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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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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

2019-08-3000:45:5267

“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

2019-08-0200:21:5642

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

2019-07-0500:27:1269

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.
Episode 117: The Lake

Episode 117: The Lake

2019-06-2100:34:2960

Amanda Hamm and her boyfriend Maurice LaGrone drove to Clinton Lake one night in 2003. The next day, DeWitt County Sheriff Roger Massey told a local newspaper, “We don’t want to blow this up into something that it’s not. But on the other side, we’ve got three children who are dead. None of us know exactly what happened.”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.Petal Go to PetalCard.com/CRIMINAL today to find out more.Quip Go to GetQuip.com/Criminal right now and get your first refill pack FREE with a QUIP electric toothbrush.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.Zola To start your free wedding website and also get $50 off your registry at zola.com/criminal.
In our last episode we spoke Cecilia Gentili, a trans Latina who worked for many years as an undocumented sex worker. Today, we get two more views of sex work in America. We speak with a high-end escort in New York City, and take a trip to one of the only legal brothels in the country - the Bunny Ranch.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.
Episode 115: Cecilia

Episode 115: Cecilia

2019-05-2400:32:0558

When Cecilia Gentili was growing up in Argentina, she felt so different from everyone around her that she thought she might be from another planet. “Some of us find our community with our own family and some of us don't.”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 Visit article.com/criminal to get $50 off your first purchase of $100 or more.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 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!
Episode 114: Philip and Becky

Episode 114: Philip and Becky

2019-05-1000:32:2038

When Philip Benight met Becky Golden, they made a promise to stick together, no matter how bad things got. Read Ann Neumann's reporting in Harper's. https://harpers.org/archive/2019/02/going-to-extremes-elderly-assisted-suicide-caregivers/. Her book is The Good Death: An Exploration of Dying in America.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 order of $100 or more by going to article.com/criminal.Bouqs Order today and get an extra 20% off when you enter CRIMINAL at bouqs.com.Casper Get $100 toward select mattresses by visiting casper.com/criminal and using the promo code CRIMINAL at checkout.Progressive Start a quote online and see all the discounts for yourself. Visit Progressive.com today.The RealReal Shop in-store, online, or download the app and get 20% off 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 and enter promo code CRIMINAL60 today to get 60% off your first order.
Episode 113: Hostage

Episode 113: Hostage

2019-04-2600:28:5719

One summer in 1973, two men robbed a bank in Stockholm. They held four people hostage for six days. Swedish psychiatrist and criminologist Nils Bejerot coined the term "Stockholm Syndrome" to describe the response of the hostages. One of the bank robbers, Clark Olofsson, told us, "It was fun."Special thanks to Terence Mickey, of the podcast Memory Motel, for allowing us to share audio from his interview with Kristin Enmark. Listen to the full Memory Motel episode here, and check out his new podcast, Self? Help! 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 at betterhelp.com/criminal.Progressive Start a quote online and see all the discounts for yourself. Visit Progressive.com today.Quip Go to GetQuip.com/Criminal right now and get your first refill pack FREE with a QUIP electric toothbrush.Robinhood Robinhood is giving listeners a FREE stock to help build your portfolio. Sign up at criminal.robinhood.com.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 and enter promo code CRIMINAL60 today to get 60% off your first order.
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Benjamin Westerfield

Awesome story. I was staring at my phone wide and and mouth dropped!!

Sep 18th
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Gabriel

Benjamin Westerfield 👍👍👍

Sep 18th
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Jeremiah Heaton

Phoebe.... its dot COM with a long Ooooo... not dot Kawlm...

Sep 17th
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Sarah Henderson

he sent the poison chocolates on my birthday!

Sep 14th
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claudia

this story goes everywhere

Sep 14th
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Eduardo Morua

this was an awesome sneak peek

Sep 12th
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Althea Washington

These are fantastic - as is your voice, Phoebeà

Sep 8th
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Vincent Ruiz

John is a coward. You have a life sentence and you couldn't come up with a story were you take all of the fall and protect Toby. Say you know what you were doing. Coward.

Sep 3rd
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Vincent Ruiz

Howd they get the box with John in the van?

Sep 3rd
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Sophia

Vincent Ruiz 🤔

Sep 4th
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Tabitha Alain Michaud

i loved this episode

Sep 1st
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Leanne

Ughhh, the repetitive ad for the 'adultish' podcast is SO irritating...

Sep 1st
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Susanne McIlwain Hatton

Loved this episode.

Aug 31st
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Des Irrr

what happened to the dogs in the van, they just left them in the storage unit????

Aug 31st
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Alli Hockin

Des Irrr On their instagram it says that Toby took them to her barn before going to the storage unit because she knew a volunteer was going to be there to visit the dogs that day.

Aug 31st
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Seal757

The tiger is imprisoned and alone in an alien place. Shame on his captor and jailor.

Aug 30th
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Seal757

wonderful.

Aug 30th
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Seal757

"Do you ever make someone look guilty?" "Put 10 pounds on him! ha ha . That is fat shaming btw. "Ugly old people"... ageist btw.

Aug 30th
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Matt ferrill

Seal757 dont be such a pansy

Aug 30th
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my hempfield

terrible episode. pretty sure its just the guest

Aug 30th
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Victoria

Phoebe and Chandler?😆

Aug 28th
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I Hope Someone Relates

The mother beaming at your awards... yes, she is the reason you received that reward. My assumption is she is proud because if it wasn't for her you wouldn't have dedicated yourself to something that strongly - no matter how wrong she was in the first place. People have this tendency to justify their actions, so much so that they too become analytical in the end and put the degrees of separation from those justifications between themselves and the person being used to where it truly simply gets to a point where they no longer feel guilt about those actions. This is a very interesting case indeed.

Aug 28th
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Emily

I Hope Someone Relates its very interesting

Aug 29th
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Ellen Eyles

I'm not American so I don't know if the system is the same or if it's changed but the fact that Becky had to re-tell that horrific story every year is outrageous. How was she supposed to move on with her life when she had to relive that horror and make sure those men weren't freed? that is so so wrong and so heartbreaking.

Aug 24th
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Vittoria Fraresso

i was soooooooo bored with the first 2 episode... thanks but no thanks. I'd rather watch grass grow than waste my time listening to the rest of this podcast

Aug 22nd
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