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Episode 73: Carry A. Nation (8.18.2017)
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At the turn of the century, Carry Nation was “America’s foremost lady hellraiser” and “the apostle of reform violence.” In her own words, she was “a bulldog running along at the feet of Jesus, barking at what He doesn’t like.”   We liked her hatchet pins so much, we...

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Episode 72: Bears, Birds, and Bones (8.4.2017)
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itunes download subscribe   As long as 2,500 years ago, Native Americans placed the bones of the dead in giant mounds of earth in the shape of animals. The Effigy Mounds National Monument was created to protect the mounds – and the bones inside. But in 2011, a new...

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Episode 71: A Bump in the Night (7.21.2017)
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itunes download subscribe   Amber Dawn was 20 when she moved into a one-bedroom apartment in Enumclaw, Washington. On her very first night, she began to notice strange sounds. And they didn’t stop.   Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX.   If you haven’t already, please...

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Episode 70: The Procedure (7.7.2017)
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itunes download subscribe   In 1967, a very unlikely group of individuals gathered to help women quietly break the law and obtain an abortion. The first step was to call a phone number. A recording of a woman’s voice would tell you what do to next.   Criminal is...

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Episode 69: Becoming Chief Brown (6.16.2017)
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itunes download subscribe   Shortly after David Brown was sworn in as the Dallas Chief of Police, his son shot and killed a police officer. Just before he retired as chief, 5 Dallas officers were shot and killed in what was said to be the deadliest attack for law...

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Episode 68: All the Time in the World (6.1.2017)
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itunes download subscribe   The “body farm” at Texas State University is a place almost no one except researchers and law enforcement is able to see, because it’s one of very few places in the world that deliberately puts out human bodies to decompose in nature. Forensic Anthropologists observe decomposition...

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Episode 67: Milk Carton Kids (5.19.2017)
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itunes download subscribe   On a Sunday morning in 1982, in Des Moines, Iowa, Johnny Gosch left his house to begin his usual paper route. A short time later, his parents were awakened by a phone call – it was a neighbor — their paper hadn’t come. His would...

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Episode 66: Bully (5.5.2017)
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itunes download subscribe Skidmore, Missouri is a very small town. In the ’70s, there was only one bar, one grocery store, and one bully. Ken McElroy was so ruthless and intimidating that even law enforcement looked the other way. He terrorized the town for decades, until they finally fought...

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Episode 65: The Kingfish (4.21.2017)
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itunes download subscribe In 1928, Huey P. Long became the youngest Governor in Louisiana’s history. He bragged that he bought lawmakers like “sacks of potatoes, shuffled ‘em like a deck of cards.” By the time he was 39 years old, he’d made his way to the U.S. Senate. And...

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Episode 64: 420 (4.7.2017)
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itunes download subscribe The Colorado Department of Transportation says the 420 mile markers on the state’s highways were stolen so often, they had to replace them with 419.99 mile markers. Many people know that “420” represents marijuana – hence the popularity of the mile markers – but very few...

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Episode 63: Rochester, 1991 (3.17.2017)
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itunes download subscribe Kim Dadou says she wishes she had a nickel for every person who has asked why she didn’t leave her abusive boyfriend. They stayed together for four years. And then, in the middle of the night on December 17th, 1991, Kim’s entire life changed. This episode...

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Episode 62: Wildin (3.3.2017)
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itunes download subscribe In 2014, 16-year-old Wildin Acosta left Olancho, Honduras and traveled toward the U.S. border. When he arrived, he turned himself in to border patrol agents. He was one of 68,541 unaccompanied minors who crossed the border into the U.S. that year.   Criminal is a proud...

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Episode 61: Vanish (2.17.2017)
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itunes download subscribe People have faked death to escape criminal convictions, debts, and their spouses. In 2007, a man named Amir Vehabovic faked his death just to see who showed up at the funeral (answer: only his mom). It’s an appealing soap-opera fantasy, but actually disappearing requires an incredible...

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Episode 60: Finding Sarah and Philip (2.3.2017)
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itunes download subscribe   In 2005, Teri Knight drove 650 miles on midwestern roads through Ohio, Indiana, Iowa and Illinois, pleading with the public to help her do what law enforcement and the FBI had not been able to: find the remains of her children Sarah and Philip Gehring....

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Episode 59: In Plain Sight (1.20.2017)
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itunes download subscribe   In 1849, abolitionist and attorney Wendell Phillips wrote: “We should look in vain through the most trying times of our revolutionary history for an incident of courage and noble daring to equal that of the escape of William and Ellen Craft; and future historians and...

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Episode 58: Walnut Grove (1.6.2017)
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itunes download subscribe In 2010, Michael McIntosh’s son was incarcerated at the Walnut Grove Youth Correctional Facility in the small town of Walnut Grove, Mississippi. One Sunday, McIntosh went to visit his son and was turned away because, he was told, prison officials “did not know” where his son...

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