40 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
    • 4.5 • 9.1K 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.

    S2 [1] Billy Balls and His Babygirl | The Ballad of Billy Balls

    S2 [1] Billy Balls and His Babygirl | The Ballad of Billy Balls

    New York City. The 1970s. Artists flock to the East Village hoping to make a name for themselves. Enter Rebecca, an aspiring model, who meets Billy Balls, a rock and roll musician like no other. They fall madly in love and are inseparable, until one night, when Billy is mysteriously shot.
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    • 33 min
    S2 [2] He's Not Done Yet | The Ballad of Billy Balls

    S2 [2] He's Not Done Yet | The Ballad of Billy Balls

    After Billy dies, his body disappears and strange things start to happen. Rebecca insists the whole thing is a cover up and we set out to find the truth.
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    • 28 min
    S2 [3] Billy the Kid | The Ballad of Billy Balls

    S2 [3] Billy the Kid | The Ballad of Billy Balls

    As the investigation begins, iO explores Billy's journey to New York City.
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    • 35 min
    S2 [4] Get in the Wind | The Ballad of Billy Balls

    S2 [4] Get in the Wind | The Ballad of Billy Balls

    iO explores a darker side of Billy - did it lead to his death?
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    • 28 min
    S2 [5] Those High-Powered Lawyers | The Ballad of Billy Balls

    S2 [5] Those High-Powered Lawyers | The Ballad of Billy Balls

    Was there a conspiracy to murder Billy in order to keep him quiet? iO's search for an answer leads to a sobering reality.
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    • 40 min
    S2 [6] Amanda | The Ballad of Billy Balls

    S2 [6] Amanda | The Ballad of Billy Balls

    Amanda, a game-changing character, tells her story.
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    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
9.1K Ratings

9.1K Ratings

Fearthesmoke ,

My favorite.

One of the best podcasts ever made. This is one of the very few podcasts that I can listen to over and over. I love everything about this podcast.

HelloNola ,

What Happens in Dark Comes to Light

...iO you are not a respectable person and I'll never support anything you produce again. Past. Present. Future.

settledownnow ,

Parasitic

Unreal. Fascinating until he decides to stop questioning. And throws the man that gave him all of the content under the bus and makes it all about himself. Truly pathetic. Could have done this many other ways that would have been more respectful of others time invested and personal connection to the event.

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