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We now know that Jeffrey Epstein was a sexual predator. He was also accused of fraud, embezzlement, coercion and more. But for most of his life, he was a mystery to the public, and to many of the people who knew him. In this six part series, we peel back the layers of Epstein’s life to detail his financial and sexual crimes, and his network of enablers, with original reporting and interviews. From humble beginnings, Epstein came to amass significant wealth which he used to buy sex, social st ...
 
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Accused

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Binge all of Season 4 early and ad-free by subscribing to Wondery+. Season 4: When Rhoda Nathan's lifeless body was discovered in her hotel room, it was assumed she'd had a heart attack. The autopsy proved otherwise: Nathan, 67, had been viciously beaten to death, punched so hard by her assailant that two of her teeth had been knocked out. Days later, a hotel employee went to the hospital to be treated for an infection in his hand, which was teeming with a bacteria most often found in human ...
 
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From the Accused podcast team, Aftermath is an episodic look at survivors of gun violence. Two crime reporters travel the country talking to people whose lives changed in the blink of an eye. Their backgrounds, environments and stories all vary, but they share one defining truth: They’ve survived a gunshot.
 
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The City

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The City

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USA TODAY’s critically acclaimed investigative podcast about power in American cities. Season 1, Chicago: A black neighborhood fights back when a mysterious man with mob ties builds an illegal dump across the street from an elementary school. Along the way they confront corrupt politicians, apathetic bureaucrats—and a secret undercover FBI investigation. Season 2, Reno: A surprising proxy battle for the future of Reno pits a brash strip club kingpin against power brokers in city hall. The wi ...
 
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My Fugitive

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Nina Gilden Seavey was twelve on May 5, 1970, the day an Air Force building in St. Louis burned to the ground. Her dad represented a young man accused of the crime: Howard Mechanic. Facing serious federal time, Howard went on the run and became one of the longest-running fugitives in U.S. history. As an adult, Nina picked up the trail. What ever happened to Howard Mechanic? This eight-part series is the tangled story of her search for answers. Hundreds of Freedom of Information requests. Hun ...
 
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All episodes are available for free, with ad-free episodes available for Wondery+ subscribers. Season 3: The Disappearance of Mario Rossi - Set against the backdrop of NASCAR’s drug smuggling scandal in the early 1980’s, this season of The Sneak tells the story of the disappearance of one of the sport’s most brilliant engineers, a mystery that haunts racing to this day. The hosts will set out to finally answer the question: What really happened to Mario Rossi? Season 2: Murders at Whiskey Cr ...
 
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Team Johnny? Team Amber? So many people are engrossed in the disturbing, lurid and salacious details of the defamation case between actors/ex spouses Johnny Depp and Amber Heard, they can hardly talk about anything else. It has brought out the worst in both the public and those in the media and made them forget this is real life with farther reachi…
 
We finish analyzing the heart wrenching case of Mariah Alvarez, the 2-year old who died of blunt force trauma to the head. Her mother Melissa Lucio was convicted of her murder and sentenced to death. But did Melissa in fact commit capital murder? Was she criminally neglectful of her child? Was she physically abusive? Was Mariah’s death an accidenta…
 
In Harlingen, Texas on February 17, 2007, two year old Mariah Alvarez died of blunt force trauma to the head. Her small body was covered with bruises, possible bite marks, her arm had a spiral fracture and her spine and internal organs had also been injured. Mariah's mother Melissa Lucio said that Mariah died from an accidental fall down a staircas…
 
We are saddened and angered at yet another shooting in America. This one a targeted attack against Black people. How do we stop this endless, seemingly predictable, cycle of mass shootings? Are there new answers to these old questions? Join us. Remembering those murdered and also those injured: #HerNameWasRobertaA.Drury of Buffalo, N.Y. – age 32 #H…
 
Introducing the true crime podcast Badlands— a show that dives deep into the real stories of the famous at their most infamous. Each season, host Jake Brennan, explores the real life crimes and scandalous careers of the world’s most popular cultural figures. In an all new season, he tells the stories of A-listers whose misdeeds and career lows are …
 
We continue our analysis of the victims of prolific pedophile and sexual abuser so called “celebrity DJ” Jimmy Savile. We discuss the reasons why he was enabled and his crimes buried so deep for so long. Laura introduces the idea of “institutional grooming”. #netflixdocumentary #jimmysavile #institutionalgrooming #victimsmatter #stopburyingthetruth…
 
Samantha Brown was just 11 years old when then celebrity DJ Jimmy Savile started sexually assaulting her in a back room of her own church as she prepared the collection plates for mass. While daring to be nearly in plain sight of the congregation and the priest, Savile would cover her mouth and do whatever he wanted with her. This happened at least…
 
We continue to analyze the HBO docuseries “Phoenix Rising” about Evan Rachel Wood. At the age of 18, Wood was pursued by a then 37-year-old rock icon. Their relationship spanned over four years, beginning with intensive flattery, then escalating to emotional, physical, and sexual abuse. Looking back, she recognized a pattern of grooming and control…
 
From critically acclaimed podcast studios Pineapple Street and Wondery comes a new 8-part series called Will Be Wild that shines a light on the human stories left out of the headlines. It goes deep into the lives of people who took part in that day. People who saw it coming. And people who fear that January 6th was just the beginning of something, …
 
Today we analyze the a two-part HBO documentary "Phoenix Rising" that follows actress and activist Evan Rachel Wood as she takes her experience as a survivor of domestic violence to pursue justice, heal generational wounds, and reclaim her story. Joining us is Dr. Caroline Heldman of Occidental College and actress and activist Lili Bernard who have…
 
Guess who stops by Real Crime Profile? Paul Holes! Paul is a scientist, and seasoned investigator, well known for using advanced methods of identifying a killer with DNA and genealogy technology. Since retiring in March 2018, he has contributed to books, television, and podcasts about true crime. He has a new book coming out called “Unmasked: My Li…
 
Can’t get enough of Arctic Circle? Neither could we. We jump into Season 2 to see what Nina, Venla, and Marita, are up to now. Are Nina and Dr. Thomas still together? Has Esko stepped up to be a better father? What has Nina’s biological father — whom she’s been estranged from all her life — have to do with a cold case she is assigned to about a fem…
 
When is the last time you watched a really good Nordy Noir set in some frozen tundra? Well, never fear, we are going to take you along with us to Finnish Lapland to meet Officer Nina Kautsalo, who is trying to figure out why young Russian women are being murdered in her tiny village of Ivalo bordering the Arctic Circle. Are they being sex trafficke…
 
Jim and Lisa are joined by artist, actress and activist Lili Bernard to debrief about the dramatic, confusing and shocking incident that unfolded between Will Smith and Chris Rock during the 2022 Oscars. There are so many ways to view and react to this altercation, depending on where you are standing, what your experience ahow you have been hurt. B…
 
Chrystul Kizer was seventeen years old when she was arrested for allegedly killing the man who was sex trafficking her and who had used her to create images of child sex abuse. She is now fighting for her right to use the "Affirmative Defense" law to defend herself in court against charges of first degree intentional homicide and arson. The Wiscons…
 
Listeners have been asking Laura and Jim to weigh in on the media spectacle surrounding Kim Kardashian's attempt to divorce Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, and his increasingly disturbing behavior towards her. How do we parse celebrity histrionics and serious threats? Find out on this special bonus episode. #KimKardashian #Ye #KanyeWest #PeteDavi…
 
Jim and Laura continue their analysis on this shocking, many layered case. We follow the framework of the Topic docu-series “The Missing Children” of Tuam, Ireland. More is revealed about exactly where some of these vulnerable children ended up after being ripped from their destitute mothers. Someone once said “follow the money” and in this case, i…
 
It is the stuff that gothic horror movies are made of, but instead of fiction, the story of the missing children of Tuam, Ireland, is tragically real. Using the framework of the stunning documentary streaming now on the Topic platform, “The Missing Children”, Laura, Jim and Lisa analyze this case that involves multiple layers of treachery, abuse an…
 
Hamilton County, Ohio, is known nationwide as having one of the highest capital punishment rates per capita – and a recent 25-year study shows that race plays a huge role in determining who’s sent to die. Elwood Jones is Black. His victim was white. If the pandemic had not intervened and last-minute attempts for a new trial put on hold, Jones would…
 
We continue our coverage of the Netflix docuseries "The Tinder Swindler" aka "The Snake" per Laura. Laura points out many of his behaviors are power and control tactics, which you will see if you look up Duluth Minnesota’s power and control wheel https://www.theduluthmodel.org/wheels/ . Jim recounts a case that he worked that was similar to this on…
 
More than a decade after Elwood Jones was convicted of killing Rhoda Nathan, he learned that a woman had stepped forward saying she knew who the real killer was. Tracking down this mysterious figure became something of an obsession for Elwood’s current defense team. And for us. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy …
 
#TheTinderSwindler You may have heard of the so-called "Tinder Swindler" on Netflix but you haven't heard anything until you listen to Laura and Jim's analysis of this serial offender as they correct the narrative about Simon Leviev. Big shout out to the three women, Cecilie, Pernilla and Ayleen, who came forward to tell their stories about how he …
 
Jim gives his reaction to the recent death by suicide of French modeling agent Jean-Luc Brunel, who was awaiting trial, accused of having sex with a minor and also under investigation for sex trafficking. Jim opened an investigation into Brunel THIRTY years ago...why did it take the French authorities so long to arrest him? You'll want to hear the …
 
While investigators testified at trial that Elwood Jones was always their best and only real suspect in the 1994 slaying of Rhoda Nathan, the police files say otherwise. Three people – two with violent criminal pasts on their records – seem equally as suspicious, so much so they were given lie-detector tests in the days after the murder. Do their a…
 
We continue our interview with Attorney Darnell Crossland who represents the families of Lauren Smith-Fields as well as Brenda Rawls. Darnell emphasizes that there does not have to be warring sides in this case — Lauren’s family vs the police vs the individual who was with Lauren when she died. He says they are all on the same side, the side of fin…
 
We interview Attorney Darnell Crosland who represents both Lauren Smith-Fields' and Brenda Rawls' families. Jim gives expert advice regarding hair analysis and the investigation. Laura asks Darnell about the timeline of Lauren's death and the response by Bridgeport Police and the Mayor’s office. Lisa asks if several pieces of evidence have been col…
 
Investigating any crime scene requires finesse, but in the case of Rhoda Nathan’s 1994 beating death, at least some of the detectives arriving at the Embassy Suites hotel, many who had never investigated a murder before, thought they were dealing with a heart-attack victim. As such, they say they didn’t immediately secure the scene, allowing outsid…
 
We continue our analysis of the Lauren Smith-Fields case. Laura talks about the need for online dating sites to step up their responsibility for flagging possible predators. Jim talks about the dangers of fentanyl and his doubts about the likelihood that Lauren was using it recreationally. Lisa is just beside herself with all the "wtf"s in this cas…
 
We begin our coverage of the Lauren Smith-Fields case with Laura and Jim analyzing victimology. Laura is deeply troubled at how the family was notified of Lauren’s death and how they were treated. Jim is outraged that the last person to see Lauren alive was not properly questioned by police. Lisa has a lot of questions about how law enforcement sho…
 
When Rhoda Nathan's lifeless body was discovered in her hotel room, it was assumed she'd had a heart attack. The autopsy proved otherwise: Nathan, 67, had been viciously beaten to death, punched so hard by her assailant that two of her teeth had been knocked out. Days later, a hotel employee went to the hospital to be treated for an infection in hi…
 
When Rhoda Nathan's lifeless body was discovered in her hotel room, it was assumed she'd had a heart attack. The autopsy proved otherwise: Nathan, 67, had been viciously beaten to death, punched so hard by her assailant that two of her teeth had been knocked out. Days later, a hotel employee went to the hospital to be treated for an infection in hi…
 
Breaking: A man has been charged with the murder of Akia Eggleston and her unborn baby almost five years after she went missing. Akia’s family never stopped trying to find out what happened to Akia who disappeared days before her baby shower leaving behind her two year old daughter. We give our reaction to the identity of the offender. Laura and Ji…
 
We finish our coverage of the HBO docu-series "Black and Missing" by focusing on the cases of Tamika Huston, Akia Eggleston and Relisha Rudd. Tamika's disappearance and her family's frustration with getting media attention led Natalie and Derricka Wilson to form the Black and Missing organization. Akia, an expectant mother, went missing and it was …
 
Jim and Laura analyze the cases of Kennedi High, Pam Butler and Tamika Huston. 16 year old Kennedi High went missing after being lured away from home by men who took advantage of her vulnerability due to her autism. When Pam Butler and Tamika Huston went missing, their families desperately searched for them, and tried to get the national media's at…
 
When Rhoda Nathan's lifeless body was discovered in her hotel room, it was assumed she'd had a heart attack. The autopsy proved otherwise: Nathan, 67, had been viciously beaten to death, punched so hard by her assailant that two of her teeth had been knocked out. Days later, a hotel employee went to the hospital to be treated for an infection in hi…
 
On today’s show, we discuss a different kind of “missing person”, those who are missing from the lives of their families due to police misconduct, and wrongful arrests. Such was the case for Elon Wilson, Natalie’s son, a former D.C. firefighter who spent almost two years in prison after a “pretextual” traffic stop, by then Officer Jonathan A. Freit…
 
Today we analyze the cases of 21 year old Keeshae Jacobs who disappeared in 2016 from Richmond, VA and 16 year old Amaria Hall who went missing in 2019 from Trenton, MI. Neither mother of either girl was able to get law enforcement to react with urgency about their daughters. Jim talks about the terrible consequences of the "wait and see" attitude …
 
We continue our interview with Soledad O’Brien about her new HBO docu-series “Black and Missing”. Jim and Soledad talk about how the word “missing” is problematic as it can downshift the urgency of the public and law enforcement to find a person who is at risk. Laura applauds the series for focusing on women and girls of color, who often do not hav…
 
In the era of some of the most heinous serial killers of all time, one murderous family went curiously unnoticed: The McCrarys. Led by a psychopathic patriarch and his cunning son-in-law, this Texas clan roamed the country robbing, kidnapping, and killing up to 20 people, most of them taken from donut shops. “Families Who Kill: The Donut Shop Murde…
 
We continue our reaction to the verdict in Ghislaine Maxwell's case. Jim and Laura offer their expert analysis on the aftermath of the case. We all hope that GM will cooperate and name the many men who were also involved in the trafficking and abusing of these victims. There are more men who need to be held accountable. See Privacy Policy at https:…
 
On Wed, Dec 29th, a jury in a New York federal court found Ghislaine Maxwell guilty on five of six counts related to her role in Jeffrey Epstein's sexual abuse of minor girls between 1994 and 2004. Maxwell was found guilty of five federal charges: sex trafficking of a minor, transporting a minor with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity…
 
We were excited to interview award-winning journalist/producer Soledad O’Brien about her new project, "Black and Missing", a four part docuseries streaming on HBO. We recommend you watch it first and then listen to our fascinating conversation about the “Black and Missing Foundation” — a Maryland-based non-profit that works tirelessly with the fami…
 
Laura, Jim and Lisa recorded a FB Live holiday gathering! The team got to interact with their listeners, answer questions and generally chat about anything and everything! It was was great to see everyone's comments and thoughts in the moment and discuss the cases that are important to our supporters. If you weren't able to log in that day, we hope…
 
We continue our interview with the Building Bridges Project team leaders Richard Washington and Marianna Wells — a program of the National Center for Victims of Crime. Richard points out that while there is a legacy of communities and families feeling uncomfortable reporting crimes to law enforcement — all it can take is ONE law enforcement officer…
 
Did you know that despite high rates of victimization, only 10.1% of Black serious violence victims received assistance from victim service agencies from 2010-2015? Alarmingly, nearly 90 percent of victims of a serious crime did NOT receive assistance in the aftermath of their trauma. Jim, Laura and Lisa have a very real conversation about what’s g…
 
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