38 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, 8K 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
8K Ratings

8K Ratings

KourtneyJane ,

Rebecca’s Voice

I love Crimetown stories, so I’m hoping that I can muscle through listening to Rebecca talk. On only on episode two and want to ask is she high or tell her to just get the sentence out.

CatBklyn58 ,

Great until Episode 9: RFK Tapes

I was very intrigued with this podcast even though I don’t always believe conspiracy theories. It was very well presented with archival audio and engaging interviews. There are 10 official episodes, and the first few deal with Sirhan Sirhan and his role in the murder of Robert F. Kennedy; these episodes lean heavily towards the idea that Sirhan may have not been the killer, or that he may have been a scapegoat. The second half of the episodes deal with exploring who might have killed RFK if Sirhan’s bullets did not do it. Episode 9 was supposed to contain an interview with a security guard (from where? Was he hotel security? Private security? Who hired him?) who walked RFK through the pantry when he was shot, and this interview, though promised in Episode 8, was somehow not part of the podcast. It seems that for some reason (legal?) it was cut from the published podcast. You have to find the transcript for the entire episode online; it is out there. It was too bad it was cut from the audio because it made for a compelling conclusion and solved a lot of issues (second gun, multiple bullets, second man, RFK shot at close range I. The back, someone who hated the Kennedys and admits it, on tape, twice, etc.). Not to spoil too much, but it’s the reason this gets 3 stars from me: Zac the narrator sort of unconvinces himself of most of the stuff he’s learned (and explained to the listener during the first 8 episodes), throws away important evidence such as the girl in the polka dot dress, convinces himself that a motorcycle cop cannot identify a bullet hole, convinces himself that the LAPD did not cover anything up but just made a lot of stupid mistakes, and wraps up with a pretty weak ending. The relationship with the co-presenter is pure silliness and would have been better left ignored. It weakened the otherwise academic presentation of known facts. That part is like listening to a spoiled brat arguing with his father. Bonus episodes are available if you can still listen to Zac after he let you down big time.

Texas Rademachers ,

Connection at it’s most authentic level

I love the rawness of this and the vulnerability that we all need to connect with more!
Thank you for peeling back the layers and making us connect to your core.
No matter what... I see you, your mom, and your fathers connection! Life is not perfect, but you certainly found and connected with the brighter side of life.
Certainly a roller coaster ride, but you all grew from this experience and work towards/choose on the basis of love!
Thank you for sharing this experience that rings so close to home for all of us!
Xo

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