Crime Writers On...True Crime Review

Crime Writers On...True Crime Review

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The original true crime review podcast that looks at other podcasts, TV, and pop culture. True crime authors and real-life couple Rebecca Lavoie and Kevin Flynn hold a pop-culture round table with noir novelist Toby Ball and journalist-turned-investigator Lara Bricker. The panel chats about other podcasts (including ‘Serial’) as well as journalism, storytelling, TV shows and films, and the special segment, ‘Crime of the Week.’Show website: crimewriterson.com. Follow the show on Twitter @crimewriterson. Find us on Facebook facebook.com/crimewritersonpodcast. Email the show at crimewriterson@gmail.com.Artwork by Benjamin Frisch


Wind of Change and Son of a Hitman
May 25 • 64 min
In this episode: two investigations that touch on spycraft and show business. First, he was a professional gambler in-and-out of trouble with the law. He was also the father of future-actor Woody Harrelson. But in 1979, Charles Harrelson was charged with…
Trial by Media on Netflix
May 18 • 68 min
Sweat pants? Has Kevin finally given up? Plus, does Toby know who anybody is? And why does it sound like he’s recording this week’s show in a public toilet? The crime writers discuss “Trial by Media,” from Netflix. The six part series looks at a group of…
Giri/Haji and Waco (Both on Netflix!)
May 11 • 54 min
A murder in London sparks a gang war in Tokyo among rival Yakuza. Detective Kenzo Mori is told his brother, thought to be dead, may be living in the UK and central to the conflict. “Giri/Haji,” from BBC-2 and Netflix. is a bilingual drama that bends…
Run & The Innocence Files eps 4-7
May 4 • 62 min
After a rage-inducing opening act, the crime writers discuss the final two sections of Netflix’s The Innocence Files. Each story is good on its own; how do they work stacked side-by-side? FOR OUR SPOILER-FREE REVIEW OF “THE INNOCENCE FILES” EP 4-9, GO TO…
Bad Education and The Innocence Files (Part 1)
Apr 27 • 63 min
School’s in! We’re looking at HBO’s new movie, “Bad Education.” Based on a true story, school superintendent Frank Tassone is on top of the world, but things begin to unravel when a high school journalist is assigned a story about the budget. Does it get…
Atlanta’s Missing & Murdered, and The Pale Horse
Apr 20 • 57 min
Are the crime writers eating well? Some of them are. Leading off: A woman dies under mysterious circumstances with a list of names in her shoe. Are they in danger? And does it have anything to do with a coven of witches in an English village? The two-part…
Ozark & How to Fix a Drug Scandal
Apr 13 • 63 min
When Massachusetts State Police discover a chemist has been tampering with evidence at the drug lab, it opens a legal Pandora’s box. Netflix’s four-part “How to Fix a Drug Scandal” follows the lawyers seeking answers, the prosecutors who tried to cover it…
Cool Mules and The Valhalla Murders
Apr 6 • 64 min
Our first review is “Cool Mules” from Canadaland. Vice Canada music editor Slava Pastukhov believed the only way to advance at the gonzo news outlet was through more extreme journalism. A mix of greed and ambition led him to orchestrate a drug trafficking…
Tiger King on Netflix
Mar 30 • 69 min
The panel discusses the much-buzzed about documentary, “Tiger King.” Expanding on the characters and themes of the recent “Joe Exotic” podcast, this Netflix doc dives even deeper into the world of big cats and the shady people who love them. No doubt it’s…
The Dating Game Killer and Lost Girls
Mar 23 • 59 min
A review of the Netflix film Lost Girls and the Wondery Podcast The Dating Game Killer
Down the Hill: The Delphi Murders and Verified
Mar 16 • 67 min
This week, Lara’s son takes a very bad fall and Kevin has some professional news. Leading off, the crime writers discuss the new podcast from HLN, “Down the Hill: The Delphi Murders.” The reporters attempt to shed light on a double killing with few…
The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez and a recommendations roundup!
Mar 9 • 72 min
After a week of reeling in the years, the Crime Writers are back discussing the hard-hitting Netflix documentary, “The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez.” Viewers learn the long trail of physical and emotional abuse suffered by Gabriel and the many missed…
200th EPISODE SPECIAL
Mar 2 • 74 min
This is our 200th episode, and to mark the occasion we’re going to look back at some of our favorite moments from Crime Writers On. We’ll revisit reviews from classic podcasts, games, milestones, things that made us cry with laughter, and shed other kinds…
McMillions and The Other Latif
Feb 24 • 65 min
As the crime writers prepare for their 200th episode special, Rebecca and Kevin have an invitation to London-based listeners. First off, in “The Other Latif,” Latif Nasser learns a Moroccan native who shares his name has been held for years at Guantanamo…
The Pharmacist and Uncover: Satanic Panic
Feb 17 • 61 min
After casting their votes in the New Hampshire Primary, the panel is ready to vote on two new true crime titles. First, the crime writers discuss the new season of Uncover: Satanic Panic. Host Lisa Rundle brings us to a Saskatchewan town rocked in the 90s…
Chasing Cosby and The Sneak
Feb 10 • 63 min
Greetings from New Hampshire, where the Crime Writers will be among those casting their First in the Nation primary ballots. Hear them discuss the new text technology campaigns will be using to get your vote. Leading off, USAToday Sports and For the Win…
The Officer’s Wife and Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez
Feb 3 • 63 min
Mixed reviews this week from the crime writers. First, they explore “The Officer’s Wife” from Vault Studios. Just as you think the story will be a typical by-the-numbers true crime tale…it offers a real plot twist. But does it leave too many listener…
No Body Recovered and The Outsider
Jan 27 • 73 min
Reviews of “No Body Recovered” and “The Outsider”
The Dream and Disorganized Crime
Jan 20 • 64 min
In an episode that seems to go off the rails at times, the panel discusses season two of “The Dream.” Host Jane Marie tackles the wellness industry, covering everything from healing crystals and medicinal herbs to vitamins and natural childbirth. Are they…
Dig and Midnight Son
Jan 13 • 77 min
The panel discusses the new podcast/audiobook hybrid “Midnight Son” from Audible Originals. We’re taken to the Arctic to explore the crimes of an Alaska Native and to investigate his claim that while as a fugitive in the wilderness he was visited by…
Accused and Don’t F**k with Cats
Jan 6 • 80 min
The team breaks down the true crime podcast Accused S. 3 and Don’t F**k With Cats from Netflix
In the Dark update and The Confession Killer
Dec 23, 2019 • 70 min
Reviews of the In The Dark bonus episode and Netflix’s The Confession Killer
The Catch and Kill Podcast & Detective Trapp
Dec 16, 2019 • 76 min
A review of The Catch and Kill Podcast and Detective Trapp
Broken Justice & Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator
Dec 9, 2019 • 61 min
A review of the podcast Broken Justice and the Netflix doc Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator
Hunting Warhead and The Devil Next Door
Nov 25, 2019 • 68 min
Netflix’s “The Devil Next Door” recaps the legal battles of John Demjanjuk, a retired autoworker in Cleveland accused of being a Nazi prison camp guard known as “Ivan the Terrible.” Featuring extensive film from the original trial as well as disturbing…
Have You Seen This Man & Tell Me Who I Am
Nov 18, 2019 • 67 min
This week, Lara is bitten by a tick (not on the podcast though), we squee about The Crown, and a person from a recent podcast sends an email to the crime writers. ABC Audio’s new podcast “Have you Seen This Man” goes on the manhunt for a former-death row…
Why you should watch Watchmen, plus Murder in Oregon
Nov 11, 2019 • 67 min
“Murder in Oregon” explores one of that state’s most infamous homicides. Corrections Department Director Michael Francke was stabbed outside of his office in 1989. Was his killing tied to his investigation of corruption? OUR SPOILER FREE REVIEW OF “MURDER…
Dolly Parton’s America & Bad Batch
Nov 4, 2019 • 64 min
Leading off, the medical mystery behind Wondery’s “Bad Batch” is not just who is responsible for contaminated stem cells that made patients sick. It also looks at the company’s claims that stem cells can treat virtually everything, when it’s only approved…
Limetown (on Facebook Watch) and The Undercovers
Oct 28, 2019 • 64 min
First up, Facebook Watch is out with its own imagining of the podcast, “Limetown.” As with the original, the story revolves around a public radio reporter investigating the sudden disappearance of hundreds of people from a tiny town and remote research…
StartUp’s final episodes and Motive from WBEZ
Oct 21, 2019 • 63 min
We start with a look inside podcasting’s biggest business deal: Spotify’s acquisition of Gimlet. In “StartUp,” Alex Blumberg and Matt Leiber reveal the behind-the-scenes tensions and pose the question: can a nine-figure paycheck mend this friendship? OUR…
The Mysterious Mr. Epstein & The Missing Cryptoqueen
Oct 14, 2019 • 69 min
The Crime Writers get into about book covers. (Guess which one has the worst cover ever?) In “The Mysterious Mr. Epstein,” host Linsey Graham hopes to fill in the blanks around the infamous investor-to-the-stars’s origin story and how he was able to lure…
Criminal & Passenger List
Oct 7, 2019 • 59 min
Although her dog is on her final legs, Rebecca pushes through to lead the discussion. Kevin gives a shout out to his Walk a Mile in Her Shoes supporters. First up: Netflix’s new crime series is an anthology set in a police interview room and its adjacent…
The Thing About Pam and Hit Man
Sep 30, 2019 • 60 min
First off is a look at iHeartRadio’s “Hit Man.” The podcast follows the stories of the hit men - one who used music and one who used a gun - as well as a discussion about whether a book providing a step-by-step guide to getting away with murder is speech…
Unbelievable on Netflix is, well, unbelievable
Sep 23, 2019 • 66 min
We’re got a true crime podcast update from the team at “In the Dark.” Also, Kevin will be doing a walkathon in high-heel shoes. Netflix’s buzzed-about new series “Unbelievable” is a dramatic take on the true story of a serial rapist who escaped detection…
Over My Dead Body: Joe Exotic & Happy Jail
Sep 16, 2019 • 63 min
Rebecca gets around. Even as she’s laid up recovering from ankle surgery, our host will appear on other podcasts including “Undisclosed Addendum,” “The JV Club,” and bonus episodes of “In the Dark.” Meantime, there’s a True Crime Podcast Update featuring…
Bardstown & The Great Hack
Sep 9, 2019 • 68 min
Kevin provides some good news in his battle with cancer. Also, Lara hired a murderer. (It’s complicated.) The panel talks about Netflix’s latest documentary, a deep dive into the scandal around Cambridge Analytica. “The Great Hack” is a think piece about…
Mindhunter returns! Plus, 30 for 30: The Sterling Affairs
Sep 2, 2019 • 62 min
On the podcast, Kevin talks about being radioactive and Toby, where is thy sting? In True Crime Update: even more about Dirty John. The panel reviews the latest from 30 for 30 podcasts: The Sterling Affairs. It explores the downfall of Los Angeles…
Room 20 & Who Killed Garrett Phillips?
Aug 19, 2019 • 63 min
Studio C has been relocated to accommodate Rebecca and Kevin’s upcoming medical procedures. They give Lara and Toby health updates. First on the double bill is HBO’s “Who Killed Garrett Phillips.” The 12-year-boy was strangled in his apartment after…
Bundyville: The Remnant and The Clearing
Aug 5, 2019 • 59 min
As summer rolls on, so do the hot new podcasts. First, the panel revisits the Patriot Movement in the sequel to Bundyville: “The Remnant.” It’s a deep look at how a bomber who targeted a former co-worker may be tied to the larger anti-government movement.…
I Love You, Now Die & Exhibit A
Jul 22, 2019 • 68 min
We’re back with a double review. First, HBO’s “I Love You, Now Die,” exams the strange case of a teenager accused of ordering her boyfriend to commit suicide over text message. The documentary tells a deeper story than was presented on TV news, probing…
In the Dark Revelations and Atlantic
Jul 8, 2019 • 53 min
Following the US Supreme Court striking down Curtis Flowers’ conviction, In The Dark has returned with what could be the final episode of season two. The Polk Award-winning podcast saved some of its most compelling journalism for its final hour,…
Big Little Lies and Slate’s The Queen
Jul 1, 2019 • 64 min
This week, the panel talks about Madeline Baron’s rapid response episode of “In the Dark” following the SCOTUS decision on Curtis Flowers. What was the response from residents in Winona…including prosecutor Doug Evans? The crime writers review “The…
Double review: Confronting OJ and Man in the Window
Jun 24, 2019 • 65 min
Lots of true crime podcast updates this week! The US Supreme Court has vacated the conviction of In The Dark S2 subject Curtis Flowers in a 7-2 decision. Will he be tried for a seventh time? There’s a shocking discovery in NPR’s White Lies podcast. We…
When They See Us & This Land
Jun 17, 2019 • 74 min
In True Crime Update, a listener of the “Bear Brook” podcast solved a big part of the cold case. We hear from Rebecca’s colleague Jason Moon, as well as giving a plug for NHPR’s new podcast about parole, “Supervision.” The panel offers a first-impressions…
The Legend of Cocaine Island
Jun 10, 2019 • 57 min
In a break from format, this episode was recorded before a live audience at PodX in Nashville! The panel discusses the stylized, semi-serious Netflix documentary “The Legend of Cocaine Island.” Is this story of buried treasure about the American Dream or…
HBO’s Chernobyl and Killing Eve season 2
Jun 3, 2019 • 55 min
Kevin makes his return from his latest surgery to sound that call: TRUE CRIME PODCAST UPDATE! From Paris, the trial of “West Cork” subject Ian Bailey is underway. Call it the “feel-bad show of the summer.” HBO and Sky Atlantic have teamed for the…
White Lies and that Game of Thrones finale
May 27, 2019 • 55 min
With Kevin taking a week off to recuperate from cancer surgery, Rebecca, Lara, and Toby nerd out on the series finale of Game of Thrones. (Bran the Broken? WTF?) Then the panel digs deep into NPR’s new podcast, “White Lies.” This look at the cover-up…
That Zac Efron Bundy movie and The Last Days of August
May 20, 2019 • 81 min
This week on the podcast: TWO REVIEWS! The panel breaks down the latest film in the Ted Bundy canon: It’s called Extremely Wicked Shockingly Evil and Vile and it’s on Netflix. FOR OUR SPOILER-FREE REVIEW OF “EXTREMELY WICKED SHOCKINGLY EVIL AND VILE, GO…
Double review of “Charged” and “At the Heart of Gold”
May 13, 2019 • 68 min
The panel begins with some appearance announcements, plus the reveal of our PodX ticket giveaway winner. Then somehow we get on a tangent about the 1978-1981 TV series, “The White Shadow.” There’s a new HBO documentary looking at the USA Gymnastics sex…
Whatcha gonna do with our Running from COPS review?
May 6, 2019 • 67 min
Kevin begins with a health update. Then the panel then wields their Valyrian steel and takes a stab at The Battle of Winterfell episode of Game of Thrones. TO SKIP SPOILERS FROM EP 3 OF GoT, go to minute 18. Moving on, the crime writers talk about the new…
Netflix’s Madeleine McCann doc and a Make-a-wish mystery podcast
Apr 29, 2019 • 62 min
With Rebecca and Lara on school vacation, Kevin and Toby are joined by special guest Sarah D. Bunting from “The Blotter Presents….” First off the panel reacts to the Maryland Court of Appeals’ refusal to reconsider its recent decision reinstating Adnan…
The Murder Squad! A Blackout podcast review! And Billy Jensen!
Apr 22, 2019 • 61 min
We take a quick look at “Murder Squad.” The concept of the podcast from journalist Billy Jensen and cold case investigator Paul Holes is to not only chat about crimes, but ask listeners to help solve them too. Rebecca has an interview with Jensen, too.…
A double review! Uncover: The Village and The Ballad of Billy Balls!
Apr 15, 2019 • 70 min
“Uncover: The Village,” investigates a series of murders in Toronto’s Gay Village. Despite a 2018 arrest, gay residents of The Village have been vanishing since the mid-70s with the police taking little notice. TO HEAR OUR SPOILER FREE REVIEW OF “UNCOVER:…
To Live and Die in LA - NOPE. Plus, an In The Dark SCOTUS update!
Apr 8, 2019 • 67 min
Get our Patreon-exclusive CWO After Show! Just click here to sign up! APPEARANCE ALERT: Rebecca hosts the Five City Live Bear Brook podcast tour. See her May 8-14 in Washington, Baltimore, Asbury Park, Brooklyn, and Boston. All four crime writers will be…
The Case Against Adnan Syed Part 4 - So what did we learn?
Apr 1, 2019 • 78 min
The crime writers give some hot takes on SCOTUS oral arguments on the Curtis Flowers case. Which justices shocked the panel? Plus, we get a hilarious sneak-peek at Lara’s new Patreon-exclusive podcast, The Brickter Scale Podcast. The group gives their…
Breaking: Adnan Syed’s DNA was NOT found in new evidence tests. But what does that mean?
Mar 29, 2019 • 16 min
Ahead of this weekend’s final episode in “The Case Against Adnan Syed,” the Baltimore Sun broke the news with an article that says the State of Maryland ran DNA tests in October 2018 on previously untested evidence from the Leakin Park burial site of…
The Case Against Adnan Syed Part 3 - Did we get that bombshell yet?
Mar 25, 2019 • 64 min
After an announcement about Kevin’s health, Rebecca gets straight to business with Colin Miller. Legal Siri himself discusses an error he discovered in the Court of Appeal’s recent decision against Adnan Syed that could be grounds for reconsideration.…
The Case Against Adnan Syed part 2 (on TV and in real life)
Mar 18, 2019 • 76 min
Rebecca and Kevin discuss Adnan Syed’s recent legal setback with Rabia Chaudry. She also dishes on what’s missing from the HBO documentary (of which she is an executive producer). Then the full panel weighs in on episode two of The Case Against Adnan…
The Case Against Adnan Syed Part 1 & Leaving Neverland
Mar 11, 2019 • 76 min
The crime writers give their take on part 1 of HBO’s “The Case Against Adnan Syed.” Like the movie version of a favorite book, the episode covers the story of Adnan and Hae’s high school relationship, but adds to it in a way “Serial” did not. Note: this…
Update: Adnan Syed Denied A New Trial
Mar 8, 2019 • 8 min
Rebecca and Kevin react to the breaking news in Adnan Syed’s legal case, and talk about what could happen next. Support the show.
Over My Dead Body review, True Detective wrap, and a Steven Avery win
Mar 4, 2019 • 68 min
A big week for Lara, as she broadcasts from the Great White North of New Hampshire, having traversed the area on a snowmobile. She also hosted True Crime Obsessed’s Patrick Hinds and his family for their Granite State visit (and showed them the town…
I am the Night! Reply All’s The Founder! And an In The Dark update!
Feb 25, 2019 • 77 min
Rebecca teases the upcoming supplemental episodes of In the Dark, Lara gets sick, Toby has further thoughts on Maura Murray, and Kevin explains his fear of being blown up by his snow blower. The panel discuss “The Founder,” the latest episode of Reply All…
A Conviction Podcast Review! And An (Informed) Maura Murray Case Update!
Feb 18, 2019 • 85 min
Crime writers assemble! Lara gets to bitch about stuff she can’t hear them saying on “True Detective.” Toby discovers the “Crime Beat” podcast, which he predicts will go big. Rebecca talks to Maggie Freleng about new developments in the Maura Murray case.…
The Ted Bundy Tapes, The Dropout, and it’s coming…The Case Against Adnan Syed
Feb 11, 2019 • 78 min
Rebecca and Kevin announce a new benefit for Patreon supporters. You’ll now be able to get Married with Podcast, their exclusive marriage & parenting advice show. Check out www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia for more details. In True Crime Update, HBO…
Is True Detective back? (Plus, Gimlet’s new true crime project and Sheela’s big screen potential!)
Feb 4, 2019 • 74 min
Lara is hopped up on chocolate-covered espresso beans…so hold on to your hats, people. The panel talks about Hollywood’s plans for a dramatized retelling of the “Wild Wild Country” story. Rebecca poses the question of whether “Conviction” and Gimlet’s…
Abducted in Plain Sight….is bananas
Jan 28, 2019 • 68 min
It’s a breakfast-hour recording for the panel after a basement flooding emergency threw off the schedule (not to fear…Studio C is undamaged). Also, the dog’s weird behavior has a medical explanation. The Crime Writers do a quick take on the new…
Monster: The Zodiac Killer - Is it a podcast worth listening to?
Jan 21, 2019 • 72 min
The crime writers discuss the finer points of hate mail. Toby gives a shout out to a little-known but important local podcast called 2nd Read, Rebecca and Kevin plug their appearance on Netflix’s “You Can’t Make This Up” podcast, and Lara has wine come…
Broken Harts broke our hearts (and not in a good way)
Jan 14, 2019 • 70 min
Two true crime updates this week. The “hot sheriff” from Murder Mountain issues a rebuttal of-sorts to the Netflix doc. Meantime, based on a recent court decision favorable to his case, Adnan Syed’s legal team has submitted a supplemental filing in his…
Murder Mountain and Bandersnatch and Chill
Jan 7, 2019 • 71 min
It’s 2019 and the Crime Writers resolve to bring it in the new year. The panel clicks its way through “Bandersnatch,” Netflix’s hot interactive TV show. Toby thinks it meshes gimmick with good story, Kevin likes its meta themes, and Lara is still trying…
The Innocent Man on Netflix, a Making a Murderer lawsuit, and a Monster podcast trailer
Dec 24, 2018 • 74 min
Is it an early Christmas present, or a justified lawsuit? We weigh in on the news that one of the maybe-corrupt law enforcement officers featured in Making A Murderer has filed suit against Netflix and the filmmakers. Plus, one of the Bundy clan is…
A big break, a Cold review and the Best of 2018
Dec 17, 2018 • 82 min
OH SNAP! Rebecca describes her misadventure in the woods. We make an announcement about PodX. In true crime update, Curtis Flowers’s defense hopes to turn the tables on Doug Evans. We review Cold, the new podcast from KSL examining the Susan Powell case.…
A Teacher’s Pet update, HBO’s The Sentence and Headlong: Surviving Y2K
Dec 10, 2018 • 88 min
IRL Rebecca renders a verdict…and gets to check something off her bucket list. There’s a true crime update out of Australia with an arrest in the Teacher’s Pet case. Should we reconsider the quality of a podcast story poorly told, yet effective at solving…
Dirty John on TV, an Ear Hustle update, and our review of The City
Dec 3, 2018 • 71 min
Good news/bad news in our true crime podcast updates. He’s podcasting’s second most-famous inmate. Now someone is leaving Ear Hustle…for a great reason. Also, a return trip to Winona by Madeline Baron and In the Dark gins up more CWO anger. Was that…
Serial Season 3 is over! And is Homecoming worth a watch?
Nov 19, 2018 • 84 min
Serial wraps up season 3 with more from Joshua behind bars (should the whole season have been him?). We leave some notes in the suggestion box for Sarah Koenig about how S3 could have pulled together the many themes touched on: overcharging, racial…
Serial Episode 8 & Believed (the podcast about Larry Nassar)
Nov 12, 2018 • 82 min
Sarah Koenig talking to a man behind bars who got done-wrong by the system. Wait, what season of Serial is this? We’re talking about “A Madman’s Vacation” with its revealing look at the Cleveland juvenile justice system. Then we talk about the powerful…
Making a Murderer Season 2 - Our breakdown and review!
Nov 5, 2018 • 82 min
Killers or conspiracy? Justice or just desserts? We dedicate our entire episode to the much-awaited sequel to 2016’s breakout hit and cultural phenomenon: Netflix’s Making a Murderer 2. Our review takes two paths. First the panel discusses the Brendan…
Serial Episode 7 and Gladiator from Wondery
Oct 29, 2018 • 74 min
In Serial episode 7, “Snowball Effect,” we see the negative after-effects of Erimius’s and Jesse’s cases. What were once two men with the moral high ground against police misconduct are now spiraling into self-sabotage. Then we look at Gladiator: Aaron…
Serial Episode 6 and Happy Face (A hot mess review!)
Oct 22, 2018 • 68 min
It’s the return for the Brickter Scale. In Serial episode 6, “You in the Red Shirt,” Sarah and Emmanuel get into the story of a man beaten by East Cleveland police who seems to get justice in the court but continues to pay for it on the street. Then we…
Serial Episode 5 & The Dream (Yup, that podcast about MLMs!)
Oct 15, 2018 • 84 min
In Serial episode 5, Pleas Baby Pleas, Sarah brings us inside the prosecutor’s office, giving us a view of what it’s like to be one of too-few prosecutors in a system with too many felonies to prosecute, with some decisions made for justice and some for…
Serial Episode 4 & American Vandal (Season Number Two!)
Oct 7, 2018 • 73 min
For Serial season 3 episode 4, “A Bird in Jail is Worth Two on the Street,” Sarah introduces us to man charged with shooting of an infant in a car before the state dropped the charges. Could this have been avoided? We learn that a snitch in time could…
Serial Season 3: Episode 3 & Uncover: Escaping NXIVM
Oct 1, 2018 • 78 min
In Serial episode 3, “Misdemeanor, Meet Mr. Lawsuit,” Sarah looks into the issue of how the police interact with the African-American population in their communities. A large topic writ small through the story of one arrest in a hallway. Which one of the…
Serial Season 3: Episode 1 and 2 - Our breakdown and review!
Sep 24, 2018 • 78 min
Get ready for the best discussion and analysis of the Serial podcast. Sarah Koenig is back for season 3 (finally!) - Along with Emmanuel Dzotsi, Sarah gives us a year in the life of the Cleveland Justice Center. For episode one, “A Bar Fight Walks into…
Dr. Death, Ozark Season 2, and Serial Season 3 is almost here!
Sep 13, 2018 • 71 min
Weekly episodes of “Crime Writers On” have returned! And so has “Serial!” For season 3, Sarah K and Co. will look at the justice system from the inside: embedding themselves in a criminal courthouse in Cleveland. Note: for the duration of Serial’s run,…
Serial Season 3 is almost here, guys
Sep 5, 2018 • 1 min
Those wacky Serial folks just dropped an 8-minute mini ep/trailer for season 3!! We are *all* over it. Support the show.
This episode has IT ALL: Up and Vanished, Sharp Objects, Pam Smart, Kim Kardashian and MORE!
Aug 31, 2018 • 81 min
Wow, we’ve got more true crime than you can shake a stick at! This time out we talk about Kim Kardashian’s new-found love of “Serial,” the latest court filings in Adnan Syed’s appeal, and the Facebook meltdown over “My Favorite Murder.” The panel give…
A Double-Bill Review: Slow Burn and Castle Rock!
Aug 16, 2018 • 71 min
In the world of true crime updates, Irish authorities have issued a new report on police conduct in the West Cork case. Speaking of podcasts from Audible, what’s happened to their podcast division? Rebecca gives a plug for her new project, Bear Brook,…
A Bundyville review! A Dark Tourist debate! And Rebecca gets called for jury duty!
Aug 3, 2018 • 75 min
On our off week, the Crime Writers got together face-to-face for the first time in ages. We’re back with lots to talk about. This includes the latest “In the Dark”-related court filings in the Curtis Flowers case, the passing of a troubled ex-prosecutor…
An S-Town lawsuit, an In The Dark tragedy, and a Sharp Objects Review
Jul 20, 2018 • 90 min
While Toby broadcasts from a beautiful island lake house, the rest of the panel sweats it out to bring you another episode of Crime Writers On with a brand new logo! There are true crime updates galore: We talk about the MD Court of Appeals granting cert…
Rewinding The RFK Tapes and In The Dark’s triumphant finale
Jul 6, 2018 • 82 min
Kevin is recording in his underwear and Stephen King has come to live at Lara’s house. It must be time for the summer edition of Crime Writers On. In the first part of the podcast we’ll review The RFK Tapes from the team behind Crimetown. Robert Kennedy…
Has In The Dark surpassed Serial? Plus, Adnan Syed gets a timeline, and Flint Town gets our review.
Jun 22, 2018 • 76 min
Is In The Dark a better podcast than Serial season one? Or would it not even exist were it not for Serial? The Crime Writers take on that debate as we check in with the latest installment of In The Dark’s investigation into the investigation that left…
Those new eps of The Staircase! An S-Town movie? And In The Dark has us like…
Jun 15, 2018 • 83 min
What a bad week for Lara. First she loses the chowder contest, then she had to listen to that enraging interview with DA Doug Evans from “In the Dark” (of which Rebecca genuinely worried for Lara’s health). Everyone has thoughts about a proposed “S-town”…
‘In the Dark’ outrages, ‘Killing Eve’ slays, and what really happened to Maura Murray
Jun 8, 2018 • 73 min
Lara hits the roof after hearing the latest installment of “In the Dark.” We knew the court was rough on the defendant - but the jurors too?! Kevin gives a plug for the June 8-9 Toronto True Crime Film Festival. He’ll be there Saturday for a panel…
A hot review of 30 for 30’s “Bikram,” Adnan Syed responds, and an “In the Dark” recantation
Jun 1, 2018 • 71 min
More paper pasted this week in the Adnan Syed case. The defense has filed its conditional cross-petition. It basically says, “Hey state supreme court, don’t take this case. But if you do, we got some stuff over here we want to talk about.” This week’s “In…
Dismissing Adnan’s charges? The Handmaids return! An In The Dark Update! And Grading The Teacher’s Pet!
May 25, 2018 • 63 min
Could it be? Could the next Baltimore State’s Attorney be willing to drop charges against Adnan Syed? Well..he’s gotta win first. How about them Handmaids - the feel-bad tv show of the year? Lara’s Rage-o-meter buries the needle when she hears this week’s…
Evil Genius! That HBO Adnan Syed Documentary! Miracle Whip! And More In the Dark!
May 18, 2018 • 74 min
There are TWO true crime updates this week in the Adnan Syed case. First, prosecutors have decided to ask Maryland’s highest court to review the previous rulings granting Adnan a new trial. Second, HBO has announced a documentary about the case is in the…
In The Dark - A Great True Crime Podcast Returns!
May 11, 2018 • 74 min
This week the Crime Writers look at the second season of “In the Dark” from APM Reports. Madeline Baron and her team investigate the case of Curtis Flowers, a man who’s been tried six times for the same crime. Is the sophomore season of the Peabody Award…
The clock’s ticking on Adnan Syed’s case! Done Disappeared is back! And our Caliphate podcast review!
May 4, 2018 • 63 min
Lara makes her triumphant return, promising to bring her A game. We give an update on the COSA appeal in favor of Adnan Syed: why the next 15 days are important. Speaking of triumphant returns, John David Booter is back with season two of Done…
Is The Habitat a terrible podcast? Is the Golden State Killer caught??! And Westworld returns!
Apr 27, 2018 • 71 min
Lara picked the wrong week to go on vacation… The panel gives their reaction to the capture of the alleged Golden State Killer. Did Michelle McNamara’s I’ll Be Gone in the Dark play a roll in the arrest or is it too soon to tell? Rebecca provides Toby an…
Extra! The Golden State Killer has been caught! So here’s our I’ll Be Gone In The Dark book club show!
Apr 25, 2018 • 65 min
If you’ve been following the news, you’ve probably heard that the man dubbed the Golden State Killer by I’ll Be Gone In The Dark author Michelle McNamara has been caught, according to multiple sources. You probably also know that we just started making a…
Death in Ice Valley! And our review of Unforgotten (on PBS!)
Apr 20, 2018 • 66 min
Internet fame is bestowed upon one of the crime writers (thanks to The Daily podcast and interpretive dancing). News from West Cork…Ian Bailey is going to have to pay a lot of money. And the panel wants to know more about what a “taint team” is. The crime…
Marcia Clark Investigates! And is Felonious Florida a felonious podcast?
Apr 13, 2018 • 76 min
This episode Toby announces the title and guest panel for his next Patreon book club podcast (name of podcast still TBD). The Peabody Award nominations are out, and true crime is well represented. And Rebecca reveals her new (sort of) friendship with…
A legal victory for Serial’s Adnan Syed & A review of Empire on Blood
Apr 6, 2018 • 94 min
This episode we breakdown the recent COSA decision affirming Adnan Syed’s right to a new trial. Kevin asks Undisclosed’s Colin Miller (aka Legal Siri) about how the winning and losing arguments were flipped, Adnan’s chances on bail, and the local politics…
Wild Wild Country, Moon over New Mexico, and We are the Champions
Mar 30, 2018 • 74 min
We said we had to win the whole damn thing - and we did! THANKS TO LISTENERS LIKE YOU we won Podcast Madness, vanquishing This America Life in the championship bracket. Now we take a victory lap! We return to normal programming with news from the Dirty…
BREAKING NEWS: Adnan Syed wins in court!
Mar 29, 2018 • 3 min
True crime podcast update: The Court of Special Appeals has affirmed Serial subject Adnan Syed’s lower court ruling which vacated his conviction and grants him a new trial. Journalist and Crime Writers On co-host Kevin Flynn has a brief breakdown of…
Missing and Murdered: Finding Cleo, The Staircase returns, and an Atlanta Monster take-down
Mar 22, 2018 • 80 min
IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP! Crime Writers On is facing off against This American Life for a chance to win DiscoverPods’s PODCAST MADNESS. We are one win away from SHOCKING THE WORLD! Let’s get it done: vote now at discoverpods.com. The panel tackles quite a bit…
O.J. Confessed? Atlanta Monster revisited? Seven Seconds Reviewed! (And more!)
Mar 16, 2018 • 72 min
This episode the panel blitzes through a bunch of topics. Who knew Stormy Daniels was an accomplished equestrian? That $500m lottery winner gets to remain anonymous. Why did Claire Foy (Queen Elizabeth) get paid less than Matt Smith (Prince Philip) on…
A McMafia Review, An EPIC Rant & “I’ll be Gone in the Dark”
Mar 9, 2018 • 65 min
The panel talks about updates from “The Pope’s Long Con” and “Mommy Dead & Dearest.” We listen to a profanity-laden rant from “Crime in Sports” about self-important podcasters. And we talk about the gripping new book, I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, published…
Disgraceland reviewed, the Pope’s final con, & Dassey’s SCOTUS appeal
Feb 23, 2018 • 69 min
Before we take a week off for school vacation (thank you, children) we’ll circle back to some important True Crime Updates. The election to fill the statehouse seat of the late Danny Ray Johnson, subject of the “The Pope’s Long Con,” was this week…and it…
HBO’s Mosaic, lottery woes, and a brief return to West Cork
Feb 16, 2018 • 75 min
This week we ponder the problems of winning $550 million in the lottery and keeping a low profile. We get a love letter from Ireland and circle back to “West Cork” with a spoiler-full discussion about the prime suspect. IF YOU STILL WANT TO REMAIN…
Double Take: The Onion’s ‘A Very Fatal Murder’ and our (spoiler free) ‘West Cork’ review
Feb 9, 2018 • 65 min
Not even a blizzard can stop the Crime Writers from their appointed rounds (though it may crackle the connection once in a while). We get skeeved out by the latest accusations of “Making a Murderer” defense-lawyer-now-judge Len Kachinsky (cue your own cat…
A Done Disappeared encore, Slow Burn’s next story, The Walk’s big idea, The Alienist reviewed
Feb 2, 2018 • 65 min
A Done Disappeared encore, Slow Burn’s next story, The Walk’s big idea, and an Alienist review The Crime Writers take on a trio of True Crime Podcast Updates as Slow Burn wraps up season one and teases a *fantastic* follow-up, Dirty John lands a scripted…
In which we review “Dark” from Netflix and retract our criticism of a maligned media figure
Jan 25, 2018 • 72 min
This week we unveil the new name for Studio C (it’s a mouthful), learn Toby’s actually the nice one, and get freaked out by what this drug can make you do in your sleep. The Crime Writers eat some humble pie and admit they were too quick to dismiss one of…
Atlanta Monster gets our review! And Dirty John gets the prime time treatment!
Jan 18, 2018 • 84 min
It was one of 2017’s biggest podcasts. Now the tale of “Dirty John” gets the treatment from Dateline NBC. Does a 42 minute TV episode add anything to a story already told over five hours in podcast form? Maybe just some pictures of how hunky John Meehan…
WTF Wormwood? At least we still have Slow Burn…
Jan 11, 2018 • 75 min
“We are not crooks.” This episode we’ll circle back to Slate’s excellent Watergate-based series, “Slow Burn.” Look what happens when those who believe in conspiracies learn those conspiracies are actual conspiracies. (And no, Toby still doesn’t believe in…
The Pope’s Long Con and Done Disappeared finale! (And by the time you hear this we might all be dead.)
Jan 5, 2018 • 70 min
The Crime Writers might be from New Hampshire, but the shizz that’s been going down with our weather has been BANANAS. Seriously, by the time you hear this, we might all be dead. BUT - we’re not dead yet, so we responded to some sassy listener emails,…
A Godless Review, Adnan Syed’s Witness, & A New Jinx Lead?
Dec 22, 2017 • 78 min
In our last installment of 2017, we have an exclusive interview with Undisclosed’s Rabia Chaudry. She’ll be talking about a defense alibi witness for Adnan Syed, whose recent arrest again points to prosecutors looking the other way when it came to…
Dassey Hopes Dashed, Done Disappeared Does Us, and a Voyeur Review
Dec 15, 2017 • 69 min
Well, lookie lookie here. We’ve got the latest disappointing news for Brendan Dassey’s hopes of a new trial, get to spread some podcast love to both Amber Hunt and Bill Rankin, and take the hit from Done Disappeared’s wicked send up, “Crime Writers Off.”…
Slow Burn Podcast Review, Making A Murderer Misstep & A Cow Named Lara
Dec 8, 2017 • 68 min
The Crime Writers dig in to the problem with sending flowers to a judge, even when said judge has just ruled the way you wanted her to in the Steven Avery case. Also, a cow named Lara? Toby’s daughter is a star? And only Rebecca swears too much? Then, we…
Done Disappeared, Alias Grace on Netflix and More
Dec 1, 2017 • 71 min
OMG - We can’t get enough of Done Disappeared, the amazing parody true crime podcast by the unparalleled talent that IS John David Booter. We review that show and try to figure out the mystery of just what happened to missing 1987 woman Clara Pockets.…
Manson, Long Shot, and our Must-Listen Podcast Recommendations
Nov 22, 2017 • 73 min
It’s our 100th episode and we’re celebrating by…doing what we always do. 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.…
A CWO Gameshow! Some Up and Vanished News, and Elizabeth Smart on A&E
Nov 17, 2017 • 68 min
Watch out - this episode is punchy! The Crime Writers settle a beef, play a couple of games, and yes, talk about Payne Lindsey’s new TV deal AND his YouTube music video alter ego. Then, a look at the Elizabeth Smart case through the lens of the new A&E…
Stranger Things 2 Reviewed, Maura Murray Disputed, Bowe Bergdahl Sentenced
Nov 9, 2017 • 78 min
The Crime Writers complain about Rebecca’s jet lag and a certain crappy airline, and Lara is LITERALLY about to become a crazy cat lady. Plus, Toby’s book is classy AF. Then, a trio of True Crime Updates: Bowe Bergdahl’s been sentenced! That Maura Murray…
Heaven’s Gate, Toby’s Cult of Personality, & Stranger Things 2 First Impressions
Nov 3, 2017 • 70 min
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… The Crime Writers open up the hit podcast Heaven’s Gate, and, KNOWLEDGE ALERT, one of the panel is kind of an…
Mindhunter from Netflix, Making a Murderer’s Paper Trail, and an Ode to Stampy
Oct 27, 2017 • 80 min
The Crime Writers dive in to Mindhunter - a series from Netflix about FBI profilers that even Rebecca can get behind. And newly-minted Broadway Siri Patrick Hinds makes a cameo with a little Groffsauce primer you won’t want to miss! Plus, Stampy died!…
Accused Season 2 and BIG Serial and S-Town legal news
Oct 20, 2017 • 65 min
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? (Spoiler alert: one of us…
Dirty John (and Debra!), a Sarah Koenig encounter, and a (maybe) deal for Serial’s Bowe Bergdhal
Oct 13, 2017 • 79 min
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…
Law & Order does the Menendez Brothers, Scott Peterson’s guilt in question, Steven Avery gets dealt a blow
Oct 6, 2017 • 67 min
The Crime Writers review the totally not Law & Order take on a famous case: Law & Order: The Menendez murders. Plus, a big setback for Stephen Avery has the panel revisiting our opinions on the Making a Murderer protagonist’s guilt. Also in question…the…
American Vandal, The Confession Tapes, and a Making a Murderer update
Sep 29, 2017 • 72 min
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. In podcast news: “Accused” will roll out a new…
The Deuce review, updates on Slenderman, S-Town and Unabomber and SO much more
Sep 22, 2017 • 78 min
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…
We review Hanging AND catch-up on Laci, Scientology, Slenderman & more!
Sep 15, 2017 • 68 min
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…
That Laci Peterson series, a Bowe Bergdahl update, and a podcaster controversy
Sep 1, 2017 • 83 min
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. They’ll spill some tea over what caused some controversy a big name - “NOT a podcaster” Payne…
Casting Call, Black Hands & Ozark Binge
Aug 18, 2017 • 76 min
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?” The results are in from #crimewriterscasting. Let’s say three out of the four of us…
Manhunt: Unabomber, A Profiler Debate, & Homecoming Season 2 Review
Aug 4, 2017 • 66 min
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: The Unabomber. This leads to a heated debate about how FBI profilers are portrayed in crime drama…and Rebecca…
OJ Gets Out, Game of Thrones Groans, Breakdown Returns, A Trace Review
Jul 21, 2017 • 73 min
So that happened…OJ Simpson got early release for his 2007 Las Vegas robbery conviction. After watching the “Parole Hearing of the Century,” what do the Crime Writers think? Should the parole board have considered his past arrest in that infamous double…
Dassey Hopes Dashed, More Ear Hustling, & Making a Mogul
Jul 7, 2017 • 67 min
As David Lee Roth said, “I heard you missed us. We’re back.” A one-week break gives us plenty of time to listen to stuff. 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…
True Crime & Wine, Disappointing Verdicts, & Raccoon Badassery
Jun 23, 2017 • 71 min
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…
Ear Hustle Crushes It! Adnan’s Judges Get It! & Another S-Town Twist
Jun 15, 2017 • 70 min
What should Toby’s standard karaoke song be? THE WORLD IS WEIGHING IN. Rebecca heard something in this week’s Undisclosed episode on Adnan Syed’s cross appeal proceeding that she REALLY wants you to hear. The judges really seem to get it…we think? S-Town…
Adnan Syed & Steven Avery Updates, The Keepers (Wrapped in Newspaper!) Detail & 74 Seconds
Jun 9, 2017 • 76 min
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. What’s next for the “Serial” season one subject? We…
Jeepers! Netflix’s The Keepers, Tiger Woods’ Fall, and Dede Revisited
Jun 2, 2017 • 86 min
We start with a pat on the back for Kevin, as our spin-off podcast “…These Are Their Stories” has been nominated for Best TV/Film Podcast by the Academy of Podcasting. No one know how or why the show was picked, but they needed 10 to fill out the…
She can walk?!!! A ‘Mommy Dead and Dearest’ review - Is it PEAK true crime?
May 26, 2017 • 71 min
The crime writers take on the super weird and (sort of) satisfying HBO film Mommy Dead and Dearest. 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…
Serial Justice, Podcast Crushes, And A Big Hand For The Handmaid’s Tale
May 18, 2017 • 70 min
First: 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…
Richard Simmons Strikes Back, ‘Trigger Warning’ Debate, and Casting JonBenet
May 12, 2017 • 74 min
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…
Real-Crime Profile of S-Town, 13 Reasons Why & The War on Twitter
May 5, 2017 • 83 min
We needed that week off. Seems like everyone’s got a podcast side gig now. Toby’s hosting Radio Free Dystopia, Kevin’s making an appearance on Jed Bartlet is My President, and Rebecca is a new permanent panelist on Slate’s Mom and Dad Are Fighting.…
Richard Simmons Emerges! Adnan Syed Update! And Casey Anthony…WTF?
Apr 20, 2017 • 71 min
Did Missing Richard Simmons flush out our favorite fitness guru? The Crime Writers give their take. Plus, Kevin reaches out to Legal Siri (AKA Colin Miller of Undisclosed) to get the latest scoop on the never-ending Adnan Syed appeal. Then, WTF was up…
S-Town by Serial: Group Therapy on a Post-Podcast Couch
Apr 14, 2017 • 74 min
The Crime Writers are taking you to church (er…not that church) as we share your love for and criticisms of S-Town (and your criticisms of our criticisms). Were we made to sympathize with racist characters? Did we miss a deeper significance in episode…
S-Town by Serial - Episodes 5-7 recap
Apr 5, 2017 • 79 min
The crime writers review chapters 5, 6, and 7 of S-Town, the new podcast series from Serial and This American Life. The entire series, featuring host Brian Reed, dropped on Tuesday, March 28. This discussion gets a little deep, covering some of the…
S-Town by Serial - Episodes 2-4 Recap & Review
Mar 31, 2017 • 72 min
The Crime Writers jump in to chapters two through four of “S-town,” the new podcast series from Serial and This American Life. The entire series, featuring host Brian Reed, dropped on Tuesday, March 28. Watch your feed for recap shows reviewing episode 1…
S-Town by Serial - Episode 1 Recap & Review
Mar 28, 2017 • 36 min
The Crime Writers review episode one of S-Town - the new podcast series from the folks behind Serial and This American Life. The entire series, featuring host Brian Reed, dropped on Tuesday, March 28. Watch your feed for recap shows reviewing episodes 2-4…
Missing Richard Simmons Finale Review, Tickled Shocker, And A Breakdown Breakdown?
Mar 24, 2017 • 74 min
After recommending people watch the documentary “Tickled,” the response from our listeners was an overwhelming, “What the F did I just watch”? Then a shocker: David D’amato, a key figure in the investigation, “died suddenly” this week according to the New…
Intrigued by S-Town ! Disturbed by Tickled ! And the Owl Theory takes flight!
Mar 17, 2017 • 64 min
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? We don’t know, but Sarah Koenig’s crew gave us an interesting taste and OF…
A Richard Simmons Slump! An Adnan Syed Tidbit! And A Review Of Time: The Kalief Browder Story
Mar 10, 2017 • 64 min
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 begin with some voice messages from listeners wondering what the “Up and Vanished” serendipitous conclusion means…
State v Adnan Syed (AGAIN), MORE Missing Richard Simmons & HBO’s Big Little Lies
Mar 3, 2017 • 65 min
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!). And, episode 3 of Missing Richard…
We Talk About ‘Missing Richard Simmons’ AND That ‘Up and Vanished’ True Crime Update!
Feb 24, 2017 • 74 min
Can you feel the love tonight? The Crime Writers can. Plus, the gang dives in to the breaking news about an arrest in the Tara Grinstead case - that’s the one featured in the “Up and Vanished” podcast. At the time of our recording, it was unclear what…
Out Like A Serial Flynn, Etan’s Legacy, & Netlix’s Shadow Of Truth
Feb 16, 2017 • 66 min
In a jam-packed episode, the panel drinks the hater-aid as they read some of their correspondence. Rebecca name drops her fill-in gig on Slate’s “Mom & Dad Are Fighting” podcast - which, ironically, is what the Lavoie-Flynn kids call “Crime Writers On!” A…
The Staircase/Michael Peterson Owl Theory, Alford Pleas & A Stranglers Podcast Review
Feb 10, 2017 • 61 min
The panel tackles a HUGE true crime update - the Alford plea taken by Michael Peterson, the novelist and suspected murder featured in The Staircase - a documentary Rebecca contends is the Citizen Kane of true crime. As a bonus, our very own Legal Siri…
YUGE Serial News! Beware the Slenderman! And the Bear Brook Murders…solved?
Feb 3, 2017 • 78 min
The first Serial spinoff, “S-town,” will be dropping in March. And we do mean “dropping.” Serial Productions says it will release all of its episodes at once…making it one of the first major podcasts to invite fans to binge listen. Will you listen? Of…
No Serial Pardon, Bowe Bergdahl’s Trump Problem & The Myth Of Kitty Genovese
Jan 27, 2017 • 64 min
Note: next week we’re talking about HBO’s “Beware the Slenderman.” (Homework is optional!) Pardon us. Please. We’re looking into the latest twist in the court martial of Serial season two protagonist Bowe Bergdahl. We’re joined by friend-of-the-show USMC…
Serial Appeal Stumble, Journalism Bullies & Suspect Convictions
Jan 20, 2017 • 73 min
Toby’s back…just in time to weigh in on the newest true crime podcast fill our ears. 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…
Serial Snobbery? A JonBenet Lawsuit! And Scientology & The Aftermath
Jan 13, 2017 • 75 min
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…
Adnan Syed’s Setback, Serial’s Audio Boo-Boo, and a Homecoming Podcast Review
Dec 30, 2016 • 64 min
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. In other Serial news, we learned Sarah Koenig &…
A FEISTY Split Decision: Should You Listen to This True Crime Podcast?
Dec 16, 2016 • 63 min
The CBC’s Someone Knows Something is back with a second season. So should you listen? That’s the question the crime writers will try to answer. Spoiler: it’s a split decision, with at least one of the panelists (ahem, Kevin) expressing a very passionate…
Crimetown & Westworld Have Us Like Whoa!!
Dec 9, 2016 • 74 min
This week we dive in to two format-smashing shows: one the up-ends the conventions of podcast storytelling, and one that challenges the concept of story telling itself. The panel examines “Crimetown.” This podcast from Gimlet sounds like nothing we’ve…
Serial Scoop? Breakdown Conviction! Undisclosed Up Close! And Missing & Murdered
Dec 2, 2016 • 78 min
So many gifts for true crime fans this holiday season, as a new batch of podcasts are hitting the charts. Where to begin…where to begin? First, the panel drops a ton of true crime updates. These include a last-minute order keeping Brendan Dassey in…
Writing Crime, Podcasting and More: A Special Live Show
Nov 18, 2016 • 61 min
A Serial spinoff?! A verdict in the Breakdown / Justin Ross Harris case! 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. That’s because we pre-recorded…
Serial Season 3 News? Sort Of. And What’s Different About Up And Vanished?
Nov 11, 2016 • 78 min
Breaking: Lara’s cat has a super weird disease! For real. 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…
Was In the Dark Better Than Serial? Plus Our Book, TV & Podcast Picks
Nov 4, 2016 • 59 min
What do people want to talk about? World Series? Presidential election? Nope. The world wants to know what Lara Bricker got arrested for. (Hint: it wasn’t election fraud.) Looks like her accomplices left her holding the bag…literally. In our audience…
Adnan Syed’s Bail Motion, Sarah Koenig’s Serial Choices, Offshore’s Big Splash
Oct 27, 2016 • 78 min
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…
A Triple True Crime Podcast Bonanza - Phoebe’s Fall, Breakdown & In The Dark
Oct 21, 2016 • 75 min
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…
Amanda Knox - The Documentary And Case That Divides Us All
Oct 14, 2016 • 80 min
Oh no! We went there! The Crime Writers discuss the controversial Netflix doc “Amanda Knox.” Why are we still intrigued by the murder case? Does any of the evidence add up? Is the motive believable? Is Knox herself credible? As she says, “Either I am a…
We Stand Accused …of Loving the Podcast ‘Accused’
Oct 7, 2016 • 85 min
Every couple of weeks, other podcast comes along and seems like the heir to “Serial.” Few live up to the anticipation. Is it possible that the Cincinnati Enquirer’s “Accused” podcast has replicated the secret sauce: a truly compelling murder mystery and…
That JonBenet Ramsey Special - Yup, We Went There
Sep 30, 2016 • 72 min
The Crime Writers take on what’s good - and what’s *not* so good - about the The Case of JonBenet, the four-hour CBS special featuring profilers Jim Clemente and Laura Richards and an all-star cast of forensic investigators. We talk about the case, the…
In The Dark…as Usual
Sep 23, 2016 • 87 min
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.” It’s like “Someone Knows Something”… if someone actually knew something. Rebecca begins…
Live From The Mall: The Crime Writers Book Club Special
Sep 16, 2016 • 72 min
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…
New Evidence in the ‘Making A Murderer’ Case? And Last Call for ‘The Night Of’
Sep 9, 2016 • 69 min
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…
Making a Murderer Brendan Dassey SHOCKER! Plus, Bergdahl Update & The Night Of Predictions
Aug 19, 2016 • 79 min
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…
Sneak Preview - These Are Their Stories: A Law & Order Podcast
Aug 12, 2016 • 3 min
Just for fans of our show, here’s a trailer for our spinoff, in which Kevin will talk with Rebecca and a special guest about their obsession with Law & Order, and break down the true crime cases behind ripped-from-the-headlines episodes of Law & Order,…
Stranger Things, Serial Update(s) & Omar on The Night Of
Aug 5, 2016 • 73 min
Well, it took more than one try, but the Crime Writers are getting it done with a well-rehearsed discussion on Netflix’s newest breakout hit, “Stranger Things.” It’s like Stephen King and Steven Spielberg had a baby that was eight-episodes long. (Almost)…
HBO’s The Night Of, DNA Shenanigans, A Serial Update & Rebecca’s Big Win
Jul 22, 2016 • 81 min
It’s been more than ten days. What’s the latest on whether the state will appeal Judge Welch’s decision to vacate Adnan Syed’s conviction? “The Night Of” is sure to be “the show of the summer.” This moody, unsettling murder mystery is everything that…
Serial Epilogue: Adnan Syed Gets a New Trial…Maybe
Jul 8, 2016 • 76 min
Ever since Sarah talked to Asia the world wondered whether she was the key to getting Adnan Syed a new trial. In the end, it was a single sentence in a pile of thousands of documents. The result is in. Judge Welch has ruled Adnan’s Sixth Amendment rights…
Quick Tease: Serial Subject Adnan Syed Gets a New Trial
Jun 30, 2016 • 3 min
Rebecca and Kevin give their quick thoughts on the breaking news of Adnan’s Syed’s being granted a new trial. We’ll be talking about the case in our episode dropping July 9th, so we’re asking you to send your questions, comments, and thoughts in an email…
OJ: Made in America, Adnan Syed: Made for TV
Jun 24, 2016 • 81 min
We’ve spent a lot of time with the boob tube (ahem) so far this summer. This episode, the Crime Writers take out their ear buds and tune in to some of the season’s most talked about television. The Adnan Syed case finally gets the prime-time treatment on…
Reply All Does True Crime & Shines Bright Like King Diamond
Jun 11, 2016 • 81 min
Who thought we’d see Serial reborn in a podcast about the internet? Reply All’s Sruthi Pinnamaneni brings us a four-part story about an inmate, his blog, the shifty characters associated with his crime, a flimsy evidence and nutty trial, and then - woah!…
Two And A Half Crime Writers (AKA The One Where We Chat With Jon Cryer!)
May 28, 2016 • 60 min
Why the heck would mega TV and movie star Jon Cryer agree to be on our little podcast? Because he’s a fan, dammit! It also turns out that he’s a HUGE fan of true crime, including many of the podcasts we’ve talked about, like Serial and Undisclosed. But…
Bowraville - The Podcast From A Land Down Under
May 21, 2016 • 73 min
This week, the panel talks about Bowraville, the true crime podcast created by The Australian newspaper. (Scroll down to listen!) Rebecca also connects with Dan Box, the Brit-turned-Aussie who reported the story, and asks, why is your newspaper being…
Bowe Bergdahl’s Court Win & The SWAT Team Controversy
May 14, 2016 • 58 min
When news broke last week that Bowe Bergdahl’s legal team had scored a victory in his case, we weren’t sure we understood exactly what happened. So, Kevin reached out to our trusty military legal eagle James Weirick for a quick run-down. As a bonus, we…
Breakdown’s Breakdown and British Crime’s Dark Side
May 7, 2016 • 67 min
Just when we were getting ready to see how Justin Ross Harris’s trial in the baby-in-the-hot-car homicide would play out, a twist no one saw coming. This means an unexpected hiatus for the “Breakdown” podcast and questions about media influence on the…
These Are Their Stories: A Very Special Law & Order Special
Apr 30, 2016 • 75 min
Kevin and Rebecca are joined by two very special guests to discuss Law & Order: “Original Recipe,” AKA, the first series in the juggernaut franchise that’s been on the air for nearly three decades. The panel talks about what makes Law & Order so…
S2 Ep 13: Endings are Important! Plus, Our Podcast & Media Picks
Apr 23, 2016 • 67 min
The crime writers respond to a listener’s very British rant about the critical nature of endings in a good story, talk about what TV shows totally failed at the end, and settle a long-term marital dispute that’s been tearing Kevin and Rebecca apart. Plus,…
S2 Ep 12: Does Someone Know Something? Damned if We Know.
Apr 16, 2016 • 64 min
The Crime Writers talk about another true crime podcast, Someone Knows Something, the Canadian-crafted cold case show that’s holding firm on the charts. Rebecca also checks in with the show’s creator and host, David Ridgen. Also, we talk about the…
S2 Ep 11.5: The People Vs. Serial Season 2 - Was OJ The Better-Told Story?
Apr 9, 2016 • 84 min
The Crime Writers welcome very special guest Lt. Col (R) James Weirick on board to talk about the art of storytelling, and whether Serial delivered on the big promises it made in season 2. We also take apart the storycraft behind The People Vs. OJ…
S2 Ep 11: Reporting For The End (of Serial Season 2)
Apr 2, 2016 • 74 min
After eleven episodes, Sarah and team tapped out of season two. In “Present for Duty,” the Serial squad does some solid enterprise reporting into whether anyone was actually killed or wounded in efforts to recover Bowe. While saving judgement on the…
S2 Ep 10.5: JAGged Little Pill, Your Questions, & A People Vs. OJ Breakdown
Mar 26, 2016 • 88 min
It’s yet another a super long episode! (Sorry about that.) But hey, at least there are t-shirts you guys can buy. Here’s the link to those. For civilians, is there something about Serial Season 2 that neither we nor Sarah fundamentally get? Rebecca and…
S2 Ep 10: We Never Promised You A Rose Garden - Serial Season 2
Mar 19, 2016 • 72 min
The Crime Writers dissect almost every aspect of Serial, Season 2, Episode 10, “Thorny Politics.” It gets so deep that Rebecca feels the need to include extra out-takes for comic relief. Plus, Kevin explains what a “news fixer” is and makes a…
S2 Ep 9.5: Ruff Week, Trumping Bowe, OJ on the Side, & Downton’s Downturn
Mar 12, 2016 • 68 min
The Crime Writers talk about why it’s not a good idea to say you think someone committed a murder in public and also cover some new developments around Bowe Bergdahl media projects and his lawyer’s request to interview Donald Trump. Plus, there are some…
S2 Ep 9: Trade…Ahem…Secrets - Serial Season 2
Mar 5, 2016 • 62 min
The Crime Writers zoom all around a huge episode of Serial in which Sarah unpacks the attempts at diplomacy that led (and didn’t lead) to Bowe Bergdahl’s release. Also, we talk about that mysterious throat clearing incident, beg our listeners to start…
S2 Ep 8.5: Bowe’s Brain, Loose Story Threads, & Listener Questions - Serial Season 2
Feb 27, 2016 • 67 min
The Crime Writers pick at some loose threads from Serial’s recent episodes, and talk with an actual expert on about how Bowe’s personality disorder may have led to his walking away but also helped him cope with five years in captivity. Plus, Toby’s away!…
S2 Ep7/8: Hindsight, in Two Episodes - Serial Season 2
Feb 20, 2016 • 72 min
The Crime Writers dissect the most interesting aspects of this week’s 2-part Serial Season 2 release, ‘Hindsight.’ Highlights include Rebecca’s unprecedented disagreement with Sarah Koenig, Toby’s astute analysis of “slippery slope,” the over-use of the…
S2 Ep 6.5 Megasode: Making a Murderer’s ‘Silver Fox’, Adnan Syed’s PCR Wrap, Bowe’s Brain, & The People Vs. O.J. Simpson
Feb 13, 2016 • 96 min
Rebecca’s dream comes true as she gets the chance to chat with Making a Murderer’s breakout press-pool guy Aaron Keller. Well, it would have been her dream come true if Kevin hadn’t tagged along. Anyway, the Crime Writers also talk about how Adnan Syed’s…
S2 Ep6: Adnan’s Hearing & Bowe’s 5 O’Clock Shadow - Serial Season 2 (and 1!)
Feb 6, 2016 • 73 min
The Crime Writers take on Sarah Koenig’s phoned-in updates on Adnan Syed’s PCR hearing and try to solve the mystery of why she’s staying in a hotel that provides animal-print bathrobes. Plus, we dissect Serial Season 2 Episode 6: 5 O’Clock Shadow, tell…
S2 Ep 5.5 Mega Show: Kratz’s Book, Your Questions, & The Black Tapes - Tanis Guys
Jan 30, 2016 • 83 min
The Crime Writers discuss Ken Kratz’s book and Making a Murderer fatigue. answer listener questions and give their own podcast and TV recommendations. Also, Rebecca talks to the guys who make Tanis and The Black Tapes Podcast! It’s pretty epic. Support…
S2 Ep5: We Zoomed! To Tampa! - Serial Season 2
Jan 23, 2016 • 63 min
We talk all about Serial’s episode ‘Meanwhile, In Tampa.’ We also get the lowdown on how Lara would commit murder, hear more on why Rebecca’s convinced Obama might show up on Serial, and find out why Toby can relate to a Super Soldier. Plus, Kevin gives…
S2 Ep4.5: Sarah Pauses, Colin Ponders, & Nancy Interrupts
Jan 16, 2016 • 70 min
We talk about Sarah Koenig’s big announcement about Serial going biweekly and return to our dissection of the Netflix series “Making a Murderer.” Colin Miller makes an appearance, and Toby watches Nancy Grace for the first time - it’s pretty traumatic.…
S2 Ep4: Making a Murderer is Still Our Captor…So is Serial Season 2
Jan 9, 2016 • 70 min
The gang talks some more about the Netflix hit documentary series “Making a Murderer,” and then chats about Serial’s “Captors.” Also, Rebecca makes the case for “Poorfluenza,” Jon Cryer humiliates Kevin, someone barely tolerates Toby, and Lara learns…
S2 Ep3.5: Bonus - We Talk About ‘Making a Murderer’ from Netflix
Jan 2, 2016 • 75 min
The Crime Writers talk about the 10-part true crime series “Making a Murderer” from Netflix. Lara loses her mind over the ethics of Dassey’s defense, Toby is skeptical but sympathetic, Rebecca goes out on a limb, and Kevin gives his wife a terrible…
S2 Ep3: The Escaping Clause - Serial Season 2
Dec 27, 2015 • 60 min
The Crime Writers discuss every aspect of Episode 3 of Serial, including Bowe Bergdahl’s twin escape attempts, those propaganda videos, and Bowe’s cool affect when recounting his captivity. Also, Lara has a big theory, Toby talks about Mad Dog 20/20, and…
S2 Ep2: Why Did the Golden Chicken Cross the Road? - Serial Season 2
Dec 19, 2015 • 63 min
The Crime Writers dissect every aspect of Serial Season 2 Episode 2, “The Golden Chicken,” and it gets pretty heated. Also, Rebecca is afraid of being accidentally racist, Toby and Kevin disagree on a bunch of stuff, and Lara didn’t bring cheesecake. But…
S2 Ep1: DUSTWUN in the Wind - Serial Season 2
Dec 12, 2015 • 55 min
The Crime Writers dissect every aspect of Serial Season 2’s first episode and bring back Rebecca’s favorite part of the show, the Crime of the Week. Also, Kevin forgets something pretty important! Support the show.
Season 2 Teaser - Serial’s Back…And We Are, Too!
Dec 10, 2015 • 0 min
Rebecca reveals the details behind the premiere of Crime Writers On… Season 2. Support the show.
Serial Season 2, Limetown, Dishing Maura Murray
Oct 4, 2015 • 67 min
Rebecca, Kevin, Toby and Laura talk about the possibility of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s story as the focus of season two of Serial. Rebecca also interviews the guys behind Missing Maura Murray, a podcast that has the rest of the panel up in arms. Plus, the…
WTF, True Detective? Plus, We Answer Your Questions!
Aug 5, 2015 • 62 min
We get the world (and TV series) we deserve. In this episode, we ask if “Undisclosed” has anything left to disclose and whether the new season of “True Detective” has lived up to the hype (spoiler alert: it hasn’t). Is Sarah Koenig taking notes on how…
Lividity, Brian Williams, and Book Picks
Jun 19, 2015 • 58 min
Rebecca and the panel talk about the possibilities for Serial seasons two and three. Will Sarah K. and company have the same success without a murder mystery to solve? Next, with Rebecca lending technical assistance to the “Undisclosed” podcast, Kevin…
Podcastception! Full Disclosure On ‘Undisclosed.’
May 13, 2015 • 51 min
Rebecca and the panel talk about the podcast ‘Undisclosed,’ which features Rabia Chaudry, Colin Miller, and Susan Simpson talking about the evidence and developments in Adnan’s case. After that, Rebecca asks Lara to intervene in a spousal writing spat,…
House of Rabia and Scientology
Apr 3, 2015 • 72 min
Rebecca talks with Rabia Chaudry, the person who started this whole thing by bringing Adnan’s case to Sarah Koenig. After that, Rebecca and Kevin, along with fellow crime writers Lara Bricker and Toby Ball, talk about the interview and about the HBO…
JINXED! We talk about The Jinx & The Staircase
Mar 16, 2015 • 48 min
Rebecca and Kevin invite fellow crime writers Lara Bricker and Toby Ball to talk a little bit about Serial, and a WHOLE LOT about The Jinx and The Staircase. If you haven’t watched them and you hate spoilers, you will hate this episode! Rebecca also…
No One Puts Asia in a Corner!!! Urick, that affidavit & Natasha’s drama
Jan 23, 2015 • 49 min
Rebecca and Kevin invite fellow crime writers Lara Bricker and Toby Ball to talk about Serial prosecutor Kevin Urick’s Intercept interview, the drama surrounding Natasha Vargas-Cooper’s Intercept pieces, and that new affidavit from Asia McClain. We also…
O…M…Jay!!! We talk about that interview.
Jan 4, 2015 • 49 min
Rebecca and Kevin invite special guests and fellow crime writers Lara Bricker and Toby Ball to talk about Jay’s interview with The Intercept and the discussion/debate that’s followed. We also talk about the intellectual guilt of true crime lovers, and…
Bonus Episode: Season One’s Best Moments
Dec 23, 2014 • 34 min
Rebecca and Kevin invite special guests and fellow crime writers Lara Bricker and Toby Ball to talk about their favorite moments from Serial: Season One. It’s a little bit listicle, and just a little bit like those “very special” clips show they used to…
Episode 12 Discussion: “What We Know”
Dec 19, 2014 • 50 min
Rebecca and Kevin invite special guests and fellow crime writers Lara Bricker and Toby Ball to talk about the finale episode of Serial: What We Know. It gets pretty meaty, guys. You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes right here. If you do, please…
Episode 10 Discussion: “The Best Defense is a Good Defense”
Dec 13, 2014 • 36 min
Rebecca and Kevin invite special guests and fellow crime writers Lara Bricker and Toby Ball to talk about Episode 10 of Serial: The Best Defense is a Good Defense. Also, the panel catches up on the series, and reveals where they stand on the “did he or…
Episode 11 Discussion: “Rumors”
Dec 13, 2014 • 45 min
Rebecca and Kevin invite special guests and fellow crime writers Lara Bricker and Toby Ball to talk about Episode 11 of Serial: Rumors. Not everyone loved it. But Rebecca did. You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes right here. If you do, please leave…