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Author: Shane Waters, Wendy Cee

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Foul Play: Crime Series is a guided one case per season True Crime series podcast appealing to your morbid and obsessed curiosity.

Shane Waters began the podcast in January of 2014, making it one of the first crime series podcasts. If you’re looking for a friend to guide you through true crime, Shane will be your new friend in the darkness.

Award-Winning Podcast, new episodes weekly.

Ad-Free on our Black Label Podcasting channel (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/channel/black-label-podcasting/id6443660911) on Apple Podcasts Premium and Patreon (http://patreon.com/itsfoulplay) .

Check out Shane’s history podcast Hometown History (https://link.chtbl.com/hometownhistory) .
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On June 16th, 1993, six employees in a small grocery store in the town of Windsor, NC were finishing their day when they experienced a living nightmare. Windsor is located in Birdie County and has a rich history, as one of the oldest towns in the state of North Carolina. Today, the town is home to about 3,500 people and 300 year old homes still line King Street. Everyone in Windsor knows everyone, making this crime particularly shocking to the community and leaving many in disbelief. As this case is more nearly 30 years old, we will be exploring the details of this massacre and its impact on the town in a series of episodes. Support our podcast by becoming a patron. Find us on all platforms. Visit us online. Visit us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok.
On the Sunday evening of August 27, 2006, just after 9 PM, police responded to a call regarding a missing child in Leesburg, Florida. As the officers arrived at the scene, the mother, 21-year-old Melinda Duckett, explained that she had put her son, 2-year-old Trenton, to bed around 7 PM. She had then watched a movie with two of her friends before going to check on Trenton—but to her horror, the 2-year-old's bed was empty. Melinda was quite sure that the little boy could not have gotten out of the crib, but it was another thing that caused her and her friends to panic someone had cut through the window screen of the room. Support our podcast by becoming a patron. Find us on all platforms. Visit us online. Visit us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok. Episode Sponsor: Cancel unwanted subscriptions - and manage your expenses the easy way - by going to RocketMoney.com/FOULPLAY
It’s the end of the season. Time for final thoughts, conclusions and alternative motives. And we have an expert analyse the 999 call, which is fascinating. Documentaries about Sharon’s murder: -Who Killed Sharon Birchwood - Police Tapes with Susanna Reid -The Murder of Sharon Birchwood - Murder Detective with Graham Bell Support our podcast by becoming a patron. Find us on all platforms. Visit us online. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok.
The police are off to Thailand. No, it’s not a holiday, it’s time to arrest the hitman and he’s off to the Old Bailey. Documentaries about Sharon’s murder: Who Killed Sharon Birchwood - Police Tapes with Susanna Reid The Murder of Sharon Birchwood - Murder Detective with Graham Bell ‌Support our podcast by becoming a patron. Find us on all platforms. Visit us online. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok. Episode Sponsor: - Cancel unwanted subscriptions - and manage your expenses the easy way - by going to RocketMoney.com/FOULPLAY
We know George is a suspect, he doesn’t, awkward !  This is one funeral I won’t forget in a hurry.  It’s time for us to bury Sharon. Oh, and George gets finally gets his comeuppance. Support our podcast by becoming a patron. Find us on all platforms. Visit us online. Checkout Shane's new podcast with his brother: Mystery Inc!  You Can find Shane's history Podcast Hometown History here.  Join our Facebook Group, Follow us on Twitter and Instagram. 
If you’ve ever wondered why and how someone becomes a hitman, then tune in to episode 5, where I will tell you everything I know about a certain Paul Cryne. ‌Support our podcast by becoming a patron. Find us on all platforms. Visit us online. Episode Sponsor: - Cancel unwanted subscriptions - and manage your expenses the easy way - by going to RocketMoney.com/FOULPLAY
When the DNA results come back the police are crushed, and it’s a hard Christmas for everyone as the case of my aunt Sharon’s murder remains unsolved. But wait……who is Paul? Support our podcast by becoming a patron. Find us on all platforms: Foul Play: Crime Series Visit us online at Visit us online.
From the same team that brings you Foul Play: Crime Series, I want to introduce you to Shane's new show Mystery Inc. If you enjoy talking about shady mysteries, Aliens, murder, legends, and of course the occasional tea - then Mystery Inc is the podcast for you! Together brothers Shane and Josh Waters travel in their Mystery Machine Tesla scouting out some of the world’s best mysteries to share them here with you on Mystery Inc - which can be found wherever you listen to podcasts. Find all the places to listen. Visit Mystery Inc online. Follow Mystery Inc on Facebook. Josh is also the host of Rotten to the Core.
In this episode there are more shocks for our family as the truth about Sharon’s marriage to George are revealed. And the relentless police interviews with George finally start to unravel the truth. ‌Visit us online. Support our podcast by becoming a patron. Find us on all platforms. ‌Episode Sponsor: - Go to Talkspace.com/FOULPLAY ​to ​get $100 off of your first month​!
Gemma and Survivor Donna are in Maryland today (12/7/2022) to speak at a press conference along with SNAP and their attorneys. They are filing with the court in regards to the Attorney General's attempt to release the 456-page report on child sexual abuse by clergy in the Archdiocese of Baltimore. They want to make their voice heard asking for full disclosure of the report with no redactions. The Maryland Attorney General investigation into the sexual abuse of children by clergy in the Archdiocese of Baltimore (AOB) has concluded. The 456-page report details the sexual abuse of more than 600 victims at the hands of 158 Catholic Priests that were part of the AOB. Attorney General Brian Frosh has turned his report over to the courts and has asked the court to release it to the public saying his investigation uncovered many attempts of coverups of priests abusing children by those in the Archdiocese. The Archdiocese of Baltimore said they want full transparency and will not fight the release of the report, however they are paying for the legal fees of an "anonymous" group of people who are trying to prevent the report's release. Survivors Jean and Teresa have filed with the court to have their voices heard previously.  Find us online. Support the show by joining our Black Label by becoming a Patron on Patreon. Black Label can also be subscribed to on Apple Podcasts! Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, TikTok, and Facebook. Hosted by Shane Waters. You can find his history podcast Hometown History here. Find Foul Play: Crime Series on all podcasting outlets here.
As the investigation into the murder of my aunt, Sharon Birchwood, continued it became clear that she wasn’t killed on the 7th of December 2007 after all. But in a hoarders home, with piles and drawers full of paperwork, will the police find the evidence that they need to get to the truth? Find us online. Support the show by joining our Black Label by becoming a Patron on Patreon. Black Label can also be subscribed to on Apple Podcasts! Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, TikTok, and Facebook. You can find Shane's history podcast Hometown History here. Find Foul Play: Crime Series on all podcasting outlets here. Episode Sponsors: - Go to Talkspace.com and use promo code FOULPLAY to get $100 off of your first month. -  Get up to 25% off subscription orders of $40 or more at NextEvo.com promo code FOULPLAY.
"Are you hoping I die so that you can use the insurance money to sort out your mess"? These words were found on a scrap of paper in the home of my Aunt, Sharon Birchwood, following her murder in December 2007. But who had murdered my aunt, and why? The investigation begins. Written and Narrated by Foul Play's crime writer Wendy Cee. ‌Voiceover help from Trevin @ Live Laugh Larceny Podcast Find us online. Support the show by joining our Black Label by becoming a Patron on Patreon. Black Label can also be subscribed to on Apple Podcasts! Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, TikTok, and Facebook. You can find Shane's history podcast Hometown History here. Find Foul Play: Crime Series on all podcasting outlets here.
The Maryland Attorney General investigation into the sexual abuse of children by clergy in the Archdiocese of Baltimore (AOB) has concluded. The 456-page report details the sexual abuse of more than 600 victims at the hands of 158 Catholic Priests that were part of the AOB. Attorney General Brian Frosh has turned his report over to the courts and has asked the court to release it to the public saying his investigation uncovered many attempts of coverups of priests abusing children by those in the Archdiocese. While Shane travels to Baltimore to do some podcasting with Gemma, he stops at a hotel in Pittsburg and records this phone conversation with Teresa Lancaster about the conclusion of the report and where we are now... as well as a mysterious group of individuals who have come forward to oppose the report being released. Concluding the episode is Jean Wehner at the SNAP press conference after news of the report being finished. Find us online. Support the show by joining our Black Label by becoming a Patron on Patreon. Black Label can also be subscribed to on Apple Podcasts! Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, TikTok, and Facebook. Hosted by Shane Waters. You can find his history podcast Hometown History here. Find Foul Play: Crime Series on all podcasting outlets here.
Season 15 of Foul Play: Crime Series is starting December 4th. This series is created and narrated by the typical crime writer of our show Wendy Cee. Find us online. Support the show by joining our Black Label by becoming a Patron on Patreon. Black Label can also be subscribed to on Apple Podcasts! Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, TikTok, and Facebook. Hosted by Shane Waters. You can find his history podcast Hometown History here. Find Foul Play: Crime Series on all podcasting outlets here.
We discuss the murder trial of Nell Cropsey, which has been postponed several times. Finally, on January 16th, the trial begins. We describe the events leading up to the trial and the anticipation of the outcome. Find us online. Support the show by joining our Black Label by becoming a Patron on Patreon. Black Label can also be subscribed to on Apple Podcasts! Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, TikTok, and Facebook. Hosted by Shane Waters. You can find his history podcast Hometown History at https://link.chtbl.com/hometownhistory Find Foul Play: Crime Series on all podcasting outlets: https://link.chtbl.com/foulplay
Jim Wilcox was accused of murdering Nell Cropsey, but the evidence against him was weak and circumstantial. As Jim Wilcox sat in a jail in the town of Elizabeth City, Nell's body was released to her family. Over 200 family members awaited her arrival at the Van Pelt Manor in Brooklyn. Deep blank with heavy white curtains, the hearse traveled across the north river to the Pennsylvania Terminal. Once the hearse was at the terminal, it would await the arrival of the Southern Express to take Nell to her final resting place. Back home, back with her family. Find us online. Support the show by joining our Black Label by becoming a Patron on Patreon. Black Label can also be subscribed to on Apple Podcasts! Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, TikTok, and Facebook. Hosted by Shane Waters. You can find his history podcast Hometown History at https://link.chtbl.com/hometownhistory Find Foul Play: Crime Series on all podcasting outlets: https://link.chtbl.com/foulplay Episode Sponsors: - Go to Talkspace.com and use the code FOULPLAY to get $100 off of your first month. - Get $15 off your purchase of a Skylight Frame when you go SkylightFrame.com and enter code FOUL. 
Nell Cropsey was missing, and fingers were quickly pointed at Jim Wilcox. He was the last person to see her, so it would make sense. But things are never that clear-cut. The following day, Jim appeared in front of the Mayor, but with no solid evidence. Jim was free to go, but with a catch, he was required to see the Mayor every day at 12 until told otherwise. Find us online. Support the show by joining our Black Label by becoming a Patron on Patreon. Black Label can also be subscribed to on Apple Podcasts! Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, TikTok, and Facebook. Hosted by Shane Waters. You can find his history podcast Hometown History at https://link.chtbl.com/hometownhistory Find Foul Play: Crime Series on all podcasting outlets: https://link.chtbl.com/foulplay Episode Sponsor: -For up to 25% off subscription orders of $40 or more, use promo code FOULPLAY at NextEvo.com
There is a house in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. Its Queen Anne style Frame sits on Riverside Ave near the Pasquotank river. It stands two stories high, with green and white siding and trim. This house, like so many, holds a dark history. Onlookers of the house claim to see a ghostly figure standing in front of a window of the second story. A young girl, taken before she could truly live life. A girl who has a secret. Her name is Nell Cropsey, and the town still talks about her story to this day. But no-one truly knows what happened to Nell. The best we can do for her is to tell her story. The good, the bad, and the dark. Joining Shane to host this season is Justin Evans from Generation Why and The Peripheral. Find us online. Support the show by joining our Black Label by becoming a Patron on Patreon. Black Label can also be subscribed to on Apple Podcasts! Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, TikTok, and Facebook. Hosted by Shane Waters. You can find his history podcast Hometown History here. Find Foul Play: Crime Series on all podcasting outlets here. Are you obsessed with true crime and rotten people? If you have a favorite unsolved murder and you’re a crime junkie with a slight morbid since of curiosity you’re in the right place. If you can’t get enough Dateline or 20/20 and you don’t quite trust going out alone in your own back yard because people are shady - yeah me too! 
Shane and Gemma welcome Retired FBI Special Agent William Ortiz to the Sister Cathy series to discuss Polygraph Examinations. William is a Marine Corps veteran, retired from the FBI after 22 years as a Special Agent, and is the founder of Ortsec - a polygraph service company. Join Shane Waters and The Keepers' Gemma Hoskins in this series, along with many of the women and men featured in the the Netflix series. This is an ongoing series. Find us online. Support the show by joining our Black Label by becoming a Patron on Patreon. Black Label can also be subscribed to on Apple Podcasts! Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, TikTok, and Facebook. Hosted by Shane Waters. You can find his history podcast Hometown History here. Find Foul Play: Crime Series on all podcasting outlets here.
…1 campfire… …1 dark forest… …31 bone-chilling stories… …Will YOU survive the night? This Halloween season, enter the woods for a unique and truly epic podcast experience! Around the campfire Shane Waters will introduce 31 crime podcast hosts, including Foul Play. Each host brings a new, nerve-wracking true story to the circle. It’s an extra special, two part, five-hour, Halloween event, but before hitting play you might want to ask yourself…can you really handle this much murder and mayhem? So, pull up to the fire and brace yourself for ‘A Nightmare Before Halloween’ …but be warned… …bad things happen in these woods…. Podcasts are listed here in order of appearance: In this Part 2 Episode: - True Crime Island [https://tinyurl.com/y6kk2npj] - Based on a True Story [https://tinyurl.com/37axzn5z] - The Asian Madness Podcast [https://tinyurl.com/yckkxbjn] - Sistas Who Kill [https://linktr.ee/Sistas.Who.Kill.Podcast] - Hometown History [https://link.chtbl.com/hometownhistory] - Coffee and Cases [https://linktr.ee/coffeeandcases] - Military Murder [https://tinyurl.com/yc5fxjyh] - Dystopian Simulation Radio [https://tinyurl.com/khpw786w] - Cults, Crimes & Cabernet [https://linktr.ee/cultscrimesandcabernet] - Morbidology [https://tinyurl.com/mshyvxyt] - Dark Pountine [https://tinyurl.com/ycydanm9] - Hillbilly Horror Stories [https://tinyurl.com/567vxrkz] - True Consequences [https://tinyurl.com/39fpfv3h] - Gone Cold [https://tinyurl.com/ytzxudt8] - Crime Stories with Nancy Grace & Crime Online [https://tinyurl.com/3dxp47wf] - True Crime IRL & True Crime Sleep Stories [https://tinyurl.com/ykzwmnxr] In the last Part 1 Episode: - Foul Play: Crime Series [https://link.chtbl.com/foulplay] - Murder She Told [https://tinyurl.com/55473exk] - Crime Salad [https://tinyurl.com/4pbtdtpc] - Crimelines [https://linktr.ee/crimelines] - Frightful [https://link.chtbl.com/frightful] - Reverie True Crime [https://linktr.ee/paigeelmore] - Rotten to the Core [https://link.chtbl.com/Rotten] - The Trail Went Cold [https://tinyurl.com/2zydj3y] - Once Upon A Crime [https://www.truecrimepodcast.com] - Criminology [https://tinyurl.com/yvuu9u8d] - The Peripheral & Generation Why [https://link.chtbl.com/ThePeripheral] - Live, Laugh, Larceny [https://linktr.ee/Live.Laugh.Larceny.Podcast] - The Hidden Staircase [https://link.chtbl.com/TheHiddenStaircase] - True Crime Cases with Lanie & It's Haunted...What Now? [https://linktr.ee/LanieHobbs] - Obscura: A True Crime Podcast & Disaster [https://link.chtbl.com/obscura] Find us online. Support the show by joining our Black Label by becoming a Patron on Patreon. Black Label can also be subscribed to on Apple Podcasts! Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, TikTok, and Facebook. Hosted by Shane Waters. You can find his history podcast Hometown History here. Find Foul Play: Crime Series on all podcasting outlets here. Are you obsessed with true crime and rotten people? If you have a favorite murder and you’re a crime junkie with a slight morbid since of curiosity you’re in the right place. If you can’t get enough Dateline or 20/20 and you don’t quite trust going out alone in your own back yard because people are shady - yeah me too! And if you also enjoy listening to Generation Why, True Crime Garage, The Vanished, My Favorite Murder or basically any podcast about unsolved cases and mysteries - well you’ll probably enjoy this one!
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BC

they really were serious about Sister Cathy laying her life down to try to protect these girls.

Jan 9th
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Cristina Corales

Why are you giving all this time to charlatans? Filling minutes with rubbish. WTF? Garbage!

Oct 24th
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Art 34

Fascinating first story of Catherine Winters. Well told, informational, and well produced. Looking forward to the other episodes.

Oct 15th
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Edward Prudence

what's the name of the song ?

Jul 2nd
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Claudia & Derek Halecky

A bit confusing because it sounds like the friend is talking about Linden, Clements(Old Corner Salloon), and Lodi (movie theaters and bowling alley)

May 16th
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PJ

With the small stature and defiant attitude, I can't help but wonder if she had Turner syndrome.

May 9th
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Megan

The profiling work is well intended but a lot of what this guy and his class came up with should be scrutinized with healthy skepticism. Especially the "domineering mama" theory, and the "mission oriented" theory. We have here one or maybe more sadistic creeps, that like to sexually assault and kill women and teenage girls with a particular appearance. And this society has made it extremely easy for him/them to do exactly this. It does not make him/them "the greatest serial killer(s) ever" that their victims are unidentified as of yet. It just means there are a lot of vulnerable, throwaway women that "no one cares about". Hah, scratch the surface more and you may find families who tried to file missing reports and were treated like crap by police, or their reports were never officially filed. Or families who have been searching for decades but their efforts get diverted into the void.

Apr 26th
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Megan

Now that we have the legal concept of human trafficking (and though law enforcement is still pretending that trafficking does not exist), part of understanding and perhaps someday solving these murders, and giving these women and girls back their names, should include a more realistic view of what happened to them. how they ended up in a dangerous horrific and dehumanizing industry. how they ended up as "transient" people who "moved from place to place" and ended up raped and murdered and dumped like garbage hundreds or thousands of miles away from home. These women deserve the benefit of the doubt. The one woman who disappeared from her own home, her baby left behind wet and screaming? after having attentive and regular caring habits? maybe she was lured from her home and taken by coercion before entering the industry. she had been in a mental hospital prior. one of the possible victims disappeared on her way home from some group home and was found dumped several states away. both types of facilities can be part of the pipeline into the sex industry. aaaah the ol "domineering mother" in the profile. of course whatever this monster did is ultimately mama's fault. f%^& this misogyny.

Apr 26th
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Mkestes

Heard some good things about this podcast, but nothing is more annoying than hosts who don't do their research enough to learn the correct pronunciation of words and places.

Mar 25th
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Laurie

From Canada, Quebec. My diocese has gotten a huge scandal in the last 10 yrs, victims are still fighting in court. I’m behind them 100% but I’ve gotten good friends and one I call grandpa and believe me, he wasn’t part of anything and other priests (retired I know) that are on the victim’s side and don’t have contact with the abusers. Tbh, at 42 I don’t know what I believe in but I don’t attend church and my grandpa (retired priest of 88) loves me as I am. Was raised no religious beliefs, atheists. Converted in 2000 and left in 2013. I questioned too much for some ppl. I agree about the devil in organized religion. Love the podcast guys

Apr 10th
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Abby Dalbey

Hearing that letter at the end gave me insane goosebumps

May 18th
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Christopher Band

What a convoluted story.

May 10th
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Tina Tova

Audio is terrible 😭 Garbled !

Jan 28th
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Tina Tova

As far as West Memphis police helping you,I highly doubt you'll EVER get a good answer or even an acknowledgement from that pack of wolves! I'm sure you recall the WM3 ! I however will share what information do I get from your podcast on social media and see if maybe this will go viral! Surely family and friends across the country know of a red headed family or friend missing!

Jan 21st
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Christopher J. Perez

not sure I like all the over the phone interviews I can barely understand what there saying

Jan 7th
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Lisa Skaggs

The first time I heard your voice Gemma , I knew you were a special person to everyone you touch. Even though you didn't know at the time, you were. You are definitely someone I would want on my side in a fight for truth.

Dec 19th
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NW

My heart goes out to Charles...he was royally f*&cked over. The Catholic Church should be so unbelievably full of shame. Maskell stole his innocence and, in turn, a chance at a normal life. I am disgusted to my core. I wish great blessings to Charles and thank him for his extreme bravery.

Nov 29th
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NW

The possible link between Billy and "Father" Maskell could be blackmail...if Maskell knew of his lifestyle it would have been easy for him to threaten to "out" Billy and strong arm him into murder. As Sister Cathy lived in the same apartment complex, Maskell could have witnessed Billy's relationships, or if one of Billy's lovers confessed it, he could have learned it that way... (p.s. this podcast is brave and helpful and a blessing)

Nov 14th
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Nancy Lapus

v✂️📍📌

Oct 3rd
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Andrea Will

#icaresam 💘 this podcast. views from an actual PI give a great factual & victim sensitive account of #truecrime cases

Sep 25th
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