38 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
    • 4.6, 348 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

4.6 out of 5
348 Ratings

348 Ratings

Ermergerd7777777 ,

Yet another epic creation from an amazing human.

IO is an incredible crusader of honesty and vulnerability with a perfect peppering of adventure. Amazing, honest storytelling. Anxiously awaiting his next creative gift to the world. Please, keep em coming!

jnToronto ,

Beautiful and heartbreaking

What a journey- admired your bravery and tender care of your mother’s emotions. For all of us who carry heavy baggage from the past, the advice to surrender made me peacefully cry. Best to you and Rebecca and Amanda

I am a harpy eagle ,

First podcast I’ve listened to the credits after every episode.

Riveting and epic. Melodramatic, personal, confrontational, human. Rings narrative bells similar to S-Town, realizing story over fact, but closer to the bone for me. Love the title track. Love you iO. Thank you for sharing and for the inspiration to grapple with my own mythstuff and all the silenced old voices waiting to argue there.

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