15 episodes

“Chillingworth” recounts the lurid saga of the men behind the most notorious crime in Florida’s history: the grisly 1955 murder of a brilliant judge revered as an icon of integrity. Each of the three killers was horrifying enough on his own, but once they crossed racial lines to form an integrated criminal alliance, the state would never be the same. Their viciousness shook the faith Floridians had in their criminal justice system, the only institution they could trust to keep them safe. The ten-episode podcast uncovers mesmerizing surveillance audio tapes that broke the case open, unheard in over half a century. “Chillingworth” is the first story in the captivating series, "Worst of Men". 

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    • True Crime
    • 4.7 • 482 Ratings

“Chillingworth” recounts the lurid saga of the men behind the most notorious crime in Florida’s history: the grisly 1955 murder of a brilliant judge revered as an icon of integrity. Each of the three killers was horrifying enough on his own, but once they crossed racial lines to form an integrated criminal alliance, the state would never be the same. Their viciousness shook the faith Floridians had in their criminal justice system, the only institution they could trust to keep them safe. The ten-episode podcast uncovers mesmerizing surveillance audio tapes that broke the case open, unheard in over half a century. “Chillingworth” is the first story in the captivating series, "Worst of Men". 

    Episode 12 (Part2): Electro-Shock Therapy

    Episode 12 (Part2): Electro-Shock Therapy

    Detective Henry Lovern forces Floyd, Joe, and Bobby to rendezvous in a sleepy little town north of Palm Beach. All three have murder on their minds.

    • 43 min
    Episode 12 (Part 1): The Creech Cell

    Episode 12 (Part 1): The Creech Cell

    Floyd has deep regrets about leaving Rio de Janeiro. Joe slips off to Lookout Mountain, Tennessee. Bobby reads all about the Chillingworth murders in the paper.

    • 25 min
    Special Chillingworth/Hurricane Dorian Advisory

    Special Chillingworth/Hurricane Dorian Advisory

    • 1 min
    Episode 11: Room 127

    Episode 11: Room 127

    Floyd recounts his life story to two close friends, with all of the sordid details. Detective Henry Lovern takes on the greatest challenge of his career. 

    • 24 min
    Episode 10: Reel to Reel

    Episode 10: Reel to Reel

    Floyd returns to Florida from Brazil, compelled to settle accounts with Joe. Joe takes steps to ensure his safety.  

    • 19 min
    Episode 9: Country of the Future

    Episode 9: Country of the Future

    Joe and Floyd develop their most profitable enterprise yet, capitalizing on greedy investors of all ages. But just as their company has become a well-oiled machine, his past exploits force Floyd into exile.    

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
482 Ratings

482 Ratings

AW Hall ,

Chillingsworth

I am a Florida native and have heard about this terrible crime for years. I found this podcast to be very intriguing. I never knew the events leading up to the murder and how it was finally solved.
Greatly enjoyed it!

BaronessAFJ ,

Captivating Story!

I was introduced to this story by A Crime To Remember but had no idea the murder of a judge was just the tip of the iceberg. The surveillance audio is difficult to hear but the story and narration is perfect! Highly recommend!

Riyvda ,

WPB History Lesson

I heard about this case during a tour of Woodlawn Cemetery in West Palm Beach where there are empty graves for Judge and Mrs. Chillingworth. In addition to the well-delivered account of the crimes, I really enjoyed hearing what WPB was like in those days.

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