71 episodes

The True Crime Reporter™ podcast takes its audience behind the yellow crime scene where few podcasters dare to go. 

The Dallas-based podcast takes listeners on a journey into darkness guided by Peabody Award-Winning investigative reporter Robert Riggs.

Everything is bigger in Texas, and crime is no exception. 

The 2021 Webby Awards named the True Crime Reporter™ podcast among seven honorees, including Dateline NBC and BBC Sounds for “Best True Crime Podcast.” 

Hailed as the Internet’s highest honor by The New York Times, Claire Graves, Executive Director of the Webby Awards, praised Riggs’ podcast,  "Honorees like Robert Riggs and the True Crime Reporter™ podcast are setting the standard for innovation and creativity on the Internet. It is an incredible achievement to be selected among the best from the nearly 13,500 entries we received this year from 50 states and 70 countries."

A leading television streaming channel is currently producing a five-episode news documentary based on Riggs’ first season about serial killer Kenneth Allen McDuff.

Bill Johnston, a decorated former federal prosecutor, joined the True Crime Reporter™ podcast in 2021 as Riggs cohost.

This Texas duo has been up close and personal with the worst of the worst criminals, including serial killers, mass murderers, and sexual predators. You name it, and they’ve seen it from the crime scene to the courtroom, from maximum-security prisons to death row. 

Their real crime stories are stranger than fiction. 

True Crime Reporter™ produces three types of episodes. 

True Crime Reporter™ Extra - features highly produce narrative storytelling about criminal cases. It blends Robert Riggs’ writing/narration with his interviews of investigators, crime victims, forensic experts, convicted criminals, music, and natural sound.

True Crime Reporter™ Confidential - conducts a classic “police procedural.” Riggs and Johnston weave compelling stories during an interview-style/talk show. Think of them as the “Larry King’s” of True Crime. They interview investigators, crime victims, forensic experts, members of the judiciary, even convicted criminals about criminal cases. 

True Crime Reporter™ Texas Ranger Files - features unique access to the case files of one of the worlds’ most legendary law enforcement organizations. Riggs and Johnston interview Texas Rangers about their most unusual investigations. These officers work murders in the wild frontier of Texas.  True Crime Reporter™ tells epic and heroic stories about the Rangers that most people have never heard. 

Our mission is not only to entertain but also to educate. The episodes on True Crime Reporter™ discuss means and motives. We want listeners to come away with insights about crime prevention and self-protection.

The criminal justice system has recognized Riggs and Johnston for their sensitivity to crime victims. Bill Johnston received the “Victim Advocate of the Year Award” for bringing the nation’s first prosecution under the Violence Against Women’s Act. Three weeks after its enactment, Johnston utilized the new law to prosecute a man who sent a twenty-pound pipe bomb to his ex-wife in an attempted murder plot. 

The American Bar Association has honored Riggs with its Silver Gavel Award for investigative reports that exposed corruption in Texas’ parole and prison systems.  The Dallas Crime Commission, in conjunction with the FBI, awarded Riggs its first-ever Excellence In Reporting Award for his investigation of teenage heroin deaths in Plano, Texas, and a landmark series on identity theft.

The first season of True Crime Reporter™ broadcasted a 17-episode series about the corrupt release of serial killer Kenneth Allen McDuff from prison by the Texas Parole Board. Bill Johnston organized and led the successful manhunt for McDuff.  Following Robert Riggs’ news investigation about parole selling, Johnston prosecuted the Texas Parole

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The True Crime Reporter™ podcast takes its audience behind the yellow crime scene where few podcasters dare to go. 

The Dallas-based podcast takes listeners on a journey into darkness guided by Peabody Award-Winning investigative reporter Robert Riggs.

Everything is bigger in Texas, and crime is no exception. 

The 2021 Webby Awards named the True Crime Reporter™ podcast among seven honorees, including Dateline NBC and BBC Sounds for “Best True Crime Podcast.” 

Hailed as the Internet’s highest honor by The New York Times, Claire Graves, Executive Director of the Webby Awards, praised Riggs’ podcast,  "Honorees like Robert Riggs and the True Crime Reporter™ podcast are setting the standard for innovation and creativity on the Internet. It is an incredible achievement to be selected among the best from the nearly 13,500 entries we received this year from 50 states and 70 countries."

A leading television streaming channel is currently producing a five-episode news documentary based on Riggs’ first season about serial killer Kenneth Allen McDuff.

Bill Johnston, a decorated former federal prosecutor, joined the True Crime Reporter™ podcast in 2021 as Riggs cohost.

This Texas duo has been up close and personal with the worst of the worst criminals, including serial killers, mass murderers, and sexual predators. You name it, and they’ve seen it from the crime scene to the courtroom, from maximum-security prisons to death row. 

Their real crime stories are stranger than fiction. 

True Crime Reporter™ produces three types of episodes. 

True Crime Reporter™ Extra - features highly produce narrative storytelling about criminal cases. It blends Robert Riggs’ writing/narration with his interviews of investigators, crime victims, forensic experts, convicted criminals, music, and natural sound.

True Crime Reporter™ Confidential - conducts a classic “police procedural.” Riggs and Johnston weave compelling stories during an interview-style/talk show. Think of them as the “Larry King’s” of True Crime. They interview investigators, crime victims, forensic experts, members of the judiciary, even convicted criminals about criminal cases. 

True Crime Reporter™ Texas Ranger Files - features unique access to the case files of one of the worlds’ most legendary law enforcement organizations. Riggs and Johnston interview Texas Rangers about their most unusual investigations. These officers work murders in the wild frontier of Texas.  True Crime Reporter™ tells epic and heroic stories about the Rangers that most people have never heard. 

Our mission is not only to entertain but also to educate. The episodes on True Crime Reporter™ discuss means and motives. We want listeners to come away with insights about crime prevention and self-protection.

The criminal justice system has recognized Riggs and Johnston for their sensitivity to crime victims. Bill Johnston received the “Victim Advocate of the Year Award” for bringing the nation’s first prosecution under the Violence Against Women’s Act. Three weeks after its enactment, Johnston utilized the new law to prosecute a man who sent a twenty-pound pipe bomb to his ex-wife in an attempted murder plot. 

The American Bar Association has honored Riggs with its Silver Gavel Award for investigative reports that exposed corruption in Texas’ parole and prison systems.  The Dallas Crime Commission, in conjunction with the FBI, awarded Riggs its first-ever Excellence In Reporting Award for his investigation of teenage heroin deaths in Plano, Texas, and a landmark series on identity theft.

The first season of True Crime Reporter™ broadcasted a 17-episode series about the corrupt release of serial killer Kenneth Allen McDuff from prison by the Texas Parole Board. Bill Johnston organized and led the successful manhunt for McDuff.  Following Robert Riggs’ news investigation about parole selling, Johnston prosecuted the Texas Parole

    "To Catch A Predator" -- Reporter Chris Hansen Launches True Crime Nation

    "To Catch A Predator" -- Reporter Chris Hansen Launches True Crime Nation

    Chris Hansen, the journalist who created the televised series To Catch A Predator, warns that the problem of adults preying on children for sex is growing at an alarming rate. 



    The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has reported that during the peak of the pandemic, inappropriate contacts between adults and children, predatory contacts, as well as the transmission of inappropriate material between adults and children shot up nearly 900%.



    Indicative of the problem is the case of the former Virginia police officer accused of “catfishing” a teenage girl and murdering her grandparents and her mother.



    “Catfishing” is a form of online deception in which someone pretends to be a different person.



    Firefighters discovered the teen's family inside their burning home in Riverside, California. 



    28-year-old Austin Edwards, the ex-cop, was killed in a shootout with San Bernadino County Sheriff’s deputies.   The teenage girl was not harmed. 



    Hansen and investigative reporter Robert Riggs have encountered predators throughout their respective journalism careers. 



    The journalism community has honored Chris Hansen with 10 Emmys and 5 Edward R. Murrow reporting Awards.



    Chris has broken stories worldwide and is launching a new series, True Crime Nation, on the TruBlu Streaming Network. His To Catch A Predator series is now called TAKEDOWN. 



    In this episode of True Crime Reporter®, Riggs and Hansen go inside the crime scene tape to remind parents that predators live online and that they need to have a conversation with their children about how to stay safe online and on social media.




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    The True Crime Reporter® podcast features stories about serial killers, mass murderers, murder mysteries, homicides, cold cases, prisons, violent criminals, serial rapists, child abductors, child molesters, kidnappers, bank robbers, cyber criminals, and assorted violent criminals.

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    • 29 min
    Deep Fried Theft Rings Cash In On Blackmarket Cooking Oil

    Deep Fried Theft Rings Cash In On Blackmarket Cooking Oil

    Cooking oil left over from french fries and fried chicken has become liquid gold. 

    Organized criminal gangs are emptying storage tanks at restaurants and convenience stores across the United States.

    Hello. I’m investigative reporter Robert Riggs with an unusual story from inside the crime scene tape. 

    Did you know a gallon of used cooking oil is now worth more than a gallon of gasoline?

    The thefts fuel a multimillion-dollar black market.

    Here to talk about it is Gary Edgington, a 40-year law enforcement veteran.

    We are going to talk about a wide range of his cases from his career with the 

    Beverly Hills Police Department, LA County District Attorney…we will touch on the OJ Simpson murder trial. His work on narcotics cases and a member of the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force in Los Angeles. And later, his role in counter-insurgency operations in Iraq.

    Now he is the author of, Outside The Wire–A Novel of Murder Love, and War.

    It’s a fictional thriller inspired by his experience about Iranian operatives bent on destroying America.

    I have put links to the book and his website in the show notes. 

    Here’s Robert Riggs' interview with Gary Edgington. 


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    The True Crime Reporter® podcast features stories about serial killers, mass murderers, murder mysteries, homicides, cold cases, prisons, violent criminals, serial rapists, child abductors, child molesters, kidnappers, bank robbers, cyber criminals, and assorted violent criminals.

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    • 42 min
    Whoever Comes In This Room Is Going To Die With Us

    Whoever Comes In This Room Is Going To Die With Us

    Sitting in the maternity ward of Dallas Methodist hospital, 30-year-old Nester Oswaldo Hernandez told his girlfriend that “we are both going to die today, and whoever comes in this room is going to die with us.”

    Hernandez, a violent offender out on early parole in Texas, executed a social worker and a nurse as they entered the room of his girlfriend and newborn baby, according to a Dallas police arrest warrant.

    Hernandez had just accused his girlfriend of cheating on him. He pistol-whipped her and fatally shot the two healthcare workers before a security officer wounded him. 

    Hernandez had a long rap sheet.

    He was on parole for an aggravated robbery. In 2015 Hernandez and a female accomplice attacked a woman who was returning home from work. 

    They taped the victim's hands together and taped over her eyes.  They broke her nose and fractured her eye during the robbery. Hernandez stole her phone, car, and $3,000 cash from a school fundraiser. 

    A year before the hospital murder, Hernandez was released early on parole with a special electronic monitoring condition.

    Hernandez was granted permission to be at the hospital with his girlfriend during and after the baby's delivery.  He was wearing an active ankle monitor.

    Shortly after the shooting, Dallas police chief Eddie Garcia called the killings "an abhorrent failure of our criminal justice system" and said, “we give violent criminals more chances than our victims.”

    Investigative reporter Robert Riggs, former U.S. prosecutor Bill Johnston, and the Chief of Police of Prosper, Texas, Doug Kowalski discuss early release policies that are setting off a wave of violence across the United States.


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    The True Crime Reporter® podcast features stories about serial killers, mass murderers, murder mysteries, homicides, cold cases, prisons, violent criminals, serial rapists, child abductors, child molesters, kidnappers, bank robbers, cyber criminals, and assorted violent criminals.

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    • 49 min
    How A Single Hair Caught A Killer

    How A Single Hair Caught A Killer

    In the previous episode, we showed how homicide detectives solved 50-year-old cold cases.

    They analyzed old evidence by using new DNA extraction technology pioneered by Othram, a forensic genealogy lab in Texas.

    Othram provided new leads by finding relatives of suspects on genealogy databases.

    As revolutionary as that seems, it was just a few years ago that the FBI pioneered the use of mitochondrial DNA in a Texas murder case.

    Mitochondrial DNA is handed down from mother to child, so it can only tell you about your maternal ancestors.

    In a landmark case, former U.S. prosecutor Bill Johnston used the mitochondrial DNA from a single hair to send a killer to prison for the rest of his life.

    Here’s the backstory of how he did it. 


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    • 34 min
    Murderers Can Run But They Can’t Hide From Their Forensic DNA Genealogy

    Murderers Can Run But They Can’t Hide From Their Forensic DNA Genealogy

    14-year Stephanie Anne Isaacson left her father’s apartment in North Las Vegas on the early morning of June 1, 1989.

    She walked through an empty sandlot, her usual shortcut, to the Eldorado High School.

    The ninth grader never made it to her 7:30 AM class at Eldorado High School.

    Later that evening, officers found her body under a piece of discarded carpet in a sandlot that Isaacson used to take a shortcut to school.

    Stephanie was the victim of a blitz attack. Her black shirt was pulled up, and her jeans pulled down. Her shoes and other belongings were missing.

     

    The freshman with shoulder-length brown hair who had last been pictured with a wide grin in her prom picture had been sexually assaulted, bludgeoned, and strangled to death. 

    Investigators had little to go on besides a tiny drop of semen found on the dead girl's shirt.

    They made numerous attempts to test the evidence but could not identify the killer.

    Las Vegas Metropolitan Police investigators never gave up.

    In late 2021, they submitted a DNA sample of a mere 15 human cells to Othram, a forensic genealogy lab located in the Woodlands, a suburb of Houston.

    Othram’s DNA extraction technology found a relative of the alleged killer in a genealogy database that law enforcement has the consent to search.

    Forensic genealogy led Las Vegas detectives to Darren Marchand, who had never been listed among suspects.

    But Marchand had committed suicide at the age of 29, six years after the murder.

    Issacson’s 32-year  case represents the tip of the iceberg of a silent mass disaster–a quarter million cold cases languishing across the United States.

    But as we say in Texas, there is a new sheriff in town in the form of a DNA lab built to solve cold cases.

    Investigative Reporter Robert Riggs takes listeners of the True Crime Reporter® podcast inside Othram’s facility near Houston to find out how its trailblazing technology solves cases once thought to be unsolvable. 


    Link To Carla Walker Podcast:

    https://www.truecrimereporter.com/episodes/cold-case-justice-how-detective-jeff-bennett-used-genetic-genealogy-to-solve-a-murder/


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    • 33 min
    Heat2: The Hollywood Shootout In Which Life Imitates Art

    Heat2: The Hollywood Shootout In Which Life Imitates Art

    I’m Robert Riggs and in this episode, I take you inside the crime scene tape of the once bank robbery capital of the world.

    In 1997, I was in the Los Angeles office of the FBI’s bank robbery squad, reporting on an epidemic of violent take-over bank robberies. 

    Veteran FBI Agent Bill Rehder pointed to a wall plastered with bank surveillance photos.

    clad head to toe in black body armor and armed with assault rifles. 

    Rehder focused on two heavily armed gunmen he had dubbed “The Hi Incident Bandits.” 

    He ominously told me that they were not just dressed for a bank robbery but for a confrontation.

    Indeed a month later, the pair shot it out with police after robbing a bank in North Hollywood.

    The running gun battle lasted 44 minutes. The pair were armed with thousands of rounds of ammunition and fully automatic assault rifles.

    It was a case of life imitating art.

    Two years earlier, the movie Heat featured a similar paramilitary-style robbery and shootout in LA.

    Written and directed by Michael Mann, Heat is a classic American crime film. It pits Al Pacino as an LAPD detective against Robert De Niro, who plays a career thief and the gang's leader.

    Now, Mann has teamed up with award-winning author Meg Gardiner to write a suspenseful novel titled Heat 2.

    It tells the back story of the character in the years before and after the iconic movie.

    Meg Gardiner is my guest on this episode of True Crime Reporter®.


    Links to Robert's Bank Robbery TV News Reports:

    https://youtu.be/NC6QZKP_F5Q

    https://youtu.be/M9BcS1DFFXc


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    The True Crime Reporter® podcast features stories about serial killers, mass murderers, murder mysteries, homicides, cold cases, prisons, violent criminals, serial rapists, child abductors, child molesters, kidnappers, bank robbers, cyber criminals, and assorted violent criminals.

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    • 45 min

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202 Ratings

202 Ratings

Bebe Unicorn ,

Very informative!!

Episode 38. Reminds me of the GSA is also a racket that the tax payers are not aware of. The overhead on items you can purchase in the open market is shameful. GSA is a mandated source for purchasing in the USAF..

Mildred Honey ,

A Favorite True Crime Podcast

I look forward every week to this podcast. Not a lot of fluff and stories are told in a interesting provocative solid way. Thank you!

Greyyourwolf ,

Outstanding podcast

By far the best podcast ever!! Robert Riggs is a phenomenal report & now podcaster. Only the facts will be told… no spin here. The only improvement that could be made is more episodes more often. Once a week just isn’t enough for me ♥️♥️♥️♥️

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