Small Town Dicks is a podcast about the big-time crime that’s happening in Small Town, USA. Each episode features the detectives who broke the case in their small town, and includes assets like jailhouse phone calls, suspect interviews and 9-1-1 calls. The show is anchored by veteran, identical-twin detectives Dan and Dave, and hosted by actress, Yeardley Smith.
Then There Were 3
Paul Holes takes the team through a series of cold cases that sat unsolved for years until modern DNA testing shed new light on the killers. This is an episode about persistence and keeping a close eye on even the smallest speck of evidence.
Special Guest: Paul Holes spent the majority of his 27-year career investigating cold cases and serial-predator crimes in the Bay Area of California. Just before he retired in April 2018, Paul led the team that broke the Golden State Killer case, which brought him worldwide acclaim. Other notable cases he’s worked on include The Zodiac, Laci Peterson, Jaycee Dugard, Darryl Kemp, Joseph Naso, and Joseph Cordova Jr. Paul recently released an audiobook titled “Evil Has a Name” which is available on Audible. You can also hear him on the true-crime podcast, "The Murder Squad.” which he co-hosts with investigative journalist Billy Jensen.
The Monster in the House
Officers are called to a house on a quiet, rural street to investigate a noise complaint. When they get no answer at the front door, they go around to the back and see a woman lying on the kitchen floor, under a man who’s holding her down at knife-point.
Special Guest: Det. David
When Detective David started out in law enforcement in 2002, his agency was so small they doubled as both police officers and firefighters, carrying their dual-purpose gear in the trunk of their patrol cars. After three years of doing double duty, David was promoted to detective. He has also served as a Patrol Sergeant and was elected Under Sherriff of his county in 2011. In 2013, David transferred back to detectives and finished out his career as an investigator for the District Attorney’s Office, until he retired in 2018.
A well-established East Coast doctor travels to a small university town and distributes flyers asking students to participate in a sex experiment he’s conducting. Police are called to investigate when one suspicious student thinks the information on the flyer sounds an awful lot like soliciting prostitution.
Lieutenant Scott is a 31-year veteran of law-enforcement. Scott has worked at a variety of assignments from patrol, SWAT, Detectives, and Special Operations, to gang enforcement, Internal Affairs, and Special Investigations. Lt. Scott is also a forensic artist.
Lou is in and out of prison, but if you put him in a shirt and tie and sat him behind a desk, you’d never know that about him. It’s just one of the unique things about Lou. One day, he’s approached by a fellow inmate named Jason about a murder-for-hire. Lou immediately contacts the cops. As Det. Robert investigates he gets much more than he bargained for.
Special Guest: Detective Robert
Detective Robert has been in law enforcement for over 18 years. He spent nine years on patrol, where he served as a field-training officer (FTO) and an FBI-trained hostage negotiator. He was subsequently promoted to corporal and later to detective. As a new detective, he worked in the crimes against children unit, which investigates sex crimes, serious physical abuse, and child homicides. He was later re-assigned to the violent crimes unit, where he continues to serve. He is an active member of his county’s major crimes team, which investigates homicides and officer-involved shootings.
Firefighters get called to a late-night fire. Police see a white Jeep leaving the area and catch the license plate. As Ret. Det. Dawn starts her investigation, she finds a trail of destruction that leads back to a man who tells law enforcement it wasn’t him because he was buying a phone at 3 am. Yep.
Special Guest: Retired Detective Dawn
Dawn is a U.S. Army veteran and now a retired detective. During her career, she became an expert in Arson Investigation and Computer Forensics and worked with the DOJ, ATF, and other national and international agencies. For her work, Dawn has earned awards from the International Association of Arson Investigators and the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Since retiring, Dawn continues to train new officers and investigators in sexual assault investigations and has earned a National award for her efforts as a firearms instructor at her State’s Police Academy.
The Fourth Man
A military general from a Southeast Asian country gets arrested in the United States, along with his bodyguard, for orchestrating a million-dollar heroin deal. However, not content to sit and wait for their trial to begin, the two men plan a jailbreak. They just need two other participants to pull it off, which is how one of our favorite guests, Sgt. David becomes the Fourth Man.
Special Guest: Sgt. David
Sgt. David is a 30-year veteran of law enforcement. As a detective, he has lead investigations into murder, child abuse, robbery, narcotics, auto theft, burglary, and sexual assault. He has worked patrol, is currently the SWAT team commander, and is in charge of his agency’s detective bureau.
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Love this show!
I really enjoy this podcast! I am disappointed that many listeners are finding fault with the running of the podcast. Each to their own but I find this podcast to be one of the best shows out there.
I listened to the show about a fellow police officer that was killed when a woman tried to run his motorcycle off the road. I cried right along with Dan and Dave as they told their story, no other podcast has caused me to feel the raw emotion that this one does. There are lots of other episodes where there are lots of humour. Please just listen to these great stories for what they give and not worry about some of the small stuff.
Keep up the good work you guys and girls.
Thank you from Canada
Officers’ biases ruin the show
I enjoyed a couple of episodes of this show but after a few seasons it got unbearable and I could no longer overlook its flaws. The officers that Yardley brings on hold very strong biases that dehumanize people who commit crime and they treat the law as objective and without flaw. We know that a history and legacy of systemic inequality in law enforcement has resulted in practices, policies and attitudes that disproportionately criminalize certain groups over others and yet the show 1. Never applies an equity lens to understanding cases 2. Rarely questions the appropriateness of certain laws and measures and 3. Often equates acts of crime with a tool upon which a person’s goodness can be measured. The final straw for me was when Officer Dave jumped in on Nov 6th’s episode to talk about how he refuses to call prostitutes sex workers and how sex workers are people who are trapped in the trade (this is both ignorant and incorrect).
Season 7 Emotions
Hello Yeardley, Dan, and Dave. I have been a fan, and an avid listener of your podcast since, I think, Episode 5. I am constantly telling people how fantastic your podcast is. What a crazy year, with so many tragedies, and an overwhelming amount of heavy news, which just constantly floods our news feed. Despite the fact that in each of your episodes, you delve into the raw, real, and harsher side of society, you do it with an emphatic amount of grace, with great respect for the victims. I hope you know, Dan and Dave, that in this present climate, your voice on this podcast is doing wonders for young listeners questioning law enforcement, or maybe don’t understand it. I so appreciate you both explaining your actions, taking the time to clarify tactics, taking a clear stance in your morals, and also helping laymen like me understand darker sides of society. I am a young student, going into nursing, but I work in a hospital right now as a service worker. I see officers on a daily basic working, and supporting us hospital staff, whether that be helping us restrain a patient who has just been given Naloxone, directing lost visitors, or transporting bodies; everywhere you go, you are needed. In the streets, to house calls, car accidents, lost animals, in hospitals..
Be encouraged, and know, you touch so many with your vulnerability, and unbelievable strength. You may not feel it all the time, but even more than being appreciated, you are loved by your community. We thank you for your service, and care to put the greater good above your own comfort.
You talk about how you both had great FTO’s. I think that you are taking on this role, as a anonymous and virtual FTO, for a lot of people all over the world. You are leading and teaching the next generation of Law Enforcement, and I think you are doing an excellent job. Thank you for that.
Ps. Yeardley, you are equally fantastic, and so essential as well. You are a beautiful person for allowing these detectives and officers to ‘unpack’ their boxes, and share their load a little bit.
Keep up the AMAZING work, team.