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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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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

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

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
The Newsroom

Jeff German was a reporter for over 40 years in Las Vegas. He spent his life covering the mafia, corruption,... more

15 Sep 2023 · 38 minutes
The Séances

In 1916, two British soldiers were held captive in a remote prisoner-of-war camp. People said the camp was escape-proof. One... more

08 Sep 2023 · 44 minutes
Iceland Noir

Iceland is one of the most peaceful countries in the world, but people there love to read about crime. Even... more

25 Aug 2023 · 30 minutes
The Other Phoebe Judge

A preview of what we’re making over on Criminal Plus! Hear me and Criminal co-creator Lauren Spohrer taking your questions,... more

21 Aug 2023 · 12 minutes
Wolf 10

In April of 1995, wildlife biologists flew small airplanes over Yellowstone National Park, looking for two missing wolves. “They’re just... more

18 Aug 2023 · 36 minutes
The Nurse

When Amy Loughren started working as a nurse at Somerset Medical Center, she did everything she could to hide the... more

11 Aug 2023 · 46 minutes
The Perfectionists

A story about religion, sex, an assassination, and silverware.  Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for our occasional... more

04 Aug 2023 · 48 minutes
A Glamour and a Mystery

In the summer of 1917, 16-year-old Elsie Wright took a photograph of her 9-year-old cousin, Frances Griffiths. It was the... more

28 Jul 2023 · 41 minutes
Roll of the Dice

The UNABOM investigation was one of the longest manhunts in American history - it lasted for 18 years starting in... more

21 Jul 2023 · 48 minutes
The Bodies in the Bog

In the summer of 1984, a local newspaper reporter outside of Manchester, England, got a tip from the police. A... more

14 Jul 2023 · 36 minutes
The Prison Newspaper

A little over sixty years ago, there were 250 prison newspapers being published on a regular basis. Today, there are... more

07 Jul 2023 · 43 minutes
The Impersonator

Mary Jones could sing just like Aretha Franklin. One night, a James Brown impersonator saw her perform at a Motown... more

30 Jun 2023 · 34 minutes
Al Capone, Eliot Ness, and Cleveland’s Torso Murderer

In 1934, a man collecting driftwood along the Lake Erie shore found a human torso on the beach. No one could... more

23 Jun 2023 · 40 minutes
The Unknown Woman

When a toymaker and a doctor teamed up to make the world’s first CPR doll, they decided to make the... more

16 Jun 2023 · 36 minutes
The Paramedics

As recently as 1965, if you had a medical emergency, the people who showed up at your door would be... more

09 Jun 2023 · 53 minutes
Lavender Scare

Helen James grew up in a military family — her great-great-grandfather fought in the Civil War, her father in WWI,... more

02 Jun 2023 · 27 minutes

There’s an old sailors’ saying about the ocean at the southernmost part of the world — “below 40 degrees latitude,... more

26 May 2023 · 38 minutes
A Mysterious Bank

In the late 1870s, a woman named Sarah Howe started a bank just for single women called the Ladies’ Deposit... more

19 May 2023 · 33 minutes
"Did we get it right?"

“What we ask jurors to do is to just absorb all this trauma and just to keep on absorbing it... more

12 May 2023 · 45 minutes
The Juror

In 2008, Sven Berger was chosen to serve on the jury for a murder trial. He says the sentence that... more

05 May 2023 · 35 minutes
The Magdalene Laundries

When she was 14 years old, Elizabeth Coppin was sent to a place called Peacock Lane in Cork, Ireland. It... more

28 Apr 2023 · 38 minutes
The Somerton Man

In 1948, two horse jockeys were riding on a beach in Australia when they came across a man lying in... more

21 Apr 2023 · 42 minutes
Palace of Justice – A Conversation with Benjamin Ferencz

When Benjamin Ferencz was 27 years old, he prosecuted his very first trial. It's been called the largest murder trial... more

14 Apr 2023 · 28 minutes
The Most Wonderful Terrible Person

When Debra Miller woke up on October 8th, 1964, she was expecting to see a black Volkswagen in her family’s... more

07 Apr 2023 · 46 minutes
The Fasting Cure

In 1911, two sisters traveled to Seattle to meet a "doctor" named Linda Hazzard. The sisters didn’t seem very sick,... more

24 Mar 2023 · 46 minutes
Crazy Eddie

In the 1980s, the discount electronics chain store Crazy Eddie was so famous, its commercials were parodied on "Saturday Night... more

17 Mar 2023 · 39 minutes
Out of the Box

In 1964, one of the best javelin throwers in Australia traveled to England to see if he could qualify for... more

10 Mar 2023 · 44 minutes
An Impossible Crime, Part 2

This episode continues where Episode 208 leaves off. In 2001, Daniel Taylor wrote a letter from prison to a reporter at... more

03 Mar 2023 · 44 minutes
An Impossible Crime

Daniel Taylor was 17 years old when he was arrested for a 1992 double homicide in Chicago. But Daniel had... more

24 Feb 2023 · 37 minutes
Novak v. City of Parma

In 2016, a man named Anthony Novak created a parody Facebook page of his local police department. "I just thought,... more

17 Feb 2023 · 38 minutes
The Feather Lady

On October 4, 1960, Eastern Airlines Flight 375 took off from Boston’s Logan airport, and then, two minutes later, it... more

03 Feb 2023 · 42 minutes
Sunset Mesa

Debbie Schum waited a long time to receive the cremated ashes of her friend, LoraLee Johnson. When she did, she... more

20 Jan 2023 · 42 minutes
They Came for the Judges

When the Taliban took control of Afghanistan in August of 2021, they unlocked the prisons and freed prisoners, some of... more

06 Jan 2023 · 42 minutes
Dog in the Bed, Cat in the Bag, Camel on the Golf Course

Stories of animals really going for it. Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for our occasional newsletter, The... more

16 Dec 2022 · 45 minutes
Across the Atlantic

In February of 1910, members of the Music Hall Ladies Guild in London received a strange letter from their treasurer... more

02 Dec 2022 · 48 minutes
The Tylenol Murders

On September 29, 1982, Adam Janus suddenly collapsed in his home outside of Chicago. He died within hours. Later that... more

18 Nov 2022 · 51 minutes
We Interrupt This Program

On a Saturday night, in February 1949, the music programming on one of the most popular radio stations in Quito,... more

04 Nov 2022 · 39 minutes

On Halloween night, in 1992, an unusual television special aired on the BBC. Nobody expected what happened next. “The technicians... more

21 Oct 2022 · 54 minutes
The Hammersmith Ghost

In the winter of 1803, residents outside of London reported strange encounters with a ghost. Some said it looked like... more

07 Oct 2022 · 37 minutes

Ed and Bertha Briney’s unoccupied farmhouse was reportedly broken into 50 times over 10 years. They put up “No Trespassing”... more

23 Sep 2022 · 40 minutes

In March of this year, a biologist working in a nature preserve in Florida saw an alligator swimming along a... more

09 Sep 2022 · 38 minutes
The Procedure

In 1967, a very unlikely group of individuals gathered to quietly break the law and help facilitate abortions. They established... more

19 Aug 2022 · 33 minutes
The Divorce Colony

This episode picks up where Episode 193 left off. We suggest you listen to them in order. Blanche Molineux visited her... more

05 Aug 2022 · 37 minutes
A Ring and a Bottle

In 1895, Blanche Chesebrough moved into a small apartment in Gramercy Park, in New York City. She brought a portrait... more

22 Jul 2022 · 34 minutes
The Devil’s Hole Pupfish

There is a cave in the middle of the Mojave Desert called Devil's Hole. It's home to a small iridescent... more

08 Jul 2022 · 35 minutes
The Sailor's Teeth

In 1982, forensic dentists examined the teeth of thousands of sailors stationed on an aircraft carrier called the USS Carl... more

24 Jun 2022 · 42 minutes
Day In, Day Out

When Laura Coates decided to become a prosecutor in Washington, D.C., she was told that the job would be “human... more

10 Jun 2022 · 37 minutes
The Doctors

In 2018, we talked with three of America’s most experienced trauma surgeons about what happens when someone is shot. We... more

27 May 2022 · 24 minutes
John & Trooper

For 10 years, Detective John Reilly and his horse Trooper were the only mounted team assigned to Central Park. They... more

13 May 2022 · 21 minutes
427 Emails

Pontiac Correctional Center is a maximum security prison in the small town of Pontiac, Illinois. It’s the oldest in the... more

22 Apr 2022 · 48 minutes
The Magpie

When Shigeru Yabu was 9 years old, he and his family were incarcerated at Heart Mountain Internment Camp, along with... more

08 Apr 2022 · 40 minutes
The Princess

One night in 1817, a woman appeared in the village of Almondsbury, in England. No one could figure out who... more

25 Mar 2022 · 37 minutes

Miles Hargrove was in his sophomore year of college when he got a phone call that his father had been... more

11 Mar 2022 · 45 minutes
Breaking into the F.B.I.

In 1971, a woman visited an F.B.I. office in Pennsylvania. She identified herself as a college student interested in learning... more

25 Feb 2022 · 48 minutes
The Midnight Slider

In 2013, a small boat called The Midnight Slider was found floating empty in the waters off of Isle Madame in Nova Scotia.... more

11 Feb 2022 · 37 minutes
Pappy, Another Round

When it comes to Kentucky bourbon, Pappy Van Winkle is among the most exclusive. You can’t get it unless you’re... more

28 Jan 2022 · 45 minutes
The Boycott

15 years after the Supreme Court ruled that school segregation was unconstitutional in Brown v. Board of Education, many schools... more

14 Jan 2022 · 37 minutes
A Splendid Newfoundland, Cursing Birds, and the Fashion Fox

Stories of animals really going for it. Say hello on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sign up for our occasional newsletter, The... more

17 Dec 2021 · 33 minutes
"The experiment requires that you continue."

1. Please continue. 2. The experiment requires that you continue. 3. It is absolutely essential that you continue. 4. You have no other... more

03 Dec 2021 · 41 minutes
Palace of Justice

When Benjamin Ferencz was 27 years old, he prosecuted his very first trial. There were 22 defendants, each of them... more

19 Nov 2021 · 35 minutes
The Red Flag

In 2006, a man named William Ramsey went to the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida for a life-saving liver transplant.... more

05 Nov 2021 · 40 minutes
Ghost Racket Crusade

The story of two famous friends — Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Harry Houdini — and the disagreement that ended... more

22 Oct 2021 · 43 minutes
The Loves

“There is something he hasn’t been telling me and I’m about to find out what it is.” Bobby and Cheryl Love’s... more

08 Oct 2021 · 46 minutes
Family Money

When Beverley Schottenstein’s husband Alvin died, she and her children sold their stake in his family’s business, worth an estimated... more

24 Sep 2021 · 40 minutes
Roselle and Michael

Michael Hingson was on the 78th floor of the North Tower of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.... more

10 Sep 2021 · 37 minutes

Today's episode begins with rock & roll and ends with royalty. When bands like the Rolling Stones and the Beatles... more

27 Aug 2021 · 54 minutes
Ian Manuel

"The phone rang and rang and a lady picked up on the other end and I still remember the operator... more

30 Jul 2021 · 39 minutes

The story of a cryptic children’s book, a real-life treasure hunt, and its very mysterious winner: “He refused to be... more

16 Jul 2021 · 42 minutes
48 Hours, Part 2

This episode picks up where Episode 167 left off. We suggest you listen to them in order. When Aaron Quinn called the... more

02 Jul 2021 · 49 minutes
48 Hours

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

18 Jun 2021 · 57 minutes
On Fire

On November 12th, 2012, the Accomack County volunteer fire departments got a call. An abandoned house had suddenly gone up... more

04 Jun 2021 · 48 minutes

In August 1934, Ann Cooper Hewitt was having lunch with her mother when she suddenly felt pain in her abdomen.... more

21 May 2021 · 49 minutes

After 32 years in the United States, José Chicas was told he had to leave. He bought a plane ticket... more

07 May 2021 · 42 minutes
The Ghoul of Grays Harbor

The Pacific Northwest was said to be terrorized by a serial killer in the early 20th century. Bodies were floating... more

23 Apr 2021 · 37 minutes
I Fought the Law

The song “I Fought the Law” by the Bobby Fuller Four reached number 9 on the Billboard Charts in the... more

09 Apr 2021 · 47 minutes
Only in Hollywood

When Joan Borsten married actor Oleg Vidov, also known as “the Soviet Robert Redford,” he introduced her to beautiful Soviet... more

26 Mar 2021 · 39 minutes
Hot Lotto

In 2010, a $16.5 million Hot Lotto ticket was sold at a gas station in Des Moines, Iowa. At first,... more

12 Mar 2021 · 34 minutes
Spiritual Developments

One Sunday afternoon, a man named William Mumler decided to take a self portrait. He said he was alone in... more

26 Feb 2021 · 42 minutes
"If it ever happens, run."

“What I recall most is the way that she grabbed my wrist and, shaking a bit, she said over and... more

12 Feb 2021 · 38 minutes
The Short Life of Qandeel Baloch

Qandeel Baloch grew up in a conservative village in Pakistan called Shah Sadar Din, a place where it was shocking... more

29 Jan 2021 · 40 minutes
Sister Helen

In 1982, Sister Helen Prejean was invited to write a letter to a man on death row in Louisiana’s Angola... more

15 Jan 2021 · 44 minutes
Bears on Ice

A day in the life of the town of Kalispell, Montana. Thanks very much for listening this year, and happy... more

24 Dec 2020 · 3 minutes

With Covid-19 shutdowns, people have been taking advantage of quiet highways to drive as fast as they can from New... more

18 Dec 2020 · 37 minutes
The Night of the Party

When Nathan Myers and Clifford Williams were charged with the murder of Jeanette “Baldie” Williams in Jacksonville, Florida on May... more

04 Dec 2020 · 36 minutes
The Max Headroom Incident

One Sunday night in November 1987, something very odd happened in the middle of the WGN nine o’clock news in... more

20 Nov 2020 · 29 minutes
The Clearwater Monster

Early one morning in 1948, a phone call woke up the police chief in the small town of Clearwater, Florida.... more

13 Nov 2020 · 32 minutes
The Many Lives of Michael Malloy

In 1932, a group of men in a speakeasy in Prohibition-era New York City hatched a plan — to take... more

06 Nov 2020 · 34 minutes
76th and Yates

On May 8, 2013, a man named Timothy Jones was arrested in Chicago. He says it wasn’t until he got... more

23 Oct 2020 · 37 minutes
Dr. Parkman is Missing

In the mid-1800s, Harvard Medical School had a reputation for being a “den of body snatchers.” And then, in November... more

09 Oct 2020 · 42 minutes
Errol Morris

Early in his career, Errol Morris read about a shocking series of alleged insurance crimes in a small town in... more

25 Sep 2020 · 47 minutes
Kids on the Case

The summer after Jessica Maple finished 6th grade, she found out that her great-grandmother’s house had been burglarized. So, 12-year-old... more

11 Sep 2020 · 34 minutes
Ten Doors

Tim Jenkin was a member of the ANC (African National Congress). The organization had been declared unlawful in South Africa,... more

28 Aug 2020 · 32 minutes
How to Sell A Haunted House

In 1989, Helen Ackley decided to sell her old Victorian house in Nyack, New York at 1 Laveta Place. It... more

07 Aug 2020 · 33 minutes
Looking Out

People incarcerated in California’s San Quentin State Prison aren’t allowed to have pets — but some people, like Ronell Draper,... more

17 Jul 2020 · 35 minutes
Knock and Announce

“I didn’t do what they said I did. And it was like, I don’t know how to disprove the police.... more

03 Jul 2020 · 36 minutes
Robert Smalls

On May 13, 1862, in Charleston, South Carolina, a man named Robert Smalls took command of a Confederate ship called... more

19 Jun 2020 · 32 minutes
It Looked Like Fire

On August 10th, 2014, one day after 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed by Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson,... more

05 Jun 2020 · 20 minutes
Cowboy Bob

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

15 May 2020 · 35 minutes
Learning How to Forgive

“I’ve been teaching law for almost 40 years. And I recently realized we don’t really teach people in law school... more

01 May 2020 · 37 minutes
Starlight Tours

In January 2000, the bodies of two First Nations men were found frozen in a remote area of Saskatoon, Canada.... more

17 Apr 2020 · 38 minutes
Wolf 10

In April of 1995, wildlife biologists flew small airplanes over Yellowstone National Park, looking for two missing wolves. “They’re just... more

03 Apr 2020 · 35 minutes
How to Sell A Haunted House

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In 1989, Helen Ackley decided to sell her old Victorian house in Nyack, New York at 1 Laveta Place. It didn’t go... more