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Episode Nineteen: Mother’s Little Helper (4.24.2015)
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Sandie Alger is a 71-year-old woman with a very long rap sheet. She was in and out of prison throughout the 1960s, 70s, and 80s, and upped her game each time she got out. Prison, she says, is where you move “up the criminal ladder, just like the corporate ladder.”...

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Episode Eighteen: 695BGK (4.3.2015)
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Police officer John Edwards was patrolling a quiet neighborhood in Bellaire, Texas when he saw an SUV driven by two young African-American men. It was just before 2am on December 31, 2008. Edwards followed the SUV and ran the license plate number. His computer indicated that the SUV was stolen, and Edwards drew his gun and told the two men to get down on the ground. It wasn’t until later that he realized he’d typed the wrong license plate number into his...

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Episode Seventeen: Final Exit (3.13.2015)
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No one disputes that it’s against the law to take another person’s life, but is it against the law to sit with someone and watch while they commit suicide? We meet an elderly woman who sneaks around the country as an “exit guide.” Music performed live by Uncle Igor...

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EPISODE SIXTEEN: POSTER BOY (2.20.2015)
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On July 17th, 1889, the residents of Clayton County, Iowa woke up to news of the worst crime in their history. A Civil War veteran and his young wife had been murdered in their bed in a grisly attack. Their two children escaped to raise the alarm. But something was off. There were no suspects. There were no clues. To quote the local newspaper, the whole thing was “surrounded in a veil of mystery.”...

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EPISODE FIFTEEN: HE’S NEUTRAL (1.30.2015)
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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 on drug dealers or sex workers. 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....

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EPISODE FOURTEEN: THE FIFTH SUSPECT (1.9.2015)
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In June 2014, authorities released information about a massive child pornography ring being conducted in North Carolina. Four suspects had already been arrested, and the police were asking the public for help finding a fifth suspect. But they didn’t need to look very hard — the suspect was about to turn himself in, almost by accident....

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EPISODE THIRTEEN: THE BIG SLEEP (12.19.2014)
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Raymond Chandler is often called the greatest American crime novelist, famous for murder mysteries like The Big Sleep and Farewell, My Lovely. He’s the subject of several biographies, and his correspondence and manuscripts are archived at Oxford. But something very, very important to Chandler had gotten lost. No one noticed until a pair of Chandler’s biggest fans, newlyweds in their seventies, got on the case....

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EPISODE TWELVE: BREAK THE INTERNET (11.25.2014)
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In 1999, most of America’s tech hysteria centered around Y2K. But at that same time, a teenager in Canada was messing around in chat rooms, meeting hackers, and learning tricks. At 15, he decided to put his knowledge to the test. To push up against the Internet’s limits, and in some places, break them. He managed to pull off something no one had ever seen before....

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EPISODE ELEVEN: I’M ABOUT TO SAVE YOUR LIFE  (10.30.2014)
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In 1977, a mild-mannered aeronautical engineer sideswiped a parked car in Compton, CA. He stopped his car to see the damage, and all of a sudden a man opened his car door, jumped in the car and said, “I’m about to save your life.” What happened next would torture him for the rest of his life....

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EPISODE TEN: DEAR SHEILA (9.26.2014)
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Working as a reporter for a TV station in New Hampshire, Kevin Flynn was covering the capture and arrest of a female serial killer named Sheila LaBarre. As he grew more and more obsessed with LaBarre’s story, Flynn decided to write her a letter. She wrote back. Their correspondence became flirtatious, and eventually he went to visit her in person....

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EPISODE NINE: THAT CRIME OF THE MONTH (8.29.2014)
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What does it mean when a woman commits a crime and attributes her actions to PMS? How can the scientific community study severe premenstrual symptoms without perpetuating the utterly unscientific idea that menstruating women aren’t mentally competent or liable for crimes they commit?...

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EPISODE EIGHT: CAN’T ROCK THIS BOAT  (7.29.2014)
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In March 1964, a 35-year-old African American woman named Johnnie Mae Chappell was walking along the side of the road in Jacksonville, Florida. At the same time, four white men were driving around listening to the race riots on the radio. They had a gun on the dashboard. As they passed Chappell, one of the men leaned out the car window and shot her. As the police investigated her death, evidence began to mysteriously disappear, making it impossible to punish the men who...

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EPISODE SEVEN: J.R.R. ZIEMBA (6.30.2014)
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Crime victims are often put under the same scrutiny as the accused. Not only for their version of events, but sometimes for how they look and talk, too. We meet a man whose trial hurt worse than his assault....

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EPISODE SIX: WE LOST THEM (5.23.2014)
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On April 13, 2014, former KKK member Frazier Glenn Cross pulled into a Jewish Community Center and ambushed a grandfather and grandson, killing both. He then killed another woman a short distance away. What does the family left behind do when they are thrust into a national spotlight? How do they figure out what to disclose and what should be private? Music: “The Captain” by The Knife, “From Off to On” by The Knife, “Toxic” by Yael Naim, “It Never Changes...

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EPISODE FIVE: DROPPING LIKE FLIES  (4.24.2014)
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Every year for the past few years, tens of thousand of flytraps have gone missing – from the wild, from gardens, from nurseries. And, really, nobody knows where they go. What’s cropped up in rural North Carolina is essentially a Venus Flytrap crime ring — with lackies, middle men, and a mysterious end buyer who’s perpetuating the market. Music: “Worksong” by Grails, “Crosscheck” by Zach Miskin, “Jaguar” by Mogwai, “Emily Escapes” by John Lurie, “A Simple Way To Go...

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EPISODE FOUR: CALL YOUR MOM (3.28.2014)
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There are plenty of things we don’t share with our mothers. Dark, sad things. Unless of course, you’re both in the business of death. Music: “Pearl’s Dream” by Brokeback, “Psychotic Reaction” by Count Five, “Back to Hold You” by The Pacific Ocean, “Everywhere Down Here” by Brokeback, “David” by Labradford, and “Leave My Dreaming” by Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci....

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