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It Looked Like Fire

Episode #141

2020-06-05 12:37:47


On August 10th, 2014, one day after 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed by Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri, Edward Crawford went to his first protest. “The people, you know, I guess they were out there to be heard,” Ed told us.
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Cowboy Bob

Episode #140

2020-05-15 11:52:21


In May 1991, a bank robber walked into a bank in Irving, Texas, and without speaking handed the teller a note that read, “This is a bank robbery. Give me your money. No marked bills or dye packs.” Witnesses reported that the robber was wearing a cowboy hat and a brown leather jacket. And then it happened again. And again. But when FBI agents finally got a lead, they discovered that robber wasn't who they expected at all.
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Learning How to Forgive

Episode #139

2020-05-01 11:58:38


"The question becomes, when is enough enough?" Today, we're talking about forgiveness.
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Starlight Tours

Episode #138

2020-04-17 11:47:14


In January 2000, two bodies were found frozen in a remote area of Saskatoon, Canada. It was a place where nobody walked, especially in the winter. And then, a man came forward and said he had been dropped off by police on the outskirts of town, but he had made it back alive.
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Wolf 10

Episode #137

2020-04-03 12:11:21


In April of 1995, wildlife biologists flew small airplanes over Yellowstone National Park, looking for two missing wolves. “They’re just gone. And that’s implausible because wolves don’t just disappear.”
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La Brea Dave

Episode #136

2020-03-20 11:52:40


Sgt. David Mascarenas was the Dive Supervisor for the Los Angeles Police Department. He’s been diving his whole life, and prides himself on never refusing a dive, no matter how treacherous. At least until the summer of 2013, when a murder investigation led him into the unusually murky waters of the La Brea tar pits. We first spoke with Sgt. Mascarenas in 2015. This week, we’re adding to the story, with information about the crime he couldn't tell us before.
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527 Lime Street

Episode #135

2020-03-06 12:52:11


Just before midnight on October 15, 1990, police arrived at 527 Lime Street in Jacksonville, Florida, to find the small wood-frame house on fire. There was a man standing in the front yard. He said there were people inside the house. What happened next was so unusual that it changed the way we think about arson.
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Call Russ Ewing

Episode #134

2020-02-21 13:32:22


"The police had surrounded the house. They had been there for quite a while. They didn't want to try to rush the house because they thought he might kill one of the innocent people. But after waiting for a long time, I asked the police: 'Let me see if I can talk to the guy.'"
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Red Hair, Gold Car

Episode #133

2020-02-07 12:22:35


One day Adam Braseel got a phone call from his mother. She said that a man in Grundy County, Tennessee, had been murdered, and the police thought Adam had something to do with it.
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Herrin Massacre

Episode #132

2020-01-24 13:06:18


In the summer of 1922, in a town in southern Illinois, 23 people were murdered over two days. Men, women, and children came out of their houses to watch, and in some cases, to take part in the violence.
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Sunset Mesa

Episode #131

2020-01-10 13:13:36


Debbie Schum waited a long time to receive the cremated ashes of her friend, LoraLee Johnson. When she did, she felt relieved to finally take them home with her. But then, she got a call from the FBI.
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Who’s There

Episode #130

2019-12-20 12:54:27


Crime Blotter: “The Learning Center on Hanson Street reports a man across the way stands at his window for hours watching the center, making parents nervous. Police ID the subject as a cardboard cutout of Arnold Schwarzenegger.” Today, we're looking at mistakes.
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Phoebe, Judge Me

Episode #Bonus

2019-12-13 13:48:49


We are trying something different.
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Panic Defense

Episode #129

2019-12-06 12:35:16


In 1995, two men filmed an episode of daytime talk show, The Jenny Jones Show. A few days later, one of the men was dead. The shooter later claimed he’d committed the murder “in a panic that he was being falsely accused or identified as a gay person.”
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Deep Breath

Episode #128

2019-11-22 13:17:52


World-class biathlete Kari Swenson was on an afternoon trail run in the mountains near Big Sky, Montana, in July 1984 when two men blocked her path.
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The Reverend

Episode #127

2019-11-08 14:00:29


In 1977, a man named Robert Burns went to a funeral and shot someone, in the head, in front of 300 people. He didn’t deny it, and his lawyer didn’t deny it. Burns told a police officer: “I had to do it. And if I had to do it over, I’d do it again.”