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Crossing the Line with M. William Phelps

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From the team that brought you Paper Ghosts, Crossing the Line with M. William Phelps is a weekly true crime podcast that dives deep into cases that have rarely been covered. Investigative journalist and host M. William Phelps brings you interviews with experts, victims’ family members, and the detectives who worked the cases. Phelps connects deeply with families of the missing and murdered, not just because he understands them - but because he is one of them. Along with producer Cristina Everett, the two will unravel not only the intricacies of the cases, but the societal structures that make these crimes possible – and often go unseen. 

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Three people are at home, one winds up dead. Was it murder or suicide? Or perhaps somehow a little bit of both? This is the strange case of the murder of Michael Poole. Phelps breaks down the story from beginning to end and has a conversation with the convicted murderer’s lawyer, who brings in new, shocking revelations to support the questions he has about the case.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Is putting on makeup while talking about a murder case insensitive to crime victims? A recent explosion of true crime content on social media has generated millions of likes, views, and exploding follower counts for users. With 1.8 billion views on TikTok alone, the Gabby Petito case brought it all to an unfathomable level of popularity. Phelps unpacks the ethical questions raised by this phenomenon, exploring the topic from an insider’s perspective... both as a murder victim’s family member and a longtime content creator in the crime genre.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
We'd like to think that if something terrible happens to us, the truth will come out, and justice will prevail. But what if your life is worth only a few years behind bars for your killer, and they're released -- only to kill again? Phelps details a case about his former classmate who was brutally murdered... by someone who is set to be released from jail this week.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
True crime as a genre has exploded in the last few years - killers, and even victims, have passionate followings and even entire fandoms. Using Richard “The Night Stalker” Ramirez and the Jennifer Dulos case as examples, Phelps asks: Are we vandalizing the soul of memory when we talk about the final days of a victim's life and distill it down to a headline focused on their death? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
How rare are female serial killers? Phelps discusses the latest trends in serial murder and takes a deep dive into the story of Dorothea Puente, an unsuspecting murderer who seemed like the sweetest, little old lady on the block. She set up her home as a safe place for the unhoused and elderly, promising to care for them--that is, until her tenants began to disappear. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Days before her wedding, 24-year-old grad student Annie Le was seen entering her research lab on the Yale campus–and was never seen again. What really happened the day Annie Le disappeared? Connecticut State Police Crime Scene Investigator Peter Valentin joins the show to retrace the steps he took upon arrival, the subtle clues that helped break the case, and the surprising way he found the body. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
A novel technique has been solving cold cases all over the country - all without a single drop of DNA. What's genius about this crime solving method is that it only costs $2, and is paid by the criminals themselves. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
From the team that brought you Paper Ghosts, Crossing the Line with M. William Phelps is a weekly true crime podcast that dives deep into cases that have rarely been covered. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Comments (2)

Sophia Grace

ugh. so preachy. it's possible to discuss true crime while doing other things without it being taken lightly. every single one of us who listen to your podcast while multitasking are taking it seriously, right? or maybe we shouldn't listen to your podcast, that way we don't risk offending you?

Nov 23rd
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Maggie D

The host has an annoyingly big ego and the content is super boring. Bye!!

Oct 28th
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