Crimetown

Crimetown

www.gimletmedia.com/show/crimetown
A new podcast from Gimlet Media exploring the tangled web of crime and corruption in American cities. Hosted by Marc Smerling and Zac Stuart-Pontier.


S2 E08: Operation Backbone
Nov 4 • 42 min
Still hung up on the unsolved murder of Damion Lucas, FBI agent Herm Groman devises an elaborate sting to ensnare the corrupt cops of the Detroit Police Department. Will it bring down Mayor Coleman Young, too? For bonus content from this episode, visit…
Introducing Mogul
Oct 1 • 39 min
Introducing Mogul, a show about hip-hop’s most iconic moments, told by the people who lived them. This season starts with Luke Campbell of the 2 Live Crew getting thrown in jail. Luke wound up in handcuffs because, according to a Florida judge, his music…
Bonus Episode: The Streets Don’t Love You Back
Sep 5 • 41 min
Growing up, Rob Boyd is ignored by his absent, womanizing father, a well-known local preacher. His mother marries a kindhearted factory worker, who helps raise Rob and his siblings. But after his stepfather is murdered, Rob goes astray, entering a brutal…
S2 E19: From the Ashes
Aug 29 • 37 min
In the Crimetown Season 2 finale, Kwame Kilpatrick begins his 28-year prison sentence. Although he still maintains his innocence, his chances of a retrial are slim. Meanwhile, Detroit is undergoing a remarkable economic transformation. But who is…
S2 E18: United States v. Kwame Kilpatrick
Aug 22 • 39 min
After a decade of scandals and a sprawling corruption investigation, Kwame Kilpatrick faces his most daunting challenge yet: a federal trial that could put him in prison for decades. The former mayor is no longer fighting for his political life or his…
S2 E17: Operation Bombay Dreams
Aug 15 • 42 min
For years, the FBI has been running a wide-ranging corruption investigation into the Kilpatrick administration. As they dig deeper, the feds uncover a massive pay-to-play enterprise that reaches every level of City Hall. Is Kwame Kilpatrick a crook? Or…
S2 E16: Surrendered
Aug 8 • 30 min
After serving 99 days in jail, former mayor Kwame Kilpatrick walks free. He heads to Texas and tries to settle into a new life. But Detroit isn’t quite ready to let him go. For bonus content from this episode, visit crimetownshow.com.
S2 E15: The Murder of Tamara Greene
Aug 1 • 39 min
With the mayor behind bars, a crusading lawyer takes up the case of slain exotic dancer Tamara Greene. Could Kwame Kilpatrick have ordered her murder — or is it all an urban legend? For bonus content from this episode, visit crimetownshow.com.
Introducing The Ballad of Billy Balls
Jul 31 • 9 min
From the same team that brought you Crimetown comes Crimetown Presents: The Ballad of Billy Balls. It’s 1982 in New York City, and a man bursts into an East Village storefront apartment and shoots punk musician Billy Balls. What follows is a mystery of…
S2 E14: The Affair
Jul 25 • 44 min
The revelation that Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick had an affair with his chief of staff — a romance detailed in thousands of explicit text messages — rocks Detroit. But it’s only the beginning of their troubles. For bonus content from this episode, visit…
S2 E13: Gary Brown v. Mayor of Detroit
Jul 18 • 30 min
Deputy Police Chief Gary Brown files a whistleblower suit against City Hall, alleging he was fired for investigating the long-rumored Manoogian Mansion party. Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick denies the accusations. But while he’s on the stand, he’s asked a…
Introducing Man in the Window
Jul 17 • 14 min
From the partnership that brought you Dirty John, comes Man in the Window. Pulitzer prize winning reporter Paige St. John investigates The Golden State Killer, and traces his path of devastation through the eyes of his victims. Binge the series now at…
S2 E12: Fake News
Jul 11 • 39 min
As rumors about a wild party at the mayor’s mansion continue to spread, Kwame Kilpatrick must fend off an increasingly unsympathetic media. Meanwhile, his opponent in the next election has a double-digit lead. Can the hip hop mayor survive? For bonus…
S2 E11: The Hip Hop Mayor
Jul 4 • 37 min
To his supporters, Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is a new breed of politician: young, cool, and in touch with black culture. To his critics, his flashy appearance and taste for nightlife are evidence of his immaturity. Rumors about Kilpatrick begin to swirl:…
S2 E10: Right Here, Right Now
Jun 27 • 33 min
When Mayor Coleman Young dies after twenty years in office, he leaves a yawning vacuum in Detroit’s power structure. But a successor quickly arises: a young, ambitious state legislator named Kwame Kilpatrick. He’s charismatic, larger than life, and has an…
S2 E09: Dimitri
Jun 20 • 42 min
Dimitri Mugianis is a rarity in Detroit: a white kid whose family stayed after everyone like them left. Growing up, he throws himself into the city’s avant-garde underworld, playing in art-punk bands and partying in gay clubs. But when his taste for the…
S2 E07: Who Killed Damion Lucas?
Jun 6 • 37 min
A thirteen-year-old boy is murdered in a drive-by shooting. The Detroit police quickly apprehend a suspect. But the FBI is convinced that the wrong man is in jail — and that the real killers are escaping justice thanks to friends in high places. For bonus…
S2 E06: The Mayor, the Barber, and the Babysitter
May 30 • 32 min
Coleman Young has more underworld connections than you might expect of a big-city mayor. Sometimes those connections come in handy. But when his favorite niece starts dating an infamous drug dealer, Mayor Young must choose between keeping her out of…
S2 E05: YBI to the Day I Die
May 23 • 40 min
It’s the early eighties, and a new organization is revolutionizing the heroin trade: Young Boys Inc. Unlike other drug operations, YBI recruits juveniles, brands smack as if it were designer clothing, and moves the industry out of the dope houses and onto…
S2 E04: The Kingpins’ Kids
May 16 • 32 min
When a hungry young DEA agent arrives in Detroit, he picks the perfect case to make his bones: taking down Eddie Jackson and Courtney Brown’s sprawling heroin organization. But if the drug kingpins fall, what will happen to their kids? As the feds close…
S2 E03: The Fat Man and the Field Marshall
May 9 • 35 min
Eddie Jackson and Courtney Brown are childhood friends from a poor neighborhood. Eddie is the troublemaker, drawn to Detroit’s seamier side; Courtney is his quiet, serious sidekick. As they grow older in a city with dwindling job options, they go their…
S2 E02: The Battle for Detroit
May 2 • 33 min
A police shooting outside a community center leaves two black teenagers dead. Protesters take to the streets, igniting a movement to elect the city’s first black mayor. As election day approaches, the future of a racially polarized city hangs in the…
S2 E01: Stop the Robberies, Enjoy Safe Streets
Oct 1, 2018 • 35 min
Detroit, 1971—a city riven by blight, racial strife, and rising crime. In the first episode of Crimetown Season 2, the police form a controversial undercover unit called STRESS—Stop The Robberies, Enjoy Safe Streets. One of the unit’s cops kills so many…
Coming Soon: Season 2
Sep 20, 2018 • 2 min
In Season 2, Crimetown explores crime and corruption in the heart of the Rust Belt: Detroit, Michigan. Expect stories of police shootings, the drug trade, and political scandal from a city divided by race.
Bonus Episode: Buddy Cianci…The Musical
Dec 23, 2017 • 36 min
In 2003, a couple of Brown University alumni did the unthinkable: they wrote and performed a musical about everyone’s favorite criminal mayor. No recordings of the play exist today. So, as a holiday gift to Crimetown listeners, we’ve asked some friends in…
Bonus Episode: Courtney
Dec 19, 2017 • 42 min
Courtney Calenda is a star high school student—until a powerful defense attorney more than three times her age pulls her into a downward spiral of sex and drugs. As her life falls apart, she decides to fight back. For more information about this episode,…
Bonus Episode: Sins of the Father
Nov 29, 2017 • 32 min
Jarrod Tillinghast is the son of one of Rhode Island’s most notorious mobsters. Determined to make a name for himself, he turns to boxing and becomes a rising star. But he learns that his father’s legacy isn’t so easy to leave behind. For a full list of…
Bonus Episode: The Arrest of Ralph DeMasi
Jun 4, 2017 • 40 min
80-year-old Ralph DeMasi is known throughout New England as both a prolific armored-car robber and a dedicated family man. After decades in prison, he thought he would live out his last years in freedom. Then the police made a break in a cold case, and…
Bonus Episode: Crimetown Live in Brooklyn
May 21, 2017 • 45 min
Earlier this month, we brought some of your favorite Crimetown characters to Brooklyn for a night of storytelling. Hear tales of canine escape, gold heists, prison life and more from Bobby Walason, Charles “the Ghost” Kennedy, Brian Andrews, Tony Fiore,…
The Crimetown Season One Soundtrack
May 18, 2017 • 12 min
To celebrate the end of our first season, Crimetown is releasing a soundtrack featuring many of the songs from the show. In this special bonus episode, co-host Zac Stuart-Pontier and composer/sound designer Matthew Boll take you behind the scenes to…
S1 E18: The Prince of Providence
May 7, 2017 • 47 min
Buddy Cianci was once a crusading prosecutor who took on the mob. Now, he’s behind bars. For the mayor of any other city, this would be the end of the road. But Buddy isn’t any other mayor. And Providence isn’t any other city. For a full list of credits,…
S1 E17: The Trial of Buddy Cianci
Apr 30, 2017 • 32 min
Buddy Cianci faces justice. His lawyers say he’s the Renaissance Mayor, too busy rebuilding Providence to notice a few bad apples in his administration. The prosecution says he’s just another crooked politician, running a massive corruption ring out of…
S1 E16: Operation Plunder Dome
Apr 23, 2017 • 47 min
Dennis Aiken is an FBI agent from Mississippi. Anthony Freitas is a businessman from Portugal. Together, they’re Providence’s best hope in the war on corruption—and they just might take down Buddy Cianci once and for all. For a full list of credits, and…
Bonus Episode: The Gangster’s Daughter
Apr 16, 2017 • 19 min
Nicole Ouimette always knew her father was different. He was in and out of prison for most of her childhood. He had a lot of money but no job. And then, one night, the FBI showed up. For a full list of credits, and more information about this episode,…
S1 E15: Family Ties
Apr 9, 2017 • 39 min
Charles “the Ghost” Kennedy and his sister Gloria took very different paths in life. She became a state senator. He became a drug smuggler. And as his empire starts to crumble, the people close to him suffer the consequences. For a full list of credits,…
S1 E14: Renaissance Man
Apr 2, 2017 • 36 min
Buddy Cianci left City Hall in disgrace after torturing a man in his living room. Now, he attempts the impossible: running for mayor of Providence again. For a full list of credits, and for more information about this episode, visit our website at…
Bonus Episode: Cat and Mouse Part II
Mar 26, 2017 • 19 min
When master burglar Tony Fiore gets out of prison, he decides to try something different: robbing armored cars at gunpoint. His new hobby will bring him head to head with an old adversary one last time. For more information about this episode, visit…
S1 E13: The Network
Mar 19, 2017 • 34 min
A shadowy group of political insiders tries to cover up a crisis. A mobbed-up banker vanishes after embezzling millions of dollars. And one renegade ex-nun saw the whole thing coming. For a full list of credits, and more information about this episode,…
S1 E12: Mob Justice
Mar 12, 2017 • 31 min
A mob lawyer rises to become Chief Justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court. He promises to leave his past associations behind. But it’s hard to part with old friends. For more information about this episode, and a full list of credits, visit…
S1 E11: The Doctor Broad
Mar 5, 2017 • 37 min
A young doctor suddenly finds herself caring for a sickly old man named Raymond Patriarca. As she grows closer to her new patient, she’s drawn into the underworld in more ways than one. For more information about this episode, and a full list of credits,…
S1 E10: The Ghost
Feb 26, 2017 • 37 min
After a lucrative career as a thief, Charles Kennedy has an important realization: the real money is in drugs. He rises to become one of the East Coast’s biggest traffickers, throwing coke-fuelled parties and amassing a strange menagerie of pets. But his…
S1 E09: A Deal With the Devil
Feb 5, 2017 • 35 min
One night in 1982, a 20-year-old man is senselessly murdered at an abandoned gas station. A mobster is taken into witness protection after he pins the murder on his boss. This brutal crime will push three wiseguys out of the mafia in very different ways.…
S1 E08: Cat and Mouse
Jan 29, 2017 • 36 min
A master thief keeps getting away with big heists. A cop spends years tailing him, tapping his phone, and practically moving in across the street. Their epic tug-of-war will revolutionize the fight against organized crime. For a full list of credits, and…
S1 E07: Power Street
Jan 22, 2017 • 35 min
March 20th, 1983. As an FBI investigation swirls around him, an increasingly unpredictable and paranoid Buddy Cianci summons a few friends to his home on the East Side of Providence. What happens there that night shocks the city. For a full list of…
S1 E06: Gerald and Harold
Dec 18, 2016 • 35 min
Police discover a bullet-riddled body in the backseat of a car. Jerry Tillinghast and his brother Harold are arrested. But doubts are soon raised about Harold’s involvement. And now, Jerry has a choice: break the mob’s code of silence, or allow his…
S1 E05: The Art of the Deal
Dec 11, 2016 • 35 min
Buddy Cianci, the popular mayor of Providence, runs for governor. But he knows something the people of Rhode Island don’t. And when they discover Buddy’s secret, it threatens to derail his political career. So what does Buddy do? He picks a fight. For a…
S1 E04: The Bonded Vault Heist
Dec 4, 2016 • 36 min
August 14, 1975. A ragtag crew of crooks holds up a fur company. But it’s not just a fur company. It’s the Patriarca crime family’s secret bank. And now, the thieves not only have to run from the law—they have to run for their lives. Our Sponsors Blue…
S1 E03: The Making of a Mayor
Nov 27, 2016 • 33 min
Buddy Cianci runs for mayor as the anti-corruption candidate, promising to change Providence. He’s a novice Republican politician in a city ruled by Democrats and mobbed-up unions. As he struggles to get elected, he faces an impossible choice: stay clean…
S1 E02: The Wiseguys
Nov 20, 2016 • 36 min
How does a kid from Providence become a mob enforcer? Two men share their personal stories of joining Raymond Patriarca’s crime family. As they move from their formative years on the street to maximum security, they come up against murder charges,…
S1 E01: Divine Providence
Nov 20, 2016 • 35 min
Welcome to Providence, Rhode Island, a city where organized crime corrupted every aspect of public life. In the first episode of Crimetown, a young prosecutor named Buddy Cianci takes on a gruesome murder case. As the investigation heats up, Buddy goes…
Coming Soon
Oct 30, 2016 • 3 min
From Gimlet Media and the creators of HBO’s The Jinx, a new podcast exploring the tangled web of crime and corruption in American cities. This season: Providence, Rhode Island. The first episode premieres November 20th.