40 episodes

This is a story about a woman who came to be known as The Horse Queen. She owned hundreds of champion quarter horses on her ranch outside the small city of Dixon, Illinois. And she was also Dixon’s treasurer/comptroller. Yet no one ever thought to ask how she could afford all of those horses on the salary of a civil servant… until the FBI raided City Hall in 2012 and Rita was arrested. For twenty years, Rita Crundwell worked hard to become the world’s largest and most successful quarter horse breeder… while also becoming America’s most prolific municipal embezzler.

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Crooked City: Dixon, IL The Binge

    • True Crime
    • 4.5 • 1.6K Ratings

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This is a story about a woman who came to be known as The Horse Queen. She owned hundreds of champion quarter horses on her ranch outside the small city of Dixon, Illinois. And she was also Dixon’s treasurer/comptroller. Yet no one ever thought to ask how she could afford all of those horses on the salary of a civil servant… until the FBI raided City Hall in 2012 and Rita was arrested. For twenty years, Rita Crundwell worked hard to become the world’s largest and most successful quarter horse breeder… while also becoming America’s most prolific municipal embezzler.

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    Dixon, IL | 1. Honesty, Integrity, and Hard Work

    Dixon, IL | 1. Honesty, Integrity, and Hard Work

    It’s 1950 and the neighborly people of Dixon gather in their historic theater to watch a movie starring their hometown hero: Ronald Reagan. But this podcast is not about Ronald Reagan…  It’s about the largest municipal fraud in US history.



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    • 31 min
    Dixon, IL | 2. Her Horses Were Her Life

    Dixon, IL | 2. Her Horses Were Her Life

    Who is Rita Crundwell? Alexa journeys to Dixon to find out.



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    • 38 min
    Dixon, IL | 3. Good I Will Be

    Dixon, IL | 3. Good I Will Be

    Welcome to Horse World, where Rita Crundwell reigns as queen. She hires Leonard and Leigh Berryhill to train her prized stallion, Good I Will Be.



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    • 31 min
    Dixon, IL | 4. A Bad Dream

    Dixon, IL | 4. A Bad Dream

    The Dixon City Clerk stumbles across a secret bank account. Mayor Jim Burke calls the Feds.



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    • 31 min
    Dixon, IL | 5. My Kingdom for a Horse

    Dixon, IL | 5. My Kingdom for a Horse

    Rita Crundwell’s 30-year crime spree comes to an end and Dixon finds out just how much she stole. As the city blames its beloved mayor, Jim Burke struggles to pick up the pieces.



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    • 34 min
    Dixon, IL | 6. A Good Horse is Hard to Find

    Dixon, IL | 6. A Good Horse is Hard to Find

    On her ranch in Dixon, US Marshals auction off hundreds of Rita’s horses. Leonard and Leigh Berryhill want to buy Good I Will Be.



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    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
1.6K Ratings

1.6K Ratings

ashhanne ,

EMERALD CITY

Accurate portrayal of weed world and life on the hill. Been there done that. Tweakers with knives. People not getting paid for the work they do. Being trapped on the mountain. Feeling a general sense of unease as harvest season approaches. LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST. Sam, 10/10 my dude.

Knoool ,

10/10!

This had to be one of the best seasons I’ve ever listened to. It’s like being there. I’ve never experienced that before. Great story , research , and great story telling ! The host (s) begin and draw you in , never imagined where this went. I had to binge every episode. Great work !

TeamObsolete ,

Emerald City

This was a engaging podcast as the host tries to find the truth behind a robbery and murder under circumstances where there might be many truths or just a lot of lies.

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