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Fraud. Abduction. Murder. Every week, Crime Story host and investigative journalist Kathleen Goldhar goes deep into a true crime case with the storyteller who knows it best.

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The women in this story came to a fertility clinic at Yale hoping to become pregnant. They arrived expecting the utmost in care. But when a surgical procedure caused them excruciating pain, their doctors dismissed it.Susan Burton is the host of The Retrievals, a podcast that exposes what was actually going on behind the scenes. In this episode, we discuss the shocking source of the patients’ pain and ask why we still tolerate and misinterpret women’s pain.For early access to Crime Story episodes and to listen ad-free, subscribe to CBC's True Crime channel here.
Margie Ratliff wishes she could be scrubbed from the documentary that made her famous. In 2004, she appeared in The Staircase, a groundbreaking documentary series about the murder trial of her father, Michael Peterson. Margie was 22- years-old when it aired and has never escaped the documentary’s notoriety. In this special episode of Crime Story, Margie joins us alongside directors of the new film, Subject, Jennifer Tiexiera and Camilla Hall. Subject explores the ethics of ‘docu-tainment’ and asks, in the golden age of documentaries, who benefits? For early access to Crime Story episodes and to listen ad-free, subscribe to CBC's True Crime channel here.
In 2018, former Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher was accused of committing war crimes. In The Line, Dan Taberski, creator of hit podcasts, Missing Richard Simmons and Running from COPS, unpacks his story and explores the increasingly blurry line between right and wrong in America’s forever wars.For early access to Crime Story episodes and to listen ad-free, subscribe to CBC's True Crime channel on our show page in Apple Podcasts.
For nearly ten years, Amanda C. Riley relied on her community as she struggled through multiple relapses of cancer. Family, friends, and a group of online strangers supported Amanda emotionally, and made financial donations. There was just one problem: Amanda never had cancer. It was all an elaborate lie. Charlie Webster, host of the hit podcast Scamanda, details the extremes Amanda went to in carrying out her con — and why she believes Amanda was not only able to lie about having cancer, but steal from those closest to her.For early access to Crime Story episodes and to listen ad-free, subscribe to CBC's True Crime channel on our show page in Apple Podcasts.
In 1989, the city of Boston was gripped by the murder of Carol Stuart. Stuart was seven months pregnant when her husband Chuck told police a Black man shot and killed her. The police tore through Boston’s predominantly Black community Mission Hill neighbourhood, searching for a culprit. But by the time the real killer came to light, the damage was already done. In this episode, Boston Globe editor, Adrian Walker joins us to talk about his podcast, Murder in Boston, which revisits this sensational case and the shocking twist that upended the narrative too many were quick to believe.For early access to Crime Story episodes and to listen ad-free, subscribe to CBC's True Crime channel on our show page in Apple Podcasts.This episode's transcript can be found here.
Lana Clarkson was a budding comedian when her life took a tragic turn. On a shift at The House of Blues, she met the troubled “pop genius", Phil Spector. Spector worked with everyone from The Beatles to Tina Turner, but by 2003, he was an eccentric recluse. Spector begged Clarkson to come home with him and she reluctantly agreed. Hours later, she was found dead in Spector’s California mansion from a gunshot wound to the head. In this episode, we speak to the final journalist to interview Spector before his arrest. Mick Brown wrote all about it in his fascinating book, Tearing Down the Wall of Sound: The Rise and Fall of Phil Spector.For early access to Crime Story episodes and to listen ad-free, subscribe to CBC's True Crime channel on our show page in Apple Podcasts.This episode's transcript can be found here.
Why would an Ivy League institution protect a serial predator? In this episode, medical journalist Laura Beil, behind the award-winning podcast, “Dr. Death,” joins Crime Story to discuss her explosive investigation into New York’s most prolific sexual predator and the university that covered up his crimes.For early access to Crime Story episodes and to listen ad-free, subscribe to CBC's True Crime channel on our show page in Apple Podcasts.This episode's transcript can be found here.
When a mysterious letter arrived on Eliza Robertson's doorstep, she didn't know what to think. It spoke of a young woman who had been murdered 30 years prior – and the culprit never found. Robertson was a fiction writer, but felt drawn to the story. Her powerful book, I Got A Name, takes readers on a cross-country investigation to understand Krystal Senyk and find her missing killer. For early access to Crime Story episodes and to listen ad-free, subscribe to CBC's True Crime channel on our show page in Apple Podcasts. This episode's transcript can be found here: https://www.cbc.ca/radio/podcastnews/transcript-crime-story-episode-20-1.7120355
In 1969, Charles Manson unleashed his cult of murderous hippies onto the LA Hills. Decades later, it’s a saga that continues to inspire books, movies and memes. But how well do we really know the story that led to seven infamous murders? In Helter Skelter: An American Myth, documentarians Leslie Chilcott and Eli Frankel, deliver the most comprehensive account of the Manson family cult to date. They reveal what really motivated Charles Manson and bring this larger-than-life story back to reality.For early access to Crime Story episodes and to listen ad-free, subscribe to CBC's True Crime channel on our show page in Apple Podcasts. This episode's transcript can be found here: https://www.cbc.ca/radio/podcastnews/transcript-crime-story-episode-19-1.7113272
How should we deal with women who kill their abusers? In the Globe and Mail’s first longform podcast In Her Defence, reporter Jana Pruden tells the story of Helen Naslund, who shot and killed her husband after enduring 30 years of abuse. It’s a story about a long fight for freedom and a justice system stuck in the past. For early access to Crime Story episodes and to listen ad-free, subscribe to CBC's True Crime channel on our show page in Apple Podcasts. This episode's transcript can be found here: https://www.cbc.ca/radio/podcastnews/transcript-crime-story-episode-18-1.7103980
Why would children risk their lives to run away from school? In the heart-wrenching podcast, Kuper Island, journalist Duncan McCue investigates the suspicious death of Richard Thomas, a student at Kuper Island Residential School. McCue uncovers stifled police investigations, confronts perpetrators of abusers and witnesses a community trying to rebuild. He joins Crime Story to talk about a story close to his heart. For early access to Crime Story episodes and to listen ad-free, subscribe to CBC's True Crime channel on our show page in Apple Podcasts. This episode's transcript can be found here: https://www.cbc.ca/radio/podcastnews/transcript-crime-story-episode-17-1.7096841
Sharon Johnson’s family has spent decades coping with her brutal murder. But what if the story they were told is a lie? What if the man imprisoned for her murder is innocent? In season two of Jason Moon’s hit podcast Bear Brook, he investigates the case of convicted killer Jason Carroll. At 19, Carroll confessed to Johnson’s murder, but recanted a few hours later. Carroll has been in prison for 35 years, and still maintains his innocence. In this fascinating conversation, we go behind the scenes with Bear Brook host Jason Moon and explore the growing science of wrongful confessions. Why do they happen and who among us is most vulnerable? For early access to Crime Story episodes and to listen ad-free, subscribe to CBC's True Crime channel on our show page in Apple Podcasts. This episode's transcript can be found here: https://www.cbc.ca/radio/podcastnews/transcript-crime-story-episode-16-1.7089757
Abducted in Plain Sight is a shocking, enraging watch that begs viewers to hold their judgment– even when it feels impossible. Skye Borgman is the award-winning director behind the film, which tells the story of a young girl abducted not once, but twice, by a family friend. As the creator of some of Netflix’s biggest documentaries, Skye is a skilled storyteller, fascinated by the human condition. And when she read ‘The Jan Broberg Story,’ she knew she had to tell it. For early access to Crime Story episodes and to listen ad-free, subscribe to CBC's True Crime channel on our show page in Apple Podcasts. This episode's transcript can be found here: https://www.cbc.ca/radio/podcastnews/transcript-crime-story-episode-15-1.7082697
Michelle Shephard was reporting in Mogadishu when she met a young refugee named Ismael Abdulle. Abdulle was 17 when he said local militants cut off his hand and foot for refusing to join the terrorist group, al-Shabab. Shephard brought Abdulle’s story to the world and helped spark a movement to bring him to safety. But in a new and intensely personal documentary called The Perfect Story, Michelle reveals how the story Abdulle told her was not the whole truth. For early access to Crime Story episodes and to listen ad-free, subscribe to CBC's True Crime channel on our show page in Apple Podcasts. This episode's transcript can be found here: https://www.cbc.ca/radio/podcastnews/transcript-crime-story-episode-14-1.7077238
For nearly one hundred years, the Murdaugh family dominated rural South Carolina. No one dared cross them. But that changed in 2019 when one of the Murdaughs was involved in a tragic boating accident. Mandy Matney was a local reporter who began to ask deeper questions. Eventually she would expose a web of mysteries surrounding this now infamous American dynasty. Mandy joins Crime Story to provide the definitive account of the rise and fall of the Murdaugh family. For early access to Crime Story episodes and to listen ad-free, subscribe to CBC's True Crime channel on our show page in Apple Podcasts. This episode's transcript can be found here: https://www.cbc.ca/radio/podcastnews/transcript-crime-story-episode-13-1.7067415
In the early 2000s, Bikram Yoga spread across North America like wildfire. It was a multi-billion dollar business, spurred on by its eccentric founder, Bikram Choudhury. Choudhury was as close to yoga royalty as you could get and was unafraid to hide it. But according to some of his own students, his empire was built upon blood, sweat and tears – as well as a few critical lies. Reporter Julia Lowrie Henderson practiced Bikram Yoga for nearly a decade and joins Crime Story to discuss the scandal that rocked her yoga community. For early access to Crime Story episodes and to listen ad-free, subscribe to CBC's True Crime channel on our show page in Apple Podcasts. This episode's transcript can be found here: https://www.cbc.ca/radio/podcastnews/transcript-crime-story-episode-12-1.7063415
In 1973, Jon Kushner set off on his bicycle with plans to pick up candy for his little brother, David. But when he didn’t return home, Jon’s parents panicked. A week later, he was discovered in a shallow grave. He was just 11 years old. Jon’s little brother, David Kushner, is now a journalist who has written for publications like Rolling Stone, The New Yorker and Vanity Fair. In 2016, he turned the pen on himself and released Alligator Candy, a moving memoir and podcast, about his brother’s murder and how his family coped in the aftermath. For early access to Crime Story episodes and to listen ad-free, subscribe to CBC's True Crime channel on our show page in Apple Podcasts. This episode's transcript can be found here: https://www.cbc.ca/radio/podcastnews/transcript-crime-story-episode-11-1.7054300
Larrison Campbell had just started a new job in New York City when her father called with terrible news. Her beloved grandmother, Presh, had been murdered in their hometown of Greenville, Mississippi. The news inspired endless theories and suspicions. In her podcast, Devil in the Ditch, Campbell returns to Greenville to reopen the case and explore what happens when a murder goes unsolved. For early access to Crime Story episodes and to listen ad-free, subscribe to CBC's True Crime channel on our show page in Apple Podcasts. This episode's transcript can be found here: https://www.cbc.ca/radio/podcastnews/transcript-crime-story-episode-10-1.7048942
Chad and Lori looked like the picture of newlywed happiness when they landed in Hawaii. But what they didn’t share was that they were fugitives, on the run from a spree of murders that included Lori’s own children. In this episode, we explore how a perfect soccer mom became a convicted murderer. It’s a tale of religious fanaticism, brainwashing and straight up greed – reported by journalist Sarah Treleavan. For early access to Crime Story episodes and to listen ad-free, subscribe to CBC's True Crime channel on our show page in Apple Podcasts. This episode's transcript can be found here: https://www.cbc.ca/radio/podcastnews/transcript-crime-story-episode-9-1.7041753
Ted Kaczynski terrorized the United States with his homemade bombs for nearly 20 years. Ever since his capture, Kaczynski’s story has been the subject of countless books and TV shows trying to unpack his unique psychology. Was the unabomber a madman or a misunderstood genius? In his podcast, Project Unabom, journalist Eric Benson revisits the story and dives deep into the unabomber’s own archives, to understand who he really was. For early access to Crime Story episodes and to listen ad-free, subscribe to CBC's True Crime channel on our show page in Apple Podcasts. This episode's transcript can be found here: https://www.cbc.ca/radio/podcastnews/transcript-crime-story-episode-8-1.7038088
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