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Crimes of Passion

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Rank #75 in True Crime category

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Every Wednesday, we tell a love story that turns into a crime story. Our subjects might start as lovers, friends, or family, but by the end, there's a criminal and a victim. Along the way, we analyze the relationship dynamics and psychology that lead to betrayal, theft, and even murder. Crimes of Passion is part of the Parcast Network, and a production of Cutler Media.

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Every Wednesday, we tell a love story that turns into a crime story. Our subjects might start as lovers, friends, or family, but by the end, there's a criminal and a victim. Along the way, we analyze the relationship dynamics and psychology that lead to betrayal, theft, and even murder. Crimes of Passion is part of the Parcast Network, and a production of Cutler Media.

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3477 Ratings
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Missing podcasts? Part 2 no part 1

By Jenni122794 - May 14 2020
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I noticed that some of the podcasts jump around with is kind of annoying. For example it jumps from episode 61, 62 than to 65? Where is 63 and 64?? Other podcasts it’ll also show part 2 but I cannot find part 1.

one of my favorite podcasts out there!!

By Chia mañana - May 09 2020
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i listen when i walk and do things around the house. always eager for a new one to come out!!

iTunes Ratings

3477 Ratings
Average Ratings
2872
270
129
86
120

Missing podcasts? Part 2 no part 1

By Jenni122794 - May 14 2020
Read more
I noticed that some of the podcasts jump around with is kind of annoying. For example it jumps from episode 61, 62 than to 65? Where is 63 and 64?? Other podcasts it’ll also show part 2 but I cannot find part 1.

one of my favorite podcasts out there!!

By Chia mañana - May 09 2020
Read more
i listen when i walk and do things around the house. always eager for a new one to come out!!
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Crimes of Passion

Latest release on Jul 03, 2020

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Every Wednesday, we tell a love story that turns into a crime story. Our subjects might start as lovers, friends, or family, but by the end, there's a criminal and a victim. Along the way, we analyze the relationship dynamics and psychology that lead to betrayal, theft, and even murder. Crimes of Passion is part of the Parcast Network, and a production of Cutler Media.

Rank #1: NEW: J.R. and Jeremy Steinke Pt. 1

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We are thrilled to bring you a brand new episode of Crimes of Passion today and for the foreseeable future. We thank you for your patience during this unprecedented time.


In 2006, 23-year-old Jeremy Steinke met and carried on a pedophilic relationship with a rebellious 12-year-old Canadian girl. But when her parents forbade them from seeing each other, they began to plot a way to be together—no matter the consequences.

Apr 22 2020

45mins

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Rank #2: Chris Watts Pt. 1

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From the moment they married in 2012, Colorado couple Chris and Shanann Watts seemed to have the picture-perfect life. In reality, an extramarital affair, financial struggles, and conflicts with extended family were tearing the couple apart, all leading to a shocking, brutal crime that would end their marriage for good.

Mar 18 2020

51mins

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Rank #3: Michelle Carter Pt. 1

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Conrad Roy and Michelle Carter began an online relationship in 2012. Over the course of the next two years, through thousands of texts and social media messages, Conrad confided in Michelle his struggles with depression and suicidal ideation. Their relationship would end in tragedy in 2014, and even become the subject of a police investigation.

Mar 04 2020

48mins

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Rank #4: Ivrin Bolden, Jr. Pt. 1

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In the late 1980s, college sweethearts Joel Tillis and Ivrin Bolden, Jr. seemed like a couple destined for success. However, when Joel started to push away, Ivrin searched for someone else to blame. He eventually found a target in Joel’s best friend, 18-year-old Brenda Spicer.

Apr 08 2020

47mins

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Rank #5: Larry Swartz Pt. 1

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After Robert and Katheryn Swartz married in 1970, they adopted three orphaned children, hoping to craft the perfect family. But the couple soon found that they were not equipped to handle their children’s special needs, leading to tragic results.

Feb 19 2020

49mins

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Rank #6: Ruth Snyder Pt. 1

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She loved bright lights, dancing, and crowds. Her husband rarely wanted to do anything more than sit at home. By 1925, Ruth Snyder was already looking for a respite from the monotony of her marriage, and she found it in a handsome salesman named Henry Judd Gray.

Jan 08 2020

45mins

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Rank #7: Brynn and Phil Hartman Pt. 1

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In the late 1980s, Phil Hartman and Brynn Omdahl both had failed marriages under their belts. When they were set up on a blind date, it seemed like a perfect match. But as Phil's career on Saturday Night Live took off, their relationship showed its cracks.

Feb 05 2020

50mins

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Rank #8: Jodi Arias Pt. 1

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To turn his life around, Travis Alexander moved in with his grandparents and took up the LDS faith. In search of a wife, he began dating Jodi Arias in 2007. The couple's relationship was often long-distance and quickly started to become problematic. She would be the last person to see Alexander alive. 

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Mar 06 2019

55mins

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Rank #9: Harold Nokes Pt. 2

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In the summer of 1974, a war was brewing between Kay Hoyt Hein and her married lover, Harold Nokes. After she called off their affair, Harold lashed out. He poisoned her lawn. Poured sugar in her gas tank. He even wrote lewd graffiti messages about her sexual activity with other men. Later that year, police would discover Kay parents’ bodies in a lake and dismembered in several parts.  

Feb 27 2019

55mins

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Rank #10: Celeste Beard and Tracey Tarlton Pt. 1

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By the time Celeste Johnson celebrated her 30th birthday in 1993, she had already been married 3 times. After this string of failed marriages, Celeste met someone who offered stability and comfort at last—a Texas millionaire named Steve Beard. But her union with Beard was fraught from the beginning, and ended in violent tragedy.

Jan 22 2020

51mins

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Rank #11: Chris Watts Pt. 2

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In August of 2018, the picture perfect marriage of Chris and Shanann Watts ended in violent tragedy. The trauma left a family broken and a Colorado community reeling, as the public struggled to understand the shocking crime.

Mar 25 2020

48mins

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Rank #12: Ivrin Bolden, Jr. Pt. 2

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When she wouldn’t break off her friendship with Joel Tillis, Ivrin Bolden Jr. murdered Brenda Spicer and left her body in a dumpster in 1987. The incident sparked a major police investigation and sensational trial that led to the final, tragic end of Joel and Ivrin’s relationship.

Apr 15 2020

49mins

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Rank #13: “The Scissor Sisters” Pt. 1

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After 20 years in a loveless, abusive marriage, Kathleen Mulhall thought she'd finally found true love when she met Farah Noor in the summer of 2001 in Ireland. But Farah turned out to be just as violent as her husband. 

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May 29 2019

45mins

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Rank #14: Jodi Arias Pt. 2

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The relationship between Travis Alexander and Jodi Arias could only be described as hot and cold. They cycled through months of "on-again, off-again" periods, meeting up for late-night rendezvous in Meza, Arizona, even while they started dating other people. But by May of 2008, the intense relationship reached a boiling point, leading to cold-blooded murder.

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Mar 13 2019

1hr 5mins

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Rank #15: Robert and Linda Edelman Pt. 1

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Dallas real estate tycoon Robert Edelman and his wife Linda rose to prominence during the city’s economic boom in the 1980s. His controlling nature made him a nightmare to live with, and by 1986 the Edelman’s marriage was fractured beyond repair.

Nov 06 2019

49mins

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Rank #16: Brynn and Phil Hartman Pt. 2

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By early 1998, it seemed like the Hartman's marriage was on its last leg. Phil was spending less time at home, and Brynn's cocaine habit was forcing even more distance between the two. In the early hours of May 28th, 1998, everything would come to a devastating crescendo.

Feb 12 2020

41mins

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Rank #17: Amy Fisher and Joey Buttafuoco Pt. 1

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Soon after marrying his high-school sweetheart, New Yorker Joey Buttafuoco found his relationship on the rocks. However, Joey seemed to clean up his act and become the ideal husband; until the 35-year old starting having an affair with 16-year old Amy Fisher in 1991.

Nov 20 2019

47mins

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Rank #18: Larry Swartz Pt. 2

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Throughout Larry Swartz’s childhood in the 1970s and 80s, problems with his adoptive family continued to intensify. This eventually erupted in a startling display of violence—and ultimately the murder of his parents.

Feb 26 2020

48mins

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Rank #19: Dorothy Stratten Pt. 1

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Paul Snider brought Dorothy Stratten to Hollywood. While her career took off in the 1970s, he enjoyed the benefits of her success and spent her money. When their relationship became troubled, she felt compelled to stay with him, despite multiple red flags.

Dec 11 2019

51mins

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Rank #20: Marty & Michelle Theer Pt. 1: An Air Force Affair

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Separated by distance, young couple Marty and Michelle Theer of North Carolina kept up their relationship with a digital connection, sending emails throughout Marty's deployment. But their 21st Century romance was thrown for a loop when one of them found evidence the other was cheating.

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Jun 26 2019

48mins

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Crimes of Passion Bites: Economic Misfortune

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In addition to new episodes of Crimes of Passion each week, you’ll now also hear Crime Bites every Friday. Each Crime Bites episode gives you a deeper, yet brief look into true-crime topics covered at Parcast.


Today we’re discussing cases of criminality inspired by economic misfortune. What happens when a person who has fallen on hard times turns to a life of crime? We’ll take a closer look using clips from shows across the Parcast Network.


Clips featured: Crimes of Passion: Bonnie and Clyde Pt. 1, Con Artists: Anna Anderson Pt. 1, Espionage: George Troflimoff Pt. 1

Jul 03 2020

21mins

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Sarah Jo Pender & Richard Edward Hull Pt. 1

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They were a hard-partying couple who frequently experimented with drugs. In the year 2000, Pender and Hull moved in with two escaped prison inmates, Tricia Nordman and Andrew Cataldi. The situation quickly unravelled, leading to horrific violence.

Jul 01 2020

43mins

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Crimes of Passion Bites: Isolation

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In addition to new episodes of Crimes of Passion each week, you’ll now also hear Crime Bites every Friday. Each Crime Bites episode gives you a deeper, yet brief look into true-crime topics covered at Parcast.


Today we’re discussing cases of isolation. What kind of effect does living in isolation—with little contact with the outside world, friends, or family—have on the psyche? We’ll take a closer look using clips from shows across the Parcast Network.


Clips featured: Hostage: Colleen Stan Pt. 1, Cults: Workers Institute Pt. 2, Unexplained Mysteries: Silent Twins Pt. 1

Jun 26 2020

21mins

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The Menendez Brothers Pt. 2

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In August of 1989, 21-year-old Lyle and 18-year-old Erik Menendez murdered their parents in Beverly Hills after years of abuse. Afterward, they attempted to cover it up, but their stories quickly unravelled.

Jun 24 2020

47mins

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Crimes of Passion Bites: Satanism

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In addition to new episodes of Crimes of Passion each week, you’ll now also hear Crime Bites every Friday. Each Crime Bites episode gives you a deeper, yet brief look into true-crime topics covered at Parcast.


Today we’re discussing Satanism. What kind of influence has Satanism had on crime and society? We’ll explore this topic using clips from shows across the Parcast Network.


Clips featured: Serial Killers: David Berkowitz (Son of Sam) Pt. 2, Unsolved Murders: Jeanette DePalma Pt. 1, Cults: Church of Satan Pt. 2

Jun 19 2020

19mins

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The Menendez Brothers Pt. 1

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Jose Menendez pursued wealth at the expense of everything else in his life, including his relationship with his family. He abused his wife Kitty, and his sons, Lyle and Eric, until tension in the household finally boiled over in 1989.

Jun 17 2020

45mins

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Crimes of Passion Bites: Crimes That Changed Society

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In addition to new episodes of Crimes of Passion each week, you’ll now also hear Crime Bites every Friday. Each Crime Bites episode gives you a deeper, yet brief look into true-crime topics covered at Parcast.


Today we will take you chronologically through three crimes that inspired change in society, laws, or policies.


Clips featured: Not Guilty: Ernesto Miranda Pt. 2, Serial Killers: Ottis Toole Pt. 2, Unsolved Murders: Tylenol Murders Pt. 2

Jun 12 2020

19mins

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Introducing SOLVED MURDERS: TRUE CRIME MYSTERIES, A Parcast Original Series!

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To commemorate its fourth anniversary, Parcast and the team behind Unsolved Murders are taking a closer look at what it takes to catch a killer. In the new series Solved Murders: True Crime Mysteries, you'll follow the clues and uncover the missing pieces to some of history's most gripping cases. Every Wednesday, join hosts Carter and Wenndy as they explore the days, months, and even years leading up to a killer being caught. Each episode plays out like a classic murder mystery—where the final reveal is nearly as shocking as the murder itself. Solved Murders: True Crime Mysteries is only available on Spotify.


Enjoy this exclusive clip from the first episode on the infamous “in cold blood” murders of the Clutter Family. If you want to listen to the full episode, follow Solved Murders: True Crime Mysteries, free and only on Spotify.

Jun 11 2020

14mins

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Paul and Kate Brennan Pt. 2

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After Kate Brennan broke up with her boyfriend, Paul, she hoped she'd never have to see him again. But Paul refused to accept the split and had no intention of letting Kate move on. He stalked her throughout the 1990s, making sure she’d never forget him.

Jun 10 2020

45mins

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Crimes of Passion Bites: Political Crimes

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In addition to new episodes of Crimes of Passion each week, you’ll now also hear Crime Bites every Friday. Each Crime Bites episode gives you a deeper, yet brief look into true-crime topics covered at Parcast.


Today we’re discussing political crimes. What types of political crimes are there, and what is their impact on society and governments as a whole?


Clips featured: Political Scandals: Jack Abramoff, Espionage: The Rosenbergs Pt. 2, Assassinations: Pancho Villa Pt. 1

Jun 05 2020

20mins

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Paul and Kate Brennan Pt. 1

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In the 1990s, a 43-year-old writer in the Midwest who used the pseudonym “Kate Brennan” met a man she called “Paul.” Kate thought Paul was charming and worldly when they first met. But over the course of their relationship, she would discover how cruel he could be.

Jun 03 2020

44mins

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Crimes of Passion Bites: Torture

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In addition to new episodes of Crimes of Passion each week, you’ll now also hear Crime Bites every Friday. Each Crime Bites episode gives you a deeper, yet brief look into true-crime topics covered at Parcast.


Today we’re discussing cases in which a criminal tortured their victim. What would compel someone to torture another person, and what are the lasting effects on a victim who was tortured?


Clips featured: Female Criminals: Gertrude Banisewski Pt. 1, Serial Killers: David Parker Ray Pt. 2, Hostage: Colleen Stan Pt. 2

May 29 2020

21mins

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Eric Windhurst Pt. 2

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In November of 1985, Eric Windhurst took matters into his own hands to defend friend Melanie Paquette from her abusive father, Danny. The crime shocked the community of Hopkinton, and it would be years before the truth about that day finally emerged.

May 27 2020

44mins

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Crimes of Passion Bites: Wealthy Criminals

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In addition to new episodes of Crimes of Passion each week, you’ll now also hear Crime Bites every Friday. Each Crime Bites episode gives you a deeper, yet brief look into true-crime topics covered at Parcast.


Today we’ll focus on wealthy criminals. We’ll discuss what leads high-status individuals to commit crimes, as well as the consequences they face once captured.


Clips featured: Kingpins: Pablo Escobar Pt. 1, Con Artists: Bernie Madoff Pt. 1, Female Criminals: Leona Helmsley Pt. 2

May 22 2020

21mins

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Eric Windhurst Pt. 1

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Melanie Paquette endured years of sexual abuse at the hands of her adoptive father, Danny. Her family eventually escaped Danny's household, but he continued to haunt them for years. When her trauma finally came to a head in 1985, she confided her fears in her new friend, 17-year-old Eric Windhurst.

May 20 2020

41mins

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Crimes of Passion Bites: Revenge Killings

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In addition to new episodes of Crimes of Passion each week, you’ll now also hear Crime Bites every Friday. Each Crime Bites episode gives you a deeper, yet brief look into true-crime topics covered at Parcast.


What makes someone so vengeful, they’re willing to take a human life? Using clips from across the Parcast Network, we’ll search for clues by taking a closer look at some of history’s most infamous revenge killings.


Clips featured: Crimes of Passion: Marty and Michelle Theer Pt. 1, Female Criminals: Valerie Solanas Pt. 2, Assassinations: Phoolan Devi Pt. 1

May 15 2020

19mins

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Introducing FAMOUS FATES: FALLS FROM GRACE, A Parcast Original Series!

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Famous Fates is back with a brand new season, titled Falls From Grace! Join hosts Carter and Vanessa as they return to examine some of the most accomplished—and controversial—people to ever live. You’ll discover what drove these history-makers to be so successful in their respective fields… And what led to their ultimate disgrace. Available for free and only on Spotify, Falls From Grace will release two episodes every Wednesday, each focusing on a different notable figure. 

Enjoy this exclusive clip from our new season on the shocking life of film director Roman Polanski. If you want to listen to the full episode, follow Famous Fates: Falls From Grace, free and only on Spotify.

May 14 2020

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Matt Baker Pt. 2

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Texas preacher Matt Baker preyed on young women for years while leading a double life as a mild-mannered husband and father. His wife, Kari Baker, ignored red flags for nearly 12 years until 2006, when she began to suspect that Matt was having an affair. The conflict prompted Matt to form a deadly plot to get her out of his life.

May 13 2020

48mins

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Crimes of Passion Bites: Dead Political Figures

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In addition to new episodes of Crimes of Passion each week, you’ll now also hear Crime Bites every Friday. Each Crime Bites episode gives you a deeper, yet brief look into true-crime topics covered at Parcast.


Today we’re discussing the deaths of American political figures. Whether their demise came at the hands of an assassin, or a political rival, the loss of each of these leaders left an indelible impact on U.S. history.


Clips featured: Political Scandals: Election of 1800, Assassinations: Lincoln Pt. 2, Conspiracy Theories: JFK Assassination Pt. 1

May 08 2020

20mins

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Matt Baker Pt. 1

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When they married in Texas in 1994, Kari Baker thought she had found the perfect Christian man to start a family with. What Kari didn’t know was that Matt was a predator with a decade-long history of sexually harassing and assaulting young women. When she started to suspect the truth, Matt searched for a way out of his marriage.

May 06 2020

49mins

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iTunes Ratings

3477 Ratings
Average Ratings
2872
270
129
86
120

Missing podcasts? Part 2 no part 1

By Jenni122794 - May 14 2020
Read more
I noticed that some of the podcasts jump around with is kind of annoying. For example it jumps from episode 61, 62 than to 65? Where is 63 and 64?? Other podcasts it’ll also show part 2 but I cannot find part 1.

one of my favorite podcasts out there!!

By Chia mañana - May 09 2020
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i listen when i walk and do things around the house. always eager for a new one to come out!!