Join Rebecca Lavoie (Crime Writers On...) as we dig into the real stories behind Netflix Original true crime series and films– how our filmmakers got access, what ended up on the cutting room floor, and even the impact a Netflix show can have on the real lives of its subjects.
This Is A Robbery
In 1990, two men dressed as cops conned their way into a Boston museum and stole a fortune in art. The stolen works are estimated to be worth over half a billion dollars today and there’s a 10 million dollar reward for whoever finds it. “This is A Robbery: The World’s Greatest Art Heist” goes deep into the leads, dead ends, lucky breaks, and speculations surrounding this notorious crime that remains unsolved over 30 years later.
Join host Rebecca Lavoie as she speaks with Colin Barnicle, the series director, and executive producer. A note to listeners: This episode contains spoilers. So make sure to watch the entire series and then, listen on.
Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal
You’ve probably heard a lot about the 2019 college admission scandal, but you haven’t heard everything. Operation Varsity Blues goes beyond the celebrity-driven headlines with real conversations from FBI wiretaps. The film offers a rare glimpse of the man at the center of the scandal, Rick Singer, and the methods he used to help his wealthy clients cheat a system already designed to benefit the privileged.
Our host Rebecca Lavoie is joined by two guests in this episode, Jon Karmen (the film’s editor, writer, and producer) and Chris Smith (the film’s director and producer).
This episode contains spoilers so make sure to watch the entire series before you listen on.
Murder Among the Mormons
A note to listeners: This episode contains spoilers. So make sure to watch the entire series and then, listen on.
In Salt Lake City in 1985, a trio of pipe bombings killed two people. The murders sent shockwaves through the Mormon Church when a trove of historically controversial Latter-Day Saints letters was found destroyed in the vehicle of the third victim, a renowned collector of rare documents. As he fights for his life, investigators raced to uncover the truth. “Murder Among the Mormons” is the first comprehensive look at one of the most horrifying crimes to have ever taken place among the LDS community and the criminal mastermind behind it all.
Crime Scene: The Vanishing at The Cecil Hotel
For nearly a century, the Cecil Hotel in downtown Los Angeles has been linked to some of the city’s most notorious activity — from untimely deaths to housing serial killers. In 2013, college student Elisa Lam vanished while staying as a guest at the hotel. Her disappearance ignited a media frenzy that mobilized a global community of internet sleuths eager to solve the case.
In this episode, host Rebecca Lavoie speaks with Emmy-winning and Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Joe Berlinger to discuss the first season of his new series “Crime Scene: The Vanishing at The Cecil Hotel.”
It was the late 1970s. A serial killer known as the Yorkshire Ripper cast a dark shadow over the lives of women across England. Over a span of five years, thirteen women were dead and the police seemed incapable of catching the murderer. No one felt safe – and every man was a suspect.
Night Stalker: The Hunt for A Serial Killer
The mid-1980s was a period of terror in Southern California. A series of random home invasions, sexual assaults, and brutal murders were happening across the region. Men, women, and children of all races and walks of life were victims. Stranger yet, the horrendous methods of killings fit no particular pattern. Some victims were strangled. Some were shot. Some were beaten to death.
Night Stalker: The Hunt For a Serial Killer is the definitive portrait of one of the most disturbing and unpredictable serial killers in criminal history from the perspective of the two detectives leading the hunt to capture him. On the show this week, our host Rebecca Lavoie (Crime Writers On...) speaks with Tiller Russell, the Night Stalker series director.
This episode contains spoilers. So make sure to watch the entire film and then, listen on.
I enjoyed The Ripper but it’s clear Ellena Wood should have directed all 4 episodes. It also would have been nice to hear Rebecca ask Jesse Vile more questions about why the sexism and misogyny from the police wasn't more prevalent in the episodes he directed.
The host is too cheerful & upbeat while discussing very sad & serious subjucts.
Really enjoyed the breakdowns of Unsolved Mysteries. Rebecca does a great job deep diving into theories from each episode of season 1 and 2. You should binge both seasons and then give this a listen!