Rank #1: Serial Season 2, Limetown, Dishing Maura Murray
Oct 04 2015
Rank #2: Extra! The Golden State Killer has been caught! So here's our I'll Be Gone In The Dark book club show!
If you've been following the news, you've probably heard that the man dubbed the Golden State Killer by I'll Be Gone In The Dark author Michelle McNamara has been caught, according to multiple sources.
You probably also know that we just started making a special book club podcast for Patreon supporters. Well, in honor of the news, and to entice you to become a supporter, we're releasing our inaugural book club discussion about I'll Be Gone In The Dark.
Click here to support us on Patreon and hear future book club shows!
Book club guests: Rabia Chaudry, Patrick Hinds, and Rebecca Lavoie
Music by Twin Guns
Apr 25 2018
Rank #3: The Case Against Adnan Syed Part 1 & Leaving Neverland
The crime writers give their take on part 1 of HBO's "The Case Against Adnan Syed." Like the movie version of a favorite book, the episode covers the story of Adnan and Hae's high school relationship, but adds to it in a way "Serial" did not. Note: this episode was recorded before Friday's decision in the case by the MD Court of Appeals.
TO REMAIN SPOILER-FREE FOR EPISODE ONE, GO TO MINUTE 40.
Then the panel wrestles with HBO's two-part "Leaving Neverland." The documentary - told simply and starkly - is the most powerful indictment of Michael Jackson's systematic abuse of star-struck children and their families. (Warning: discussion of this documentary may be triggering for some audience members.)
TO REMAIN SPOILER-FREE FOR LEAVING NEVERLAND, GO TO MINUTE 69.
In Crime of the Week: how the cookie crumbles.
Mar 11 2019
Rank #4: S-Town by Serial - Episode 1 Recap & Review
Watch your feed for recap shows reviewing episodes 2-4 and 5-7.
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Mar 29 2017
Rank #5: Serial Epilogue: Adnan Syed Gets a New Trial...Maybe
The result is in. Judge Welch has ruled Adnan's Sixth Amendment rights were violated and he'll get a new trial...if it ever gets that far. The Crime Writers pull apart the decision and discuss where the case may go from here. Does the state have any evidence left? How would 12 Baltimore jurors (who'd never listened to a podcast) size up Adnan? And why could it be years before he gets out of jail?
The panel is joined by super-professor Colin Miller, who answers questions about the legal ins-and-outs of the ruling. Then the Crime Writers take your questions and voice memos. They also discuss the dilemma of the Alford plea: would you admit your guilt to a crime you didn't commit if it gets you out of prison? Also, WTF is a jury view like at the scene of a lumber theft?
Here's something new: our first Crime Writers On Summer Book Club show. Each writer has nominated a book. You vote online, then we'll all read and share (bring your own white wine). The nominees are If I Did It by OJ Simpson, I am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes, People Who Eat Darkness by Richard Lloyd Parry, and Wilde Lake by Laura Lippman.
In the Crime of the Week, one of our listeners makes a marital confession...
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Jul 09 2016
Rank #6: That Laci Peterson series, a Bowe Bergdahl update, and a podcaster controversy
Red-eyed and jet-lagged, Rebecca and Kevin are back from Podcast Movement in Anaheim with stories of their exploits with your (and their) favorite podcasters. They'll spill some tea over what caused some controversy a big name - "NOT a podcaster" Payne Lindsey from Up & Vanished - made an audacious, self-congratulatory presentation...and how some even bigger names in the room reacted.
Plus, a true crime podcast update! A hungover R&K met up with old friend Lt Col James Weirick for an update on Bowe Bergdahl's court martial and the defense's move that could bode well for the disgraced former POW. (Audio of the full discussion can be found on our website - and beware, it's unedited and was literally recorded in a hotel hallway.)
Back in the confines of Square Egg Studio, Lara & Toby chime in on A&E's new limited series, "The Murder of Laci Peterson." So far, the show seems to be playing the story down the middle, not sensationalizing its retrospective of the crime, and is of surprisingly high quality for a basic cable show.
Then in Crime of the Week: our house is a very very very moldy house.
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Sep 01 2017
Rank #7: Breaking: Adnan Syed's DNA was NOT found in new evidence tests. But what does that mean?
Ahead of this weekend's final episode in "The Case Against Adnan Syed," the Baltimore Sun broke the news with an article that says the State of Maryland ran DNA tests in October 2018 on previously untested evidence from the Leakin Park burial site of murder victim Hae Min Lee. And Adnan Syed's DNA was not discovered on any of the samples.
This has sparked a torrent of discussion and misinformation online. So, Rebecca and Kevin discussed the findings and their implications with attorney Susan Simpson of "Undisclosed."
Mar 29 2019
Rank #8: Adnan Syed's Bail Motion, Sarah Koenig's Serial Choices, Offshore's Big Splash
The Crime Writers dig into the latest in the efforts of Serial's protagonist to get out of prison now that his conviction has been vacated.
And a journalism conundrum: IF Sarah Koenig knew about Jay Wild's post-Adnan criminal history, should she have included it in Serial?
Also, the panel hangs ten in Hawaii with the new podcast, "Offshore" from Honolulu Civil Beat and PRX. Can a white reporter do justice to a tale of Hawaiian culture and disenfranchisement?
Related: Toby recommends reading this article from the New Yorker, "The American Raj," to learn more about Hawaiian history.
In our Crime of the Week, the panel shakes the tree. But who goes undercover as a tree, anyway? (Kevin reported on a similar bank robbery story in NH. Watch the version filed by his colleagues.)
Plus: mystery solved! Who bought the family-sized bucket of massage lotion? We finally know. Finally.
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Oct 28 2016
Rank #9: Hunting Warhead and The Devil Next Door
Netflix’s “The Devil Next Door” recaps the legal battles of John Demjanjuk, a retired autoworker in Cleveland accused of being a Nazi prison camp guard known as "Ivan the Terrible." Featuring extensive film from the original trial as well as disturbing Holocaust images, "The Devil Next Door" challenges the viewer’s allegiances.
Then, CBC Podcasts and Norwegian newspaper VG have teamed up for a disturbing investigation into the digital world of child pornography. “Hunting Warhead” begins with an investigative reporter whose explorations of the dark web as he stumbles upon “Child’s Play,” a huge network of criminals around the world sharing images of child sexual abuse.
WARNING: THIS REVIEW CONTAINS DISCUSSION OF SEXUAL ABUSE THAT MIGHT NOT BE SUITABLE FOR ALL LISTENERS.
In Crime of the Week: Skelly's belly.
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Nov 25 2019
Rank #10: Broken Justice & Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator
There arose such a clatter at Lara's town holiday celebration (fowl play). And Toby has been getting Twitter trolled by Dan Taberski!
PBS NewsHour has released a podcast examining the public defender system in the US entitled “Broken Justice.” Frank Carlson and Amna Nawaz look at the issue through the lens of the Missouri public defenders office, one in which attorneys are given more clients than they can ethically handle.
A SPOILER-FREE REVIEW OF "BROKEN JUSTICE" CAN BE FOUND AT APPROXIMATELY 34:00.
Netflix's documentary “Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator” chronicles the rise of the self-made yoga-master-to-the-stars who founded the hot yoga movement.The film details how Bikram Chaudry used his position to prey on his students who had professional and financial pressures to please him.
A SPOILER-FREE REVIEW OF "BIKRAM: YOGI, GURU, PREDATOR" CAN BE FOUND AT APPROXIMATELY 57:00.
In Crime of the Week: it's written all over your face.
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Dec 09 2019
Rank #11: S-Town by Serial - Episodes 2-4 Recap & Review
Watch your feed for recap shows reviewing episode 1 and episodes 5-7.
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Mar 31 2017
Rank #12: OJ: Made in America, Adnan Syed: Made for TV
The Adnan Syed case finally gets the prime-time treatment on Investigation Discovery. For crime fans who can't figure out how to download a podcast, or those who only know the tale from hearing it at the water cooler, this hour-long special provides an overview of Serial's season one case. But for those who've spent hours and hours devouring minutia about the crime (I'm looking at you cell tower L689!), is there anything in this show for us?
AND - Though you'd think we'd all have had enough of that former Bills running back, especially after the superior drama "The People vs OJ Simpson," ESPN's ambitious documentary may prove you can't get enough of a good thing - if it's a good thing. And "OJ: Made In America" is 450 minutes of a good thing. Race, sex, celebrity...this is why it was the Crime of the Century - and the Crime Writers dive right in.
Also - did the crime writers make the same mistake with "Reply All" that the jury made with Paul Modrowski? And we're going for the gold with the Crime of the Week.
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Jun 24 2016
Rank #13: Serial Season 3 News? Sort Of. And What's Different About Up And Vanished?
Some maybe-news about Serial Season 3 has us theorizing. Was Kevin super, duper wrong when he said Sarah Koenig would never do a true crime story again?
Plus, we get a whole lot of listener email and tweets about what podcasts we should be listening to and talking about.
One of the podcasts we’ve had pimped to us the most often lately is the hit show "Up and Vanished," an investigative podcast about the 2005 disappearance of Ocilla Georgia Beauty queen Tara Grinstead.
But before we get into our discussion about Up and Vanished, we'll first listen in to Rebecca's conversation with someone who knows a little bit about that show - its host and creator Payne Lindsey. Even if you haven't heard the podcast, you should listen to this interview.
And, Toby apologizes to a nation. And our Crime of the Week strikes pretty damn close to home.
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Nov 11 2016
Rank #14: The Staircase/Michael Peterson Owl Theory, Alford Pleas & A Stranglers Podcast Review
Then the Crime Writers argue about an alternative theory posed in the Peterson case...was his wife Kathleen actually killed by an owl? That was the theory posed in the amazing pilot episode of the podcast Criminal - but Toby's not exactly buying it. (Shocking, we know.)
Then, in our regular segment about whether you should watch/listen to/read the latest big thing in crime media, we review Stranglers, the podcast by Earwolf that takes a deep ol' dive into the Boston Strangler case. (Warning: This segment features a quasi-mansplain meltdown and Kevin Flynn doing a pretty convincing trashy Boston accent.)
Finally, our Crime of the Week features one of Rebecca's favorite big box stores, a sex crime, and scabies.
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Feb 11 2017
Rank #15: Serial Season 3: Episode 1 and 2 - Our breakdown and review!
Get ready for the best discussion and analysis of the Serial podcast. Sarah Koenig is back for season 3 (finally!) - Along with Emmanuel Dzotsi, Sarah gives us a year in the life of the Cleveland Justice Center.
For episode one, "A Bar Fight Walks into the Justice Center," the crime writers discuss whether the lesson is about prosecutorial discretion...or about race?
In episode two, "You've Got Some Gauls," we can't even with Judge Gaul. But does he have a point? (Spoiler alert - he does not.)
Also, we give our take on the Curtiss Flowers update episode of "In the Dark." The more things change, the more they stay the same.
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Sep 24 2018
Rank #16: S2 Ep 11.5: The People Vs. Serial Season 2 - Was OJ The Better-Told Story?
We also take apart the storycraft behind The People Vs. OJ Simpson, and how the cast, the plot frame, and even the casting of Ross as Robert Kardashian affected that show's arc.
Plus, we listen to some pithy listener voice memos and tackle a juvenile crime of the week.
A special thanks to classy-voiced British journalist Emma Finamore for reading some of the items our listeners from across the pond purchased on Amazon UK!
Links on crimewriterson.com :
Here's the article Toby mentioned in which the courtroom sketch artist compares the actors' portrayals to the real people in the OJ Simpson case.
What's on Weirick's Netflix list? Here you go:
2. H.H. Holmes, America's First Serial Killer
3. Carl Panzram, The Spirit of Hatred and Vengeance
4. Punch-Drunk Love
5. Mirage Men
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Apr 09 2016
Rank #17: That JonBenet Ramsey Special - Yup, We Went There
We also chat with Ann Bartow, a law professor at UNH Law School and expert on all things defamation and internet speech, and tie that conversation in with issues raised in this week's episode of the excellent In The Dark podcast.
Finally, our crime of the week has Rebecca airing an old grudge with her favorite public radio host, Ira Glass.
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Sep 30 2016
Rank #18: Adnan Syed & Steven Avery Updates, The Keepers (Wrapped in Newspaper!) Detail & 74 Seconds
We also talk about the latest epic filing in the Steven Avery case. Will "brain fingerprinting" save the day for the man at the middle of Making a Murderer? And what's up with Brendan Dassey's case?
Did we forget to mention the CRAZIEST thing that came out of "The Keepers"? Like a particular body part wrapped in newspaper and thrown on the table during the interrogation of a priest? We're backing the train up so we can unwrap (sorry) that one.
The Crime Writers spend more than 74 seconds discussing the podcast "74 Seconds" from Minnesota Public Radio. This look at the fatal shooting of a motorist by a cop (live-streamed on Facebook) tackles the familiar themes of race, violence, and law enforcement training. With some episodes exploring the back story of the players in the shooting - and other episodes providing real-time updates from the court house - 74 Seconds feels like two separate podcasts. What's working? What's not? We'll give our review
In Crime of the Week: Some wanted men just can't stop the music. How karaoke landed a fugitive in jail.
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Jun 09 2017
Rank #19: Accused and Don't F**k with Cats
Rebecca and Kevin start by addressing some back-end tech changes that could affect listeners’ experience. There are shout-outs to our newest listener. And the panel solicits input from the audience for our upcoming 200th episode celebration.
The Crime Writers review the new season of “Accused.” The eight-part series is a story of corporate malfeasance, wrapped in a missing persons case filled with conspiracy theories, family secrets, and government lies.
OUR SPOILER FREE REVIEW OF “ACCUSED” CAN BE FOUND AROUND THE 33 MINUTE MARK.
Then they discuss Netflix’s "Don’t F**k With Cats: The Hunt for An Internet Killer." A gang of armchair detectives are looking for the person posting videos of animal cruelty. But before law enforcement takes the virtual manhunt seriously, the suspect turns his violent depravity on an unsuspecting man.
OUR SPOILER FREE REVIEW OF “DON’T F**K WITH CATS” CAN BE FOUND AROUND THE 1:22:00 MINUTE MARK
Then in Crime of the Week, shoulda called a cab.
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Jan 06 2020
Rank #20: Reply All Does True Crime & Shines Bright Like King Diamond
In this episode, we'll hear from Sruthi about what went into creating the world's latest must-listen-to podcast. Then the panel will give their two-cents on the case and whether Sruthi is the one who finally stuck the landing.
There's also a correction or two. The song says "Don't you forget about me," but we might have forgotten about them.
Finally, you'll be repeating the Crime of the Week over and over again.
Also...can't get enough wisdom and insight from the incarcerated? Here are some blogs written by inmates, for future inmates (...if you're not careful).
On the Inside - Paul Modrowski's blog, edited by his mother, that started Reply All's four-episode profile of Paul and his case.
Between the Bars - a blog platform for prisoners in the US without internet access, done through MIT.
Live from Lockdown - a blog written by various inmates in the federal prison system, including highly influential gang-leaders and those held in solitary confinement.
Ben's Prison Blog - written by Ben Gunn, imprisoned in Sudbury (HM Prison), Derbyshire, England, 2009–2012. Since his release, Ben has continued his blog.
Lastly, for those looking for deeper meaning, here's King Diamond's song, "No Presents for Christmas."
Additional music this episode provided by Uncanny Valleys.
Jun 11 2016