26 episodes

Crimetown Presents is an investigative anthology podcast series created by Marc Smerling and Zac Stuart-Pontier. Every season they introduce you to a new serialized story that pushes the boundaries of storytelling, sound design and music.


Season Two, The Ballad of Billy Balls*: it’s 1982, and a man bursts into an East Village storefront apartment and shoots punk musician Billy Balls. Author and activist iO Tillett Wright and Crimetown Producer Austin Mitchell unravel a mystery of love and loss, the tender binds of family, and the stories we tell ourselves just to survive.


Season One, The RFK Tapes: Zac Stuart-Pontier and Bill Klaber take a trip down a rabbit hole surrounding the assassination of Senator Robert F. Kennedy. Featuring never-before heard police recordings, The RFK Tapes starts out a murder investigation and ends up revealing the power of conspiracy theories, and why it’s human nature to believe in them.


* scroll down to see the episodes of Crimetown Presents: The Ballad of Billy Balls.

The Ballad of Billy Balls / The RFK Tapes Crimetown Presents

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.5, 5.8K Ratings

Crimetown Presents is an investigative anthology podcast series created by Marc Smerling and Zac Stuart-Pontier. Every season they introduce you to a new serialized story that pushes the boundaries of storytelling, sound design and music.


Season Two, The Ballad of Billy Balls*: it’s 1982, and a man bursts into an East Village storefront apartment and shoots punk musician Billy Balls. Author and activist iO Tillett Wright and Crimetown Producer Austin Mitchell unravel a mystery of love and loss, the tender binds of family, and the stories we tell ourselves just to survive.


Season One, The RFK Tapes: Zac Stuart-Pontier and Bill Klaber take a trip down a rabbit hole surrounding the assassination of Senator Robert F. Kennedy. Featuring never-before heard police recordings, The RFK Tapes starts out a murder investigation and ends up revealing the power of conspiracy theories, and why it’s human nature to believe in them.


* scroll down to see the episodes of Crimetown Presents: The Ballad of Billy Balls.

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
5.8K Ratings

5.8K Ratings

newyork10r ,

Ballad of Billy Balls: tedious and annoying to listen

The Ballad is Billy Balls needs better story editing. Additionally, I couldn’t stand the audio production: it was so tedious to listen to Rebecca’s droning on and on in her annoying voice and manner of speech. Couldn’t get through three episodes, they just didn’t make me care the way they framed and presented the story.

jenncraintrebon ,

Oh hell yea!

Season 2, Episode 2 ending was everything. Authentic, raw, beautifully produced.

7MaggiePR ,

First Season=10 stars, 2nd Season = 0 stars

I guess that there is an audience for this type of podcasts; I could not get past the first episode, the language, the story, is just not of my interest. Just go to your downtown "skitroad" and you might have a better told story! There is so much better content out there...

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