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106 episodes

Oct 26, 2020

Canary and The Murders at White House Farm 

The newspaper story of a woman who crusaded against her attacker's light sentence unveiled a secret about a different person in the courtroom. In “Canary” from the Washington Post, we follow a three-year effort to flesh out the long-ago accusation and its effect on those directly and indirectly involved.

FOR OUR SPOILER-FREE REVIEW OF "CANARY" GO TO 34:00

An English village was rocked in 1985 when a woman murdered her parents and twin sons before turning the gun on herself. Authorities are eager to close the case as a murder-suicide, but something about the findings inside the isolated farm house doesn’t sit right. We'll discuss "The Murders at White House Farm" from HBO Max and ITV.

FOR OUR SPOILER-FREE REVIEW OF "THE MURDERS AT WHITE HOUSE FARM" GO TO 1:00:00

In Crime of the Week: milk shake.

 

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Oct 19, 2020

Tom Brown's Body and Criminal:UK 

Stop, what's that sound? CWO reveals its new theme music (listen for the typewriter).

The 2016 disappearance of the senior class president divided a small Texas town.  And when he turned up dead two years later it only added to the mystery. In the Texas Monthly podcast “Tom Brown’s Body” award winning journalist Skip Hollandsworth explores this unsolved case featuring a defensive sheriff, an offensive private eye, and a Panhandle town pointing fingers in every direction.

FOR OUR SPOILER-FREE REVIEW OF "TOM BROWN'S BODY" GO TO 35:00

Netflix’s “Criminal:UK” returns for a second season. Scotland Yard detectives conduct interrogations while their colleagues watch from a high-tech room on the other side of a two-way-mirror. This season's theme is misuse of the law, from investigators skirting a suspect’s rights, to a misguided vigilante, and an accusation made against a smarmy businessman played by Kit Harrington.

FOR OUR SPOILER-FREE REVIEW OF "CRIMINAL: UK" GO TO 57:30

In Crime of the Week: Big Bang!

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Oct 12, 2020

American Murder: The Family Next Door & Chameleon 

It was a scam that tricked film crew members to fly halfway around the world for a fake movie. But what was this con job really about? We’ll talk about the new podcast, "Chameleon: The Hollywood Con Queen."

FOR OUR SPOILER-FREE REVIEW OF "CHAMELEON" GO TO 24:00

Netflix’s new documentary “American Murder: The Family Next Door” is told exclusively through texts, Facebook posts, police body cams and surveillance video. What results is an inside look at Shanann Watts family’s slow roll to tragedy that is compelling, voyeuristic, and indisputably unique. 

FOR OUR SPOILER-FREE REVIEW OF "AMERICAN MURDER" GO TO 56:00

In Crime of the Week: shark bit.

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Oct 5, 2020

Two Minutes Past Nine & Motive Season 3 

It's the feel bad episode of the season! 

First, the Oklahoma City bombing opened America’s eyes to anti-government groups. In “Two Minutes Past Nine” from BBC Sounds, host Leah Sottile ("Bundyville") provides a primer on American extremism and draws a straight line between Timothy McVeigh and today's extremists. 

FOR OUR SPOILER-FREE REVIEW OF "TWO MINUTES PAST NINE," GO TO 26:00

Then, in season 3 of “Motive” from WBEZ, host Odette Yousef explores how the White Supremacist movement recruited a new generation of followers by co-opting the style of the punk rock subculture known as “skinheads.”

FOR OUR SPOILER-FREE REVIEW OF "MOTIVE," GO TO 1:01

In Crime of the Week: sugar loaf

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Sep 28, 2020

Who Killed CJ Davis? and Bunga Bunga 

He was a troubled teen who fell into a gang before being gunned down in an East London park. Was CJ the actual target? Are his killers taunting his family in rap videos? We’ll review “Who Killed CJ Davis?”

FOR OUR SPOILER-FREE REVIEW OF "WHO KILLED CJ DAVIS?" GO TO 33:00

It's the story of a womanizing real estate developer whose unconventional political movement propelled him to the highest elected office - in Italy! We’ll talk about Wondery’s Silvio Berlusconi podcast, “Bunga Bunga.”

FOR OUR SPOILER-FREE REVIEW OF "BUNGA BUNGA" GO TO 56:00

In Crime of the Week: pass(word) interference

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Business time music is The Look by Nangdo

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Sep 21, 2020

Fake Priest and Class Action Park 

His parishioners didn't learn Father Ryan Scott wasn't a priest until he'd already made off with their money. The crime writers share their thoughts on "Smoke Screen: Fake Priest."

FOR OUR SPOILER-FREE REVIEW OF "SMOKE SCREEN: FAKE PRIEST," GO TO MINUTE 24:00

Then HBO Max's "Class Action Park" plays for laughs with its look back at a NJ water park with rides so ridiculously hazardous that no insurance company would cover it. Then things take a hard turn when we hear from the family one of the many guests who died there.

FOR OUR SPOILER-FREE REVIEW OF "CLASS ACTION PARK," GO TO MINUTE 54:30

In Crime of the Week: kids these days!

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Sep 14, 2020

The Vow & Unfinished: Deep South 

Lara announces she's combining her love of cats and investigative skills into a new career. Who knew you could?

Was the 1954 lynching of prominent Black businessman Isadore Banks solely an act of racism, or was there also a financial motive? We're discussing "Unfinished: Deep South” from Witness Docs.

FOR OUR SPOILER-FREE REVIEW OF "UNFINISHED" GO TO MINUTE 29:00

Then the panel gets a real-time inside look at the multilevel marketing/sex cult NXIVM with the people who were there. We’re talking about the HBO documentary: "The Vow."

FOR OUR SPOILER-FREE REVIEW OF "THE VOW" GOT TO MINUTE 1:03:00

In Crime of the Week: divine intervention.

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Sep 7, 2020

The Sneak and Morally Indefensible 

Kevin kicks off the discussion with some excellent medical news.

In season two of "The Sneak: The Murders at Whiskey Creek," Jack Murphy was a champion surfer who captured headlines in 1964 as a cool jewel thief for stealing the world’s largest sapphire from a New York museum. But was the charming thief known as "Murph the Surf" more violent than his legacy portrays? 

FOR OUR SPOILER-FREE REVIEW OF "THE SNEAK," GO TO 33:00

The relationship between a murderer and a journalist resulted in Fatal Vision, one of the most famous true crime books. But to what lengths was the author willing to go to get the story? We’ll review “Morally Indefensible.”

FOR OUR SPOILER-FREE REVIEW OF "MORALLY INDEFENSIBLE," GO TO 1:04:00

In Crime of the Week: blocked up nose.

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Aug 31, 2020

Relative Unknown and Fear City 

With Kevin taking a sick day, the rest of the panel gets to hear about Lara's new profession: pet detective. Plus, Toby's killer cat Little Foot is at it again.

In the podcast “Relative Unknown," host Jackee Taylor learns the man at the center of a double murder/homicide was actually her father, a former Hells Angel who took his family into Witness Protection and later disappeared from her life. 

FOR OUR SPOILER-FREE REVIEW OF "RELATIVE UNKNOWN" GO TO MINUTE 23:00

In the 70s and 80s, the FBI was unable to make headway against the New York City mafia, until they used a new law to target the entire organization. Netflix's "Fear City" recounts the investigation that required bugging the city’s biggest mobsters and the case that took down the Five Families.

FOR OUR SPOILER-FREE REVIEW OF "FEAR CITY" GO TO MINUTE 46:00

In Crime of the Week: elephant strain.

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