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It's called Slow Burn, and if you want to hear our spoiler-free recommendation, you'll want to skip to the We review that show and try to figure out the mystery of just what happened to missing woman Clara Pockets. Then, a more earnest review of the Netflix series Alias Grace. Based on a Margaret Atwood novel, does this show resonate? Or does it's less-than-Handmaid's Tale production values take away from what could have been a compelling view of a fascinating true crime?

Want to listen to Married With Podcast and get a whole lot of other great stuff? It's our th episode and we're celebrating by We'll look at the times and crimes of the late Charles Manson. The panel offers holiday travelers some recommendations of podcasts and TV shows that will make Thanksgiving bearable. The crime writers dig into "Long Shot," the new Netflix documentary. In Crime of the Week, it's Father Christmas vs.

Done Disappeared; Powerline Kevin: Fields - go to mrsfields. Watch out - this episode is punchy! Plus, our Crime of the Week cuts the cheese! Virtue Labs - Get great hair! Plus, Toby's book is classy AF. Then, a trio of True Crime Updates: Bowe Bergdahl's been sentenced! That Maura Murray TV show made a crazy claim! And Making a Murderer's Steven Avery still has a filing-happy lawyer who seems to love accusing every single one of his relatives of something.

The panel does a deep dive review of Stranger Things 2 - and gives a pretty great explanation of why episode 7 is the most disappointing thing to ever happen in history of forever. Daily Harvest - go to Daily-Harvest. Cameron Hughes wine - go to chwine. No more Amazon list???

Yup, the behemoth site kicked us out of their affiliate program, so we'll have to find something else for Toby to do Plus, the panel will dive into Stranger Things 2 in full next week, but isn't shy about sharing first impressions. Also, an update from the courtroom in the Serial Season 2 subject Bowe Bergdahl's sentencing, and our Crime of the Week climbs to 30, feet for some felonious hanky panky. And newly-minted Broadway Siri Patrick Hinds makes a cameo with a little Groffsauce primer you won't want to miss!

Lara does a little PSA every pet lover should listen to. Is his lawyer Kathleen Zellner a genius? Or is she a little cuckoo? Finally, our Crime of the Week asks a critical question Audible - get a free audiobook and day trial at audible. The Crime Writers review the second season of Rebecca's favorite true crime podcast from last year, Accused by the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Will the story of the unsolved murder of Retha Welch stand up to the success of season one? In a pair of true crime podcast updates, we talk about the surprising plea deal made by S-Town subject Tyler Goodson, as well as the maybe-surprising plea in Bowe Bergdahl's case. Our crime of the week will make you high Rebecca met Sarah Koenig!! She fills us in on that awkward encounter. What's the latest with Serial season two subject Bowe Bergdahl?

Seems he's made some kind of deal with the government. We invite back retired USMC Lt Col James Weirick of the Military Justice podcast to explain why he thinks some of the early media reports are wrong and what a plea for a lighter sentence might look like. Judging by your Twitter and Facebook questions, you seemed just as amazed by Debra's willingness to forgive the gold digger as you are in Dirty John's evil designs.

In Crime of the Week, how many Facebook likes would you need before your turned yourself into the police? Madison Reed - Visit Madison-Reed. Plus, a big setback for Stephen Avery has the panel revisiting our opinions on the Making a Murderer protagonist's guilt.

In the Crime of the Week, things go wrong when a school administrator tries to pull a silly prank. Kopari - visit koparibeauty. Did Brendan Dassey's dubious confession on "Making a Murderer" make your skin crawl? The Chief Circuit Judge in his ongoing appeal said it did. But the other two federal judges may be leaning the other way. This week's podcast focuses on two very different series from Netflix. Were they falsely given? Were they merely aggressive or provocative ways to get a killer to admit to their crimes? Next, the unexpectedly savvy satire of everything we love about true crime.

In the end, we still want to know, "Who drew the dicks? The podcast "Cults" - Listen now where ever your get your podcasts or at parcast. Felix Gray Glasses - Get a pair at felixgrayglasses. The Crime Writers change the way we do business because someone told us to. We dive into a bunch of updates on cases surrounding the S-Town podcast and the super-creepy stabbing at the center of the HBO documentary "Beware the Slenderman," plus Kevin holds Rebecca hostage and forces her to watch the rest of that ridiculous Unabomber show.

Speaking of being held hostage, will the team force Kevin to listen to even more Someone Knows Something? Yeah, we hope get to do that! In our crime of the week, a jogger takes a big ol' poop on someone's lawn. No, that really is a thing. Donate to Kevin's walk in high-heeled shoes to support victims of domestic violence - crimewriterson. LinkAKC - go to linkakc. Weekly episodes have returned no more goldbricking for Bricker - no more laying about for Lavoie! The Crime Writers revisit some of the content they've recently discussed and give final verdicts on Homecoming, The Murder of Laci Peterson, and updates in the Slenderman case.

Toby offers a preview of next week's topic: And the blow-back about the Payne Lyndsey - Up and Vanished controversy is deafening The panel dives into the new podcast from the Mercury News, "Hanging: The mysterious case of the boy in the barn. Madison Reed - Visit madison-reed.

Exposed by Lisa Scottoline audiobook edition - To hear an excerpt, visit macmillanaudio. Audible - Get a free audiobook with a day trial at www. Bombas socks - Go to bombas. Red-eyed and jet-lagged, Rebecca and Kevin are back from Podcast Movement in Anaheim with stories of their exploits with your and their favorite podcasters. Plus, a true crime podcast update! Audio of the full discussion can be found on our website - and beware, it's unedited and was literally recorded in a hotel hallway.

Exposed - hear the audiobook edition of Exposed by bestselling author Lisa Scottoline at www. We're ready for our close ups! Our listeners asked and answered the hypothetical question, "If there were a movie about the Crime Writers, who would be cast to play them? Let's say three out of the four of us are satisfied with the picks. We grapple with "Black Hands" see the play on words there? Rather than a re-investigation or reexamination of the case, the ten-part series is a deep, DEEP dive into David Bain's second trial with narrator Martin van Beynen's ultimate argument that the jury got it wrong.

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Then we stream our way through Netflix's new series, "Ozark. Have we seen this before? Or is it a fresh take on the emerging genre? In the Crime of the Week: The Crime Writers tackle a pair of hot media properties this week with a look at the Discovery Channel's latest foray into crime with Manhunt: This leads to a heated debate about how FBI profilers are portrayed in crime drama Then, a review of the second season of Homecoming, the dramatized podcast with a stellar cast from Gimlet Media.

Is the show in a second season slump? Finally, our Crime of the Week gives the panel a chance to relish Toby's response. Our sponsors this episode: OJ Simpson got early release for his Las Vegas robbery conviction. Should the parole board have considered his past arrest in that infamous double murder case when making their decision? Since every other podcast is talking about Game of Thrones this week, we ask Toby to give his take on HBO's swords-and-sex mega-hit. Let's travel below The Gnat Line with the new season of "Breakdown. Episode one laid out the case of Devonia Inman.

Are we intrigued enough to keep listening? Next we take a deep dive in the four-part podcast from the Australian Broadcast Company, "Trace. The parish priests, one of whom molested her disabled son, were publicly hostile toward her. The panel weighs in on whether his cold case miniseries has enough "there" there to hold our interest. In the Crime of the Week - manscaping could have prevented this tragedy. Thumbtack - To find skilled professionals download the app or go to thumbtack. As David Lee Roth said, "I heard you missed us.

And catch up on the latest news from the world of true crime. We circle back for a listen to the sophomore installment of "Ear Hustle. Sam Robinson for approving this story. Lara reports on the whirling dervish that is the Brendan Dassey appeal. The "Making a Murderer" supporting player isn't going anywhere soon.

Will the state give him is court-ordered re-trial or just appeal to higher and higher courts? Next we look at Gimlet's new podcast, "Mogul. Is Lighty's life story strong enough to carry this series and can the podcast appeal to listeners unfamiliar with his music? A Florida man sits on a gun and then exactly what you'd guess happens.

Hubble Contacts - Go to hubblecontacts. Harry's razors - Get your Free Trial set at to Harrys. Love mail galore as listeners weigh in on Ear Hustle, Toby's dog-like voice, and listening to our show during the most important moments of their lives really! Then, our take on the not-so surprising but still upsetting verdicts in the trials of Bill Cosby and Jeronimo Yanez, the cop that killed Philando Castille. In the back half, we look at a documentary that even Lara Bricker's fire chief husband enjoyed, Sour Grapes on Netflix. This tale of a high-end wine con man had us asking - do we give a crap when a smart guy bilks a Koch brother out of millions of dollars?

And in our Crime of the Week, a Maine woman is more badass than we could ever hope to be.

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Mention our podcast at checkout. Adnan's Judges Get It! What should Toby's standard karaoke song be? The judges really seem to get it S-Town is making SO much news as the trial of Tyler Goodson will now incorporate his part in the podcast as evidence. Should Brian Reed have used tape that put Tyler in legal peril? The panel is split. This episode was recorded before news of Tyler's arrest for animal cruelty. But we review it anyway. In our crime of the week, Florida Man is back!

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September 12, Leave a comment. As a girl she never stayed clean and tidy like her cousins. We'll have a special interactive show to get your views and discuss our thoughts bring your own white wine. We open up the mail bag and let you weigh in on our discussions about "13 Reasons Why" and the former-profiler-turned-podcaster who's caused a bit of a dust-up among our fans. Also, is there a new lead in the mystery of Robert Durst's missing wife? Finally, our crime of the week has Rebecca airing an old grudge with her favorite public radio host, Ira Glass.

The State of Maryland got its bite at the apple, asking a three judge panel to reinstate Adnan Syed's conviction. The hour-long hearing dove more into Asia McClain and not-so-much into fax cover sheets.

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What's next for the "Serial" season one subject? We also talk about the latest epic filing in the Steven Avery case. Will "brain fingerprinting" save the day for the man at the middle of Making a Murderer? And what's up with Brendan Dassey's case? Like a particular body part wrapped in newspaper and thrown on the table during the interrogation of a priest? We're backing the train up so we can unwrap sorry that one. This look at the fatal shooting of a motorist by a cop live-streamed on Facebook tackles the familiar themes of race, violence, and law enforcement training.

With some episodes exploring the back story of the players in the shooting - and other episodes providing real-time updates from the court house - 74 Seconds feels like two separate podcasts. We'll give our review In Crime of the Week: Some wanted men just can't stop the music. How karaoke landed a fugitive in jail. Hubble Contacts - Get 15 pairs of contacts for free at hubblecontacts. We start with a pat on the back for Kevin, as our spin-off podcast " No one know how or why the show was picked, but they needed 10 to fill out the category, so Thanks to the many listeners who helped fill in some of the narrative holes left by "Mommy Dead and Dearest.

Is it the typical case of a hero plummeting to Earth, or is race playing a role in the negative coverage? Despite the great source material, did the film makers really make the most of the story that was there? In Crime of the Week, two teachers come to blows fighting over a man. The students can't even Our sponsors this episode Sock Fancy - go to sockfancy. Plus, we explain why we talk about some podcasts and not others, Rebecca asks our listeners for a HUGE favor, and a listener schools the panel on how to pronounce a certain city in Maine.

Then, in the crime of the week, we make a BIG decision about doody. Sponsors for this week: More listener-driven shenanigans Next: The panel makes recommendations for podcasts you should be downloading. They include finishing the long-but-excellent "Crimetown," a double recommendation for "My Dad Wrote a Porno," and the brand new show "True Crime Obsessed. Undisclosed just dropped a special pre-appeal episode about the Adnan Syed case.

In it, Rabia poses the question of whether justice is served when the appellate judges know less about the case than the general public. The crime writers discuss Hulu's adaptation of "The Handmaid's Tale. From costuming, cinematography, and color schemes, there's much to ponder. In crime of the week: Harry's razors - Get your free trial set at Harrys. We open up the mail bag and let you weigh in on our discussions about "13 Reasons Why" and the former-profiler-turned-podcaster who's caused a bit of a dust-up among our fans.

Richard Simmons may have lost touch with many people, but his lawyers aren't among them. The now-reclusive fitness guru is suing the National Enquirer for a story saying he's had a sex change operation. He also says he's being blackmailed by say it ain't so! If the stories are false, we think it should be easy to demonstrate so "Your honor, we submit exhibit D. Then we explore the most original entrant in the JonBenet Ramsey look-back-a-thon.

Netflix's non-investigation "Casting JonBenet" features average Coloradoans who think they're auditioning for a movie on the case. In reality, the auditions are an excuse to get them to candidly share their thoughts and observations about the crime. And we get to see kids smash watermelons with flashlights for good measure. In the Crime of the Week, what did the drunk driver know and when did she know it?

We needed that week off. Seems like everyone's got a podcast side gig now. In a true crime podcast update podcast update, we'll give our take on how the experts from Real Crime Profile used their profiling skills on John B. For a character who's so beloved, the enumeration of his less-than-desirable traits has stirred lots of feelings. At the intersection of entertainment and suicide lies Netflix's "13 Reasons Why," the most controversial series of the year.

Great acting, interesting plot, but is possible to tackle teen suicide in a way that doesn't make the problem worse? Despite earnest intentions to make the show a conversation-starter, there remain legit concerns that the series irreparably sends the wrong message. In essence, everything that makes 13 Reason great are what also what makes it dangerous.

In the crime of the week: Our sponsors this week are Chris Gethard: Did Missing Richard Simmons flush out our favorite fitness guru? The Crime Writers give their take. An American Murder Mystery? And how does Toby feel about the first I. Sponsors for this episode: Bosch Season 3 on Amazon KopariBeauty. Group Therapy on a Post-Podcast Couch. The Crime Writers are taking you to church er Were we made to sympathize with racist characters?

How does the horology metaphor hold up upon further review? Is CWO not intellectual enough for our listeners? Was John manipulating Brian and the other people in his life with a variety of false promises? Would any of this story have been told if John hadn't died? What's it look like inside Tyler's house? The entire series, featuring host Brian Reed, dropped on Tuesday, March This discussion gets a little deep, covering some of the criticism S-Town has faced in recent days. Want to hear our recaps of episodes ? Go back in your feed a little bit.

Watch your feed for recap shows reviewing episode 1 and episodes Select Blinds - mention Crime Writers On and get free sample swatches. Le Tote - letote. Watch your feed for recap shows reviewing episodes and After recommending people watch the documentary "Tickled," the response from our listeners was an overwhelming, "What the F did I just watch"? David D'amato, a key figure in the investigation, "died suddenly" this week according to the New York Times. Can the podcast thrive without the home-spun voice of legal analyst Bill Rankin? With the conclusion of the runaway "Missing Richard Simmons" podcast, the crime writers look back on the six-part series.

What did we ultimately learn about Simmons, host Dan Taberski, and about the feelings we project on celebrities? We'll give our review. In Crime of the Week, being assaulted - literally - by a tweet. Yes, the actually tweet.

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And the Owl Theory takes flight! What do you do in the middle of blizzard? Record a podcast, of course. First, the trailer for the new Serial spin-off "S-town" dropped! What will the seven episode series be about? The subject of the exceptional miniseries "The Staircase" is looking into the theory that his wife was actually killed in the stairwell during an owl attack. The claim had been downplayed by Peterson's defense team, and was the focus of episode 1 of the podcast "Criminal," but now they want experts to examine the feathers found with Kathleen's body.

At this point does Peterson have anything to lose Then it's probably the most unusual documentary ever discussed on the podcast. Instead, the doc takes dark and unexpected turns as the reporter tries to uncover who is behind this secretive video empire and the attempt to ruin all foes in their way. Time to send the parents to time out. Sponsors this week Audible. Listen to their new podcast, Ponzi Supernova, at audible. Find your perfect vacation rental at tripping. An Adnan Syed Tidbit! And A Review Of Time: The Kalief Browder Story.

The panel is at full strength now that Lara managed to talk her way out of an arrest by the railroad police yes, there is such a thing. We return again to the white hot podcast "Missing Richard Simmons. Then we turn our attention to Spike TV's six-part doc "Time: Is it perhaps too heavy to enjoy The Crime of Week deals with a politician whose resume is all sizzle and no steak. Get a free trial at audible.

It's another paper dump in the ongoing appeals around Adnan Syed from Serial season one. Kevin takes a look at yet another news-making turn in the case, and Rebecca gives it a big old eye roll cute the hate mail! How can we not revisit a podcast that brings up black magic? Sponsors for this episode include: Total Wireless - check out their great cell plans at totalwireless. Can you feel the love tonight?

The Crime Writers can. At the time of our recording, it was unclear what role the podcast played in Ryan Duke's arrest, but did Payne Linsey's grandmother actually know more than the cops did? Next, Rebecca interviews Missing Richard Simmons creator Dan Taberski about why he was drawn to the vanishing of everyone's favorite flamboyant exercise guru.

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Is it ethical to chronicle someone's withdrawal from public life? What makes Simmons's story so uniquely compelling? Why did someone who gave support to so many individuals seemingly turn his back on them? Also, Kevin recalls his own professional interactions with Richard Simmons.

This quick survey, at podsurvey. It helps bring in advertisements for products and services that actually fit you. In a jam-packed episode, the panel drinks the hater-aid as they read some of their correspondence. And, after waiting almost 40 years for a conviction, the crime writers take a thoughtful dive into the famous Etan Patz kidnapping case. It was more than just the crime that put kids' faces on milk cartons - it was the social turning point in how parents perceived the safety of their children. In our review segment, the crew goes around the horn on whether or not you should check out the Israeli documentary "Shadow of Truth," now available on Netflix.

This four-part subtitled mini-series looks at the sensational murder of a teenage girl, the questionable investigation into the convicted killer, and the rabid public fan base that trolls the Internet seeking alternative suspects. Kind of sounds like a certain American podcast we've listened to Then, in the Crime of the Week, the cops give a fugitive a tumble That was the theory posed in the amazing pilot episode of the podcast Criminal - but Toby's not exactly buying it.

This segment features a quasi-mansplain meltdown and Kevin Flynn doing a pretty convincing trashy Boston accent. Finally, our Crime of the Week features one of Rebecca's favorite big box stores, a sex crime, and scabies. Kopari coconut beauty products. And the Bear Brook Murders The first Serial spinoff, "S-town," will be dropping in March.

And we do mean "dropping. Of course you will. And so will we. Rebecca brings in reporter Jason Moon to discuss the decade's old case of four unidentified bodies found in two barrels in Allentown NH's Bear Brook Park. A seemingly unrelated murder on the other side of the country may have revealed a serial killer So, should you watch the movie?? The panel is split but agrees on one thing: Then in Crime of the Week, the only way to foil high-tech crooks is to go old school. This episode is sponsored by: Mention Crime Writers On at check to receive free samples.

Book your next vacation home at tripping. We're looking into the latest twist in the court martial of Serial season two protagonist Bowe Bergdahl. Now that former-President Obama declined to pardon Bergdahl, his lawyers say he can't get a fair trial with President Trump as Commander-in-Chief. Weirick will explain the arguments in the docket, why they submitted a video presentation, and he'll also provide some insight into the clemency granted to Pvt.

Also, Lara gives a quick review of the new true crime podcast, Gone at One of her positives: It reexamines the infamous murder of Kitty Genovese, the NY woman killed as 38 neighbors alleg edly watched but did nothing. Fifty years later Kitty's brother, Bill, digs into a crime he and we don't really know the truth about And in the Crime of the Week, one Florida man makes a big mistake when seeking his own presidential pardon.

This episode is sponsored by PrepDish. The episode is also sponsored by Madison Reed. But first - the state of Maryland has won the latest round in Adnan Syed's quest to get out of prison now that his conviction has been overturned. What does it mean that they've been granted a "Leave to Appeal" and how much closer are we to a new trial for the Serial season one protagonist? Then, we talk about something a little bit weird that happened during the latest episode of one of our favorite podcasters, Amber Hunt of the Cincinnati Enquirer's Accused podcast. Then we'll get into "Suspect Convictions," and break down what's good, not good, and controversial among the panel about this true crime podcast from WVIK.

In the Crime of the Week, we're getting frisky in the Granite State - and it's got some goopy consequences! This week's sponsors are: When Toby's away, the mice will play AND talk about all sorts of great stuff. Special guest panelist Amelia McDonnell-Parry gives us a lowdown on what she saw at Adnan Syed's PCR hearing, and why she thinks Sarah Koenig isn't doing the right thing by ignoring new evidence dug up by other podcasters. The panel has some strong feelings about that. And then, Scientology doesn't freak Kevin out, but talking about it does. After our crime of the week airs, one upstate New York man may try to buy every copy of this podcast.

For a special deal, go to hellofresh. After a holiday break, we're back. And so much has happened again. In the land of true crime podcast updates, Adnan Syed has been denied bail while he awaits a new trial. The panel talks about that decision. This time, justice was merciful. Kevin responds to listener reaction to his criticism of "Someone Knows Something. In this week's installment of "Should You Listen? The target - no, not corrupt politicians - a bootleg DVD ring.

In this episode, Rebecca talks about a news station covering a trial with puppets. So should you listen? That's the question the crime writers will try to answer. It's kind of epic, but at least he feels a little bit bad about it. Also, we eliminate homework for our listeners Grinch move or totes justified? No live wedding proposals are planned, we promise. Sponsors this week include: Also, Harry's razors is back!

This week we dive in to two format-smashing shows: The panel examines "Crimetown. Are they setting a new bar for the traditional first-person investigative podcast or are they creating a completely new genre? Or just a bunch of cowboys shooting and having sex with robots? Plus, Toby checks his Amazon Christmas list is your gift on it? We'll hear from a listener who offers her two cents on the Justin Ross Harris verdict and then we offer her ours. The Crime of the Week looks at the War on Christmas So many gifts for true crime fans this holiday season, as a new batch of podcasts are hitting the charts.

First, the panel drops a ton of true crime updates. These include a last-minute order keeping Brendan Dassey in prison, a verdict in Breakdown's Justin Ross Harris case, and a newspaper editorial calling for a pardon for Bowe Bergdahl. Plus, Rebecca parties-hearty with the team from Undisclosed and Addendum. The most exciting news comes from "Serial" co-creator Julie Snyder who says their team will be dropping a new seven-week podcast in March. No, it's not Serial season three, but it sounds like a compelling story nonetheless - and Rebecca's got a decent theory as to who will be telling it.

Rebecca interviews host Connie Walker about making the podcast! This episode is sponsored by Sock Club. A Special Live Show. Brendan Dassey can go home, and then he can't! All great topics to talk about, right? Sorry to say we're not going to get to any of those this week. Who would have thought all this good stuff would happen after we wrapped? The week of Thanksgiving? In this live recording, the podcasting crime writers tell a room of nonpodcasting crime writers about Lara's cat's chlamydia, how we got started writing, and answer some listener emails and tweets.

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And this week's Crime of the Week is awwwww-ful. Lara's cat has a super weird disease! Some maybe-news about Serial Season 3 has us theorizing. Was Kevin super, duper wrong when he said Sarah Koenig would never do a true crime story again? Plus, we get a whole lot of listener email and tweets about what podcasts we should be listening to and talking about.

But before we get into our discussion about Up and Vanished, we'll first listen in to Rebecca's conversation with someone who knows a little bit about that show - its host and creator Payne Lindsey.

Even if you haven't heard the podcast, you should listen to this interview. And, Toby apologizes to a nation. And our Crime of the Week strikes pretty damn close to home. What do people want to talk about? The world wants to know what Lara Bricker got arrested for. Looks like her accomplices left her holding the bag In our audience feedback segment, the Crime Writers respond to a heartwarming email from a cancer survivor who's ready to take on the challenge of punching one of their least-favorite attorneys.

But is her conclusion too broad? Finally, Rebecca, Kevin, Lara, and Toby offer up their recommendations about what you should be listening to, reading, and watching right now. Crime of the Week: When it comes to Halloween candy, someone can give you a break - you're just not supposed to steal it. This week's sponsor is madison-reed. Heads up Baltimore City Court! Here comes Adnan Syed seeking a bail hearing. It's not your usual motion, written more like a campaign speech than a legal brief. The Crime Writers dig into the latest in the efforts of Serial's protagonist to get out of prison now that his conviction has been vacated.

And a journalism conundrum: Can a white reporter do justice to a tale of Hawaiian culture and disenfranchisement? In our Crime of the Week, the panel shakes the tree. But who goes undercover as a tree, anyway? Kevin reported on a similar bank robbery story in NH. Watch the version filed by his colleagues. Who bought the family-sized bucket of massage lotion? Things get back to normal in the Crime Writers' world. They discuss the perils of doing bad accents and explain why they can't do audio book versions of their own books. A true crime update add your own echo: Burke Ramsey has followed through on his threat to sue over the CBS special on his sister's murder.

Looks like the case will focus on one comment from one person. Then the focus shifts to the new investigative podcast from Australia, "Phoebe's Fall. Was it a suicide attempt? Was it a drunken misadventure? Or was it something more nefarious? So far, the Crime Writers have mixed opinions. Checking in with some of the other leading true crime podcasts, in "In The Dark"'s penultimate episode, the Sterns County sheriff is confronted with their pitiful clearance rate.

And the trial of Justin Ross Harris is finally underway in "Breakdown. From PRX, the new Offshore podcast. From Partners in Crime Media: The link for Grommet in last week's show was wrong. The correct link is www.

Does any of the evidence add up? Is the motive believable? Is Knox herself credible? As she says, "Either I am a psychopath in sheep's clothing or I am you. Elizabeth Yardley to explain why the British have such a different and more visceral view of the case than Americans do.

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Could it be they were each seeing a different case in their papers and on their TV screens? Because it seems some people - not everyone, but some - feel really, really, REALLY strongly about this case and you better agree with them in characters or the consecutive tweets with which they will flood your feed! In Crime of the Week Good thing she wasn't stealing cable TV Every couple of weeks, other podcast comes along and seems like the heir to "Serial.

Is it possible that the Cincinnati Enquirer's "Accused" podcast has replicated the secret sauce: Rebecca talks with Amber Hunt and Amanda Rossman about their year-long investigation into the Elizabeth Andes murder. If her acquitted boyfriend Bob Young didn't do it, than who did? Next, the Crime Writers dish on who was the biggest villain in the case: Were any servicemen killed looking for Bergdahl? The answer appears to be no Kevin sends out love to all who sponsored his Walk-a-Mile In her Shoes event; yes, he finally completed that mile-long course in high-heeled shoes.

A bucket list wish unlike any other. Grandma, Grandma, whatcha gonna do when they come for you? Interstitial music by Uncanny Valleys. Episode sponsors are E-Salon - visit esalon. We also chat with Ann Bartow, a law professor at UNH Law School and expert on all things defamation and internet speech, and tie that conversation in with issues raised in this week's episode of the excellent In The Dark podcast.

Finally, our crime of the week has Rebecca airing an old grudge with her favorite public radio host, Ira Glass. Episode sponsors are the Havenly app use promo code "crime" and Modcloth also use promo code "crime" - and yes, we sometimes flub the ads, as you'll hear in the outtakes. Interstitial music by Blue Dot Sessions and Jahzzar. Support Kevin's walk for domestic violence victims in crisis at crimewriterson. Now that the crime writers are all back in their closet studios after their awesome live show, they tackle the newest high-quality true crime podcast, "In the Dark.

Even though the podcast kicked off days after Danny Heinrich confessed to killing Jacob 27 years ago, is there still a compelling story to tell? The panel ponders if a true crime podcast can still achieve excellence without the benefit of suspense. Then the Crime of the Week is not child's play. Someone needs to go to jail, go directly to jail.

Kevin is again doing his part to raise money for a local crisis center. He will "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes" and don some stilettos for this one-of-a-kind walk-a-thon. If he raises enough money for his October 5 walk, Rebecca promises to stream every painful step on Facebook Live. Give a modest donation by going here: Yup, the Crime Writers went all in with a live show taping - there was even a real-life audience there to hear it! We talked about our summer book club pick, Laura Lippman's Wilde Lake.

Toby also read an epic items list, we answered audience questions. A couple of notes: Stay tuned for the outtakes and you'll know why. We heard you missed us. But hey, we're back! After a semi-vacation over the summer, the crime writers are back weekly to talk about all things criminal - in real life and in pop culture.

News on the Steven Avery case continues to break. The new lawyer for the "Making a Murderer" subject has filed a petition to have evidence re-tested using the most modern and most expensive analysis currently available. She says the results will definitively prove Avery's innocence or, she concedes, his guilt. Is doubling down on the police conspiracy theory Avery's best play?

Did the show live up to the high expectations set by episode one? What does the ending mean? And why did Stone's eczema come back? These are questions the public demands answers to. If you want to skip past the discussion to remain "unspoiled," skip from The Crime of the Week is a cream pie to the face. Who's responsible for all the creepy-looking clowns popping up in neighborhoods throughout the Carolinas? Is it a sick criminal perpetrator or just a scary joke? Another episode, another questionable murder conviction vacated.

The panel reacts to the news that a federal magistrate has vacated the conviction of Brendan Dassey, the accused accomplice in the Steven Avery "Making a Murderer" documentary. Although the public went nuts over what many perceived to be a coerced confession, it was something else the detectives did to the intellectually-challenged teen that violated his Sixth Amendment rights. Being a journalist, Misha Glenny leads you into to the shadow zone of the world to get a glimpse of the unfathomable depths to which organised crime has penetrated all forms of goods even labour.

Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon. Several threads hold large global criminal enterprises together conceptually. They are all over the world and tend to be more conspicuous when crime bosses are in practice part of the governing class. They provide a lot of employment, usually but not always in situations where the economy is in shambles. They use violence and intimidation to protect their power on the local level. The author, Misha Glenny, shatters any illusions that globalization will isolate and marginalize criminal enterprises.

Sometimes the most significant effect of globalization is to allow local crime access to more markets. This occurs in the illicit drug industry and tragically with prostitution. Glenny also covered money laundering, Internet frauds and the sale of every category of contraband. In cases where crime gangs are not part of the government, there is almost always strong potential for government to put a stop to abhorrent practices.

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Motivation is often lacking due to corruption. Progress may happen in the long run through international organizations and public awareness, yet at some point the state has to take sides. I wasn't aware of some of the major global crime that Glenny writes about. For example, I learned that Dubai is not what it seemed.

It's the global center of money laundering on a grand scale, apparently. Also, I hadn't appreciated the extent to which the war on drugs has failed and is wasteful. I recommend this book to anybody interested in world affairs. First, let me say that I enjoyed the book. It was both informative and interesting in its discussion of modern organized crime. The book provides a survey of criminal activities that provide evidence that we have reached the stage of crime as organized big business.

The only differences between criminal and noncriminal trade being the type of product being traded, the method of taxation applied by intervening government bodies, and the complete absence of labor law restrictions upon the corporate masters. Or at least that was one of the hinted at takeaways from the book, since parts of the book were better sourced and more deeply discussed than areas that the author had to work through interpreters. The message of the globalization of crime as the natural consequence of trade globalization was clear, however, as was the lack of a solution for controlling either globalization absent some agreed international rules and enforcement.

This seemed odd to me. Then again in Tokyo, I saw the same trend. Government officials from a range of Asian countries would have customs and immigrations meetings together to discuss regional problems like piracy -- the robbing of ships, which I always thought was childhood Peter Pan fantasy -- illegal movements of drugs, weapons, people and other customs and immigrations topics.

This is when I developed an interest in why all this criminal activity happened in countries where the people were not natives. It only made sense to read this book once I saw it. What I read scared me. The books starts with the roots in East European countries where the void of the KGB was filled with random players who were, if it were possible, even more sinister and cruel.

They beat unwilling girls into submission and sexual slavery and portions of the book are so graphic as to be difficult to read. The text talks about the remarkably lucrative trade of trafficking in humans. It talks about developing new, wider ranging and interconnected criminal businesses in much the same way that legitimate businesses also seek new markets and expand and increase their earnings.

This is really a scary book. Glenny is a great writer and this account of how all those "barons of industry" popped up in the former communist countries is both intriguing and informative. Everyone should know how it happened. I was always suspicous how 30 year old guys in Russia could all of a sudden be the heads of giant corporations and personally worth billions of dollars. This book will tell you how it happened. The internet unleashed a lot onto mankind, both good and bad. The bad including fiscal and carnal depravity of unmeasurable consequences.

Despite publishing in , the vast majority of it is still true today: