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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're a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX, a curated network of extraordinary, story-driven shows. Learn more at radiotopia.fm.
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Episode 127: The Reverend

Episode 127: The Reverend

2019-11-0800:35:468

In 1977, a man named Robert Burns went to a funeral and shot someone, in the head, in front of 300 people. He didn’t deny it, and his lawyer didn’t deny it. Burns told a police officer: “I had to do it. And if I had to do it over, I’d do it again.”Casey Cep's book is The Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee.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:Article Get $50 off your first purchase of $100 or more at article.com/criminal.Away For $20 off a suitcase, visit awaytravel.com/criminal and use promo code CRIMINAL during checkout.Betabrand Go to betabrand.com/criminal for 20% off a pair of dress pants.Betterhelp Get 10% off your first month with discount code CRIMINAL when you fill out a questionnaire at betterhelp.com/criminalCasper Get $100 toward select mattresses by visiting Casper.com/criminal and using criminal at checkout. Terms and conditions apply.Everlane Get free shipping on your first order at everlane.com/criminal The Real Real Shop in-store, online, or download the app, and get 20% off select items with the promo code REAL.Simplisafe Protect your home today and get free shipping at SimpliSafe.com/CRIMINALSquarespace Try Squarespace.com/criminal for a free trial and when you’re ready to launch, use the offer code CRIMINAL to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain.ZipRecruiter Try ZipRecruiter for free at ZipRecruiter.com/criminal.
In 1930, a Cuban woman named Elena de Hoyos went to the hospital in Key West, Florida. She had a bad cough, and her family was afraid she had Tuberculosis. She met a German x-ray technician who called himself ”Count Von Cosel” and who claimed he could save her, using unusual methods he'd invented himself. But on October 25, 1931, Elena de Hoyos died. Count Von Cosel wrote that a strange new kind of life began for him.For more, check out Ben Harrison’s book, Undying Love.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.
Three years ago, we spoke with Axton Betz-Hamilton about discovering that her identity had been stolen as a child. When she found out who had stolen it, everything changed.We spoke with Axton again a couple of weeks ago. She said that since our last conversation she’s been conducting an investigation, going back to the very beginning of her own life, and reconsidering every memory.This is a follow-up episode toEpisode 51: Money Tree. If you haven't already, you can listen here: https://thisiscriminal.com/episode-51-money-tree-8-23-2016Axton's new book isThe Less People Know About Us.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:Betterhelp Get 10% off your first month with discount code CRIMINAL when you fill out a questionnaire at betterhelp.com/criminal Native Deodorant For 20% off your first purchase, visit nativedeodorant.com and use promo code CRIMINAL during checkout.Quip Go to GetQuip.com/Criminal right now and get your first refill pack FREE with a QUIP electric toothbrush.The Real Real Shop in-store, online, or download the app, and get 20% off select items with the promo code REAL. Simplisafe Protect your home today and get free shipping at SimpliSafe.com/CRIMINALSquarespace Try Squarespace.com/criminal for a free trial and when you’re ready to launch, use the offer code CRIMINAL to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain.UNTUCKit You can save 20% on your first order by visiting untuckit.com and using code CRIMINAL at checkout. 
After a crime occurs, or when someone dies, the police aren’t responsible for cleaning up. That’s not their job. The coroner takes the body, the police conduct their investigation, and then everyone leaves. But the blood, and the rubber gloves, and the uneaten food in the refrigerator are all left behind. Sandra Pankhurst didn’t like imagining that. So she decided to clean it up.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:Betterhelp Get 10% off your first month with discount code CRIMINAL when you fill out a questionnaire at betterhelp.com/criminalNative Deodorant For 20% off your first purchase, visit nativedeodorant.com and use promo code CRIMINAL during checkout.The Real Real Shop in-store, online, or download the app, and get 20% off select items with the promo code REAL.Simplisafe Protect your home today and get free shipping at SimpliSafe.com/CRIMINALSquarespace Try Squarespace.com/criminal for a free trial and when you’re ready to launch, use the offer code CRIMINAL to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain.ZipRecruiter Try ZipRecruiter for free at ZipRecruiter.com/criminal.
When 18-year-old Ruth Cruger disappeared in 1917, newspapers reported that she probably ran off with a boyfriend. New York police said that there were no clues to go on. But an investigator named Grace Humiston decided that she would do whatever it took to find her. She became known as "Mrs. Sherlock Holmes."Brad Ricca's book is Mrs. Sherlock Holmes: The True Story of New York City's Greatest Female Detective and the 1917 Missing Girl Case That Captivated a Nation.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 AccompliceIf 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:Betterhelp Get 10% off your first month with discount code CRIMINAL when you fill out a questionnaire at betterhelp.com/criminalCasper Get $100 toward select mattresses by visiting Casper.com/criminal and using criminal at checkout. Terms and conditions apply.Native Deodorant For 20% off your first purchase, visit nativedeodorant.com and use promo code CRIMINAL during checkout.The Real Real Shop in-store, online, or download the app, and get 20% off select items with the promo code REAL.Simplisafe Protect your home today and get free shipping at SimpliSafe.com/CRIMINALSquarespace Try Squarespace.com/criminal for a free trial and when you’re ready to launch, use the offer code CRIMINAL to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain.Vistaprint Go to vistaprint.com and enter promo code CRIMINAL for free shipping on all business cards, any style, any quantity.Zola  to start your free wedding website wand also get $50 registry on Zola, go to zola.com/criminal
John Buettner-Janusch was one of the first Americans to study lemurs. He held prestigious faculty positions at Yale, Duke and NYU, before surprising everyone with a series of increasingly bizarre crimes.  Peter Kobel's Book is The Strange Case of the Mad ProfessorYou can learn more about lemurs at The Duke Lemur Center, which Peter Klopfer and John Buettner-Janusch founded together.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:Away For $20 off a suitcase, visit awaytravel.com/criminal and use promo code CRIMINAL during checkout.Betterhelp Get 10% off your first month with discount code CRIMINAL when you fill out a questionnaire at betterhelp.com/criminalPerfect Snacks Get 15% off your online order at perf.bar/criminalQuip Get your first refill pack for free at getquip.com/criminalThe Real Real Shop in-store, online, or download the app, and get 20% off select items with the promo code REAL.Simplisafe Protect your home today and get free shipping at SimpliSafe.com/CRIMINALSquarespace Try Squarespace.com/criminal for a free trial and when you’re ready to launch, use the offer code CRIMINAL to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain.Sun Basket Go to sunbasket.com/criminal to get up to $80 off today!Zola to start your free wedding website wand also get $50 registry on Zola, go to zola.com/criminal
Episode 121: Off Leash

Episode 121: Off Leash

2019-08-3000:45:5281

“I never did anything wrong. I never had a speeding ticket. I think I just saved all my stuff up for just one thing.” This week, we speak with Toby Dorr - better known as the Dog Lady of Lansing Prison.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:Betterhelp Get 10% off your first month with discount code CRIMINAL when you fill out a questionnaire at betterhelp.com/criminalPerfect Snacks Get 15% off your online order at perf.bar/criminalThe Real Real Shop in-store, online, or download the app, and get 20% off select items with the promo code REAL.Simplisafe Protect your home today and get free shipping at SimpliSafe.com/CRIMINALSquarespace Try Squarespace.com/criminal for a free trial and when you’re ready to launch, use the offer code CRIMINAL to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain.Sun Basket Go to sunbasket.com/criminal to get up to $80 off today!ZipRecruiter Try ZipRecruiter for free at ZipRecruiter.com/criminal.Zola To start your free wedding website wand also get $50 registry on Zola, go to zola.com/criminal
Episode 120: The Tunnel

Episode 120: The Tunnel

2019-08-0200:21:5647

In the late 1800s, North Carolina was trying to build a railway system through the Western part of the state. In December of 1882, something went wrong. The Raleigh News and Observer called it “too horrible to chronicle without a shudder.”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:Betterhelp Get 10% off your first month with discount code CRIMINAL when you fill out a questionnaire at betterhelp.com/criminalGriddy Text Criminal to 79-79-79 and Griddy will give you your first month’s membership FREE.Native Deodorant For 20% off your first purchase, visit nativedeodorant.com and use promo code CRIMINAL during checkout.Progressive From auto protection to renters and home protection, visit progressive.com.Quip Go to GetQuip.com/Criminal right now and get your first refill pack FREE with a QUIP electric toothbrush.The Real Real Shop in-store, online, or download the app, and get 20% off select items with the promo code REAL.Simplisafe Protect your home today and get free shipping at SimpliSafe.com/CRIMINALSquarespace Try Squarespace.com/criminal for a free trial and when you’re ready to launch, use the offer code CRIMINAL to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain.Sun Basket Go to sunbasket.com/criminal to get up to $80 off today!ZipRecruiter Try ZipRecruiter for free at ZipRecruiter.com/criminal.
Dan Stevenson has lived in Oakland’s Eastlake neighborhood for 40 years. He says crime has been an issue for as long as he can remember, but he isn’t one to call the police. He’s a pretty “live and let live” kind of guy. Or he was. Before he finally got fed up and took matters into his own hands.We update a favorite episode with news and additional interviews.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:Away For $20 off a suitcase, visit awaytravel.com/criminal and use promo code CRIMINAL during checkout.Betterhelp Get 10% off your first month with discount code CRIMINAL when you fill out a questionnaire at betterhelp.com/criminalCasper Get $100 toward select mattresses by visiting Casper.com/criminal and using criminal at checkout. Terms and conditions apply.Native Deodorant For 20% off your first purchase, visit nativedeodorant.com and use promo code CRIMINAL during checkout.The Real Real Shop in-store, online, or download the app, and get 20% off select items with the promo code REAL.Simplisafe Protect your home today and get free shipping at SimpliSafe.com/CRIMINALSquarespace Try Squarespace.com/criminal for a free trial and when you’re ready to launch, use the offer code CRIMINAL to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain.Sun Basket Go to sunbasket.com/criminal to get up to $80 off today!Zola to start your free wedding website wand also get $50 registry on Zola, go to zola.com/criminal
Episode 118: Stowaway

Episode 118: Stowaway

2019-07-0500:27:1274

One day in 1969, Paulette Cooper decided to see what she could get away with.Learn more about Paulette Cooper on her website. Here’s her 1969 Cosmopolitan piece about stowing away.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:Betterhelp Get 10% off your first month with discount code CRIMINAL when you fill out a questionnaire at betterhelp.com/criminalThe Real Real Shop in-store, online, or download the app, and get 20% off select items with the promo code REAL.Simplisafe Protect your home today and get free shipping at SimpliSafe.com/CRIMINALSquarespace Try Squarespace.com/criminal for a free trial and when you’re ready to launch, use the offer code INVISIBLE to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain.Sun Basket Go to sunbasket.com/criminal to get up to $80 off today!ZipRecruiter Try ZipRecruiter for free at ZipRecruiter.com/criminal.
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jersey2777

thank you!

Nov 12th
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Miriam DeWitt

Great show, as usual!

Nov 8th
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Orlando Lewiz

best podcast te amo

Nov 5th
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T C

This HAS to become a movie.

Nov 1st
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Michel Marques

I love everything about this podcast: the storytelling, her voice, how diverse it is etc.

Oct 31st
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Taylor Ward

I've heard this story on so many podcasts and it makes me sick every time. I'm pretty jaded to true crime at this point, but I could not listen to this story again. I turned it off as soon as I heard Elena's name :(

Oct 30th
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Kayl matthew

wow never heard anyone go about making carl tanzler out to be a love sick man with good intentions. you left out the part where he installed a vaginal tube to have sex with her corpse. this version of his story is almost as twisted he was.

Oct 30th
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BLOPEZM96

I have aids

Oct 29th
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Cheng Zhang-Stoddard

Wow.

Oct 26th
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lisa38108

My son and his wife moved in while he was training to be a corrections officer. While I was at work she stole my identity and $6000 worth of my credit. I came home early from work one day and found bills in the mail. She had been hiding the bills for months. I filed a police report and she moved out immediately. He is a corrections officer and she is still a *unt.

Oct 26th
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Tiffany Marie

sounds more like npd than sociopathy to me...my mom has npd and she is just like this.

Oct 25th
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Layne Estes

Wonderful episode. I love all the different topics. Phoebe, your voice is unbelievably awesome. I hope you have done voice work.

Oct 23rd
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Scott Witte

I was so blown away by this incredible story and couldn't imagine how a mother could do such a thing. Then in relating this story to a friend he shrugged and said, "This is very common among poor people where a parent would use their child's identity to open a line of credit." I hadn't thought of that but that may be done out of desperation.

Oct 23rd
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Nathan Miller

isn't this supposed to be a professionally made podcast? You can't edit out this dude horking up his sinuses? That's disgusting, and it's going right into my ears.

Oct 18th
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Sarah Henderson

Sandra is amazing. Thank you for talking to her!

Oct 13th
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gimmeafreeknusername

sandra♥️♥️♥️♥️

Oct 13th
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Curtis Massey

God bless this lady and her work. I can't imagine how much it helps a family to not have to clean up after a tragedy. It's the kind of thing you don't really think about, but it's a thing that many people have to deal with.

Oct 12th
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Brooke Venning

the car story was amazing. I loved it. ❤

Oct 11th
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Msteeves

Unsubscribed: this episode as well as the one after it and the newest episode are a huge departure from the theme of the show. I dont subscribe to Criminal to sympathize with trans people i have no interest learning about thier issues. i care about them as equally as anyone else but sex work and the trials and tribulations of people in that world is not intriguing enough for this platform In my opinion. Sex work is hardly a crime and the people involved most likely have multiple other issues that need to be addressed. anyways the latest sex work themed episodes have made me decide to unsubscribe thanks for changing the show up drastically- to whom it may concern Phoebe

Oct 11th
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Msteeves

Unsubscribed: this episode as well as the one after it and the newest episode are a huge departure from the theme of the show. I dont subscribe to Criminal to sympathize with trans people i have no interest learning about thier issues. i care about them as equally as anyone else but sex work and the trials and tribulations of people in that world is not intriguing enough for this platform In my opinion. Sex work is hardly a crime and the people involved most likely have multiple other issues that need to be addressed. anyways the latest sex work themed episodes have made me decide to unsubscribe thanks for changing the show up drastically- to whom it may concern phoebe judge

Oct 11th
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