30 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.


* scroll down to see the episodes of Crimetown Presents: The Ballad of Billy Balls.

The Ballad of Billy Balls / The RFK Tapes Crimetown Presents

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.4, 6.4K Ratings

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

4.4 out of 5
6.4K Ratings

6.4K Ratings

Jessica A. A. ,

Learning about iO

Absolutely love this podcast. Very engaging to listen to. I love hearing iO’s story slowly being revealed as she discovers more about herself and her emotional connection to Billy’s mysterious murder.

MEH1970109 ,

Plot twist - and not in the good way

I wanted to like this... the first few episodes were great. It was a fascinating murder mystery about Billy. But then it took a turn and became a “self discovery” journey about the narrator or that felt very self indulgent and masterbatory; went way off topic and into subject matter that was really not what I signed up for. I’m not judging; just not that interested in the narrator’s sex life and struggle to figure out who they were. Couldn’t even get through it. Unfortunate.

CBHasAniPhone ,

Episode 9

You can throw episode 9 away. It makes absolutely no sense. It just sounds like a guy bent on writing a book regardless of facts.

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