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

whenwedance ,

torn by this one

this podcast hovers between engaging and unlistenable. the first few episodes are painful to get through. it gets better, then worse, then better again. i two-starred it because i’m still here...wondering what happens next, but it’s flawed, for certain. the end is maddening because the simplest resolution is likely the right one but the host seems so dead set on wanting this to be some bad cop conspiracy. sad.

HR Endeavor ,

Excellent Podcast

I’ve been looking for a Podcast to dive into and I found the RFK Tapes. I listed to every episode and all the bonus episodes. And I listened closely. I was a teenager in the ‘60’s and I remember when JFK and MLK and RFK were assassinated and I remember the turmoil after each event but I never knew the real story behind any of them. But now I better know Robert F. Kennedy and I better know the story and history of his assassination. Thank you for these Podcast. I truest enjoyed listening to them. And as a bonus I found a new music group and style of music that I enjoy, Khruangbin.

jenyblaze ,

I can’t stop listening!

It is captivating. It is thrilling. And it’s sad that it’s these things because of a man’s death. It’s such a great podcast. A must listen for all true crime fans

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