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The Ballad of Billy Balls / The RFK Tapes

Author: Crimetown Presents

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Crimetown Presents is an investigative anthology podcast series created by Marc Smerling and Zac Stuart-Pontier. Every season they introduce you to a new serialized story that pushes the boundaries of storytelling, sound design and music.


Season Two, The Ballad of Billy Balls*: it’s 1982, and a man bursts into an East Village storefront apartment and shoots punk musician Billy Balls. Author and activist iO Tillett Wright and Crimetown Producer Austin Mitchell unravel a mystery of love and loss, the tender binds of family, and the stories we tell ourselves just to survive.


Season One, The RFK Tapes: Zac Stuart-Pontier and Bill Klaber take a trip down a rabbit hole surrounding the assassination of Senator Robert F. Kennedy. Featuring never-before heard police recordings, The RFK Tapes starts out a murder investigation and ends up revealing the power of conspiracy theories, and why it’s human nature to believe in them.


* scroll down to see the episodes of Crimetown Presents: The Ballad of Billy Balls.
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Nicholas Ustin

What makes the 2.5 year window Between Billy's death and IO's birth eerie? I'm having trouble understanding that. enjoying the show so far!

Apr 15th
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Alicia Campbell Lee

This is a bad ass f****** podcast.... Nice surprise there mother and daughter LOL

Apr 4th
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Nic

So, we go from RFK, American icon, beloved political activist, member of the famed Kennedy family, to....Billy Balls.

Apr 1st
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Adam

Strange that there's absolutely no information about this on the internet anywhere. Is this a genuine story?!

Mar 31st
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Alicia Campbell Lee

Adam Yea me too..... wAssup guys? Is this fact or fiction?

Apr 4th
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oh Jojo

Her voice is so expressive and engaging, I love listening to her tell her story. Y'alls descriptions are excellent as well, I see all this in my minds eye. Thank you

Mar 29th
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Estelle Hopper

What a beautiful gift tb give your mother. I am her age, and lived a similar life. I so relate to Rebecca and her Danger/Romance connection.

Mar 28th
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Mike Christopher

THAT'S IT I CAN'T TAKE THIS SHIT!!!! GOODBYE FOREVER!!! WHAT A SHAME... 😥 😠

Mar 28th
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Mike Christopher

GET RID OF THAT BULLSHIT CARNIVAL MUSIC!!! IT'S ANNOYING AS FUCK!!!! OVER AND OVER!!! Almost makes it UNLISTENABLE! Almost.... The storytelling is so good I've put up with it (barely) so far..... Otherwise these are the PERFECT PODCASTS! Honestly, I can't take the music much longer! This is only my 2nd or 3rd episode. You need to stop it and even edit it out of the other older episodes! Otherwise this is my last episode. I'm sure I'm not alone......

Mar 28th
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Adam

Mike Christopher Are you on drugs or maybe live next to a carnival? Didn't hear any carnival music on this podcast at all.

Mar 31st
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Reme Stacks

what powerful criminal group of ppl would frame a young Christian of Palestinian descent?...... yes the same evil pukes that terrorized world on 9-11. Zionist agents most likely Mossad & JDL terror squads. RFK was great man of peace. Israel wants evil ppl like Johnson who did nothing when Israel attacked USS LIBERTY.

Mar 15th
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Landon Chase Kinard

So after talking to the security guard one time Dan changes his mind on the whole matter? I think he may have been hypnoprogrammed the by the same racist that Sirhan was. I personally think he did a horrible job discrediting himself. So much other evidence he just throws out the window.

Jan 15th
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James Hyett

I am still in shock that the disinfo on this is still alive and well, I'm sure you're being paid well for this disgusting work of fiction.

Dec 24th
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Joel Thomas

James Hyett how about make a rebuttal podcast? should be interesting.

Dec 26th
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Random N

Great episode!! Where can I get its transcript?

Dec 2nd
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russell schaeffler

The book states: “None of this proves Patricia ‘Elayn’ Neal was the girl in the polka dot dress who, as Serrano and other witnesses claimed, shouted she and her companions had shot Bobby while fleeing the crime scene. “Her life and alleged involvement in events surrounding Bobby’s death should form part of a new and honest official investigation.” On the anniversary of the assassination, Neal used to put on a polka dot dress, much to the annoyance of her third husband.

Nov 7th
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russell schaeffler

How obvious can it be that the witnesses were led and Hernandez planted the doubt in their minds. There is a series called Evidence Of Revision, that shows the interrogation by Hernandez pressing the girl to change her story. Has anyone gone through all the film footage and searched for any women wearing a white dress with black polka dots?

Nov 4th
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russell schaeffler

Don't want to draw conclusions just speculating that Linden Johnson did not like JFK, MLK, or Robert Kennedy.

Nov 3rd
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Larry Williams

not legitimate to dismiss dipiero's testimony immediately following, in the immediate aftermath

Oct 9th
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Larry Williams

Zac, you've got to do some research on the limits of human memory. dismissing dipiero's testimony 50 years after the fact because he's clearly fabricating that part of it is not

Oct 9th
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Brabo

Almost seems like Hernandez could be a hypnotist/mind manipulator.

Oct 9th
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Nicole Everwine

I am beyond moved.

Sep 25th
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Paul Ballin

Great series! Nice work, guys! Getting the book!

Aug 28th
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