236 episodes

We take you behind police lines. Former FBI profiler Jim Clemente & former federal prosecutor Francey Hakes get unparalleled access to law enforcement officers, looking back at their most memorable cases – for better or for worse.

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    • True Crime
    • 4.2 • 2.3K Ratings

We take you behind police lines. Former FBI profiler Jim Clemente & former federal prosecutor Francey Hakes get unparalleled access to law enforcement officers, looking back at their most memorable cases – for better or for worse.

    229 | Seven To Nine Turns Part 1

    229 | Seven To Nine Turns Part 1

    When seven year old Danielle Van Dam vanishes without a trace one night from her bedroom, the San Diego Police Department and Crime Laboratory Manager Jennifer Shen spring into action

    228 | In Defense of Oscar Pistorius Part 2

    228 | In Defense of Oscar Pistorius Part 2

    Jim and Francey welcome back forensic expert and owner of the Evidence Room, Scott Roder, for a spirited discussion about the role he played as an expert witness in the controversial murder trial of Oscar Pistorius

    227 | In Defense Of Oscar Pistorius

    227 | In Defense Of Oscar Pistorius

    Jim and Francey welcome forensic expert and owner of the Evidence Room, Scott Roder, for a spirited discussion about the role he played as an expert witness in the controversial murder trial of Oscar Pistorius

    • 34 min
    226 | Wildest Dreams

    226 | Wildest Dreams

    The case of a violent assault against a Las Vegas sex worker hits a wall...until Sergeant Jim Young has a dream that breaks it wide open

    • 39 min
    225 | The Fantastic Mr Fitz

    225 | The Fantastic Mr Fitz

    Jim and Francey welcome returning guest and Best Case Worst Case fan favorite, retired FBI Supervisory Special Agent/Criminal Profiler/Forensic Linguist James R. Fitzgerald

    • 32 min
    224 | Interview With America's Most Wanted Host Elizabeth Vargas

    224 | Interview With America's Most Wanted Host Elizabeth Vargas

    Jim and Francey sit down for a conversation with the wonderful Elizabeth Vargas, host of the all-new America's Most Wanted on FOX

    • 20 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
2.3K Ratings

2.3K Ratings

iphineuser ,

Good topics, stretched too thin

I never listen if it’s a “part 1”...the content is stretched too thin to hold my interest. The Part1/Part2 combos would be more interesting as a longer, one part podcast.

Julie Tampa ,

Compelling insightful must listen podcast

I can’t take Francey anymore. Her interruptions which add nothing - her voice itself is annoying - and she’s usually so off subject with her dumb comments and showing off her knowledge she ruins the cadence of the story at least 2-3 times every show. And then as a former prosecutor -she’s shocked that a woman who worked in the sex industry who was brutally assaulted- didn’t want to talk to police or press charges? Are you kidding me?. Out of every 1000 sexual assaults - 995 perpetrators walk free! Why would a victim go through the abuse of not being believed by the police and prosecution? There’s very few jurisdictions in this entire country (and world wide) where women are believed by police, their rape kits are tested, their cases are investigated, and prosecutors actually prosecute. If it even does get to a prosecutor, If they deign to charge - they just plea bargain most sexual felonies down to
MisdemeanorS. Thanks prosecutors. Jim gets it. Francey please do some research. Almost 90% of sexual assaults are by someone known to the victim and police and prosecutors don’t like those kind of cases. And the victim gets assaulted again by the criminal justice system. Jim is a much better - more educated advocate for women.

Deep Space Explorer ,

I love Francey! She makes this podcast great

I absolutely love what Francey brings to this, the legal side and humor and questions, and Jim complements with the BAU and great stories. Sometimes Jim is pretty rude sounding with his humor, but it’s typical police-type banter (I know from working in the field). It’s often offensive-sounding and over the line and yeah it’d be better if they could be a little more OBVIOUSLY friendly jokes, but the banter is great so don’t get rid of it maybe just try to let people know you’re joking and do appreciate her :-). Jim usually can’t take a joke when it’s directed at him so he feels the need to defend himself, that’s just who he is. I think he gets nervous that people will assume a joke is true so he has to “correct” it, which I personally think makes him look like he has a sensitive ego, but it is what it is.

I don’t get the comments about Francey’s voice...she has a great voice and I love her style, tone, and disposition. Don’t change it Francey!

I LOVE the flow of the podcast and the questions both Jim and Francey ask are spot on, and help me learn about techniques and really guide the story better than just letting the guest tell their story. Another review said to stop asking questions, but PLEASE don’t do that! People aren’t great storytellers, especially not as great as Francey who does great storytelling in court that for her career and KNOWS how to communicate properly, so it really helps for Jim and Francey to keep them on track and pull out the details of the story that we cafe about. Don’t change a thing about the show! I live the banter between the two of them and their guests, and it would not be the same show with Francey and Jim together, just great.

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