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Crimetown Presents is an investigative anthology podcast series created by Marc Smerling and Zac Stuart-Pontier. Every season they introduce you to a new serialized story that pushes the boundaries of storytelling, sound design and music.


Season Two, The Ballad of Billy Balls*: it’s 1982, and a man bursts into an East Village storefront apartment and shoots punk musician Billy Balls. Author and activist iO Tillett Wright and Crimetown Producer Austin Mitchell unravel a mystery of love and loss, the tender binds of family, and the stories we tell ourselves just to survive.


Season One, The RFK Tapes: Zac Stuart-Pontier and Bill Klaber take a trip down a rabbit hole surrounding the assassination of Senator Robert F. Kennedy. Featuring never-before heard police recordings, The RFK Tapes starts out a murder investigation and ends up revealing the power of conspiracy theories, and why it’s human nature to believe in them.


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The Ballad of Billy Balls / The RFK Tapes Crimetown Presents

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Crimetown Presents is an investigative anthology podcast series created by Marc Smerling and Zac Stuart-Pontier. Every season they introduce you to a new serialized story that pushes the boundaries of storytelling, sound design and music.


Season Two, The Ballad of Billy Balls*: it’s 1982, and a man bursts into an East Village storefront apartment and shoots punk musician Billy Balls. Author and activist iO Tillett Wright and Crimetown Producer Austin Mitchell unravel a mystery of love and loss, the tender binds of family, and the stories we tell ourselves just to survive.


Season One, The RFK Tapes: Zac Stuart-Pontier and Bill Klaber take a trip down a rabbit hole surrounding the assassination of Senator Robert F. Kennedy. Featuring never-before heard police recordings, The RFK Tapes starts out a murder investigation and ends up revealing the power of conspiracy theories, and why it’s human nature to believe in them.


* scroll down to see the episodes of Crimetown Presents: The Ballad of Billy Balls.

    Introducing | Morally Indefensible

    Introducing | Morally Indefensible

    1979 is the year that Ex-Green Beret Doctor Jeffrey MacDonald is convicted of the murders of his pregnant wife and two young daughters. It’s also the year he meets a new friend in famous journalist Joe McGinniss. Joe agrees to write a book about Jeff’s case. That book becomes a smash bestseller and a TV limited series watched by over 65 million people, but the story it tells isn’t quite the story Jeff expected and that sets off a series of events that ruin both men’s lives…Who’s the real bad guy here, the journalist or the murderer?
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    • 4 min
    S2 [BONUS] The Ballad of The Ballad | The Ballad of Billy Balls

    S2 [BONUS] The Ballad of The Ballad | The Ballad of Billy Balls

    iO, Austin, and Zac sit down for a very special behind-the-scenes bonus episode.
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    • 44 min
    S2 [BONUS] The Lawslinger | The Ballad of Billy Balls

    S2 [BONUS] The Lawslinger | The Ballad of Billy Balls

    iO and Austin pay a final visit to everyone's favorite lawslinger, Ron Kuby.
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    • 37 min
    Introducing Crimetown, Season 2

    Introducing Crimetown, Season 2

    From the same team behind The Ballad of Billy Balls comes Crimetown, Season 2.
    This season, Crimetown heads to Detroit, Michigan. From its heyday as the Motor City to its rebirth as the Brooklyn of the Midwest, Detroit’s history reflects a series of issues that strike at the heart of American identity: race, poverty, policing, loss of industry, the war on drugs, and our universal desire for a savior. Detroit’s a tough town, and its residents are even tougher. They’ve weathered riots, a drug epidemic, political scandal, and innumerable other hardships, but they’re still here—and they have stories to tell.
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    • 9 min
    S2 [BONUS] I'll Call You Back | The Ballad of Billy Balls

    S2 [BONUS] I'll Call You Back | The Ballad of Billy Balls

    iO returns some of the many compelling listener calls, while Austin checks in with old friends.
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    • 38 min
    S2 [BONUS] Leave a Message | The Ballad of Billy Balls

    S2 [BONUS] Leave a Message | The Ballad of Billy Balls

    In the afterglow of the season, we play some voicemails we've received from our wonderful listeners.
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    • 36 min

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