62 episodes

CRIMINALITY is a podcast for those of us who love reality TV, true crime, and want to hear all the juicy stories where the two genres intersect. Every other Friday, hosts, Melissa (one half of Moms and Murder podcast) and Rebekah (host of DIE-ALOGUE podcast), will share the true story of a reality personality who faced more than just champagne problems. You won’t find murder stories here, but fear not, there are crimes a plenty - fraud, arrests, mugshots, scandals, and more.CRIMINALITY: Because loving reality isn’t a crime!

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    • 4.8 • 355 Ratings

CRIMINALITY is a podcast for those of us who love reality TV, true crime, and want to hear all the juicy stories where the two genres intersect. Every other Friday, hosts, Melissa (one half of Moms and Murder podcast) and Rebekah (host of DIE-ALOGUE podcast), will share the true story of a reality personality who faced more than just champagne problems. You won’t find murder stories here, but fear not, there are crimes a plenty - fraud, arrests, mugshots, scandals, and more.CRIMINALITY: Because loving reality isn’t a crime!

    There's Something About MARY COSBY

    There's Something About MARY COSBY

    There is not just one thing about Mary Cosby, there’s many things. Alleged cult leader, wife and step-granddaughter, and total enigma. From her iconic burn: “You smell like hospital,” to the demeaning way she treated her castmates: “little GIRL,” Mary consistently had us scratching our heads. 

    But in today’s episode Rebekah will attempt to provide some much needed context as to how she ended up accused of running a cult and the answers, including an alleged suspicious death, might surprise you.

    Melissa gave the following clues for next episode:
    INDIANA
    HATCHET
    SHIRLEY

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    Episode Sources:
    BRAVO TV
    https://www.bravotv.com/the-real-housewives-of-salt-lake-city/season-2/episode-9/videos/mary-cosby-dismisses-whitney-rose

    https://www.bravotv.com/the-real-housewives-of-salt-lake-city/season-1/episode-3/videos/this-is-the-first-time-in-5-years

    https://www.bravotv.com/the-real-housewives-of-salt-lake-city/season-1/episode-3/videos/mary-cosby-reveals-the-truth-about

    OPRAH DAILY
    https://www.oprahdaily.com/entertainment/a34930757/real-housewives-salt-lake-city-mary-cosby-grandfather-marriage/

    YAHOO
    https://sports.yahoo.com/turns-mary-cosby-one-richest-202800270.html?guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbS8&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAAMZYaxoJzeO2k9OEtmCcGIiOksyJLYwz05AwRDHvrHGNxiEE08QKfkTcbNzwtmXeDusPulbe7a1zxBSy8WmkodtvEfJzqEaf87rAiMsrbBO8K_tpsdoL5wD4pzvn9Py2ihB51k953xzU1-l8RRon8wQKo2hRY_by2XX7UN-pclPf

    SCMP.COM
    https://www.scmp.com/magazines/style/celebrity/article/3163394/inside-bizarre-world-mary-m-cosby-real-housewives-salt

    DESERET.COM
    https://www.deseret.com/2000/1/27/19553698/natural-causes-claimed-church-founder#:~:text=Cosby%20says%20he%20knew%20all,her%20vacation%20home%20in%20St.

    https://www.deseret.com/1998/8/4/19394703/faith-temple-rift-spills-into-court

    WOMEN’S HEALTH MAGAZINE
    https://www.womenshealthmag.com/life/a38320133/mary-cosby-church-rhoslc-cult-leader-cameron/

    VULTURE
    https://www.vulture.com/2022/01/mary-cosby-broke-her-silence-on-skipping-rhoslc-reunion.html


    SLC TRIBUNE
    https://archive.sltrib.com/story.php?ref=/news/ci_5392179

    https://therevealer.org/pastor-mary-cosby-arranged-pentecostal-marriages-and-the-real-housewives-of-salt-lake-city/

    BRAVO DOCKET PODCAST
    https://www.thebravodocket.com/

    REFINERY 29
    https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2020/11/10148315/who-is-mary-cosby-husband-real-housewives-salt-lake-city

    DISTRACTIFY
    https://www.distractify.com/p/mary-cosby-church

    BRIGHAM YOUNG LAW https://digitalcommons.law.byu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=4074&context=byu_sc2

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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Countess Luann: Probation is Earned, My Friends

    Countess Luann: Probation is Earned, My Friends

    Who’s feelin’ Jovani? Throw on your favorite statement necklace and brace yourself for the rise, fall, and winding recovery of your favorite Countess and mine, Luann de Lesseps. Melissa recounts her relatively normal start to life, and shares how Luann’s taste for both terrible men and the finer things in life led to police altercation in the Sunshine state. 

    Rebekah gave the following clues for next episode:
    BRAVO
    HOSPITAL
    CHURCH

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    Episode Sources:
     
    WOMANS DAY
    http://www.womansday.com/life/entertainment/a58877/real-housewives-new-york-luann-de-lesseps/

    BRAVO TV
    https://www.bravotv.com/the-daily-dish/luann-dagostino-worked-as-a-nurse-before-the-real-housewives-details

    US MAGAZINE
    https://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/luann-de-lesseps-sued-by-ex-husband-count-alexandre-de-lesseps-children/

    https://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/pictures/luann-de-lesseps-a-timeline-of-the-rhony-stars-struggles/

    https://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/luann-de-lesseps-trespassed-in-hotel-room-before-arrest/

    PEOPLE
    https://people.com/tv/countess-luann-de-lesseps-opens-up-about-her-split/

    EONLINE

    https://www.eonline.com/news/871295/luann-de-lesseps-and-tom-d-agostino-to-divorce-a-timeline-of-their-7-month-marriage

    https://www.eonline.com/news/963928/luann-de-lesseps-gets-probation-in-drunken-battery-case-after-plea-deal
    https://www.eonline.com/news/1043895/real-housewives-luann-de-lesseps-taken-into-custody-for-probation-violation
    NICKISWIFT

    https://www.nickiswift.com/412396/the-transformation-of-luann-de-lesseps-from-23-to-56-years-old/

    VULTURE

    https://www.vulture.com/2016/06/countess-luann-real-housewives-bethenny-berlusconi.html

    REFINERY 29

    https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2018/06/202512/luann-de-lesseps-arrest-jail-real-housewives-new-york-recap

    PAGE SIX

    https://pagesix.com/2022/03/17/drunk-luann-de-lesseps-kicked-out-of-gay-piano-bar/
     
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    • 1 hr 18 min
    Becoming Sister Wise- A Replay and Rehash Episode

    Becoming Sister Wise- A Replay and Rehash Episode

    REPLAY AND A REHASH:
    Rebekah started Sister Wives and this deserved a break in the regular schedule! Melissa and Rebekah hop on the mic to discuss the current state of the Sister Wives as well as Rebekah’s reaction to the kids, the homes, the wives, the LAYERS. Let us know if you are also on the journey as a Sister Wife virgin! The intro leads right into episode 5: BiGAMY LOVE which makes a whole lot more sense to Rebekah now, and is hopefully a welcome refresher for you all as well!
    We are back next week with a NEW episode; Melissa’s clues below as well as the original show notes the episode when it previously aired in 2021.

    TOM
    YACHT
    CONNECTICUT

    Original Episode Show Notes:
    Melissa takes us through the complicated and surprising facts around the Brown Family tree, and we soon discover there are more familial connections than just the four wives. From escaping state Bigamy laws, to coming clean about catfishing, Melissa leads us on a journey with twists, turns and too many meet cutes that were anything but cute. See our instagram for visual aids, trust us, they help.

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    Featured Podcast Promo: Judgey & Juryish https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/judgey-juryish/id1556256047
    Episode Sources:
    Becoming Sister Wives: The Story of an Unconventional Marriage by Kody, Robyn, Janelle, Meri, and Christine Brown
     
    https://www.theashleysrealityroundup.com/2015/03/13/more-details-about-david-preston-jessop-ex-husband-of-sister-wives-star-robyn-brown/
    CHEATSHEET https://www.cheatsheet.com/entertainment/sister-wives-did-all-of-the-wives-grow-up-in-polygamist-families.html/
    NY TIMES https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/13/us/utah-bigamy-law.html#:~:text=Under%20Senate%20Bill%20102%2C%20which,entered%20into%20the%20union%20voluntarily.
    NEWSROOM https://newsroom.churchofjesuschrist.org/article/polygamy-latter-day-saints-and-the-practice-of-plural-marriage
    FOX 13 https://www.fox13now.com/news/local-news/polygamy-is-essentially-decriminalized-in-utah-under-a-bill-signed-into-law
    THE LIST https://www.thelist.com/200700/the-truth-about-sister-wives-star-meri-browns-catfish-scandal/
    THE CONVERSATION https://theconversation.com/explaining-polygamy-and-its-history-in-the-mormon-church-81384#:~:text=After%20the%20murder%20of%20Joseph,Mormon%20Church%20practice%20in%201852.
    IN TOUCH WEEKLY
    https://www.intouchweekly.com/posts/sister-wives-family-tree-156611/
    CATFISH AUDIO
     https://youtu.be/4fqL-2eK_Tg
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    • 1 hr 58 min
    Todd and Julie Chrisley Owe the Rest

    Todd and Julie Chrisley Owe the Rest

    Happy Holidays from CRIMINALITY! We didn’t mean to, but I guess we are giving you a very CHRISLEY CHRISTMAS. Rebekah and Melissa reveal just how little she knew about the very boisterous, very blonde family that America got to know on the USA show, Chrisley Knows Best. We learn Todd is a fraud in every sense of the word and Julie is CRAFTY in more ways than one. Come for Todd’s decade long Ponzi scheme, and stay for his utterly petty and disgusting parenting style!

    Melissa shared three clues for next episode’s story:
    TOM,YACHT, CONNECTICUT (Rebekah is over the moon!)

    Follow Rebekah on Instagram at hi_itsrebekah or on her website at rebekahsebastian.com!

    ANNOUNCEMENT!
    We have a website — and merch! Thank you to Rachel Bennet and Jasmine Root for their help.Check it out here:
    https://www.criminalityshow.com/
    Follow us on Instagram @criminalityshow + TikTok @criminalitypodcastTikTok
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    LA TIMES
    https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/story/2022-11-23/chrisleys-attorney-plans-to-appeal-sentencing-says-government-lied-during-trial

    NPR
    https://www.npr.org/2022/11/22/1138555045/reality-tvs-chrisleys-get-hefty-sentences-in-fraud-case

    ATLANTA JOURNAL CONSTITUTION
    https://www.ajc.com/life/radiotvtalk-blog/reality-star-todd-chrisley-sued-for-libel-by-former-georgia-tax-department-employee/PYEPO4SWCJEIBAQG2JPEWRSQ2U/


    US MAGAZINE
    https://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/pictures/chrisley-family-drama-through-the-years-todd-lindsie-more/

    https://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/pictures/todd-julie-chrisleys-30-million-fraud-trial-everything-to-know/

    NY POST
    https://pagesix.com/2022/05/27/todd-chrisleys-ex-business-partner-alleges-they-had-gay-affair/

    LIFE AND STYLE
    https://www.lifeandstylemag.com/posts/chrisley-knows-best-kids-141645/

    INSIDER
    https://www.insider.com/todd-julie-chrisley-trial-recap-what-we-learned-2022-5

    https://www.insider.com/todd-julie-chrisleys-federal-trial-on-bank-tax-fraud-begins-2022-5

    https://www.insider.com/todd-julie-chrisley-trial-recap-what-we-learned-2022-5#another-ex-employee-said-she-ruined-chrisleys-life-at-the-direction-of-braddock-9

    TMZ
    https://www.tmz.com/2022/09/23/todd-chrisley-sued-podcast-tax-investigator/


    https://www.justice.gov/usao-ndga/pr/reality-tv-stars-convicted-fraud-and-tax-evasion

    VULTURE
    https://www.vulture.com/2022/11/todd-chrisley-fraud-charges-reality-tv-show.html


    PEOPLE
    https://people.com/tv/savannah-chrisley-says-heart-sank-seeing-brother-grayson-after-car-crash

    https://people.com/tv/todd-chrisley-estranged-daughter-lindsie-accuses-brother-father-extortion-sex-tape/
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    • 1 hr 18 min
    Where Are They Now? Part 2

    Where Are They Now? Part 2

    Welcome to our second update episode! Melissa and Rebekah take turns sharing news, gossip, and hot takes from episodes 31- 47. Some are legit newsworthy while others are firmly in the “no news is good news” camp. And despite none of the episodes being about a Kardashian, Kim manages to show up in many of the updates - we are considering a new tagline for the podcast: Six Degrees of Kim Kardashian.

    So if you’ve been wondering what teen mom Kail is up to (maybe another pregnancy), or what Lisa Rinna’s biggest regret is (Yolanda), then don’t miss today’s episode. 

    Rebekah shared three clues for next episode’s story:
    ATLANTA, NASHVILLE, SAVANNAH

    ANNOUNCEMENT!
    We have a website — and merch! Thank you to Rachel Bennet and Jasmine Root for their help.Check it out here:
    https://www.criminalityshow.com/
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    • 1 hr 26 min
    Falcon or Fiction: The Story of the Balloon Boy- Replay

    Falcon or Fiction: The Story of the Balloon Boy- Replay

    Happy Thanksgiving week (or canned cranberry sauce to those who celebrate)! This week we are re-playing a Criminality favorite. It's part Macy's Day Parade, part #Balloonboytruther. The truth is out there.

    Welcome to our 21st Episode - yay! Today we will set sail to Colorado where Melissa will share the incredible story of the Heene Family. Perhaps you remember them from Wife Swap? Me either. Perhaps BALLOON BOY jogs your memory? Yep. That’s right. Melissa makes a compelling case and comes down DEFINITIVELY on whether or not this was a publicity hoax. You have to listen and make up your own mind - Rebekah was on the edge of her seat complete with gasps along the ride. This episode also has super fun clips that are even more fun when you WATCH on YouTube!

    For next episode, Rebekah shared 3 clues: 
    ROBBERY, DELI MEAT, FAMILY!
    We are on YouTube! Subscribe to our channel and WATCH our episodes! 
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzv0DDmGsiakOtQX1JD06vg 
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    Sources:

    WIFE SWAP:
    Season 5, Episode 1: Heene/Martel 

    CNN:
    https://www.cnn.com/2009/US/10/15/colorado.boy.balloon/index.html

    https://www.cnn.com/2009/SHOWBIZ/10/15/heene.wife.swap/index.html

    https://www.cnn.com/2009/US/10/15/colorado.boy.balloon.family/index.html

    https://www.cnn.com/2010/CRIME/04/21/balloon.hoax.fine/index.html?hpt=Sbin

    https://www.cnn.com/2009/US/10/18/colorado.balloon.vessel/

    https://www.cnn.com/2009/US/10/23/colorado.balloon.investigation/index.html

    https://www.cnn.com/2009/CRIME/11/12/balloon.boy.charges/index.html


    WEB ARCHIVE:
    https://web.archive.org/web/20091019151745/

    https://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5ie0x4tv2tFVwxzfVpFiJG47OvbgwD9BBQM3O3

    https://web.archive.org/web/20091027223435/https://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5iC6jwbmzuVUF4YLJVJo5CPNtOLxQD9BDV3FO0

    https://web.archive.org/web/20091027071129/https://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5ibLL-Qm2uk35zwcHcTlr11c1VaFwD9BG611G0

    https://web.archive.org/web/20091027070906/https://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jtDn4Wq2stcxmBOzbwM1UJcCv-QwD9BDQ9B81

    https://web.archive.org/web/20091024115915/https://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5ie0x4tv2tFVwxzfVpFiJG47OvbgwD9BCVKFG0

    https://web.archive.org/web/20091020125405/http://www.foxnews.com/story/0%2C2933%2C567720%2C00.html


    https://web.archive.org/web/20120306045141/http://www.radaronline.com/sites/default/files/heene2009affidavit.pdf

     DENVER POST:
    https://www.denverpost.com/2009/10/18/balloon-boy-saga-absolutely-a-hoax-larimer-sheriff-says/


     NBC:
    http://www.nbcnews.com/id/33330516#.Xy270pNKhQI


     ABC NEWS:
    https://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/balloon-boy-mom-mayumi-heene-conspirator-abused-wife/story?id=8865824

    https://abcnews.go.com/GMA/News/10-years-balloon-boy-family-denounce-idea-saucer/story?id=66604256

    NPR:
    https://www.npr.org/2020/12/24/950074173/balloon-boy-parents-pardoned-by-colorado-governor-for-2009-hoax


    YOUTUBE:
    https://youtu.be/QWhUvm8SunY

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Axgyj7g5XZY



     
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    • 1 hr 12 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
355 Ratings

355 Ratings

Angie/in/Cali ,

MORE PLEASE!!!!

We need more episodes of this amazing Podcasts!!

Dinossurs ,

Such a fun listen!

This is one of the most fun podcasts I listen to. The hosts seem to have a good chemistry and I enjoy the deep dives into the stories.

sustainability ftw ,

LOVE LOVE LOVE

my only complaint is that i need more!

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