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Crime Scene: True crime stories and investigations

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'Shots fired:' Listen as cops respond to toddler's death
Scanner traffic on the day of two-year-old Gabriella's death reveals how police responded to the initial call, finding the toddler unresponsive and dealing with threats against their lives. Listen in on the latest Crime Scene podcast, with host and…
5 top criminal justice misconceptions
Movies and television shows have been lying to us about criminal justice. Historical criminologist Fritz Umbach details the five top criminal justice misconceptions. From drugs to court to jail, there's a lot we think we know, that we actually don'…
The mass murder and animal cruelty connection
The connection between animal cruelty and murder is now a commonly accepted fact. The FBI began tracking animal cruelty cases in 2016, but that might never had happened if not for one tiny dog, a shih tzu named Polo, and his devoted, doting owner.
Paying the price of police work
What is the cost of a life spent in law enforcement? Not the salary and benefits, but the physical and mental toll being a cop takes on members of the force. That question is harder to answer than you might think. suicide and PTSD rates are difficu…
Brothers in trauma: Police officers and PTSD
Three cops, all friends, and all survivors of devastating injuries. But it's not the physical pain but the emotional challenges they have to overcome. On this episode of Crime Scene we talk to three former police officers, all of whom have dealt wi…
The case of the cannibal school teacher
In 1979, Albert Fentress abducted, abused, mutilated, murdered and then ate parts of an 18-year-old boy. But before he did all that he wrote a movie script. In the latest episode of Crime Scene, we look at how fantasy becomes murder, through the le…
UPDATE: Female serial killers
A quick update on last week's episode - I asked developmental psychologist Sasha Reid to talk a bit about why there are so few female serial killers, at least when compared to the number of men. She gives us her professional opinion.
Recipe for a serial killer
Could you create a serial killer? Or, perhaps more importantly, could you "fix" a potential serial killer before he becomes the monster? In this episode of Crime Scene, Sasha Reid, an etiologist examining the details of serial killers' lives, attem…
UPDATE: How to get a confession
In this short update, we hear how former NYPD homicide detective Jim Davis got Sunset Bay Jr. to confess to the rape and murder of Roberta Fort. If you'd like to read the transcript, sign up for the Crime Scene newsletter at or …
The rape and murder of Roberta Fort
In 1975, the body of Roberta Fort was found in a pool of blood. Follow along with the original lead detective on the case as he walks through the investigatory process. These were the days before DNA. Seven years later, the killer went to trial. …
BONUS: Race, racism and serial murder
We want to believe that all murders are created equal. We'd like to think that, in 2017, the response to one tragedy will be the same as the response to another, regardless of race, creed or economic status. But the truth, according to Dr. Delores …
The typical serial killer: How preconceived ideas let murderers go free
In the latest episode of Crime Scene, we try to untangle preconceived ideas around serial murder, using the science of statistics to delve into the hard data. This episode we talk with former professor Mike Aamodt and with Vernon Geberth, a former …
Inside the mind of sexual serial killers
Police still don't know the identity of Robert Shulman's second victim, found mutilated behind a Yonkers pizza place 25 years ago. In this episode, Crime Scene talks with veteran homicide detective Vernon Geberth, called "Mr. Murder," about how sex…
Belton Lee Brims and the cinema of prison escape
The story of how Belton Lee Brims murdered two people is how this story begins. His capture — and later re-capture — has become the stuff of local lore.
The tragic history of fire codes
In this episode of Crime Scene, we examine fire codes, and how they are often if not always the result of horrific losses of life; arson, and how investigators piece together evidence from little more than a pile of ashes; and the fatal Stouffer's …
Less than no evidence: The coldest murder case maybe ever
All investigations rely on evidence — fingerprints maybe, or footprints or bloody gloves or cigarette butts. This episode of Crime Scene shares the tale of a murder investigation in which there is less than zero evidence. It may very well be the co…
DNA: Balancing privacy and public safety
In this episode of Crime Scene, we talk to Ray Wickenheiser, who runs the New York State Police Crime Lab, about how DNA evidence is collected and about the balance between security and privacy concerns
30 years later, Mount Vernon's Jane Doe remains a mystery
Mount Vernon's only Jane Doe was found strangled nearly three decades ago. In all that time, the process of identifying John and Jane Does has changed quite a bit, and there are more tools available to both the police and the public. A Facebook c…
Body fished from lake sparked conspiracy theories
It's like a scene ripped from a Stephen King novel — two boys toss their fishing lines into the water and pull out a dead body. The cause of William X. Harth's death was debated around dinner tables in 1960s Rockland County, with conspiracy theori…
Women's rights, labor movements, murder and the state police
The story of the origins of the New York State Police encompasses women's rights, the labor movement, World War I and more. And it all began with an unsolved murder.
Crime Scene: Sherri Orofino
Sherri Orofino was killed almost 30 years ago, her body found six months after she went missing in the Croton reservoir. The prime suspect in the murder — a former police sergeant — has never been charged.
Crime Scene: Reginald Mcfadden
Reginald McFadden was convicted of two murders and a rape, all committed during the 92 days after he was released from prison on a murder charge. He was never tried for the death of Dana DeMarco, though reasons why change, based on who you ask.
Crime Scene: Prophets and poison, sex and slavery
In the decades before the Civil War, the small town of Ossining, N.Y., was home to a small cult led by a man who believed he was the reincarnation of the Apostle Matthias — until a murder and a sensational trial.
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Mar 9th, 2016
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May 8th, 2018
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