27 episodes

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.

The Ballad of Billy Balls / The RFK Tapes Crimetown Presents

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.5, 236 Ratings

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.

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
236 Ratings
236 Ratings
i5aul ,

It’s like a magnet - it draws you in and won’t let go

I seriously never thought I’d like this season (Ballad of Billy Bob), but from the word go, from the first minute, I couldn’t get enough. I wait all week and listen the second the episode is available. I still can’t believe that I’m so into this, but I am, hook line and sinker, into this amazing story! And I’m in love with IO Tillet Wright. That’s all.

ellebea ,

Gritty, poetic, and captivating

This is a biographical murder mystery set in NYC in the early 80’s. Not only is it a time capsule of that time and place, and the people in the CGGB era music scene, it’s a poetic love story with the theme of fate woven throughout. I couldn’t ask for more from a podcast, really.

A great piece of work 💖. One of the best podcasts I’ve listened too. I can’t wait for the next episode! All my love to Rebecca, IO, Amanda, and everyone involved. Thank-you for sharing your stories and I hope it brings you all peace and good things only. ❤️ from me in Canada 🇨🇦

Ghost of Rex ,

RFK - Riveting. With great editing & sound design!

If you love mysteries or gripping narrative, get the RFK Tapes! The best editing and sound design out there. I'm not American and I don't usually care about politics but I was on the edge of my seat the whole way through. Made with authenticity and heart.

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