11 episodes

It’s 1995 and Carole Fisher is a high-flying divorcee looking for love in Las Vegas. It’s slim pickings in the medical community she works in. But then Bob comes to town. Bob Bierenbaum is a plastic surgeon who flies planes and speaks several languages. Her mom loves that he’s Jewish - but there’s something off about him. He’s perfect on paper but he’s quick to anger and he never talks about his ex-wife. Who, it turns out, is missing and presumed dead.

After Carole and Bob break up she tells her friend Mindy all about Bob’s wife and his bizarre behavior. You see, Mindy dated Bob too, in fact a lot of women in Vegas dated Bob and they all have their own strange stories to tell. Before too long they form a club dedicated to bitching about Bob, eating noodles and figuring out what happened to his wife, Gail.

In this riveting nine part series, Carole Fisher uncovers the truth of Gail Katz’s death, the systems that failed her and all the girlfriends that brought her justice.

The Girlfriends iHeart True Crime

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    • 4.1 • 585 Ratings

It’s 1995 and Carole Fisher is a high-flying divorcee looking for love in Las Vegas. It’s slim pickings in the medical community she works in. But then Bob comes to town. Bob Bierenbaum is a plastic surgeon who flies planes and speaks several languages. Her mom loves that he’s Jewish - but there’s something off about him. He’s perfect on paper but he’s quick to anger and he never talks about his ex-wife. Who, it turns out, is missing and presumed dead.

After Carole and Bob break up she tells her friend Mindy all about Bob’s wife and his bizarre behavior. You see, Mindy dated Bob too, in fact a lot of women in Vegas dated Bob and they all have their own strange stories to tell. Before too long they form a club dedicated to bitching about Bob, eating noodles and figuring out what happened to his wife, Gail.

In this riveting nine part series, Carole Fisher uncovers the truth of Gail Katz’s death, the systems that failed her and all the girlfriends that brought her justice.

    1: The Good Jewish Doctor

    1: The Good Jewish Doctor

    It’s the early 90s and a new eligible bachelor named Bob has arrived in Las Vegas.  Every local single Jewish lady wants to date him, but something’s off. It turns out Bob has a secret that he hoped he could leave behind in New York City.   

    If you are affected by any of our topics please reach out to NO MORE at https://nomore.org/girlfriends, a domestic violence charity we’ve partnered with.  

    The Girlfriends is produced by Novel for iHeartRadio.

    For more from Novel visit novel.audio

    Listen to our soundtrack on Spotify here or buy the album from Bandcamp. All proceeds go to our charity partner NoMore.

    Follow Carole on social media here:

    LinkedIn: Carole Fisher

    Facebook: Carole Fisher

    X (Twitter): @CaroleAFisher

    Instagram: @CaroleAFisher
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 30 min
    2: Lobsters for Dinner

    2: Lobsters for Dinner

    Carole is wined, dined and shouted at by Bob until they split. After their break up, Carole tells her friend Mindy about the skeletons in Bob's closet and they start investigating. 

    If you are affected by any of our topics please reach out to NO MORE at https://nomore.org/girlfriends, a domestic violence charity we’ve partnered with.  

    The Girlfriends is produced by Novel for iHeartRadio.

    For more from Novel visit novel.audio

    Listen to our soundtrack on Spotify here or buy the album from Bandcamp. All proceeds go to our charity partner NoMore.

    Follow Carole on social media here:

    LinkedIn: Carole Fisher

    Facebook: Carole Fisher

    X (Twitter): @CaroleAFisher

    Instagram: @CaroleAFisher
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 30 min
    3: Bubbly, Bouncy and Very Alive

    3: Bubbly, Bouncy and Very Alive

    We head to New York City to learn about Gail. In conversation with her loved ones, Carole hears about Gail’s love stories, curly hair, teenage dreams and the last time her friends saw her. 

    If you are affected by any of our topics please reach out to NO MORE at https://nomore.org/girlfriends, a domestic violence charity we’ve partnered with.  

    The Girlfriends is produced by Novel for iHeartRadio.

    For more from Novel visit novel.audio

    Correction: Alayne Katz has brought to our attention that on the morning of Gail and Bob's wedding day (August 29th, 1982) Bob did not stay at their apartment as reported in the podcast, instead he stayed at his parents house in New Jersey. In the morning Gail traveled from her parents house, in Long Island, to their Manhattan apartment where she met with Ouidad to get her hair done. Ouidad did not come out to Long Island as reported.

    Listen to our soundtrack on Spotify here or buy the album from Bandcamp. All proceeds go to our charity partner NoMore.

    Follow Carole on social media here:

    LinkedIn: Carole Fisher

    Facebook: Carole Fisher

    X (Twitter): @CaroleAFisher

    Instagram: @CaroleAFisher
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 43 min
    4: Phone Calls from Manhattan

    4: Phone Calls from Manhattan

    The search for Gail begins.  After a rocky start, Gail’s sister Alayne, takes over the investigation into her disappearance. After four years of searching, the police make a shocking discovery. 

    If you are affected by any of our topics please reach out to NO MORE at https://nomore.org/girlfriends, a domestic violence charity we’ve partnered with.  

    The Girlfriends is produced by Novel for iHeartRadio.

    For more from Novel visit novel.audio

    Listen to our soundtrack on Spotify here or buy the album from Bandcamp. All proceeds go to our charity partner NoMore.

    Follow Carole on social media here:

    LinkedIn: Carole Fisher

    Facebook: Carole Fisher

    X (Twitter): @CaroleAFisher

    Instagram: @CaroleAFisher
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 38 min
    5: The Best Job a Lawyer Could Have

    5: The Best Job a Lawyer Could Have

    Bob moves again, but this time to the sleepy midwestern town of Minot, North Dakota.  For Carole and Mindy it seems like Bob might be getting away with it, until some prosecutors from the Manhattan DA’s cold case unit turn up in Vegas.  

    If you are affected by any of our topics please reach out to NO MORE at https://nomore.org/girlfriends, a domestic violence charity we’ve partnered with.  

    The Girlfriends is produced by Novel for iHeartRadio.

    For more from Novel visit novel.audio

    Listen to our soundtrack on Spotify here or buy the album from Bandcamp. All proceeds go to our charity partner NoMore.

    Follow Carole on social media here:

    LinkedIn: Carole Fisher

    Facebook: Carole Fisher

    X (Twitter): @CaroleAFisher

    Instagram: @CaroleAFisher
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 30 min
    6: Women Who Like to Gab

    6: Women Who Like to Gab

    The prosecutors arrive in Las Vegas to interview The Girlfriends.  Hearing the stories from Bob’s time in Vegas, they become convinced that he murdered Gail. But in an attempt to make their argument water tight, they uncover a catastrophic mistake that was made back in 1989, putting their investigation at risk. 

    If you are affected by any of our topics please reach out to NO MORE at https://nomore.org/girlfriends, a domestic violence charity we’ve partnered with.  

    The Girlfriends is produced by Novel for iHeartRadio.

    For more from Novel visit novel.audio

    Listen to our soundtrack on Spotify here or buy the album from Bandcamp. All proceeds go to our charity partner NoMore.

    Follow Carole on social media here:

    LinkedIn: Carole Fisher

    Facebook: Carole Fisher

    X (Twitter): @CaroleAFisher

    Instagram: @CaroleAFisher
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
585 Ratings

585 Ratings

dont know a nickname ,

Good show but lots of ads

A very enjoyable show that I recommend but there are soooo many ads especially for short 30min episodes. If you remove the ads of each episode, there is probably 15min of actual storyline

fasterfaster777 ,

The usual suspects

A typical who killed x drama. Decently enjoyable. However and a lot of howevers. 40 percent too long. Far too many ads (nothing hardens my attitude AGAINST something than irritating ads and too many of them), use the FF button judiciously. And one of my favourite beefs, recorded too slowly, this can easily be listened to at 1.25 or 1.5x and still make the dialogue out.

Barb Valentine ,

Very moving story about how a woman is killed by her husband

This was a very compelling story for me because, like the girlfriends, there but for the grace of the goddess, there go I. I loved the community of support the women developed over time to hold this man accountable. That has not happened yet for the man who was my Bob. I escaped but am still afraid.

Unreal amount of ads. If the story was not so compelling I would have given up. I will never listen to the Paul McCartney podcast as a result.

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