24 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.


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The Ballad of Billy Balls / The RFK Tapes Crimetown Presents

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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
5K Ratings
5K Ratings
Gilligandy ,

Great

Love Crimetown. Great tribute to RFK, who was little known to me before this. Thanks!

hm.520 ,

this could have been such a great podcast

The story itself is great and the setting and time period are fascinating and aren’t explored enough. But my god, why are we pretending that allowing Rebecca to incoherently babble (this is actually so hard to listen to that I had to fast forward a LOT, if you’re triggered by addiction, this isn’t a podcast for you) and iO’s self-indulgent theatrics and the wildly inappropriate editing and sound effects are journalism? This podcast wants so hard to be quirky and innovative that it loses the importance of the story at hand - figuring out what happened to Billy and why his killer hasn’t been brought to justice.

sweetmelissajane ,

The Ballad of Billy Balls

Loving The Ballad of Billy Balls!!! Love iO ❤️ Can not wait to hear more!!!

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