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The original true crime review podcast that looks at other podcasts, TV, and pop culture.

True crime authors and real-life couple Rebecca Lavoie and Kevin Flynn hold a pop-culture round table with noir novelist Toby Ball and journalist-turned-investigator Lara Bricker. The panel chats about other podcasts (including 'Serial') as well as journalism, storytelling, TV shows and films, and the special segment, 'Crime of the Week.'

Show website: crimewriterson.com. Follow the show on Twitter @crimewriterson. Find us on Facebook facebook.com/crimewritersonpodcast. Email the show at crimewriterson@gmail.com.

Artwork by Benjamin Frisch

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    • 4.6 • 229 Ratings

The original true crime review podcast that looks at other podcasts, TV, and pop culture.

True crime authors and real-life couple Rebecca Lavoie and Kevin Flynn hold a pop-culture round table with noir novelist Toby Ball and journalist-turned-investigator Lara Bricker. The panel chats about other podcasts (including 'Serial') as well as journalism, storytelling, TV shows and films, and the special segment, 'Crime of the Week.'

Show website: crimewriterson.com. Follow the show on Twitter @crimewriterson. Find us on Facebook facebook.com/crimewritersonpodcast. Email the show at crimewriterson@gmail.com.

Artwork by Benjamin Frisch

    Heaven's Gate and Room 2806

    Heaven's Gate and Room 2806

    The HBO Max documentary “Heaven’s Gate: The Cult of Cults” traces the group’s founding in the 1970s through the Internet age to explain the origins of the largest mass suicide in US history. The four-part series takes a serious look at a religious group dismissed as space cadets.

    FOR OUR SPOILER-FREE REVIEW OF "HEAVEN'S GATE: CULT OF CULTS" GO TO 30:00

    When New York City police arrested Dominique Straus-Kahn for raping her in his hotel room, the story shook two continents. The Netflix series “Room 2806: The Accusation” looks at what happens when one of the world’s most powerful men must defend himself from a working-class woman of color.

    FOR OUR SPOILER-FREE REVIEW OF "ROOM 2806: THE ACCUSATION" GO TO 58:00

    In crime of the week: walk the walk.

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    • 1 hr 5 min
    I'm Not a Monster and Baby God

    I'm Not a Monster and Baby God

    A foreign correspondent is pulled into the story of a Westerner whose account of joining ISIS is suspect. No, it’s not "Caliphate" - we’ll discuss “I'm Not a Monster” from BBC Panorama and Frontline PBS.

    FOR OUR SPOILER-FREE REVIEW OF "I'M NOT A MONSTER" GO TO 37:00

    Their father was a fertility doctor who used his own sperm for insemination. “Baby God” from HBO Documentaries follows some of his offspring as they come to terms with the truth of their conception and contemplate who they really are.

    FOR OUR SPOILER-FREE REVIEW OF "BABY GOD" GO TO 1:06:00

    In crime of the week: track meat.

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    • 1 hr 13 min
    The Ripper & Bed of Lies

    The Ripper & Bed of Lies

    In this episode, Kevin begins with a thank you to the listeners. THANK YOU. We love you a lot.

    In 1975, West Yorkshire police discovered the body of a woman who’d been brutally murdered, the first in a series of killings that rocked Northern England. The British press could not resist the similarities between this criminal and London’s most famous killer. Netflix’s “The Ripper” explores the killing spree of Peter Sutcliff, dubbed “The Yorkshire Ripper.”

    FOR OUR SPOILER-FREE REVIEW OF "THE RIPPER" GO TO 33:00

    Several female advocates for left-wing British causes find love among the men who’ve come to protest beside them. At the same time their relationships deepen, their groups’ political actions are increasingly foiled. “Bed of Lies” explores how far the government will go to keep tabs on political protesters.

    FOR OUR SPOILER-FREE REVIEW OF "BED OF LIES" GO TO 1:04:00

    In Crime of the Week: bird dog.

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    • 1 hr 10 min
    CWO Classic: Making a Murderer

    CWO Classic: Making a Murderer

    While the team enjoys the holiday vacation, here's a classic rewind of their original discussion from January 2016 of "Making a Murderer." 

    Lara loses her mind over the ethics of Dassey's defense, Toby is skeptical but sympathetic, Rebecca goes out on a limb, and Kevin gives his wife a terrible anniversary card. Plus, the Crime of the Week!

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    • 1 hr 11 min
    Forgotten: Women of Juárez and Alabama Snake

    Forgotten: Women of Juárez and Alabama Snake

    A string of femicides in a Mexican border town dating back to the 1990s has claimed the lives of hundreds of women. Were the women snatched by a serial killer...or by a network of people who knew they could get away with it? We review the podcast, “Forgotten: Women of Juárez.” 

    FOR OUR SPOILER-FREE REVIEWS OF "FORGOTTEN: WOMEN OF JUÁREZ," GO TO 32:00

    In 1991, a woman claimed her jealous husband tried to kill her with the rattlesnakes he used in his Pentecostal church services. In the HBO Max documentary “Alabama Snake,” we see Glenn Summerford’s hard-knock, hard-drinking life leading up to him fashioning the serpents as weapons.

    FOR OUR SPOILER-FREE REVIEWS OF "ALABAMA SNAKE," GO TO 1:07:00

    In Crime of the Week: license to ill.

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    • 1 hr 15 min
    The Nobody Zone, The Flight Attendant, & Murder on Middle Beach's Finale

    The Nobody Zone, The Flight Attendant, & Murder on Middle Beach's Finale

    With such a fantastic finale, the crime writers dig into episode four of "Murder on Middle Beach." Taken as a whole, this documentary exceeded expectations...by a lot!

    After being arrested in 1983 for a petty theft in London, a homeless Irishman killed his cellmate for snoring too much. When grilled by detectives, Kieran Patrick Kelly unexpectedly confessed to a series of unsolved murders. The RTÉ podcast "The Nobody Zone" separates fact from fiction.

    FOR OUR SPOILER-FREE REVIEW OF "THE NOBODY ZONE," GO TO 35:30

    In "The Flight Attendant," hard partying Cassie Bowden wakes up next to a dead body and no memory of what happened. Can this hot-mess-turned-sleuth solve the case, elude the Feds, take down a mysterious cabal, and get her life under control? 

    FOR OUR SPOILER-FREE REVIEW OF "THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT," GO TO 1:01:00

    In Crime of the Week: golden ticket? 

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    • 1 hr 7 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
229 Ratings

229 Ratings

Catie Canuck ,

Good listen

I really enjoy this podcast and its personalities (hence the 5 stars) but c’mon guys, 200 episodes in and you are STILL doing an intro - it’s so unnecessary and repetitive and annoying and over done and boring and tedious and uninteresting and monotonous and humdrum *wink* keep it up otherwise :)

BethEliza21 ,

If Rebecca review this pod what would she say?

I appreciate the suggestions for podcasts and shows I may not have found on my own, but over the last year or so I find it difficult to listen. Although I agree with Rebecca‘s stance on importance of social justice issues, her ramped up presentation, laughing, interrupting (particularly of Kevin) is so annoying that it makes me cringe. I heard her on another podcast as a moderator and it was a pleasure to listen to her calm and measured responses. Why oh why can’t that version of you show up here? If you reviewed your own podcast I’m sure you’d comment on your own style that gets in the way of a good lesson. Lara has an interesting background but her stories about herself are tedious and need some editing. Toby is the only one I trust for a brief and interesting response.

Starmomlyn ,

Great hosts! Good humans!

Thoughtful and intelligent reviews with a side of hilarity!
Best sound editorials ! On my short list for must listen every week!!!

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