Rank #1: NEW: J.R. and Jeremy Steinke Pt. 1
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
Rank #2: Chris Watts Pt. 1
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
Rank #3: Michelle Carter Pt. 1
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
Rank #4: Ivrin Bolden, Jr. Pt. 1
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
Rank #5: Larry Swartz Pt. 1
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
Rank #6: Ruth Snyder Pt. 1
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
Rank #7: Brynn and Phil Hartman Pt. 1
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
Rank #8: Jodi Arias Pt. 1
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
Rank #9: Harold Nokes Pt. 2
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
Rank #10: Celeste Beard and Tracey Tarlton Pt. 1
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
Rank #11: Chris Watts Pt. 2
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
Rank #12: Ivrin Bolden, Jr. Pt. 2
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
Rank #13: “The Scissor Sisters” Pt. 1
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
Rank #14: Jodi Arias Pt. 2
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
Rank #15: Robert and Linda Edelman Pt. 1
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
Rank #16: Brynn and Phil Hartman Pt. 2
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
Rank #17: Amy Fisher and Joey Buttafuoco Pt. 1
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
Rank #18: Larry Swartz Pt. 2
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
Rank #19: Dorothy Stratten Pt. 1
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
Rank #20: Marty & Michelle Theer Pt. 1: An Air Force Affair
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