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March 31, 2020
Rebecca and Kevin introduce Toby Ball's new podcast, "Strange Arrivals." On a September night in 1961, in the mountains of New Hampshire, Betty and Barney Hill encountered something they could not explain. What really happened that autumn night? Welcome to Strange Arrivals, where host Toby Ball will unravel one of history's most famous cases of alien abduction.  This seasonal ten-part series will have new 25 to 30-minute episodes every Tuesday, starting March 31. You can listen to on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, iHeartRadio, Google Play Music, and Stitcher.    © Copyright 2020 iHeartRadio and Grim & Mild   Support the show.
March 30, 2020
The panel discusses the much-buzzed about documentary, "Tiger King." Expanding on the characters and themes of the recent "Joe Exotic" podcast, this Netflix doc dives even deeper into the world of big cats and the shady people who love them. No doubt it's entertaining, but does it handle the people and issues in a responsible way?  FOR OUR SPOILER-FREE REVIEW OF "TIGER KING" GO TO 1:03 PLUS: A big announcement from Toby! His new 10-part podcast, "Strange Arrivals," is out March 31. Subscribe now! In crime of the week, it makes my eyes burn. For exclusive podcasts and more, go to patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia.   Support the show.
March 23, 2020
A review of the Netflix film Lost Girls and the Wondery Podcast The Dating Game Killer
March 16, 2020
This week, Lara's son takes a very bad fall and Kevin has some professional news.  Leading off, the crime writers discuss the new podcast from HLN, “Down the Hill: The Delphi Murders.” The reporters attempt to shed light on a double killing with few publicly known facts. Can they advance the story? OUR SPOILER FREE REVIEW OF “DOWN THE HILL” BEGINS IN MINUTE 33 Then, they jet to Italy for “Verified” from Witness Docs and Stitcher. This ten-part series looks at a group of women and their search for justice against the man who raped them when they answered his ad on couchsurfer.com. Is there blame to share? OUR SPOILER FREE REVIEW OF “VERIFIED” BEGINS IN MINUTE 1:03 In crime of the week, who run the world? For exclusive content, sign up at www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia. Support the show.
March 9, 2020
After a week of reeling in the years, the Crime Writers are back discussing the hard-hitting Netflix documentary, “The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez.” Viewers learn the long trail of physical and emotional abuse suffered by Gabriel and the many missed opportunities to save his life. And it dives into the issues around the failings of law enforcement, social services, elected officials, and the System’s desire to protect itself at the expense of the children it’s supposed to help. OUR SPOILER FREE REVIEW OF “THE TRIALS OF GABRIEL FERNANDEZ” BEGINS IN MINUTE 37. Then, on a lighter note, the team offers their recommendations for content you should be consuming this spring. Toby: Greatest of all Talk: 36 From The Vault: The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel Knives Out Lara: The Long Call by Ann Cleeves- Locke and Key Outlander Dublin Murders Kevin: Six Stumptown Dying for Sex Pod Save America   Rebecca: Joe Ide’s IQ book series Matt Goldman’s Nils Shapiro series Deep Water Reply All – “The Case of the Missing Hit”   In Crime of the Week: Tinder mercies. For exclusive podcasts and more, go to patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia   Support the show.
March 2, 2020
This is our 200th episode, and to mark the occasion we’re going to look back at some of our favorite moments from Crime Writers On. We’ll revisit reviews from classic podcasts, games, milestones, things that made us cry with laughter, and shed other kinds of tears. For exclusive podcasts and more, go to patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia. This week's special episode cover art: Top row Millie Bobby Brown from “Stranger Things” David Rudolf from “The Staircase” Bowe Bergdahl from “Serial” Michael Peterson from “The Staircase” Madeleine McCann from “The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann” Richard Simmons from “Missing Richard Simmons” Dan Taberski from “Headlong” Bill Cosby from “Chasing Cosby” Keith Morrison from “Dateline NBC” Andy from “The Legend of Cocaine Island” Adnan Syed from “Serial” Jonathan Groff from “Mindhunter” Merritt Weaver from “Unbelievable” Tyler Alvarez from “American Vandal” Bikram Choudhury from “Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator” Ian Bailey from “West Cork” Holt McCallany from “Mindhunter” Ear Hustle Sister Cathy Cesnik from “The Keepers”   Second row Jharrel Jerome from “When They See Us” Sarah Paulson from “The People vs OJ Simpson” Sterling K. Brown from “The People vs OJ Simpson” Eric Bana from “Dirty John” Payne Lindsey from “Up and Vanished” Matthew McConaughey from “True Detective” Woody Harrelson from “True Detective” Bob Broberg from “Abducted in Plain Sight” Charles Manson from “Young Charlie” Patrick Hines from “True Crime Obsessed” Colin Miller from “Undisclosed” Rabia Chaudry from “Undisclosed” Susan Simpson from “Undisclosed” Casey Anthony from “Casey Anthony: An American Murder Mystery” David Ridgen from “Someone Knowns Something”   Third row Doug Evans from “In the Dark” Steven Avery from “Making a Murderer” John Meehan from “Dirty John” John McLemore from “S-town” Brendan Dassey from “Making a Murderer” Ted Bundy from “The Bundy Tapes” Cleo Semaganis Nicotine from “Missing and Murdered” Ma Anand Sheela from “Wild Wild Country” Joseph Maldonado-Passage from “Joe Exotic” Amber Hunt from “Accused”   Front row Curtis Flowers from “In the Dark” Bill Rankin from “Breakdown” Ronan Farrow from “Catch and Kill” Madeline Baron from “In the Dark” Sarah Keonig from “Serial” Kevin Flynn Lara Bricker Rebeca Lavoie Toby Ball Debra Newell from “Dirty John” Rocksteady Freddie from the New York Ska Jazz Ensemble Foreground Cat of the week Slenderman “The Staircase” owl Miracle Whip The crime writers typewriter The Brickter Scale The Habitat Support the show.
February 24, 2020
As the crime writers prepare for their 200th episode special, Rebecca and Kevin have an invitation to London-based listeners. First off, in “The Other Latif,” Latif Nasser learns a Moroccan native who shares his name has been held for years at Guantanamo accused of being a top military adviser to Osama bin Laden. This miniseries from RadioLab explores whether his namesake is as dangerous as the US says he is. OUR SPOILER-FREE REVIEW OF “RADIOLAB: THE OTHER LATIF” BEGINS IN THE 31st MINUTE. Then: It’s the biggest fraud case you’ve never heard about. In HBO’s “McMillions,” a bored FBI agent stumbles on to a tip that McDonald’s million-dollar Monopoly game is fixed. This whodunnit, howdaydoit is lighthearted, intriguing, and – at times – moving. OUR SPOILER-FREE REVIEW OF “McMILLIONS” BEGINS IN THE 59th MINUTE. In Crime of the Week: jack shit. For exclusive content and more, go to www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia. Support the show.
February 17, 2020
After casting their votes in the New Hampshire Primary, the panel is ready to vote on two new true crime titles. First, the crime writers discuss the new season of Uncover: Satanic Panic. Host Lisa Rundle brings us to a Saskatchewan town rocked in the 90s by an alleged pedophilia ring run by devil worshipers. The podcast recalls the mass hysteria and the lives forever changed by the charges. OUR SPOILER-FREE REVIEW OF “UNCOVER: SATANIC PANIC” STARTS IN THE 28 MINUTE OF THE SHOW. Then, Netflix’s “The Pharmacist” tells the story of a mild-mannered Louisiana druggist whose life is turned upside down by the murder of his son. While working through his grief, Dan Schneider notices a pattern of healthy-looking people filling OxyContin prescriptions from a particular doctor. OUR SPOILER-FREE REVIEW OF “THE PHARMACIST” STARTS IN THE 55 MINUTE MARK OF THE SHOW. Then in Crime of the Week, that’s nuts. For exclusive content and more, sign up at patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia.   Support the show.
February 10, 2020
Greetings from New Hampshire, where the Crime Writers will be among those casting their First in the Nation primary ballots. Hear them discuss the new text technology campaigns will be using to get your vote. Leading off, USAToday Sports and For the Win is out with a podcast covering an unusual bank Heist. “The Sneak” tells us of a bizarre armored car holdup where a man disguised as a landscaper escaped down river on an inner tube. Host Nate Scott says there’s much more to the story. OUR SPOILER FREE REVIEW OF “THE SNEAK” BEGINS IN THE 26 MINUTE MARK OF THE SHOW. The LA Times’s new podcast looks into the events that took down one of America’s most beloved figures. In “Chasing Cosby”, host Nikki Weisensee Egan uses archival tape and new witness interviews to show the long, difficult road to justice against a rich, powerful celebrity and the unlikely events - and incredibly brave victims - that led to Bill Cosby’s arrest and conviction. OUR SPOILER FREE REVIEW OF “CHASING COSBY” BEGINS IN THE 59 MINUTE MARK OF THE SHOW. In Crime of the Week: drug reading dog. For exclusive podcasts and more, sign up at patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia. Support the show.
February 3, 2020
Mixed reviews this week from the crime writers. First, they explore "The Officer's Wife" from Vault Studios. Just as you think the story will be a typical by-the-numbers true crime tale...it offers a real plot twist. But does it leave too many listener questions unanswered? OUR SPOILER-FREE REVIEW OF "THE OFFICER'S WIFE" BEGINS AROUND THE 34 MINUTE MARK.  Then, Netflix has a new documentary tackling the life and crimes of the late NFL star Aaron Hernandez. Much like the 2018 podcast "Gladiator," “Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez” is also a revealing look at a troubling story of power, money, family, sexuality, visually elevated in the way only a documentary can. OUR SPOILER-FREE REVIEW OF "KILLER INSIDE" BEGINS AROUND THE 57 MINUTE MARK. Then in Crime of the Week, little hellions.  For exclusive content, go to patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia.  Support the show.
January 27, 2020
Reviews of "No Body Recovered" and "The Outsider"
January 20, 2020
In an episode that seems to go off the rails at times, the panel discusses season two of “The Dream.” Host Jane Marie tackles the wellness industry, covering everything from healing crystals and medicinal herbs to vitamins and natural childbirth. Are they coming after the thing YOU believe is saving you from illness? OUR SPOILER-FREE REVIEW OF “THE DREAM” BEGINS IN THE 29th MINUTE OF THE SHOW. Then the crime writers review the long, strange trip in “Disorganized Crime: Smuggler’s Daughter.” Host “Rainbow Valentine” interviews her parents about their crazy double-life moving millions of dollars of marijuana across the country. OUR SPOILER-FREE REVIEW OF “DISORGANIZED CRIME” BEGINS IN THE 57th MINUTE OF THE SHOW. In Crime of the Week: if I had a nickel for every stupid question… For exclusive podcasts and more, go to patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia. Support the show.
January 13, 2020
The panel discusses the new podcast/audiobook hybrid “Midnight Son” from Audible Originals. We’re taken to the Arctic to explore the crimes of an Alaska Native and to investigate his claim that while as a fugitive in the wilderness he was visited by mythic tribe thought only to exist in legend. FOR OUR SPOILER-FREE REVIEW OF “MIDNIGHT SON,” GO TO THE 41 MINUTE MARK Then, we’re off to Louisville for season one of “Dig” from the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting. Host Eleanor Klibanoff finds prosecutors in that community are declining to seek charges and close many sexual assault cases, in a policy that may protect conviction rates and crime statistics more than it protects victims. FOR OUR SPOILER-FREE REVIEW OF “DIG,” GO TO THE 1:13 MINUTE MARK. In crime of the week: Wakanda forever! For exclusive podcasts and more, sign up at patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia. Support the show.
January 6, 2020
The team breaks down the true crime podcast Accused S. 3 and Don't F**k With Cats from Netflix
December 23, 2019
Reviews of the In The Dark bonus episode and Netflix's The Confession Killer
December 16, 2019
A review of The Catch and Kill Podcast and Detective Trapp
December 9, 2019
A review of the podcast Broken Justice and the Netflix doc Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator
November 25, 2019
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. For exclusive podcasts and more, sign up at patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia. Support the show.
November 18, 2019
Reviews of the podcast "Have you Seen This Man" and the documentary "Tell Me Who I Am"
November 11, 2019
“Murder in Oregon” explores one of that state’s most infamous homicides. Corrections Department Director Michael Francke was stabbed outside of his office in 1989. Was his killing tied to his investigation of corruption? HBO's “Watchmen” takes place in an alternative history where cops who hide behind masks for their own safety team with costumed vigilantes to fight crime and avoid a race war. Like the comic, "Watchmen" ponders what kind of heroes are needed in a world where truth and justice are in short supply. In crime of the week: turn the other cheek. For exclusive content and more, sign up at patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia. SPONSORS THIS EPISODEUncommonGoods - go to uncommongoods.com/crime to receive $5 off your first purchaseFabFitFun - Use coupon code CRIME for $10 off your first box at fabfitfun.comBetterHelp - get 10% off your first month with the discount code CRIME at betterhelp.comDaily Harvest - promo code CRIME for $25 off your first box at DailyHarvest.comBombas - Go to Bombas.com/crime for 20% off your first purchaseThe Suspect - wherever books are sold and at TheSuspectBook.com
November 4, 2019
Reviews of Wondry's "Bad Batch" and "Dolly Parton's America" from WNYC Studios
October 28, 2019
Reviews of Facebook Watch's adaptation of "Limetown" and the podcast "The Undercovers."
October 21, 2019
We start with a look inside podcasting's biggest business deal: Spotify's acquisition of Gimlet. In "StartUp," Alex Blumberg and Matt Leiber reveal the behind-the-scenes tensions and pose the question: can a nine-figure paycheck mend this friendship?  FOR OUR SPOILER-FREE REVIEW OF "STARTUP," GO TO 33:28 Next, "Motive" from the Chicago Sun-Times and WBEZ tells the case of teen exonerated for a murder, awarded millions, only to wide up in jail again. With its “Making a Murderer”-themes, “Motive” is a cautionary tale about the system failing the innocent and what happens when redemption is squandered. FOR OUR SPOILER-FREE REVIEW OF "MOTIVE," GO TO 57:11 In crime of the week: these dogs have flees. For exclusive podcasts and more, sign up at patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia SPONSORS THIS EPISODESquarespace - Head to Squarespace.com/CWO for a free trial and use offer code CWO to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domainBona - For cleaning tips and exclusive offers visit bona.com/crimeFabFitFun - Use coupon code CRIME for $10 off your first box at www.fabfitfun.comPretty Litter – Go to PrettyLitter.com and use promo code CRIME for 20% off your first orderBetterHelp – visit betterhelp.com/crime to get 10% off your first month with the discount code CRIME
October 14, 2019
A double review of Wondery's "The Mysterious Mr. Epstein" and the BBC's "The Missing Cryptoqueen"
October 7, 2019
A double review of Radiotopia's "Passenger List" podcast & "Criminal" from Netflix
September 30, 2019
A double review of "Hit Man" from iHeartRadio and Dateline NBC's "The Thing About Pam."
September 23, 2019
A break down and review of "Unbelievable" from Netflix.
September 16, 2019
Reviews of Wondry's "Over My Dead Body: Joe Exotic" and Netflix's "Happy Jail."
September 9, 2019
A review of the hit true crime podcast "Bardstown" and the Neflix documentary "The Great Hack."
September 2, 2019
A breakdown and review of Mindhunter: Season 2 & 30 for 30: The Sterling Affairs
August 19, 2019
A review of the podcast Room 20 and the HBO true crime documentary Who Killed Garrett Phillips?
August 5, 2019
A break down and review of "Bundyville: The Remnant" and "The Clearing" podcasts.
July 22, 2019
Reviews of "I Love You, Now Die" and "Exhibit A"
July 8, 2019
Following the US Supreme Court striking down Curtis Flowers’ conviction, In The Dark has returned with what could be the final episode of season two. The Polk Award-winning podcast saved some of its most compelling journalism for its final hour, accomplishing more in 56 minutes than most podcasts do in their entire series. FOR OUR THUMBS UP OR THUMBS WAY UP REVIEW OF THIS EP OF IN THE DARK, GO TO 25:04 The Irish Times’s podcast “Atlantic” examines the unsolved mystery of Peter Bergmann, a tourist found dead on a beach in County Sligo in 2009. The question remains - not how did he die - but why did he come to Ireland to disappear? FOR OUR SPOILER-FREE REVIEW OF “ATLANTIC,” GO TO 46:55 Then in Crime of the Week: burn, baby, burn. APPEARANCE ALERT! The crime writers will be at the True Crime Podcast Festival 2019 on July 13 in Chicago. Information at tcpf2019.com. SPONSORS THIS EPISODETruGreen - Get your first TruGreen Mosquito Defense application for just $39.95 at TruGreen.com/crimeThirdLove – visit ThirdLove.com/crime for 15% off todayRothy’s - go to Rothys.com/crime to get your new favorite flatsBetterHelp - get 10% off your first month with the discount code CRIME at betterhelp.com/crimeCanadian True Crime podcast – wherever you listen to your podcasts  http://www.crimewriterson.com/listen/atlantic
July 1, 2019
Reviews of HBO's "Big Little Lies" and Slate's podcast "The Queen."
June 24, 2019
Reviews of Confronting: OJ Simpson and Man in the Window
June 17, 2019
Reviews of Netflix's When They See Us and the podcast This Land.
June 10, 2019
A review of The Legend of Cocaine Island and audience games at a live podcast recording.
June 3, 2019
Reviews of HBO's "Chernobyl" and BBC America's "Killing Eve" season 2.
May 27, 2019
A look at the new NPR podcast "White Lies" and a recap of the "Game of Thrones" finale.
May 20, 2019
A double review: Extremely Wicked Shocking and Vile on Netflix & The Last Days of August from Jon Ronson
May 13, 2019
Reviews of "At the Heart of Gold" and "Slate Presents: Charged"
May 6, 2019
A review of Headlong s3 "Running from COPS" and some Game of Thrones talk
April 29, 2019
Reviewing Netflix's "The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann" and "The Stealer of the Diamonds" podcast.
April 22, 2019
The panel reviews the hit podcast Blackout and also checks in with Billy Jensen of The Murder Squad.
April 15, 2019
A review of "Uncover: The Village" and "Crimetown presents The Ballad of Billy Balls."
April 8, 2019
A four thumbs-down review of the true crime podcast To Live and Die in L.A.
April 1, 2019
The panel breaks down part 4 of the HBO docuseries The Case Against Adnan Syed and then reviews the series as a whole.
March 29, 2019
New testing shows Adnan Syed's DNA was not at the Leakin Park crime scene. What does it mean?
March 25, 2019
A breakdown and review of Part 3 of the HBO documentary The Case Against Adnan Syed.
March 18, 2019
The panel discusses part 2 of The Case Against Adnan Syed.
March 11, 2019
A breakdown and review of The Case Against Adnan Syed (part 1) and Leaving Neverland on HBO.
March 8, 2019
Rebecca and Kevin react to the breaking news in Adnan Syed's legal case, and talk about what could happen next.
March 4, 2019
A true crime podcast review of Over My Dead Body, plus a final look at True Detective Season 3.
February 25, 2019
A review of I Am The Night, a look forward to In The Dark's new episodes, and a breakdown of the Reply All episode, "The Founder"
February 18, 2019
Crime writers assemble! Lara gets to bitch about stuff she can’t hear them saying on “True Detective.” Toby discovers the “Crime Beat” podcast, which he predicts will go big. Rebecca talks to Maggie Freleng about new developments in the Maura Murray case. Kevin stifles a cough. The panel reviews “Conviction” from Gimlet Media. It’s a profile of a brash, self-assured private investigator who will go to any length to prove his client was set up by a crooked cop. Is he a champion of justice or a detrimental showboat? TO HEAR THE SPOILER-FREE REVIEW OF CONVICTION, GO TO 1:08:31 In crime of the week: put a tiger in your toke. SPONSORS THIS EPISODESquarespace – listen for our code to get 10% off your first purchaseMace – listen for our code to get 20% off combo kitsRothy’s - listen for our code to get free shippingThird Love - listen for our code to get 15% off your first purchaseLorena – the new series streaming on Amazon Prime
February 11, 2019
A double bill review of The Dropout podcast and Conversations With A Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes on Netflix.
February 4, 2019
A breakdown and review of season 3 of HBO's True Detective, plus a whole lot of true crime podcast updates.
January 28, 2019
A breakdown and review of Abducted in Plain Sight on Netflix.
January 21, 2019
A breakdown and review of the hit podcast Monster: The Zodiac Killer
January 14, 2019
A breakdown and review of the problematic hit podcast Broken Harts
January 7, 2019
The panel talks about Bandersnatch and Murder Mountain, two new offerings from Netflix
December 24, 2018
The panel reviews the Netflix true crime documentary The Innocent Man.
December 17, 2018
OH SNAP! Rebecca describes her misadventure in the woods. We make an announcement about PodX. In true crime update, Curtis Flowers's defense hopes to turn the tables on Doug Evans. We review Cold, the new podcast from KSL examining the Susan Powell case. A thorough examination of the lives of the Powells through recovered computer files, audio diaries, videotape, and dramatic readings, we ask how much is too much? TO HEAR OUR SPOILER-FREE REVIEW OF COLD, FAST-FORWARD TO 32:58. We look back 2018 with our recommendations of the best things to watch, read, and listen to. What's everyone's pick for the best podcast of the year? Rebecca's picks:The Word is Murder by Anthony HorowitzTom Bouman’s Dry Bones In The ValleyTV series Scott and BaileyThe CB Strike series by Robert Galbraith AKA the unknown author JK rowlingThe Faroe Island series by Chris OuldThis crazy ass season of Law and Order SVUThe Logan McRae series by Stuart McBrideGetting Curious podcast by Jonathan Van NessThe Will Trent series by Karin Slaughter Kevin's picksThe documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor?The Marvelous Mrs Maisel on Amazon PrimeCrazy Ex-Girlfriend on the CWThe Most Perfect Album from the More Perfect podcastThe podcast Bag Man from MSNBCThe Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler Lara's picksThe Marvelous Ms. Maisel Season 2 is now available!Wild Thing, podcast about Big Foot BelieversFrom Katherine Howe, the upcoming The Daughters of Temperance Hobbs.Bear Brook from NHPRJack Ryan on Amazon Prime Toby's picksFever Dream by Samanta SchweblinThe Wake by Paul KingsnorthDecoder Ring episode The Incunabula PapersThe TV show Babylon BerlinA Legacy of Spies by John LeCarreThe movie The Witch Then in Crime of the Week: Viva Nun Vegas! SPONSORS THIS WEEK:Betabrand - go to Betabrand.com and use my code CRIME to get 20% off yoursFelix Gray Glasses - Go to FelixGrayGlasses.com/crimeFirstleaf - for 3 bottles of wine for $15, go to TryFirstleaf.com/crimeLe Tote - listen for our promo code for 20% off your first month
December 10, 2018
IRL Rebecca renders a verdict...and gets to check something off her bucket list. There's a true crime update out of Australia with an arrest in the Teacher's Pet case. Should we reconsider the quality of a podcast story poorly told, yet effective at solving the crime? HBO brings us to tears with The Sentence, a look at one woman's 15-year mandatory-minimum sentence and its effects on her young children. Can a documentary about a single family speak to a larger institutional issue? TO HERE OUR SPOILER-FREE REVIEW OF "THE SENTENCE" GO TO 33:01. Then Dan Taberski returns with Headlong: Surviving Y2K. This look at global disaster averted weaves stories about eager doomsday preppers, bank robbers, dissident journalists, mothers in labor, and Taberski's own story of coming out to his wife. Let's party like it's 1999. TO HEAR OUR SPOILER-FREE REVIEW OF "SURVIVING Y2K" GO TO 1:11:53. Then in Crime of the Week: there arose such a clatter. SPONSORS THIS WEEKBetterHelp - get 10% off with code crime at betterhelp.com/crimeThoughtfully - thoughtfully.com/crime and use promo code CRIME for 20% off your orderBrooklinen - get $20 off AND free shipping is to use promo code CWO at brooklinen.comBombas - go to bombas.com/crime and use the code CRIME for 20% off your first order FabFitFun - fabfitfun.com and use my code CRIME to get $10 off Madison Reed - listen for a special deal just for our listenersPoshmark - Use the Poshmark app, sign up, and enter the code CRIME5
December 3, 2018
Good news/bad news in our true crime podcast updates. He’s podcasting’s second most-famous inmate. Now someone is leaving Ear Hustle…for a great reason. Also, a return trip to Winona by Madeline Baron and In the Dark gins up more CWO anger. Was that recent fire a coincidence or payback for supporting Curtis Flowers? A microchip has solved the mystery of the stray cat taken in by Lara. Seems she soon after had an awkward conversation with a neighbor. Bravo’s Dirty John is the first true crime podcast to get a scripted TV adaptation. How well is the Connie Britton/Eric Bana-led show telling the story? And does it matter if we already know how it ends? Then we take a longer look at USA Today’s ten-part series The City. It’s a giant heap of garbage…we mean, the story is about a giant heap of garbage which turns up overnight in a depressed Chicago neighborhood. Does the examination of city politics, corruption, and environmental racism adequately fill the time the podcast’s been given? FOR OUR SPOILER-FREE REVIEW OF "THE CITY," FAST-FORWARD TO 57:34. Then in crime of the week: that didn’t last long. SPONSORS THIS EPISODEBrooklinen - get $20 off and free shipping with promo code CWO at Brooklinen.comBombas - go to bombas.com/crime and use code CRIME for 20% off your first orderTommy John - save 20% on your first order at TommyJohn.com/crimePoshmark - $5 off your first purchase when you enter code CRIME5 when you sign upRothy's - go to rothys.com and enter CRIME to get your new flats and free shipping Pretty Litter - visit PrettyLitter.com and use code CRIME for 20% off your first orderWild Fang - go to Wildfang.com and use code CRIME for 25% off
November 19, 2018
Serial wraps up season 3 with more from Joshua behind bars (should the whole season have been him?). We leave some notes in the suggestion box for Sarah Koenig about how S3 could have pulled together the many themes touched on: overcharging, racial inequality, police misconduct, and the indifference to improving the system. Then we binge Amazon Prime's "Homecoming," the first major TV adaptation of a hit podcast. It has its own visual and musical style and a plot that suddenly veers from the source material. Is there enough different about the TV series to keep fans of the podcast engaged? TO HEAR OUR SPOILER-FREE REVIEW OF "HOMECOMING" FAST-FORWARD TO 1:09:34. Then in crime of the week: doughnut make my brown eyes blue? SPONSORS THIS EPISODEBeFrugal - Visit befrugal.com/crime and get a $10 bonus when you join for freeWildFang - Wildfang.com and use code CRIME for 25% off Daily Harvest - use code CRIME for three Daily Harvest cups at Daily-Harvest.comFirstleaf - get 3 bottles of wine for only $15, plus free shipping at TRYFirstleaf.com/crime Bombas - go to Bombas.com/crime and use the code CRIME for 20% off your first order Le Tote - enter the promo code CRIME at checkout to get 20% of your first month at LeTote.comFelix Gray - get free shipping and free returns at FelixGrayGlasses.com/crime
November 12, 2018
Sarah Koenig talking to a man behind bars who got done-wrong by the system. Wait, what season of Serial is this? We're talking about "A Madman's Vacation" with its revealing look at the Cleveland juvenile justice system. Then we talk about the powerful series from Michigan Radio and NPR, "Believed." This podcast takes a hard look at the crimes of gymnastics trainer Larry Nassar who was convicted of sexually assaulting more than 200 girls. Believed tells the tale through the stories of his victims and tries to examine how Nassar got away with it for so long. And our CWO discussion gets personal. NOTE: THIS PART OF OUR DISCUSSION MAY BE DISTURBING TO SOME LISTENERS. TO SKIP PAST IT, OR JUST STAY SPOILER-FREE, FAST-FORWARD TO THE 1:06:11 MARK. Then in crime of the week: the spirit within her. SPONSORS THIS EPISODEFabFitFun - go to fabfitfun.com and use code CRIME to get $10 off your first boxBombas - Go to BOMBAS.COM/crime and use the code: CRIME for 20% off your first orderBioClarity - Visit bioclarity.com and enter code CRIME to get 50% off a routine, plus free shippingSimple Contacts - get $20 off your contacts at simplecontacts.com/CWO20 or enter code CWO20 at checkout
November 5, 2018
A comprehensive look at the much-anticipated follow-up to Making a Murderer from Netflix.
October 29, 2018
In Serial episode 7, "Snowball Effect," we see the negative after-effects of Erimius's and Jesse's cases. What were once two men with the moral high ground against police misconduct are now spiraling into self-sabotage. Then we look at Gladiator: Aaron Hernandez and Football, Inc. This podcast from the Boston Globe Spotlight team examines how football and his environment contributed to Hernandez going from NFL tight end to having three murder charges. A must-listen, even for non-sports fans. Want to skip our spoilers and just get to the thumbs-up or thumbs-down review? Go to 1:00:18 In crime of the week: swift justice. SPONSORS THIS EPISODE:Rothy's - free shipping, returns and exchanges Rothys.com and promo code CRIMEDaily Harvest - go to Daily-Harvest.com and enter promo code CRIME to get three free cupsBombas - go to Bombas.com/crime and use code CRIME for 20% off your first orderbioClarity - go to bioClarity.com for 15% off you entire first purchase with code CRIME“You Can’t Make This Up” - a new podcast from Netflix
October 22, 2018
We discuss Serial episode 6 and the Happy Face podcast.
October 15, 2018
In Serial episode 5, Pleas Baby Pleas, Sarah brings us inside the prosecutor’s office, giving us a view of what it’s like to be one of too-few prosecutors in a system with too many felonies to prosecute, with some decisions made for justice and some for expediency. But does this episode live up to Serial's promise? The panel is split 3-1. Then, we review The Dream, a new podcast from Stitcher that looks at the unsavory world of multi-level marketing companies, and the reasons some people get sucked in. For our review without spoilers, skip to: 1:06:41. In Crime of the Week: Apple, peaches, pumpkin pie. Who's not ready, holler "I." SPONSORS THIS EPISODEBombas - go to Bombas.com/crime and use the code CRIME for 20% off your first orderTalkspace - go to Talkspace.com/crimewriters, and use the code CRIMEWRITERS to get $45 off your first month Legacybox - go to Legacybox.com/crime for 40% off your first orderDaily Harvest - go to Daily-Harvest.com and enter promo code CRIME to get three cups free in your first boxEvelyn & Bobbie - go to evelynbobbie.com and use code CRIME to get a free pair of underwear with any purchaseUnder My Skin by Lisa Unger - new from Park Row Books
October 7, 2018
For Serial season 3 episode 4, "A Bird in Jail is Worth Two on the Street," Sarah introduces us to man charged with shooting of an infant in a car before the state dropped the charges. Could this have been avoided? We learn that a snitch in time could have saved him a year in jail. Then...American Vandal is back with number two. Netflix's smart, Peabody Award winning, true crime satire returns with Pete and Sam looking for the Turd Burglar. Call the police, because DeMarcus steals the show. FOR OUR SPOILER-FREE REVIEW OF "AMERICAN VANDAL," JUMP AHEAD TO 59:25. Then in Crime of the Week - golden goats. SPONSORS THIS EPISODEPretty Litter - go to PrettyLitter.com promo code CRIME for 20% offBrooklinen - get $20 off AND free shipping is to use promo code CWO at Brooklinen.com Grove - get a two-month VIP membership and bonus gift by going to Grove.co/crimeUnder My Skin - from NY Times bestselling author Lisa Unger Kevin wishes to thank the following folks for donating to the Walk A Mile in Her Shoes walk-a-thon. Krista Correa, Rachel Harrison, Rebecca Epstein, Ben & Noel Bruening, Claire Cantwell, Kylie McElveen, Jennifer Rubenstein, Nikki Mans, Jessica McEachern, Emiliano Diaz de Leon, Katy Veprauskas, Anne Rogers, Carol Coello, Leah & Susan Kosior, Kimberly Hoefling, Wendy Martin, Lisa Miller, Melissa Huenefeldt, Bonnie West, Moira MacLellan, Courtney Castaneda, Sarah O’Reilly, Rebecca Lavoie Flynn, and “Anonymous.”
October 1, 2018
In Serial episode 3, "Misdemeanor, Meet Mr. Lawsuit," Sarah looks into the issue of how the police interact with the African-American population in their communities. A large topic writ small through the story of one arrest in a hallway. Which one of the crime writers says this is the best single episode of Serial ever? Then the panel discuss the new CBC podcast Uncover: Escaping NXIVM. The distinctive Canadian presentation style takes on an alleged sex cult. (Want to skip to our spoiler-free review? The time code is 1:04:06) In Crime of the Week: game over. (Thanks to listener Kevin Carroll for contributing this COTW!) DONATE TO KEVIN'S WALK A MILE IN HER SHOES EVENT, OCT 3, BY CLICKING HERE. SEE TOBY AT THE CHARLOTTE VT PUBLIC LIBRARY OCT 4. JOIN OUR PATREON TO GET ACCESS TO LARA'S RAGE WALK FB GROUP! SPONSORS THIS EPISODEbioClarity - get 15% off with code CRIME at bioClarity.comSimple Contacts - get $20 off at simplecontacts.com/CWO20 or enter code CWO20 at checkoutDaily Harvest - Go to daily-harvest.com and enter promo code CRIME to get three cups freeRothy's - free shipping on your Rothy’s shoe when you go to Rothys.com and enter CRIME Handy - go to handy.com/crime and use code CRIME to get your first 3-hour cleaning for $39Evelyn & Bobbie - go to evelynbobbie.com and use code CRIME to get a free pair of knickers with any purchase
September 24, 2018
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. In crime of the week: whale fail. See the dumpster snafu here and the classic exploding whale incident here. DONATE TO KEVIN'S WALK A MILE IN HER SHOES EVENT, OCT 3, BY CLICKING HERE. SPONSORS THIS EPISODEBlue Apron - get your first 3 meals free at BlueApron.com/crimewritersFelix Gray glasses - try a pair at FelixGrayGlasses.com/crimeFirstleaf - get 3 bottles of wine for only $15 plus free shipping at TRYFirstleaf.com/crimeFabFitFun - go to fabfitfun.com and use code CRIME to get $10 off your first boxTommy John - TommyJohn.com/crime to save 20% on your first order
September 13, 2018
Weekly episodes of "Crime Writers On" have returned! And so has "Serial!" For season 3, Sarah K and Co. will look at the justice system from the inside: embedding themselves in a criminal courthouse in Cleveland. Note: for the duration of Serial's run, episodes of CWO will drop on Mondays instead of Fridays. Netflix’s hit crime show "Ozark" is back with a second season. The drama starring Jason Bateman and Laura Linney combines white collar crime and redneck gothic. Is it as good as its debut season? TO HEAR OUR SPOILER-FREE REVIEW OF OZARK, SKIP AHEAD TO 31:44 The panel digs into the new hit "Dr. Death" from Wondery. Billed as the successor to "Dirty John," reporter Laura Beil recalls the case of a doctor who performed a string of botched surgeries while the system was unable - or unwilling - to stop him. TO JUMP AHEAD TO OUR SPOILER-FREE REVIEW OF DR. DEATH, FAST-FORWARD TO 56:45 Then in crime of the week: felonious food fight. SPONSORS THIS EPISODERevolution Math - Get your first month of classes for only $1 at RevolutionMath.com/crimeRothy's - free shipping and returns on your shoes when you go to Rothys.com and enter code CRIMEGrove - get a two-month VIP membership and bonus gift by going to Grove.co/crimeBetabrand - go to Betabrand.com and use code CRIME and get 20% off your Dress Pant Yoga PantsFabFitFun - go to fabfitfun.com and use code CRIME to get $10 off your first boxLittle Comfort by Edwin Hill - visit Edwin-Hill.com for more info
September 5, 2018
Those wacky Serial folks just dropped an 8-minute mini ep/trailer for season 3!! We are *all* over it.
August 31, 2018
Wow, we've got more true crime than you can shake a stick at! This time out we talk about Kim Kardashian's new-found love of "Serial," the latest court filings in Adnan Syed's appeal, and the Facebook meltdown over "My Favorite Murder." The panel give first takes and final thoughts on shows like "Sharp Objects," "Up and Vanished," and "Fatal Voyage." And there's cool stuff to look forward to with TV debuts of "My Dad Wrote a Porno" and "American Vandal" season two. TO AVOID SPOILERS FOR "SHARP OBJECTS," JUMP TO TIME CODE 35:42 The crime writers look at the new miniseries from Investigation Discovery, "Pamela Smart: An American Murder Mystery." As NH-based writers & journalists, there's not a lot about the case the panel doesn't already know. Does the show add anything for those who've seen one of the movies or read one of the many books on this case? FOR OUR SPOILER-FREE REVIEW OF "PAMELA SMART: AMERICAN MURDER MYSTERY," GO TO 1:06:33. In Crime of the Week, felony bang bang! SPONSORS THIS EPISODE:Homesick Candles: get free shipping plus $10 off when you buy two or more candles with code CRIME at Homesick.comRothy's: free shipping and free returns and exchanges on your Rothy’s shoe when you go to Rothys.com and enter CRIMEAudible: a 30-day trial and your first audiobook is free at audible.com/crime or text CRIME to 500-500Revolution Math: get your first month of classes for only $19 at RevolutionMath.com/crimeImpostor's Lure by Carla Neggers: available today through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever books are soldMiss Jones Baking Company: use code crime at missjones.co to get 2 FREE Desserts in a Cup with any online purchase"One Dollar" from CBS All Access: CBS.com/crime for your FREE trial of CBS All Access and their newest original series, One Dollar.
August 16, 2018
In the world of true crime updates, Irish authorities have issued a new report on police conduct in the West Cork case. Speaking of podcasts from Audible, what's happened to their podcast division? Rebecca gives a plug for her new project, Bear Brook, which will be debuting from NHPR next month. Also, has horror author Joe Hill solved the 1974 mystery of the "Woman in the Dunes" by watching "Jaws"? Speaking of Joe Hill, his father (Stephen King) has a new show on Hulu. Castle Rock is the creepy tale of a unidentified inmate discovered in an old prison, and of the lawyer with a haunted past returning to his hometown in Maine where evil lurks. It's the most Stephen King thing to ever Stephen King. FOR A SPOILER-FREE REVIEW OF "CASTLE ROCK," GO TO 35:05. The sophomore season of Slow Burn is out, this time focusing on the impeachment of President Clinton. Slate's podcast attempts to tell the story of the building crisis and how it affected the lives of the scandal’s supporting characters. As Leon Neyfawk says, it's crazier than we remember it. FOR A SPOILER-FREE REVIEW OF "SLOW BURN," GO TO 59:20. In Crime of the Week: Friendly, neighborhood bar, Spider-Man. SPONSORS THIS EPISODEBROOKLINEN - get $20 off and free shipping is to use promo code CWO at Brooklinen.com BLUE APRON - BlueApron.com/crimewriters to get your first 3 meals freeSIMPLE CONTACTS - go to simplecontacts.com/CWO20 or enter code CWO20 at checkout for $20 off your first orderFIRSTLEAF - 3 bottles of wine for only $15, plus free shipping at TRYFirstLeaf.com/crimeFELIX GRAY GLASSES - Go to FelixGrayGlasses.com/crime to try a pairMISS JONES BAKERY - code crime at missjones.co to get 2 FREE Desserts in a Cup with any online purchase
August 3, 2018
On our off week, the Crime Writers got together face-to-face for the first time in ages. We're back with lots to talk about. This includes the latest "In the Dark"-related court filings in the Curtis Flowers case, the passing of a troubled ex-prosecutor featured in "The Staircase," and one of the panelists gets called for jury duty. We go globetrotting on the new Netflix series, "Dark Tourist." Journalist David Farrier, who wowed us with his documentary “Tickled,” shows us some of the most bizarre, macabre, and dangerous travel destinations around. Moving on...the new podcast "Bundyville" examines the story-behind-the-story of Cliven Bundy and his anti-government standoff that transfixed the nation. The seven-part series explores the seeds of Bundy’s discontent as sewn by federal grazing rights, court cases, nuclear testing, Mormon oppression, and a religious prophecy. FOR A SPOILER FREE REVIEW OF "BUNDYVILLE," JUMP TO 59:30 In Crime of the Week: Bigfoot whips it out. (And in this week's outtake - so does one of us.) SPONSORS THIS EPISODEMiss Jones Baking Co. - use code crime at missjones.co to get 2 FREE Desserts in a Cup with any online purchaseTommy John - go to TommyJohn.com/crime for 20% off your first orderDaily Harvest - go to Daily-Harvest.com and enter promo code CRIME to get three cups FREE in your first boxBetabrand - get 20% off at betabrand.com with promo code CRIMEFabFitFun - and use code CRIME to get $10 off your first box at fabfitfun.com
July 20, 2018
While Toby broadcasts from a beautiful island lake house, the rest of the panel sweats it out to bring you another episode of Crime Writers On with a brand new logo! There are true crime updates galore: We talk about the MD Court of Appeals granting cert in the continuing post-conviction struggles of Serial's Adnan Syed. Curtis Flower's mother passed away and we reflect on the meaning of injustice within injustice. Plus, the "estate" of John McLemore is suing "S-town" for violating his privacy. Legally, morally, ethically - do they have a leg to stand on? We talk about HBO's new prestige drama "Sharp Objects." As much a character study as it is a crime mystery, will the star-driven adaptation of Gillian Flynn's novel thrill fans like “Gone Girl” or leave them disappointed like “True Detective" season 2? Plus, we give the Granite State some summer tourism plugs this week with shout-outs to Story Land, Santa's Village, and Clark's Trading Post (with the dancing bears and the Wolfman who shoots a gun at you). TO HEAR OUR SPOILER-FREE REVIEW OF "SHARP OBJECTS," FAST-FOWARD TO 1:14:47 Then in crime of the week: blow it up your ass. SPONSORS THIS EPISODE Daily Harvest - go to daily-harvest.com use code CRIME to get three free cups in your first box Felix Gray - Go to felixgrayglasses.com/crime to try a pair of Felix Gray glasses today! First Leaf - For 3 bottles of wine for only $15, plus free shipping go to tryfirstleaf.com/crime Simple Contacts - get $20 off your first order at simplecontacts.com/CWO20 or enter the code CWO20 at checkout Hangman, a new novel by Jack Heath
July 6, 2018
Kevin is recording in his underwear and Stephen King has come to live at Lara's house. It must be time for the summer edition of Crime Writers On. In the first part of the podcast we'll review The RFK Tapes from the team behind Crimetown. Robert Kennedy was assassinated at point blank range in a room full of people...so why do some believe there was another shooter? We're not buying the conspiracy, but the tale isn't so bad. FOR OUR SPOILER-FREE REVIEW OF THE RFK TAPES, FAST-FOWARD TO 33:12. Then we'll muster up as much rage and praise as possible for the season finale of In The Dark. An undisclosed alternate suspect! An uncatalogued gun! A hidden-in-plain-sight tunnel! The debate isn't about whether In The Dark gets a thumbs up - it's about whether it's the best podcast of all time. Then in crime of the week: I'm not dead yet. SPONSORS THIS EPISODE Kind Snacks - enjoy 50% off and free shipping on your first Snack Pack at kindsnacks.com/crime Tommy John - TommyJohn.com/crime for 20% off your first order  Audible - audible.com/crime or text CRIME to 500500 to get started Brooklinen - get $20 off & free shipping with promo code CWO at Brooklinen.com Daily Harvest - go to daily-harvest.com use code CRIME to get three free cups in your first box Hangman, a new novel by Jack Heath
June 22, 2018
Is In The Dark a better podcast than Serial season one? Or would it not even exist were it not for Serial? The Crime Writers take on that debate as we check in with the latest installment of In The Dark's investigation into the investigation that left Curtiss Flowers stranded on death row. Plus, Adnan Syed gets a new timeline for a legal decision, Brendan Dassey's case maybe gets a SCOTUS look, and in the biggest crime of all, Rebecca and Kevin make jokes about their sex life. Also, Toby WINS the Candace from The Staircase debate. The crew then digs into Flint Town, a fascinating Netflix docu-series that gives an inside look at one of the most challenged police forces (and cities) in the country. What do cops in Flint think about policing, race relations, politics, and what it means to be a community? WANT TO SKIP TO THE THUMBS UP OR DOWN REVIEW OF FLINT TOWN? SKIP TO 1:06:33 Then in Crime of the Week, taco libre! SPONSORS THIS EPISODE Kind Snacks - enjoy 50% off and free shipping on your first Snack Pack at kindsnacks.com/crime Betabrand Dress Pant Yoga Pants - use code CRIME for 20% off your first pants order at betabrand.com Firstleaf -  get 3 bottles of wine for only $15, plus free shipping, and an extra $10 off your next box at TRYFirstleaf.com/crime. Daily Harvest - go to daily-harvest.com use code CRIME to get three free cups in your first box Hangman, a new novel by Jack Heath
June 15, 2018
What a bad week for Lara. First she loses the chowder contest, then she had to listen to that enraging interview with DA Doug Evans from "In the Dark" (of which Rebecca genuinely worried for Lara's health). Everyone has thoughts about a proposed "S-town" movie. And Kevin makes some Canadian friends. The panel runs up and down "The Staircase's" three new episodes. The original true crime doc about Michael Peterson was a seminal work. Does this final coda contain the same power? TO HEAR OUR SPOILER-FREE REVIEW OF THE FINAL THREE EPISODES OF "THE STAIRCASE," FAST FORWARD TO 1:13:41. This episode's Crime of the Week is truly eye-popping. SPONSORS THIS EPISODE Felix Gray glasses - Go to FelixGrayGlasses.com/crime to try a pair  Dagne Dover - go to DagneDover.com/crime and use code CRIME to get 20% off Havenly - go to Havenly.com/crime and get twenty-five percent off your design package FabFitFun - use code CRIME at fabfitfun.com to get $10 off your first box Philo - free trial at go.philo.com/crime or text the word CRIME to 74456 Hangman by Jack Heath - more at BookClubbish.com
June 8, 2018
Lara hits the roof after hearing the latest installment of "In the Dark." We knew the court was rough on the defendant - but the jurors too?! Kevin gives a plug for the June 8-9 Toronto True Crime Film Festival. He'll be there Saturday for a panel discussion. More at torontotruecrimefilmfestival.com. Toby gets another chance to roll his eyes about "The Staircase" owl theory. Rebecca leads the discussion on Killing Eve. An American-bred Brit goes from desk jockey to head of a secret unit tracking a skilled assassin striking throughout Europe. This cat-and-mouse thriller that bounces around the continent is both suspenseful and playful, with compelling characters and crackling dialogue. TO HERE OUR SPOILER-FREE REVIEWS OF "KILLING EVE," JUMP AHEAD TO 1:00:49 In Crime in Week: dangerous moves. SPONSORS THIS EPISODEPhilo - Free trial at go.philo.com/CRIME or,text the word CRIME to 74456Omaha Steaks - Go to OmahaSteaks.com and type CRIME in the search bar to get the $49.99 packageDaily Harvest - Go to daily-harvest.com and enter promo code CRIME for three cups FREE in your first boxBrooklinen - Get $20 off AND free shipping when you use promo code CWO at Brooklinen.comStoryworth - For $20 off when you subscribe, visit storyworth.com/crimeChasing Justice by Danielle Stewart - More at authordaniellestewart.com
June 1, 2018
More paper pasted this week in the Adnan Syed case. The defense has filed its conditional cross-petition. It basically says, "Hey state supreme court, don't take this case. But if you do, we got some stuff over here we want to talk about." This week's "In the Dark" buries the needle on the Brickter-scale. Listen how Cookie's story crumbles. The crime writers break out the leotards and sweatbands for the hot hot-yoga docu-pod "30 for 30: Bikram." Julia Lowrey Henderson tells the rise of Bikrim Choudhury, peels back the veneer of his self-created myth, and gets into the many allegations of sexual misconduct. TO HEAR OUR SPOILER-FREE REVIEW OF BIKRAM, FAST-FOWARD TO 58:17. In Crime of the Week: done and dusted. SPONSORS THIS WEEK:Patio Shield - Use code CRIME to save 20% on Patio Shield at Thermacell.comPhilo - Free trial at go.philo.com/CRIME or,text the word CRIME to 74456FabFitFun - Go to fabfitfun.com and use promo code CRIME to get $10 off your first boxTommy John - Limited edition Father’s Day gift sets at TommyJohn.com/CRIME for 20% off your first orderRothy's - Go to Rothys.com and enter the code CRIME for free shippingOmaha Steaks - Go to OmahaSteaks.com and type CRIME in the search bar to get the $49.99 packageKind Snacks - Go to KindSnacks.com/CRIME to learn how to get 50% off and free shipping
May 25, 2018
Could it be? Could the next Baltimore State's Attorney be willing to drop charges against Adnan Syed? Well..he's gotta win first. How about them Handmaids - the feel-bad tv show of the year? Lara's Rage-o-meter buries the needle when she hears this week's episode of In the Dark (oh Cookie!), TO SKIP OUR TALK ABOUT "IN THE DARK," JUMP AHEAD TO 29:50. Then from Australia we’ll review “The Teacher’s Pet”: a podcast about a professional athlete, his missing wife, and his teenage lover. Does this cold case story from Down Under stack up against the best podcasts out there? TO JUMP PAST OUR DISCUSSION ON "THE TEACHER'S PET," GO TO OUR SPOILER-FREE REVIEW AT 51:26. Then in Crime of the Week: I could read it all over your face. SPONSORS THIS EPISODEMadison Reed - go to Madison-Reed.com to get 10% off plus free shipping on your first color kit with our promo codePhilo - visit go.philo.com/CRIME or text the word CRIME to 74456Le Tote - go to Letote.com and enter promo code CRIME at checkout to get 50% of your first monthFirst Leaf - go to TRYFirstleaf.com/CRIME for 3 bottles of wine and free shipping for $15Dagne Dover - get 20% off at dagnedover.com/CRIME and enter code CRIMEINVISIBLE GHOSTS - the new novel by Robyn Schneider
May 18, 2018
There are TWO true crime updates this week in the Adnan Syed case. First, prosecutors have decided to ask Maryland's highest court to review the previous rulings granting Adnan a new trial. Second, HBO has announced a documentary about the case is in the works. They promise new information and the first interviews with Adnan since "Serial." We discuss episode four of "In the Dark." Something's fishy about those jailhouse confessions, and Lara's head might explode. Speaking of confessions, Kevin admits he's always wanted to try the tangy taste of Miracle Whip. With three naysayers listening on, he takes his first bites. Moving on...the crime writers go over the Netflix documentary "Evil Genius." A man robs a bank with a bomb locked around his neck. Who was the mastermind beyond the elaborate plot? Does the series give short shrift to the characters' mental illnesses? And does the story maintain the momentum of it's compelling beginning? FOR OUR SPOILER-FREE REVIEW, GO TO 1:02:26. Then a vintage crime of the week: step right up. SPONSORS THIS EPISODEPatio Shield - Use code CRIME to save 20% on Patio Shield at Thermacell.comPhilo - Visit go.philo.com/CRIME or text the word CRIME to 74456RXBAR -For 25% off your first order, visit RXBAR.com/CRIME and enter promo code CRIME at checkoutHavenly - havenly.com/CRIME for twenty-five percent off your design packageSimple Contacts - simplecontacts.com/cwo or just enter code CWO at checkout for $30 off your contacts.Felix Gray glasses - try a pair at FelixGrayGlasses.com/crime
May 11, 2018
This week the Crime Writers look at the second season of "In the Dark" from APM Reports. Madeline Baron and her team investigate the case of Curtis Flowers, a man who’s been tried six times for the same crime. Is the sophomore season of the Peabody Award winning pod delivering the goods? TO JUMP TO THE SPOILER-FREE REVIEW, FAST-FORWARD TO 1:00:00. Kevin announces his appearance at the Toronto True Crime Film Festival June 8-9, Lara gets a fan mail slap down, and Toby gets sexually harassed. In Crime of the Week: Rescue vs. room service. Also mentioned: the Omni Mount Washington Resort and the More Perfect podcast episode Object Anyway. SPONSORS THIS WEEKPatio Shield - use code CRIME to save 20% on Patio Shield at Thermacell.comMadison Reed - listeners with 10% off plus free shipping on their first color kit with our promo code at madison-reed.comBrooklinen - get $20 off and free shipping is to use promo code CWO at Brooklinen.comYourMechanic - visit YourMechanic.com/crime or call 800-701-6230 and get $20 off your first serviceTripping.com - save time and money when you book with tripping.com/crimeDaily Harvest - use promo code CRIME for three FREE Daily Harvest cups at Daily-Harvest.com
May 4, 2018
Lara makes her triumphant return, promising to bring her A game. We give an update on the COSA appeal in favor of Adnan Syed: why the next 15 days are important. Speaking of triumphant returns, John David Booter is back with season two of Done Disappeared. It seems crimes against water fowl are more common than John David Booter realized. (With John David Booter.) Plus, a fake astronaut claps back on The Habitat, the podcast from Gimlet we reviewed last week. Next, we take a close look at the New York Times podcast Caliphate. Journalist Rukmimi Callimachi pulls back the curtain on how the terror group draws people to the cause, and life as a war correspondent, all in an attempt to answer the question, “Who are we fighting?” FOR A SPOILER-FREE REVIEW OF CALIPHATE, GO TO 48:28:40 In Crime of the Week: if it bleeds, it leads. SPONSORS THIS EPISODEPatio Shield - use code CRIME to save 20% on Patio Shield at Thermacell.comIn the Dark - listen now on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, or wherever you listen Audible - start a 30-day trial and your first audiobook is free at audible.com/crime or text CRIME to 500-5001-800-Flowers - order 24 multicolored roses for $24 at 1800Flowers.com, click the radio icon, and enter code CRIME Tommy John - go to TommyJohn.com/crime for 20% off your first orderFabFitFun - go to fabfitfun.com and use promo code CRIME to get $10 off your first box
April 27, 2018
Lara picked the wrong week to go on vacation... The panel gives their reaction to the capture of the alleged Golden State Killer. Did Michelle McNamara's I'll Be Gone in the Dark play a roll in the arrest or is it too soon to tell? Rebecca provides Toby an abridged update on Death In Ice Valley. Then the team offers their first impressions of season two of HBO's "Westworld." The main event: Gimlet’s new hit podcast The Habitat. This series follows six volunteers simulating a Mars mission by being cooped up together in one small shelter for a year. Is the podcast a look at the human failings inherent in a long-term space mission? Or is it NASA's version of "The Real World"? FOR OUR SPOILER-FREE REVIEW, JUMP TO 58:05. In Crime of the Week: frugivorous felons. Our special guest this week is Patrick Hinds, host of True Crime Obsessed. (He's very enthusiastic.) SPONSORS THIS EPISODESNamely - get a free demo by visiting namely.com/crime Breakout games - save 50% on your first box by going to breakoutdispatch.com/writers and use code WRITERS at checkoutBombas - buy your new socks at bombas.com/crime and get twenty percent off your first purchase1-800-FLOWERS - to order 24 roses for only $24, go to 1800Flowers.com, click the radio icon, and enter code CRIMEYour Mechanic - get twenty dollars off your first service at YourMechanic.com/crime or call 800-701-6230Firstleaf - get your 3-pack of introductory wine for $15 at TRYFirstleaf.com/crime
April 25, 2018
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
April 20, 2018
Internet fame is bestowed upon one of the crime writers (thanks to The Daily podcast and interpretive dancing). News from West Cork...Ian Bailey is going to have to pay a lot of money. And the panel wants to know more about what a "taint team" is. The crime writers give their first impressions of a new podcast collaboration from the BBC World Service and NRK called, “Death in Ice Valley.” The colder the rain, the colder the case. Masterpiece on PBS is now airing the limited British crime series, “Unforgotten.” The show follows police as they try to solve the decade’s old mystery of a skeleton found in a clay basement. The investigation involves a diverse group of characters who may have had a hand in the crime, then went on with their lives. Is "Unforgotten" worth remembering? FOR A SPOILER-FREE REVIEW, FAST FORWARD TO 52:30. The crime of the week - breaking balls. SPONSORS THIS WEEKNamely - get a free demo by visiting namely.com/crime Breakout games - save 50% on your first box by going to breakoutdispatch.com/writers and use code WRITERS at checkoutFelix Gray Glasses - Go to FelixGrayGlasses.com/crime to try a pair of Felix Gray glassesHavenly - visit Havenly.com/crime and get twenty-five percent off your design packageLe Tote - go to LeTote.com and enter promo code CRIME at checkout to get 50% of your first monthBombas - buy your new socks at bombas.com/crime and get twenty percent off your first purchase
April 13, 2018
This episode Toby announces the title and guest panel for his next Patreon book club podcast (name of podcast still TBD). The Peabody Award nominations are out, and true crime is well represented. And Rebecca reveals her new (sort of) friendship with Alison Sweeney from Days of Our Lives and The Biggest Loser, who turns out to be a HUGE fan of true crime podcasts. The panel talks about the new A&E series “Marcia Clark Investigates the First 48.” This new show (and companion podcast) is a mashup of the First 48’s format of highlighting the importance of the first 48 hours of an investigation, along with the OJ prosecutor taking a second look at a famous case. Then the crime writers discuss ”Felonious Florida,” the new podcast from Wondery and the South Florida Sun Sentinel. Can this newspaper-sources and -staffed pod achieve the success of its predecessors? Or will it just make Rebecca's head explode? OUR DISCUSSION IS SPOILER-FREE, BUT TO SKIP AHEAD TO THE REVIEW GO TO 57:13. In Crime of the Week: blow. SPONSORS THIS EPISODETommy John - TommyJohn.com/crime for 20% off your first orderBrooklinen - Get $20 off AND free shipping when you use promo code CRIME, at Brooklinen.comTrue Religion - Go to truereligion.com/crime and enter code CRIME at checkout for 20% off your entire orderDaily Harvest - Go to daily-harvest.com and enter promo code CRIME to get three items FREE in your first boxNamely - get a free demo by visiting namely.com/crime Breakout games - save 50% on your first box by going to breakoutdispatch.com/writers and use code WRITERS at checkout
April 6, 2018
This episode we breakdown the recent COSA decision affirming Adnan Syed's right to a new trial. Kevin asks Undisclosed's Colin Miller (aka Legal Siri) about how the winning and losing arguments were flipped, Adnan's chances on bail, and the local politics infused into the appeals process. Toby talks about his new Patreon-exclusive book club podcast. He, Rebecca, Rabia Chaudry, and Patrick Hines discussed Michelle McNamara's I'll be Gone in the Dark. Also, there's some news about the TV adaptation of Dirty John (they have their John). Moving on, Panoply is out with a seven-part podcast called Empire on Blood. It’s magazine writer Steve Fishman’s seven-year relationship with crack dealer Calvin Buari, in jail for more than twenty years for a double homicide. To tell the story of Cal’s search for justice, Fishman meets Cal’s drug dealing frienamy; a prosecutor who rescues turtles; a cop who’s too good at getting confessions; and a private eye who carries a Bible, a gun, and a bottle of wine. TO SKIP PAST THE SPOILERS AND GO STRAIGHT TO THE REVIEWS, FAST-FORWARD TO 1:13:36. In Crime of the Week - bird is the word. SPONSORS THIS EPISODE LegacyBox - Visit Legacybox.com/crime and enter code CRIME to save 40% on your Legacybox Honey - Add Honey to your browser at JoinHoney.com/crime YourMechanic - Go to YourMechanic.com/crime or call 800-701-6230 to get $20 off your first service FabFunFit - Go to fabfunfit.com and use promo code CRIME to get $10 off your first box Namely - get a free demo by visiting namely.com/crime  Breakout games - save 50% on your first box by going to breakoutdispatch.com/writers and use code WRITERS at checkout
March 30, 2018
We said we had to win the whole damn thing - and we did! THANKS TO LISTENERS LIKE YOU we won Podcast Madness, vanquishing This America Life in the championship bracket. Now we take a victory lap! We return to normal programming with news from the Dirty John TV show. Plus, there's a "cheeky" news story out of Albuquerque that must win all the awards. Wild Wild Country is the topic of a wild wild panel discussion. It's the Netflix documentary about the times, town, and troubles created by a group of Rajneeshee followers who flocked to Oregon in the 1980s. The material covered is a mile wide and an inch deep. For the original Oregonian expose on the Rajneeshees, click here. TO GET OUR SPOILER-FREE REVIEW OF WILD WILD COUNTRY, SKIP AHEAD TO 1:01:52. And in Crime of the Week - rotten eggs. Sponsors this episode Namely - Get a free demo by visiting namely.com/crime Squarespace -  use the offer code CWO to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain. Without Mercy - from author Lisa Jackson. On sale where ever books are sold RXBAR - RXBAR.com/crime, PROMO CODE: CRIME, for 25% off your first order LegacyBox - legacybox.com/crime and enter code CRIME to save 40% on your Legacybox Havenly - visit havenly.com/crime and get 25% off your design package
March 29, 2018
True crime podcast update: The Court of Special Appeals has affirmed Serial subject Adnan Syed's lower court ruling which vacated his conviction and grants him a new trial. Journalist and Crime Writers On co-host Kevin Flynn has a brief breakdown of today's 138 page ruling - with a promise of more details to come. Read the court's decision here.
March 23, 2018
IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP! Crime Writers On is facing off against This American Life for a chance to win DiscoverPods's PODCAST MADNESS. We are one win away from SHOCKING THE WORLD! Let's get it done: vote now at discoverpods.com. The panel tackles quite a bit this week: more "Staircase" episodes coming, the "Black Tapes" fake out, a scathing review in Slate on "Atlanta Monster," books that stay with us, and a special announcement for our Patreon supporters (it involves Toby). Moving on, season two of CBC’s Missing and Murdered: Finding Cleo looks at the case of a girl both murdered and now missing. Will Connie Walker find the Cree girl adopted into some American family? Will she skillfully tie the tale to the heartbreaking story of Canada's "Sixties Scoop"? What do the crime writers think of it? TO SKIP TO OUR SPOILER-FREE REVIEW OF FINDING CLEO, JUMP TO 1:03:49 Then in crime of the week - ready player one. (Wanna see that "human looking dog?" Click here.) SPONSORS THIS EPISODE True Religion - Go to truereligion.com/crime and enter code CRIME at checkout for 20% off your entire order CBS's "The Good Fight" - Go to cbs.com/crime for your FREE trial of CBS All Access Le Tote - Go to letote.com and use promo code CRIME at checkout to get 50% off your first month Felix Gray - Go to felixgrayglasses.com/crime to try a pair of Felix Gray computer glasses Namely - Get a free demo by visiting namely.com/crime EverlyWell - Head to everlywell.com and use promo code CRIME to take 15% off your first order
March 16, 2018
This episode the panel blitzes through a bunch of topics. Who knew Stormy Daniels was an accomplished equestrian? That $500m lottery winner gets to remain anonymous. Why did Claire Foy (Queen Elizabeth) get paid less than Matt Smith (Prince Philip) on "The Crown"? Toby finished Atlanta Monster and has some further thoughts. Did OJ Simpson really confess on that Fox special...or did he REALLY confess? And what's on the Scientology TV Network tonight? Then the crime writers talk about the new Netflix series "Seven Seconds." The drama explores the effect of a covered-up hit-and-run on the victim's parents, the driver and his crooked police partners, and the alcoholic DA assigned to the case. And can someone explain why everyone's car is so dirty? TO REMAIN SPOILER-FREE AND SKIP TO OUR REVIEWS OF SEVEN SECONDS, JUMP AHEAD TO 1:00:56 In Crime of the Week - the hits keep on coming. SPONSORS THIS EPISODEHarry's razors - To get your free trial set go to Harrys.com/crimeBrooklinen - Get $20 off AND free shipping when you use promo code CRIME, at Brooklinen.comHelloFresh - For $30 off your first week of HelloFresh, visit hellofresh.com and enter the code CRIME30 Daily Harvest - Go to daily-harvest.com and enter promo code CRIME to get three items FREE in your first boxMartha Stewart Wine Company - Get 20% off your first purchase of a bottle, pack or club membership when you go to marthastewartwine.com and use the promo code CRIME Dangerous Ground is on sale now everywhere books are sold
March 9, 2018
The panel talks about updates from "The Pope's Long Con" and "Mommy Dead & Dearest." We listen to a profanity-laden rant from "Crime in Sports" about self-important podcasters. And we talk about the gripping new book, I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, published posthumously after crime writer Michelle McNamara's tragic 2016 death. Our main event: "McMafia," the new organized crime series from BBC and AMC. This good-guy-dragged-in-bad-deeds tale is expensive and extravagant, but will audiences like its high-finance meets underworld story? In Crime of the Week - deadly deodorant. Sponsors this episode: Squarespace - use the offer code CWO at squarespace.com to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain LinkedIn - Go to LinkedIn.com/crime and get a $50 credit toward your first job post Simple Contacts - Go to simplecontacts.com/crime or enter code CRIME at checkout for $30 off your contacts Martha Stewart Wine Company - Get 20% off your first purchase of a bottle, pack or club membership when you go to marthastewartwine.com and use the promo code CRIME.  Enigma by Catherine Coulter - now in trade paperback wherever books are sold
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