Criminal is a podcast about crime. Not so much the "if it bleeds, it leads," kind of crime. Something a little more complex. Stories of people who've done wrong, been wronged, and/or gotten caught somewhere in the middle. We are a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX, a curated network of extraordinary, story-driven shows. Learn more at radiotopia.fm.

LATEST EPISODE

Episode 95: The Job

Not long into his job as prison superintendent, Frank Thompson was asked to write the manual on lethal injection for the state of Oregon. Capital punishment had not been implemented in more than 30 years, and no one knew how to do it. Frank had to travel around the country learning how other states do it, and he asked his staff to practice. They simulated every step, including seating witnesses in the gallery, interacting with the press, and strapping each other to the gurney. Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven't already, please review us on iTunes! It's an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow. Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for The Accomplice. If you'd like to introduce friends or family members to podcasts, we created a How to Listen guide based on frequently asked questions. Artwork by Julienne Alexander. Sponsors: Casper Get $50 toward select mattresses by visiting Casper.com/criminal and using CRIMINAL at checkout. Terms and conditions apply. Simplisafe Order a SimpliSafe security system today and SimpliSafe will also donate one to a family in need. Visit SimpliSafe.com/CRIMINAL Squarespace Enjoy a free trial and 10% off your first Squarespace purchase with offer code CRIMINAL. Virtue Labs Visit virtuelabs.com and use the code CRIMINAL to receive 20% off plus free shipping on your Virtue order. ZipRecruiter Try ZipRecruiter for free at ZipRecruiter.com/criminal
00:29:31 7/19/2018

Past Episodes

Mark Roberts has attended almost every major sporting event in the world. And he's been escorted off the field almost every time. Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven't already, please review us on iTunes! It's an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow. Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for The Accomplice. If you'd like to introduce friends or family members to podcasts, we created a How to Listen guide based on frequently asked questions. Artwork by Julienne Alexander.
00:23:48 7/5/2018
Helen James grew up in a military family - her great great grandfather fought in the Civil War, her father in WWI, and her uncles in WWII. So when she enlisted in 1952, she felt like she belonged. Shortly after, she realized something was wrong. Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven't already, please review us on iTunes! It's an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow. Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for The Accomplice. If you'd like to introduce friends or family members to podcasts, we created a How to Listen guide based on frequently asked questions. Artwork by Julienne Alexander. Sponsors: Quicken Rocket Mortgage is simple. To get started, visit RocketMortgage.com/CRIMINAL. Sun Basket Go to SunBasket.com/CRIMINAL today and get $35 off your first order. Quip Go to GetQuip.com/CRIMINAL and get your first refill pack free with a QUIP electric toothbrush. Squarespace Enjoy a free trial and 10% off your first Squarespace purchase with the offer code CRIMINAL. Virtue Labs Visit virtuelabs.com and use the code CRIMINAL to receive 20% off plus free shipping on your Virtue order. Zuckerman Spaeder Thanks to Zuckerman Spaeder for their support of Criminal.
00:55:33 6/14/2018
This episode picks up where Episode 91 left off. We suggest you listen to them in order. The early 20th century's biggest murder trial, and a particular brand of "madness." Visit thisiscriminal.com to see rare photographs from Harry Thaw's trial. Cameras were not allowed in the courtroom, but Boston Globe photographer E.E. Bond snuck in a special camera, hidden in his vest and operated with a watch chain. Thanks to our friends at the Boston Public Library for allowing us to share them. For more information, check out Paula Uruburu's book, American Eve. Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven't already, please review us on iTunes! It's an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow. Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for The Accomplice. If you'd like to introduce friends or family members to podcasts, we created a How to Listen guide based on frequently asked questions. Artwork by Julienne Alexander. Sponsors: Casper Get $50 toward select mattresses by visiting Casper.com/Criminal. Terms and conditions apply. Man Crates Get your special Father's Day discount today at ManCrates.com/CRIMINAL. Sun Basket Go to SunBasket.com/CRIMINAL today to learn more and get $35 off your first order. Toyota Celebrate summer at Toyota's Summer Starts Here Sales Event and visit BuyAToyota.com. Squarespace Enjoy a free trial and 10% off your first Squarespace purchase with the offer code CRIMINAL. Virtue Labs Visit virtuelabs.com and use the code CRIMINAL to receive 20% off plus free shipping. Zuckerman Spaeder Thanks to Zuckerman Spaeder for their support of Criminal.
00:55:33 5/31/2018
The story behind the face of New York's Gilded Age. For more information, check out Paula Uruburu's book, American Eve. Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven't already, please review us on iTunes! It's an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow. Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for The Accomplice. If you'd like to introduce friends or family members to podcasts, we created a How to Listen guide based on frequently asked questions. Artwork by Julienne Alexander Sponsors: Casper Visit Casper.com/savings before May 29th, 2018 and receive 10% off your order with any mattress purchase. Terms and conditions apply. Sun Basket Go to SunBasket.com/CRIMINAL today to learn more and get $35 off your first order. Toyota Celebrate summer with huge savings at Toyota's Summer Starts Here Sales Event and visit BuyAToyota.com Squarespace Enjoy a free trial and 10% off your first Squarespace purchase with the offer code CRIMINAL. Virtue Labs Visit virtuelabs.com and use the code CRIMINAL to receive 20% off plus free shipping on your Virtue order. Zuckerman Spaeder Thanks to Zuckerman Spaeder for their support of Criminal!
00:55:33 5/17/2018
The U.S. Navy attempted to develop a shark attack repellant after many sailors were attacked during WWII. The first step was the formation of a "Shark Research Panel," which led to what we have today: the International Shark Attack File. When someone is attacked by a shark, anywhere in the world, the investigation closely resembles police work. "We're not reinventing the wheel. There's been no shortage of trial and error that went into police investigations and what we do follows," says George Burgess, the world's foremost shark attack investigator. Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven't already, please review us on iTunes! It's an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow. Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for The Accomplice. If you'd like to introduce friends or family members to podcasts, we created a How to Listen guide based on frequently asked questions. Artwork by Julienne Alexander.
00:55:33 5/3/2018
SPOILER WARNING: Please listen to our first episode about Sheila, Episode 88: Cold Case, before you listen to this one. This episode contains descriptions of violence and may not be suitable for everyone. Sheila Wysocki became a PI to try to help solve the murder of her college roommate. She wasn't planning on taking on any more cases, but then the letters started coming. This week, we shadow Sheila as she sifts through evidence for one of her current cases.  Phoebe has made a list of some of her favorite podcast episodes right now. Check it out here. Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven't already, please review us on iTunes! It's an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow. Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for The Accomplice. If you'd like to introduce friends or family members to podcasts, we created a How to Listen guide based on frequently asked questions. Artwork by Julienne Alexander. Sponsors: Panoply Check out the new podcast Empire on Blood from Panoply wherever you like to listen. Rocket Mortgage by Quicken Loans To get started, go to RocketMortgage.com/CRIMINAL Squarespace Enjoy a free trial and 10% off your first Squarespace purchase with the offer code CRIMINAL. Virtue Labs Visit virtuelabs.com and use the code CRIMINAL to receive 20% off plus free shipping on your Virtue order.
00:55:33 4/19/2018
In 1984, Sheila Wysocki found herself helping the police investigate the murder of her college roommate. Detectives asked her to help gather information, even sending her out to dinner with the main suspect. This episode contains descriptions of sexual assault and may not be suitable for everyone. Visit Sheila Wysocki's website at http://sheilawysocki.com/ Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven't already, please review us on iTunes! It's an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow. Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for The Accomplice. If you'd like to introduce friends or family members to podcasts, we created a How to Listen guide based on frequently asked questions. Artwork by Julienne Alexander. Sponsors: Panoply Check out the new podcast Empire on Blood from Panoply wherever you like to listen. Rocket Mortgage by Quicken Loans To get started, go to RocketMortgage.com/CRIMINAL Squarespace Enjoy a free trial and 10% off your first Squarespace purchase with the offer code CRIMINAL. Virtue Labs Visit virtuelabs.com and use the code CRIMINAL to receive 20% off plus free shipping on your Virtue order.
00:55:33 4/5/2018
David Dovala has lived in Casper, Wyoming since he was 19. He's worked all kinds of cases, first as a detective and later as sheriff, but a 1973 murder stays with him. This episode contains descriptions of sexual assault and may not be suitable for everyone. For more information, check out Ron Franscell's book, The Darkest Night. Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven't already, please review us on iTunes! It's an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow. Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for The Accomplice. If you'd like to introduce friends or family members to podcasts, we created a How to Listen guide based on frequently asked questions. Artwork by Julienne Alexander. Sponsors: Panoply Check out the new podcast *Empire on Blood *from Panoply wherever you like to listen. Squarespace Enjoy a free trial and 10% off your first Squarespace purchase with the offer code CRIMINAL. Virtue Labs Visit virtuelabs.com and use the code CRIMINAL to receive 20% off plus free shipping. ZipRecruiter Post any job for free. No code needed. Visit ziprecruiter.com/CRIMINAL to learn more. Zola To sign up with Zola and receive a $50 credit towards your registry, go to ZOLA.com/criminal
00:55:33 3/22/2018
Before he was 10 years old, Willie Bosket had skipped school, started fires, picked pockets, and stolen a car. A psychiatrist at Bellevue called him the "saddest little boy she'd ever seen." By the time he was 16 years old, he was known all over New York City as the "Baby-Faced Butcher." His crimes led to the passing of the Juvenile Offender Act of 1978 and changed how juvenile offenders are punished all over the country.  This episode was reported in collaboration with a new podcast from WNYC about the juvenile justice system: Caught. Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven't already, please review us on iTunes! It's an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow. Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for The Accomplice. If you'd like to introduce friends or family members to podcasts, we created a How to Listen guide based on frequently asked questions. Artwork by Julienne Alexander. Sponsors: Rocket Mortgage Squarespace (use code CRIMINAL to save 10%) Casper (use code CRIMINAL to save $50 toward select mattresses) Zola Burrow (use code CRIMINAL to get $50 off your order) Virtue Labs (use code CRIMINAL for 20% off)
00:55:33 3/8/2018
In 1993, a family was found murdered in their home. A Maryland police spokesperson described the homicide investigation as the most "exhaustive and labor intensive" in the department's history. And then homicide investigators found a strange manual, and the case became national news. Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. If you haven't already, please review us on iTunes! It's an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow. Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for The Accomplice. If you'd like to introduce friends or family members to podcasts, we created a How to Listen guide based on frequently asked questions. Artwork by Julienne Alexander.
00:55:33 2/22/2018

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