Criminal

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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.
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The Confession, Part 2

Episode #238

2023-10-06 05:00:09

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17 years after he shot a man, Trevell Coleman walked into a police station and tried to turn himself in. He’d never been a suspect in the case, and had kept the secret for years. He also never knew if the man had lived or died — but after turning himself in, he finally found out.
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The Confession, Part 1

Episode #237

2023-09-29 05:00:00

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Trevell Coleman signed with Bad Boy Records in 1998. He made it onto the Billboard charts, and was called “the latest protege of rap’s royal family.” But there was something from his past he hadn’t told anyone about – and he couldn’t let it go.
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Under the Crabapple Tree

Episode #236

2023-09-22 05:00:25

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On September 16, 1922, a reverend and a choir singer were found dead under a tree. Between their bodies was a stack of love letters. When police began investigating the murders, tabloid reporters did too, and rumors about the case began to spread quickly.
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The Newsroom

Episode #235

2023-09-15 05:00:47

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Reporter Jeff German spent his life investigating corruption, fraud, and murder. After he was killed, his colleagues were determined to figure out why he had died.
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The Séances

Episode #234

2023-09-08 05:00:10

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In 1916, two British soldiers were held captive in a remote prisoner-of-war camp. To fight boredom, they decided to make a Ouija board. When reports of ghosts started circulating around the camp, the two soldiers had an idea.
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Iceland Noir

Episode #233

2023-08-25 05:00:03

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Iceland is one of the most peaceful countries in the world, but people there love to read about crime.
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Wolf 10

Episode #232

2023-08-18 05:00:56

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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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The Nurse

Episode #231

2023-08-11 05:00:49

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When Amy Loughren started working as a nurse at Somerset Medical Center, she did everything she could to hide the fact that she had a heart condition. And then, another nurse named Charles Cullen discovered Amy’s secret. He told her that he would keep it, but she didn’t know that he was keeping his own secret too.
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The Perfectionists

Episode #230

2023-08-04 05:00:56

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A story about religion, sex, an assassination, and silverware. 
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A Glamour and a Mystery

Episode #229

2023-07-28 05:00:55

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In the summer of 1917, 16-year-old Elsie Wright took a photograph of her 9-year-old cousin, Frances Griffiths. It was the first photograph she’d ever taken — and it became the source of a mystery that lasted for most of the 20th century.
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Roll of the Dice

Episode #228

2023-07-21 05:00:16

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The investigation into the Unabomber was one of the longest manhunts in American history. Over 18 years, the FBI looked into a number of people, including a group of friends who loved Dungeons & Dragons.
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The Bodies in the Bog

Episode #227

2023-07-14 07:51:40

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In the summer of 1984, a local newspaper reporter outside of Manchester, England, got a tip from the police. A foot had been found in a nearby bog.
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The Prison Newspaper

Episode #226

2023-07-07 05:00:32

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A little over sixty years ago, there were 250 prison newspapers being published on a regular basis. Today, there are 26. We talked with the editor of one of them.