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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
February 23, 2018
Before we take a week off for school vacation (thank you, children) we'll circle back to some important True Crime Updates. The election to fill the statehouse seat of the late Danny Ray Johnson, subject of the "The Pope's Long Con," was this week...and it wasn't even close. "Making a Murderer"'s Branden Dassey has asked SCOTUS for a Writ of Cert (we'll explain what that means). The headliner for this show is the rock'n'roll-themed "Disgraceland." No interviews. No investigations. No audio tape. Not even the artists' music. Just a host spinning tales of musicians behaving very badly. Does this new chart-topper hit all the right notes? In Crime of the Week, it's one thumb down. SPONSORS THIS EPISODE Squarespace - Use the offer code CWO to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain EverlyWell - Use promo code CRIME to take 15% off your first order Le Tote - Enter promo code CRIME at checkout to get 50% of your first month "The Good Fight" on CBS All Access - CBS.com/crime for your FREE trial of CBS All Access Felix Gray Glasses - Go to FelixGrayGlasses.com/CRIME to try a pair "Sunburn" - by best-selling author Laura Lippman
February 16, 2018
This week we ponder the problems of winning $550 million in the lottery and keeping a low profile. We get a love letter from Ireland and circle back to "West Cork" with a spoiler-full discussion about the prime suspect. IF YOU STILL WANT TO REMAIN SPOILER-FREE ON WEST CORK, SKIP AHEAD TO 33:16. Then we'll have an up-close look at "Mosaic," Stephen Soderbergh's multi-platform storytelling experience. The six-part HBO limited series deals with the murder of a famous children’s book writer. While the concept is ambitious, does "Mosaic" deliver the goods? TO SKIP PAST SPOILER-FILLED DISCUSSION OF MOSAIC, JUMP AHEAD TO 1:02:24 And this week's Crime of the Week is grrrrrrrreat! SPONSORS THIS EPISODE Squarespace: Go to squarespace.com and use the offer code CWO to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain Brooklinen sheets: Get $20 off AND free shipping when you use promo code CRIME at brooklinen.com ThirdLove: Go to thirdlove.com/crime to find your perfect-fitting bra and get 15% off your first purchase HelloFresh - For $30 off your first week 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 box Conspiracy Theories podcast - listen where ever you get your podcasts or listen at Parcast.com/CONSPIRACY
February 9, 2018
Not even a blizzard can stop the Crime Writers from their appointed rounds (though it may crackle the connection once in a while). We get skeeved out by the latest accusations of "Making a Murderer" defense-lawyer-now-judge Len Kachinsky (cue your own cat noises). There's a notable cameo in "Sword & Scale." And we toss around our thoughts on the Onion's new true crime parody podcast, "A Very Fatal Murder." Does a send up of the crime podcast world seem like it's about three months too late? Then a no-blarney, spoiler-free review of Audible's new 13-part series, "West Cork." The famous1996 murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier is relatively unknown to American listeners. Not since "Serial" have we had such access to a prime suspect. We'll tell you whether you should make time for this one. FOR A LIMITED TIME, YOU CAN LISTEN TO WEST CORK FOR FREE ON AUDIBLE - EVEN IF YOU DON'T HAVE A SUBSCRIPTION. Our review is truly spoiler-free, but if you still want to skip right to our verdicts, go to 53:22. Then in Crime of Week, how else are you going to carry all that dough around? SPONSORS THIS EPISODEMartha 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 CRIMEHavenly - Try Havenly today by visiting Havenly.com/crime and get 25% off your design packageRXBAR - For 25% off your first order, visit RXBAR.com/crime and enter promo code: crime at checkoutLinkedIn - Go to LinkedIn.com/crime and get a $50 credit toward your first job postAlmost Dead by Lisa Jackson - for more info visit LisaJackson.com
February 2, 2018
A Done Disappeared encore, Slow Burn’s next story, The Walk’s big idea, and an Alienist review The Crime Writers take on a trio of True Crime Podcast Updates as Slow Burn wraps up season one and teases a *fantastic* follow-up, Dirty John lands a scripted series, and our best friend John David Booter tries to raise funds (click here to help him!) for a second season in which he’ll appropriate all things 1980’s. Then, our take on The Walk, the hit podcast from Panoply. This show is trying to do something completely different with a story that puts the listener in the middle of the action. But does it work? Or is it just the prototype for a future, better iteration of the format? And, a review of the TNT adaptation of the smash bestselling book The Alienist. (If you want to skip any and all potential spoilers and just hear the review, go to 51:04.) Episode Sponsors: Casper Mattress: Get $50 toward select mattresses by visiting Casper.com/CRIME and using CRIME at checkout. ThirdLove: Go to thirdlove.com/CRIME now to find your perfect-fitting bra… and get 15% off your first purchase! 1-800-FLOWERS: To order a dozen multicolored roses for $19.99 or UPGRADE to 24 multicolored roses for only $10 more, go to 1800Flowers.com, click the radio icon, and enter code CRIME. FabFitFun: Go to fabfitfun.com, and use code CRIME to get $10 off your first FabFitFun box! Audible: Go to audible.com/CRIME or text CRIME to 500-500 for a 30-trial and free first audiobook!
January 25, 2018
This week we unveil the new name for Studio C (it's a mouthful), learn Toby's actually the nice one, and get freaked out by what this drug can make you do in your sleep. The Crime Writers eat some humble pie and admit they were too quick to dismiss one of America's most underappreciated media figures last week - Keith Morrison from Dateline NBC. Some special podcasters will join the discussion - and you can find their awesome show A Date With Dateline right here. The main focus shifts to the new Netflix series, "Dark." This German-language "Stranger Things"-meets-"Lost" has everything: caves, dead birds, surprisingly depressing school plays...and a cast of characters dripping in Teutonic angst. (Try this link to see the Dark family trees.) TO JUMP OVER THE SPOILERS AND GO STRAIGHT TO OUR REVIEWS, FAST FORWARD TO TIME CODE 59:59 Then in crime of the week: I love you. You love me. But it's going to cost you $350. Sponsors this episodeSquarespace - go to squarespace.com for a free trail & use the offer code CWO to save 10% off your first purchaseMadison Reed - go to madison-reed.com for 10% off plus free shipping on your first color kit with our new promo codeButcherBox - For FREE Bacon and $20 off your first box, go to ButcherBox.com/crime and enter CRIME at checkout1-800-Flowers - For a dozen multicolored roses for $19.99 or 24 for only $10 more, go to 1800Flowers.com, click the radio icon and enter code CRIMEHelloFresh - for $30 off your first week, visit hellofresh.com and enter the code CRIME30 MissionU - to earn $500 upon completion of the full year program, go to MissionU.com/crime
January 19, 2018
It was one of 2017's biggest podcasts. Now the tale of "Dirty John" gets the treatment from Dateline NBC. Does a 42 minute TV episode add anything to a story already told over five hours in podcast form? Maybe just some pictures of how hunky John Meehan really was. The main event: we breakdown the first installments in "Atlanta Monster," the new podcast from Payne Lindsey's Tenderfoot TV and HowStuffWorks. This look back at the 1980s Atlanta child murders is billed as "an investigative podcast," but where is it taking us? Does Lindsey repeat the best parts (or the worst parts) of his hit debut "Up and Vanished"? (Want to skip to our thumbs up or down review of Atlanta Monster? Go to 1:03:20) And in the Crime of the Week: Gesundheit! Sponsors this episodeSquarespace - go to squarespace.com for a free trail & use the offer code CWO to save 10% off your first purchaseMadison Reed - go to madison-reed.com for 10% off plus free shipping on your first color kit with our new promo codeBrooklinen - get $20 off AND free shipping when you use promo code CRIME at Brooklinen.comDaily Harvest - go to daily-harvest.com and enter promo code CRIME to get three items FREE in your first boxLinkedIn - go to linkedin.com/crime and get a $50 credit toward your first job postBellevue from WGN - Premiers Jan 23rd 10 EST/ 9 CST on WGN America.
January 12, 2018
"We are not crooks." This episode we'll circle back to Slate's excellent Watergate-based series, "Slow Burn." Look what happens when those who believe in conspiracies learn those conspiracies are actual conspiracies. (And no, Toby still doesn't believe in conspiracies!) Speaking of conspiracies within conspiracies, we ponder Netflix's "Wormwood." The genre-blending documentary about a secret CIA LSD-induced suicide is only the first layer in a trippy, troubling tale from Oscar winner director Errol Morris. Points for using Hollywood actors Peter Sarsgaard and Molly Parker to dramatize the back story, but did this unconventional series deliver the goods? Then in Crime of the Week, a little bit of pot goes a long way when deciding who to arrest. Sponsors this week: Thrive Market - get $60 of FREE organic groceries, plus free shipping and a 30-day trial at thrivemarket.com/crimewriters Madison Reed: Visit Madison-Reed.com and get 10% off plus Free Shipping on your first color kit with promo code: CRIME Casper: Get $50 toward select mattresses by visiting Casper.com/crime and using CRIME at checkout Harry's razors: To get your free trial set go to Harrys.com/crime
January 5, 2018
The Crime Writers might be from New Hampshire, but the shizz that's been going down with our weather has been BANANAS. Seriously, by the time you hear this, we might all be dead. BUT - we're not dead yet, so we responded to some sassy listener emails, talked about OUTSTANDING finale of John David Booter's podcast Done Disappeared, and reviewed The Pope's Long Con, a pretty great podcast from the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting. (To skip to the review, go to 56:10) Then, our Crime of the Week put's Rebecca in the spotlight. Yes, she IS a psychopath. Episode sponsors: Stitcher Premium: For a free month's trial, go to StitcherPremium.com/crime AND enter code CRIME at checkout Madison Reed: Visit Madison-Reed.com and get 10% off plus Free Shipping on your first color kit with promo code: CRIME Hello Fresh: For $30 off your first week of HelloFresh, visit hellofresh.com and enter the promo code CRIME30 Third Love Bras: Go to thirdlove.com/crime now to find your perfect-fitting bra and get 15% off your first purchase!  Fab Fit Fun: Go to fabfitfun.com and use promo code CRIME to get $10 off your first box- that’s products valued at $200 for only $39.99!  Audible: Go to audible.com/CRIME or text CRIME to 500-500 for a 30-trial and free first audiobook!  Casper: Get $50 toward select mattresses by visiting Casper.com/CRIME and using CRIME at checkout
December 22, 2017
In our last installment of 2017, we have an exclusive interview with Undisclosed’s Rabia Chaudry. She’ll be talking about a defense alibi witness for Adnan Syed, whose recent arrest again points to prosecutors looking the other way when it came to witnesses in Adnan's case. Also, is there a new lead in the mystery of Robert Durst's missing wife? Then we shoot it out about Netflix’s new limited series “Godless.” In an Old West town where the men have been killed in a mining accident, the women are left to fend for themselves. When an outlaw fleeing his former gang seeks refuge, you know trouble will follow. Do we think “Godless” lives up to its feminist premise? TO MISS ANY "GODLESS" SPOILERS, FAST FORWARD TO TIME CODE 1:00:04. Stick around for Crime of the Week. We’ve got an amateur Facebook Live “reporter” who solves an arson in the most hilarious, profane way. SPONSORS THIS EPISODEThrive Market - get $60 of FREE organic groceries, plus free shipping and a 30-day trial at thrivemarket.com/crimewritersMadison Reed - get 10% off plus Free Shipping on your first color kit at madison-reed.com with promo code: WRITERSCameron Hughes wines - get free shipping on three or more bottles and a free sommelier-grade corkscrew at chwine.com with promo code: CRIMEZola - receive a $50 credit towards your registry at ZOLA.com/crime Felix Gray - go to FelixGrayGlasses.com/crime to try a pair of Felix Gray computer glassesCasper mattress - get $50 toward any mattress purchase at Casper.com/crime and using CRIME at checkout
December 15, 2017
Well, lookie lookie here. We've got the latest disappointing news for Brendan Dassey's hopes of a new trial, get to spread some podcast love to both Amber Hunt and Bill Rankin, and take the hit from Done Disappeared's wicked send up, "Crime Writers Off." (Spoiler alert: Bobby Tall needs to count to ten and cool off). Then we look through the peep hole at Netflix's "Voyeur." This odd tale pivots from its subject - a motel owner who spied on guests for years - to the famous journalist so enamored with the story he becomes blind to its many red flags. (Want to skip the discussion and just hear the thumbs up or down review? Go to 59:58.) In the Crime of the Week, one bank robber learns why it's important to clear your browser history. SPONSORS Madison Reed - get 10% off plus Free Shipping on your first color kit at madison-reed.com with promo code: WRITERS. Mrs. Fields - ​click​ ​on​ ​the microphone​ ​and​ ​enter​ ​promo​ ​code​ ​CRIME​ ​to​ ​get​ ​20​%​ ​off​ ​any​ ​product​ ​at mrsfields.com Brooklinen - get $20 off AND free shipping is to use promo code CRIME at Brooklinen.com Omaha Steaks - enter code CRIME in the search bar at omahasteaks.com, and get a 75% savings VirtueLabs - get 10% off and free shipping with the code CRIME at VirtueLabs.com
December 8, 2017
The Crime Writers dig in to the problem with sending flowers to a judge, even when said judge has just ruled the way you wanted her to in the Steven Avery case. Also, a cow named Lara? Toby's daughter is a star? And only Rebecca swears too much? Then, we respond to some ire around our mixed review of the Netflix show Alias Grace. Finally, a review of the (spoiler alert) OUTSTANDING new podcast from Slate about Watergate. It's called Slow Burn, and if you want to hear our spoiler-free recommendation, you'll want to skip to the 55:44 mark. Episode sponsors: Dispatch - save 50% on your first box by going to breakoutdispatch.com/crime Wonderbly - go to wonderbly.com and enter code CRIME at checkout to get 15% off your book Brooklinen - get $20 off AND free shipping is to use promo code CRIME at Brooklinen.com Madison Reed - Visit madison-reed.com and get 10% off plus free shipping on your first color kit with promo code: WRITERS Omaha Steaks - Go to OmahaSteaks.com, enter code CRIME in the search bar, and get a 75% savings on a HUGE box of great meet and other treats – it’s the gift guaranteed to be a hit!
December 1, 2017
OMG - We can't get enough of Done Disappeared, the amazing parody true crime podcast by the unparalleled talent that IS John David Booter. We review that show and try to figure out the mystery of just what happened to missing 1987 woman Clara Pockets. Then, a more earnest review of the Netflix series Alias Grace. Based on a Margaret Atwood novel, does this show resonate? Or does it's less-than-Handmaid's Tale production values take away from what could have been a compelling view of a fascinating true crime? NOTE: IF YOU WANT TO SKIP THE DISCUSSION AND JUST HEAR THE REVIEW, GO TO 50:41 Finally, the Crime of the Week tackles a whole lot of nudity and a whole lot of kidnapping. Want to listen to Married With Podcast and get a whole lot of other great stuff? Go to StitcherPremium.com/crime AND use the code CRIME at checkout to get a free month! Episode sponsors: Dispatch - save 50% on your first box by going to breakoutdispatch.com/crime Wonderbly - go to wonderbly.com and enter code CRIME at checkout to get 15% off your book Brooklinen - get $20 off AND free shipping is to use promo code CRIME at Brooklinen.com HelloFresh - for $30 off your first week visit hellofresh.com and enter the promo code CRIME30 Felix Gray Glasses - Go to felixgrayglasses.com/crime to try a pair of Felix Gray computer glasses  Madison Reed - Visit madison-reed.com and get 10% off plus free shipping on your first color kit with promo code: WRITERS StoryWorth - for $20 off, visit storyworth.com/crime when you subscribe
November 22, 2017
It's our 100th episode and we're celebrating by...doing what we always do. We'll look at the times and crimes of the late Charles Manson. The panel offers holiday travelers some recommendations of podcasts and TV shows that will make Thanksgiving bearable. The crime writers dig into "Long Shot," the new Netflix documentary. It tells the story of how an innocent man stayed off of death row because of the Los Angeles Dodgers and HBO's Larry David comedy of manners, "Curb Your Enthusiasm." FOR THOSE LOOKING TO AVOID SPOILERS, JUMP PAST THE DISCUSSION TO THE 59-MINUTE MARK. In Crime of the Week, it's Father Christmas vs. Santa Claus. CRIME WRITERS' RECOMMENDATIONS Toby: Polybius Conspiracy from Showcase; The Dollup; Open Floor from SI Lara: Deadly Manners Rebecca: Done Disappeared; Powerline Kevin: More Perfect, Crazy Ex-girlfriend SPONSORS THIS EPISODE Dispatch - save 50% on your first box by going to breakoutdispatch.com/crime Mrs. Fields - go to mrsfields.com and enter​ ​code​ ​CRIME​ ​to​ ​get​ ​25%​ ​off​ ​Mrs.​ ​Fields’​ ​Bestselling​ ​Peace,​ ​Love, and​ ​Cookies​ ​tin Kopari - go​ ​to​ ​koparibeauty.com/crime​ ​to​ ​get​ ​20%​ ​off​ ​your order Harry's Razors - $5 off your order when you go to Harrys.com/crime Wonderbly - go to wonderbly.com and enter code CRIME at checkout to get 15% off your book
November 17, 2017
Watch out - this episode is punchy! The Crime Writers settle a beef, play a couple of games, and yes, talk about Payne Lindsey's new TV deal AND his YouTube music video alter ego. Then, a look at the Elizabeth Smart case through the lens of the new A&E 2-part documentary, the super confusingly named Biography Presents: Elizabeth Smart Autoiography. Plus, our Crime of the Week cuts the cheese! Episode sponsors: Madison Reed- get 10% off plus Free Shipping at madison-reed.com with promo code: WRITERS Wonderbly - get a personalized customized book and get 15% off at wonderbly.com with the code CRIME at checkout RX Bar - For 25% off your first order, visit RXBAR.com/crime AND ENTER PROMO CODE: CRIME AT CHECKOUT. Virtue Labs - Get great hair! Also, get 10% off AND free shipping by going to virtuelabs.com and using code CRIME at checkout.
November 10, 2017
The Crime Writers complain about Rebecca's jet lag and a certain crappy airline, and Lara is LITERALLY about to become a crazy cat lady. Plus, Toby's book is classy AF. Then, a trio of True Crime Updates: Bowe Bergdahl's been sentenced! That Maura Murray TV show made a crazy claim! And Making a Murderer's Steven Avery still has a filing-happy lawyer who seems to love accusing every single one of his relatives of something. The panel does a deep dive review of Stranger Things 2 - and gives a pretty great explanation of why episode 7 is the most disappointing thing to ever happen in history of forever. This week's sponsors: Madison Reed- get 10% off plus Free Shipping at madison-reed.com with promo code: WRITERS LinkedIn - use LinkedIn.com/crime to get $50 credit toward your first job post. Daily Harvest - go to Daily-Harvest.com and use the code CRIME to get three free items in your first box! Cameron Hughes wine - go to chwine.com and use the code CRIME for FREE shipping on 3 or more bottles and a FREE Sommelier-grade corkscrew
November 3, 2017
No more Amazon list??? Yup, the behemoth site kicked us out of their affiliate program, so we'll have to find something else for Toby to do... The Crime Writers open up the hit podcast Heaven's Gate, and, KNOWLEDGE ALERT, one of the panel is kind of an expert on the cult phenomenon. Plus, the panel will dive into Stranger Things 2 in full next week, but isn't shy about sharing first impressions. And no, Toby STILL hasn't seen Goonies! Also, an update from the courtroom in the Serial Season 2 subject Bowe Bergdahl's sentencing, and our Crime of the Week climbs to 30,000 feet for some felonious hanky panky. Episode Sponsors: Madison Reed - get 10% off plus Free Shipping at madison-reed.comwith promo code: WRITERS Lola Tampons -  get 60% off your first order, visit mylola.com and enter CRIME when you subscribe! Firstleaf - To​ ​order​ ​your​ ​3-pack​ ​of​ ​introductory​ ​wine​ ​for​ ​$15 go​ ​to​ ​Try​​Firstleaf​.com/​CRIME​ Brooklinen - visit brooklinen.com and use the code CRIME at checkout for $20 off and free shipping Kopari - visit koparibeauty.com/crime for 20% off your order
October 27, 2017
The Crime Writers dive in to Mindhunter - a series from Netflix about FBI profilers that even Rebecca can get behind. And newly-minted Broadway Siri Patrick Hinds makes a cameo with a little Groffsauce primer you won't want to miss! Plus, Stampy died! Lara does a little PSA every pet lover should listen to. DONATE TO CATS 1ST, THE RESCUE ORGANIZATION THAT GAVE STAMPY A CHANCE And, yet another filing in the never-ending paper trail for Making a Murderer's Steven Avery. Is his lawyer Kathleen Zellner a genius? Or is she a little cuckoo? Finally, our Crime of the Week asks a critical question...what would *you* do if you came home from the thrift shop with a dead person in your purchase? Episode sponsors: Audible - get a free audiobook and 30-day trial at audible.com/crime Madison Reed - get 10% off plus Free Shipping at madison-reed.com with promo code: WRITERS LinkedIn - Go to LinkedIn.com/crime and get a $50 credit toward your first job post Cameron Hughes Wine - Go to chwine.com and use the code CRIME for FREE shipping on 3 or more bottles and a FREE Sommelier-grade corkscrew
October 20, 2017
The Crime Writers review the second season of Rebecca's favorite true crime podcast from last year, Accused by the Cincinnati Enquirer. Will the story of the unsolved murder of Retha Welch stand up to the success of season one? (Spoiler alert: one of us has issues!) In a pair of true crime podcast updates, we talk about the surprising plea deal made by S-Town subject Tyler Goodson, as well as the maybe-surprising plea in Bowe Bergdahl's case. Our crime of the week will make you high...especially if donuts are your drug of choice. Episode sponsors: Madison Reed: Go to madison-reed.com and enter the code WRITERS Link AKC: Go to LinkAKC.com and enter the code CRIME to save 30% and get free shipping Felix Gray Glasses: Go to FelixGrayGlass.com/crime LeTote Select: Try this new service from tote and get a $25 credit. Go to LeTote.com/select and enter the code CRIME at checkout. Daily Harvest: Go to daily-harvest.com and use code CRIME to get THREE free items in your first box!
October 13, 2017
Rebecca met Sarah Koenig!! She fills us in on that awkward encounter. What's the latest with Serial season two subject Bowe Bergdahl? Seems he's made some kind of deal with the government. We invite back retired USMC Lt Col James Weirick of the Military Justice podcast to explain why he thinks some of the early media reports are wrong and what a plea for a lighter sentence might look like. Then the panel digs into the new hit podcast from the LA Times, Dirty John. TO SKIP PAST THE SPOILERS AND JUST HEAR OUR REVIEW, GO TO TIME CODE: 1:03:25 This six-part true crime profile looks at grifter John Meehan and the trouble he wreaked on Debra Newell and her family. Judging by your Twitter and Facebook questions, you seemed just as amazed by Debra's willingness to forgive the gold digger as you are in Dirty John's evil designs. In Crime of the Week, how many Facebook likes would you need before your turned yourself into the police? SPONSORS THIS EPISODE:Madison Reed - Visit Madison-Reed.com and get 10% off plus Free Shipping on your first color kit with promo code: WRITERSAudible - Get a free audiobook with a 30-day trial at www.audible.com/CRIMELe Tote - Go to Letote.com and enter promo code CRIME at checkout to get 50% of your first monthVirtue Labs - Try Virtue at 10% off and get free shipping at virtuelabs.com with the code CRIMEFirstleaf - To​ ​order​ ​your​ ​3-pack​ ​of​ ​introductory​ ​wine​ ​for​ ​$15 go​ ​to​ ​Try​​Firstleaf​.com/​CRIME​
October 6, 2017
The Crime Writers review the totally not Law & Order take on a famous case: Law & Order: The Menendez murders. Plus, a big setback for Stephen Avery has the panel revisiting our opinions on the Making a Murderer protagonist's guilt. Also in question...the guilt of Scott Peterson. Yeah, we know. In the Crime of the Week, things go wrong when a school administrator tries to pull a silly prank. EPISODE SPONSORSMadison Reed - Visit madison-reed.com and get 10% off plus free shipping on your first color kit with promo code: WRITERS.Kopari - visit koparibeauty.com/crime for 20% off your orderBrooklinen - visit brooklinen.com and use the code CRIME at checkout for $20 off and free shippingWonderbly - visit wonderbly.com and order a personalized book! Use the code Crime and get 15% off your orderHello Fresh - visit hellofresh.com and use the code CRIME30 for $30 off your first week!
September 29, 2017
Did Brendan Dassey's dubious confession on "Making a Murderer" make your skin crawl? The Chief Circuit Judge in his ongoing appeal said it did. But the other two federal judges may be leaning the other way. In podcast news: "Accused" will roll out a new season next month. Also, the teams behind HowStuffWorks and Up & Vanished are getting together to re-investigate a series of child murders in Atlanta that were solved in 1981. This week's podcast focuses on two very different series from Netflix. "The Confession Tapes" shows a series of cases in which the police used questionable techniques to get suspects to confess. Were they falsely given? Were they merely aggressive or provocative ways to get a killer to admit to their crimes? Next, the unexpectedly savvy satire of everything we love about true crime. "American Vandal" may start as a lowbrow take-off on "Serial" or "Making a Murder," but the comedy is surprisingly meta, embracing all tropes of the podcasts and documentaries which have become ubiquitous. In the end, we still want to know, "Who drew the dicks?" In the Crime of the Week - the FBI really shouldn't tell the Internet to ask them anything. EPISODE SPONSORSMadison Reed - Visit madison-reed.com and get 10% off plus free shipping on your first color kit with promo code: WRITERS.Exposed by Lisa Scottoline (audiobook edition) - To hear an excerpt, visit macmillanaudio.com/exposed.The podcast "Cults" - Listen now where ever your get your podcasts or at parcast.com/cults.Book of the Month - Get your first book for $9.99 at bookofthemonth.com/crimewriters.Felix Gray Glasses - Get a pair at felixgrayglasses.com/crime.Virtue Labs -  Get 10% off and free shipping their line of shampoos and conditioners with the code CRIME at virtuelabs.com.
September 22, 2017
The Crime Writers change the way we do business because someone told us to. We dive into a bunch of updates on cases surrounding the S-Town podcast and the super-creepy stabbing at the center of the HBO documentary "Beware the Slenderman," plus Kevin holds Rebecca hostage and forces her to watch the rest of that ridiculous Unabomber show. Speaking of being held hostage, will the team force Kevin to listen to even more Someone Knows Something? (Yeah, we hope get to do that!) We then dig in to The Deuce, the latest in prestige TV from HBO and David Simon, the creator of the show that white people LOVE to talk about loving, The Wire. In our crime of the week, a jogger takes a big ol' poop on someone's lawn. No, that really is a thing. Donate to Kevin's walk in high-heeled shoes to support victims of domestic violence - crimewriterson.com Find out more about seeing the Crime Writers live in Exeter NH on October 12th: https://www.exeterhistory.org/events/2017/10/12/an-evening-with-the-crime-writers Episode sponsors: "Exposed" by Lisa Scottoline on Macmillian Audiobooks Daily Harvest - visit daily-harvest.com and use the code CRIME at checkout to get three free items in your first box Audible - go to audible.com/crime for a free trial! LinkAKC - go to linkakc.com and use the code CRIME to save 30% off plus get free shipping Kopari - go to koparibeauty.com/crime for 20% off your order
September 15, 2017
Weekly episodes have returned (no more goldbricking for Bricker - no more laying about for Lavoie)! The Crime Writers revisit some of the content they've recently discussed and give final verdicts on Homecoming, The Murder of Laci Peterson, and updates in the Slenderman case. Toby offers a preview of next week's topic: HBO's The Deuce. And the blow-back about the Payne Lyndsey - Up and Vanished controversy is deafening...not. The panel dives into the new podcast from the Mercury News, "Hanging: The mysterious case of the boy in the barn." In Crime of the Week, how much Liquid Plumber can we get to London? Sponsors this week: Madison Reed - Visit madison-reed.com and get 10% off plus free shipping on your first color kit with promo code: WRITERS. Exposed by Lisa Scottoline (audiobook edition) - To hear an excerpt, visit macmillanaudio.com/exposed. Virtue - Try Virtue at 10% off and get free shipping at virtuelabs.com with the code CRIME.  Audible - Get a free audiobook with a 30-day trial at www.audible.com/crime. Bombas socks - Go to bombas.com/crime and get twenty percent off your first purchase.  Beachbody On Demand - claim a free trial membership when you text CRIME to 303030.
September 1, 2017
Red-eyed and jet-lagged, Rebecca and Kevin are back from Podcast Movement in Anaheim with stories of their exploits with your (and their) favorite podcasters. They'll spill some tea over what caused some controversy a big name - "NOT a podcaster" Payne Lindsey from Up & Vanished - made an audacious, self-congratulatory presentation...and how some even bigger names in the room reacted. Plus, a true crime podcast update! A hungover R&K met up with old friend Lt Col James Weirick for an update on Bowe Bergdahl's court martial and the defense's move that could bode well for the disgraced former POW. (Audio of the full discussion can be found on our website - and beware, it's unedited and was literally recorded in a hotel hallway.) Back in the confines of Square Egg Studio, Lara & Toby chime in on A&E's new limited series, "The Murder of Laci Peterson." So far, the show seems to be playing the story down the middle, not sensationalizing its retrospective of the crime, and is of surprisingly high quality for a basic cable show. Then in Crime of the Week: our house is a very very very moldy house. Sponsors this week:Exposed - hear the audiobook edition of Exposed by bestselling author Lisa Scottoline at www.macmillanaudio.com/exposedBook of the Month - See their current selections and get your first book for just $9.99 at bookofthemonth.com/crimewriters Le Tote - Go to letote.com Enter promo code CRIME at checkout to get 50% of your first monthLola tampons - For 60% off your first order, visit mylola.com and enter CRIME when you subscribeHarry's razors - Get a free shave kit when you at harrys.com/crime, just pay 3 bucks for shippingLovePop - Enter to win 50 3D birthday cards at lovepop.com/crime
August 18, 2017
We're ready for our close ups! Our listeners asked and answered the hypothetical question, "If there were a movie about the Crime Writers, who would be cast to play them?" The results are in from #crimewriterscasting. Let's say three out of the four of us are satisfied with the picks. We grapple with "Black Hands" (see the play on words there?) - a true crime podcast about New Zealand's Bain family murders. Rather than a re-investigation or reexamination of the case, the ten-part series is a deep, DEEP dive into David Bain's second trial with narrator Martin van Beynen's ultimate argument that the jury got it wrong. Then we stream our way through Netflix's new series, "Ozark." With its comparisons to "Breaking Bad," how does this normal-guy-caught-in-a-web-of-criminal-enterprise TV show stand on its own? Have we seen this before? Or is it a fresh take on the emerging genre? In the Crime of the Week: the suggestion box is stuffed with requests to do something about the dead people piling up in the break room. Episode sponsorsBook of the Month - get your first book for $10 at bookofthemonth.com/CRIMEWRITERSPlated - go to plated.com/crime to get 50% off your first Plated boxLe Tote - got to letote.com and enter promo code CRIME at checkout for 50% your first monthBrooklinen - get $20 off AND free shipping with promo code CRIME at Brooklinen.comBeachbody on Demand - text CRIME to 303030
August 4, 2017
The Crime Writers tackle a pair of hot media properties this week with a look at the Discovery Channel's latest foray into crime with Manhunt: The Unabomber. This leads to a heated debate about how FBI profilers are portrayed in crime drama...and Rebecca joins #TeamToby for the first time! Then, a review of the second season of Homecoming, the dramatized podcast with a stellar cast from Gimlet Media. Is the show in a second season slump? Will Rebecca ever stop calling David Schwimmer "Ross from Friends?" We'll answer those questions and a whole lot more. Finally, our Crime of the Week gives the panel a chance to relish Toby's response. Our sponsors this episode:Book of the Month - get your first book for $10 at bookofthemonth.com/CRIMEWRITERSPlated - go to plated.com/crime to get 50% off your first Plated boxBrooklinen - get $20 off AND free shipping with promo code CRIME at Brooklinen.comLola tampons - for 60% off your first order, visit mylola.com and enter promo code CRIME
July 21, 2017
So that happened...OJ Simpson got early release for his 2007 Las Vegas robbery conviction. After watching the "Parole Hearing of the Century," what do the Crime Writers think? Should the parole board have considered his past arrest in that infamous double murder case when making their decision? Since every other podcast is talking about Game of Thrones this week, we ask Toby to give his take on HBO's swords-and-sex mega-hit. Only problem is...he hasn't watched the first six seasons, so his WTF perspective is completely fresh. Let's travel below The Gnat Line with the new season of "Breakdown." Bill Rankin is back with a new tale of systemic breakdowns in the GA legal system. Episode one laid out the case of Devonia Inman. Are we intrigued enough to keep listening? Next we take a deep dive in the four-part podcast from the Australian Broadcast Company, "Trace." It's "Accused" meets "The Keepers." A woman was killed in her bookstore in 1980. The parish priests, one of whom molested her disabled son, were publicly hostile toward her. The panel weighs in on whether his cold case miniseries has enough "there" there to hold our interest. In the Crime of the Week - manscaping could have prevented this tragedy. Episode sponsors:Madison Reed - Visit Madison-Reed.com and get 10% off plus free shipping on your first color kit with promo code: WRITERS.Thumbtack - To find skilled professionals download the app or go to thumbtack.com.Brooklinen - Get $20 off and free shipping when you use promo code CRIME at Brooklinen.com.Book of the Month - Get your first book for $10 at bookofthemonth.com/crimewriters.Bombas - Get 20% off your first purchase at bombas.com/crime.
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