane Get free shipping on your first order at everlane.com/criminal Quip Go to GetQuip.com/Criminal right now and get your first refill pack FREE with a QUIP electric toothbrush. The Real Real Shop in-store, online, or download the app, and get 20% off select items with the promo code REAL. Simplisafe Protect your home today and get free shipping at SimpliSafe.com/CRIMINAL Squarespace Try Squarespace.com/criminal for a free trial and when you’re ready to launch, use the offer code CRIMINAL to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain. Sun Basket Go to sunbasket.com/criminal and enter promo code CRIMINAL at checkout for $35 off your order. Third Love Go to thirdlove.com/criminal now to find your perfect-fitting bra… and get 15% off your first purchase! ZipRecruiter Try ZipRecruiter for free at ZipRecruiter.com/criminal
24/01/2026m 51s

Episode 131: Sunset Mesa

Debbie Schum waited a long time to receive the cremated ashes of her friend, LoraLee Johnson. When she did, she felt relieved to finally take them home with her. But then, she got a call from the FBI. To learn more, check out Elena Saavedra Buckley's article, "‘None of this happened the way you think it did’" Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven't already, please review us on iTunes! It's an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow. Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for The Accomplice. If you'd like to introduce friends or family members to podcasts, we created a How to Listen guide based on frequently asked questions. Artwork by Julienne Alexander. Sponsors: Article Get $50 off your first order of $100 or more at Article.com/criminal Betabrand Get 20% off at betabrand.com/criminal BetterHelp Get 10% off your first month with discount code CRIMINAL when you fill out a questionnaire at betterhelp.com/criminal Everlane Get free shipping on your first order at everlane.com/criminal Native Deodorant For 20% off your first purchase, visit nativedeodorant.com and use promo code CRIMINAL during checkout. Quip Go to GetQuip.com/Criminal right now and get your first refill pack FREE with a QUIP electric toothbrush. The Real Real Shop in-store, online, or download the app, and get 20% off select items with the promo code REAL. Simplisafe Protect your home today and get free shipping at SimpliSafe.com/CRIMINAL Squarespace Try Squarespace.com/criminal for a free trial and when you’re ready to launch, use the offer code CRIMINAL to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain.
10/01/2033m 24s

Episode 130: Who's There

Crime Blotter: “The Learning Center on Hanson Street reports a man across the way stands at his window for hours watching the center, making parents nervous. Police ID the subject as a cardboard cutout of Arnold Schwarzenegger.” Today, we're looking at mistakes. Make your mark. Go to radiotopia.fm to donate today. Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven't already, please review us on iTunes! It's an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow. Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for The Accomplice. If you'd like to introduce friends or family members to podcasts, we created a How to Listen guide based on frequently asked questions. Artwork by Julienne Alexander. Sponsors: BetterHelp Get 10% off your first month with discount code CRIMINAL when you fill out a questionnaire at betterhelp.com/criminal Perfect Snacks Go to perfectbar.com/criminal to get 15% off your order. Quip Go to GetQuip.com/Criminal right now and get your first refill pack FREE with a QUIP electric toothbrush. The Real Real Shop in-store, online, or download the app, and get 20% off select items with the promo code REAL. Simplisafe Protect your home today and get free shipping at SimpliSafe.com/CRIMINAL Squarespace Try Squarespace.com/criminal for a free trial and when you’re ready to launch, use the offer code CRIMINAL to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain. UNTUCKit You can save 20% on your first order by visiting untuckit.com and using code CRIMINAL at checkout.
20/12/1930m 35s

Phoebe, Judge Me

We are trying something different. Have a question for Phoebe? You can call into our voicemail at (919) 697-8231. Make your mark. Go to radiotopia.fm to donate today.
13/12/1910m 49s

Episode 129: Panic Defense

In 1995, two men filmed an episode of daytime talk show, The Jenny Jones Show. A few days later, one of the men was dead. The shooter later claimed he’d committed the murder “in a panic that he was being falsely accused or identified as a gay person.” Thanks to Thomas Curry, who helped co-produce this episode. Make your mark. Go to radiotopia.fm to donate today. Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX If you haven't already, please review us on iTunes! It's an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow. Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for The Accomplice. If you'd like to introduce friends or family members to podcasts, we created a How to Listen guide based on frequently asked questions. Artwork by Julienne Alexander. Sponsors: Betabrand Go to betabrand.com/criminal for 20% off a pair of dress pants. Betterhelp  Get 10% off your first month with discount code CRIMINAL when you fill out a questionnaire at betterhelp.com/criminal Dollar Shave Club Check out their new line of active loungewear at dollarshaveclub.com/criminal Everlane Get free shipping on your first order at everlane.com/criminal Native Deodorant For 20% off your first purchase, visit nativedeodorant.com and use promo code CRIMINAL at checkout. Perfect Snacks Perfect Bar is offering 15% off your first online order at perfectbar.com/criminal. Quip Go to getquip.com/criminal for your first refill free. The Real Real  Shop in-store, online, or download the app, and get 20% off select items with the promo code REAL. SimpliSafe Visit simplisafe.com/criminal to get a free camera *plus *their holiday savings. Squarespace  Try Squarespace.com/criminal for a free trial and when you’re ready to launch, use the offer code CRIMINAL to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain. UNTUCKit Visit untuckit.com and use code CRIMINAL for 20% off during checkout.
06/12/1939m 44s

Episode 128: Deep Breath

World-class biathlete Kari Swenson was on an afternoon trail run in the mountains near Big Sky, Montana in July 1984 when two men blocked her path. This story was produced by 30 for 30 Podcasts from ESPN. Find more at 30for30podcasts.com Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven't already, please review us on iTunes! It's an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow. Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for The Accomplice. If you'd like to introduce friends or family members to podcasts, we created a How to Listen guide based on frequently asked questions. Artwork by Julienne Alexander. Sponsors: Article Get $50 off your first purchase of $100 or more at article.com/criminal. Betabrand Go to betabrand.com/criminal for 20% off a pair of dress pants. Betterhelp Get 10% off your first month with discount code CRIMINAL when you fill out a questionnaire at betterhelp.com/criminal  Dollar Shave Club Check out their new line of active loungewear at dollarshaveclub.com/criminal Everlane Get free shipping on your first order at everlane.com/criminal Native Deodorant For 20% off your first purchase, visit nativedeodorant.com and use promo code CRIMINAL at checkout. The Real Real Shop in-store, online, or download the app, and get 20% off select items with the promo code REAL.  Squarespace Try Squarespace.com/criminal for a free trial and when you’re ready to launch, use the offer code CRIMINAL to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain. UNTUCKit Visit untuckit.com and use code CRIMINAL for 20% off during checkout.
22/11/1941m 25s

Episode 127: The Reverend

In 1977, a man named Robert Burns went to a funeral and shot someone, in the head, in front of 300 people. He didn’t deny it, and his lawyer didn’t deny it. Burns told a police officer: “I had to do it. And if I had to do it over, I’d do it again.” Casey Cep's book is The Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee. Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven't already, please review us on iTunes! It's an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow. Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for The Accomplice. If you'd like to introduce friends or family members to podcasts, we created a How to Listen guide based on frequently asked questions. Artwork by Julienne Alexander. Sponsors: Article Get $50 off your first purchase of $100 or more at article.com/criminal. Away For $20 off a suitcase, visit awaytravel.com/criminal and use promo code CRIMINAL during checkout. Betabrand Go to betabrand.com/criminal for 20% off a pair of dress pants. Betterhelp Get 10% off your first month with discount code CRIMINAL when you fill out a questionnaire at betterhelp.com/criminal Casper Get $100 toward select mattresses by visiting Casper.com/criminal and using criminal at checkout. Terms and conditions apply. Everlane Get free shipping on your first order at everlane.com/criminal The Real Real Shop in-store, online, or download the app, and get 20% off select items with the promo code REAL. Simplisafe Protect your home today and get free shipping at SimpliSafe.com/CRIMINAL Squarespace Try Squarespace.com/criminal for a free trial and when you’re ready to launch, use the offer code CRIMINAL to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain. ZipRecruiter Try ZipRecruiter for free at ZipRecruiter.com/criminal.
08/11/1936m 55s

Episode 126: A New Kind of Life

In 1930, a Cuban woman named Elena de Hoyos went to the hospital in Key West, Florida. She had a bad cough, and her family was afraid she had Tuberculosis. She met a German x-ray technician who called himself ”Count Von Cosel” and who claimed he could save her, using unusual methods he'd invented himself. But on October 25, 1931, Elena de Hoyos died. Count Von Cosel wrote that a strange new kind of life began for him. For more, check out Ben Harrison’s book, Undying Love. Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven't already, please review us on iTunes! It's an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow. Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for The Accomplice. If you'd like to introduce friends or family members to podcasts, we created a How to Listen guide based on frequently asked questions. Artwork by Julienne Alexander.
30/10/1920m 53s

Episode 125: The Less People Know About Us

Three years ago, we spoke with Axton Betz-Hamilton about discovering that her identity had been stolen as a child. When she found out who had stolen it, everything changed. We spoke with Axton again a couple of weeks ago. She said that since our last conversation she’s been conducting an investigation, going back to the very beginning of her own life, and reconsidering every memory. This is a follow-up episode toEpisode 51: Money Tree. If you haven't already, you can listen here: https://thisiscriminal.com/episode-51-money-tree-8-23-2016 Axton's new book isThe Less People Know About Us. Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven't already, please review us on iTunes! It's an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow. Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for The Accomplice. If you'd like to introduce friends or family members to podcasts, we created a How to Listen guide based on frequently asked questions. Artwork by Julienne Alexander. Sponsors: Betterhelp Get 10% off your first month with discount code CRIMINAL when you fill out a questionnaire at betterhelp.com/criminal  Native Deodorant For 20% off your first purchase, visit nativedeodorant.com and use promo code CRIMINAL during checkout. Quip Go to GetQuip.com/Criminal right now and get your first refill pack FREE with a QUIP electric toothbrush. The Real Real Shop in-store, online, or download the app, and get 20% off select items with the promo code REAL.  Simplisafe Protect your home today and get free shipping at SimpliSafe.com/CRIMINAL Squarespace Try Squarespace.com/criminal for a free trial and when you’re ready to launch, use the offer code CRIMINAL to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain. UNTUCKit You can save 20% on your first order by visiting untuckit.com and using code CRIMINAL at checkout. 
25/10/1939m 58s

Episode 124: A Bucket, a Mop, and a Sledgehammer

After a crime occurs, or when someone dies, the police aren’t responsible for cleaning up. That’s not their job. The coroner takes the body, the police conduct their investigation, and then everyone leaves. But the blood, and the rubber gloves, and the uneaten food in the refrigerator are all left behind. Sandra Pankhurst didn’t like imagining that. So she decided to clean it up. Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven't already, please review us on iTunes! It's an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow. Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for The Accomplice. If you'd like to introduce friends or family members to podcasts, we created a How to Listen guide based on frequently asked questions. Artwork by Julienne Alexander. Sponsors: Betterhelp Get 10% off your first month with discount code CRIMINAL when you fill out a questionnaire at betterhelp.com/criminal Native Deodorant For 20% off your first purchase, visit nativedeodorant.com and use promo code CRIMINAL during checkout. The Real Real Shop in-store, online, or download the app, and get 20% off select items with the promo code REAL. Simplisafe Protect your home today and get free shipping at SimpliSafe.com/CRIMINAL Squarespace Try Squarespace.com/criminal for a free trial and when you’re ready to launch, use the offer code CRIMINAL to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain. ZipRecruiter Try ZipRecruiter for free at ZipRecruiter.com/criminal.
11/10/1921m 39s

Episode 123: Mrs. Sherlock Holmes

When 18-year-old Ruth Cruger disappeared in 1917, newspapers reported that she probably ran off with a boyfriend. New York police said that there were no clues to go on. But an investigator named Grace Humiston decided that she would do whatever it took to find her. She became known as "Mrs. Sherlock Holmes." Brad Ricca's book is Mrs. Sherlock Holmes: The True Story of New York City's Greatest Female Detective and the 1917 Missing Girl Case That Captivated a Nation. Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven't already, please review us on iTunes! It's an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow. Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for The Accomplice If you'd like to introduce friends or family members to podcasts, we created a How to Listen guide based on frequently asked questions. Artwork by Julienne Alexander. Sponsors: Betterhelp Get 10% off your first month with discount code CRIMINAL when you fill out a questionnaire at betterhelp.com/criminal Casper Get $100 toward select mattresses by visiting Casper.com/criminal and using criminal at checkout. Terms and conditions apply. Native Deodorant For 20% off your first purchase, visit nativedeodorant.com and use promo code CRIMINAL during checkout. The Real Real Shop in-store, online, or download the app, and get 20% off select items with the promo code REAL. Simplisafe Protect your home today and get free shipping at SimpliSafe.com/CRIMINAL Squarespace Try Squarespace.com/criminal for a free trial and when you’re ready to launch, use the offer code CRIMINAL to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain. Vistaprint Go to vistaprint.com and enter promo code CRIMINAL for free shipping on all business cards, any style, any quantity. Zola  to start your free wedding website wand also get $50 registry on Zola, go to zola.com/criminal
27/09/1929m 29s

Episode 122: Professor Quaalude

John Buettner-Janusch was one of the first Americans to study lemurs. He held prestigious faculty positions at Yale, Duke and NYU, before surprising everyone with a series of increasingly bizarre crimes.   Peter Kobel's Book is The Strange Case of the Mad Professor You can learn more about lemurs at The Duke Lemur Center, which Peter Klopfer and John Buettner-Janusch founded together. Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven't already, please review us on iTunes! It's an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow. Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for The Accomplice. If you'd like to introduce friends or family members to podcasts, we created a How to Listen guide based on frequently asked questions. Artwork by Julienne Alexander. Sponsors: Away For $20 off a suitcase, visit awaytravel.com/criminal and use promo code CRIMINAL during checkout. Betterhelp Get 10% off your first month with discount code CRIMINAL when you fill out a questionnaire at betterhelp.com/criminal Perfect Snacks Get 15% off your online order at perf.bar/criminal Quip Get your first refill pack for free at getquip.com/criminal The Real Real Shop in-store, online, or download the app, and get 20% off select items with the promo code REAL. Simplisafe Protect your home today and get free shipping at SimpliSafe.com/CRIMINAL Squarespace Try Squarespace.com/criminal for a free trial and when you’re ready to launch, use the offer code CRIMINAL to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain. Sun Basket Go to sunbasket.com/criminal to get up to $80 off today! Zola to start your free wedding website wand also get $50 registry on Zola, go to zola.com/criminal
13/09/1930m 40s

Episode 121: Off Leash

“I never did anything wrong. I never had a speeding ticket. I think I just saved all my stuff up for just one thing.” This week, we speak with Toby Dorr - better known as the Dog Lady of Lansing Prison. Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven't already, please review us on iTunes! It's an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow. Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for The Accomplice. If you'd like to introduce friends or family members to podcasts, we created a How to Listen guide based on frequently asked questions. Artwork by Julienne Alexander. Sponsors: Betterhelp Get 10% off your first month with discount code CRIMINAL when you fill out a questionnaire at betterhelp.com/criminal Perfect Snacks Get 15% off your online order at perf.bar/criminal The Real Real Shop in-store, online, or download the app, and get 20% off select items with the promo code REAL. Simplisafe Protect your home today and get free shipping at SimpliSafe.com/CRIMINAL Squarespace Try Squarespace.com/criminal for a free trial and when you’re ready to launch, use the offer code CRIMINAL to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain. Sun Basket Go to sunbasket.com/criminal to get up to $80 off today! ZipRecruiter Try ZipRecruiter for free at ZipRecruiter.com/criminal. Zola To start your free wedding website wand also get $50 registry on Zola, go to zola.com/criminal
30/08/1946m 15s

Episode 120: The Tunnel

In the late 1800s, North Carolina was trying to build a railway system through the Western part of the state. In December of 1882, something went wrong. The Raleigh News and Observer called it “too horrible to chronicle without a shudder.” Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven't already, please review us on iTunes! It's an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow. Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for The Accomplice. If you'd like to introduce friends or family members to podcasts, we created a How to Listen guide based on frequently asked questions. Artwork by Julienne Alexander. Sponsors: Betterhelp Get 10% off your first month with discount code CRIMINAL when you fill out a questionnaire at betterhelp.com/criminal Griddy Text Criminal to 79-79-79 and Griddy will give you your first month’s membership FREE. Native Deodorant For 20% off your first purchase, visit nativedeodorant.com and use promo code CRIMINAL during checkout. Progressive From auto protection to renters and home protection, visit progressive.com. Quip Go to GetQuip.com/Criminal right now and get your first refill pack FREE with a QUIP electric toothbrush. The Real Real Shop in-store, online, or download the app, and get 20% off select items with the promo code REAL. Simplisafe Protect your home today and get free shipping at SimpliSafe.com/CRIMINAL Squarespace Try Squarespace.com/criminal for a free trial and when you’re ready to launch, use the offer code CRIMINAL to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain. Sun Basket Go to sunbasket.com/criminal to get up to $80 off today! ZipRecruiter Try ZipRecruiter for free at ZipRecruiter.com/criminal.
02/08/1922m 55s

Episode 119: He's Still Neutral

Dan Stevenson has lived in Oakland’s Eastlake neighborhood for 40 years. He says crime has been an issue for as long as he can remember, but he isn’t one to call the police. He’s a pretty “live and let live” kind of guy. Or he was. Before he finally got fed up and took matters into his own hands. We update a favorite episode with news and additional interviews. Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven't already, please review us on iTunes! It's an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow. Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for The Accomplice. If you'd like to introduce friends or family members to podcasts, we created a How to Listen guide based on frequently asked questions. Artwork by Julienne Alexander. Sponsors: Away For $20 off a suitcase, visit awaytravel.com/criminal and use promo code CRIMINAL during checkout. Betterhelp Get 10% off your first month with discount code CRIMINAL when you fill out a questionnaire at betterhelp.com/criminal Casper Get $100 toward select mattresses by visiting Casper.com/criminal and using criminal at checkout. Terms and conditions apply. Native Deodorant For 20% off your first purchase, visit nativedeodorant.com and use promo code CRIMINAL during checkout. The Real Real Shop in-store, online, or download the app, and get 20% off select items with the promo code REAL. Simplisafe Protect your home today and get free shipping at SimpliSafe.com/CRIMINAL Squarespace Try Squarespace.com/criminal for a free trial and when you’re ready to launch, use the offer code CRIMINAL to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain. Sun Basket Go to sunbasket.com/criminal to get up to $80 off today! Zola to start your free wedding website wand also get $50 registry on Zola, go to zola.com/criminal
19/07/1935m 1s

Episode 118: Stowaway

One day in 1969, Paulette Cooper decided to see what she could get away with. Learn more about Paulette Cooper on her website. Here’s her 1969 Cosmopolitan piece about stowing away. Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven't already, please review us on iTunes! It's an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow. Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for The Accomplice. If you'd like to introduce friends or family members to podcasts, we created a How to Listen guide based on frequently asked questions. Artwork by Julienne Alexander. Sponsors: Betterhelp Get 10% off your first month with discount code CRIMINAL when you fill out a questionnaire at betterhelp.com/criminal The Real Real Shop in-store, online, or download the app, and get 20% off select items with the promo code REAL. Simplisafe Protect your home today and get free shipping at SimpliSafe.com/CRIMINAL Squarespace Try Squarespace.com/criminal for a free trial and when you’re ready to launch, use the offer code INVISIBLE to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain. Sun Basket Go to sunbasket.com/criminal to get up to $80 off today! ZipRecruiter Try ZipRecruiter for free at ZipRecruiter.com/criminal.
05/07/1928m 50s

Episode 117: The Lake

Amanda Hamm and her boyfriend Maurice LaGrone drove to Clinton Lake one night in 2003. The next day, DeWitt County Sheriff Roger Massey told a local newspaper, “We don’t want to blow this up into something that it’s not. But on the other side, we’ve got three children who are dead. None of us know exactly what happened.” Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven't already, please review us on iTunes! It's an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow. Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for The Accomplice. If you'd like to introduce friends or family members to podcasts, we created a How to Listen guide based on frequently asked questions. Artwork by Julienne Alexander. Sponsors: Betterhelp Get 10% off your first month with discount code CRIMINAL when you fill out a questionnaire at betterhelp.com/criminal Griddy Text Criminal to 79-79-79 and Griddy will give you your first month’s membership FREE. Petal Go to PetalCard.com/CRIMINAL today to find out more. Quip Go to GetQuip.com/Criminal right now and get your first refill pack FREE with a QUIP electric toothbrush. Simplisafe Protect your home today and get free shipping at SimpliSafe.com/CRIMINAL Squarespace Try Squarespace.com/criminal for a free trial and when you’re ready to launch, use the offer code INVISIBLE to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain. Sun Basket Go to sunbasket.com/criminal to get up to $80 off today. Zola To start your free wedding website and also get $50 off your registry at zola.com/criminal.
21/06/1936m 1s

Episode 116: Jessica and the Bunny Ranch

In our last episode we spoke Cecilia Gentili, a trans Latina who worked for many years as an undocumented sex worker. Today, we get two more views of sex work in America. We speak with a high-end escort in New York City, and take a trip to one of the only legal brothels in the country - the Bunny Ranch. Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven't already, please review us on iTunes! It's an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow. Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for The Accomplice. If you'd like to introduce friends or family members to podcasts, we created a How to Listen guide based on frequently asked questions. Artwork by Julienne Alexander.
07/06/1941m 1s

Episode 115: Cecilia

When Cecilia Gentili was growing up in Argentina, she felt so different from everyone around her that she thought she might be from another planet. “Some of us find our community with our own family and some of us don't.” Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven't already, please review us on iTunes! It's an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow. Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for The Accomplice. If you'd like to introduce friends or family members to podcasts, we created a How to Listen guide based on frequently asked questions. Artwork by Julienne Alexander. Sponsors: Article Visit article.com/criminal to get $50 off your first purchase of $100 or more. The Real Real Shop in-store, online, or download the app, and get 20% off select items with the promo code REAL. Simplisafe Protect your home today and get free shipping at SimpliSafe.com/CRIMINAL Squarespace Try Squarespace.com/criminal for a free trial and when you’re ready to launch, use the offer code INVISIBLE to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain. Sun Basket Go to sunbasket.com/criminal to get up to $80 off today!
24/05/1933m 58s

Episode 114: Philip and Becky

When Philip Benight met Becky Golden, they made a promise to stick together, no matter how bad things got.  Read Ann Neumann's reporting in Harper's. https://harpers.org/archive/2019/02/going-to-extremes-elderly-assisted-suicide-caregivers/. Her book is The Good Death: An Exploration of Dying in America. Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven't already, please review us on iTunes! It's an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow. Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for The Accomplice. If you'd like to introduce friends or family members to podcasts, we created a How to Listen guide based on frequently asked questions. Artwork by Julienne Alexander. Sponsors: Article Get $50 off your first order of $100 or more by going to article.com/criminal. Bouqs Order today and get an extra 20% off when you enter CRIMINAL at bouqs.com. Casper Get $100 toward select mattresses by visiting casper.com/criminal and using the promo code CRIMINAL at checkout. Progressive Start a quote online and see all the discounts for yourself. Visit Progressive.com today. The RealReal Shop in-store, online, or download the app and get 20% off with the promo code REAL. Simplisafe  Protect your home today and get free shipping at SimpliSafe.com/CRIMINAL Squarespace  Try Squarespace.com/criminal for a free trial and when you’re ready to launch, use the offer code INVISIBLE to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain. Sun Basket Go to SUNBASKET.com and enter promo code CRIMINAL60 today to get 60% off your first order.
10/05/1934m 12s

Episode 113: Hostage

One summer in 1973, two men robbed a bank in Stockholm. They held four people hostage for six days. Swedish psychiatrist and criminologist Nils Bejerot coined the term "Stockholm Syndrome" to describe the response of the hostages. One of the bank robbers, Clark Olofsson, told us, "It was fun." Special thanks to Terence Mickey, of the podcast Memory Motel, for allowing us to share audio from his interview with Kristin Enmark. Listen to the full Memory Motel episode here, and check out his new podcast, Self? Help!  Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven't already, please review us on iTunes! It's an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow. Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for The Accomplice. If you'd like to introduce friends or family members to podcasts, we created a How to Listen guide based on frequently asked questions. Artwork by Julienne Alexander. Sponsors: BetterHelp Get 10% off your first month with discount code CRIMINAL at betterhelp.com/criminal. Progressive Start a quote online and see all the discounts for yourself. Visit Progressive.com today. Quip Go to GetQuip.com/Criminal right now and get your first refill pack FREE with a QUIP electric toothbrush. Robinhood Robinhood is giving listeners a FREE stock to help build your portfolio. Sign up at criminal.robinhood.com. Simplisafe Protect your home today and get free shipping at SimpliSafe.com/CRIMINAL Squarespace Try Squarespace.com/criminal for a free trial and when you’re ready to launch, use the offer code INVISIBLE to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain. Sun Basket Go to SUNBASKET.com and enter promo code CRIMINAL60 today to get 60% off your first order.
26/04/1929m 18s

Episode 112: The Mail

This episode contains adult content. Please use discretion. When Sarah Garone was 13 years old, she received something very strange in the mail. She didn't know who it was from, or why they would have sent it. And then it happened again. Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven't already, please review us on iTunes! It's an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow. Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for The Accomplice. If you'd like to introduce friends or family members to podcasts, we created a How to Listen guide based on frequently asked questions. Artwork by Julienne Alexander. Sponsors: Article  Visit article.com/criminal to get $50 off your first purchase of $100 or more. Away For $20 off a suitcase, visit awaytravel.com/criminal and use code CRIMINAL during checkout. CBSi The Twilight Zone Visit cbs.com/THISISCRIMINAL to redeem your FREE trial today. Comcast Simplisafe  Protect your home today and get free shipping at SimpliSafe.com/CRIMINAL Squarespace  Try Squarespace.com/criminal for a free trial and when you’re ready to launch, use the offer code INVISIBLE to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain.
12/04/1928m 0s

Episode 111: Silvon Simmons

"My first instinct, to be honest, was they shot this guy and now there’s a coverup." —Liz Riley, Special Assistant Public Defender, Monroe County Public Defender's Office Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven't already, please review us on iTunes! It's an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow. Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for The Accomplice. If you'd like to introduce friends or family members to podcasts, we created a How to Listen guide based on frequently asked questions. Artwork by Julienne Alexander. Sponsors: Squarespace  Try Squarespace.com/criminal for a free trial and when you’re ready to launch, use the offer code CRIMINAL to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain. Sun Basket Go to SUNBASKET.com and enter promo code CRIMINAL60 today to get 60% off your first order. Quip Go to GetQuip.com/Criminal right now and get your first refill pack FREE with a QUIP electric toothbrush. Simplisafe Protect your home today and get free shipping at SimpliSafe.com/CRIMINAL Article Visit article.com/criminal to get $50 off your first purchase of $100 or more
29/03/1933m 49s

Episode 110: Baby Snatcher

Georgia Tann bragged that she had a rigorous selection process that matched the perfect child with the perfect home. Barbara Raymond's book is The Baby Thief. Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven't already, please review us on iTunes! It's an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow. Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for The Accomplice. If you'd like to introduce friends or family members to podcasts, we created a How to Listen guide based on frequently asked questions. Artwork by Julienne Alexander. Sponsors: Squarespace  Try Squarespace.com/criminal for a free trial and when you’re ready to launch, use the offer code CRIMINAL to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain. Sun Basket Go to SUNBASKET.com and enter promo code CRIMINAL60 today to get 60% off your first order. Toyota Visit BuyAToyota.com to locate a dealer, search our inventory, and find all our current offers Quip Go to GetQuip.com/Criminal right now and get your first refill pack FREE with a QUIP electric toothbrush. Simplisafe Protect your home today and get free shipping at SimpliSafe.com/CRIMINAL Wealthsimple Canada PRX listeners get their first $10,000 managed free at wealthsimple.com/PRX Article Visit article.com/criminal to get $50 off your first purchase of $100 or more
15/03/1938m 51s

Episode 109: Homewrecker

It's one thing to get into an argument with a stranger on Facebook. It's another thing to try to ruin that stranger's life. Special thanks to Kashmir Hill, at Gizmodo. https://gizmodo.com/when-a-stranger-decides-to-destroy-your-life-1827546385 Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven't already, please review us on iTunes! It's an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow. Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for The Accomplice. If you'd like to introduce friends or family members to podcasts, we created a How to Listen guide based on frequently asked questions. Artwork by Julienne Alexander. Sponsors: Care/of For 50% off your first month of personalized Care/of vitamins, go to TakeCareOf.com and enter CRIMINAL50. Casper Go to casper.com/criminal and enter promo code CRIMINAL for $50 toward select mattresses. Robinhood Robinhood is giving listeners a FREE stock to help build your portfolio! Sign up at criminal.robinhood.com Simplisafe Protect your home today and get free shipping at SimpliSafe.com/CRIMINAL Squarespace Enjoy a free trial and 10% off your first purchase with offer code CRIMINAL. Sun Basket Go to SUNBASKET.com and enter promo code CRIMINAL60 today to get 60% off your first order. Toyota Visit BuyAToyota.com to locate a dealer, search our inventory, and find all our current offers. ZipRecruiter Criminal listeners can try ZipRecruiter FOR FREE at ZipRecruiter.com/criminal
01/03/1925m 36s

Episode 108: The Numbers

When Fannie Davis and her family moved to Detroit in the mid-1950s, they hadn't prepared themselves for how hard it would be. They had trouble finding steady work. So, Fannie found a way to take care of her family. She started small, but built a robust and lucrative operation… a business that a lot of people knew about but no one talked about. Bridgett Davis' book is The World According to Fannie Davis: My Mother's Life in the Detroit Numbers. Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven't already, please review us on iTunes! It's an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow. Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for The Accomplice. If you'd like to introduce friends or family members to podcasts, we created a How to Listen guide based on frequently asked questions. Artwork by Julienne Alexander. Sponsors: Care/of For 50% off your first month of personalized Care/of vitamins, go to TakeCareOf.com and enter CRIMINAL50. Robinhood Robinhood is giving listeners a FREE stock to help build your portfolio! Sign up at criminal.robinhood.com Simplisafe Protect your home today and get free shipping at SimpliSafe.com/CRIMINAL Squarespace Enjoy a free trial and 10% off your first purchase with offer code CRIMINAL. Sun Basket Go to SUNBASKET.com and enter promo code CRIMINAL today to get 50% off your first order. Toyota Visit BuyAToyota.com to locate a dealer, search our inventory, and find all our current offers. ZipRecruiter Criminal listeners can try ZipRecruiter FOR FREE at ZipRecruiter.com/criminal
15/02/1934m 17s

Episode 107: The Widow and the Winchester

When Sarah Winchester's husband died, she inherited millions from the family business: the manufacture of the famous Winchester Rifle. A medium reportedly told Sarah that she would be haunted by the victims of that rifle unless she used her fortune to build a house, and never stop building. That's exactly what she did. Pamela Haag’s book is The Gunning of America: Business and the Making of American Gun Culture. Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven't already, please review us on iTunes! It's an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow. Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for The Accomplice. If you'd like to introduce friends or family members to podcasts, we created a How to Listen guide based on frequently asked questions. Artwork by Julienne Alexander. Sponsors: Bouqs Go to BOUQS.com and enter CRIMINAL for 20% off. Man Crates Just for Valentine’s Day, get 14% off when you spend $100 or more at ManCrates.com/CRIMINAL Quip Go to GETQUIP.com/CRIMINAL and you can get your first refill pack for FREE. Robinhood Robinhood is giving listeners a FREE stock to help build your portfolio! Sign up at criminal.robinhood.com Simplisafe Protect your home today and get free shipping at SimpliSafe.com/CRIMINAL Squarespace Enjoy a free trial and 10% off your first purchase with offer code CRIMINAL. Sun Basket Go to SUNBASKET.com and enter promo code CRIMINAL today to get 50% off your first order. Toyota Visit BuyAToyota.com to locate a dealer, search our inventory, and find all our current offers.
01/02/1924m 53s

Episode 106: Linda

In a suburb outside of Salt Lake City, a 69-year-old woman named Linda Gillman hired a man named Christian Olsen to do some repairs on her condo. After months of working together, Linda Gillman asked for Christian’s help with a different sort of project. Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven't already, please review us on iTunes! It's an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow. Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for The Accomplice. If you'd like to introduce friends or family members to podcasts, we created a How to Listen guide based on frequently asked questions. Artwork by Julienne Alexander. Sponsors: Casper For $50 off select mattresses, visit casper.com/criminal and use promo code CRIMINAL at checkout. Terms and conditions apply. Simplisafe Learn more about how SimpliSafe can help you protect your home at SimpliSafe.com/criminal Squarespace Enjoy a free trial and 10% off your first purchase with offer code CRIMINAL. Stitch Fix Get started NOW at StitchFix.com/CRIMINAL and you'll get an extra 25% off when you keep all items in your box. Toyota Visit BuyAToyota.com to locate a dealer, search our inventory, and find all our current offers.
18/01/1931m 48s

Episode 105: Protection

John "Sonny" Franzese was once described as "largely responsible for the glamorization of the Mafia over the past century.” He'd been active in the Colombo crime family since the 1960s. And then, when he was 93, he was given an 8-year sentence. The evidence that helped convict him came from the last person he expected to wear a wire. Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven't already, please review us on iTunes! It's an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow. Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for The Accomplice. If you'd like to introduce friends or family members to podcasts, we created a How to Listen guide based on frequently asked questions. Artwork by Julienne Alexander. Sponsors: Calm Get 25% off a Calm Premium subscription at CALM.COM/CRIMINAL Care/of For 25% off your first month of personalized Care/of vitamins, visit TakeCareOf.com and enter CRIMINAL Progressive Choose your coverage and start an online quote today at Progressive.com Simplisafe Learn more about how SimpliSafe can help you protect your home at SimpliSafe.com/criminal Squarespace Enjoy a free trial and 10% off your first purchase with offer code CRIMINAL Stitch Fix Get started NOW at StitchFix.com/CRIMINAL and you'll get an extra 25% off when you keep all items in your box. Toyota Visit BuyAToyota.com to locate a dealer, search our inventory, and find all our current offers.
21/12/1826m 13s

Episode 104: Witness

We speak to a man who has given thousands of people new names, told them where they would live, and warned them they could never go back home. For more, check out Gerald Shur's book, WITSEC. We have new Criminal totes, as well as stickers, t-shirts, and other gifts in our shop. Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven't already, please review us on iTunes! It's an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow. Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for The Accomplice. If you'd like to introduce friends or family members to podcasts, we created a How to Listen guide based on frequently asked questions. Sponsors: Away UK For £15 off a suitcase, visit awaytravel.com/criminal and use promo code CRIMINAL during checkout! Bombas Go to BOMBAS.com/CRIMINAL and you’ll get 20% off your first order. Calm Get 25% off a Calm Premium subscription at CALM.COM/CRIMINAL Care/of For 25% off your first month of personalized Care/of vitamins, visit TakeCareOf.com and enter CRIMINAL Jet.com Learn more at Jet.com or download the Jet app to get started. Mancrates Buy one gift and get the second gift for 25% off at ManCrates.com/CRIMINAL Progressive Choose your coverage and start an online quote today at Progressive.com Quicken To get started, go to RocketMortgage.com/criminal Quip Go to getquip.com/CRIMINAL to get your first refill pack for FREE with a quip electric toothbrush. Simplisafe Go to simplisafe.com/criminal to save 25% Squarespace Enjoy a free trial and 10% off your first purchase with offer code CRIMINAL. The Zebra Start saving at TheZebra.com/CRIMINAL
07/12/1828m 21s

Bonus Episode: The Bark

A story about doing things a little differently. Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. You can find out more about Radiotopia and donate at Radiotopia.fm If you haven't already, please review us on iTunes! It's an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow. Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for The Accomplice. If you'd like to introduce friends or family members to podcasts, we created a How to Listen guide based on frequently asked questions. Artwork by Julienne Alexander.
30/11/188m 9s

Episode 103: Get Out of My House

On a hot summer day in 1978, a group of friends started renovating an old house in Atlanta. They were steaming wallpaper off of the walls when two strangers just walked in. One of them had a gun. Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven't already, please review us on iTunes! It's an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow. Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for The Accomplice. If you'd like to introduce friends or family members to podcasts, we created a How to Listen guide based on frequently asked questions. Artwork by Julienne Alexander. Sponsors: Bombas Go to BOMBAS.com/CRIMINAL and you’ll get 20% off your first order. Calm Get 25% off a Calm Premium subscription at CALM.COM/CRIMINAL Jet.com Learn more at Jet.com or download the Jet app to get started. Modcloth To get 15% off your purchase of $100 or more, go to modcloth.com and enter code CRIMINAL at checkout. Progressive Choose your coverage and start an online quote today at Progressive.com Quicken To get started, go to RocketMortgage.com/criminal Quip Go to getquip.com/CRIMINAL to get your first refill pack for FREE with a quip electric toothbrush. Simplisafe Go to simplisafe.com/criminal to save 25% Squarespace Enjoy a free trial and 10% off your first purchase with offer code CRIMINAL. Sun Basket Go to SunBasket.com/CRIMINAL today to get $35 off your first order! The Zebra Start saving at TheZebra.com/CRIMINAL
16/11/1827m 24s

This is Love: How to Live Forever

Our second podcast, This is Love, is back. We’re sharing this first episode with Criminal listeners - we hope you like it. If you want to hear more, subscribe to This is Love in Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen. Learn more at www.thisislovepodcast.com
14/11/1825m 32s

Episode 102: Ride-Along

We spend the day in a police car in Austin, Texas. Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven't already, please review us on iTunes! It's an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow. Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for The Accomplice. If you'd like to introduce friends or family members to podcasts, we created a How to Listen guide based on frequently asked questions. Artwork by Julienne Alexander. Sponsors: Bombas Go to BOMBAS.com/CRIMINAL and you’ll get 20% off your first order. Calm Get 25% off a Calm Premium subscription at CALM.COM/CRIMINAL Jet.com Learn more at Jet.com or download the Jet app to get started. Progressive Choose your coverage and start an online quote today at Progressive.com Simplisafe Order a SimpliSafe security system today at SimpliSafe.com/CRIMINAL and SimpliSafe will also donate one to a family in need. Squarespace Enjoy a free trial and 10% off your first purchase with offer code CRIMINAL. Sun Basket Go to SunBasket.com/CRIMINAL today to get $35 off your first order! The Zebra Go today and start saving at [The Zebra.com/CRIMINAL](http://The Zebra.com/CRIMINAL) ZipRecruiter Try ZipRecruiter FOR FREE at ZipRecruiter.com/criminal
02/11/1833m 17s

Episode 101: The Fox

This episode picks up where Episode 100 left off. We suggest you listen to them in order. When Martin McNally met another plane hijacker in prison, they started coming up with a plan to escape...using the very thing that got them there in the first place. Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven't already, please review us on iTunes! It's an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow. Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for The Accomplice. If you'd like to introduce friends or family members to podcasts, we created a How to Listen guide based on frequently asked questions. Artwork by Julienne Alexander. Sponsors: GREATS Visit GREATS.com and use the code CRIMINAL to save 15% on your first purchase. Jet.com Learn more at Jet.com or download the Jet app to get started. Quip Go to GETQUIP.com/criminal right now and get your first refill pack for FREE with a quip electric toothbrush. Simplisafe Order a SimpliSafe security system today at SimpliSafe.com/CRIMINAL and SimpliSafe will also donate one to a family in need. Squarespace Enjoy a free trial and 10% off your first purchase with offer code CRIMINAL. Sun Basket Go to SunBasket.com/CRIMINAL today to get $35 off your first order! The Zebra Go today and start saving at [The Zebra.com/CRIMINAL](http://The Zebra.com/CRIMINAL).
19/10/1825m 17s

I'm Phoebe Judge

Thanks for helping us celebrate 100 episodes!
10/10/184m 52s

Episode 100: Ten Thousand Feet in the Air

On the afternoon of June 23rd, 1972, Martin McNally walked into the St. Louis airport with a wig, a sawed-off rifle, and a plan. Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven't already, please review us on iTunes! It's an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow. Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for The Accomplice. If you'd like to introduce friends or family members to podcasts, we created a How to Listen guide based on frequently asked questions. Artwork by Julienne Alexander. Sponsors: Bombas Go to bombas.com/PRX and you’ll get 20% off your first order. Quicken To get started, go to RocketMortgage.com/criminal. Simplisafe Order a SimpliSafe security system today at SimpliSafe.com/CRIMINAL and SimpliSafe will also donate one to a family in need. Squarespace Enjoy a free trial and 10% off your first purchase with offer code CRIMINAL. Sun Basket Go to SunBasket.com/CRIMINAL today to get $35 off your first order. ZipRecruiter Try ZipRecruiter for free at ZipRecruiter.com/criminal.
10/10/1833m 58s

Episode 99: Racehorse Haynes

There is nothing Richard "Racehorse" Haynes wouldn't do to win a case. He once held a cattle prod against his skin. He cross examined an empty chair on the witness stand. He considered nailing his hand to the jury box. He is widely considered to be one of the most exceptional criminal defense attorneys the country has ever seen. Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven't already, please review us on iTunes! It's an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow. Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for The Accomplice. If you'd like to introduce friends or family members to podcasts, we created a How to Listen guide based on frequently asked questions. Artwork by Julienne Alexander. Sponsors: Casper Get $50 toward select mattresses by visiting Casper.com/criminal and using promo code CRIMINAL at checkout. Terms and conditions apply. Greats Visit GREATS.com and save 15% on your first purchase with code CRIMINAL Quip Go to GetQuip.com/Criminal to get your first refill pack free with a QUIP electric toothbrush. Simplisafe Order a SimpliSafe security system today at SimpliSafe.com/CRIMINAL and SimpliSafe will also donate one to a family in need. Squarespace Enjoy a free trial and 10% off your first purchase with offer code CRIMINAL. Sun Basket Go to SunBasket.com/CRIMINAL today to get $35 off your first order. Virtue Labs Go to virtuelabs.com/criminal to start your trial.
21/09/1830m 22s

Episode 98: The Doctors

Three of America's most experienced trauma surgeons speak with us about what happens when someone is shot. Special thanks to Dr. Amy Goldberg, Dr. David Spain, and Dr. Ronald Stewart. Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven't already, please review us on iTunes! It's an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow. Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for The Accomplice. If you'd like to introduce friends or family members to podcasts, we created a How to Listen guide based on frequently asked questions. Artwork by Julienne Alexander. Sponsors: Greats Visit GREATS.com and save 15% on your first purchase with code CRIMINAL Quicken To get started, go toRocketMortgage.com/CRIMINAL Quip Go to GetQuip.com/Criminal to get your first refill pack free with a QUIP electric toothbrush. Simplisafe Order a SimpliSafe security system today at SimpliSafe.com/CRIMINAL and SimpliSafe will also donate one to a family in need. Squarespace Enjoy a free trial and 10% off your first purchase with offer code CRIMINAL. Sun Basket Go to SunBasket.com/CRIMINAL today to get $35 off your first order. Virtue Labs Go to virtuelabs.com/criminal to start your trial. Campaign Monitor Try it for free at CampaignMonitor.com
07/09/1823m 5s

Episode 97: Palace of Justice

When Benjamin Ferencz was 27 years old, he prosecuted his very first trial. There were 22 defendants, each of them high-ranking members of Nazi Germany's death squad. The entire world was watching. Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven't already, please review us on iTunes! It's an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow. Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for The Accomplice. If you'd like to introduce friends or family members to podcasts, we created a How to Listen guide based on frequently asked questions. Artwork by Julienne Alexander. Sponsors: Campaign Monitor Try it for free at CampaignMonitor.com Lending Club Check your rate in minutes at LendingClub.com/CRIMINAL Quicken To get started, go to RocketMortgage.com/CRIMINAL Quip Go to GetQuip.com/Criminal to your first refill pack FREE with a QUIP electric toothbrush. RXBAR For 25% off your first order, visit RXBAR.com/criminal and enter promo code CRIMINAL at checkout. Squarespace Enjoy a free trial and 10% off your first purchase with offer code CRIMINAL. Virtue Labs Use the code CRIMINAL to receive 20% off plus free shipping on your Virtue order.
07/09/1827m 51s

Episode 96: On the Run

When Tyler Wetherall was a kid, her mother and father packed up the family car and drove through the night. They were on the run from the FBI. And by the time she was 9, Tyler had learned how to communicate in codes, adapt to new countries, and to never reveal who or where her father was. Tyler Wetherall wrote about her time on the run in her book, No Way Home. Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven't already, please review us on iTunes! It's an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow. Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for The Accomplice. If you'd like to introduce friends or family members to podcasts, we created a How to Listen guide based on frequently asked questions. Artwork by Julienne Alexander. Sponsors: Audible Go to Audible.com/criminal or text CRIMINAL to 500500 to get started. Quicken To get started, go to RocketMortgage.com/CRIMINAL Quip Go to GetQuip.com/Criminal to your first refill pack FREE with a QUIP electric toothbrush. Squarespace Enjoy a free trial and 10% off your first purchase with offer code CRIMINAL. Virtue Labs Use the code CRIMINAL to receive 20% off plus free shipping on your Virtue order.
07/09/1829m 8s

Episode 95: The Job

Not long into his job as prison superintendent, Frank Thompson was asked to write the manual on lethal injection for the state of Oregon. Capital punishment had not been implemented in more than 30 years, and no one knew how to do it. Frank had to travel around the country learning how other states do it, and he asked his staff to practice. They simulated every step, including seating witnesses in the gallery, interacting with the press, and strapping each other to the gurney. Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven't already, please review us on iTunes! It's an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow. Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for The Accomplice. If you'd like to introduce friends or family members to podcasts, we created a How to Listen guide based on frequently asked questions. Artwork by Julienne Alexander. Sponsors: Casper Get $50 toward select mattresses by visiting Casper.com/criminal and using CRIMINAL at checkout. Terms and conditions apply. Simplisafe Order a SimpliSafe security system today and SimpliSafe will also donate one to a family in need. Visit SimpliSafe.com/CRIMINAL Squarespace Enjoy a free trial and 10% off your first Squarespace purchase with offer code CRIMINAL. Virtue Labs Visit virtuelabs.com and use the code CRIMINAL to receive 20% off plus free shipping on your Virtue order. ZipRecruiter Try ZipRecruiter for free at ZipRecruiter.com/criminal
07/09/1829m 31s

Episode 94: The Chase

Mark Roberts has attended almost every major sporting event in the world. And he's been escorted off the field almost every time. Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven't already, please review us on iTunes! It's an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow. Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for The Accomplice. If you'd like to introduce friends or family members to podcasts, we created a How to Listen guide based on frequently asked questions. Artwork by Julienne Alexander.
07/09/1823m 48s

Episode 93: Lavender Scare

Helen James grew up in a military family - her great great grandfather fought in the Civil War, her father in WWI, and her uncles in WWII. So when she enlisted in 1952, she felt like she belonged. Shortly after, she realized something was wrong. Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven't already, please review us on iTunes! It's an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow. Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for The Accomplice. If you'd like to introduce friends or family members to podcasts, we created a How to Listen guide based on frequently asked questions. Artwork by Julienne Alexander. Sponsors: Quicken Rocket Mortgage is simple. To get started, visit RocketMortgage.com/CRIMINAL. Sun Basket Go to SunBasket.com/CRIMINAL today and get $35 off your first order. Quip Go to GetQuip.com/CRIMINAL and get your first refill pack free with a QUIP electric toothbrush. Squarespace Enjoy a free trial and 10% off your first Squarespace purchase with the offer code CRIMINAL. Virtue Labs Visit virtuelabs.com and use the code CRIMINAL to receive 20% off plus free shipping on your Virtue order. Zuckerman Spaeder Thanks to Zuckerman Spaeder for their support of Criminal.
07/09/1827m 6s

Episode 92: Dementia Americana

This episode picks up where Episode 91 left off. We suggest you listen to them in order. The early 20th century's biggest murder trial, and a particular brand of "madness." Visit thisiscriminal.com to see rare photographs from Harry Thaw's trial. Cameras were not allowed in the courtroom, but Boston Globe photographer E.E. Bond snuck in a special camera, hidden in his vest and operated with a watch chain. Thanks to our friends at the Boston Public Library for allowing us to share them. For more information, check out Paula Uruburu’s book, American Eve. Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven't already, please review us on iTunes! It's an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow. Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for The Accomplice. If you'd like to introduce friends or family members to podcasts, we created a How to Listen guide based on frequently asked questions. Artwork by Julienne Alexander. Sponsors: Casper Get $50 toward select mattresses by visiting Casper.com/Criminal. Terms and conditions apply. Man Crates Get your special Father’s Day discount today at ManCrates.com/CRIMINAL. Sun Basket Go to SunBasket.com/CRIMINAL today to learn more and get $35 off your first order. Toyota Celebrate summer at Toyota’s Summer Starts Here Sales Event and visit BuyAToyota.com. Squarespace Enjoy a free trial and 10% off your first Squarespace purchase with the offer code CRIMINAL. Virtue Labs Visit virtuelabs.com and use the code CRIMINAL to receive 20% off plus free shipping. Zuckerman Spaeder Thanks to Zuckerman Spaeder for their support of Criminal.
07/09/1823m 33s

Episode 91: The "It" Girl

The story behind the face of New York's Gilded Age. For more information, check out Paula Uruburu's book, American Eve. Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven't already, please review us on iTunes! It's an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow. Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for The Accomplice. If you'd like to introduce friends or family members to podcasts, we created a How to Listen guide based on frequently asked questions. Artwork by Julienne Alexander Sponsors: Casper Visit Casper.com/savings before May 29th, 2018 and receive 10% off your order with any mattress purchase. Terms and conditions apply. Sun Basket Go to SunBasket.com/CRIMINAL today to learn more and get $35 off your first order. Toyota Celebrate summer with huge savings at Toyota’s Summer Starts Here Sales Event and visit BuyAToyota.com Squarespace Enjoy a free trial and 10% off your first Squarespace purchase with the offer code CRIMINAL. Virtue Labs Visit virtuelabs.com and use the code CRIMINAL to receive 20% off plus free shipping on your Virtue order. Zuckerman Spaeder Thanks to Zuckerman Spaeder for their support of Criminal!
07/09/1829m 51s

Episode 90: Sharks

The U.S. Navy attempted to develop a shark attack repellant after many sailors were attacked during WWII. The first step was the formation of a "Shark Research Panel," which led to what we have today: the International Shark Attack File. When someone is attacked by a shark, anywhere in the world, the investigation closely resembles police work. "We're not reinventing the wheel. There's been no shortage of trial and error that went into police investigations and what we do follows," says George Burgess, the world's foremost shark attack investigator. Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven't already, please review us on iTunes! It's an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow. Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for The Accomplice. If you'd like to introduce friends or family members to podcasts, we created a How to Listen guide based on frequently asked questions. Artwork by Julienne Alexander.
07/09/1826m 43s

Episode 89: Shadowing Sheila

SPOILER WARNING: Please listen to our first episode about Sheila, Episode 88: Cold Case, before you listen to this one. This episode contains descriptions of violence and may not be suitable for everyone. Sheila Wysocki became a PI to try to help solve the murder of her college roommate. She wasn't planning on taking on any more cases, but then the letters started coming. This week, we shadow Sheila as she sifts through evidence for one of her current cases.  Phoebe has made a list of some of her favorite podcast episodes right now. Check it out here. Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven't already, please review us on iTunes! It's an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow. Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for The Accomplice. If you'd like to introduce friends or family members to podcasts, we created a How to Listen guide based on frequently asked questions. Artwork by Julienne Alexander. Sponsors: Panoply Check out the new podcast Empire on Blood from Panoply wherever you like to listen. Rocket Mortgage by Quicken Loans To get started, go to RocketMortgage.com/CRIMINAL Squarespace Enjoy a free trial and 10% off your first Squarespace purchase with the offer code CRIMINAL. Virtue Labs Visit virtuelabs.com and use the code CRIMINAL to receive 20% off plus free shipping on your Virtue order.
07/09/1830m 12s

Episode 88: Cold Case

In 1984, Sheila Wysocki found herself helping the police investigate the murder of her college roommate. Detectives asked her to help gather information, even sending her out to dinner with the main suspect. This episode contains descriptions of sexual assault and may not be suitable for everyone. Visit Sheila Wysocki's website at http://sheilawysocki.com/ Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven't already, please review us on iTunes! It's an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow. Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for The Accomplice. If you'd like to introduce friends or family members to podcasts, we created a How to Listen guide based on frequently asked questions. Artwork by Julienne Alexander. Sponsors: Panoply Check out the new podcast Empire on Blood from Panoply wherever you like to listen. Rocket Mortgage by Quicken Loans To get started, go to RocketMortgage.com/CRIMINAL Squarespace Enjoy a free trial and 10% off your first Squarespace purchase with the offer code CRIMINAL. Virtue Labs Visit virtuelabs.com and use the code CRIMINAL to receive 20% off plus free shipping on your Virtue order.
07/09/1836m 56s

Episode 87: Casper, Wyoming

David Dovala has lived in Casper, Wyoming since he was 19. He’s worked all kinds of cases, first as a detective and later as sheriff, but a 1973 murder stays with him. This episode contains descriptions of sexual assault and may not be suitable for everyone. For more information, check out Ron Franscell's book, The Darkest Night. Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven't already, please review us on iTunes! It's an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow. Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for The Accomplice. If you'd like to introduce friends or family members to podcasts, we created a How to Listen guide based on frequently asked questions. Artwork by Julienne Alexander. Sponsors: Panoply Check out the new podcast *Empire on Blood *from Panoply wherever you like to listen. Squarespace Enjoy a free trial and 10% off your first Squarespace purchase with the offer code CRIMINAL. Virtue Labs Visit virtuelabs.com and use the code CRIMINAL to receive 20% off plus free shipping. ZipRecruiter Post any job for free. No code needed. Visit ziprecruiter.com/CRIMINAL to learn more. Zola To sign up with Zola and receive a $50 credit towards your registry, go to ZOLA.com/criminal
07/09/1822m 10s

Episode 86: Willie Bosket

Before he was 10 years old, Willie Bosket had skipped school, started fires, picked pockets, and stolen a car. A psychiatrist at Bellevue called him the "saddest little boy she’d ever seen.” By the time he was 16 years old, he was known all over New York City as the “Baby-Faced Butcher." His crimes led to the passing of the Juvenile Offender Act of 1978 and changed how juvenile offenders are punished all over the country.  This episode was reported in collaboration with a new podcast from WNYC about the juvenile justice system: Caught. Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven't already, please review us on iTunes! It's an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow. Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for The Accomplice. If you'd like to introduce friends or family members to podcasts, we created a How to Listen guide based on frequently asked questions. Artwork by Julienne Alexander. Sponsors: Rocket Mortgage Squarespace (use code CRIMINAL to save 10%) Casper (use code CRIMINAL to save $50 toward select mattresses) Zola Burrow (use code CRIMINAL to get $50 off your order) Virtue Labs (use code CRIMINAL for 20% off)
07/09/1829m 12s

Episode 85: The Manual

In 1993, a family was found murdered in their home. A Maryland police spokesperson described the homicide investigation as the most "exhaustive and labor intensive" in the department's history. And then homicide investigators found a strange manual, and the case became national news. Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven't already, please review us on iTunes! It's an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow. Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for The Accomplice. If you'd like to introduce friends or family members to podcasts, we created a How to Listen guide based on frequently asked questions. Artwork by Julienne Alexander.
07/09/1827m 31s

A New Show from the Makers of Criminal: Episode 1

In 1971, David Alexander went for a run in Central Park and started talking to a stranger. For our first episode of This Is Love, a story about what's possible when we bet everything on each other. This Is Love is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven't already, please subscribe to the show and review us on iTunes! https://apple.co/2BmMZr5 Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Artwork by Julienne Alexander. Sponsors: Sunbasket Virtue Zola
07/09/1831m 43s

Episode 84: Masterpiece

In the 1950s poodles were all the rage - one tabloid even reported that when a girl “makes the big time she traditionally acquires 3 things — minks, gems, and a poodle.” But one poodle in particular put the breed on the map. His name was Masterpiece...and police in 13 states knew exactly what he looked like. Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven't already, please review us on iTunes! It's an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow. Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for The Accomplice. If you'd like to introduce friends or family members to podcasts, we created a How to Listen guide based on frequently asked questions. Artwork byJulienne Alexander.
07/09/1827m 43s

This Is Love

Some spiders eat their young, and some eat their parents … love is never simple. From the makers of the award-winning podcast Criminal, This is Love investigates life’s most persistent mystery. Stories of sacrifice, obsession, and the ways in which we bet everything on one another. Coming Valentine's Day, 2018. This Is Love is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. Please subscribe to the show and review us on iTunes! https://apple.co/2BmMZr5 Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Artwork by Julienne Alexander.
07/09/188m 5s

Episode 83: The Mothers

There is a group in Durham, NC called "Parents of Murdered Children." This week, we meet three of its members. Criminal is launching a new show that investigates life’s most persistent mystery: love. Subscribe to This Is Love today: https://apple.co/2DP1sBm Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven't already, please review us on iTunes! It's an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow. Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for The Accomplice. If you'd like to introduce friends or family members to podcasts, we created a How to Listen guide based on frequently asked questions. Artwork by Julienne Alexander. Sponsors: The Alienist  Squarespace (promo code CRIMINAL to save 10%) Casper (promo code CRIMINAL to save $50 toward select mattresses)
07/09/1827m 36s

Bonus Episode: Like a Page from a Book

In 1892, a gruesome murder took place in a small fishing village in Argentina. The police had a suspect who would not confess. What happened next would change the way murders were investigated around the world. This bonus episode of Criminal was made possible by TNT'sThe Alienist. https://thealienist.com/
07/09/1824m 53s

Episode 82: The Choir

As a child, Lawrence Lessig was a gifted singer. His church choir director encouraged him to attend a choir camp at a prestigious boarding school in New Jersey. He was so talented that the school invited him to stay and join their official choir. He sang at Carnegie Hall and toured the world. But it was what happened behind the scenes that would change his life forever. Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven't already, please review us on iTunes! It's an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow. Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for The Accomplice. If you'd like to introduce friends or family members to podcasts, we created a How to Listen guide based on frequently asked questions. Artwork by Julienne Alexander. Sponsors: Burrow Promo code: CRIMINAL (all caps)  The Alienist  Rocket Mortgage  Squarespace (promo code CRIMINAL to save 10%)
07/09/1841m 31s

Episode 81: Unexpected Guests

Three mysteries we can't stop thinking about.     Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven't already, please review us on iTunes! It's an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow. Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for The Accomplice. If you'd like to introduce friends or family members to podcasts, we created a How to Listen guide based on frequently asked questions. Artwork by Julienne Alexander.  
07/09/1836m 15s

Episode 80: Photo, Hair, Fingerprint

In 1988, a man in Hickory, NC was sentenced to life in prison based on evidence that experts would later call "junk science." It took him 24 years to convince someone to look at the evidence again.      Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX.     If you haven't already, please review us on iTunes! It's an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow.     Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for The Accomplice.     If you'd like to introduce friends or family members to podcasts, we created a How to Listen guide based on frequently asked questions.   Artwork by Julienne Alexander.  
07/09/1828m 10s

Episode 79: Secrets and Séances

Helen Duncan was a famous medium who travelled around Britain in the 1940s performing séances. She claimed to speak to the dead, and even produce physical manifestations of their spirits. But when she seemed to know wartime secrets about the whereabouts of military ships, she caught the attention of MI5. And in 1944, a few months before D-day, she was convicted under a 200-year-old "Witchcraft Act".     Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX.   If you haven't already, please review us on iTunes! It's an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow.   Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for The Accomplice.   If you'd like to introduce friends or family members to podcasts, we created a How to Listen guide based on frequently asked questions.   Artwork by Julienne Alexander.  
07/09/1833m 44s

Episode 78: The Botanist

In 1993, a man in Steamboat Springs, Colorado was found dead in his home. He'd been burned with a stun gun, hit with a shovel, and shot several times. The victim's wife was the primary suspect, but she had an alibi for the estimated time of death. Investigators were at a loss, and turned to two very unlikely people for help.    Forensic Plant Science, by Jane H Bock and David Norris   Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven't already, please review us on iTunes! It's an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow. Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for The Accomplice. If you'd like to introduce friends or family members to podcasts, we created a How to Listen guide based on frequently asked questions. Artwork by Julienne Alexander.  
07/09/1823m 24s

Episode 77: The Escape

In 1962, two men managed to escape the one prison in America that was supposed to be inescapable. They were never found. More than 50 years later, their 82-year-old sister is still waiting for them to come home...and one U.S. Marshal is still on the case.      Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven't already, please review us on iTunes! It's an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow. Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for The Accomplice. If you'd like to introduce friends or family members to podcasts, we created a How to Listen guide based on frequently asked questions. Artwork by Julienne Alexander.  
07/09/1828m 10s

Episode 76: The Big Lick

The Tennessee Walking Horse has a natural gait that's famously smooth. And, if trained in a certain way, it can perform a walk that's even more spectacular. But, there's a secret behind how, exactly, these horses are trained to do the crowd-pleasing step they're celebrated for. Mary Helen Montgomery brings us the story.    Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven't already, please review us on iTunes! It's an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow. Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for The Accomplice. If you'd like to introduce friends or family members to podcasts, we created a How to Listen guide based on frequently asked questions. Artwork by Julienne Alexander.  
07/09/1825m 35s

Episode 75: The Gatekeeper

"I keep saying 'where's the body? Kill someone,'" Marilyn Stasio told us. She reads at least 200 crime novels a year to determine which are worthy of her prestigious "Crime Column" in the New York Times Book Review. We talk with her about crime as entertainment - and why people are so addicted to the genre that she can't stay away from: "My fingers just itch when I see something that's says 'murder.'"   You can find more of Marilyn Stasio's thoughts on crime fiction in her column.   We want to know what your favorite crime novel is. It can be new or old. Write to us on Twitter @criminalshow, Facebook @ThisIsCriminal, or email us at hello@thisiscriminal.com.   Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX.   If you haven't already, please review us on iTunes! It's an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow.   Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for The Accomplice.   If you'd like to introduce friends or family members to podcasts, we created a How to Listen guide based on frequently asked questions.   Artwork by Julienne Alexander.  
07/09/1826m 26s

Episode 74: Catastrophe

In 1993, more than 1,000 levees broke along the Mississippi River, flooding thousands of acres. In most cases the floods were seen as an “Act of God.” In one case, however, the flood was a crime: “knowingly causing a catastrophe.” This story comes to us from Noam Osband.  For more information, check out Adam Pitluk's book, Damned to Eternity.  Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven't already, please review us on iTunes! It's an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow. Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for The Accomplice. If you'd like to introduce friends or family members to podcasts, we created a How to Listen guide based on frequently asked questions. Artwork by Julienne Alexander.  
07/09/1832m 38s

Episode 73: Carry A. Nation

At the turn of the century, Carry Nation was “America’s foremost lady hellraiser” and "the apostle of reform violence.” In her own words, she was "a bulldog running along at the feet of Jesus, barking at what He doesn't like."     We liked her hatchet pins so much, we thought we'd try to make some of our own. They say "CRIMINAL" on the handle. Get yours here.      Thanks to everyone at the Kansas State Historical Society, and to Maya Goldberg-Safir.      Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven't already, please review us on iTunes! It's an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow. Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for The Accomplice. If you'd like to introduce friends or family members to podcasts, we created a How to Listen guide based on frequently asked questions. Artwork by Julienne Alexander.  
07/09/1825m 52s

Episode 72: Bears, Birds, and Bones

As long as 2,500 years ago, Native Americans placed the bones of the dead in giant mounds of earth in the shape of animals. The Effigy Mounds National Monument was created to protect the mounds - and the bones inside. But in 2011, a new superintendent discovered that the remains of 41 Native Americans had disappeared.   In this episode, we use the term "Native American" because the story refers to legislation that uses that term. The National Park Service now uses “American Indian”. This episode contains language that may not be suitable for everyone.   Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven't already, please review us on iTunes! It's an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow. Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for The Accomplice. If you'd like to introduce friends or family members to podcasts, we created a How to Listen guide based on frequently asked questions. Artwork by Julienne Alexander.  
07/09/1830m 47s

Episode 71: A Bump in the Night

Amber Dawn was 20 when she moved into a one-bedroom apartment in Enumclaw, Washington. On her very first night, she began to notice strange sounds. And they didn't stop.    Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX.   If you haven't already, please review us on iTunes! It's an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow.   Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for The Accomplice.   If you'd like to introduce friends or family members to podcasts, we created a How to Listen guide based on frequently asked questions.   Artwork by Julienne Alexander.  
07/09/1820m 24s

Episode 70: The Procedure

In 1967, a very unlikely group of individuals gathered to help women quietly break the law and obtain an abortion. The first step was to call a phone number. A recording of a woman's voice would tell you what do to next.   Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX.   If you haven't already, please review us on iTunes! It's an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow.   Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for The Accomplice.   If you'd like to introduce friends or family members to podcasts, we created a How to Listen guide based on frequently asked questions.   Artwork by Julienne Alexander.  
07/09/1826m 1s

Episode 69: Becoming Chief Brown

Shortly after David Brown was sworn in as the Dallas Chief of Police, his son shot and killed a police officer. Just before he retired as chief, 5 Dallas officers were shot and killed in what was said to be the deadliest attack for law enforcement since September 11th, 2001. Today on the show, we ask David Brown how he's changed after 33 years of policing.   Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX.   If you haven't already, please review us on iTunes! It's an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow.   Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for The Accomplice.   If you'd like to introduce friends or family members to podcasts, we created a How to Listen guide based on frequently asked questions.   Artwork by Julienne Alexander.  
07/09/1832m 21s

Episode 68: All the Time in the World

The “body farm" at Texas State University is a place almost no one except researchers and law enforcement are able to see, because it's one of very few places in the world that deliberately puts out human bodies to decompose in nature. Forensic Anthropologists observe decomposition in order to help law enforcement discern when and how someone may have died. We asked if we could visit, and they agreed.   Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX.   If you haven't already, please review us on iTunes! It's an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow.   Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for The Accomplice.   If you'd like to introduce friends or family members to podcasts, we created a How to Listen guide based on frequently asked questions.   Artwork by Julienne Alexander.  
07/09/1833m 40s

Episode 67: Milk Carton Kids

On a Sunday morning in 1982, in Des Moines, Iowa, Johnny Gosch left his house to begin his usual paper route. A short time later, his parents were awakened by a phone call – it was a neighbor — their paper hadn't come. His would be the first face of a missing child ever printed on a milk carton. This story comes to us from reporter Annie Brown and our friends at 99% Invisible. We're on the road reporting new stories this week, and will be back on June 2nd with a brand new Criminal episode.   Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX.   If you haven't already, please review us on iTunes! It's an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow.   Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for The Accomplice.   If you'd like to introduce friends or family members to podcasts, we created a How to Listen guide based on frequently asked questions.   Artwork by Julienne Alexander.      
07/09/1819m 51s

Episode 66: Bully

Skidmore, Missouri is a very small town. In the '70s, there was only one bar, one grocery store, and one bully. Ken McElroy was so ruthless and intimidating that even law enforcement looked the other way. He terrorized the town for decades, until they finally fought back.    We spoke with Harry MacLean, author of In Broad Daylight.   Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX.   If you haven't already, please review us on iTunes! It's an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow.   Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for The Accomplice.   If you'd like to introduce friends or family members to podcasts, we created a How to Listen guide based on frequently asked questions.   Special thanks to Chelsea Korynta. Artwork by Julienne Alexander.    
07/09/1829m 37s

Episode 65: The Kingfish

In 1928, Huey P. Long became the youngest Governor in Louisiana’s history. He bragged that he bought lawmakers like “sacks of potatoes, shuffled ‘em like a deck of cards.” By the time he was 39 years old, he’d made his way to the U.S. Senate. And just a couple of weeks after his 42nd birthday, he was dead. Buried 16 feet deep on the front lawn of the state Capitol, with no autopsy.    Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX.   If you haven't already, please review us on iTunes! It's an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow.   Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for The Accomplice.   If you'd like to introduce friends or family members to podcasts, we created a How to Listen guide based on frequently asked questions.   Artwork by Julienne Alexander.  
07/09/1828m 44s

Episode 64: 420

The Colorado Department of Transportation says the 420 mile markers on the state's highways were stolen so often, they had to replace them with 419.99 mile markers. Many people know that "420" represents marijuana - hence the popularity of the mile markers - but very few know why. It's not a police code, it's not the number of chemical compounds in cannabis, and it's certainly not Bob Marley's birthday. Today on the show, we try for the real story.   Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX.   If you haven't already, please review us on iTunes! It's an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow.   Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for The Accomplice.   If you'd like to introduce friends or family members to podcasts, we created a How to Listen guide based on frequently asked questions.   Artwork by Julienne Alexander.  
07/09/1818m 25s

Episode 63: Rochester, 1991

Kim Dadou says she wishes she had a nickel for every person who has asked why she didn't leave her abusive boyfriend. They stayed together for four years. And then, in the middle of the night on December 17th, 1991, Kim's entire life changed.  This episode contains descriptions of physical violence against women. It may not be suitable for everyone. Please use discretion.   Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX.   If you haven't already, please review us on iTunes! It's an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow.   Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for The Accomplice.   If you'd like to introduce friends or family members to podcasts, we created a How to Listen guide based on frequently asked questions.   Artwork by Julienne Alexander.  
07/09/1828m 59s

Episode 62: Wildin

In 2014, 16-year-old Wildin Acosta left Olancho, Honduras and traveled toward the U.S. border. When he arrived, he turned himself in to border patrol agents. He was one of 68,541 unaccompanied minors who crossed the border into the U.S. that year.   Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX.   If you haven't already, please review us on iTunes! It's an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow.   Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for The Accomplice.   If you'd like to introduce friends or family members to podcasts, we created a How to Listen guide based on frequently asked questions.   Artwork by Julienne Alexander.    
07/09/1825m 15s

Episode 61: Vanish

People have faked death to escape criminal convictions, debts, and their spouses. In 2007, a man named Amir Vehabovic faked his death just to see who showed up at the funeral (answer: only his mom). It's an appealing soap-opera fantasy, but actually disappearing requires an incredible amount of planning. How do you obtain a death certificate, a believable new identity, or enough money to start a new life? Today -- the answers to those questions, stories of fake death gone wrong, and a man who spends his life bringing back the dead.   Playing Dead: A Journey Through the World of Death Fraud, by Elizabeth Greenwood     Steven Rambam's Investigative Agency, Pallorium, Inc.     Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX.   If you haven't already, please review us on iTunes! It's an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow. Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for The Accomplice. If you'd like to introduce friends or family members to podcasts, we created a How to Listen guide based on frequently asked questions. Artwork by Julienne Alexander.  
07/09/1826m 58s

Episode 60: Finding Sarah and Philip

In 2005, Teri Knight drove 650 miles on midwestern roads through Ohio, Indiana, Iowa and Illinois, pleading with the public to help her do what law enforcement and the FBI had not been able to: find the remains of her children Sarah and Philip Gehring. An Ohio woman read about Teri Knight's search in her local paper, and decided she would try to help.   Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven't already, please review us on iTunes! It's an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow. Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for The Accomplice. If you'd like to introduce friends or family members to podcasts, we created a How to Listen guide based on frequently asked questions. Artwork by Julienne Alexander.  
07/09/1822m 7s

Episode 59: In Plain Sight

In 1849, abolitionist and attorney Wendell Phillips wrote: "We should look in vain through the most trying times of our revolutionary history for an incident of courage and noble daring to equal that of the escape of William and Ellen Craft; and future historians and poets would tell this story as one of the most thrilling in the nation's annals, and millions would read it, with admiration of the hero and heroine of the story." Unfortunately, almost 170 years later, William and Ellen Craft aren't well known anymore. Today, we have the story of this couple's incredible escape.    Read the Craft's book: Running a Thousand Miles for Freedom Running http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/585 Barbara McCaskill wrote about William and Ellen Craft in Love, Liberation, and Escaping SlaveryWilliam and Ellen Craft in Cultural Memory http://www.ugapress.org/index.php/books/love_liberation_escaping_slavery   Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven't already, please review us on iTunes! It's an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow. Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for The Accomplice. If you'd like to introduce friends or family members to podcasts, we created a How to Listen guide based on frequently asked questions. Artwork by Julienne Alexander.  
07/09/1832m 4s

Episode 58: Walnut Grove

In 2010, Michael McIntosh's son was incarcerated at the Walnut Grove Youth Correctional Facility in the small town of Walnut Grove, Mississippi. One Sunday, McIntosh went to visit his son and was turned away because, he was told, prison officials "did not know" where his son was. He spent the next six weeks searching for his son, only to find him in the hospital   with severe injuries. And McIntosh's son wasn't the only one who had been hurt at the facility. Walnut Grove was such a violent prison that one Federal Judge called it "a cesspool of unconstitutional and inhuman acts." Today, we have the story of an especially troubled youth prison, the for-profit corporations that managed it, and the small town that relied on it.      The U.S. Department of Justice Investigation of the Walnut Grove Youth Correctional Facility     The Southern Poverty Law Center Lawsuit     The U.S. Department of Justice Memo Re: Reducing the Use of Private Prisons     Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven't already, please review us on iTunes! It's an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow. Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for The Accomplice. If you'd like to introduce friends or family members to podcasts, we created a How to Listen guide based on frequently asked questions. Artwork by Julienne Alexander.  
07/09/1835m 22s

Episode 57: Everyday Genius

To close out 2016, we're bringing you two lighter stories of people exhibiting everyday genius under. . . unusual circumstances. Comedian Dave Holmes' story begins with an upsetting phone call from the IRS. Then we meet a Baton Rouge attorney with a story of wild resourcefulness at Louisiana State Penitentiary, also known as Angola. A word of caution, this episode contains language that may not be suitable for everyone.   Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX.   If you haven't already, please review us on iTunes! It's an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow.   Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for The Accomplice.   If you'd like to introduce friends or family members to podcasts, we created a How to Listen guide based on frequently asked questions.   Artwork by Julienne Alexander.      
07/09/1821m 12s

Episode 56: Don't Let Me See You In The Whirl

Since 1938, a weekly African-American owned newspaper called The Evening Whirl has covered crime in St. Louis with a style all its own, using alliteration and rhyme, and often omitting the usual crime-reporting words like "accused" or "alleged." The paper has been widely criticized for its casual approach to fact-checking and sensational writing style. But the paper's owner, Anthony Sanders, who has been helping out with it since he was 18 years old, doesn't have any plans to change it. As the pages of The Whirl have said: “If that’s too much for you, pick up the Times and read the theatre reviews.”    Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. Congratulations to our fellow Radiotopia show The Heart, which just won first prize at the Third Coast International Audio Festival for their story "Mariya." You can listen here: http://www.theheartradio.org/solos/mariya We have new T-shirt designs! And one of them *glows in the dark*. All of the designs were created by Julienne Alexander, who makes illustrations for each episode of Criminal. We've also restocked our sticker and magnet supply, so there is lots to check out in the Criminal shop: http://criminal-show.myshopify.com/ 
07/09/1818m 42s

Episode 55: The Shell Game

The Magic Castle in Hollywood has been a private club for magicians since 1963, and its walls are lined with portraits of magicians past and present. Among them is a portrait of one of the earliest American organized crime bosses and conmen, Jefferson Randolph "Soapy" Smith. And though it may seem strange that this "mecca of magic" honors a criminal, Soapy's legacy reveals just how blurry the line is between a delightful trick and a dirty one.    Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. Congratulations to our fellow Radiotopia show The Heart, which just won first prize at the Third Coast International Audio Festival for their story Mariya, about one woman’s experience with female genital mutilation and how she broaches the subject in conversation with her family. You can listen here: http://www.theheartradio.org/solos/mariya. Radiotopia’s flagship show is 99% Invisible, hosted by Roman Mars. 99% Invisible is ostensibly a show about design and architecture. But really it’s a show about who we are through the lens of the things we build. Because, even though we are surrounded by the stuff we’ve made, from tiny objects to massive structures, that physical matter is only 1% of the story. The rest is 99% Invisible. Go listen.
07/09/1818m 11s

Episode 54: Melinda and Clarence

SPOILER WARNING: Please listen to Episode 53: Melinda and Judy before you listen to this one. Melinda Dawson found out on the same day in 1998 that her adoptive mother had been killed and that her husband Clarence was being charged with the murder. Clarence was convicted in 1999 and given two life sentences. Left alone with her two sons, no money, and no experience, Melinda set out to try and prove that he was innocent. She started with a suspect list.    Special thanks to David Massar, who is currently working on a film about Melinda's life story, Miss America.    We are on tour! We will be in Chicago, Iowa City, Minneapolis, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Toronto. Find out more here.  Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX.
07/09/1834m 12s

Episode 53: Melinda and Judy

When Melinda Dawson was seven years old, she learned that she was adopted under mysterious circumstances. As she got older and had children of her own, she tried to learn something about her biological parents. And when she went to the county courthouse and asked to see a copy of her birth certificate, she discovered that she was an unwitting participant in something much bigger and more complicated than she could have imagined.  We are going on tour! We will be in Washington, Durham, Philadelphia, Anaheim, New York, Boston, Chicago, Iowa City, Minneapolis, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Toronto. Find out more here. Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX.
07/09/1827m 55s

Episode 52: The Checklist

SPOILER WARNING: Please listen to Episode 51: Money Tree before you listen to this one. While working on our last episode, we became curious about the nature of psychopathy -- how it is defined, and what to do if someone close to you meets the criteria. We spoke with Dr. Ronald Schouten, author of Almost a Psychopath, and Jon Ronson, author of [The Psychopath Test](https://www.amazon.com/Psychopath-Test-Journey-Through-Industry/dp/1594485755/ref=sr11?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1475783119&sr=1-1&keywords=psychopath+test+jon+ronson). We are going on tour! We will be in Washington, Durham, Philadelphia, Anaheim, New York, Boston, Chicago, Iowa City, Minneapolis, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Toronto.  Find out more here. Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX.
07/09/1825m 51s

Episode 51: Money Tree

When Axton Betz-Hamilton was 11 years old, her parents' identities were stolen. At that time, in the early 90s, consumer protection services for identity theft victims were basically non-existent. So the family dealt with the consequences as best they could. But then when Axton got to college, she realized that her identity had been stolen as well. Her credit score was in the lowest 2%.  As she was working to restore her credit, she inadvertently discovered who had stolen the family's identity. It would change everything forever.   View the photograph Axton describes here.   If you live in Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Durham, Philadelphia, Anaheim, Brooklyn, Boston, Chicago, Iowa City, Minneapolis, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, or Toronto. . . come see us tell all new stories live! Learn more at http://thisiscriminal.com/live/.  Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX.  
07/09/1828m 9s

Episode 50: This is Criminal

To celebrate Criminal's 50th episode, we check in with some of our most memorable guests including Fran Schindler from Episode 17: "Final Exit," Dan Stevenson from Episode 15: "He's Neutral," Corporal Scott Foster from Episode 29: "Officer Talon," and Marian Tolan from Episode 18: "695-BGK." We're very excited to announce that we're taking the show on the road this fall, visiting Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Durham, Philadelphia, Anaheim, Brooklyn, Boston, Chicago, Iowa City, Minneapolis, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, and Toronto. We'd love to see you. Learn more at http://thisiscriminal.com/live/.  Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. 
07/09/1839m 1s

Episode 49: The Editor

In November of 1988, Robin Woods was sentenced to sixteen years in the notoriously harsh Maryland Correctional Institution. In prison, Robin found himself using a dictionary to work his way through a book for the first time in his life. It was a Mario Puzo novel. While many inmates become highly educated during their incarceration, Robin became such a voracious and careful reader he was able to locate a factual error in Merriam Webster's Collegiate Encyclopedia. He wrote a letter to the encyclopedia's editor, beginning an intricate friendship that changed the lives of both men. Contributor Daniel A. Gross has the story.  We're very excited to announce that we're taking the show on the road this fall, visiting Washington D.C., Durham, Philadelphia, Anaheim, Brooklyn, Boston, Chicago, Iowa City, Minneapolis, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, and Toronto. We'd love to see you. Learn more at http://thisiscriminal.com/live/.  Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX.   
07/09/1830m 4s

Episode 48: Eight Years

2008 was an exciting time to be a Harry Potter fan. The final book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, had been released. Movies were on the way. And author Melissa Anelli was at the center of it all, running a popular fan site called The Leaky Caldron and working on a book, Harry, a History. Just as things couldn’t get better, Melissa received her first death threat. Please take a moment to fill out our listener survey: http://surveynerds.com/criminal We’re taking Criminal on the road for a series of live shows! Learn more and buy tickets here: http://thisiscriminal.com/live/ Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX.
07/09/1825m 3s

Episode 47: Brownie Lady

Shortly after Meridy Volz moved from Milwaukee to San Francisco, she received a phone call from a friend asking her to take over a small bakery business.  Meridy agreed to run the bakery, but she only wanted to sell one thing: pot brownies. Her brownies were a massive success, and soon she was making enough money to support three families. Meridy tells her story alongside her daughter, Alia Volz, who describes what it's like when San Francisco's "original brownie lady" is your mom. > Visit our website: www.thisiscriminal.com to see Meridy's final brownie bag & recipe. > Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX.  If you are interested in sponsoring Criminal, email sponsor@radiotopia.fm. 
07/09/1823m 44s

Episode 46: Tiger

There are more tigers in captivity in America than wild tigers in the entire world. The exact number of captive tigers in this country isn't known, because many of them live in people's backyards or unaccredited zoos, and the legality of their ownership varies widely by state and even by circumstance. We travelled to Louisiana to see a 550-pound Siberian-Bengal tiger who lives at a truck stop, and the man who's fought very hard to persuade Louisiana lawmakers he's not a criminal. We're a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX, a curated network of extraordinary, story-driven shows. Learn more at radiotopia.fm.  Say hello on Twitter @criminalshow or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ThisIsCriminal/        
07/09/1822m 12s

Episode 45: Just Mercy

As a law student, Bryan Stevenson was sent to a maximum security prison to meet a man on death row. The man told Stevenson he'd never met an African-American lawyer, and the two of them talked for hours. It was a day that changed Stevenson's life. He's spent the last 30 years working to get people off of death row, but has also spent the final hours with men he could not save from execution. He argues that each of us is deserving of mercy. Learn more about Bryan Stevenson in his book, Just Mercy. Criminal is hiring. We're a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX, a curated network of extraordinary, story-driven shows. Learn more at radiotopia.fm.  Say hello on Twitter @criminalshow or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ThisIsCriminal/    
07/09/1827m 23s

Episode 44: One Eyed Joe

Not only was John Frankford a famous horse thief, he was also a notoriously good escape artist. People thought no jail was strong enough to keep him, but then in 1895 he was sentenced to Philadelphia's Eastern State Penitentiary. At Eastern State, Frankford became the victim of a strange practice that carried implications for both the state of Pennsylvania and the medical establishment we know it today. Reporter Elana Gordon from WHYY's The Pulse has today's story. Criminal is hiring! We're a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. 
07/09/1830m 35s

Episode 43: 39 Shots

In 1979, a group of labor organizers protested outside a Ku Klux Klan screening of the 1915 white supremacist film, The Birth of a Nation. Nelson Johnson and Signe Waller-Foxworth remember shouting at armed Klansmen and burning a confederate flag, until eventually police forced the KKK inside and the standoff ended without violence. The labor organizers felt they'd won a small victory, and planned a much bigger anti-Klan demonstration in Greensboro, North Carolina. They advertised with the slogan: “Death to the Klan" and set the date for November 3rd, 1979. As protestors assembled, a caravan of nine cars appeared, and a man in a pick-up truck yelled: "You asked for the Klan! Now you've got 'em!" Thirty-nine shots were fired in eighty-eight seconds, and five protestors were killed. The city of Greensboro is still grappling with the complicated legacy of that day. The Greensboro Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s full report is available online. Today, Reverend Nelson Johnson is a pastor with Faith Community Church and serves as the Executive Director for the  Beloved Community Center of Greensboro, which advocates for social and economic justice. Signe Waller-Foxworth is the author of  Love and Revolution: A Political Memoir. Eric Ginsburg is the associate editor at the Triad City Beat.  For this story, we also interviewed Elizabeth Wheaton, author of  Codename Greenkill. Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. 
07/09/1832m 20s

Episode 42: The Finger

People have been giving each other "the finger" since Ancient Greece. The first documented use is said to be a photograph from 1886 in which the pitcher for the Boston Beaneaters extends his middle finger to the camera (ostensibly to the rival New York Giants). Even though it's been around for so long, many still find the gesture offensive enough to try to bring criminal charges. Courts have ruled that "flipping the bird" is a form of speech protected by the First Amendment. It's not a crime to be obnoxious. But there's a man in Oregon who tests the limits of free speech by giving the finger to every police officer that he sees.  To learn more about the legalities of the middle finger, you might enjoy: "Digitus Impudicus: The Middle Finger and the Law" from the UC Davis Law Review.  Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX.  If you enjoy the show, please write us a review on iTunes. 
07/09/1818m 26s

Episode 41: Open Case

Since 1965, there's been an unsolved murder in Houston, Texas. The main suspect managed to disappear and police were never able to find him. The case is still considered open. In 1997, a couple of accountants decided to look into the murders, and were able to uncover evidence that the police missed. They think they've solved the mystery.    To learn more about Hugh and Martha's book. The Ice Box Murders, click here: http://iceboxmurders.com   We're heading to Los Angeles on May 4th for a special Radiotopia live event. Find out more: http://www.axs.com/events/308712/radiotopia-live-tickets  
07/09/1825m 59s

Episode 40: Pappy

When it comes to the bourbon Pappy Van Winkle, it doesn't matter who you are or how much money you have -- you can't get it unless you're exceptionally lucky or willing to break the law. The Pappy frenzy has law enforcement, bartenders, and even the Van Winkle family themselves wringing their hands.   Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. On May 4th, all of the Radiotopia shows are coming together in Los Angeles for a very special live performance. Tickets and information here: http://www.axs.com/events/308712/radiotopia-live-tickets?skin=acehotel Say hello:  Twitter: @criminalshow Instagram: @criminal_podcast Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ThisIsCriminal/    
07/09/1826m 20s

Episode 39: Either/Or

In 1983, three men were prepared to plead guilty to a violent sexual assault in Anderson, South Carolina. Defense attorneys did not want their clients to go before a jury, and arranged a plea deal. This left the sentencing in the hands of the judge, who gave the assailants a very controversial choice. Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. 
07/09/1828m 17s

Episode 38: Jolly Jane

Jane Toppan was born in Massachusetts in 1857. She attended the Cambridge Nursing School, and established a successful private nursing career in Boston. Said to be cheerful, funny and excellent with her patients, nothing about "Jolly Jane" suggested she could be "the most notorious woman poisoner of modern times." Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. Visit us at thisiscriminal.com. 
07/09/1827m 28s

Episode 37: Hastings

In 2010, an eighth-grader brought a loaded gun to a middle school in Hastings, Minnesota. We speak with two students and the principal about the minutes and hours in lockdown.  Read Jake Bullington's essay, "Yeah, I'm Afraid of Guns."  Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. Say hello on Twitter @criminalshowand on Facebook. Visit us online at thisiscriminal.com.   
07/09/1821m 34s

Episode 36: Perfect Specimen

The 500-year-old Treaty Oak in Austin, Texas was once called "the most perfect specimen of a North American tree." But in 1989, Austin's city forester realized that the Treaty Oak didn't look so good, and began to wonder whether someone had intentionally tried to kill it. Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. 
07/09/1824m 45s

Episode 35: Pen & Paper

As a young woman in the 60s, Andy Austin talked her way into a job as a courtroom sketch artist in Chicago. She spent 43 years sketching everyone from disgraced governors to John Wayne Gacy, and says she only made someone look bad on purpose once. See Andy Austin's sketches, including the one she made of Phoebe, on our website http://thisiscriminal.com/episode-35-pen-paper-1-22-2016/. Her book, Rule 53: Capturing Hippies, Spies, Politicians, and Murderers in an American Courtroom, is available here or here.  Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopiafrom PRX. 
07/09/1819m 49s

Episode 34: The Stay

Michael Ross was the first person in Connecticut to be sentenced to death since 1960. He claimed that he wanted to die in order to atone for what he had done. One journalist spent twenty years trying to figure out whether or not his remorse was real. Learn more about Martha Elliot's relationship with Michael Ross in her book, The Man in the Monster. Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX.
07/09/1829m 11s

Episode 33: Deep Dive

Sgt. David Mascarenas is the Dive Supervisor for the Los Angeles Police Department. He's been diving his whole life, and prides himself on never refusing a dive, no matter how treacherous. At least until the summer of 2013, when a murder investigation led him into unusually murky waters. Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX.  Talk to us on Twitter @criminalshow. Sign up for our occasional newsletter, The Accomplice.  If you'd like a 2016 Criminal Calendar or set of postcards featuring artwork and quotes from our favorite episodes, visit our shop. Thanks very much for supporting the show and have a happy New Year. We'll be back January 8th. 
07/09/1822m 19s

Episode 32: It Looked Like Fire

Ed Crawford had never been to a protest until he heard about the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Robert Cohen, a staff photographer with the St. Louis Post Dispatch, ended up taking a photograph of Ed that would be seen around the world, and change both of their lives. To see the photos, visit http://thisiscriminal.com/episode-32-it-looked-like-fire-12-11-2015/. Say hello on Twitter @criminalshow, visit us on Facebook and on our new Instagram at Criminal_Podcast.  Our artist, Julienne Alexander, has created beautiful 2016 calendars and postcard sets featuring quotes and illustrations from some of our favorite episodes. Learn more at: http://criminal-show.myshopify.com/ Click here to read "Phoebe, Judge Me."  Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX.   
07/09/1818m 34s

Episode 31: American Dream

When we're kids, we have ideas of what we want to be when we grow up -- movie star, doctor, astronaut. But what if we dream of being like Butch Cassidy, Jesse James, or John Dillinger? And what happens when you're not a kid anymore but you're still obsessed with becoming an outlaw? Many, many thanks to everyone who donated to the Radiotopia Fall Fundraising Campaign. Your support means so much.  Say hello on Twitter @criminalshow, visit on Facebook at facebook.com/ThisIsCriminal/ and on our new Instagram at Criminal_Podcast.   Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. 
07/09/1822m 27s

Episode 30: The Agreement

In 2005, Danny Egipciaco had the opportunity to participate in a robbery of a drug supplier's stash house. He was told he'd take home between $100K-200K. In the end, the robbery never happened, so why has Danny spent the last ten years at Fort Dix Correctional Institution? Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX.  Say hello on Twitter @criminalshow and check out our new Instagram: criminal_podcast. 
07/09/1820m 32s

Episode 29: Officer Talon

Corporal Scott Foster of the Hillsborough, NC Police Department worked closely with his K-9 partner, Talon, for many years. They located weapons and narcotics, tracked suspects through dark woods, and went home together after work. But when Talon was injured on the job and had to retire early, Corporal Foster was paired with a new dog and life got a lot more complicated. Watch Phoebe get attacked by a police dog: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aRYkHA98MzY Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX.
07/09/1821m 49s

Episode 28: P.D.I.D.

Patti Hammond Shaw is a transgender woman. She's legally female on her birth certificate and driver's license, and has been since 1993. But when she was arrested in 2009, male officers strip-searched her in front of male detainees, and held her overnight in a men's cellblock. Patti hired a lawyer and fought back. Her case was instrumental in changing how the police process and detain transgender individuals in Washington, DC.  This story was reported by Lauren Ober. Tickets are on sale now for Criminal Live! in Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. More info at: http://thisiscriminal.com/live-shows/ Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. 
07/09/1821m 10s

Episode 27: No Place Like Home

In the early 90s, a wealthy magazine publisher was convicted of fraud and sentenced to 18 months in a minimum security prison in Louisiana. But white collar criminals weren't the only people living there, and the other people inside had basically been forgotten about by the outside world, some of them for decades. Learn more about Neil White’s time at Carville in his memoir, In the Sanctuary of Outcasts. We’re going on tour! Tickets on sale now for live shows in Durham, Seattle, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Click here for venue and ticket information. Sign up for our newsletter here. Say hello on Twitter @criminalshow Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. 
07/09/1826m 3s

Episode 26: Angie

In July of 2002, Philadelphia Homicide Detective Pat Mangold was called to the scene of a gruesome murder on the Schuylkill River. When he wasn't able to determine the victim's identity, he expected the case to remain unsolved. But then, out of the blue, a professional soccer player inserted himself into the investigation, and became obsessed with solving the crime. Tickets on sale now for Criminal LIVE in Durham, Seattle, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. If you live in one of those cities, we'd love to see you.  Criminal is proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. 
07/09/1825m 31s

Episode 25: The Portrait

More than eighty years ago, a North Carolina family of nine posed for a Christmas portrait. Two weeks later, all but one of them had been shot dead. (See the portrait here.)  Thanks to Elephant Micah and Sarah Bryan for collaborating with us this month. Download Elephant Micah's version of "Lawson Family" on iTunes or Bandcamp, and see them perform it live (along with their version of "Pearl Bryan") when they go on tour this September.  This fall, Criminal is putting on live shows in Durham, Seattle, LA, and San Francisco. Tickets on sale now. We've also got new shirts and mugs. Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. Say hello on Twitter @criminalshow.
07/09/1826m 57s

Episode 24: Pearl Bryan

In February of 1896, a little boy discovered a woman's headless body in a farmer's field in Fort Thomas, Kentucky. No one knew who she was, or what had happened. Newspapers carried headlines like "Hunt for the Head" and "Headless Horror." Quickly, the crime scene became a tourist attraction and visitors traveled from all over to collect bloody souvenirs. The gruesome details were adapted into a popular song that's been recorded dozens of times. We talk with folklorist Sarah Bryan about the true story behind the murder ballad, and the band Elephant Micah performs an original arrangement.  Download Elephant Micah’s “Pearl Bryan” on iTunes or Bandcamp. Read their guide, “How to Bring a Murder Ballad Back to Life” here. We're doing live shows in Durham, Seattle, LA, and San Francisco this fall. Tickets on sale now. Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. Say hello on Twitter @criminalshow.   
07/09/1820m 48s

Episode 23: Triassic Park

The Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona has the largest collection of petrified wood in the world. The beautiful wood is more than 200 million years old, and visitors to the park often take a little piece home with them as a souvenir. But stealing the wood has serious consequences, both legal and, some say, supernatural.  See photographs of the conscience letters and learn more about Ryan Thompson's book here.  Check out our original episode illustrations at thisiscriminal.com. Say hi on Twitter @criminalshow. Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX.    
07/09/1821m 34s

Episode 22: Ex Libris

Hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of rare books have been disappearing across America since the late 90s, and haven't resurfaced in the marketplace. They've just vanished, never to be seen again. But unlike most thieves, this thief is motivated by something more abstract and romantic than money, which makes him extremely difficult to catch.  Check out our original episode illustrations at thisiscriminal.com. Say hi on Twitter @criminalshow. Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX.  You might like this: phoebejudges.squarespace.com.
07/09/1822m 46s

Episode 21: Bloodlines

Julius Robinson had killed for revenge before, and so when his sister was brutally murdered in her sleep last year, he says he planned to "get" the killer. He felt like his family expected him to get revenge, because that's what he'd always done, both in and out of prison. But when he learned that the killer was actually his 17-year-old nephew, he struggled against his family's expectations and his own. Music by Elephant Micah. To learn more about Criminal, visit us at thisiscriminal.com. Say hi on Twitter @criminalshow. If you live in NY, join us for a live show on July 15th at The Bell House.  Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX.   
07/09/1822m 30s

Episode 20: Gil From London

Karen Miller met a man named Gil Harper on Facebook. They started flirting. The flirtation grew more serious. Eventually, they planned to meet in real life. Gil would travel from London to meet Karen for her birthday. With his arrival just a few days away, Karen's son scrambled to learn more about Gil's identity. But trying to determine whether someone is who they say they are turned out to be a whole lot more confusing and dangerous than Chris imagined.  To learn more, visit us at thisiscriminal.com. We're on Twitter @criminalshow. Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. 
07/09/1826m 26s

Episode 19: Mother's Little Helper

Sandie Alger is a 71-year-old woman with a very long rap sheet. She was in and out of prison throughout the 1960s, 70s, and 80s, and upped her game each time she got out. Prison, she says, is where you move "up the criminal ladder, just like the corporate ladder."  To learn more about Criminal, visit us at thisiscriminal.com. Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. 
07/09/1820m 41s

Episode 18: 695BGK

Police officer John Edwards was patrolling a quiet neighborhood in Bellaire, Texas when he saw an SUV driven by two young African-American men. It was just before 2am on December 31, 2008. Edwards followed the SUV and ran the license plate number. When his computer indicated that the SUV was stolen, Edwards drew his gun and told the two men to get down on the ground. It wasn't until later that he realized he'd typed the wrong license plate number into his computer. He was off by one digit. By the time he realized his mistake, one of the men had already been shot in the chest at close range.  To learn more about Criminal, visit us at thisiscriminal.com. Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. 
07/09/1822m 58s

Episode 17: Final Exit

No one disputes that it's against the law to take another person's life, but is it against the law to sit with someone and watch while they commit suicide? We meet an elderly woman who sneaks around the country as an "exit guide."  To learn more about Criminal, visit our (newly redesigned!) site: thisiscriminal.com Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. 
07/09/1825m 5s

Episode 16: Poster Boy

On July 17th, 1889, the residents of Clayton County, Iowa woke up to news of the worst crime in their history. A Civil War veteran and his young wife had been murdered in their bed in a grisly attack. Their two children escaped to raise the alarm. But something was off. There were no suspects. There were no clues. To quote the local newspaper, the whole thing was “surrounded in a veil of mystery."   To learn more about Criminal, visit thisiscriminal.com Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. 
07/09/1818m 42s

Episode 15: He's Neutral

Dan Stevenson has lived in Oakland's Eastlake neighborhood for 40 years. He says crime has been an issue for as long as he can remember, but he isn't one to call the police on drug dealers or sex workers. He's a pretty "live and let live" kind of guy. Or he was. Before he finally got fed up and took matters into his own hands. To learn more about Criminal, visit thisiscriminal.com Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. 
07/09/1818m 5s

Episode 14: The Fifth Suspect

In June 2014, authorities released information about a massive child pornography ring being conducted in North Carolina.  Four suspects had already been arrested, and the police were asking the public for help finding a fifth suspect. But they didn't need to look very hard -- the suspect was about to turn himself in, almost by accident. To learn more about Criminal, vist www.ThisIsCriminal.com Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. To find other great shows like this one, go to www.Radiotopia.fm
07/09/1821m 51s

Episode 13: The Big Sleep

Raymond Chandler is often called the greatest American crime novelist, famous for murder mysteries like "The Big Sleep" and "Farewell, My Lovely." He's the subject of several biographies, and his correspondence and manuscripts are archived at Oxford. But something very, very important to Chandler had gotten lost. No one noticed until a pair of Chandler's biggest fans, newlyweds in their seventies, got on the case.
07/09/1817m 57s

Episode 12: Break The Internet

In 1999, most of America's tech hysteria centered around Y2K. But at that same time, a teenager in Canada was messing around in chat rooms, meeting hackers, and learning tricks. At 15, he decided to put his knowledge to the test. To push up against the Internet's limits, and in some places, break them. In the end, he managed to pull off something no one had ever seen before.
07/09/1817m 51s

Episode 11: I'm About To Save Your Life

In 1977, a mild-mannered aeronautical engineer sideswiped a parked car in Compton, CA. When he stopped his car to survey the damage, a man opened the driver-side door, shoved him over, and started driving. He said, "I'm about to save your life."
07/09/1821m 31s

Episode 10: Dear Sheila

Working as a reporter for a TV station in New Hampshire, Kevin Flynn was covering the capture and arrest of a female serial killer named Sheila LaBarre. As he grew more and more obsessed with LaBarre's story, Flynn decided to write her a letter. She wrote back. Their correspondence became flirtatious, and eventually he went to visit her in person.
07/09/1818m 17s

Episode 9: That Crime Of The Month

What does it mean when a woman commits a crime and attributes her actions to PMS? We revisit the first use of the "PMS defense," in this country, back in 1981. What have we learned about the science of PMS since then? Last year, the American Psychiatric Association classified a form of PMS (Premenstrual dysphoric disorder, or PMDD) as a mental disorder in the DSM-V. How can the scientific community study severe premenstrual symptoms without perpetuating the utterly unscientific idea that menstruating women aren’t mentally competent or liable for crimes they commit?
07/09/1813m 18s

Episode 8: Can't Rock This Boat

In March 1964, a 35-year-old African American woman named Johnnie Mae Chappell was walking along the side of the road in Jacksonville, Florida. Four white men were driving around listening to the local race riots on the radio. They had a gun on the dashboard. As they passed Chappell, one of the men leaned out the car window and shot her to death. As the police investigated, evidence began to mysteriously disappear, making it impossible to punish the men who admitted to committing the crime.
07/09/1819m 40s

Episode 7: J.R.R. Ziemba

Crime victims are often put under the same scrutiny as the accused. Not only for their version of events, but sometimes for how they look and talk, too. We meet a man whose trial hurt worse than his assault.
07/09/1819m 53s

Episode 6: We Lost Them

On April 13, 2014, former KKK member Frazier Glenn Cross pulled into a Jewish Community Center and ambushed a grandfather and grandson, killing both.  He then killed another woman a short distance away.  What does the family left behind do when they are thrust into a national spotlight? How do they figure out what to disclose and what should be private?
07/09/1816m 43s

Episode 5: Dropping Like Flies

Every year for the past few years, tens of thousand of flytraps have gone missing – from the wild, from gardens, from nurseries. And, really, nobody knows where they go. What’s cropped up in rural North Carolina is essentially a Venus Flytrap crime ring — with lackies, middle men, and a mysterious end buyer who’s perpetuating the market.
07/09/1823m 30s

Episode 4: Call Your Mom

There are plenty of things we don't share with our mothers. Dark, sad things. Unless of course, you're both in the business of death.
07/09/1816m 54s

Episode 3: The Buck Stops Here

With the advent of the Inkjet printer, counterfeiting money became as simple as a trip to Staples. By the year 2000, there were 72 million of these homemade dollars in circulation. The real question is… who was behind them all?
07/09/1819m 30s

Episode 2: Pants On Fire

For nearly a century we've been trying to read someone's truthfulness by the way they act. Be it through machine, or our own intuition. The police have tried. The FBI has tried. The CIA has tried. But the fact is… most of their efforts just don't work. Are we doomed to ignorance? Maybe not.
07/09/1815m 40s

Episode 1: Animal Instincts

In 2001, a woman was found dead in a pool of her own blood. Her husband was convicted of her murder. But a curious neighbor had a different theory... one that brings new meaning to man vs. beast.
07/09/1821m 3s
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