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Criminal
Criminal
Vox Media Podcast Network

Criminal is the first of its kind. A show about people who’ve done wrong, been wronged, or gotten caught somewhere in the middle. Hosted by Phoebe Judge. Named... more

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Episodes

One Troy

The Lawrence H. Woodward funeral home in Brooklyn has been run by one family for generations, and has handled many... more

14 Jun 2024 · 41 minutes
11 to 1

When JonRe Taylor was called for jury duty in 2007, she voted ‘not guilty’ on every charge. But the defendant... more

07 Jun 2024 · 44 minutes
The Six

In 1989, three people confessed to participating in a murder. Eventually, a total of six people were arrested. But when... more

24 May 2024 · 40 minutes
Type B

Six people were arrested for a murder in Nebraska. Some said they couldn't remember details of the crime, or being... more

17 May 2024 · 35 minutes
The Confession, Part 3

When we last spoke with Trevell Coleman, he was waiting to hear back about his clemency application. And then, in... more

10 May 2024 · 32 minutes
Right of Way

In 1991, two police officers stopped Tupac Shakur for jaywalking. He said he was knocked unconscious during his arrest, and... more

03 May 2024 · 35 minutes
Mr. Apology

In 1980, posters appeared in subway stations and on telephone poles in New York City with a phone number to... more

26 Apr 2024 · 49 minutes
Under Oath

When he was 14 years old, Ron Bishop testified in a murder trial. Decades later, he told an investigator everything... more

19 Apr 2024 · 50 minutes
The Strike

When people started saying that John D. Rockefeller Jr. was responsible for the deaths of two women and 11 children... more

12 Apr 2024 · 47 minutes
An Officer's Arrest

Sultan Alam was the first Pakistani officer to join the traffic department of the Cleveland Police in the UK. He... more

05 Apr 2024 · 43 minutes
Indelible Ink

For almost thirty years, Adolfo Kaminsky lived quietly, forging documents for people all over the world. It started when he... more

22 Mar 2024 · 43 minutes
The Hiss

As the famous English actor William Macready was preparing to go on stage in New York, over 300 police officers... more

15 Mar 2024 · 41 minutes
The Dial Painters

In the early 1920s, painters at a watch dial factory in New Jersey started to get sick. No one could... more

08 Mar 2024 · 45 minutes
If I’m Long Unheard From

In 1974, musician Connie Converse drove away from home and was never heard from again. Howard Fishman’s book is To Anyone... more

01 Mar 2024 · 41 minutes
Off Leash

“I never did anything wrong. I never had a speeding ticket. I think I just saved all my stuff up... more

23 Feb 2024 · 49 minutes
Call Russ Ewing

“The police had surrounded the house. They had been there for quite a while. They didn’t want to try to... more

16 Feb 2024 · 33 minutes
Cowboy Bob

In May 1991, a bank robber walked into a bank in Irving, Texas, and without speaking handed the teller a... more

09 Feb 2024 · 37 minutes
Bonus: The Liberal Arts Club

Listen to the latest Criminal Plus bonus episode completely for free. Phoebe and Lauren hit record on the drive to... more

07 Feb 2024 · 29 minutes
911

A conversation with a 911 operator about what happens on the other end of the line – and the day... more

02 Feb 2024 · 38 minutes
The Ninth Floor

Martin Abramowitz knew that his father had worked at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company, but he always thought he hadn’t been... more

26 Jan 2024 · 44 minutes
48 Hours, Part 2

This episode picks up where 48 Hours, Part 1 left off. We suggest you listen to them in order. When Aaron... more

19 Jan 2024 · 45 minutes
48 Hours, Part 1

“I think it was around 3:00 a.m., and that’s when I heard a strange man’s voice waking me from sleep.” This... more

19 Jan 2024 · 54 minutes
The Hunt

In 2016, the FBI attaché in Pretoria, South Africa, got a phone call from a woman asking the FBI to... more

12 Jan 2024 · 31 minutes
Tokyo Joe

Ken Eto worked for the Chicago Outfit for 30 years. He was known as the mob’s bolita expert, bringing in... more

05 Jan 2024 · 46 minutes
The Gargoyle Cat, the Taylor Swift Goat, and the Runaway Cow

Stories of animals really going for it. Criminal is going back on tour in February! We’ll be telling brand new stories,... more

22 Dec 2023 · 48 minutes
The Questions I’m Asking

Today we meet “Genius Grant” winner Andrea Armstrong. In 2019, she started the Incarceration Transparency Project to identify and make... more

15 Dec 2023 · 39 minutes
Send Her to the Island

When a young woman showed up at a boarding house in Manhattan, she said her name was Nellie Brown –... more

08 Dec 2023 · 32 minutes
The Kit

In the early 1970s, Marty Goddard was worried about the high rates of sexual assault in Chicago. She learned from... more

01 Dec 2023 · 50 minutes
Masterpiece

In the 1950s poodles were all the rage — one tabloid even reported that when a girl “makes the big... more

24 Nov 2023 · 32 minutes
Fine Art and Meat Cleavers

In 1913, museums and art galleries in London received a memo from the police. It told them to be careful... more

17 Nov 2023 · 55 minutes
The Liverpool Exchange

In the 1980s, Liverpool was having what journalists called a heroin epidemic. The chairman of a local organization where people... more

10 Nov 2023 · 49 minutes
Interrogation Room

After a 17-hour-long interrogation, a woman confesses to a murder. But then, evidence surfaces proving that she can’t have actually... more

03 Nov 2023 · 55 minutes
How to Sell a Haunted House

In 1989, Helen Ackley decided to sell her old Victorian house in Nyack, New York. It didn’t go as planned.... more

27 Oct 2023 · 34 minutes
The Spy

Jack Barsky was a college student in 1970 when the KGB knocked on the door of his dorm room to... more

20 Oct 2023 · 56 minutes
Chesa, Kathy, and David

Kathy Boudin and David Gilbert were once members of the radical activist group the Weather Underground. In 1981, they helped... more

13 Oct 2023 · 41 minutes
Jiminy Crickets

Here's a little preview of what we’re making over on Criminal Plus! We’re having a lot of fun making these... more

11 Oct 2023 · 11 minutes
The Confession, Part 2

This episode continues where Episode 237 leaves off. 17 years after he shot a man, Trevell Coleman walked into a police... more

06 Oct 2023 · 34 minutes
The Confession, Part 1

Trevell Coleman signed with Bad Boy Records in 1998. He made it onto the Billboard charts, and was called “the... more

29 Sep 2023 · 38 minutes
Phoebe vs. Oyster

We’re coming up on 10 years of Criminal. In the past decade, we've loved taking the show all over the... more

28 Sep 2023 · 2 minutes
Under the Crabapple Tree

On September 16, 1922, a reverend and a choir singer were found dead under a tree. Between their bodies was... more

22 Sep 2023 · 41 minutes
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In 1989, Helen Ackley decided to sell her old Victorian house in Nyack, New York. It didn’t go as planned. The house... more