185 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.

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    • True Crime
    • 4.7 • 30.5K Ratings

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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.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    Episode 175: Ghost Racket Crusade

    Episode 175: Ghost Racket Crusade

    The story of two famous friends — Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Harry Houdini — and the disagreement that ended their friendship: can we speak to the dead?

    Read Rose Mackenberg's essays in Tony Wolf's book, Houdini's Girl Detective: The Real-Life Ghost-Busting Adventures of Rose Mackenberg.

    Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for our occasional newsletter, The Accomplice. Artwork by Julienne Alexander.

    Learn more about our upcoming live shows at thisiscriminal.com/live.

    Check out our online shop.

    Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. Please review us on Apple Podcasts! It’s an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow.

    We also make This is Love and Phoebe Reads a Mystery.

    • 40 min
    Episode 174: The Loves

    Episode 174: The Loves

    “There is something he hasn’t been telling me and I’m about to find out what it is.”

    Bobby and Cheryl Love’s book is The Redemption of Bobby Love: A Story of Faith, Family, and Justice.

    For a transcript of this episode, send an email to transcripts@thisiscriminal.com with the episode name and number. Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for our occasional newsletter, The Accomplice. Artwork by Julienne Alexander.

    Learn more about our upcoming live shows at thisiscriminal.com/live. 

    Check out our online shop. 

    Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. Please review us on Apple Podcasts! It’s an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow. 

    We also make This is Love and Phoebe Reads a Mystery.

    • 43 min
    Episode 173: Family Money

    Episode 173: Family Money

    When Beverley Schottenstein’s husband Alvin died, she and her children sold their stake in his family’s business, worth an estimated 90 million dollars. Family relationships got complicated. It was hard to know who to trust. And what happened next surprised everyone. Beverley told us, “I was floored.”

    For a transcript of this episode, send an email to transcripts@thisiscriminal.com with the episode name and number. Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for our occasional newsletter, The Accomplice. Artwork by Julienne Alexander.

    Learn more about our upcoming live shows at thisiscriminal.com/live. 

    Check out our online shop. 

    Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. Please review us on Apple Podcasts! It’s an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow. 

    We also make This is Love and Phoebe Reads a Mystery. 

    • 37 min
    Episode 172: Roselle and Michael

    Episode 172: Roselle and Michael

    Michael Hingson was on the 78th floor of the North Tower of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. He says the first indication that something was wrong was the sound of a muffled explosion. Then the building began to tilt, and he felt the floor drop like an elevator. But Michael Hingson didn’t panic because his guide dog, Roselle, was calm.

    Michael Hingson’s book is Thunder Dog.

    Listen to other episodes of This is Love at https://thisislovepodcast.com/.

    For a transcript of this episode, send an email to transcripts@thisiscriminal.com with the episode name and number. Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for our occasional newsletter, The Accomplice. Artwork by Julienne Alexander.

    Learn more about our upcoming live shows at thisiscriminal.com/live. 

    Check out our online shop. 

    Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. Please review us on Apple Podcasts! It’s an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow. 

    We also make This is Love and Phoebe Reads a Mystery.

    • 34 min
    Episode 171: Sealand

    Episode 171: Sealand

    Today's episode begins with rock & roll and ends with royalty. When bands like the Rolling Stones and the Beatles were becoming popular, they weren't played much on the radio in England. The BBC controlled the airwaves at the time, and some listeners described its music offerings as "square." So aspiring DJs packed up their record collections, got in boats, and sailed past the territorial limits of the UK, where they set up pirate radio stations in the sea—sometimes on abandoned WWII sea forts. One fort was taken over by a man named Roy Bates. When his pirate radio station didn’t work out, he refused to give up the fort. He raised a flag on it and announced that he and his family would be forming their own nation. A spokesperson from Britain's Ministry of Defence said: "This is ludicrous.”

    Michael Bates’ book is Principality of Sealand: Holding the Fort, and Dylan Taylor-Lehman’s book is Sealand: The True Story of the World’s Most Stubborn Micronation and Its Eccentric Royal Family.

    For a transcript of this episode, send an email to transcripts@thisiscriminal.com with the episode name and number. Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for our occasional newsletter, The Accomplice. Artwork by Julienne Alexander.

    Learn more about our upcoming live shows at thisiscriminal.com/live.

    Check out our online shop.

    Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. Please review us on Apple Podcasts! It’s an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow.

    We also make This is Love and Phoebe Reads a Mystery.

    • 51 min
    Episode 170: Ian Manuel

    Episode 170: Ian Manuel

    "The phone rang and rang and a lady picked up on the other end and I still remember the operator saying, 'You have a collect call from Ian for Debbie. Will you accept the charges?' And I remember Debbie saying, 'Yes, I accept.' And I just remember blurting out, 'Ms. Baigrie, I just called to wish you and your family a merry Christmas and to apologize for shooting you.'"

    At 14 years old, Ian Manuel was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, and spent an estimated 18 years in solitary confinement. Today, he tells his story.

    His book is My Time Will Come.

    You can listen to our full conversation with Bryan Stevenson in Episode 46: Just Mercy.

    For a transcript of this episode, send an email to transcripts@thisiscriminal.com with the episode name and number. Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for our occasional newsletter, The Accomplice. Artwork by Julienne Alexander.

    Learn more about our upcoming live shows at thisiscriminal.com/live.

    Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. Please review us on Apple Podcasts! It’s an important way to help new listeners discover the show: iTunes.com/CriminalShow.


    We also make This is Love and Phoebe Reads a Mystery.

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
30.5K Ratings

30.5K Ratings

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Just the best podcast out there

I listen to many podcasts per week. Political, sports, crime, mental health…a wide range. This is hands down THE best podcast out there. Thank you, Phoebe.

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The BEST podcast!

I absolutely LOVE Phoebe Judge! The stories she covers are absolutely fascinating & just keep getting better.

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This podcast is amazing, such a broad range of beautiful stories. I’ve laughed, cried and at times felt so horribly uncomfortable I couldn’t stray. Keep up the amazing work!

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