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Crimetown

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Welcome to Crimetown, a series produced by Marc Smerling and Zac Stuart-Pontier in partnership with Gimlet Media. Each season, we investigate the culture of crime in a different city. In Season 2, Crimetown heads to the heart of the Rust Belt: Detroit, Michigan. From its heyday as Motor City to its rebirth as the Brooklyn of the Midwest, Detroit’s history reflects a series of issues that strike at the heart of American identity: race, poverty, policing, loss of industry, the war on drugs, and our universal desire for a savior. Detroit’s a tough town, and its residents are even tougher. They’ve weathered riots, a drug epidemic, political scandal, and innumerable other hardships, but they’re still here—and they have stories to tell.

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Welcome to Crimetown, a series produced by Marc Smerling and Zac Stuart-Pontier in partnership with Gimlet Media. Each season, we investigate the culture of crime in a different city. In Season 2, Crimetown heads to the heart of the Rust Belt: Detroit, Michigan. From its heyday as Motor City to its rebirth as the Brooklyn of the Midwest, Detroit’s history reflects a series of issues that strike at the heart of American identity: race, poverty, policing, loss of industry, the war on drugs, and our universal desire for a savior. Detroit’s a tough town, and its residents are even tougher. They’ve weathered riots, a drug epidemic, political scandal, and innumerable other hardships, but they’re still here—and they have stories to tell.

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Epic story telling!

By LoveJo - Sep 19 2019
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This podcast is one of the best!

First Season is an absolute Gem!

By Maellabr - Sep 19 2019
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One of my favorite shows with delicious audio and fabulous music selection. Stories so captivating!

iTunes Ratings

12429 Ratings
Average Ratings
10606
1045
358
194
226

Epic story telling!

By LoveJo - Sep 19 2019
Read more
This podcast is one of the best!

First Season is an absolute Gem!

By Maellabr - Sep 19 2019
Read more
One of my favorite shows with delicious audio and fabulous music selection. Stories so captivating!
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Crimetown

Updated 2 days ago

Rank #21 in News category

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Welcome to Crimetown, a series produced by Marc Smerling and Zac Stuart-Pontier in partnership with Gimlet Media. Each season, we investigate the culture of crime in a different city. In Season 2, Crimetown heads to the heart of the Rust Belt: Detroit, Michigan. From its heyday as Motor City to its rebirth as the Brooklyn of the Midwest, Detroit’s history reflects a series of issues that strike at the heart of American identity: race, poverty, policing, loss of industry, the war on drugs, and our universal desire for a savior. Detroit’s a tough town, and its residents are even tougher. They’ve weathered riots, a drug epidemic, political scandal, and innumerable other hardships, but they’re still here—and they have stories to tell.

Warning: This podcast is a series podcast

This means episodes are recommended to be heard in order from the very start. Here's the 10 best episodes of the series anyway though!

Rank #1: S1 E01: Divine Providence

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Welcome to Providence, Rhode Island, a city where organized crime corrupted every aspect of public life. In the first episode of Crimetown, a young prosecutor named Buddy Cianci takes on a gruesome murder case. As the investigation heats up, Buddy goes head to head with the most notorious mob boss in the country—and launches a career that will change Providence forever.

For credits and more information about this episode, visit crimetownshow.com.
Nov 20 2016
35 mins
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Rank #2: S2 E01: Stop the Robberies, Enjoy Safe Streets

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Detroit, 1971—a city riven by blight, racial strife, and rising crime. In the first episode of Crimetown Season 2, the police form a controversial undercover unit called STRESS—Stop The Robberies, Enjoy Safe Streets. One of the unit’s cops kills so many black men that he earns a nickname: Mr. STRESS. Can anyone stop him?

For bonus content from this episode, visit crimetownshow.com.
Oct 01 2018
35 mins
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Rank #3: S1 E02: The Wiseguys

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How does a kid from Providence become a mob enforcer? Two men share their personal stories of joining Raymond Patriarca’s crime family. As they move from their formative years on the street to maximum security, they come up against murder charges, jailhouse feuds…and even the occasional farm animal.

For credits and more information about this episode, visit crimetownshow.com.

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Nov 20 2016
36 mins
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Rank #4: S1 E18: The Prince of Providence

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Buddy Cianci was once a crusading prosecutor who took on the mob. Now, he’s behind bars. For the mayor of any other city, this would be the end of the road. But Buddy isn’t any other mayor. And Providence isn’t any other city.

For a full list of credits, and more information about this episode, visit crimetownshow.com.
May 08 2017
47 mins
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Rank #5: S1 E03: The Making of a Mayor

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Buddy Cianci runs for mayor as the anti-corruption candidate, promising to change Providence. He’s a novice Republican politician in a city ruled by Democrats and mobbed-up unions. As he struggles to get elected, he faces an impossible choice: stay clean and lose, or get a little dirty and win.

For credits and more information about this episode, visit crimetownshow.com.

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Nov 27 2016
33 mins
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Rank #6: S1 E16: Operation Plunder Dome

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Dennis Aiken is an FBI agent from Mississippi. Anthony Freitas is a businessman from Portugal. Together, they’re Providence’s best hope in the war on corruption—and they just might take down Buddy Cianci once and for all.

For a full list of credits, and for more information about this episode, visit our website at crimetownshow.com.
Apr 23 2017
47 mins
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Rank #7: S1 E17: The Trial of Buddy Cianci

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Buddy Cianci faces justice. His lawyers say he’s the Renaissance Mayor, too busy rebuilding Providence to notice a few bad apples in his administration. The prosecution says he’s just another crooked politician, running a massive corruption ring out of City Hall. Which story will the jury believe?

For a full list of credits, and more information about this episode, visit our website at crimetownshow.com.
Apr 30 2017
32 mins
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Rank #8: S1 E04: The Bonded Vault Heist

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August 14, 1975. A ragtag crew of crooks holds up a fur company. But it’s not just a fur company. It’s the Patriarca crime family’s secret bank. And now, the thieves not only have to run from the law—they have to run for their lives.

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Dec 04 2016
36 mins
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Rank #9: S1 E15: Family Ties

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Charles “the Ghost” Kennedy and his sister Gloria took very different paths in life. She became a state senator. He became a drug smuggler. And as his empire starts to crumble, the people close to him suffer the consequences.

For a full list of credits, and for more information about this episode, visit our website at crimetownshow.com.
Apr 10 2017
39 mins
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Rank #10: S1 E14: Renaissance Man

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Buddy Cianci left City Hall in disgrace after torturing a man in his living room. Now, he attempts the impossible: running for mayor of Providence again.

For a full list of credits, and for more information about this episode, visit our website at crimetownshow.com.
Apr 02 2017
36 mins
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Rank #11: S1 E05: The Art of the Deal

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Buddy Cianci, the popular mayor of Providence, runs for governor. But he knows something the people of Rhode Island don’t. And when they discover Buddy’s secret, it threatens to derail his political career. So what does Buddy do? He picks a fight.

For a full list of credits, and for more information about this episode, visit crimetownshow.com.

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Dec 11 2016
35 mins
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Rank #12: S1 E13: The Network

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A shadowy group of political insiders tries to cover up a crisis. A mobbed-up banker vanishes after embezzling millions of dollars. And one renegade ex-nun saw the whole thing coming.

For a full list of credits, and more information about this episode, visit our website at crimetownshow.com.

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Mar 19 2017
34 mins
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Rank #13: S1 E06: Gerald and Harold

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Police discover a bullet-riddled body in the backseat of a car. Jerry Tillinghast and his brother Harold are arrested. But doubts are soon raised about Harold’s involvement. And now, Jerry has a choice: break the mob’s code of silence, or allow his brother to join him in prison.

For a full list of credits, and for more information about this episode, visit crimetownshow.com.

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Dec 18 2016
35 mins
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Rank #14: S2 E09: Dimitri

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Dimitri Mugianis is a rarity in Detroit: a white kid whose family stayed after everyone like them left. Growing up, he throws himself into the city’s avant-garde underworld, playing in art-punk bands and partying in gay clubs. But when his taste for the nightlife becomes a full-blown heroin addiction, he realizes that he’s in trouble—and, with a hot new drug called crack hitting the streets, it’s only going to get worse. 

For bonus content from this episode, visit crimetownshow.com.
Jun 20 2019
42 mins
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Rank #15: S2 E11: The Hip Hop Mayor

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To his supporters, Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is a new breed of politician: young, cool, and in touch with black culture. To his critics, his flashy appearance and taste for nightlife are evidence of his immaturity. Rumors about Kilpatrick begin to swirl: sky-high spending, an out-of-control entourage, and wild parties at the mayoral mansion. Is Kwame Kilpatrick in over his head? Or is he being targeted because of his race? 

For bonus content from this episode, visit crimetownshow.com.
Jul 04 2019
37 mins
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Rank #16: S1 E12: Mob Justice

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A mob lawyer rises to become Chief Justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court. He promises to leave his past associations behind. But it's hard to part with old friends.

For more information about this episode, and a full list of credits, visit crimetownshow.com

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Mar 12 2017
31 mins
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Rank #17: S1 E11: The Doctor Broad

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A young doctor suddenly finds herself caring for a sickly old man named Raymond Patriarca. As she grows closer to her new patient, she’s drawn into the underworld in more ways than one.

For more information about this episode, and a full list of credits, visit crimetownshow.com.
Mar 05 2017
37 mins
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Rank #18: Bonus Episode: The Arrest of Ralph DeMasi

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80-year-old Ralph DeMasi is known throughout New England as both a prolific armored-car robber and a dedicated family man. After decades in prison, he thought he would live out his last years in freedom. Then the police made a break in a cold case, and now Ralph has a new charge on his long rap sheet: murder.

For a full list of credits, and more information about this episode, visit our website at crimetownshow.com.

Read Dan Barry’s New York Times article about Ralph DeMasi, “The Holdup: A Mobster, a Family and the Crime That Won’t Let Them Go.”
Jun 04 2017
40 mins
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Rank #19: S2 E10: Right Here, Right Now

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When Mayor Coleman Young dies after twenty years in office, he leaves a yawning vacuum in Detroit’s power structure. But a successor quickly arises: a young, ambitious state legislator named Kwame Kilpatrick. He’s charismatic, larger than life, and has an impeccable political pedigree. There’s only one person who can stop Kwame Kilpatrick: himself. 

For bonus content from this episode, visit crimetownshow.com.
Jun 27 2019
33 mins
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Rank #20: S1 E10: The Ghost

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After a lucrative career as a thief, Charles Kennedy has an important realization: the real money is in drugs. He rises to become one of the East Coast’s biggest traffickers, throwing coke-fuelled parties and amassing a strange menagerie of pets. But his success attracts the wrong kind of attention.

For more information about this episode, and for a full list of credits, visit crimetownshow.com.
Feb 26 2017
37 mins
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