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Welcome to Crimetown, a series produced by Marc Smerling and Zac Stuart-Pontier in partnership with Gimlet Media. Each season, we investigate the culture of crime in a different city.

In Season 2, Crimetown heads to the heart of the Rust Belt: Detroit, Michigan. From its heyday as Motor City to its rebirth as the Brooklyn of the Midwest, Detroit’s history reflects a series of issues that strike at the heart of American identity: race, poverty, policing, loss of industry, the war on drugs, and our universal desire for a savior. Detroit’s a tough town, and its residents are even tougher. They’ve weathered riots, a drug epidemic, political scandal, and innumerable other hardships, but they’re still here—and they have stories to tell.

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S2 E04: The Kingpins' Kids

S2 E04: The Kingpins' Kids

2019-05-1600:30:44

When a hungry young DEA agent arrives in Detroit, he picks the perfect case to make his bones: taking down Eddie Jackson and Courtney Brown’s sprawling heroin organization. But if the drug kingpins fall, what will happen to their kids? As the feds close in, Eddie Jr. and Courtney Jr. must face the possibility of growing up without their fathers.  For bonus content from this episode, visit crimetownshow.com. 
Eddie Jackson and Courtney Brown are childhood friends from a poor neighborhood. Eddie is the troublemaker, drawn to Detroit’s seamier side; Courtney is his quiet, serious sidekick. As they grow older in a city with dwindling job options, they go their separate ways. But when Eddie dives into the heroin trade, Courtney faces a choice: play it safe and stay broke, or join his friend’s burgeoning empire and get rich.  For bonus content from this episode, check out crimetownshow.com.
A police shooting outside a community center leaves two black teenagers dead. Protesters take to the streets, igniting a movement to elect the city’s first black mayor. As election day approaches, the future of a racially polarized city hangs in the balance.For bonus content from this episode, visit crimetownshow.com.
Detroit, 1971—a city riven by blight, racial strife, and rising crime. In the first episode of Crimetown Season 2, the police form a controversial undercover unit called STRESS—Stop The Robberies, Enjoy Safe Streets. One of the unit’s cops kills so many black men that he earns a nickname: Mr. STRESS. Can anyone stop him?For bonus content from this episode, visit crimetownshow.com.
Coming Soon: Season 2

Coming Soon: Season 2

2018-09-2000:03:0410

In Season 2, Crimetown explores crime and corruption in the heart of the Rust Belt: Detroit, Michigan. Expect stories of police shootings, the drug trade, and political scandal from a city divided by race.
In 2003, a couple of Brown University alumni did the unthinkable: they wrote and performed a musical about everyone’s favorite criminal mayor. No recordings of the play exist today. So, as a holiday gift to Crimetown listeners, we’ve asked some friends in the musical-theater business to resurrect this forgotten classic.To listen to the Buddy Cianci: The Musical soundtrack, and for more information about this episode, visit our website at crimetownshow.com. 
Bonus Episode: Courtney

Bonus Episode: Courtney

2017-12-1900:42:3712

Courtney Calenda is a star high school student—until a powerful defense attorney more than three times her age pulls her into a downward spiral of sex and drugs. As her life falls apart, she decides to fight back.For more information about this episode, and a full list of credits, visit our website at crimetownshow.com.
Jarrod Tillinghast is the son of one of Rhode Island’s most notorious mobsters. Determined to make a name for himself, he turns to boxing and becomes a rising star. But he learns that his father’s legacy isn’t so easy to leave behind.For a full list of credits, and more information about this episode, visit crimetownshow.com. 
80-year-old Ralph DeMasi is known throughout New England as both a prolific armored-car robber and a dedicated family man. After decades in prison, he thought he would live out his last years in freedom. Then the police made a break in a cold case, and now Ralph has a new charge on his long rap sheet: murder. For a full list of credits, and more information about this episode, visit our website at crimetownshow.com. Read Dan Barry’s New York Times article about Ralph DeMasi, “The Holdup: A Mobster, a Family and the Crime That Won’t Let Them Go.”
Earlier this month, we brought some of your favorite Crimetown characters to Brooklyn for a night of storytelling. Hear tales of canine escape, gold heists, prison life and more from Bobby Walason, Charles “the Ghost” Kennedy, Brian Andrews, Tony Fiore, and Dr. Barbara Roberts.For a full list of credits, and more information about this episode, visit crimetownshow.com.
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Comments (55)

Curtis Massey

The pod Father baby!

May 18th
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eric king

why is there only 1 episode to season 2 is it cancelled?

May 2nd
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Chrizs

Chrizs All the episodes are on Spotify they have an exclusivity deal

May 4th
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Chrizs

eric king Maybe they get released weekly?

May 4th
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Lori Best

This podcast is OUTSTANDING! Must listen. Season 2 is on Spotify. I can't recommend highly enough!

Apr 16th
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Kyle Holmes

What happened to season two?

Apr 8th
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Evan Watts

Kyle Holmes Spotify exclusive

May 5th
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Lori Best

Excellent! Would make a great movie or series on TV. Please!

Apr 2nd
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Brie B

where'd the second season go?

Mar 15th
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Lucy Wardle

Loved season 1. thanks!

Dec 25th
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dawn morse

Edward Morlock was my grandfather

Dec 10th
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Joseph Kain

where are episodes? only epi 1

Nov 3rd
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ItzAmazingAmy

Joseph Kain it's on Spotify.

Dec 13th
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ItzAmazingAmy

Joseph Kain https://www.crimetownshow.com

Dec 13th
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Richard Brown

Has S2 stalled? Over a month since last ep.

Nov 3rd
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Jeremy Pierce-Sunia

Today is a MI th from the release of the season 2 ep 1 Why?

Nov 1st
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Josh Logan

I love your podcast definetly be in my top 5 of all time but........ wtf why is the new season exclusively on whatever platform. let's have it. think it's spotify or something.

Oct 24th
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Paul blackwood

What a find. Awesome cast and immediate subscription.

Oct 19th
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Krang

This Spotify only thing is bullshit. I bet they will lose listeners because of it...

Oct 18th
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Steffen Wanvik

Krang what? its not here anymore?

Oct 18th
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rAtfoxs

Gentlemen....Pretty damn legit!kudos

Oct 2nd
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Clashclay

thanks for the new season i hope it can top season 1

Oct 1st
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Mike Smith

CRIMETOWN season 2 hell yeah cant wait to listen to it all this episode was great better then season1 and thats saying something

Oct 1st
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Mike Smith

season 2 dropped today cant wait to listen

Oct 1st
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jorge420 1984

cant wait!!

Sep 23rd
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Magz Mitchell

a as a team team here team finishing we by we were there as a lookout we

Sep 16th
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