156 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 • 27.1K 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 147: Kids on the Case

    Episode 147: Kids on the Case

    The summer after Jessica Maple finished 6th grade, she found out that her great-grandmother’s house had been burglarized. So, 12-year-old Jessica got out her notebook, looked for fingerprints, and decided she would conduct her own investigation. This week, four stories of kids who cracked the case.

    Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX.

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    Artwork by Julienne Alexander.

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    • 33 min
    Episode 146: Ten Doors

    Episode 146: Ten Doors

    In 1978, Tim Jenkin was charged under South Africa’s Terrorism Act for disseminating anti-apartheid material, and sentenced to 12 years in prison. Just before he was convicted, someone gave him a book called Papillon, which he said “was really a manual of escape.”

    Tim Jenkin’s book is Escape from Pretoria.

    Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX.

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    Artwork by Julienne Alexander.

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    • 31 min
    Episode 145: How to Sell A Haunted House

    Episode 145: How to Sell A Haunted House

    In 1989, Helen Ackley decided to sell her old Victorian house in Nyack, New York. It didn't go as planned. The house became the center of a case that's referred to as “The Ghostbusters ruling.” The judicial opinion read: “as a matter of law, the house is haunted.”

    Our other shows are Phoebe Reads a Mystery and This is Love.

    Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX.

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    • 32 min
    Episode 144: Looking Out

    Episode 144: Looking Out

    People incarcerated in California’s San Quentin State Prison aren’t allowed to have pets—but some people, like Ronell Draper, have found ways to work around that. Meet Ronell Draper, also known as “Rauch,” plus Ear Hustle’s Nigel Poor and Earlonne Woods join Phoebe to talk about the impact of Covid-19 at San Quentin.

    Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX.

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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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    • 34 min
    Episode 143: Knock and Announce

    Episode 143: Knock and Announce

    "I didn't do what they said I did. And it was like, I don't know how to disprove the police. I mean, it's my word against theirs. I don't really stand a chance.” - Julian Betton

    Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX.

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    • 35 min
    Episode 142: Robert Smalls

    Episode 142: Robert Smalls

    On May 13, 1862, Robert Smalls took command of a Confederate ship and liberated himself and his family from enslavement. His great-great-grandson, Michael Boulware Moore, tells the story.

    Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX.

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    Artwork by Julienne Alexander.

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    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
27.1K Ratings

27.1K Ratings

nbow22 ,

If you don’t like her voice...

Go listen to the beginning of episode 100!!! It made me laugh so much! I do impersonations all the time with my sister. Phoebe, I love your voice! It is unique and you’re so good at using it to tell us amazing stories. Solid 5 stars- but for wayyy more than just host’s voice.

Ali Souz ,

Love The Stories

Phoebe has a great story telling voice. Very interesting stories. Love Criminal podcast!!!

Lexy Fowler ,

Not just the best true crime podcast, the best podcast in general

My absolute favorite podcast. It’s weird to listen to an episode of a true crime podcast and describe it as “delightful,” but it is. I don’t even skip the ads because Phoebe’s voice is so soothing. I would listen to her read the dictionary.

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