198 episodes

Criminal is the first of its kind. A show about people who’ve done wrong, been wronged, or gotten caught somewhere in the middle. Hosted by Phoebe Judge. Part of the Vox Media Podcast Network.

Criminal Vox Media Podcast Network

    • True Crime
    • 4.7 • 31.7K Ratings

Criminal is the first of its kind. A show about people who’ve done wrong, been wronged, or gotten caught somewhere in the middle. Hosted by Phoebe Judge. Part of the Vox Media Podcast Network.

    Episode 188: John & Trooper

    Episode 188: John & Trooper

    For 10 years, Detective John Reilly and his horse Trooper were the only mounted team assigned to Central Park. They rode the same route every day. John says Trooper didn’t like change. “If you changed the route, he got mad.” And then in 2019, they both retired at the same time.

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    We also make This is Love and Phoebe Reads a Mystery.
    Artwork by Julienne Alexander. Check out our online shop. 
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    • 21 min
    Episode 187: 427 Emails

    Episode 187: 427 Emails

    Pontiac Correctional Center is a maximum security prison in the small town of Pontiac, Illinois. It’s the oldest in the state - founded in 1871 - and has a reputation for being one of the most violent. There is a guard at Pontiac who some staff praise for being tough and having their backs. But other staff and people in the prison say she is known for abuse. In 2019, she was investigated by the Department of Corrections and State Police. Investigators had obtained 427 of the guard’s emails, revealing the conversations she’d had with other staff when it seemed like no one was looking.
    This episode is in collaboration with the podcast Motive, from WBEZ Chicago, hosted by Shannon Heffernan. Season 4 of Motive investigates the hidden world of big prisons in small towns.

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    We also make This is Love and Phoebe Reads a Mystery.
    Artwork by Julienne Alexander. Check out our online shop. 
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    • 48 min
    Episode 186: The Magpie

    Episode 186: The Magpie

    When Shigeru Yabu was 9 years old, he and his family were incarcerated at Heart Mountain Internment Camp, along with thousands of other Japanese and Japanese American families. One day, Shigeru discovered a baby magpie that had fallen out of its nest. He named her Maggie. “That bird walked up my arm all the way to my shoulder, and we looked at each other, eye to eye.”
    Shigeru Yabu’s book is Hello Maggie!
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    • 40 min
    Episode 185: The Princess

    Episode 185: The Princess

    One night in 1817, a woman appeared in the village of Almondsbury, in England. No one could figure out who she was. But everyone wanted to solve the mystery.

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    We also make This is Love and Phoebe Reads a Mystery.
    Artwork by Julienne Alexander. Check out our online shop. 
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    • 37 min
    Episode 184: Ransom

    Episode 184: Ransom

    Miles Hargrove was in his sophomore year of college when he got a phone call that his father had been kidnapped.

    Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for our occasional newsletter, The Accomplice. Follow the show and review us on Apple Podcasts: iTunes.com/CriminalShow.
    We also make This is Love and Phoebe Reads a Mystery.

    Artwork by Julienne Alexander. Check out our online shop. 

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    • 45 min
    Episode 183: Breaking into the F.B.I.

    Episode 183: Breaking into the F.B.I.

    In 1971, a woman visited an F.B.I. office in Pennsylvania. She identified herself as a college student interested in learning about opportunities for women in the F.B.I. None of that was true. She was there “to see whether there were security alarms before we could decide if we could break in.”

    Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for our occasional newsletter, The Accomplice. Follow the show and review us on Apple Podcasts: iTunes.com/CriminalShow.
    We also make This is Love and Phoebe Reads a Mystery.
    Artwork by Julienne Alexander. Check out our online shop. 
    Episode transcripts are posted on our website.
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    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
31.7K Ratings

31.7K Ratings

Padfoot🐾 #9 ,

So good!!!!!!!

So great 😀!! My favorite episodes are Ten Thousand Feet In The Air, and The Fox 🦊.

matt10001000 ,

Where’s the crime?

Used to love this pod, but it’s lost its magic. The episode about the NYPD mounted policeman could not have been more boring. Get back to crimes, stop the feel good crap.

sonoran siren ,

Fascinating!

The mellow pace and the investigative journalism makes this sound like this American life, but for criminals… it’s infuriating & uplifting. Great listen.

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