13 episodes

From the team that brought you Paper Ghosts, Crossing the Line with M. William Phelps is a weekly true crime podcast that dives deep into cases that have rarely been covered. Investigative journalist and host M. William Phelps brings you interviews with experts, victims’ family members, and the detectives who worked the cases. Phelps connects deeply with families of the missing and murdered, not just because he understands them - but because he is one of them. Along with producer Cristina Everett, the two will unravel not only the intricacies of the cases, but the societal structures that make these crimes possible – and often go unseen. 

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    • True Crime
    • 4.3 • 230 Ratings

From the team that brought you Paper Ghosts, Crossing the Line with M. William Phelps is a weekly true crime podcast that dives deep into cases that have rarely been covered. Investigative journalist and host M. William Phelps brings you interviews with experts, victims’ family members, and the detectives who worked the cases. Phelps connects deeply with families of the missing and murdered, not just because he understands them - but because he is one of them. Along with producer Cristina Everett, the two will unravel not only the intricacies of the cases, but the societal structures that make these crimes possible – and often go unseen. 

    The Death of John Cosme: Murder or Accidental Overdose?

    The Death of John Cosme: Murder or Accidental Overdose?

    When a Rhode Island man went missing in 2020, his family took matters into their own hands after law enforcement seemingly abandoned their constant pleas for help. On the season finale of Crossing the Line, the family of John Cosme sits down with Phelps to share the story of their heartbreaking search and shocking discoveries. And after a shocking video of the night in question is discovered, Cosme's family is left asking: Was it an accident or something more sinister?
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    • 44 min
    BTK, Ted Bundy, Happy Face Killer: Sociopath or Psychopath?

    BTK, Ted Bundy, Happy Face Killer: Sociopath or Psychopath?

    Some talking heads on true crime TV and podcasts use the terms "sociopath" and "psychopath" interchangeably. But there are major, distinguishing differences. Examining the BTK case, Phelps sorts out the variables, along with the predictable and unpredictable behaviors of these killers, with a renowned expert in the field. Plus, hear exclusive audio of a notorious serial killer’s shocking confession of what it actually feels like, from the psychopath’s perspective, to kill a human being.
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    • 43 min
    How Killers Control Women: What is Coercive Control?

    How Killers Control Women: What is Coercive Control?

    You might think it’s unlikely you could fall prey to a master manipulator. But how easy is it for someone to use coercive control to take you from independent-thinker to puppet? Phelps is joined by Laura Richards (Criminal Minds, Dirty John, Real Crime Profile podcast), expert on domestic violence, stalking & sexual violence, to discuss just how easy it is to manipulate a person–with Phelps even sharing his own experience with coercive control. From Sarah Everard’s killer to NXIVM’s Keith Raniere to bad boyfriends everywhere, they share what you need to know to keep yourself and your loved ones safe. 
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    • 41 min
    The Murder of Rayna Rison: How to Revive a Cold Case

    The Murder of Rayna Rison: How to Revive a Cold Case

    Sometimes the smallest, most seemingly-inconsequential detail can alter the course of a criminal investigation. While telling the story behind the murder of Rayna Rison, Phelps digs into just how important it is to follow up with sources on a cold case investigation, no matter how long it’s been - and sometimes expose vital pieces of a murder case that have been missing for decades.
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    • 41 min
    What Does it Take to Actually Solve a Case Like the Golden State Killer?

    What Does it Take to Actually Solve a Case Like the Golden State Killer?

    The Golden State Killer committed at least 13 murders, 50 rapes, and 120 burglaries during the 70s and 80s, and eluded law enforcement for 32 years. On April 24, 2018, Joseph DeAngelo was arrested. But what tips the scales and makes the difference in finally solving these types of cases? Phelps unpacks the science with DNA specialist and Forensic Scientist Dr. Claire Glynn, a leading expert in forensic genetic genealogy, discussing how this crime-solving tool actually works.
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    • 41 min
    The Controversial Death of Michael Poole: Murder or Suicide?

    The Controversial Death of Michael Poole: Murder or Suicide?

    Three people are at home, one winds up dead. Was it murder or suicide? Or perhaps somehow a little bit of both? This is the strange case of the murder of Michael Poole. Phelps breaks down the story from beginning to end and has a conversation with the convicted murderer’s lawyer, who brings in new, shocking revelations to support the questions he has about the case. 


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    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
230 Ratings

230 Ratings

Cschauss ,

❤️

I cannot wait for more episodes!

NACP1987 ,

Obsessed!

I’m absolutely obsessed! I already live M. William Phelps…but this content is so needed and interesting. Wondering how I can submit a case? Great work?

tarrytopia ,

Too Disrespectful

While I love podcasts like Criminal Conduct and Fox Hunter that examine police corruption and/or incompetence, Phelps uses lazy sarcasm and lame cliches like “coffee and doughnuts.” I would encourage him to listen to something like John Taylor’s Twisted for an example of a professional tone. Maybe other people enjoy this low-ball style, but it’s not for me.

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