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Author: Wondery | X-G Productions

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We take you behind police lines. Former FBI profiler Jim Clemente & former federal prosecutor Francey Hakes get unparalleled access to law enforcement officers, looking back at their most memorable cases – for better or for worse.
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mamaT

This was one of the worst stories I've ever heard. It's a true shame that these boys (9 out of 10) have no male or no positive male influence in their lives. And the fact that it is STILL happening is a true travesty.

Feb 15th
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Emma Thomas

Casefile covers this case really well.. episode 78

Dec 18th
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FdPod

I truly do not believe society that advocates for death penalty can be called a society that “ kills people. Why would someone execute his family of 4 members and deserve the right to live? He took away that very right from 4 people. It is absolutely outrageous. How can we find it more horrible to execute the death penalty on someone who is guilty beyond any doubt than the crime he has committed? Sorry. I just cannot get it.

Dec 16th
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a. mallet

He wouldn't continue to fight against aquittal because the case is pretty well known- finding an unbiased jury sounds virtually impossible. His biggest fight in court is going to be against the previous jury's conviction. Please tell me even in a strict black and white view of the criminal justice system you see that is his biggest hurdle- overturning a guilty verdict, even one eventually thrown out, is almost impossible. Of course our justice system shouldn't convict an innocent person but it happens every day! Cases are plea bargained every day in our court system with very little thought given to ACTUAL guilt or innocence except by the accused. Oh, and regarding the German woman- I don't understand why it's always been presented as "he killed one, so he killed both". I always thought it was possible he got the IDEA of the whole staircase staging from finding the woman in the Germany case.

Dec 5th
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Aleena

Omfg Nancy stop the games and just tell the story already! Annoying!

Nov 28th
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Paul Schoenbaum

Happy 100!

Nov 23rd
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John Douglas

Wow...Best Case Worst Case's worst episode...I skipped it after about 5 minutes.

Nov 19th
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Paul Schoenbaum

great cast! more seal stories please!!

Nov 18th
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John Douglas

Carson is an American Badass!

Nov 13th
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Johane Mc Duff

I'm hearing alot of what sounds like victim blaming in this interview...

Nov 6th
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Johane Mc Duff

That was painful to listen to...I think my ears are bleeding!

Nov 6th
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John Douglas

Johane Mc Duff Ridiculous...Nancy can't get enough Nancy. lol.

Nov 19th
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Johane Mc Duff

Linseed oil among others, is known to spontaneously combust in the right circumstances.

Oct 27th
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Lita Sheppard

you may have discussed this case alrdy but serial podcast abt adnon the first season might be a good case if anything trending

Sep 24th
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Bethany Guerin

The framing of this discussion is frustrating to me. I wonder -Why would she put Kavanaugh's friend in the room, which could and has undermined her story? -How could she have had the foresight to report the trauma to her therapist more than 5 years ago? -Memory is malleable, however, studies show that emotionally charged traumatic memories can create circumstances where they cant forget, as opposed to shutting down. -Even if you believe it sounded like horsing around it is irresponsible to say that given your position and only serves to paint sexual assault allegations with a broad brush, which is unjust. She deserves to be taken seriously. -What happens at Georgetown Prep stays at Georgetown Prep. That's been good for all of us, I think: this would be an acceptable saying if they were referring to underage drinking or other faux pas but typically accepted behavior. But it doesnt, it implies something directly correlated to these allegations. And why, then, if this was all fine and dandy, would Kavanaugh have not only removed but changed this excerpt from one of his speeches in a judicial review? The edit that was submitted to the board said, in reference to his friends "They remain good friends of mine, and they well reflect the values and excellence of both Georgetown Prep and this law school." Is your stance truly that this does not imply guilt? Come on. It's like you went into this wanting to back Kavanaugh. Even so, these allegations have enough evidence to take them seriously should be enough to disqualify him even if it couldn't be litigated at this time. I wish you could have at least extended the same credit as courtesy to Dr. Blasey Ford as you have Judge Kavanaugh. Or attempted to veil the bias. Something.

Sep 21st
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Bethany Guerin

Thanks for standing up for common sense gun reform Mr. Clemente. I look forward to hearing discourse on this (if I didnt miss the episode)

Sep 10th
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Debby Phillips

we need Nick Netflix movies

Sep 6th
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Bridget Goldsack

amazing episode!

Aug 25th
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Vincent Ruiz

How is the cop that fell off of the curb not liable? If a civilian shoot unarmed man, even if he thinks he the other person does not have a gun, you are going to prison! Why is the burton of proof for police not the same for civilians?

Aug 1st
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Tor C

Clemente and Hakes seem to live in a black and white cartoon law enforcement world where all suspects are bad guys, innocence is extremely rare and the US justice system is a noble and just enterprise. All law enforcement officers are noble knights and all suspects lowlife degenerates. Of course, in reality, there are *profound* issues with the American justice system. There are deeply shameful injustices, corruption, convictions of innocent people, racism and multitudes of unjust laws and law enforcement practices. America incarcerates more of it's population than any other country on earth. Many of these people are black, and a huge amount of them are non violent drug "offenders". The number of lives this system ruins is *incalculable*. These people, too, are victims. These hosts give an impression of looking after their own and refuse to acknowledge the profound systemic failures in the system and the many, many victims that that system leaves in its wake. In a sense, people like them have appointed themselves the rulers of your life and mine. That doesn't mean this isn't also an interesting podcast, or that Clemente and Hakes haven't caught and put away some truly dangerous and despicable people, something they are to be commended for. But be aware that their tone and bias is, perhaps unsurprisingly, very much pro-law enforcement and contains a disappointing lack of self awareness about the many injustices of the system they work in and vigourously defend.

May 18th
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Emma Flavell

I want to lick Jim's face

Apr 5th
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