The original true crime review podcast that looks at other podcasts, TV, and pop culture. True crime authors and real-life couple Rebecca Lavoie and Kevin Flynn hold a pop-culture round table with noir novelist Toby Ball and journalist-turned-investigator Lara Bricker. The panel chats about other podcasts (including 'Serial') as well as journalism, storytelling, TV shows and films, and the special segment, 'Crime of the Week.'Show website: crimewriterson.com. Follow the show on Twitter @crimewriterson. Find us on Facebook facebook.com/crimewritersonpodcast. Email the show at [email protected] by Benjamin Frisch
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46:32Loretta McLaughlin struggles for respect in the 1960s male-dominated newsroom at the Record-American. But she finds a pattern in different Boston-area murders: women choked in their homes, their stockings tied around their necks in a bow. Teamed with reporter Jean Cole, the women lead the hunt for the killer they dub the Boston Strangler. The pair find their safety threatened as suspects move in and out of the frame, and the cops unable to make an arrest.Oscar nominee Keira Knightley stars in “Boston Strangler” from 20th Century Studios and streaming on Hulu. McLaughlin fights the sexism of the police and fellow reporters, all while seeking the culprit. Was the man arrested for the crimes responsible for all 13 deaths? Or do the changing methods and victims indicate more than one man was the Boston Strangler?OUR SPOILER-FREE REVIEWS OF "BOSTON STRANGLER" BEGIN IN THE FINAL 12 MINUTES OF THE EPISODE.In Crime of the Week: late for school.
44:57Welsh police sergeant Jill Evans thinks she’s found the man of her dreams. Dean Jenkins is attentive and a bit mysterious. What she doesn’t know is that Dean has been supplementing his income as an armed robber. After his arrest, Jill's colleagues are suspicious of her claims she didn’t know Dean was a bandit. Now it’s more than just her career on the line.From Wondery and Novel, comes “Stolen Hearts.” Host Kerry Godliman mixes true crime and rom-com for a breezy look at a very British scandal. OUR SPOILER-FREE REVIEWS OF "STOLEN HEARTS" BEGIN IN THE FINAL 8 MINUTES OF THE EPISODE.
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You Didn't See Nothin
52:03In 1997, 13-year-old Lenard Clark rode his bike into a white Chicago neighborhood, only to be jumped and beaten into a coma by a group of teens. One of them was the son of Frank Caruso, a union boss with reputed mob ties. The crime shook the Black community and shocked the city.As a young man, Yohance Lacour was puzzled why some Black community leaders rallied around Frank junior, who was trying to mend his public image before trial. Now an investigative reporter, Lacour revisits the crime and its aftermath…and reflects on how the incident affected his own life.From USG Audio and Invisible Institute comes the podcast “You Didn’t See Nothin.” Through the lens of his lived experience, Lacour probes the actions of those in power who stood behind a white assailant instead of his young Black victim. And he asks why calls for racial reconciliation are not a two-way street.OUR SPOILER-FREE REVIEWS OF "YOU DIDN'T SEE NOTHIN" BEGIN IN THE FINAL 12 MINUTES OF THE EPISODE.In Crime of the Week: no bones about it.
CWO Classic: Done Disappeared
25:18He's not a podcaster. He's a filmmaker. He's never made a podcast...but he's also never made a film. Who else can find Clara Pockets and the Goose Ganker but John David Booter? We look back at our 2017 and 2018 discussions of the first two seasons of "Done Disappeared, with me, John David Booter."
Smoke Screen: Deadly Cure
50:23Believing they’ve found the cure to aches and pains and serious diseases, Jim Humble and Mark Grenon create a church espousing the use of the Miracle Mineral Solution. But what people are consuming isn’t medicine - it’s diluted bleach. MMS is sold around the world, promoted by the church as a panacea for malaria, autism, cancer and all common ailments. Activists urge the FDA to take action to prevent further injuries and deaths associated with MMS. Just as the media begins to expose the scam, the bleach regimen gets an unexpected endorsement as a treatment for COVID-19.From Neon Hum Media, Bloomberg & Sony Music Entertainment, “Smoke Screen: Deadly Cure” follows the rise and fall of a family who pushed a dangerous product on people looking for alternative medicine. Host Kristen V. Brown also spotlights the armchair detectives who tracked the Grenons and their allies. Did they believe MMS was a religious sacrament or was it just a cover to sell poison?OUR SPOILER-FREE REVIEWS OF "SMOKE SCREEN: DEADLY CURE" BEGIN IN THE FINAL 15 MINUTES OF THE SHOW.In Crime of the Week: auto drive.
City of Tents: Veterans Row
49:48In one of LA’s fanciest neighborhoods, homeless military veterans erect a tent city. While some volunteer to help the vets, others want to see the encampment demolished and its occupants moved along. The camp sits along a fence to the local VA hospital, the place where services for them are offered. But some don’t qualify or can’t get into their programs. Others choose to remain on the street. But if the vets don’t find another place to live, the sheriff will ensure the tents come down.From KCRW comes “City of Tents: Veterans Row.” Reporter Anna Scott brings us into a world where the desires of activists, officials, neighbors, and vets themselves are often at cross purposes. It examines the larger issue of homelessness and the half-measures employed to solve the problem.OUR SPOILER-FREE REVIEWS OF "CITY OF TENTS: VETERANS ROW" BEGIN IN THE FINAL 13 MINUTES OF THE EPISODE.In Crime of the Week: mummy issues.
Netflix's Murdaugh Murders: A Southern Scandal
44:59A fatal drunken boating accident turned the spotlight on a powerful South Carolina family. Survivors claimed Alex Murdaugh used his considerable influence to steer the investigation away from his son who caused the crash. Then Murdaugh returned home to find his wife and son murdered in the family dog kennel.The high profile case renewed interest in other suspicious deaths connected to the Murdaughs - including the roadside beating of a high school student and the fatal fall of the housekeeper in their home. But the story has a final plot twist. Alex Murdaugh was shot while changing a flat tire - in what police say was a set-up.Netflix’s “Murdaugh Murders: A Southern Scandal” is a timely look at the nation’s biggest crime case. With new interviews from the accident survivors, the three-part series focuses on everything leading up to the current murder trial. OUR SPOILER FREE REVIEWS OF "MURDAUGH MURDERS: A SOUTHERN SCANDAL" BEGIN IN THE FINAL 9 MINUTES OF THE EPISODE.
The Coldest Case in Laramie
48:50In 1985, when Kim Barker was a teen in Laramie, Wyoming, Shelli Wiley was murdered in her apartment. Now a New York Times reporter, Barker discovered there’d been a break in the long-unsolved case. Investigators arrested a former cop with what seemed like overwhelming evidence.So how did a case that seemed open-and-shut go cold again? The Pulitzer Prize winner returned to Wyoming to find out why it took 30 years to identify Fred Lamb and why the charges against him were dropped. “The Coldest Case in Laramie” is the new 8-part series from Serial Productions. Barker digs into the investigation of Lamb and other suspects in the homicide. Was he let go as part of a cover-up or did the cops just get it wrong?OUR SPOILER-FREE REVIEWS OF "THE COLDEST CASE IN LARAMIE" BEGIN IN THE FINAL 11 MINUTES OF THE EPISODE.In Crime of the Week: broken arrow.
The PEZ Outlaw
38:48Steve Glew was a part-time flea market vendor when he was introduced to the world of PEZ dispensers. Learning collectors would pay big money for rare versions of the popular candy holders, Glew hatched a plan to visit Eastern Europe and get dispensers not available in the US.Connoisseurs marveled at Glew’s collection of rare dispensers and paid top dollar for them. But the president of the company’s US subsidiary flipped his lid…and vowed to shut down the bootleg operation any way he could.The documentary “The PEZ Outlaw” profiles Steve Glew and his attempt to outsmart the candy maker and corner the collectibles market. Glew plays himself in light-hearted recreations of his smuggling operation and features diehard collectors and corporate antagonists to recount how the operation flourished and eventually collapsed. OUR SPOILER-FREE REVIEWS OF "THE PEZ OUTLAW" BEGIN IN THE FINAL 7 MINUTES OF THE EPISODE.