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54 EpisodesProduced by GimletWebsite

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 its … read more

54 Episodes | 2016 - 2021

Coming Soon

October 30th, 2016


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. 

S1 E01: Divine Providence

November 20th, 2016


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 …

S1 E02: The Wiseguys

November 20th, 2016


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 …

S1 E03: The Making of a Mayor

November 27th, 2016


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 …

S1 E04: The Bonded Vault Heist

December 4th, 2016


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 …

S1 E05: The Art of the Deal

December 11th, 2016


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 …

S1 E06: Gerald and Harold

December 18th, 2016


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 …

S1 E07: Power Street

January 22nd, 2017


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 …

S1 E08: Cat and Mouse

January 29th, 2017


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. …

S1 E09: A Deal With the Devil

February 5th, 2017


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 …

S1 E10: The Ghost

February 26th, 2017


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 …

S1 E11: The Doctor Broad

March 5th, 2017


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 …

S1 E12: Mob Justice

March 12th, 2017


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 …

S1 E13: The Network

March 19th, 2017


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 …

Bonus Episode: Cat and Mouse Part II

March 26th, 2017


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 …

S1 E14: Renaissance Man

April 2nd, 2017


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 …

S1 E15: Family Ties

April 10th, 2017


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 …

Bonus Episode: The Gangster's Daughter

April 16th, 2017


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 …

S1 E16: Operation Plunder Dome

April 23rd, 2017


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 …

S1 E17: The Trial of Buddy Cianci

April 30th, 2017


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

S1 E18: The Prince of Providence

May 8th, 2017


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 …

The Crimetown Season One Soundtrack

May 18th, 2017


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 …

Bonus Episode: Crimetown Live in Brooklyn

May 21st, 2017


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

Bonus Episode: The Arrest of Ralph DeMasi

June 4th, 2017


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: Sins of the Father

November 29th, 2017


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 …

Bonus Episode: Courtney

December 19th, 2017


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: Buddy Cianci...The Musical

December 23rd, 2017


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

Coming Soon: Season 2

September 20th, 2018


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

S2 E01: Stop the Robberies, Enjoy Safe Streets

October 1st, 2018


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 …

S2 E02: The Battle for Detroit

May 2nd, 2019


A police shooting outside a community center leaves two black teenagers dead. Protesters take to the streets, igniting a movement to elect the city’s …

S2 E03: The Fat Man and the Field Marshall

May 9th, 2019


Eddie Jackson and Courtney Brown are childhood friends from a poor neighborhood. Eddie is the troublemaker, drawn to Detroit’s seamier side; Courtney …

S2 E04: The Kingpins' Kids

May 16th, 2019


When a hungry young DEA agent arrives in Detroit, he picks the perfect case to make his bones: taking down Eddie Jackson and Courtney Brown’s sprawling heroin organization. But if the drug kingpins fall, what will …

S2 E05: YBI to the Day I Die

May 23rd, 2019


It’s the early eighties, and a new organization is revolutionizing the heroin trade: Young Boys Inc. Unlike other drug operations, YBI recruits …

S2 E06: The Mayor, the Barber, and the Babysitter

May 30th, 2019


Coleman Young has more underworld connections than you might expect of a big-city mayor. Sometimes those connections come in handy. But when his …

S2 E07: Who Killed Damion Lucas?

June 6th, 2019


A thirteen-year-old boy is murdered in a drive-by shooting. The Detroit police quickly apprehend a suspect. But the FBI is convinced that the wrong …

S2 E08: Operation Backbone

June 13th, 2019


Still hung up on the unsolved murder of Damion Lucas, FBI agent Herm Groman devises an elaborate sting to ensnare the corrupt cops of the Detroit …

S2 E09: Dimitri

June 20th, 2019


Dimitri Mugianis is a rarity in Detroit: a white kid whose family stayed after everyone like them left. Growing up, he throws himself into the city’s avant-garde underworld, playing in art-punk bands and partying in gay …

S2 E10: Right Here, Right Now

June 27th, 2019


When Mayor Coleman Young dies after twenty years in office, he leaves a yawning vacuum in Detroit’s power structure. But a successor quickly arises: …

S2 E11: The Hip Hop Mayor

July 4th, 2019


To his supporters, Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is a new breed of politician: young, cool, and in touch with black culture. To his critics, his flashy …

S2 E12: Fake News

July 11th, 2019


As rumors about a wild party at the mayor’s mansion continue to spread, Kwame Kilpatrick must fend off an increasingly unsympathetic media. Meanwhile, his opponent in the next election has a double-digit lead. Can the …

Introducing Man in the Window

July 17th, 2019


From the partnership that brought you Dirty John, comes Man in the Window. Pulitzer prize winning reporter Paige St. John investigates The Golden …

S2 E13: Gary Brown v. Mayor of Detroit

July 18th, 2019


Deputy Police Chief Gary Brown files a whistleblower suit against City Hall, alleging he was fired for investigating the long-rumored Manoogian …

S2 E14: The Affair

July 25th, 2019


The revelation that Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick had an affair with his chief of staff — a romance detailed in thousands of explicit text messages — rocks Detroit. But it’s only the beginning of their troubles.

For bonus …

Introducing The Ballad of Billy Balls

July 31st, 2019


From the same team that brought you Crimetown comes Crimetown Presents: The Ballad of Billy Balls. It’s 1982 in New York City, and a man bursts into an East Village storefront apartment and shoots punk musician Billy …

S2 E15: The Murder of Tamara Greene

August 1st, 2019


With the mayor behind bars, a crusading lawyer takes up the case of slain exotic dancer Tamara Greene. Could Kwame Kilpatrick have ordered her murder …

S2 E16: Surrendered

August 8th, 2019


After serving 99 days in jail, former mayor Kwame Kilpatrick walks free. He heads to Texas and tries to settle into a new life. But Detroit isn’t quite ready to let him go.

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S2 E17: Operation Bombay Dreams

August 15th, 2019


For years, the FBI has been running a wide-ranging corruption investigation into the Kilpatrick administration. As they dig deeper, the feds uncover a massive pay-to-play enterprise that reaches every level of City …

S2 E18: United States v. Kwame Kilpatrick

August 22nd, 2019


After a decade of scandals and a sprawling corruption investigation, Kwame Kilpatrick faces his most daunting challenge yet: a federal trial that …

S2 E19: From the Ashes

August 29th, 2019


In the Crimetown Season 2 finale, Kwame Kilpatrick begins his 28-year prison sentence. Although he still maintains his innocence, his chances of a retrial are slim. Meanwhile, Detroit is undergoing a remarkable economic …

Bonus Episode: The Streets Don't Love You Back

September 5th, 2019


Growing up, Rob Boyd is ignored by his absent, womanizing father, a well-known local preacher. His mother marries a kindhearted factory worker, who helps raise Rob and his siblings. But after his stepfather is murdered, …

Introducing Mogul

October 1st, 2019


Introducing Mogul, a show about hip-hop's most iconic moments, told by the people who lived them. This season starts with Luke Campbell of the 2 Live …

Introducing | Morally Indefensible

August 18th, 2020


1979 is the year that Ex-Green Beret Doctor Jeffrey MacDonald is convicted of the murders of his pregnant wife and two young daughters. It’s also the year he meets a new friend in famous journalist Joe McGinniss. Joe …

Introducing | Firebug

July 21st, 2021


From the creator of Crimetown and Morally Indefensible comes a new podcast, Firebug. In the early 1990s, a manuscript for a novel called “Points of Origin” lands at literary agencies across the country. It tells the …

Introducing | Not Past It

August 10th, 2021


From the co-creator of Crimetown and The Ballad of Billy Balls comes Not Past It, a new weekly series from Gimlet. In each episode, host Simone …

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