Criminal

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One Troy

Episode #272

2024-06-14 05:00:24

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The Lawrence H. Woodward funeral home in Brooklyn has been run by one family for generations, and has handled many funerals for victims of violent crime.
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11 to 1

Episode #271

2024-06-07 05:00:47

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When JonRe Taylor was called for jury duty in 2007, she voted ‘not guilty’ on every charge. But the defendant was convicted and sent to prison anyway.
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The Six

Episode #270

2024-05-24 05:00:56

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In 1989, three people confessed to participating in a murder. Eventually, a total of six people were arrested. But when DNA tests were run on crime scene evidence almost 20 years later - the results showed that none of them had been there at all.
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Type B

Episode #269

2024-05-17 05:00:57

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Six people were arrested for a murder in Nebraska. Some said they couldn't remember details of the crime, or being there at all - but then they began to have dreams about it.
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The Confession, Part 3

Episode #268

2024-05-10 05:00:20

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When we last spoke with Trevell Coleman, he was waiting to hear back about his clemency application. And then, in December of last year, his lawyer got a phone call.
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Right of Way

Episode #267

2024-05-03 05:00:29

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In 1991, two police officers stopped Tupac Shakur. They said he was jaywalking.
Black and white illustration of a poster that reads: "Attention Amateurs, Professionals, Criminals - Blue Collar, White Collar. You have wronged people. It is to people that you must apologize, not to the state, not to God. Call Apology (212) 255-2748." Above a row of tear-off numbers there's a line of text that reads: "When you call you will be alone with a tape recorder."

Mr. Apology

Episode #266

2024-04-26 05:00:38

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In 1980, posters appeared in subway stations and on telephone poles in New York City with a phone number to call. When you called it, you would hear a message: “This is Apology. Apology is not associated with the police or any other organization but rather is a way for you to tell people what you have done wrong and how you feel about it.”
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Under Oath

Episode #265

2024-04-19 05:00:13

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When he was 14 years old, Ron Bishop testified in a murder trial. Decades later, he told an investigator everything he said on the stand was a lie – and that it was just what he was told to say.
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The Strike

Episode #264

2024-04-12 05:00:05

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When people started saying that John D. Rockefeller Jr. was responsible for the deaths of two women and 11 children near a coal mine in Colorado, he decided to do something unusual. He hired “the father of public relations.”
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An Officer’s Arrest

Episode #263

2024-04-05 05:00:10

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Sultan Alam was the first Pakistani officer to join the traffic department of the Cleveland Police in the UK. He was harassed at work and complained to his senior officers about it. Then his coworkers showed up at his house to arrest him.
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Indelible Ink

Episode #262

2024-03-22 05:00:22

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For almost thirty years, Adolfo Kaminsky lived quietly, forging documents for people all over the world.
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The Hiss

Episode #261

2024-03-15 05:00:27

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As the famous English actor William Macready was preparing to go on stage in New York, over 300 police officers were placed in and around the theater. “But the head of the police said, ‘I don't know that that's going to be enough people.’”
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The Dial Painters

Episode #260

2024-03-08 05:00:14

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In the early 1920s, painters at a watch dial factory in New Jersey started to get sick. No one could tell them why.
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If I’m Long Unheard From

Episode #259

2024-03-01 05:00:00

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In 1974, musician Connie Converse drove away from home and was never heard from again.
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Off Leash

Episode #258

2024-02-23 05:00:38

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“I never did anything wrong. I never had a speeding ticket. I think I just saved all my stuff up for just one thing.”
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Call Russ Ewing

Episode #257

2024-02-16 05:00:01

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For decades, TV news reporter Russ Ewing stood beside more than 100 people — at their request — as they surrendered to the police.