Crime Redefined

A True Crime, Science and TV podcast
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Libby Copeland is an award-winning journalist and author of The Lost Family:  How DNA Testing Is Upending Who We Are.  After penning an article in the Washington Post about a “just-for-fun DNA test” gone wrong, Libby immersed herself in the fascinating world of consumer ancestry DNA testing. She joins Crime Redefined to discuss her book, the application of genetic genealogy to criminal investigations, and privacy issues surrounding DNA testing.  Hosted by Dion Mitchell and Mehul Anjaria.  A Zero Cliff Media production.
Fraud in forensic science can take on many forms and have dire consequences for defendants and victims in the criminal justice system.  Crime Redefined examines cases ranging from pure malicious intent to professional negligence and offers an insider’s perspective on this frightening phenomenon. Smoking crack, framing defendants, and ripping off clients are apparently all in a day’s work! Hosted by Dion Mitchell and Mehul Anjaria.  A Zero Cliff Media production.
Crime Redefined kicks off a new series highlighting who we call ‘celebrity justice warriors’. Some know him for Law & Order: SVU, and some know him as the OG of gangsta rap.  We are excited to feature the work of Ice-T in impacting the criminal justice system! In this episode, we discuss a presentation Ice-T made at a TEDx event at Sing Sing prison and recap the season-two premier of his show “In Ice Cold Blood” which can be seen on Oxygen.  Hosted by Dion Mitchell and Mehul B. Anjaria.  A Zero Cliff Media production.
Celebrated legal writer John Grisham’s “Eight reasons for America's shameful number of wrongful convictions” L.A. Times article is broken down with real-world examples and possible fixes. Hosted by Dion Mitchell and Mehul B. Anjaria.
Mr. Anjaria talks about some of the crazy and disturbing cases he has been involved in during his career as a forensic DNA expert.  Serial killers and dismemberment are all in a day's work.  Commentary on Marcia Clark's A&E show about Casey Anthony.  Hosted by Dion Mitchell and Mehul Anjaria.
Michael McAuliffe is a formal federal prosecutor in the Washington, DC civil rights division of the Department of Justice, and author of ‘No Truth Left To Tell.’ The novel centers around a disturbing re-emergence of the Ku Klux Klan in 1990’s Louisiana and the twists and turns of a resulting investigation and trial. Hosted by Dion Mitchell and Mehul Anjaria.  A Zero Cliff Media production.  
Beth Deering is a world-renowned professional psychic medium, medical intuitive, and paranormal investigator. She joins Crime Redefined to talk about her background and her work with law enforcement on cold and missing persons cases.  Beth also describes her relationship to a past Crime Redefined guest-Jeff Mudgett, the great-great grandson of H.H. Holmes.  Hosted by Dion Mitchell and Mehul Anjaria. A Zero Cliff Media production.  
The right to legal representation and the disturbing truths about the public defense system.  The surprising phenomenon of ‘pro pers’ or inmates acting ‘in propria persona’ as their own attorney is explored as Mr. Anjaria describes his personal experiences.  
Mr. Anjaria reveals his career evolution from law enforcement criminalist to independent expert working for the defense, aka ‘the Dark Side’ and weighs in on the O.J. Simpson trial, inmates acting as their own attorney, and meth labs. An introduction to the hosts and their disparate worlds.
Jeff Dunn recently retired as the lead Detective of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Threat Management Unit.  Dunn joins Crime Redefined to discuss the stalking of Sandra Bullock by Joshua James Corbett and provides never-heard-before details.  Dunn recently appeared on REELZChannel’s ‘Stalker Files’ which chronicled the stalking of Rebecca Schaeffer, Madonna, Steven Spielberg, Michael Douglas and others.  Crime Redefined is proud to offer this in-depth look at this tragic case in which Sandra Bullock was forced to retreat to a panic room in her closet to avoid a face-to-face confrontation with a schizophrenic stalker.  Hosted by Dion Mitchell and Mehul Anjaria. A Zero Cliff Media production.
A deep dive into the inequalities and bias in the justice system and misconceptions about the defense. A look at wrongful convictions and how they are exposed.
Crime Redefined’s second episode in a series highlighting celebrity justice warriors.  Kim Kardashian West has quickly become a prominent figure in criminal justice reform.  She has met with the President, advocating for clemency for Alice Marie Johnson and for the First Step Act. Teaming with Shawn Holley and Van Jones, Ms. Kardashian West has obtained big results by leveraging her passion, celebrity, and influence.  She has also visited a women’s prison and offered to pay rent for Matthew Charles, one of the first prisoners released due to the First Step Act. We discuss what drove her to this new calling and her ongoing work in this area.  Hosted by Dion Mitchell and Mehul Anjaria.  A Zero Cliff Media production.    
Fernando Bermudez is an inspirational exoneree and criminal justice educator and activist.  His nightmare began in 1991 when he was arrested for a murder he did not commit. He suffered a wrongful conviction and 18 years of incarceration as a result. In 2009 he was found actually innocent and began the fight for his rightful compensation. Mr. Bermudez is a distinguished international public speaker.  Hosted by Dion Mitchell and Mehul Anjaria.  A Zero Cliff Media production.  
Highlights from upcoming episodes.
The truth about DNA evidence and its shocking shortcomings are revealed. Scary contamination and DNA transfer events can have devastating consequences.  
Mr. Anjaria paints an insider’s view of working with pro pers in the Los Angeles County jail. What would motivate an inmate to refuse formal legal counsel and go it alone?  A movie about the most infamous pro per, serial killer Ted Bundy, is coming soon.
Donald “D.J.” Vodicka is former California correctional officer and author of ‘The Green Wall:  A Prison Guard’s Struggle to Expose the Code of Silence in the Largest Prison System in the United States.’ He joins Crime Redefined to give a behind-the-scenes glimpse of how being a whistleblower on sickening corruption in the highest levels of the prison system cost him dearly. Hosted by Dion Mitchell and Mehul Anjaria.  A Zero Cliff Media production.
The coronavirus pandemic is wreaking havoc on the criminal justice system. What can possibly be done to prevent the deadly virus from spreading like wildfire through our jails and prisons?  As the justice system grinds to a halt in Los Angeles and around the world, existing issues of fairness and efficiency have been exacerbated. Hosted by Dion Mitchell and Mehul Anjaria. A Zero Cliff Media production.
Criminal defense attorney Donald E. McInnis (donaldmcinnis.com) is the author of She’s So Cold:  Murder, Accusations and the System that Devastated a Family, a book about the 1998 murder of Stephanie Crowe in Escondido, CA. McInnis joins Crime Redefined for a fascinating look into coerced false confessions, the juvenile justice system, and DNA evidence.  Hosted by Dion Mitchell and Mehul Anjaria.  A Zero Cliff Media production.
Jeff Mudgett is the great-great grandson of America’s first serial killer, Herman Webster Mudgett, also known as H.H. Holmes. Jeff is the author of Bloodstains and starred in History Channel’s American Ripper which investigates the theory that H.H. Holmes was Jack the Ripper. Mudgett joins Crime Redefined to tell his story and share new evidence that calls into question the conclusions reached in American Ripper.  Hosted by Dion Mitchell and Mehul Anjaria.  A Zero Cliff Media production.
Jared Bradley’s M-Vac forensic DNA collection system is a superstar both in solving cases and in the media. Bradley joins Crime Redefined to break down recent headlines about this powerful forensic tool.  From breaking news about the Angie Dodge rape/homicide cold case in which the M-Vac helped to free Chris Tapp from prison, to compelling new FBI M-Vac research data, the M-Vac has emerged as a breakthrough DNA technology. Bradley also pulls back the curtain on the M-Vac’s TV appearances on ID, History, and Discovery channels. Hosted by Dion Mitchell and Mehul Anjaria.  A Zero Cliff Media production.
Philly rapper Meek Mill is our featured celebrity justice warrior.  From being locked up to performing in front of thousands of fans, Meek has seen dramatic highs and lows in his ascent to rap superstardom.  His legal woes are a lightning rod for criminal justice reform.  Meek Mill recently created the Reform Alliance with powerful allies including Van Jones, Jay-Z, and Michael Rubin with the goal of repairing America’s broken parole and probation system.  Hosted by Dion Mitchell and Mehul Anjaria.  A Zero Cliff Media production.
Insight on two high-profile Chicago cases-R.Kelly and Jussie Smollett. The court of public opinion versus the legal system are dissected as the hosts examine the explosive combination of media, politics, and justice. Mehul B. Anjaria discusses possible defense strategy to deal with the DNA evidence in the R.Kelly case.  Dion Mitchell describes his personal experience being on a Hollywood set when an actor returns after being caught in a scandal.    
The Golden State Killer has been unmasked using a revolutionary DNA technique.  The case and ingenious investigation leading to the dramatic arrest of former police officer Joseph James DeAngelo is discussed as well as the burgeoning debate about genetic privacy.
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Podcast Details

Started
Sep 19th, 2018
Latest Episode
Mar 31st, 2020
Release Period
Weekly
No. of Episodes
21
Avg. Episode Length
34 minutes
Explicit
No
Order
Episodic

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