Criminal

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The Ninth Floor

Episode #254

2024-01-26 05:00:15

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Martin Abramowitz knew that his father had worked at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company, but he always thought he hadn’t been there the day the building caught fire. Then he found out that a man with his father’s name had testified at the factory owners' trial.
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48 Hours, Part 2

Episode #253

2024-01-19 05:00:14

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When Aaron Quinn called the Vallejo police to report that his girlfriend Denise Huskins had been kidnapped, and went into the station for questioning, a detective told Aaron that he didn't believe him. When Denise was released after being held captive for about 48 hours, police didn't believe her either. It soon became clear that the police viewed Denise and Aaron as suspects, not victims.
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48 Hours, Part 1

Episode #252

2024-01-19 04:59:12

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“I think it was around 3:00 a.m., and that’s when I heard a strange man’s voice waking me from sleep.”
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The Hunt

Episode #251

2024-01-12 05:00:29

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In 2016, the FBI attaché in Pretoria, South Africa, got a phone call from a woman asking the FBI to investigate the death of her friend, Bianca Rudolph. Bianca had died on a hunting trip in Zambia’s Kafue National Park, but her friend didn't think it was an accident.
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Tokyo Joe

Episode #250

2024-01-05 05:00:36

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Ken Eto worked for the Chicago mafia for over 30 years - the FBI estimated that he made millions of dollars a year for them. But in 1983, the mob turned on him.
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The Gargoyle Cat, the Taylor Swift Goat, and the Runaway Cow

Episode #249

2023-12-22 05:00:00

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Stories of animals really going for it.
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The Questions I’m Asking

Episode #248

2023-12-15 05:00:23

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Today we meet “Genius Grant” winner Andrea Armstrong. In 2019, she started the Incarceration Transparency Project to identify and make public how many people were dying behind bars in Louisiana. The project also documents conditions inside the state’s prisons and jails – what Andrea Armstrong calls “secretive spaces of confinement.” She’s said: “Too often, the how and why a person in prison dies is kept secret from everyone, including the person’s family."
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Send Her to the Island

Episode #247

2023-12-08 05:00:46

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When a young woman showed up at a boarding house in Manhattan, she said her name was Nellie Brown – but that was all she seemed to remember about herself. Then someone went to the police: "I want you to take her quietly."
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The Kit

Episode #246

2023-12-01 05:00:09

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In the early 1970s, Marty Goddard was worried about the high rates of sexual assault in Chicago. She learned from police that evidence from sexual assault cases often wasn’t collected properly — or at all. “They said, ‘We don’t get evidence.’ And this really kicked everything off.”
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Masterpiece

Episode #245

2023-11-24 05:00:59

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In the 1950s poodles were all the rage — one tabloid even reported that when a girl “makes the big time she traditionally acquires 3 things — minks, gems, and a poodle.” But one poodle in particular put the breed on the map. His name was Masterpiece… and police in 13 states knew exactly what he looked like.
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Fine Art and Meat Cleavers

Episode #244

2023-11-17 05:00:14

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In 1913, museums and art galleries in London received a memo from the police. It told them to be careful when they let in visitors – women might try to attack the art.
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The Liverpool Exchange

Episode #243

2023-11-10 05:00:07

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In the 1980s, Liverpool was having what journalists called a heroin epidemic. The chairman of a local organization where people would go for drug counseling told a reporter, “We are on the brink of complete catastrophe.” Then a small group of people decided to try something.
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Interrogation Room

Episode #242

2023-11-03 05:00:08

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After a 17-hour-long interrogation, a woman confesses to a murder. But then, evidence surfaces proving that she can’t have actually done it – and that it was a false confession. Today, we’re looking at what goes on in the interrogation room – and we hear what happens on the inside.
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How to Sell a Haunted House

Episode #241

2023-10-27 05:00:15

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In 1989, Helen Ackley decided to sell her old Victorian house in Nyack, New York. It didn’t go as planned. The house became the center of a case that’s referred to as “The Ghostbusters ruling.”
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The Spy

Episode #240

2023-10-20 05:00:31

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Jack Barsky was a college student in 1970 when the KGB knocked on the door of his dorm room to inquire about his plans after college.
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Chesa, Kathy, and David

Episode #239

2023-10-13 05:00:44

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When Chesa Boudin was 14 months old, his parents were arrested for participating in a robbery that led to the murder of a security guard and two police officers. He spent his childhood visiting them in prison.