Crimetown

34 EpisodesProduced by Gimlet

Welcome to Crimetown, a series produced by Marc Smerling and Zac Stuart-Pontier in partnership with Gimlet Media. Each season, we investigate the culture of crime in a different city. In Season 2, Crimetown heads to the heart of the Rust Belt: Detroit, Michigan. From its heyday as Motor City to it… read more

34 Episodes | 2016 - 2018

S2 E01: Stop the Robberies, Enjoy Safe Streets

October 1st, 2018

30:42
Detroit, 1971—a city riven by blight, racial strife, and rising crime. In the first episode of Crimetown Season 2, the police form a controversial …

Coming Soon: Season 2

September 20th, 2018

3:04
In Season 2, Crimetown explores crime and corruption in the heart of the Rust Belt: Detroit, Michigan. Expect stories of police shootings, the drug …

Crimetown presents: Up and Vanished

August 29th, 2018

36:50
Crimetown Season Two will begin very soon. In the meantime, check out the first episode of Up and Vanished's second season. Last season, host Payne Lindsey looked into the disappearance of Tara Grinstead, a teacher and …

Crimetown Presents: The RFK Tapes

June 5th, 2018

32:04
Fifty years ago, Senator Robert F. Kennedy was shot in the kitchen pantry of the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, moments after winning the …

Bonus Episode: Buddy Cianci...The Musical

December 23rd, 2017

36:42
In 2003, a couple of Brown University alumni did the unthinkable: they wrote and performed a musical about everyone’s favorite criminal mayor. No …

Bonus Episode: Courtney

December 19th, 2017

42:43
Courtney Calenda is a star high school student—until a powerful defense attorney more than three times her age pulls her into a downward spiral of …

Bonus Episode: Sins of the Father

November 29th, 2017

32:24
Jarrod Tillinghast is the son of one of Rhode Island’s most notorious mobsters. Determined to make a name for himself, he turns to boxing and becomes a rising star. But he learns that his father’s legacy isn’t so easy …

Gimlet presents: Uncivil

October 11th, 2017

22:08
Crimetown is hard at work on Season 2. In the meantime, check out Uncivil, the latest podcast from Gimlet Media. In Uncivil, hosts Jack Hitt and Chenjerai Kumanyika ransack the official version of the Civil War, and …

Introducing Mogul

July 10th, 2017

42:30
Crimetown is working on Season 2, and we will have news on that soon. In the meantime, we wanted to introduce you to a new series from Gimlet Media …

Bonus Episode: The Arrest of Ralph DeMasi

June 4th, 2017

40:45
80-year-old Ralph DeMasi is known throughout New England as both a prolific armored-car robber and a dedicated family man. After decades in prison, …

Bonus Episode: Crimetown Live in Brooklyn

May 21st, 2017

45:18
Earlier this month, we brought some of your favorite Crimetown characters to Brooklyn for a night of storytelling. Hear tales of canine escape, gold …

The Crimetown Season One Soundtrack

May 18th, 2017

12:39
To celebrate the end of our first season, Crimetown is releasing a soundtrack featuring many of the songs from the show. In this special bonus …

Chapter 18: The Prince of Providence

May 8th, 2017

47:50
Buddy Cianci was once a crusading prosecutor who took on the mob. Now, he’s behind bars. For the mayor of any other city, this would be the end of …

Chapter 17: The Trial of Buddy Cianci

April 30th, 2017

32:52
Buddy Cianci faces justice. His lawyers say he’s the Renaissance Mayor, too busy rebuilding Providence to notice a few bad apples in his …

Chapter 16: Operation Plunder Dome

April 23rd, 2017

47:39
Dennis Aiken is an FBI agent from Mississippi. Anthony Freitas is a businessman from Portugal. Together, they’re Providence’s best hope in the war on corruption—and they just might take down Buddy Cianci once and for …

Bonus Episode: The Gangster's Daughter

April 16th, 2017

19:17
Nicole Ouimette always knew her father was different. He was in and out of prison for most of her childhood. He had a lot of money but no job. And …

Chapter 15: Family Ties

April 10th, 2017

39:26
Charles “the Ghost” Kennedy and his sister Gloria took very different paths in life. She became a state senator. He became a drug smuggler. And as his empire starts to crumble, the people close to him suffer the …

Chapter 14: Renaissance Man

April 2nd, 2017

36:54
Buddy Cianci left City Hall in disgrace after torturing a man in his living room. Now, he attempts the impossible: running for mayor of Providence …

Bonus Episode: Cat and Mouse Part II

March 26th, 2017

19:47
When master burglar Tony Fiore gets out of prison, he decides to try something different: robbing armored cars at gunpoint. His new hobby will bring …

Chapter 13: The Network

March 19th, 2017

34:51
A shadowy group of political insiders tries to cover up a crisis. A mobbed-up banker vanishes after embezzling millions of dollars. And one renegade …

Chapter 12: Mob Justice

March 12th, 2017

31:38
A mob lawyer rises to become Chief Justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court. He promises to leave his past associations behind. But it's hard to …

Chapter 11: The Doctor Broad

March 5th, 2017

37:23
A young doctor suddenly finds herself caring for a sickly old man named Raymond Patriarca. As she grows closer to her new patient, she’s drawn into …

Chapter 10: The Ghost

February 26th, 2017

37:37
After a lucrative career as a thief, Charles Kennedy has an important realization: the real money is in drugs. He rises to become one of the East Coast’s biggest traffickers, throwing coke-fuelled parties and amassing a …

Chapter 9: A Deal With the Devil

February 5th, 2017

35:13
One night in 1982, a 20-year-old man is senselessly murdered at an abandoned gas station. A mobster is taken into witness protection after he pins …

Chapter 8: Cat and Mouse

January 29th, 2017

36:39
A master thief keeps getting away with big heists. A cop spends years tailing him, tapping his phone, and practically moving in across the street. …

Chapter 7: Power Street

January 22nd, 2017

35:09
March 20th, 1983. As an FBI investigation swirls around him, an increasingly unpredictable and paranoid Buddy Cianci summons a few friends to his home on the East Side of Providence. What happens there that night shocks …

Reply All’s On the Inside

January 15th, 2017

41:01
Crimetown is back with new episodes next week. In the meantime, we wanted to tell you about a four-part true-crime series from Reply All producer …

Chapter 6: Gerald and Harold

December 18th, 2016

35:15
Police discover a bullet-riddled body in the backseat of a car. Jerry Tillinghast and his brother Harold are arrested. But doubts are soon raised …

Chapter 5: The Art of the Deal

December 11th, 2016

35:07
Buddy Cianci, the popular mayor of Providence, runs for governor. But he knows something the people of Rhode Island don’t. And when they discover …

Chapter 4: The Bonded Vault Heist

December 4th, 2016

36:47
August 14, 1975. A ragtag crew of crooks holds up a fur company. But it’s not just a fur company. It’s the Patriarca crime family’s secret bank. And …

Chapter 3: The Making of a Mayor

November 27th, 2016

33:32
Buddy Cianci runs for mayor as the anti-corruption candidate, promising to change Providence. He’s a novice Republican politician in a city ruled by …

Chapter 2: The Wiseguys

November 20th, 2016

36:35
How does a kid from Providence become a mob enforcer? Two men share their personal stories of joining Raymond Patriarca’s crime family. As they move from their formative years on the street to maximum security, they …

Chapter 1: Divine Providence

November 20th, 2016

35:36
Welcome to Providence, Rhode Island, a city where organized crime corrupted every aspect of public life. In the first episode of Crimetown, a young prosecutor named Buddy Cianci takes on a gruesome murder case. As the …

Coming Soon

October 30th, 2016

3:01
From Gimlet Media and the creators of HBO's The Jinx, a new podcast exploring the tangled web of crime and corruption in American cities. This season: Providence, Rhode Island. The first episode premieres November 20th. 
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