162 episodes

Criminal is a podcast about crime. Not so much the "if it bleeds, it leads," kind of crime. Something a little more complex. Stories of people who've done wrong, been wronged, and/or gotten caught somewhere in the middle. We're a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX, a curated network of extraordinary, story-driven shows. Learn more at radiotopia.fm.

Criminal Radiotopia

    • True Crime
    • 4.7 • 27.9K Ratings

Criminal is a podcast about crime. Not so much the "if it bleeds, it leads," kind of crime. Something a little more complex. Stories of people who've done wrong, been wronged, and/or gotten caught somewhere in the middle. We're a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX, a curated network of extraordinary, story-driven shows. Learn more at radiotopia.fm.

    Episode 153: The Max Headroom Incident

    Episode 153: The Max Headroom Incident

    One Sunday night in November 1987, something very odd happened in the middle of the nine o’clock news in Chicago. As one television viewer said, it felt like someone threw "a brick through your window." A television engineer said it felt like "a home invasion." And a little boy said it was "very, very funny."

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    Artwork by Julienne Alexander.


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    • 26 min
    Episode 152: The Clearwater Monster

    Episode 152: The Clearwater Monster

    Early one morning in 1948, a phone call woke up the police chief in the small town of Clearwater, Florida. The caller said he’d seen something strange at the beach. Residents woke up that morning to find an odd set of footprints in the sand, and a rumor began circulating that Clearwater Beach had a sea monster.

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    Artwork by Julienne Alexander.

    • 31 min
    Episode 151: The Many Lives of Michael Malloy

    Episode 151: The Many Lives of Michael Malloy

    In 1932, a group of men in a speakeasy in New York City hatched a plan — to take out life insurance on a loner named Michael Malloy, and make his death look like an accident. They thought it would be easy money. But Michael Malloy would become known as the man who just wouldn’t die.

    Simon Read’s book is On the House: The Bizarre Killing of Michael Malloy.

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    For a transcript of this episode, send an email to hello@thisiscriminal.com.

    Artwork by Julienne Alexander.

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    • 31 min
    Episode 150: 76th and Yates

    Episode 150: 76th and Yates

    On May 8, 2013, a man named Timothy Jones was arrested in Chicago. He says it wasn’t until he got to the police station that he found out that he was being charged with murder. He didn’t even know someone had died.

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    Artwork by Julienne Alexander.

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    • 34 min
    Episode 149: Dr. Parkman is Missing

    Episode 149: Dr. Parkman is Missing

    In the mid-1800s, Harvard Medical School had a reputation for being a "den of body snatchers." And then, in November 1849, the school’s most prominent supporter went missing. He was last seen walking into the medical school building.

    Paul Collins’ book is Blood & Ivy: The 1849 Murder That Scandalized Harvard.

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    If you’d like to introduce friends or family members to podcasts, we created a How to Listen guide based on frequently asked questions.

    Artwork by Julienne Alexander.

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    • 39 min
    Episode 148: Errol Morris

    Episode 148: Errol Morris

    Early in his career, Errol Morris read about a shocking series of alleged insurance crimes in Florida. When he told an insurance investigator he wanted to go to Florida to make a documentary, the investigator said, "Don't even think about it." Errol Morris went anyway.

    Today, the story behind the movie he couldn't figure out how to make, working as a private detective, and meeting Ed Gein.

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    Artwork by Julienne Alexander.

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    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
27.9K Ratings

27.9K Ratings

Raemi95 ,

I’m Phoebe Judge... and this is CRIMINAL

Phoebe Judge... that voice. And the way you tell a story... there’s nothing better 🥰

Indozone ,

Unique and Intelligent

Crime podcasts seem to be very popular these days. This one is different. The host simply shares a story in an intelligent, informative, and soothing approach. Nobody else seems to be able to capture her unique style. The stories are interesting and her voice is so tranquil that I don't even mind the commercials--and I despise commercials. If she ever gives up podcasting, she would make a hell of a therapist.

Mack Carnes ,

Soothing

Could there be a more soothing voice than hers? No, no there couldn’t

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