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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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From the partnership that brought you Dirty John, comes Man in the Window. Pulitzer prize winning reporter Paige St. John investigates The Golden State Killer, and traces his path of devastation through the eyes of his victims. Binge the series now at wondery.fm/CT Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
From the same team that brought you Crimetown comes Crimetown Presents: The Ballad of Billy Balls. It’s 1982 in New York City, and a man bursts into an East Village storefront apartment and shoots punk musician Billy Balls. What follows is a mystery of love and loss that examines the tender binds of family, and the stories we tell ourselves just to survive. Learn more at www.theballadofbillyballs.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Everybody remembers the morning of September 11, 2001, when two passenger jets flew into the World Trade Center in downtown Manhattan. But the idea of toppling the towers was not new. Thirty years ago, a group of men set off a bomb in the garage beneath the North Tower, hoping it would tumble into the South Tower. At the time, this was the largest improvised explosive device ever ignited on American soil. It killed six people and injured thousands, leaving behind a 100-foot crater five stories deep. Investigators from New York City’s Joint Terrorism Task Force—a ragtag team of FBI paper-pushers and NYPD detectives—found themselves conducting a new type of international investigation, called Operation: Tradebom. It became their job to find the bombers and bring them to justice before something even worse happened. Operation: Tradebom is an Apple Original podcast, produced by Truth Media in partnership with Brillstein Entertainment Partners. All episodes are available now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
A new 10-part true-crime podcast, Executive Produced and Edited by Zac Stuart-Pontier, co-creator of Crimetown. Imagine if, one day, you are accused of something. Something horrible, violent, heinous. Something you swear you did not do, and nothing you say can convince anyone otherwise — even the people closest to you. That’s Sophia Johnson’s story. Sophia was starting fresh: A new life, a new husband, a baby on the way. But it all unraveled on January 10, 2002, when her mother-in-law Marlyne Johnson was found bludgeoned to death in her home. Days later, Sophia was charged with the murder. To this day, Sophia swears she didn’t do it. But someone says they witnessed it — her own brother. When family betrays family, who do you believe? In this story of a sibling rivalry beyond compare, WBUR’s Amory Sivertson turns the clock back. She reexamines an unsolved case, a family torn apart, and a woman who wasn’t believed. From WBUR and ZSP Media, Beyond All Repair is a 10-part true crime investigation into a cold case. The series ends with an answer. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Coming Soon

Coming Soon

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From Gimlet Media and the creators of HBO's The Jinx, a new podcast exploring the tangled web of crime and corruption in American cities. This season: Providence, Rhode Island. The first episode premieres November 20th.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
S1 E01: Divine Providence

S1 E01: Divine Providence

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Welcome to Providence, Rhode Island, a city where organized crime corrupted every aspect of public life. In the first episode of Crimetown, a young prosecutor named Buddy Cianci takes on a gruesome murder case. As the investigation heats up, Buddy goes head to head with the most notorious mob boss in the country—and launches a career that will change Providence forever. For credits and more information about this episode, visit crimetownshow.com.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
S1 E02: The Wiseguys

S1 E02: The Wiseguys

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How does a kid from Providence become a mob enforcer? Two men share their personal stories of joining Raymond Patriarca’s crime family. As they move from their formative years on the street to maximum security, they come up against murder charges, jailhouse feuds…and even the occasional farm animal. For credits and more information about this episode, visit crimetownshow.com. Our Sponsors Mailchimp – More than 12 million people use MailChimp to connect with their customers, market their products, and grow their businesses every day. Squarespace - For 10% off your first purchase go to Squarespace.com and use the offer code "CRIME" at checkout Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Buddy Cianci runs for mayor as the anti-corruption candidate, promising to change Providence. He’s a novice Republican politician in a city ruled by Democrats and mobbed-up unions. As he struggles to get elected, he faces an impossible choice: stay clean and lose, or get a little dirty and win. For credits and more information about this episode, visit crimetownshow.com. Our Sponsors Blue Apron - To get your first three meals free with free shipping, go to blueapron.com/crimetown. Mailchimp - More than 12 million people use MailChimp to connect with their customers, market their products, and grow their businesses every day. Squarespace - For 10% off your first purchase go to Squarespace.com and use the offer code "CRIME" at checkout.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
August 14, 1975. A ragtag crew of crooks holds up a fur company. But it’s not just a fur company. It’s the Patriarca crime family’s secret bank. And now, the thieves not only have to run from the law—they have to run for their lives. Our Sponsors Blue Apron – To get your first three meals free with free shipping, go to blueapron.com/crimetown. Mailchimp – More than 12 million people use MailChimp to connect with their customers, market their products, and grow their businesses every day. Squarespace – For 10% off your first purchase go to Squarespace.com and use the offer code “CRIME” at checkout.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Buddy Cianci, the popular mayor of Providence, runs for governor. But he knows something the people of Rhode Island don’t. And when they discover Buddy’s secret, it threatens to derail his political career. So what does Buddy do? He picks a fight. For a full list of credits, and for more information about this episode, visit crimetownshow.com. Our Sponsors Mailchimp – More than 12 million people use MailChimp to connect with their customers, market their products, and grow their businesses every day. Squarespace – For 10% off your first purchase go to Squarespace.com and use the offer code "CRIME" at checkout. Talkspace – to learn more or sign up go to talkspace.com/crimetown and use the code "CRIMETOWN" to get $30 off your first month.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Police discover a bullet-riddled body in the backseat of a car. Jerry Tillinghast and his brother Harold are arrested. But doubts are soon raised about Harold’s involvement. And now, Jerry has a choice: break the mob’s code of silence, or allow his brother to join him in prison. For a full list of credits, and for more information about this episode, visit crimetownshow.com. Our Sponsors Mailchimp – More than 12 million people use MailChimp to connect with their customers, market their products, and grow their businesses every day. Squarespace – For 10% off your first purchase go to Squarespace.com and use the offer code “CRIME” at checkout.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
S1 E07: Power Street

S1 E07: Power Street

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March 20th, 1983. As an FBI investigation swirls around him, an increasingly unpredictable and paranoid Buddy Cianci summons a few friends to his home on the East Side of Providence. What happens there that night shocks the city. For a full list of credits, and for more information about this episode, visit crimetownshow.com. Our Sponsors Blue Apron – To get your first three meals free with free shipping, go to blueapron.com/crimetown. Mailchimp – More than 12 million people use MailChimp to connect with their customers, market their products, and grow their businesses every day. Squarespace – For 10% off your first purchase go to Squarespace.com and use the offer code "CRIME" at checkout. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
S1 E08: Cat and Mouse

S1 E08: Cat and Mouse

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A master thief keeps getting away with big heists. A cop spends years tailing him, tapping his phone, and practically moving in across the street. Their epic tug-of-war will revolutionize the fight against organized crime. For a full list of credits, and for more information about this episode, visit crimetownshow.com. Our Sponsors Blue Apron – To get your first three meals free with free shipping, go to blueapron.com/crimetown. Mailchimp – More than 12 million people use MailChimp to connect with their customers, market their products, and grow their businesses every day. Squarespace – For 10% off your first purchase go to Squarespace.com and use the offer code "CRIME" at checkout. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
One night in 1982, a 20-year-old man is senselessly murdered at an abandoned gas station. A mobster is taken into witness protection after he pins the murder on his boss. This brutal crime will push three wiseguys out of the mafia in very different ways. For a full list of credits, and for more information about this episode, visit crimetownshow.com.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
S1 E10: The Ghost

S1 E10: The Ghost

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After a lucrative career as a thief, Charles Kennedy has an important realization: the real money is in drugs. He rises to become one of the East Coast’s biggest traffickers, throwing coke-fuelled parties and amassing a strange menagerie of pets. But his success attracts the wrong kind of attention. For more information about this episode, and for a full list of credits, visit crimetownshow.com.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
S1 E11: The Doctor Broad

S1 E11: The Doctor Broad

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A young doctor suddenly finds herself caring for a sickly old man named Raymond Patriarca. As she grows closer to her new patient, she’s drawn into the underworld in more ways than one. For more information about this episode, and a full list of credits, visit crimetownshow.com.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
S1 E12: Mob Justice

S1 E12: Mob Justice

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A mob lawyer rises to become Chief Justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court. He promises to leave his past associations behind. But it's hard to part with old friends. For more information about this episode, and a full list of credits, visit crimetownshow.com.  Our Sponsors Mailchimp – More than 12 million people use MailChimp to connect with their customers, market their products, and grow their businesses every day. Squarespace – For 10% off your first purchase go to Squarespace.com and use the offer code "CRIME" at checkout. Trunk Club - To get paired with a stylist and receive a personalized trunk of your own, visit trunkclub.com/crimetown. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
S1 E13: The Network

S1 E13: The Network

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A shadowy group of political insiders tries to cover up a crisis. A mobbed-up banker vanishes after embezzling millions of dollars. And one renegade ex-nun saw the whole thing coming. For a full list of credits, and more information about this episode, visit our website at crimetownshow.com. Our Sponsors Mailchimp – More than 12 million people use MailChimp to connect with their customers, market their products, and grow their businesses every day. Squarespace – For 10% off your first purchase go to Squarespace.com and use the offer code "CRIME" at checkout.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
When master burglar Tony Fiore gets out of prison, he decides to try something different: robbing armored cars at gunpoint. His new hobby will bring him head to head with an old adversary one last time. For more information about this episode, visit crimetownshow.com.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
S1 E14: Renaissance Man

S1 E14: Renaissance Man

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Buddy Cianci left City Hall in disgrace after torturing a man in his living room. Now, he attempts the impossible: running for mayor of Providence again. For a full list of credits, and for more information about this episode, visit our website at crimetownshow.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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Comments (97)

Tamika Honeyeyez Jones

You could still hear the hatred in his voice. God bless Ms. Jarrod

Apr 12th
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Art 34

So glad we got this humanizing, sympathetic story about a mob leader from a doctor/mob mistress. 🙄 Sure he was the Santa claus/boyscout he was portrayed.

May 30th
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Lin

None of these guys appear to feel any remorse at all. Bribes, threats, crooked deals, even scamming his own charity!! The mayor's own dad laughing about his son's first jail sentence "oh he's in jail for having some sex" hahaha. Conveniently and easily overlooking the perjury as if lying repeatedly in court is nothing. Yet everytime Kilpatrick gets hit with another new charge he insists that THIS time he's innocent. FFS does he actually think ANYONE believes him? His absolute arrogance is revolting.Even after a 28 year sentence he's still saying it's all a stitch up and he's not guilty. 🤯

Oct 8th
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Nikki G

Shout out to the Cincy boy respect to you

Jun 29th
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Nikki G

Please tell me there is another season coming soon?

Jun 29th
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Nikki G

Best ever

Jun 29th
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ابراهیم رحیمی

oh my god

Jun 25th
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Art 34

Why is the Billy Balls pod really a JFK Tapes pod?

Jun 13th
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J luv

New episodes/season coming soon?

Dec 7th
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Midnight Rambler

father and son are dumb fucks. he's very lucky trump let him out

Oct 8th
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Ryles

I can do without the personal insights into what the host thinks is moral/immoral. Be objective.

Aug 28th
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Laura Darnell

is there going to be a season 3??

Jul 23rd
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Bong

Anyone else think of Kevin Malone by the dead tortoise part? No way I'm the only one.

Mar 10th
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H Mailer

I loooooove the podcast man - very, very well done!!!

Feb 13th
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Shirley Platt

enjoyed every bit of this 👌 brilliant thank you

Sep 23rd
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Ryballs

Hit me in the feels, RIP Buddy

Aug 13th
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Loverofwomen

Reminded him of 1619 condescending pos.

May 25th
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Lo K

Listening to the part of the pandemic while going through the covid-19 pandemic.. wowza

Mar 14th
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Heather Boylen

The ego of this man is astonishing

Feb 19th
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Heather Boylen

Nothing like the flu, so happy to hear an accurate description of withdrawal. Whoever says it is like the flu has never been addicted to it.

Feb 18th
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