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Welcome to the home of Small Town Dicks! Now in its twelfth season, Small Town Dicks goes behind the scenes with real detectives as they tell you how they solved their most important cases. Hosts Yeardley Smith, twin detectives Dan and Dave, and forensic expert Paul Holes ask the essential questions and offer their own insights so the stories always hit close to home. All seasons are available for streaming! Also check out companion show The Briefing Room, which takes you behind closed doors as our hosts explore the complex relationship between law enforcement and the communities they serve.

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At Last

At Last

2023-09-2201:21:452

On August 4, 1986, a young girl took a bike ride through Point Defiance Park near Tacoma, Washington. She never returned home. Investigators conducted a desperate search but came up empty handed. The case went dormant for decades and eventually ended up on the desk of cold-case detective Lindsey Wade. Through the application of emerging DNA testing and hard work, Wade and her fellow detectives were finally able to piece together what happened that day and bring closure to the family.Guest detective: Lindsey WadeLindsey served as a Tacoma Police Officer for twenty-one years. During her fourteen years as a detective, she investigated sexual assaults, child abuse, missing persons, and homicides. In 2010, Lindsey discovered that serial killer Ted Bundy’s DNA was not in CODIS. She worked with authorities in Florida to track down a sample of Bundy’s DNA and finally entered it into the national database in 2011. In 2012, Lindsey’s work on collecting DNA from convicted sexual predators in Washington state who’d slipped through the cracks led to an arrest in the 1980 homicide of a teenage girl. Lindsey retired in 2018 as the Tacoma Police Department’s cold case detective and joined the Washington State Attorney General’s Office as a senior investigator assigned for the Sexual Assault Kit Initiative. She is a former member of the FBI ViCAP National Advisory Board and teaches child abduction response and cold case investigations for the National Criminal Justice Training Center at Fox Valley Technical College. Lindsey has been a speaker at numerous law enforcement conferences around the country, lecturing on cold cases, sex crimes, DNA, and child abduction response. She recently published a true crime memoir titled, “In My DNA:  My Career Investigating Your Worst Nightmares''. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
12. The Weight Pt. 2

12. The Weight Pt. 2

2023-07-0701:06:247

In October 1981 in the small town of Carmel, California, a young mother named Sonia Stone is raped and murdered in her home. The prime suspect is her neighbor, Michael Glazebrook. He is tried for the crimes but the trial ends in a hung jury. In episode two of The Weight, pressed by Sonia’s family and their own sense of duty, the detective who investigated Sonia’s murder and the prosecutor who tried Glazebrook continue to look for any new evidence or lucky break that would trigger new charges. There are moments of hope and years of frustration. Four decades pass and then they get the call that changes everything.Guests: Judge Bob and Detective LinsJudge Bob served as Monterey County Deputy District Attorney for major crimes from 1972 to 1986. A graduate of UC Davis and Hastings Law School, and a U.S. Army veteran, Bob was elevated to municipal court judge in 1987 and then elected to the Superior Court for Monterey County in 1997. He served on the court until 2006 and now works as a temporary judge, assigned to cases across northern and central California.Retired Detective Lins began his 31-year-career in law enforcement when he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Military Police Corps in 1967 after he graduated from UC Davis. He served in the United States European Command in Stuttgart, Germany, and later commanded the first post stockade annex at the now defunct Fort Ord. Later Lins spent two decades as a deputy sheriff with the Monterey County Sheriff’s Department, as a patrol deputy and then as a detective working major crimes. His final years in law enforcement were as a District Attorney Investigator for Monterey County, where his assignments included major crimes and child sexual assault. Over his career, he investigated more than 40 deaths, the majority being homicides. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
11. The Weight Pt. 1

11. The Weight Pt. 1

2023-06-3050:247

Today's case spans more than 40 years. In the first of two parts, we take you back to 1981 and the senseless rape and murder of Sonia Stone, a young mother living with her daughter in the tony town of Carmel by the Sea on the California coast. A close friend has found Sonia's body and has called the police. The responding detectives quickly focus their attention on a shifty neighbor whose constantly changing story feeds their suspicions. But this was a time before DNA testing, and the evidence, though solid, is circumstantial. When the prosecutor in the case finally gets some corroboration about the neighbor's whereabouts the morning of Sonia's murder, he brings murder charges against Michael Glazebrook. But an adverse ruling and an unreliable witness derail the trial - and start a decades long search for justice.Guests: Detective Lins and Judge BobRetired Detective Lins began his 31-year-career in law enforcement when he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Military Police Corps in 1967 after he graduated from UC Davis. He served in the United States European Command in Stuttgart, Germany, and later commanded the first post stockade annex at the now-defunct Fort Ord in California. Later Lins spent two decades as a deputy sheriff with the Monterey County Sheriff’s Department, as a patrol deputy and then as a detective working major crimes. His final years in law enforcement were as a District Attorney Investigator for Monterey County, where his assignments included major crimes and child sexual assault. Over his career, he investigated more than 40 deaths, the majority being homicides.Judge Bob served as Monterey County Deputy District Attorney for major crimes from 1972 to 1986. A graduate of UC Davis and Hastings Law School, and a U.S. Army veteran, Bob was elevated to municipal court judge in 1987 and then elected to the Superior Court for Monterey County in 1997. He served on the court until 2006 and now works as a temporary judge, assigned to cases across northern and central California. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
10. Sorry, Charlie

10. Sorry, Charlie

2023-06-2350:008

When forensic specialist Paul Holes arrives at the scene of a violent attack, he immediately collects and compares all the evidence to build a case against the attacker. What he finds both shocks and surprises him - and teaches him a lesson that he still teaches budding investigators today.Guest: Forensic Specialist Paul HolesPaul Holes is a bestselling author, podcaster, television host and retired cold-case investigator with the sheriff’s and district attorney’s offices in California’s Contra Costa County. In his 27 years as an investigator, Holes used his behavioral and forensic expertise in such notable cases as the Zodiac murders, Golden State Killer, and Jaycee Lee Dugard kidnapping. In May 2022, Holes published “Unmasked: My Life Solving America's Cold Cases” - which became an instant New York Times bestseller. Paul teamed with the FBI and Sacramento DA to help identify Joseph DeAngelo as the Golden State Killer, the most prolific serial predator in U.S. history. In 2019, he teamed up with Oxygen to host ”The DNA of Murder with Paul Holes” and in November he’s launching a new original series with HLN called, ”Real Life Nightmare with Paul Holes.”  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
9. OMG!

9. OMG!

2023-06-1601:20:546

A predator hides behind her gender and her husband's profession to keep targeting victims. A frustrated detective exhausts every lead until he has what he needs to put her away. Today's story is one of persistence and believing the victims. It's a case that will have you exclaiming, "OMG!" at every twist and turn.The guest: Sgt. RobertSgt. Robert has been in law enforcement for over 20 years. Prior to becoming a detective, he spent nine years on patrol, where he served as a Field Training Officer (FTO) and an FBI-trained hostage negotiator. As a detective, he worked in a unit that investigated crimes against children, including sex crimes, serious physical abuse and child homicides. He was later re-assigned to the violent crimes unit, where he investigated homicides, robberies and other serious felonies. He was an active member of his county’s major crimes team, which investigated homicides and officer-involved shootings. After 10 years in investigations, Robert has been promoted to sergeant. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Detective Brad continues the painstaking work of building a case against a murderer. But even when he thinks the job is done, there is still more to do: He wants to get closure for the victim's family. Is that even possible? This is part Two of Two.The guest: Detective BradDetective Brad has worked in law enforcement for over 24 years, serving in a wide range of capacities. In the first half of his career, he worked as a patrol officer, a member of the Gang Enforcement Team, a narcotics investigator, and a detective in the Child Abuse Unit. After all of that, he earned a special assignment to a federal Fugitive Task Force, where he served five years, and then returned to the detective squad, where he’s spent the last six years investigating violent crime and serving on the county's Major Crimes Team. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
A tip comes in about the possible murder of a young woman. If true, police have a pretty good idea who did it. But solving a case in the right way is far trickier than acting on a hunch. And so begins Detective Brad's long journey to try to find answers for a victim's family. This is Part One of Two.The guest: Detective BradDetective Brad has worked in law enforcement for over 24 years, serving in a wide range of capacities. In the first half of his career, he worked as a patrol officer, a member of the Gang Enforcement Team, a narcotics investigator, and a detective in the Child Abuse Unit. After all of that, he earned a special assignment to a federal Fugitive Task Force, where he served five years, and then returned to the detective squad, where he’s spent the last six years investigating violent crime and serving on the county's Major Crimes Team. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
6. "Please, Stop Me!"

6. "Please, Stop Me!"

2023-05-2654:275

A serial killer is loose in the early 1980s. His attacks are increasingly brutal and his choice of victim is seemingly random. Then, after he commits his crimes he does something confounding: He calls the police and, while seeming to cry, asks them to stop him. But despite his apparent guilt, he continues to kill, while the police desperately try to track him down.Guest: Prosecutor TomA native of Minnesota, Tom Foley spent twenty-one years in law enforcement, including four terms as Ramsey County Attorney (1978- 1995) in St. Paul, Minnesota. As County Attorney, he was the chief prosecutor for the jurisdiction. He also served as Deputy Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Corrections (1976-1978) and Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Minnesota (1973-1976). He's a founding member of Foley & Quigley Law, a Minnesota-based firm focused on gaming and Native American legal issues. He's also vice president of Lowry Strategies Inc.,. a Washington-based government affairs company. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
5. Slow Burn

5. Slow Burn

2023-05-1901:04:029

In a small town, one act of arson can be devastating. Detective Chris gets the call early one morning to investigate the cause of a fire at a family-owned arcade. The case quickly evolves into a burglary investigation and then a manhunt when the men thought responsible hit another business. Their destructive path finally leads to a deadly showdown.Guest: Detective ChrisDetective Chris has been in law enforcement for 28 years. He has been at his current department for 25 years where he's been a detective for 12 years. He spent 15 years on his agency's TAC team, 8 years as a K9 handler, and is a certified Control Tactics instructor at the state and federal level. Before joining law enforcement, Chris was a Military Police Officer in the Army National Guard. He’s married, with 3 kids.  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4. Crawlspace

4. Crawlspace

2023-05-1242:188

In another stunning case from fan-favorite Sgt. Robert, a mother and child are rushed to the hospital in what appears to be the case of a childbirth gone wrong. But almost immediately, emergency staff begin to question whether the woman was ever pregnant at all. Police are called to investigate and uncover a shocking truth.Guest: Sgt. RobertSgt. Robert has been in law enforcement for over 20 years. Prior to becoming a detective, he spent nine years on patrol, where he served as a Field Training Officer (FTO) and an FBI-trained hostage negotiator. As a detective, he worked in a unit that investigated crimes against children, including sex crimes, serious physical abuse and child homicides. He was later re-assigned to the violent crimes unit, where he investigated homicides, robberies and other serious felonies. He was an active member of his county’s major crimes team, which investigated homicides and officer-involved shootings. After 10 years in investigations, Robert has been promoted to sergeant. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3. Follow the Leader

3. Follow the Leader

2023-05-0546:5610

Forensic specialist Paul Holes recalls the case of a mass-murdering stockbroker bent on stealing his clients' money to start a new cult. The plan goes horribly wrong, as does the initial forensic investigation. Guest: Paul HolesPaul Holes is a bestselling author, podcaster, television host and retired cold-case investigator with the sheriff’s and district attorney’s offices in California’s Contra Costa County. During his 27 years as an investigator, Holes used his behavioral and forensic expertise in such notable cases as the Zodiac murders, Golden State Killer, and Jaycee Dugard kidnapping. In May 2022, Holes published “Unmasked: My Life Solving America's Cold Cases” - which became an instant New York Times bestseller. Paul teamed with the FBI and Sacramento DA to help identify Joseph DeAngelo as the Golden State Killer, the most prolific serial predator in U.S. history.  In 2019, he teamed up with Oxygen to host ”The DNA of Murder with Paul Holes” and in November he’s launching a new original series with HLN called, ”Real Life Nightmare with Paul Holes.”  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2. The Last Straw

2. The Last Straw

2023-04-2801:04:257

There are people in the world who, no matter how many chances they get, behave with cruelty and indifference. In this episode, Detective Dave recounts his frustrations in dealing with just such a man named Jeremy, who seemed unable, or unwilling, to control his habit of abusing people he deemed weaker than himself, despite multiple "second chances.”Guest: Detective DaveDetective Dave recently retired from law enforcement in January 2022.  He began his career in 2007 and served as a patrol officer until 2012.  Dave spent the next six years as a detective where he primarily investigated sexual assaults and child abuse.  Dave was promoted to Sergeant in 2018 and was reassigned to patrol, where he served for the remainder of his career.  During his time in law enforcement he held special assignments to the Crisis and Hostage Negotiation Team, Child Fatality Review, the county's deadly force investigation team, and served on the advisory boards of multiple children's and victim's advocacy groups. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1. House on the Hill

1. House on the Hill

2023-04-2143:325

Detective Dan talks about a case that has haunted him for years. A young woman is attacked while in the home of a well-to-do couple. She breaks free and scrambles to a neighbor's house to call for help. Dan is the first officer on scene and his investigation turns up disturbing clues that lead him to believe the victim narrowly escaped a couple with deadly intentions.Guest: Detective DanDetective Dan was formerly a K9 handler and Violent Crimes detective at the same Small Town police department as his brother, Dave. Dan regards his years as a K9 handler to be the most rewarding of his career. He is now retired. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Hot Wheels

Hot Wheels

2022-12-2355:307

Detective Dan takes us on an epic small-town manhunt as he tracks down a notorious car thief who makes the mistake of stealing the rims off a teenager's prized possession: his first car. This one has it all: burner phones, face tattoos, and a golden Honda Accord. This is the season finale!The detective: Detective Dan was formerly a K9 handler and Violent Crimes detective at the same Small Town police department as his brother, Dave. Dan regards his years as a K9 handler to be the most rewarding of his career. He is now retired. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Deep Cover

Deep Cover

2022-12-1601:14:019

Detective Matt returns to share his more than year-long undercover investigation into a fringe environmental group with dangerous designs on an upcoming political convention. This is the kind of story we never get to hear. Told by a detective who mastered the art of disappearing from his own life in order to thwart a violent plot.The detective: Detective Matt joined the police department in the town where this story takes place shortly after graduating college. He worked in patrol at first and then moved to the street crimes unit before he started as an undercover narcotics investigator. After he worked this case, he went to a DEA task force and worked to infiltrate a major political party conference. He received a medal of valor for his efforts. He had been a deputy in another state, but recently retired from law enforcement. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Crime scene investigations are rarely as dramatic - and definitive - as what you see on TV shows like CSI. That does not make them any less crucial to solving the case. Host Paul Holes takes us through a case he worked on in the late 1990s, where a claim of self-defense was ultimately turned on its head after a thorough and objective look at the nearly invisible trace evidence left behind after the body of a gay man was found dumped in a ditch.The detective: Paul Holes is a bestselling author, podcaster, television host and retired cold-case investigator with the sheriff’s and district attorney’s offices in California’s Contra Costa County. During his 27 years as an investigator, Holes used his behavioral and forensic expertise in such notable cases as the Zodiac murders, Golden State Killer, and Jaycee Dugard kidnapping. In May 2022, Holes published “Unmasked: My Life Solving America's Cold Cases” - which became an instant New York Times bestseller. Paul teamed with FBI and Sacramento DA to help identify Joseph DeAngelo as the Golden State Killer, the most prolific serial predator in U.S. history.  In 2019, he teamed up with Oxygen to host ”The DNA of Murder with Paul Holes” and in November he’s launching a new original series with HLN called, ”Real Life Nightmare with Paul Holes.”  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Moving Target

Moving Target

2022-12-0255:395

A gunshot rings out in the middle of the night in a small town in rural Australia. Detective Graeme is quickly on the case and soon learns not one but two additional drive-by shootings have occurred this early morning. Such things don't happen where he lives and all he has to go on is some grainy footage of a dark car out looking for targets.The detective: Detective Graeme. After witnessing a bank robbery, Graeme decided to join the Victoria Police where he graduated from the police academy in 1994. He worked the ‘beat’ across many suburbs of metropolitan Melbourne before being promoted to Detective in 2003. In 2006 he transferred to the prestigious Homicide Squad, honing his skills from the legends of Victoria Police Homicide. He has also led small teams in the pressured world of armed robbery investigations. Graeme is the recipient of the National Emergency Medal (Black Saturday Bushfires 2009), National Medal (25 years service), National Police Service Medal and Victoria Police Ethical Service Medal. After an esteemed career as a Detective Sergeant with Victoria Police, Graeme went on to establish Peregrine Consultancy and Investigations in 2021. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Living the Dream

Living the Dream

2022-11-2525:594

So glad to have you with us on this day after Thanksgiving (aka Black Friday). Here's something special from the Dream Team to our Small Town Family: Detectives Dan and Dave, Investigator Paul, and Citizen Yeardley talk about traffic stops, driving while hearing impaired, and their dream jobs. Enjoy!  Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
One Dark Night Pt. 2

One Dark Night Pt. 2

2022-11-1948:153

In the conclusion of One Dark Night, Detective Justin has identified his suspect in the senseless murder of Larry, who provided security for a community garden in Justin's small town. As Justin closes in on the suspect, the stakes couldn’t be higher when the suspect makes clear he will not be going quietly.The detective: Detective Justin is approaching his 15th year in Law Enforcement. Currently a Major Crimes Detective, Justin has also worked patrol, been a K9 Handler, and is a Team Leader on SWAT. He previously served as a Field Training Officer, was on Bike Patrol, and has been a Firearms Instructor since 2014. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
One Dark Night Pt. 1

One Dark Night Pt. 1

2022-11-1846:2810

In Pt. 1, Detective Justin gets an early morning call to respond to a community garden where a man's body is found slumped over at the base of a tree. The first assumption is this is a tragic, but all too common suicide. But the evidence starts to tell a different story, and soon Justin finds himself hot on the trail of a murderer. Pt. 2 drops tomorrow!The detective: Detective Justin is approaching his 15th year in Law Enforcement. Currently a Major Crimes Detective, Justin has also worked patrol, been a K9 Handler, and is a Team Leader on SWAT. He previously served as a Field Training Officer, was on Bike Patrol, and has been a Firearms Instructor since 2014. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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Comments (414)

Paulette Provost

Has the podcast taken a break? I've been waiting for a new one...

Aug 14th
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Michelle Franklin

I'm a teacher, therefore a Mandated Reporter. There are many instances where the parent threatens you if they suspect you are the one who called. In one instance my daughter was stalked and threatened by a mentally unstable parent that she called on. had to get a restraining order, the man was arrested, had several firearms confiscated from his home and threatened to kill both my daughter and my son. All three of us work in Early Childhood Education. So, although the child's safety and wellbeing are the most important thing, it is often dangerous for the mandated reporter, so not a simple matter.

Aug 6th
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Angela Iser

The cop doing the interagation is super annoying. lol.

Jul 26th
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Howard stein

Great close to another great season

Jul 11th
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Curtis Massey

Wow, what a great retelling! I loved the bit about all the arresting officers wearing Levi's! Great stuff!

Jul 7th
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Janvieh

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Jun 24th
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KRGrille

And they keep saying they feel bad for the husband when it seems he was complicit and aware of what was going on...SMH.😒

Jun 18th
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Cath Costello

OMG indeed Husband was definitely complicit It’s ridiculous what she got and he still is a cop Disgusting I’m 😡

Jun 16th
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Mi

It mmakes me sad how one of the victims is referred to several times as "the prostitute" by the narrator of the story, while the others are referred by their names only.

May 27th
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Mojo Jojo

I found it interesting that one of the ways Dan described this woman was "attractive". I think his willingness to believe her over the couple may have a little to do with that. It can't be the evidence, because a jury, after assessing all the evidence found them not guilty. And then Paul compares them to a couple of serial killers? Even after they were found not guilty? How on earth can he justify coming to that conclusion? Talk about guilty til proven innocent! I'm not saying they are innocent, I'm withholding belief in their guilt, because it hasn't been proven. That's how the justice system works, innocent until proven guilty, right?

Apr 29th
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Curtis Massey

It's sad, but I have to assume that most officers have stories like this about cases that got away from them. Sadly, the folks that should be officers are the ones who these cases negatively affect the most. I really appreciate a good officer.

Apr 23rd
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Howard stein

fab episode

Feb 21st
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Detective Jay 🧐

Lisa Wells

Feb 19th
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Melissa Jones Bowman

The officers are badasses in a great way! I was a corrections officer, and my husband is a retired warden. They were doing their jobs just like we were all trained to do it, even in those extreme circumstances. Great job!

Dec 28th
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Angel

I've been a Grinch this Xmas. Husband has been stuck in another state due to weather and hasn't been able to make it home for Xmas. He's still delayed at the airport so thanx so much for this episode! luv u guys! Merry Xmas 🖤

Dec 26th
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Curtis Massey

God bless the brave men and women that do this kind of crazy work to protect the rest of us. By the nature of the work they don't/can't get the recognition they deserve. They do it because it's important. Heroes.

Dec 19th
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MunkyGirl

So many questions 😂😂 Like you wouldn't notice that your whole living room had been deep cleaned when you came back from your holidays 😂 x

Dec 11th
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Curtis Massey

Man I just love all these folks.

Nov 26th
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Geoff

Register your disability with the police, so if an officer checks that database they might show you consideration? And that includes registering yourself as 'a schizophrenic'? Really? The problem that all the 'good guy' LEOs need to face is that they tolerate so many 'bad guys' amongst them, via their unions and cop-friendly regulations and laws. Like letting 'bad apples' roll around in the barrel and get rehired in law-enforcement posts elsewhere. FWIW, to pick out one thing, why isn't it standard for police to ask for a car's internal lights to be turned on if doing so reduces the fear of death that's always offered as the reason for gunning-down unarmed people? That shouldn't be a tip for citizens to glean from your show. How about 'What to do if the police stop you' information leaflets being issued along with every driver/vehicle registration event?

Nov 25th
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Buck Fruckster

I swear Yeardley likes to hear the sound of her voice sometimes, repeating and stating the total obvious.

Nov 23rd
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