Criminal

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're a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX, a curated network of extraordinary, story-driven shows. Learn more at radiotopia.fm.

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http://thisiscriminal.com/
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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.
Language
🇬🇧 English
last modified
2019-08-06 01:47
last episode published
2019-08-02 08:00
publication frequency
16.09 days
Contributors
Criminal & Radiotopia author  
Criminal owner   author  
Explicit
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Number of Episodes
126
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Episodes

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2.08.2019

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...
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19.07.2019

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 go...
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5.07.2019

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 a...
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21.06.2019

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 go...
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7.06.2019

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 o...
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24.05.2019

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...
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10.05.2019

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 ...
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26.04.2019

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 robbe...
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12.04.2019

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...
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29.03.2019

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, ple...
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15.03.2019

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 u...
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1.03.2019

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 Crimi...
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15.02.2019

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...
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1.02.2019

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 ...
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18.01.2019

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 projec...
Criminal & Radiotopia author
21.12.2018

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 evi...
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7.12.2018

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, ...
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30.11.2018

Bonus Episode: The Chase

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 ...
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16.11.2018

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 ...
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14.11.2018

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...
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2.11.2018

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 hel...
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19.10.2018

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 p...
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5.10.2018

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 ...
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5.10.2018

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21.09.2018

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...
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7.09.2018

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...
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17.08.2018

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. I...
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3.08.2018

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 neve...
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20.07.2018

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 trav...
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6.07.2018

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...
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15.06.2018

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. Crimi...
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1.06.2018

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. Cam...
Criminal & Radiotopia author
18.05.2018

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 h...
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4.05.2018

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 i...
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20.04.2018

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 sol...
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6.04.2018

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 sexua...
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23.03.2018

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 eve...
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9.03.2018

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 Yo...
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23.02.2018

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, an...
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14.02.2018

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...
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9.02.2018

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......
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26.01.2018

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 ...
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26.01.2018

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/2...
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15.01.2018

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...
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12.01.2018

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 sa...
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15.12.2017

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 hel...
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1.12.2017

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...
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17.11.2017

Episode 79: Secrets and SĂ©ances

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 whereabout...
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3.11.2017

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. Inve...
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20.10.2017

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 ca...
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