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...These Are Their Stories: The Law & Order Podcast

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True crime writers and pop culture podcasters Kevin Flynn and Rebecca Lavoie invite special guests to talk about ripped-from-the-headlines episodes of Law & Order, SVU, and Criminal Intent. Tweet to us @lawandorderpod or find us on Facebook at facebook.com/lawandorderpod and on the web at lawandorderpodcast.com.
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SVU: Dana Delany's son rapes a starlet to get on the radio

A 16-year-old TV actress who plays a hypersexual undercover agent is raped in her trailer. A shock jock (Lewis Black) has been suggesting listeners try to bang her. Stabler and Fin learn the culprit is the teenage son of an anti-smut crusader (Dana Delany) who thought stealing her panties would get him on the radio.  Later, the activist shoots the DJ for corrupting her son.  It's a case of the First Amendment versus family values.We're talking about Special Victims Unit season 6 episode 3 "Obscene." Our guest is Roberta Blevins from the Life After MLM podcast.Among the many figures who inspired this episode includes radio host Howard Stern. For exclusive content from Kevin and Rebecca, sign up on Patreon.
7/10/202448 minutes, 17 seconds
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SVU: A tiger attacks Stabler, Benson shows her bra, and Cragen rescues a monkey from a basketball

A fatal tiger attack sends Stabler undercover into an international animal smuggling ring. The leader murders a rap star with a hyena and plans to carving up an endangered gibbon and make the world's most expensive chopsticks out of his breast bone. Benson poses as a prostitute in her underwear to maintain Stabler's cover, then he's is shot and left for dead by the ring leader. As the rest of the squad moves in to shut down the operation, Cragen rescues the gibbon from a hollowed out basketball.This is among the craziest SVUs ever. We're talking about Special Victims Unit season 10 episode seven "Wildlife." Our guest from this February 14, 2018 episode is Tara Ariano from the Extra Hot Great podcast.This episode is inspired by the real international blackmarket for exotic animals. New episodes of "These Are Their Stories" will return on July 10. Stay subscribed for great content. 
6/26/202445 minutes, 50 seconds
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CI: A sex club, a porno mag, designer purses, blackmail...and murder!

The little black book of a porno mag publisher goes missing after the former centerfold who won it at auction is murdered. Photocopies of the book reveal evidence a US Senate candidate took his ex-wife (Rosanna Arquette) to a sex club, even though she didn't want to go. Goren and Eames discover the blackmailer was the club doorman who's just turned up dead. The detectives learn the ex-wife returned to the club without her husband - got it on with everyone - and is now desperate to keep her daughter from knowing the tawdry truth. Carver falsely charges the politician with murder, all part of an elaborate ruse to elicit a confession from the ex in exchange for destroying the evidence.We're talking about Criminal Intent season 4 episode 14 "Sex Club." Our guest from this February 26, 2020 episode is Katie Mitchell from the Date with Dateline podcast.This episode is inspired by the political sex scandal surrounding Jack and Jeri Ryan. New episodes of "These Are Their Stories" will return on July 10. Stay subscribed for great content. 
6/12/202445 minutes, 27 seconds
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SVU: Glasgowman demands a sacrifice!

After three girls disappear overnight in a city park, a large man is spotted returning stab victim Zoe from the woods. The child tells Benson her sister, Mia, and her friend, Perry, were kidnapped by the supernatural Glasgowman. They had a map to the creature's mansion they got from Perry's babysitter, a graphic artist. Amaro and Rollins find the missing girls, who say Glasgowman bound and stabbed them. It becomes clear that Perry is delusional, convinced her friends to go into the woods, then tried to make a blood sacrifice to Glasgowman. Mia is released and Perry is sentenced to a psychiatric hospital. Riding the elevator, Carisi spots the two discreetly intertwine their pinkies. The implication: she's faking and it was a set-up from the beginning. We're talking about SVU season 16 episode 6 "Glasgowman's Wrath." Our guest from this September 22, 2021 episode is Ronald Young Jr.This episode is inspired by the Slenderman stabbing case. New episodes of "These Are Their Stories" will return on July 10. Stay subscribed for great content. 
5/29/202452 minutes, 34 seconds
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L&O: He gets stiff making his wife stiff and boning her frozen body

Briscoe and Green investigate a socialite who fell into an insulin-induced coma, even though she’s not diabetic. David Moore says he was helping her commit suicide, but the detectives learn the couple are part of a group who get off on a kink called “necrophilia without tears.” Moore injects his wife with insulin to paralyze her so he can have sex with her frozen body.McCoy and Carmichael charge the husband with attempted murder, but become suspicious of Mrs. Moore’s step-daughter and her doctor (John Slattery). In a plot to take her fortune, they’d been spiking the insulin with another drug to convince her she was dying and should end her own suffering.  We’re talking about Law & Order season 10 episode 23 “Stiff.” Our guest from this May 8, 2019 episode is Dr. Kelly Jones from the Still Pretty and Awegasm podcasts.This episode is inspired by the case of Claus and Sunny von Bülow. New episodes of "These Are Their Stories" will return on July 10. Stay subscribed for great content. 
5/15/202445 minutes, 37 seconds
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SVU: Barba kills a baby and McCoy STILL won't fire him

Lt. Benson and the SVU squad investigate a kidnapping involving the parents of an infant at the heart of a right-to-die case. ADA Barba sympathizes with the mother and does what she's unable to bring herself to do: switch off the baby's life support system. District Attorney Jack McCoy charges him with murder and enlists Barba's replacement, ADA Peter Stone, to prosecute the case. Even though he's acquitted and McCoy seems perfectly fine with letting a baby killer stay on staff, Barba resigns and leaves New York.We’re discussing the heart-tugging, star-packed Special Victims Unit season 19 episode 13 "The Undiscovered Country." Our guest from this March 11, 2020 episode is Gaby Dunn from the "Bad with Money" podcast. This episode is inspired by the 2017 case of Charlie Gard. New episodes of "These Are Their Stories" will return on July 10. Stay subscribed for great content. 
5/1/202445 minutes, 43 seconds
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L&O: First the singing, then the gunfire

Gunshots ring out after someone heckles the singer at mob-friendly Raimondo's restaurant. Briscoe and Green think a Hollywood producer at a different table was simply caught in the crossfire, but Van Buren says the bullet that killed him was from a different gun. The detectives nab a hitman who took advantage of the commotion to take out the producer. He says he was hired by an author who got stiffed on the movie adaptation of his Raimondo's-inspired book. But McCoy and Southerlyn learn it was Raimondo himself who sought revenge on both the writer and the producer for disrespecting his famous restaurant.We're talking about Law & Order season 14 episode 20 "Everybody Loves Raimondo's." Our guest from our April 17, 2017 episode is Chris Greene of RTÉ Two radio in Ireland.This episode is inspired by the real life shooting in Rao's restaurant by Louie "Lump Lump" Barone. New episodes of "These Are Their Stories" will return on July 10. Stay subscribed for great content. 
4/17/202446 minutes, 13 seconds
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SVU: Ooops. I slept with my daughter!

Captain Olivia Benson thinks the creepy cleaver-wielding butcher who likes to wear clown masks is behind the disappearance of a teenager. EADA Peter Stone charges him with murder, although her body is never recovered. Detectives Carisi and Rollins discover the girl is alive and well, living in hiding and having a secret affair with her music teacher. But sh*t gets bananas when the mother confronts the couple. She confesses to her own affair with the teacher years earlier which left her pregnant. Although they never knew it, the teacher has been sleeping with his own daughter. We'll never ever get over SVU season 19 episode 17 "Send in the Clowns." Our guest for the April 11, 2018 episode is Kimberly from the Date with Dateline podcast.This episode is inspired by the case of Steven Walter Pladl. New episodes of "These Are Their Stories" will return on July 10. Stay subscribed for great content. 
4/3/202446 minutes, 5 seconds
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L&O: The politician's husband was bludgeoned protecting a trans kid

Cosgrove and Shaw investigate the murder of a right wing congresswoman's husband, a doctor bludgeoned in his home office. The detectives focus on a teenager who'd been secretly visiting the doctor's home. They learn the patient is a trans girl who'd been receiving gender affirming care despite her parents' objections, and Frank and Jalen arrest the dad for murder. His lawyer argues self-defense, and Price and Maroun quarrel about whether the victim should have been treating the 13-year-old without permission. In order to protect the teen from a withering cross-examination, McCoy offers a plea. But the political fallout from the trial might make things less safe for trans kids in the future.We're talking about Law & Order season 22 episode 19 "Private Lives." Our guest is Brady Carlson from the Cool Weird Awesome podcast.This episode takes its inspiration from the attack on the husband of former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.  New episodes of "These Are Their Stories" will return on July 10. Stay subscribed for great content. 
3/20/202446 minutes, 13 seconds
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SVU: It's not the hot teacher! It's the catfishing wrestling coach!

Nerdy teenager Zach is getting dirty pics and suggestive texts from his English teacher, but vanishes on his way to a secret tryst with her. Benson and Dodds learn Miss Barnap has been giving lessons in lust to some students, but the photos to Zach were actually sent by the school's wrestling coach. The squad later finds the kidnapped boy in the man's remote cabin.  Zach's parents won't let him testify, so Olivia and Mike ask some of the coach's past victims to come forward. But one has a better idea...he gets a videotaped confession from the coach by torturing him to death. Also, Rollins apparently survived childbirth.In our 200th episode, we're talking about Special Victims Unit season 17 episode 10* "Catfishing Teacher." Our special guest is the winner of the "These Are YOUR Stories contest," Jon Gregory.Some inspiration for this episode comes from the life of former teacher Mary Kay Letourneau.*Note, because of a two-part season opener, some streaming services list this as episode 9.
3/6/202453 minutes, 35 seconds
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SVU: Amaro beats up that creep with the camera

An online sting leads the squad to a photographer (Joshua Malina) who has fantasies about slicing up children. Murphy and Tutuola uncover his torture chamber, but Benson and Rollins can't find any real-life victims. Barba prosecutes him anyway, but the defendant is acquitted. Meantime, while already dealing with family issues, Amaro spots the photographer taking pictures at a playground. Nick beats him to a pulp and is quickly arrested.We're talking about Special Victims Unit season 15 episode 23* "Thought Criminal." Our guest is Kimberly from the Date with Dateline podcast. Inspiration for this story comes from the case of the so-called "Cannibal Cop" Gilberto Valle.*Note, because of a two-part season opener, some streaming services list this as episode 22.
2/21/202451 minutes, 55 seconds
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CI: She's not the killer because she can only poop in her home toilet

When three parents are killed in separate shootings, Goren and Eames learn their three-year-old children had all been accepted to an exclusive day care center. Is someone trying to get their own kid off the waitlist and into the school by picking off the other moms and dads? An overbearing matriarch found with the murder weapon would do anything to get her grandson in, but Goren de-deuces she couldn't do it because she can only poop in her home toilet. It seems the child's belittled mom set up her mother-in-law, and now she's taken school officials hostage at gunpoint.We're talking about Criminal Intent season 7 episode 15 "Please Note We Are No Longer Accepting Letters of Recommendation from Henry Kissinger." Our guest is Chris Farah from the DocuSweeties podcast.Inspiration for this episode comes from the real life case of the Texas cheerleader murder plot. WANT TO BE A GUEST HOST ON THE PODCAST?Enter the These Are YOUR Stories contest for a chance to talk about your favorite episode of TV's most enduring crime franchise.Go to lawandorderpodcast.com for more.
2/7/202446 minutes, 43 seconds
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SVU: Will Arnett is adopting kids for all the wrong reasons

A Guatemalan boy is discovered in a bus luggage compartment. His friend tells Benson and Stabler they were running away from the child molester who adopted them and kept them locked in his apartment for sex. Before they can question Brett Jansen, he's found murdered in his bed. Olivia and Elliot learn Jansen is among those who've been traveling to Central America to bring back boys for their own pleasure. Munch goes undercover to bust the travel agent arranging the trips (Will Arnett). Was Jansen killed to protect the pedophile ring? Or was it because his love for the boys wasn't sweet enough?We're talking about Special Victims Unit season 4 episode 6 "Angels." Our guest is Alexis Linkletter from "Unraveled" and "The First Degree" podcasts.Inspiration for this story comes from the 1999 case of Marvin Hersh. WANT TO BE A GUEST HOST ON THE PODCAST?Enter the These Are YOUR Stories contest for a chance to talk about your favorite episode of TV's most enduring crime franchise.Go to lawandorderpodcast.com for more.
1/24/202453 minutes, 13 seconds
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L&O: They don't believe she's being stalked. Now she's dead.

Briscoe and Curtis look for the stalker who threw Andrea Blake down the stairs. Is it the computer hacker with a taste for opera or the creepy neighbor with the telephoto lens and X-rated website? But inconsistencies in the victim's story lead Lennie and Rey to suspect she faked the attack. Soon after, Andrea is murdered in her apartment.The defense attorney gets the 911 call tossed, saying she already falsely accused the defendant once. To save the case, Briscoe tells McCoy he believed Andrea's story all along, which everyone knows is a lie. Curtis refuses to perjure himself, so McCoy must attack his credibility to get a murder conviction.We're talking about Law & Order season 8 episode 18 "Stalker." Our guest is Jenn Jackson from the We Talk $hit podcast.Plot points for this episode come from the death of Canadian nurse Cindy James. WANT TO BE A GUEST HOST ON THE PODCAST?Enter the These Are YOUR Stories contest for a chance to talk about your favorite episode of TV's most enduring crime franchise.Go to lawandorderpodcast.com for more.
1/10/202452 minutes, 13 seconds
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SVU: The rapist likes his mommy's boobies

Detectives Churlish and Muncy investigate a rape accusation against the son of a rich, domineering real estate mogul. When Benson goes to arrest Martin Parish, she finds Connie Parish breastfeeding him. Carisi's rape case falls apart when the victim recants, then dies before testifying before the grand jury. The squad learns her cocaine was laced with industrial abrasive, which is also the cause of Martin's failing health. He refuses to testify against his mother, until his long-absent father returns to say he lost the taste for Connie's boobies when he learned she was trying to kill him with the same abrasive. We're talking about Special Victims Unit season 24 episode 18 "Bubble Wrap." Our guest is Melody Carlisle from the "Heaving Bosoms" podcast.A few plot points in this episode are inspired by the controversy around actor Armie Hammer.
12/27/202346 minutes, 24 seconds
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SVU: An evil children's author leaves Stabler blinded

Benson and Stabler learn the kidnapper and rapist they're looking for is children's book author Saul Picard. When they take him into custody, Picard head butts Elliot into a car window, leaving him temporarily blind. The feds want to bring Picard back to Louisiana where child rape is a capital offense. Huang says the suspect is schizophrenic and belongs in a hospital, not death row.Novak schemes with a defense attorney to keep Picard in NY.  Motivated by personal reasons, Casey's plan to sabotage her own prosecution to save Picard puts her at loggerheads with new District Attorney Jack McCoy and a vengeful Benson, seeking revenge for Stabler's injury. We're talking about Special Victims Unit season nine episode seven "Blinded." Our guest is Ronald Young Jr. from the "Weight for It" podcast.A minor plot point alludes to the life of author Theodor Geisel, aka, Dr. Suess. 
12/13/202349 minutes, 35 seconds
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L&O: Only Briscoe heard the killer's confession...and no one believes him

Lennie Briscoe and his new partner Ed Green investigate a fatal mugging. They can't make an arrest stick to suspect Bobby Sabo, who enjoys taunting Briscoe, but the senior detective says Sabo spontaneously confessed to the crime while they were out of earshot from Green. Van Buren isn't confident the confession happened. Tensions boil over between the detectives as Briscoe feels his trustworthiness and age are questioned. McCoy's case is about to fall apart when the evidence gets thrown out. But Carmichael objects to a deal that might close two cases and reveal the truth about that disputed statement.We're talking about Law & Order season 10 episode 6 "Marathon." Our guest is Mary Payne Gilbert from the Pink Shade podcast.Inspiration for this episode comes from the 1999 murder of Jacqueline Frezza.
11/29/202348 minutes, 7 seconds
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SVU: The victim is a call girl! And a pole vaulter!

Benson investigates the rape of a housewife spotted jumping between rooftops. Jenna Miller has a big secret: she's been doing sex work. She has an even bigger secret: she's the world record-holding pole vaulter who could lose her endorsements if her double life were exposed. When the defendant's attorney suggests she's losing her good looks, Jenna responds by ripping off her blouse in court. With Barba's case tanking, Carisi and Rollins suspect Jenna's behavior might be the result of an undiagnosed mental illness. Meanwhile, Amanda remains unsettled  after her sister makes parole and moves in with her and Jessie.We're talking about Special Victims Unit season 18 episode 4 "Heightened Emotions." Our guest is Wah Lino from the DocuSweeties podcast.This episode is based on the life of former Olympian Suzy Favor Hamilton. 
11/15/202351 minutes, 15 seconds
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SVU: The little old lady who owns the slaughterhouse is the killer!

Benson and Stabler look for the killer of Laura Santiago. Their investigation uncovers cock fighting, radical vegan feminists, and hundreds of photos of women's butts. The detectives learn Laura was secretly filming an exposé on conditions in a slaughterhouse. Olivia goes undercover at the meat packing plant to find the missing film, but the left-handed foreman confesses quickly to the right-handed stabbing. Benson and Munch confront the elderly owner of Donna Rosa's Meatballs about whether she'd kill to protect the family recipe. This episode has everything! We're talking about Special Victims Unit season 11 episode 20 "Beef." Our guest is Roberta Blevins from the "Life After MLM" podcast. The story takes cues from the work of muckraker Upton Sinclair.This podcast was recorded in front of a live audience in Dallas, TX.
11/1/202348 minutes, 53 seconds
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L&O: Logan's childhood priest is at it again

When a cop is shot in a park, Logan recognizes him as childhood friend Billy Marino, who'd  been trading phone calls with their old priest, Father Joe Krolinsky. He and Briscoe learn Krolinsky left the priesthood and started a family, but Logan confides in Cragen (now assigned to Anti-corruption) Father Joe molested altar boys and even put the moves on him. The detectives learn Krolinsky gave Billy $50,000 as hush money. With all his sex assaults beyond the statute of limitations, McCoy charges Krolinsky with conspiracy to hide his past crimes. But the former priest has a shocking defense: he said young Billy recruited victims in the neighborhood and the cash was a belated payment for crimes beyond the statute of limitations. Kincaid  notices Krolinsky's wife is skipping the trial - and perhaps she has family secrets to share.We're talking about Law & Order season five episode twenty "Bad Faith." Our guest is Hank Krutulis from the "Procedural Veneration" podcast. The crimes of former priest James Porter serve as the inspiration for this episode.
10/18/202348 minutes, 27 seconds
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SVU: Diane Neil and her friends rape a male stripper

Olivia and Elliot learn Sydney, a woman who died of accidental erotic asphyxiation, was one of three friends who raped a male stripper at a bachelorette party. Stabler is among those who don't believe a woman can rape a man, but Benson and Cabot go after Pam and Amelia (played by Diane Neil).  At trial, the exotic dancer admits he was suing Sydney and she told her friends she was going to settle. The detectives think it's a great motive for murder and reopen the investigation of her death.We're talking about Special Victims Unit season three episode ten "Ridicule." Our guest is Natalie Grillo of the Obsessed Network.Some inspiration for this episode comes from the 1977 “Manacled Mormon” case.
10/4/202348 minutes, 34 seconds
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SVU: Cassidy is accused of rape and Amaro learns he has a son

Before testifying against the pimp who had him shot, a former sex slave says Cassidy raped her when he was undercover.  When Amaro and Munch go to his apartment to question him, they see Olivia exit his bedroom.Though Brian says it's a frame-up, he goes on trial for the assault. His attorney confronts Amaro on the stand with Cynthia Mancheno, the woman he had a relationship with while undercover ten years ago. Nick learns he's the father of her nine-year-old son and Cynthia's boyfriend is using the kid to mule drugs. The squad goes undercover to get the boyfriend off the street and prove Cassidy's innocence.We're talking about Special Victims Unit season fourteen episode seventeen "Undercover Blue." Our returning guest is Nettie Smith from the Oh Hell Yes podcast.Some inspiration for this episode comes from a controversy around undercover officers in Britain's National Public Order Intelligence Unit. 
9/20/202346 minutes, 57 seconds
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CI: Who cut the wire causing an actor to fall to his death?

The lead actor of the financially-troubled, accident-prone Broadway musical "Icarus" falls to his death after his safety wire is cut. Goren and Eames learn the show's demanding director (Cynthia Nixon) couldn't convince the producer to fire him and wanted his understudy to perform that night for the benefit of a theater critic. When the detectives discover an insurance policy that would cover investors' losses if the lead was killed, they get the show's dramaturg and producer to turn on each other.We're talking about Criminal Intent season 10 episode 7 "Icarus." Our returning guest is Brandi Brown.This episode is inspired by the ill-fated musical "Spider-Man:  Turn Off the Dark."
9/6/202344 minutes, 25 seconds
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SVU: Hayden Panettiere dabbles in child porn

Lisa, a teen with a fake ID, is murdered on a rooftop. Benson and Stabler learn she and her friend, Angela (Hayden Panettiere), teased high school students with colored sex bracelets, were big on the apps, gave oral for designer clothes and turned tricks at a fancy hotel. But it didn't stop there for the HIV-infected victim. Lisa also earned money as an underage porn star. Meanwhile, Stabler pressures Kathleen to give up whether her boyfriend pressured her to give it up.We're talking about Special Victims Unit season six episode fifteen "Hooked." Our guest is Michelle Rubenstein from the Total Betty Podcast Network.Plot points for this episode come from the life of actress Traci Lords.
8/23/202345 minutes, 7 seconds
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SVU: The serial killer doctor helps catch a serial killing doctor

When a new body washes up on his beach burial ground, imprisoned serial killer Dr. Gregory Yates  points Amanda to a mummified murder victim in a townhouse. He says the culprit is his old friend Carl Rudnick, the deputy chief medical examiner. After Yates's girlfriend tells Benson she has incriminating evidence, Rudnick kills and dismembers her, then flees dressed as a woman.  Rollins and Carisi capture the doctor, who hires both Calhoun and  Buchanan to defend him. Barba fears Rudnick's improbable self-defense claim is working with the jury, but Sonny uncovers video of the suspect saying the wrong things while talking to himself. Meanwhile, Rollins learns she's pregnant. We're talking about the Special Victims Unit two-part season seventeen opener, episode one "Devil's Dissections" and episode two "Criminal Pathology."* Our guest is Lauren van der Meer from the Drinks with Death podcast. Some plot points are taken from the Long Island Serial Killer case.*Note: some streaming services list this as a single episode.
8/9/202349 minutes, 41 seconds
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L&O: Chevy Chase's antisemitic traffic stop leads to murder!

When washed-up actor Mitch Carroll (Chevy Chase) is pulled over for drunk driving, he goes on an antisemitic tirade, all while covered in blood. Green and Cassady trace his pistol to the murder of the Jewish TV producer he felt ruined his career. But the detectives learn Carroll's son pulled the trigger in his own bigoted rage.McCoy and Rubirosa try to prove the father's hate speech drove his son to murder. When the actor shows he's willing to let his boy take the fall, the teen turns on his dad and tells the truth.We're talking about Law & Order season 17 episode 7 "In Vino Veritas." Our returning guest is BFF Molly McKean.This episode takes cues from the 2006 drunk driving arrest of actor Mel Gibson.
7/26/202347 minutes, 52 seconds
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SVU: John Stamos gets killed with an explosive knife

An abandoned baby leads Benson and Stabler to a career woman (Lori Singer) who may have received the child in an illegal adoption. But it's the woman's lawyer/fiancé (John Stamos) who draws scrutiny. Ken Turner has fathered more than 40 children, all of them conceived after his condoms suspiciously broke. Olivia accuses him of being a "reproductive abuser," tricking women into having his babies. Though Turner's done nothing illegal, the squad calls in an expert to build a case against him. But police find Turner's body blown up from the inside out. The killer says she didn't know the special scuba diving knife she stabbed him with was filled with compressed CO2.We're talking about Special Victims Unit season 12 episode 22 "Bang." Our guest is Gillian Pensavalle from the True Crime Obsessed podcast. This episode is based on a clinical study into "reproductive coercion" and the story of British baby daddy Keith Macdonald.Note: this episode was originally released June 7, 2017.
7/12/202346 minutes, 37 seconds
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SVU: Sharon Stone hands a hostage taker her dead son

When a child is snatched, Benson and Stabler find evidence his mother, Dr. Sophie Gerard (Isabelle Huppert), was planning to sneak him overseas. But the hunt for the hired kidnapper leaves the boy dead in a watery car crash. Sophie cannot accept her son is dead, so Olivia and ADA Jo Marlowe (Sharon Stone) bring her to the morgue to see for herself. After a scuffle with the boy's father, Sophie steals an officer's gun, shoots Warner, and takes the rest hostage. While Elliot sneaks through an air duct, he learns the father masterminded the kidnapping. Before the mother can exact her revenge, Marlowe pretends the dead child is still alive and carries him over to Sophie.We're talking about the head-scratching Special Victims Unit season 11 episode 24 "Shattered." Our returning guest is Erika Villalba from the "That Aged Well" podcast.Some plot points for this episode come from the international child abduction case of Sean Goldman. 
6/28/202346 minutes, 11 seconds
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SVU: Her daddy's the daddy, so she threw the baby in the trash

When a newborn baby is discovered in a garbage pile, Benson and Stabler trace the child to a college student who denies it's hers. Later, she says she was a victim of rape and didn't know she was pregnant until she went into labor. Cragen learns this wasn't the first time the woman gave birth and threw the child away. Meanwhile, Warner discovers the baby's father is his own grandfather, a politician who says he's in a consensual sexual relationship with his adult daughter. Novak can't get a conviction, but the mother reveals incriminating details about the previous child she disposed of.We're talking about Special Victims Unit season 7 episode 14 "Taboo." Our guest is Simone Paget from the "We're Never Doing This Again" podcast.Plot points for this episode were inspired by the 1997 case of the so-called Prom Mom, Melissa Drexler.
6/14/202348 minutes, 28 seconds
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CI: A diaper-wearing astronaut drives to NY to kill her romantic rival

When an astronaut is murdered in her hotel room, Goren and Eames investigate shuttle commander Luke Nelson (Tate Donovan) with whom she had an affair. They turn their attention to another astronaut who had feelings for Nelson. They discover she drove to New York wearing adult diapers to kill her rival and return to Maryland to cover her tracks. The detectives conclude she was driven to violence by the commander's wife (Amy Ryan) who spiked the murderer's skin lotion with steroids to eliminate both women.We're talking about Criminal Intent season six episode nineteen "Rocket Man." Our returning guest is Katie from A Date with Dateline podcast.This episode is inspired by Commander Lisa Nowak and the so-called astronaut love triangle.
5/31/202346 minutes, 38 seconds
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SVU: The internet picks sides in a celebrity abuse case

The squad tries to help Kelsey, a famous singer who's in a violent relationship with her equally-famous boyfriend, Austin. When dueling accusations of assault are traded by the celebrities, Austin's fans turn hostile to the victim. It's up to Carisi to convince the jury who to believe in a high profile case of he said/she said. Meanwhile, Rollins struggles with her emotions after being shot in the line of duty.We're talking about Special Victims Unit season 24 episode 3 "Mirror Effect." Our guest is Wendy from the Fruitloops: Serial Killers of Color podcast. This episode is inspired by the ripped-from-the-headlines case of Amber Heard versus Johnny Depp.
5/17/202346 minutes, 4 seconds
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L&O: He goes free for killing a cop but is charged with killing the cop killer

An armed robbery leaves an off-duty cop dead and the two gunmen flee by hijacking a town car. When Briscoe and Curtis find one of them, the robber offers Ross a deal: in exchange for a light sentence he'll tell them where to find the kidnapped driver. Over the cops' objections, McCoy agrees to the bargain, but they learn too late the driver was already dead when the suspect offered it.When the other robber turns up dead, Jack shocks Lenny and Rey when he decides to honor the crooked deal. He lets the first guy go for killing a cop so he can charge him with killing the other cop killer. But the entire thing could fall apart if Briscoe and Curtis don't lie on the stand and say they didn't tell McCoy the cause of the accomplice's death was murder.We're talking about the award-winning episode of Law & Order season seven episode nineteen "Double Down." Our returning guest is Brady Carlson from the "Cool Weird Awesome" podcast.The landmark case of Brady v Maryland serves as a plot point to this episode.
5/3/202348 minutes
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SVU: Who's the perv cutting off women's legs?

SVU searches for a woman abducted in a taxi cab. The victim's left leg is discovered in a canal, having been amputated while she was still alive. Benson and Amaro suspect a connection to a sex worker who said a john paid $25,000 to cut off her leg. The victim's obsession with body modification lead Fin and Rollins to a woman with a peg leg who gives pointy ear surgery to people out of a box truck. But the medical paper trail points to a psychiatrist who developed a strange fetish after his mother became an amputee. We're talking about one of the weirdest SVUs ever. It's Special Victims Unit season 13 episode 22 "Strange Beauty." Our returning guest is Ronald Young Jr from the "Leaving the Theater" podcast.This episode takes some cues from the real life story of Doctor John Ronald Brown.
4/19/202352 minutes, 2 seconds
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SVU: Munch is haunted by a child abuse case

Benson and Stabler investigate a case of prolonged child abuse that's left a girl in a coma. The suspects include the victim's ex-con father, business executive stepfather, douchebag stepbrother, and an avuncular foreign diplomat. Munch tells Fin he isn't convinced they've arrested the right person. He gently elicits a confession from the girl's mother, herself a victim of childhood abuse. Later, a tearful Munch tells Olivia the victim reminded him of an abused girl he wished he could have saved when he was a teenager.We salute a fine performance by Richard Belzer in Special Victims Unit season 2 episode 4 "Legacy." Our guest is Bob Ruff from the "Truth and Justice" podcast.This episode is inspired by the real-life case of Elisa Izquierdo.
4/5/202345 minutes, 39 seconds
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SVU: Did Snoop Dogg assault a pop star during a diss war?

Pop singer Dallas is found beaten in her home while her rap star husband Snake is on stage. As a child, Snake's family took Fin into their home after Mrs. Tutuola  was murdered.  Carisi and Rollins learn a rival rapper (played by Snoop Dogg) threatened the couple on his latest single. The trail eventually leads Benson to a music fan, but Fin figures out the attack was not about obsession...it was about revenge.We're talking about Special Victims Unit season 20 episode 22 "Diss." Our guest is Gianmarco Soresi of "The Downside" podcast.Certain plot points were taken from the October 2016 robbery of Kim Kardashian.
3/22/202347 minutes, 4 seconds
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L&O: They'd kill to get their kids into a $20k kindergarten

The admissions director at an elite kindergarten is murdered. Briscoe and Green learn she wanted to admit a gifted Black girl, but the headmaster overruled the decision  and gave the slot to the son of a pornographer. Southerlyn discovers the pornographer scratched the back of a cement supplier who scratched the back of a real estate developer who got the headmaster an expensive apartment. McCoy tells the jury the admissions director was about to expose the arrangement when she was killed.We're talking about Law & Order season 13 episode 20 "Kid Pro Quo." Our guest is Joshua Unruh from the "In the Gutter" podcast.This episode is inspired by the controversy around business tycoon Sandy Weill and the 92nd St Y.
3/8/202347 minutes, 28 seconds
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Remembering Richard Belzer

To mark the passing of actor Richard Belzer, we revisit our discussion of the actor from an October 2017 episode.
2/27/20238 minutes, 6 seconds
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SVU: The mean girls take out one of their own

Benson and Stabler investigate the brutal murder of a teen found in a car trunk. The detectives learn the victim was a popular girl who was bullying a classmate, but suspicion soon turns to her clique of friends. The motive is jealousy over a boy, and the other mean girls turn on the queen bee who put them up to the killing. While Novak gets justice in the courtroom, the bullied student gets instant justice in the classroom.We're talking about Special Victims Unit season 5 episode 17 "Mean." Our returning guest is Sonia Sells. This episode is inspired by the brutal 1992 murder of twelve-year-old Shanda Sharer. 
2/22/202345 minutes, 8 seconds
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SVU: Gambling addiction made him kill his best friend

A Hudson University student who'd been making money selling term papers is found dead. Elliot and Fin trace Caroline's diamond ring to a football player who lost it to her in a poker game. They learn she was a high-rolling card shark, and her lifelong friend and poker-cheating partner Adam admits to strangling Caroline for running up a huge debt.Seeing a bit of himself in Adam, Stabler feels sympathy for the killer. The defense says his gambling addiction was to blame, but Novak discovers his motivation was the money needed to keep his rich girlfriend from dumping him.We're taking you to school for Special Victims Unit season 7 episode 17 "Class." Our guest is Lani Diane Rich from the "How Story Works" podcast. This episode takes some cues from the cheating scandal around Walmart heiress Elizabeth Paige Laurie.
2/8/202346 minutes, 3 seconds
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L&O: Amy Ryan gets her revenge

Fontana and Green look into the murder of a mob accountant. When his widow (Amy Ryan) messes up on the witness stand, the burglar who killed him is acquitted. Later the victim's best friend, a former cop, shoots him. McCoy and Borgia aren't buying his claim it was self-defense. He threatens to lie on the stand about planting evidence in past murder cases, jeopardizing dozens of convictions. To get a guilty verdict, Jack grants the widow immunity to testify...when she discloses the revenge killing was her plan all along.We're talking about Law & Order season 16 episode 12 "Family Friend." Our guest is Shadow and Bone and Hell Bent author Leigh Bardugo.This episode takes cues from the evidence planting scandal for New York State Police Troop C.
1/25/202346 minutes, 58 seconds
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SVU: Chad Lowe sleeps with his mom, Margot Kidder

The rape and murder of an office worker leads Benson and Stabler to a former company security guard (Chad Lowe) who's eager to get into the police academy. With advice from newly-arrived Dr. George Huang, Elliot channels his misogyny to learn more about the suspect's relationship with the victim. Meanwhile, Olivia discovers he likes two things: pricking women's butts with hatpins and sleeping with his mother (Margot Kidder). We're talking about the creeptastic Special Victims Unit season 2 episode 20 "Pique." Our guest is Sarah D. Bunting from the Extra Hot Great podcast.This episode takes some cues from the 1990 crime spree by a suspect dubbed "the Dart Man."
1/11/202348 minutes, 24 seconds
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L&O: Larry Miller kills his wife...again!

Briscoe and Curtis investigate the killing of a Central Park jogger. Her husband is the sleazy Michael Dobson (played with relish by Larry Miller), a club owner who tricked McCoy into dropping charges of murdering his first wife in an earlier episode. The hit man has connections to Dobson...but also to the mobster who Dobson owes money to. Is he guilty or not? McCoy and Kincaid fear he'll skate again for killing wife number two...until they unravel the mystery with the woman in line to be wife number three.We're talking about Law & Order season 6 episode 15 "Encore." Our guest is author and Emmy winner Edward Zuckerman, who also wrote this classic mothership episode.Plot points for this episode come from the murder of Maria Isabel Monteiro Alves.Check out Edward's new book, Wealth Management, a novel.
12/28/202243 minutes, 5 seconds
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SVU: Benson gets Mike Tyson off death row

After a janitor (Peter Scanavino) assaults a coach he thought was molesting boys, Benson and Amaro look into the perpetrator's own abuse as a child at summer camp. They learn several of Coach Schultz's (Ed Asner) campers are now violent criminals, including death row inmate Reggie Rhodes (Mike Tyson). Olivia tries to get Reggie to disclose his abuse so they can build a case against Schultz. Meanwhile, civil rights attorney Bayard Ellis (Andre Braugher) uncovers misconduct that might get Reggie a stay of execution.An all-star cast populates Special Victims Unit season 14 episode 13 "Monster's Legacy." Our guest is Karyn Cooper from the Chick-Lit podcast.This episode takes some plot points from the case of Mark Valera. 
12/14/202251 minutes, 25 seconds
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SVU: Embryos are the specialest victims of them all

Benson and Stabler look for whomever broke into the Hudson cryobank and stole a tank of frozen embryos. As the clock ticks down on how long until the fertilized eggs perish, Olivia's biological clock is ticking even louder. The religious zealot behind the plot takes his case to the press at New York's most dangerous location: the courthouse steps.We're revisiting one of our favorite episodes: SVU season 9 episode 14 "Inconceivable." Our guests are Nick Capodice and Hannah McCarthy from the "Civics 101" podcast. The story takes cues from the real-life case of Ashley X. This show was recorded in front of a live audience at the Bank of New Hampshire Stage in Concord, NH. 
11/30/202257 minutes, 23 seconds
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L&O: Dad kills the coach with a hockey stick

A youth hockey coach is found beaten to death. Briscoe and Green question a player who'd complained about not getting enough time on the ice, but discover it was his hot-headed father who delivered the fatal blows. McCoy and Carmichael seek a conviction, but the defense is claiming insanity. They say it's "sports rage."We're talking about Law & Order season 11 episode 8 "Thin Ice." Our returning guest is Mark Blankenship from the "Mark and Sarah Talk About Songs" podcast.This episode is inspired by the ripped-from-the-headlines case of Michael Costin.
11/16/202244 minutes, 44 seconds
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SVU: Did Liv coerce Tom Sizemore's confession?

Picking up a storyline from season 14, Lewis Hodda (again played by Tom Sizemore) recants his previous confessions to kidnapping and murdering boys. Barba's circumstantial case is hurt by accusations Lieutenant Benson coerced the confession, by a creepy auxiliary cop's obsession with the case, by Dr. Huang's testimony for the defense, and by Detective Carisi sitting second chair in court. Meantime, maternity staff rush to save Rollins's life because of complications during labor.We're talking about Special Victims Unit season 17 episode 9* "Depravity Standard." Our guest is Kimberly from "A Date with Dateline" podcast.This episode is inspired by the real life story of Etan Pates.*Note: Because of a two-part season opener, some streaming services list this as episode 8.
11/2/202250 minutes, 19 seconds
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SVU: Cool mom gives girls booze and sleeps with the boys

A teen dies from drinking too much at a party.  High school tutor Becca lead Benson and Stabler to the cool kids who threw the bash and who can't follow Judge Donnelly's orders to stop drinking. The detectives discover Becca's mom is sleeping with one of the boys and suspect she's been supplying the booze. Can Novak use Becca's secret drinking problem to get mom to confess? Meantime, Elliot solves all of Kathleen's problems by burning her drivers license. We're talking about Special Victims Unit season 8 episode 18 "Responsible." Our guest is Rebekah Sebastian from the "Die-alogue" podcast.  This episode takes some plot points from the case of Debra Lafave. This show was recorded in front of a live audience in Columbus, Ohio. 
10/19/202243 minutes, 50 seconds
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L&O: A murder over missing pants leads to poisoned toothpaste

Green and Lupo investigate the murder of a lawyer whose opponent was suing a dry cleaner for $20 million for giving him the wrong pants. The other trousers belong to a SavingsMart executive who'll do anything to hide his office affair and save his job.  Van Buren's old boss, now SavingsMart's head of security, lies on the stand to sabotage the murder case. Why? Cutter and Rubirosa learn the suspect is blackmailing the company over their purchase of Chinese toothpaste filled with deadly antifreeze.  We're talking about original recipe Law & Order season 18 episode 4 "Bottomless." Our guest is popculture.com writer Daniel S. Levine.This episode takes cues from the 2007 lawsuit of Pearson v. Chung.
10/5/202241 minutes, 52 seconds
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SVU: Sharon Lawrence lets Stabler look up her skirt

A homicidal rapist is shot in self-defense by a prostitute (Sharon Lawrence). Munch and Fin learn the gun was used in connection with a string of unsolved murders of johns. When Stabler tries to interrogate her, the woman climbs on the table and gives him a peek up her dress. Cabot fights with Lewin to seek the death penalty, but Benson uncovers a secret about her child that forces the defendant to rethink her position.We're getting an eyeful of Special Victims Unit season 4 episode 1 "Chameleon." Our special guest is Ronald Young Jr. from the Leaving the Theater podcast.This episode is inspired by the story of Aileen Wournos.
9/21/202245 minutes, 21 seconds
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CI: A church poisoning, a boat sinking, teen orgies and a face slap

Goren and Bishop search for clues after someone poisons churchgoers on a secluded island.  They believe it's connected to the fatal drowning caused by a sabotaged rowboat and a gonorrhea outbreak from teen sex parties. The detectives home in on the reverend's charming nephew and a group of impressionable girls. During interrogation, Goren gets in the teen's face...and he gets in Goren's.We're talking about Law & Order: Criminal Intent season 3 episode 8 "Sound Bodies." Our guest is Katie Mitchell from the podcast A Date with Dateline.This episode is inspired by the 2003 case of poisoning at a church in New Sweden, Maine.
9/7/202244 minutes, 36 seconds
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SVU: Barba returns and declares his unconditional love

A domestic violence victim keeps letting her abuser back into her life, until she stabs him to death. Even though he's still on the outs with Benson, Barba agrees to defend the woman. After the trial, the two have a frank conversation about Olivia's feelings for Stabler and Barba's feelings for her.We're talking about Special Victims Unit season 23 episode 22 "A Final Call at Forlini's Bar." Our guest is Princess Weekes from PBS's "It's Lit" and the Netflix "Geeked" podcasts.Some plot points for this episode were taken from the 2010 case of Marissa Alexander. 
8/24/202247 minutes, 21 seconds
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SVU: Carisi's niece lies about rape, then gets raped

After a Hudson classmate is suspended for raping his niece, Carisi wants to arrest him. When the case fizzles, Mia admits to her uncle she lied about not giving consent. Later the boy she accused actually rapes her. At trial, it comes out Carisi urged Mia to stay quiet about the first rape to win a conviction for the second one. It's up to new ADA Peter Stone to draw a confession out of the defendant on the stand. We're talking about Special Victims Unit season 19 episode 15 "In Loco Parentis." Our guest is Sarah Carradine from the Crime Seen podcast.This episode is inspired by the ripped from the headlines case of Nikki Yovino.
8/10/202246 minutes, 54 seconds
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L&O: McCoy charges the gun manufacturer with murder

Lenny Briscoe and his new partner Ed Green look for a mass shooter who killed 15 women in Central Park. They discover the suspect is a misogynist who easily modified his weapon to make it an automatic machine gun. McCoy and Carmichael learn the firearm's selling point was its ease of illegal modification. Jack charges the CEO with murder, but his least favorite judge is ready to throw out the case.We're talking about Law & Order season 10 episode 1 "Gunshow." Our guest is Margo Donohue from "Book vs Movie" and the "Dorking Out" podcast.This episode is inspired by the 1989 mass shooting at the École Polytechnique in Montreal. Note: this episode deals with a fictional mass shooting of college students.
7/27/202246 minutes, 44 seconds
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SVU: Did the FBI profiler kill the serial killer?

Benson and Lake are joined by a young FBI profiler as they hunt for a sadistic serial killer named The Woodsman.  Huang suspects something's wrong with the case. Things take a turn when The Woodsman ends up dead - and the profiler appears to have sent the email telling cops where to find his body.We're talking about Special Victims Unit season 9 episode 12 "Signature." Our guest is Sarah Snyder from the "Adulting with ADHD" podcast. Plot points for this episode come from the case of Todd Alan Reed, also known as The Forest Park Killer.
7/13/202243 minutes, 33 seconds
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SVU: Is a celebrity couple filming themselves raping women?

A woman says she was drugged, filmed, and raped by a celebrity plastic surgeon and his girlfriend. But the couple - and the many other women with which they made sex tapes - say the sex was consensual.  Fin and Carisi find an encrypted video that links the doctor to a missing girl, a skeleton in a wall, and a tearful reunion for a father and daughter.We're talking about Special Victims Unit season 20 episode 11 "Plastic." Our guest is Josh Duggan from the Munch my Benson podcast. This episode is based on the case of Dr. Grant Robicheaux and Cerissa Riley.
6/29/202245 minutes, 31 seconds
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L&O: A dog ripped a lady apart!

Briscoe and Green investigate a fatal dog attack in Central Park. They trace the killer canine to a dog fighting ring controlled by a prison inmate. McCoy and Southerlyn bring manslaughter charges against the convict's lawyer, who owned the dog. McCoy tries to convince the jury by showing them the murder weapon: the snarling, barking pit bull.We're talking about Law & Order season 12 episode 1 "Who Let the Dogs Out?" Our returning guest is comedian Brandi Brown.This episode is inspired by the 2001 death of Diane Whipple. 
6/15/202243 minutes, 13 seconds
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SVU: Did the creepy billionaire also molest the girl being poisoned by her grandmother?

A boy says a rich toy store owner molested him during a children's party and paid his parents hush money. Novak is thwarted when the victim recants and leaves town. Then a woman tells Benson and Stabler her dying granddaughter was also molested by the billionaire. Her story falls apart when it's learned the girl doesn't  have cancer; she's being poisoned by her grandmother who suffers from Munchausen syndrome. We're talking about Special Victims Unit season 5 episode 19 "Sick." Our guest is Adam Schwitters from the "Munch my Benson" podcast.Some plot points of this episode come from the story of Beth Thomas.   
6/1/202245 minutes, 51 seconds
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LA: Is Khloé Kardashian a murder suspect?

Hollywood stylist Lily Walker is gunned down at a stop sign. LAPD Detectives Ricky Morales and TJ Jaruszalski question those who had a beef with her...including Khloé Kardashian. As they prosecute designer Jill Jennings - a former friend who slept with her husband - prosecutors Joe Dekker and NYC-transplant Connie Rubirosa learn her beef with Lily goes further back than anyone suspected. We're talking about Dick Wolf's failed attempt to transplant the show to the west coast. We're looking at Law & Order: LA season 1 episode 12 "Benedict Canyon." We're joined by five-time guest Sarah D. Bunting.This episode takes cues from the story of Hollywood publicist Ronni Chasen.
5/18/202247 minutes, 1 second
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SVU: Jeremy Irons thinks the piano teacher's the killer

The body of a girl is found in a suitcase along with a doll. Despite statistics to the contrary, sex therapist-turned-consultant Cap Jackson (played by Jeremy Irons) thinks the killer is a woman. After getting a confession from the child's piano teacher, Benson and Stabler learn shocking details about her mother and sister. We're talking about Special Victims Unit season 12 episode 20 "Totem." Our returning guest is Irish broadcaster Chris Greene.Plot points for this episode are taken from the 2009 murder of Sandra Cantu.
5/4/202244 minutes, 52 seconds
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SVU: Is that girl on the phone in trouble or a hoax?

Benson takes a 911 call from a little girl locked in a room without food or water. The squad is frantically searching the city, but the cell signal keeps changing locations and some details the girl provides don't add up. Cragen worries the call is a hoax, but Olivia believes it's real and won't quit until the girl is rescued. We're talking about Mariska Hargitay's Emmy-winning performance in the highest ranked episode in the Law & Order franchise: SVU season 7 episode 3 "911."  Our guest is Sarah Devin from the Special Survivors Unit podcast.This episode takes some cues from the controversy around a fake 911 call made to New Jersey police in 2004. 
4/20/202244 minutes, 35 seconds
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L&O: Is their white murder suspect secretly Black?

A white socialite had given up her Black baby for adoption before being thrown from her balcony. Briscoe and Curtis learn her husband has been passing as white for years. Is he - or someone else - willing to kill to keep the family secret? We have thoughts about Law & Order season 8 episode 7 "Blood." Our guest is Pulitzer Prize winning author/podcaster/professor Marcia Chatelain.This episode takes cues from the real-life story of author Anatole Broyard.
4/6/202249 minutes, 58 seconds
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SVU: A reporter goes TOO hard on the mom of a missing baby

After her baby is kidnapped, Stabler and Cragen wonder if the mom is responsible. When a reporter accuses her on television of murder, the mother kills herself. The baby turns up unharmed and DNA leads to a biological father with a violent past. Their efforts to protect the child get Stabler and Novak sued, so they get Judge Donnelly to represent them in court.We're talking about Special Victims Unit season 8 episode 15 "Haystack." Our guest is Nettie Smith from Oh Hell Yes: A Girlfriends Podcast.This episode is inspired by the real-life story of Melinda Duckett.
3/23/202241 minutes, 38 seconds
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LAW & ORDER RETURNS! A celebrity serial rapist is killed by his victim

The mothership is back!A singer who drugged and raped dozens of women is murdered. Detective Kevin Bernard and his hot-headed new partner Frank Cosgrove trace the crime back to a rape victim. Uneasy with the ethics of Cosgrove’s interrogation, prosecutor Nolan Price tells DA Jack McCoy he won’t use the confession. The trial ensnares a familiar face: ADA Jamie Ross.  We’re talking about the first new Law & Order episode since 2010: season 21 episode 1 “The Right Thing.” Our guest is Brady Carlson from the Cool Weird Awesome podcast.This episode is based on the legal turns in the sexual assault case against Bill Cosby.
3/2/202248 minutes, 1 second
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SVU: A second grader shoots a classmate

A seven-year-old boy shoots a classmate during recess. Benson and Stabler learn the gun was used in a previous homicide. The detectives hope solving the first shooting will answer questions about the second one. Meanwhile, Cabot doesn't want to prosecute a second grader for murder, but her politically-ambitious boss orders her to throw the book at him. We're talking about SVU season 2 episode 5 "Baby Killer." Our guest is Lauren van der Meer from the "Drinks with Death" podcast.This episode is based on the real-life story of Kayla Rolland.
2/23/202244 minutes, 43 seconds
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L&O: You can't claim double jeopardy if you bribed the judge

Briscoe and Curtis investigate the murder of a magazine publisher. A lawsuit over a bad review has placed his rich family in financial peril. His brother is charged, but when the judge dismisses the case, Schiff becomes suspicious of his old friend. Now McCoy and Kincaid have to prove the judge was bribed and find a way to get around double jeopardy and retry the killer.We're talking about Law & Order season 6 episode 4 "Jeopardy." Our guest is Sarah Marshall from the "You're Wrong About" podcast.This episode is inspired by the real life case of Harry “The Hook” Aleman.
2/9/202245 minutes, 19 seconds
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SVU: Benson and Stabler choose each other over the job

The squad is looking for a man who murdered a whole family and kidnapped two children. When Stabler has a chance to rescue the boy, he instead rushes to help a wounded Benson - a choice that costs the child his life. Later, during an armed standoff, Olivia refuses to shoot their suspect because it may endanger Elliot. Realizing they are choosing each other over doing the job, the partners split up.We're looking at Special Victims Unit season 7 episode 19 Fault. Our guest is Anita Flores from the "Caretalkers" podcast.This episode is inspired by the real-life case of Joseph Edward Duncan.
1/26/202243 minutes, 47 seconds
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CI: The wrong Hamilton is killed in a duel

A sniper takes out a man reenacting the Hamilton-Burr duel. Goren and Eames learn the men had switched costumes right before the shooting. Was the target actually the cheating, embezzling real estate developer who's dragging down his wife's political career? We're talking about Criminal Intent season 6 episode 13 "Albatross." Our guest is Katie Mitchell from the "Date with Dateline" podcast. This episode is inspired by the real-life scandals of Fox News commentator Jeanine Pirro and her husband, Albert. 
1/12/202247 minutes, 58 seconds
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SVU: Cops stick a plunger where the sun don't shine

A prisoner bleeds out after being sodomized while in custody. The cop who arrested him quickly confesses to the assault, but Benson and Fin suspect he's covering for other officers who might have held the victim down during the attack.We're talking about Special Victims Unit season 4 episode 13 "Rotten." Our special guest is Teddy Lavoie.Plot points for this episode were inspired by the 1997 police brutality case against Abner Louima.
12/29/202138 minutes, 41 seconds
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SVU: Lewis breaks out of prison and comes for Liv!

Madman William Lewis escapes from a prison hospital and goes on a rape and murder spree. But what he really wants is Benson to confess to brutally beating him before she arrested him. As SVU combs the city for Lewis, Liv agrees to go with him for one final confrontation and a game of Russian roulette. We're looking at the classic SVU season 15 episode 20* "Beast's Obsession." Our guest is Kimberly from the "Date with Dateline" podcast. This episode takes cues from the real life story of Gillian Guess. Note: Because of a two-part season 15 opener, some streaming services list this as episode 19.For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
12/15/202146 minutes, 19 seconds
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L&O: Nazis threaten Judge Candice Bergen

A member of a powerful racist prison gang is found murdered hours after his release. Fontana and Green arrest a guard whom the inmate had targeted. Now members of The Brotherhood are hoping the guard will end up on their side of the bars...and they aren't above threatening a judge (played by Candice Bergen) to make sure he's convicted. We're talking about Law & Order season 15 episode 3 "The Brotherhood." Our guest is Lauren Milberger from the "Murphy Brown podcast." This episode takes some cues from the real life story of Judge Joan Lefkow. For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
12/1/202145 minutes, 35 seconds
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L&O: Did a racist's speeches inspire skinheads teen to murder?

The murder of a girl leads Briscoe and Curtis to a group of White Power teens. When the team learns they were inspired by the speeches of a racist leader, McCoy charges him as an accomplice - setting off a series of debates about the First Amendment. We're talking about Law & Order season 9 episode 10 "Hate." Our guest is Suzanne Cerreta of the Culips Everyday English podcast. This episode is inspired by the 1988 murder of Mulugeta Seraw.For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
11/17/202145 minutes, 21 seconds
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SVU: Carol Burnette is a black widow

A stripper's murder leads detectives to the fifth husband of bon vivant Birdie Sulloway, but before they can cuff him, he's thrown from a window. Benson and Stabler look closer at Birdie, her unusual relationship with her nephew, and the trail of dead husbands she's left over the years. We're talking about Carol Burnette's Emmy nominated performance in Special Victims Unit season 10 episode 16 Ballerina. Our guest is Jake Anthony from the Reality Gays podcast. This episode is inspired by the real life story of Betty Neumar.For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
11/3/202144 minutes, 27 seconds
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SVU: Jennifer Love Hewitt gets a rape kit

A woman says she's been raped by the same man multiple times over two decades. When SVU can't make the identification stick, the squad stalks the suspect. Benson thinks he has other victims and she flies across the country only to find a huge backlog of untested rape kits. We're talking about the unforgettable SVU season 12 episode 3 "Behave." Our guest is Brittni Liyanage from the D20 Dames podcast. This episode is inspired by the ripped from the headlines story of Helena Lazaro.For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
10/20/202148 minutes, 48 seconds
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L&O: Lupo sleeps with a murder suspect and Van Buren gets cancer

The murder of a crime tech and a thwarted attack have Lupo and Bernard looking for a man targeting Asian women. Lupo breaks the rules by sleeping with the witness, but when he discovers a key piece of evidence in her apartment he realizes she's a suspect. Meantime, Van Buren learns her stage II cervical cancer was caused by an HPV infection from her ex-husband. We're talking about Law & Order season 20 episode 2 "Just a Girl in the World." Our returning guest is Lani Diane Rich from Chipperish Media. This episode is inspired by the case of Kari Ferrell, the so-called "hipster grifter."For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
10/6/202144 minutes, 49 seconds
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SVU: Beware the Glasgowman!

Three girls went to the park to find the mythical Glasgowman. Only one returned...Now SVU is looking for the missing tweens and the mysterious figure who stabbed the younger sister. Is the suspect really a supernatural predator? (We pinkie swear!) We're talking about SVU season 16 episode 6 "Glasgowman's Wrath." Our guest is Ronald Young Jr from the Solvable podcast. This episode is inspired by the Slenderman stabbing case.For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
9/22/202152 minutes, 33 seconds
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Bonus: Kevin asks Elisabeth Röhm about THAT scene

In this bonus episode, Kevin chats with actress Elisabeth Röhm, who played Serena Southerlyn from 2001-2005. Elisabeth gives her perspective of Serena's final scene ("Is this because I'm a lesbian?"). She also discusses her new true crime podcast "Killer's Vault."For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
9/12/202118 minutes, 53 seconds
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SVU: The women in this sex cult get branded

A murder victim may have been trying to leave a woman's empowerment group run by a charismatic man. "Accredo" offers expensive classes, blackmail photos, branded symbols, and sex with the leader. Can hot-mess Amanda Rollins convince the women to stand on their own and tell the truth? We're talking about SVU season 20 episode 5 "Accredo." Our special guest is Erika Villalba from the "That Aged Well" podcast. This episode is inspired by the case of the NXIVM cult. For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
9/8/202147 minutes, 58 seconds
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L&O: A psychotic man defends himself in court...and it's heartbreaking

A triple murder leads Briscoe and Curtis to a psychotic homeless man (Denis O'Hare). Claire is feeling the heat from Schiff for letting James Smith off with a fine in an earlier case. Jack finds that Smith is a legal wiz when back on his medication. It takes the testimony of his sister (Ann Dowd) to finally break his spirit. We're talking about one of the most acclaimed episodes of Law & Order, season 6 episode 21 "Pro Se." Our special guest is writer and blogger Charlie Pierce. This episode takes cues from the real life story of David Riggins. Click here to read Charlie's article on L&O's 25th anniversary. For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
8/25/202144 minutes, 13 seconds
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SVU: The teens make a pregnancy pact!

The immolation and castration of a homeless man leads Stabler and Munch to a Catholic high school. A student says the death was revenge for the rape of his sister. But Benson learns the girl initiated the sex because she and her friends made a pact to all get pregnant together. We're popping out SVU season 10 episode 6 "Babes." (Speaking of procreation) our special guest is Rebecca's son, Henry Lavoie. This episode is inspired by the so-called pregnancy pact at Gloucester High School. For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
8/11/202149 minutes, 59 seconds
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SVU: Ballerina sex trafficking ring!

Someone is secretly videotaping ballerinas having sex. SVU then discovers the dancers are being blackmailed into getting prime roles if they sleep with the highest bidder at the gala auction. Cue the undercover sting! We're talking about SVU season 21 episode 17 "Dance, Lies and Videotape." Our guest is June Thomas from Slate's Working podcast. This episode is inspired by the controversary around the New York City Ballet.For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
7/28/202141 minutes, 1 second
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L&O: It's a Columbian cartel bloodbath and Cerreta gets shot

After the brazen murder of a travel agent, Mike Logan and Phil Cerreta are on the hunt for a Columbian hit man who's "sending a message." During the investigation, Cerreta is shot by a twitchy illegal gun dealer in an undercover sting gone wrong. By the episode's bone-chilling ending, virtually everyone is dead: the travel agent, the wife, the grandmother, the daughter, the gun dealer, the business partner, and even the hit man. We're talking about one of the great all-time episodes of Law & Order, season 3 episode 8 "Prince of Darkness." Our guest is Brady Carlson from the "Cool Weird Awesome" podcast. This episode takes cues from the real life story of Jhon Jairo Velasquez. For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
7/14/202149 minutes, 11 seconds
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SVU: He kept her in a sex bunker. She cut off his penis.

A man in the subway gets his twig and berries cut off. The detectives learn he had been keeping women chained in a sex dungeon. One of the former captives reported the abduction years earlier, but Olivia didn't believe her story. When the kidnapper ends up dead, Stabler wonders if Benson is hiding something. We're talking about SVU season 5 episode 9 "Control." Our pinch hitting guest is Lily Flynn from the These Are Their Stories podcast. This episode takes cues from the real life case of John Jamelske.For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
6/30/202144 minutes, 42 seconds
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SVU: The judge was running his own brothel!

The detectives' raids on pop-up brothels keep getting foiled because the judge who runs the operation is tipping them off. Meantime, Fin hopes to make a love connection with his old partner, Phoebe Baker. Plus: a bonus discussion about the season finales of Law & Order: SVU and Law & Order: Organized Crime. We're talking about SVU season 20 episode 15 Brothel. Our guest is Melanie Joy from the Ewing Barbecue podcast. This episode takes cues from the real-life story of former judge Tim Nolan. For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
6/16/202144 minutes, 46 seconds
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CI series finale! Did James Van Der Beek murder the Winklevoss twins?

The victims are the rich twins suing a woman for stealing their social network idea and making millions. Is it her, her hipster boyfriend, or the coke-snorting former pornographer (played by James Van Der Beek). Meantime, Goren learns if he will keep his job after completing mandatory therapy. This is how it ends...We're talking about the series finale of Criminal Intent, season 10 episode 8 "To The Boy In The Blue Knit Cap." Our guest is Juwan Holmes from LGBTQ Nation. This story is inspired by the lawsuit between Mark Zuckerberg and the Winklevoss twins. For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
6/2/202146 minutes, 40 seconds
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SVU: The politician was sending pics of his junk

Mayoral candidate Alex Muñoz asks Barba to intervene in a case involving their childhood buddy, but Amaro suspects the politician actually is being extorted for trading nude photos with women. Barba refuses to believe his oldest friend would send dick pics...until Muñoz falls into Amanda's online honey trap. ¡Dios mío! We're talking about SVU season 15 episode 6* October Surprise. Our guest is the winner of the These Are YOUR Stories contest Briley O'Connor. This episode is inspired by the case of Anthony Weiner. Note: Because of a two-part season 15 opener, some streaming services list this as episode 5.For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
5/19/202153 minutes, 31 seconds
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L&O: Logan punches a homophobic politician and gets exiled

A gay city councilman is gunned down. McCoy and Kincaid go after the victim's homophobic political rival, but when it looks like Councilman Crossley will get away with it, Logan socks him in the face and ruins his career. (Next stop: Staten Island!) We're talking about Law & Order season 5 episode 23 "Pride." Our guest is Kate Dawson from the podcast "Tenfold More Wicked." This episode is inspired by the assassination of Harvey Milk. For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
5/5/202146 minutes, 44 seconds
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L&O: Two wives kill each other's husbands and Briscoe retires

Her philandering deliveryman husband is murdered, but the gun Mrs. Byrne purchased was used to kill Mrs. Gardner's husband. Did the wives make a deadly deal? Meantime, Lenny Briscoe puts in his papers and retires from the 2-7. We're offering a tribute to Jerry Orbach while discussing Law & Order season 14 episode 24 C.O.D.. Our guest is Lisa Strawn from the "Don't Talk To Strangers" podcast. Plot points are inspired by the Alfred Hitchcock film "Strangers On a Train." For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
4/21/202145 minutes, 46 seconds
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SVU & OC: Stabler returns! Benson's not thrilled!

A car bomb kills Kathy Stabler while she and Elliot return from Italy to NYC. While SVU looks for who's behind the attack, Olivia works on her feelings about Elliot walking out of her life a decade ago. Later, Stabler's organized crime task force zeroes in on a mob boss behind the bomb...but it's his son who's been pulling the strings all along. We're doing a special episode covering the crossover event welcoming back Chris Meloni. We're talking about SVU season 22 episode 9 "Return of the Prodigal Son" and L&O: Organized Crime season 1 episode 1 "What Happens in Puglia." Our guest is Sonia Sells from the "Rewind the Love" podcast. These episodes take plot points from the real life case of the ’Ndrangheta crime syndicate. For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
4/4/20211 hour, 27 seconds
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CI: Goren thinks the mysterious dying girl is fake

Goren and Eames learn a murdered man had been spending money on an inspirational teen dying of ALS. Though despite her rabid fanbase and her best-selling book, no one has ever seen the girl face-to-face. Would someone kill to keep up the charade? We're talking about Criminal Intent season 1 episode 21 "Faith." Our guest is comedienne and podcaster Brandi Brown. This episode takes cues from the case of Debbie Swenson. For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
3/24/202144 minutes
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SVU: Mischa Barton lets Benson decide whether her baby lives or dies

Benson and Stabler hunt a religious fanatic who's killing prostitutes. A pregnant call girl is their only witness, but before she can identify the suspect, her baby is born prematurely. As the severely disabled child clings to life, the mother gives power-of-attorney to Olivia who must decide her fate. We're talking about SVU season 11 episode 14 "Savior." Our guest is Repy Hattersley from the "Hell and High Horror" podcast. A plot point for this episode is inspired by the sex scandal of former NY governor Eliot Spitzer. Sign up for our "These are YOUR Stories" contest for your chance to guest host a future episode. Fill out this form and listen for us to call your name.For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
3/10/202147 minutes, 55 seconds
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SVU: ADD drugs turn Sarah Hyland into a killer

Benson and Stabler think a teen plucked from the river is a Ukrainian sex slave, but learn she's actually a prep school mathematics champion with an abusive father. Attention turns to her class rival (played by Sarah Hyland) who's been awake for days on pills to help her study. We're talking about SVU season 10 episode 12 "Hothouse." Our special guest is TATS promotions director Lily Flynn. Plot points for this episode come from the controversy around treatments for Attention Deficit Disorder in school children. For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
2/24/202144 minutes, 59 seconds
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L&O: Who'd kill to score a reality show? Jim Gaffigan or the Octomom?

The mother of ten adopted children with special needs is murdered. Lupo and Bernard find she was reluctant to star in the reality show her husband (played by Jim Gaffigan) wanted to do...and next in line is another mom of ten - including septuplets - determined to get the show. Later, Rubirosa gets burned by reality TV. We're talking about Law & Order season 20 episode 4 Reality Bites. Our guest is Tara Ariano from the Extra Hot Great podcast. This episode takes some inspiration from the story of the so-called "Octomom," Nadya Sulema.For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
2/10/202143 minutes, 49 seconds
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SVU: The one with Joe Biden and the perp based on Steven Avery

Joe Biden visits the squad to praise SVU for their work - which includes exonerating a man Fin wrongfully arrested for rape 16 years ago. When he becomes the suspect in a new murder, is it possible all those years of hard time turned an innocent man into a killer? We're marking the peaceful transfer of power with SVU season 18 episode 2 "Making a Rapist." Our guest is actress and comedian Janet Varney of The JV Club podcast. This episode is based on the real life case of Steven Avery.For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
1/20/202148 minutes, 17 seconds
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L&O: Lorena Bobbitt, Son of Sam, a deadly burrito, and Michael Moriarty goes crazy

In one day, the detectives investigate a murder on lover's lane, a deadly stick-up, a drug shooting, a cold case, and a woman who cuts off her husband's penis. Logan commits police brutality with a bagel and Briscoe just wants to get to the Knicks game. All of this because Michael Moriarty went crazy on the set. We're talking about the classic, format-breaking Law & Order season 4 episode 17 "Mayhem" with our guest Erin Fox. One of the many ripped-from-the-headlines cases that inspired this episode is the story of Lorena Bobbitt. For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
1/13/202148 minutes, 6 seconds
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SVU: Cassidy goes undercover to nab cops raping drunk women

Tucker convinces SVU to help bust cops raping the drunk women they escort home. Cassidy goes undercover to expose the sexual misconduct...and has to do things during the sting that strain his new relationship with Olivia. We're talking about SVU season 15 episode 4* "Internal Affairs." Our guest is Nettie Smith from the Get Wasted on South of Nowhere podcast. This episode is inspired by the real life case of NYPD officers Kenneth Moreno and Franklin Mata. *Note: Due to a two-part season opener, some streaming services list this as episode 3.For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
12/30/202042 minutes, 7 seconds
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L&O: A divorce attorney kills to win the case!

Briscoe and Curtis learn a marriage counselor may have been killed in a dispute over an annulment. The Kilpatricks hate each other, but not as much as their divorce attorneys hate each other. McCoy and Ross think Mrs. Kilpatrick's lawyer set up her own client for murder just to win the case. We're talking about L&O season 8 episode 16 "Divorce." Our guest is RTÉ 2fm host Chris Greene. This episode takes cues from the annulment case of Congressman Joseph Kennedy. For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
12/16/202046 minutes, 21 seconds
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SVU 22: Who threw the hair drier in the bathtub?

We're doing a special quick-turnaround podcast on last week's episode of SVU! An abusive boyfriend is killed when a hair drier falls into his bathtub. Did his girlfriend or her son toss it in the water? Meantime, Fin deals with the legal fallout of last season's fatal shooting. Also, why is everyone wearing COVID masks, but taking them off to talk to people!!! We're talking about the super-spreader episode S22 E2 "Ballad of Dwight and Irena." Our returning guest is writer and podcaster Mary Phillips-Sandy. This episode takes some cues from the issue of family violence during COVID lockdowns.For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
11/25/202049 minutes, 38 seconds
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SVU: Fin and Olivia pose as a pimp and madam to find a sex slave

A madam caught in a prostitution sting is really a mom looking for her daughter sold into sexual slavery. The whole squad goes undercover at a brothel - with Olivia posing as a madam and Fin as a pimp - to rescue the girl from Johnny D, Noah's father. We're discussing SVU season 16 episode 15 "Undercover Mother." Our guest is Jamilah Lemieux from the Mom and Dad are Fighting podcast. This episode is based on the real life story of Argentine activist Susana Trimarco.For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
11/18/202044 minutes, 13 seconds
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L&O: Benson helps Briscoe find kidnapped Ellen Pompeo

With some help from SVU's Benson and Stabler, Briscoe and Green track a rape/murder suspect who may still be holding the victim's sister (Ellen Pompeo). But after McCoy offers her a deal to testify against the killer, he realizes she was a willing participant in his brutal crimes. We're talking about the L&O/SVU crossover episode Law & Order season 10 episode 15 "Fools for Love." Our guest is Chris Klemmer from the "Quantum Week" podcast. This episode is inspired by the case of Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka.For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
11/4/202048 minutes, 10 seconds
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SVU: Speed-dating rapist Dean Cain wants to pull his wife's feeding tube

Benson & Stabler track a serial rapist to a speed-dating event. His new wife is the star witness against him, and when she slips into a coma after an overdose, he fights her mother for the power to remove her feeding tube. We're talking about SVU season 7 episode 8 "Starved." Our guest is Ronald Young Jr. from the Leaving the Theater podcast. This episode is inspired by the case of Terri Schiavo.For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
10/21/202044 minutes, 39 seconds
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SVU: The father locks the children up...except to go bowling

SVU tries to help a malnourished girl on a train who'd been locked up with her eight siblings by her religious father. Amanda discovers the children only get to leave the home to go bowling, and her actions lead to a deadly shootout. We're talking about SVU season 19 episode 20 "The Book of Esther." Our guest is the actress who played Esther in this episode, Rebekah Kennedy. This episode is based on the ripped-from-the-headlines story of the Turpin family.For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
10/7/202048 minutes, 56 seconds
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L&O: Cynthia Nixon is a subway vigilante!

Celebrating Law & Order's 30th anniversary! Greevey & Logan investigate gunfire on a crowded subway train. A white woman says she shot two Black teens because they were trying to rape her. But Stone & Robinette learn the woman had been attacked on the subway before and believe this time she was the one looking for trouble. We're going back to where this whole damn thing began. We're discussing Law & Order season 1 episode 2 "Subterranean Homeboy Blues." Our guest is Mark Blankenship from the "Mark and Sarah Talk About Songs" podcast. This episode is based on the 1984 subway shooting by Bernard Goetz.For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
9/23/202048 minutes, 48 seconds
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Is it time to "cancel" Law & Order?

Before we begin season five of "These Are Their Stories," here's a look back at the best moments, Hey It's That Guys, and Ripped from the Headlines from the past year. We'll hear from past guests Steven Pappas, Katie Mitchel, Issac Butler, Lani Diane Rich, Lawrence Tucker, Lauren Milberger, Katie Mitchel, Tracey Furgeson, Diana Goodman, Nick Cappodice, Carolyn Paine, Mary Philips-Sandy, Kelly Jones, Aviv Rubenstein, and Si Frater. Then, among criticism that cop shows have had a detrimental effect on the public's tolerance for police misconduct, we talk with Georgetown professor and L&O superfan Marcia Chatelain about whether it's time to "cancel" Law & Order, et al.For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
9/9/202058 minutes, 21 seconds
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SVU: Hilary Duff didn't kill that baby! Measles did!

Baby Sierra is missing and her young mom is off partying. Yes, she buried the girl's body in an abandoned lot, but Olivia and Elliot don't arrest her. Instead they bust the anti-vaxxing mom whose kid gave Sierra measles and charge her with murder. We're looking at a classic SVU, season 10 episode 19 "Selfish." Our guest is Anita Flores from "I'm Listening: A Frasier podcast." This episode is inspired by the murder of Caylee Anthony. For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
8/19/202044 minutes, 37 seconds
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SVU: He's making clone babies!

A girl shot in an alley leads Benson and Stabler to creepy Dr. Lang's school, where all the students were thought to be missing or kidnapped. What's he need all these teens for? He's fertilizing them with the clones of rich parents' dead kids. We're talking about SVU season 4 episode 24 "Perfect." Our guest is Jaimie Beebe from the Strictly Stalking podcast. This episode takes plot points from the death of Lisa McPherson.For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
8/5/202045 minutes, 16 seconds
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L&O: Did he use 9/11 as a cover for his lover's murder?

Kelly supposedly died on 9/11, but her skeleton is discovered in Midtown. Did the son of a powerful politician kill his mistress on September tenth, cut off her hand, leave it at Ground Zero, then bury the body somewhere else to save his marriage? Serena's got this one in the bag. For our 100th EPISODE OF THESE ARE THEIR STORIES we're talking about Law & Order season 13 episode 5 "The Ring." Our special guest is the author of Shadow and Bone (soon to be a Netflix series) Leigh Bardugo. The episode is based on the ripped-from-the-headlines story of Sneha Anne Philip.For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
7/29/202049 minutes, 5 seconds
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CI: Who threw the violinist down the opera house air shaft?

Who killed the young musician by tossing her from the roof at intermission? Her lover, the temperamental conductor? Her mother, the prima donna opera singer? Logan and Barek have to deal with false teeth, cocaine-covered costumes, and Mad Cow Disease to solve the crime. We're looking at Criminal Intent season 5 episode 16 Dramma Giacosa. Our returning guest is Sarah D. Bunting from The Blotter Presents podcast. This episode is inspired by the ripped-from-the-headlines crime known as "The Murder at the Met."For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
7/15/202042 minutes
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L&O: The only way to get him back from Israel is prove he's Irish

Detectives learn a Jewish man paid to have his father's business partner killed, but when Briscoe and Green go to arrest him they learn he's fled to Israel. The Law of Return protects him from extradition, so Carmichael pleads her case in Rabbinical court in an effort to prove he's actually Irish. A shonda! We're not completely comfortable with Law & Order season 11 episode 5 "Return." Our guest is Michal Schick of the Nice Jewish Fangirls podcast. This episode is based on the ripped-from-the-headlines case of Samuel Sheinbein.For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
7/1/202042 minutes, 46 seconds
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SVU: A child dies of neglect! Arrest the caseworkers!

A child dies after her mother locks her in a cage. Why didn't the Department of Child Services know what was going on? Convinced of a cover-up, Benson gets Barba to charge the caseworkers (including Whoopi Goldberg) with manslaughter. We're talking about SVU season 17 episode 4* "Institutional Fail." Our special guest is Nigel Poor from the Ear Hustle podcast. This story is inspired by the ripped-from-the-headlines case of Nixzmary Brown. *Note: some streaming services list this as episode 3.For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
6/17/202050 minutes, 29 seconds
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SVU: The suspect says he got his mistress pregnant from a handy

The crazy playground lady steals a baby. Turns out she was its biological mother. Is the father a married man and prominent legal scholar? He says there was only one way it could have happened... This is a classic podcast episode about a classic SVU episode. We're talking about SVU season 14 episode 7 "Vanity's Bonfire." Our guest is Sarah D. Bunting. This episode is inspired by the sex scandal of presidential candidate John Edwards. This podcast episode originally aired in October 2016.For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
6/3/202042 minutes, 3 seconds
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Blimey! There's a Law & Order series in the UK?

The discovery of a body casts doubts about the guilt of the man serving time for the murder. With his conviction overturned, he's now out for the prosecutor who put him behind bars in the first place. In this special podcast, we're looking at Law & Order:UK, season 1 episode 4 "Unsafe." The British episodes are based on original recipe scripts; this one mirrors L&O season 4 episode 8 "American Dream." Our guest is Ana Anderson from the Crime by the Bar podcast. The ripped-from-the-headlines case that inspired both episodes is the Billionaire Boys Club. For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
5/20/202045 minutes, 27 seconds
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SVU: They arrest a guy with an eye-patch for spreading HIV

Benson and Stabler cross paths with an HIV-positive man who's infecting women on purpose. He's cleared in a murder case and cleared in a rape, so instead the elite squad charge him with spreading the disease. We're talking about SVU season 11 episode 11 "Quickie." Our guest is Brandie Posey from the Lady to Lady podcast. This episode is inspired by the real-life case of Nushawn Williams. For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
5/6/202048 minutes, 55 seconds
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L&O: an Abu Ghraib guard is murdered and Fontana joins the squad

Green and Van Buren aren't sure what to make of Briscoe's replacement, Joe Fontana. On their first case, a reservist who'd been a guard at Abu Ghraib is murdered and their suspect declares herself a prisoner of war. We're looking back at a milestone episode, Law & Order season 15 episode 1 "Paradigm." Our guest is Tracey Ferguson from the Docs That Rock podcast. (Spoiler: Tracey had an important part in this television episode.) The show takes cues from the prisoner abuse scandal at Abu Ghraib prison. For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
4/22/202047 minutes, 36 seconds
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SVU: She killed her drunk mom because of PMS

Mom didn't want her teen having sex with a 21-year-old man. That's how she wound up dead in the kitchen. Her daughter says she bashed her head in because of her severe form of PMS. We're looking at SVU season 6 episode 19 Intoxicated. Our guest is Lauren Milberger from FYI: the Murphy Brown podcast. This episode is inspired by the ripped-from-the-headlines case of Vicki Robinson. For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
4/8/202046 minutes, 31 seconds
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L&O: The fertility doctor was using his own sperm!

Logan and Briscoe think a fertility doctor is scamming women into believing they’re pregnant. Then McCoy and Kincaid learn he’s been using his own baby batter to inseminate his patients. It’s a sticky situation in Law & Order season 5 episode 15 “Seed.” Our guest is Dr. Kelly Jones from the How Story Works Conversations podcast. This episode is based on the ripped-from-the-headlines case of Dr. Cecil Jacobson.For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
3/25/202044 minutes, 30 seconds
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SVU: Barba kills a baby and quits the show

Inserting himself in an infant’s right-to-die case, Barba takes matters into his own hands. So DA Jack McCoy enlists the help of Peter Stone to prosecute him for murder. We’re discussing the heart-tugging, star-packed SVU S19 E13 The Undiscovered Country. Our guest is Gabby Dunn from the "Bad with Money" podcast. This episode is inspired by the 2017 case of Charlie Gard.For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
3/11/202045 minutes, 22 seconds
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CI: Rosanna Arquette did NOT want to go to that sex club!

Who would kill over a porno mag publisher's black book? Somebody who wants to blackmail a politician, that's who. Goren and Eames learn the politician's ex-wife refused to go with him to the club...until she didn't. We're talking about Criminal Intent season 4 episode 14 Sex Club. Our guest is Katie Mitchell from the Date with Dateline podcast. This episode is inspired by the political sex scandal surrounding Jack and Jeri Ryan. For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
2/26/202045 minutes, 27 seconds
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SVU: She got tricked by a fake abortion clinic!

A teenage girl is found beaten around the abdomen and soon loses her baby. The squad learns she agreed to the attack because it was too late to legally terminate the pregnancy. That’s when Benson and Stabler find out the abortion clinic she went to was fake! We’re talking about SVU S7 E9 Rockabye with four-time guest Lani Diane Rich from Chipperish Media. This episode takes cues from a 2005 case of Michigan teenagers purposely using a baseball bat to induce a miscarriage. For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
2/12/202042 minutes, 25 seconds
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SVU: Sleep with me and your son will get into Hudson!

Mom wants Justin to get into Hudson SO BAD that she'll sleep with the admissions director, but - surprise - that guy's not really the admissions director. He says he's just a playboy, but Benson convinces Barba to charge him with rape. We're talking about SVU S18 E3 Imposter. Our guest is Ralph Castaneda from the Hudson University parody twitter account. This episode takes cues from the real life case of Jared Rohrig.For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
1/29/202039 minutes, 5 seconds
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L&O: The doctor injects his ex-lover with a coronavirus

What was the carjack victim doing with vials of the coronavirus SARS in her trunk? Briscoe and Green learn the lab director infected his ex-lover with the virus, triggering an outbreak. But thanks to Serena, the doctor’s wife throws the trial into confusion. We’re talking about Law & Order season 14 episode 3 “Patient Zero.” Our guest is Samantha Thompson from the Spooky Adventures of Alec and Sam podcast. This episode is inspired by the real-life case of Doctor Richard Schmidt.For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
1/15/202042 minutes, 51 seconds
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SVU: Marcia Gay Harden is the killer in her own investigation

Old friend and FBI Agent Dana Lewis teams up with SVU to grill a suspect in an unsolved string of rape-homicides from the 1980s. But when Amaro catches her lying about her relationship with the fiancé one of the victims, he suspects the agent may be involved. We're talking about SVU S14 E14 Secrets Exhumed with Melissa from the Moms and Murder podcast. This episode is inspired by the ripped-from-the-headlines case of Sherri Rasmussen. For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
1/1/202045 minutes, 5 seconds
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SVU: The shoe fetishist cuts off a woman's foot

Who would cut off a dead woman's foot? Maybe it's the creepy bowling alley worker whose apartment she accidentally went to? And why not arrest his mother for creating a shoe fetish murderer in the first place? We're talking about SVU S4 E16 Tortured with guest Aviv Rubenstein from the inferior podcast, "Special Viewing Unit." This episode was inspired by the real life case of Jerry Brudos. For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
12/18/201942 minutes, 53 seconds
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L&O: McCoy's obsession with a rapist is OUT. OF. CONTROL.

When a woman is murdered and raped, McCoy blames a criminal whose parole he opposed. His desire to pin the act on Lewis Darnell causes McCoy to push the bounds of ethics and the law. We have some issues with Law and Order season 7 episode 18 "Mad Dog." Our guest is Nick Capodice from the Civics 101 podcast. This episode takes cues from the murder case of Megan Kanka.For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
12/4/201945 minutes, 55 seconds
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L&O: Who did it? The mobster or his twin brother?

Gangster Cally Lonegan is the prime suspect in the murder of his crooked business partner, but the FBI says he was under surveillance at the time of the hit. Briscoe and Green learn the feds are covering for the mobster...and he has a twin brother! We're talking about Law & Order season 11 episode 21 "Brother's Keeper." Our returning guest is author and Wisconsin Public Radio host Brady Carlson. This episode is inspired by the lives of Whitey and Billy Bulger.For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
11/20/201945 minutes, 20 seconds
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SVU: Is their rapist Danny from Caddyshack?

Olivia and Fin hunt a murdering rapist wearing a police uniform. Is it the line-crossing, prostitute-banging Officer Marcosi...or someone pretending to be a cop? We're discussing SVU S3 E14 Counterfeit with Mary Phillips-Sandy from the "Let's Talk About Cats" podcast. This episode takes its inspiration from the 1986 murder of Cara Knott. We're sponsored by Best Fiends and Madison Reed.For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
11/6/201943 minutes, 3 seconds
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SVU21: The celebrity fakes his own hate crime

A hip hop artist is the latest victim of a serial predator. But when the squad busts the actual culprit, they discover the celebrity faked his attack to get attention. We're talking about the very latest episode in historic SVU season 21, episode 3 "Down Low in Hell's Kitchen." Our returning guest is Margo Donohue from the Book vs Movie podcast. This episode was inspired by the Jussie Smollett case. We're sponsored by ThirdLove and Joybird.For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
10/23/201944 minutes, 57 seconds
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SVU's FIRST EPISODE: The castrated cabbie!

CELEBRATING SVU'S 21 SEASON! In honor of SVU's TV milestone, we look back at the episode that started it all. Veteran cop Elliot Stabler and his rookie partner Olivia Benson, along with a squad room of crazy characters, investigate the murder of a cabbie who got his junk cut off. But they soon discover the victim might be a war criminal accused of raping dozens of women. We're talking about SVU season 1 episode 1 Payback. Our returning guest is Diana Goodman from the ThirtyTwentyTen podcast. This episode is inspired by stories of war atrocities during the Bosnian War. http://www.lawandorderpodcast.com/podcast-episodes/paybackFor exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
10/9/201943 minutes, 7 seconds
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SVU: Kathy Griffin tries to kiss Benson

Someone is raping lesbians! Brash activist Babs Duffy insults everybody, makes a pass at Benson, and swaps spit with Stabler. But to get a confession, Liv swings the other way. Plus, there's a vampire. Pucker up. We're talking about SVU season 11 episode 13 "P.C." Our guest is Haley Manrique from the "We're Not Together" podcast. This episode takes cues from the political movement known as Radical Lesbianism.For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
9/25/201941 minutes, 57 seconds
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SVU: A family is held in a basement for years!

Detectives learn a boy abandoned in Times Square had been part of a family kept locked in a basement for years. Now the hunt is on to find their captor. Meantime, Olivia returns to work after her own kidnapping…and is not adjusting well.We’re talking about SVU season 15 episode 2 “Imprisoned Lives.” Our guest is Steven Pappas from the “Is This Adulting” podcast. This episode is inspired by the real-life case of Ariel Castro. We're sponsored by Third Love and Best Fiends.For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
9/11/201943 minutes, 34 seconds
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L&O: A girl dies during a botched exorcism

How else do you deal with a daughter who is hell on wheels? You perform an exorcism, of course. Carmichael wants to convict the former nun who hears the voice of Saint Michael...but McCoy isn't so sure it's an act.We're talking about Law & Order season 9 episode 15 Disciple. Our returning guest is Lawrence Tucker from the Awesome 80s podcast. This episode is inspired by the 1998 death of Charity Miranda Martin.We're sponsored by Madison Reed and Best Fiends.http://www.lawandorderpodcast.com/podcast-episodes/discipleFor exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
8/28/201943 minutes, 49 seconds
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SVU: There are pedophiles in the chat rooms!!!!

The squad hunts down a chat room predator and convinces him to throw a party for all the pedophiles he knows so they can arrest them as well. Meantime, Elliot is losing his mind because HIS CHILDREN HAVE A COMPUTER TOO!Plug in your dial-up modems. We're going back to SVU season 1 episode 18 Chat Room. Our guest is Isaac Butler from Slate's "Lend Me Your Ears" podcast. This episode is inspired by real life tales of Internet predators. We're sponsored by Third Love and Joybird.http://www.lawandorderpodcast.com/podcast-episodes/chatroomFor exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
8/14/201946 minutes, 30 seconds
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That time the guest thought Hudson was a real school

It's our season three finale! To mark the end of the season of These Are Their Stories, we're going to revisit some of our favorite moments from this year's podcasts. We'll hear from those who've had brushes with stardom, get advice on what to do at a swingers' club, discuss the wildest ripped-from-the-headlines stories, and hear everyone's favorite detective team. http://www.lawandorderpodcast.com/podcast-episodes/s3For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
7/31/201943 minutes, 40 seconds
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L&O: Dad injects his son with a deadly bacteria

A dad who wants out of his marriage injects his son with a deadly bacteria. But when the bio-supplier won't turn over their records, McCoy charges the corporation as an accomplice to murder. We're talking about Law & Order season 9 episode 4 Flight. Our guest is Isaiah Headen from the Sketch Nerds podcast. This episode is inspired by the real-life case of Brian Stewart. http://www.lawandorderpodcast.com/podcast-episodes/flightFor exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
7/17/201941 minutes, 35 seconds
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SVU: The kidnapped girl will die in three days

The squad works around the clock to find a girl snatched by a kidnapper who kills his victims on the third day. And the long hours are making everybody tired and cranky (no, you may not use Fin’s eyedrops). We’re looking at SVU season 2 episode 15 “Countdown.” Our guest is Carolyn Paine from the Big Little podcast. This episode was inspired by the real-life case of Robert Black. http://www.lawandorderpodcast.com/podcast-episodes/2019/6/27/countdownFor exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
7/3/201942 minutes, 36 seconds
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SVU: The rapist says porn made him do it

Kelly can’t remember being raped. Fortunately Eric videotapes himself assaulting all his victims. His defense: he’s addicted to porn and the cross-examination boner proves it. (Plus there's dolphin porn!)We’re talking about SVU season 10 episode 10 "Smut" with Repy Hattersley from the Hell and High Horror podcast live at PodX in Nashville. This episode was inspired by the ripped-from-the-headlines story of Andrew Luster.We're sponsored by Third Love. Go to thirdlove.com/lawandorder for 15% off. We're also brought to you by Joybird. Go to joybird.com/ORDER and receive an exclusive offer for 25% off your first order by using the code ORDER.For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
6/19/201947 minutes, 7 seconds
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SVU: A diplomat rapes a hotel maid and Stabler quits

Benson and newbie Rollins investigate a suave Italian diplomat who raped a chambermaid, but their victim has serious credibility issues. Then Olivia learns her BFF Stabler is quitting the force. We’re turning the page on SVU in season 13 episode 1 “Scorched Earth.” We’re joined by Stuart Rice from the Sketch Comedy Podcast. This episode is inspired by the case of French diplomat Dominique Strauss-Kahn. http://www.lawandorderpodcast.com/podcast-episodes/smutFor exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
6/5/201945 minutes, 21 seconds
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L&O: Someone stole that guy's kidney!

They didn't pick his pocket. This guy wound up in Central Park with his kidney stolen. Logan and Greavey find their man, but Stone and Robinette want the billionaire who paid the doctor to do it. We're going old school Law & Order with season 1 episode 21 "Sonata for Solo Organ." Our guest is Dan Taberski from the Headlong podcasts "Missing Richard Simmons" and "Running from COPS." The episode was inspired by the 1989 organ scandal involving Amhet Koc. For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
5/22/201941 minutes, 53 seconds
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L&O: John Slattery puts a woman in a coma to steal her money

How did rich Mrs. Moore wind up in an insulin-induced coma? A sex game called “necrophilia without tears.” McCoy and Carmichael find out the insulin was spiked with a drug that has left her “frozen.” Is the doctor who wants her money to blame? We’re talking about Law and Order season 10 episode 23 Stiff. Our guest is Dr. Kelly Jones from the Still Pretty and Awegasm podcast. This episode is inspired by the case of Claus and Sunny von Bülow.For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
5/8/201945 minutes, 21 seconds
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SVU: Was Amaro inappropriate with that hot mess actress?

After a washed-up teen star accuses Amaro of coming on to her, the squad discovers a powerful Hollywood producer has been abusing underage actresses for years. We’re talking about SVU season 16 episode 3 “Producer’s Backend.” Our guest is Matt Reuter from the podcast Law & Order: Special Viewers Unit. This episode is inspired by the sex accusations against director Bryan Singer.For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
4/24/201945 minutes, 30 seconds
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SVU: A victim's false memory leads to Dad's murder

A woman's recovered memory of her father's abuse rips her family apart and leads to a frame-up. But when the father is murdered, Benson and Stabler learn the memory was false all along. We're talking about SVU S3 E1 Repression with Kimberly from the A Date with Dateline podcast. Some inspiration for this episode comes from the real life case of Cheryl Pierson.For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
4/10/201942 minutes, 20 seconds
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SVU: A fake child sex ring leads to a real child sex ring

A fake news story links a congressman to a sex ring run out of a Chinese restaurant. No sooner does SVU debunk the rumor then they stumble across a real child sex ring on the Internet. And once again Noah is...IN DANGER! Join us, snowflakes. We’re talking about SVU S18 E17 Real Fake News. Our guest is Jessa Nicholson Goetz from the Getting Off Podcast. This episode is inspired by the ripped from the headlines controversy around Pizzagate.For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
3/27/201942 minutes
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L&O: Ellen Pompeo has her mother killed cuz she doesn't like her boyfriend

Mom and son killed, daughter shot, Olivet says dad could be a "family annihilator." But when she changes her diagnosis, it looks like before-she-was-famous Ellen Pompeo orchestrated the whole thing...all so she could spend more time with her boyfriend. Plus, Briscoe eats a baked potato covered in peanut butter. We're talking about L&O original recipe season 6 episode 16 "Savoir." Our guest is podcaster and sports journalist Sonja Missio. This episode takes some plot points from the case of John List.For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
3/13/201943 minutes, 32 seconds
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SVU: Robin Williams is basically a super villain

In SVU's 200th episode, Robin Williams scams a burger manager to strip search an employee, defends himself at trial, appears on Morning Joe with a sheep named Elliot, organizes a Grand Central Station flash mob, kidnaps Benson and threatens Stabler to administer electrical shocks, blows up a recording studio, then disappears in the East River while still handcuffed. And gets nominated for an Emmy for doing it. We're talking about SVU S9 E17 Authority with Michelle Rubenstein from the It Takes Three podcast network. This episode was inspired by a 2004 phone scam at a Kentucky McDonalds.For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
2/27/201950 minutes, 38 seconds
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SVU: The State of the Unit Address

We're declaring a national emergency. Halfway through season 20, we hear from listeners and past guests about what's working and what isn't on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Then we'll ask the question: should SVU be renewed for a 21st season? We'll hear from Rebecca Lavoie, Vaya Pashos, Margo Donohue, Henry Lavoie, Kimberly, and Sarah D. Bunting, plus Kevin Flynn will give the State of the Unit Address. For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
2/13/201950 minutes, 55 seconds
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SVU: Benson goes into virtual reality to rescue Vixy Platinum by turning on the sun

How do you find a vanished woman whose online avatar is teen stripper Vixy Platinum? Go INTO the game and locate the kidnapper's virtual cabin by making the sun come out at night. Also there's a sleepwalking rapist and a girl who's been missing for 25 years and still carries a torch for her pedophile kidnapper. We turn the bat-shit-crazy to 11 with Sarah D. Bunting as we talk about SVU season 9 episode 2 "Avatar." The story takes plot points from the online world of Second Life. For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
1/30/201943 minutes, 31 seconds
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L&O: Lawyer Sandy Duncan sells out her client

A co-ed is found dead in her dorm. The computer geek with the rape-and-murder fantasies and a pair of the victim's panties seems like a good suspect, but Briscoe and Curtis home in on her paranoid roommate. Instead of homicide, McCoy and Kincaid charge her with fraud for lying on her college application. Thank goodness her lawyer Sandy Duncan is willing the throw the case. We're talking about original recipe season 6 episode 6 "Paranoia" with Lawrence Tucker of the Awesome 80s podcast. This episode was inspired by the ripped from the headlines story of Gina Grant. For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
1/16/201945 minutes, 46 seconds
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CI: Goren meets his nemesis Nicole Wallace for the first time

The Hudson University president is murdered, but who convinced the grad student to do the deed? The answer is Goren’s new nemesis: Nicole Wallace! We’re talking about Criminal Intent season 2 episode 3 “Anti-Thesis.” We’re joined by returning guest, from Undisclosed and the Office Hours podcasts, Dr. Marcia Chatelain. This episode takes some of its cues from the real-life squabble between Harvard President Larry Summers and Dr. Cornel West.For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
1/2/201941 minutes, 34 seconds
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SVU: Stone is accused of rape, then taken hostage

Hard-drinking, hard-loving ADA Peter Stone is accused by a woman of raping her 12 years ago, an assault he has no memory of. No one in the SVU squad wants to believe it…and maybe that’s the bigger problem. We’re talking about SVU season 20 episode 9 Mea Culpa. We’re joined by three-time guest (and TATS Triple Crown winner) Lani Diane Rich of Chipperish Media. This episode is inspired by the sexual assault accusation against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
12/19/201845 minutes
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SVU: Rooney Mara beats up fat people

Why did two fat kids beat up little Rooney Mara? Because she beat up their fat brother. Why did she beat up their fat brother? Because she used to be fat herself. (Wait, WTF?) Also, Anthony Anderson appears - not as L&O's Bernard - but as Stabler's hot-headed temporary partner. We’re talking about SVU season 7 episode 20 “Fat.” Our guest is Jason Alme from the Shit Happens When you Party Naked podcast. This episode is inspired by two teens who sued McDonalds for making them obese. For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
12/5/201841 minutes, 2 seconds
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SVU: An orphan sets Dani Beck's apartment on fire

A shady adoption agency! A child smothered during “rebirthing” therapy! Foster kids kept in cages! Elliot gets stabbed with a pen! And 8-year-old Elle Fanning attempts a murder-suicide by setting fire to the apartment of Elliot's wannabe lover Dani Beck! We’re looking at SVU season 8 episode 8 “Cage.” We’re joined by returning guest Vaya Pashos from the Buddywatch podcast. This episode is inspired by the rebirthing death of Candace Newmaker.For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
11/21/201843 minutes, 54 seconds
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L&O: A crazy man kills Ty Burrell's ex-wife on the subway

A crazy man bashes in a woman's head on the subway. McCoy isn't satisfied putting the lunatic in jail. He also charges the health insurance executive who kept him from getting his medicine in the first place. This time we're looking at Law & Order season 11 episode 2 "Turnstile Justice." Our guest is Lara Bricker from "Crime Writers On."This story is based on the 1999 killing of Kendra Webdale.We're brought to you by Third Love. Go to ThirdLove.com/lawandorder to get 15% off your first purchase. We're also sponsored this week by Hello Fresh. For a total of $60 off your first 3 boxes of Hello Fresh, visit hellofresh.com/theirstories60 and enter the code THEIRSTORIES60.For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
11/7/201843 minutes, 29 seconds
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SVU: John Ritter rips the baby right outta his cheatin' wife's belly

When someone attacks a pregnant woman and cuts the baby out of her stomach - instead of focusing on arrogant neat-freak husband John Ritter - Elliot has to make it ALL ABOUT HIM. Boo freakin' hoo. We're talking about SVU S3 E11 "Monogamy." Our guest is Rebecca's best friend Molly McKean, Esq. (For photos of Molly's chickens and other things, follow her on Instagram at Coldakitty.) The ripped-from-the-headlines story is the murder of expectant mother Bobbie Jo Stinnett. For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
10/24/201844 minutes, 25 seconds
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L&O: Joe Piscopo helps Gary Busey kill his wife

She’s a grifter. He’s a washed-up celebrity. She wound up dead on the sidewalk. Who did it? Well, Gary Busey appears in the first 30 seconds of this episode, so you tell us. We’re looking at a classic Law & Order, season 12 episode 6 “Formerly Famous.” Our guest is John Davenport from the Hollywood Outsider podcast. This episode was based on the murder trial of Robert Blake.For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
10/10/201840 minutes, 33 seconds
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SVU: Dad kidnaps his son to teach Mom a lesson

A boy is abducted from his school. The kidnapper later says his Mom paid to have him taken. Or was it the Dad? We’re looking at SVU season 16 episode 22 “Parents’ Nightmare.” Our guest is Maureen McMurray from the new Bear Brook podcast. This episode is based on the ripped-from-the-headlines story of a family who faked a kidnapping to teach their boy about “stranger danger.”For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
9/26/201844 minutes, 38 seconds
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SVU: Rose McGowan commits TWINCEST!

Benson and Stabler go undercover in a sex club [swoon] to catch a pair of con artist swingers who have a surprising amount in common. Like the same mother. Like they're doing it. Like they're twins and they're doing it. We're looking at SVU season 12 episode 19 "Bombshell." Our guest is Toronto Sun sex & relationship columnist Simone Paget. The inspiration for one of the characters is burlesque star Dita von Teese.For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
9/12/201846 minutes
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L&O: Julia Roberts tries to bang Curtis

A financier dies of a Viagra overdose! A billionaire wants a football stadium! Briscoe makes dick jokes...blah blah blah.... IT'S JULIA ROBERTS! Julia guest stars as a femme fatale who wants to get it in with her then-boyfriend Benjamin Bratt. We're talking about Law & Order season 9 episode 20 "Empire." Our guest is Aaron Peterson of the Hollywood Outsider and The Blacklist Exposed podcasts (the bastards who beat us for Best TV/Film Podcast of 2017). This episode is inspired in part by the plans of George Steinbrenner, Rudy Giuliani, and Donald Trump to build a new Yankee Stadium. For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
8/29/201846 minutes, 48 seconds
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SVU: Amaro shoots a kid and Cragen hits the road

After joining a police foot chase, Amaro shoots an unarmed teen. Now IAB is after him. But it's Cragen who turns in his badge, as the iconic character retires after 400 L&O and SVU episodes. We're talking with Kimmie Smith of Athleisure Mag about Special Victims Unit season 15 episode 10 (sometimes listed as episode 11) "Amaro's One-eighty."This story is inspired by the real life case of Ramarley Graham.This episode is brought to you by Kopari's Coconut Deodorant. Go to KopariBeauty.com/stories to save $5 off your first order. We're also sponsored by Madison Reed. Listen for our special promo code to get 10% off plus free shipping.For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
8/1/201845 minutes, 9 seconds
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SVU: He fell for the banana in the tailpipe

The oversexed victim was buggered by fruit. The trail leads Benson and Stabler to a Turkish bath house, high-priced Russian hookers, the mysterious second floor loft in the squad room, and a male porn star named “Bull Dozer.” We’re looking at SVU S1 E12 “Russian Love Poem” with Brittni Liyanage from the D20 Dames podcast. This episode’s ripped-from-the-headline story deals with the Russian mob.For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
7/18/201844 minutes, 23 seconds
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L&O: Dad shoots the prison escapee who shot his daughter

Green and Cassady (memba her?) chase an escaped prisoner all over Manhattan, only to corner him in a classroom where he shoots four children. McCoy and Rubirosa want the convict to get the death penalty. So why should they prosecute the vigilante who killed him for them?We're looking at Law & Order, season 17 episode 9 "Deadlock." Our guest is Nick Capodice from the Civics 101 podcast. This episode takes cues from the ripped from the headlines case of Gary Plauche.Note that we will be discussing a fictional school shooting. For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
7/4/201842 minutes, 44 seconds
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L&O: A woman gets chased off a bridge and Rey's wife leaves

A woman jumps from a crowed bridge. Did she kill herself...or was she chased to her death? Also, Rey's wife finds out about his infidelity and leaves him (for now). We're looking at classic Law & Order season 7 episode 11 "Menace." Our guest is author Brady Carlson. This podcast episode was originally released on October 12, 2016, but this encore episode contains additional material. This TV episode is inspired by the real life case of Delitha Ward.For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
6/20/201840 minutes, 19 seconds
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CI: Instead of freezing the Senator's body they stole the brain

Doesn’t being cryogenically frozen after death sound good? Not to the billionaire who wants that brain to cure his son’s Alzheimer’s. This time we look at Criminal Intent season 2 episode 15 “Cold Comfort.” Our guest is Lisa Gallagher of the Toronto True Crime Film Festival. This episode is inspired by the real-life controversy around the death of baseball legend Ted Williams.For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
6/6/201844 minutes, 53 seconds
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SVU: She makes rapists call her "Mommy"

This therapist thinks she can cure rapists by reading them bedtime stories, making them suck their thumbs, and calling her "Mommy." Then she straight up sleeps with one and is attacked by the patient's sister mother. (Plus pro tip: don't put your ankle monitor on your cat.) We're looking at SVU season 5 episode 3 "Mother" with Diana Goodman from the ThirtyTwentyTen podcast. This episode is based on the case of Doctor Margaret Bean-Bayog. We welcome a new sponsor this episode: Good Cigar Company. Go to goodcigar.co and use promo code ORDER for 10% off any subscription.For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
5/23/201847 minutes, 20 seconds
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CI: Goren finds the hidden gold in the dumbbells

The kidnapping of a famous atheist goes wrong, with the victim and one of the kidnappers dead and his accomplices gone with the gold coins. But Goren is no dumbbell when it comes to cracking the case. This time we look at Criminal Intent season 4 episode 5 "Eosphoros" with Katie from the Date with Dateline podcast.The TV episode's name comes from the Greek god of the morning star, the brother to god of the evening star, Hesporos. The episode was inspired by the kidnapping and murder of Madalyn Murray O'Hair. This episode is sponsored by Warby Parker glasses. Go to warbyparker.com/order to begin your free home try on experience. We're also sponsored by Third Love. Get 15% off your first bra at thirdlove.com/lawandorder.For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
5/9/201846 minutes, 37 seconds
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SVU: Joan Cusack's daughter gets kidnapped...again!

SVU searches for little Mackenzie who ran away from her smothering parents. Their older daughter was kidnapped and vanished years ago, and now they're making Mackenzie look just like her (with plastic surgery and a microchip). We're talking about SVU S12 E1 Locum with actor Chase Williamson. This episode takes some cues from the ripped from the headline story of Jaycee Dugard.For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
4/25/201839 minutes, 32 seconds
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SVU: He didn't know he's sleeping with his daughter

You think the guy in the creepy clown mask kidnapping the teen girl is the weirdest this episode gets. But HOLD ON. Wait until the music teacher finds out the student he's been sleeping with is actually the love child he never knew he had. (Vomit here.) We're still stunned by SVU S19 E17 "Send in the Clowns" and we'll talk about it with Kimberly from the Date with Dateline podcast. This episode is inspired by the case of Steven Walter Pladl. For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
4/11/201845 minutes, 59 seconds
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L&O: The basketball player kills the fan suing him for $20m

How's this for a March Madness tie in? A pro basketball player is accused of snapping the neck of his biggest heckler who happened to be suing him for $20 million. We're taking a shot with Law & Order season 15 episode 16 "The Sixth Man." Our guest is James Pietragallo from Crime and Sports and the Small Town Murder podcast. This episode was inspired by the real-life 2004 sports brawl known as The Malice at the Palace.For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
3/28/201846 minutes, 55 seconds
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SVU: The child porn victim sues her viewers & Benson and Cassidy break up

Pay no attention to that little girl hanging off a balcony. It's her mom who's the special victim. Now an adult, she'd been made to do porn as a child. Barba convinces her to sue the men still viewing her images for millions of dollars. Also, Benson and Cassidy have the least-drama filled breakup in television history. We're talking about SVU S15 E19 "Downloaded Child" with Aussie star Kate Barkley from the Pups and Pop Culture podcast. This SVU episode was inspired by the real-life court case of "Amy Unknown."For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
3/14/201845 minutes, 54 seconds
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L&O: Boys rape a [r-word] classmate & Briscoe's daughter is murdered

In one of Law & Order's most powerful episodes, a mentally handicapped girl is raped by her classmates. McCoy must fight the judge who sets aside the jury's verdict because the disabled sexual assault victim "had the time of her life." The result is a reflection on the meaning of dignity and acceptance. Meantime, Lenny's daughter pays the ultimate price for testifying against a drug dealer. We talk about L&O season 8 episode 22 "Damaged" with Mark Blankenship of the Mark and Sarah Talk About Songs podcast. Note: the original episode and our commentary use the words "retard" and "retarded," as use of both words are relevant plot points in the episode. To read Mark's article on why "Damaged" is among the best in the L&O canon, click here. For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
2/28/201845 minutes, 45 seconds
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SVU: Benson poses as Stabler's hooker & Cragen rescues a monkey

The SVU team somehow gets involved in an exotic animal smuggling operation. A woman is killed by a tiger, Stabler gets shot, Benson shows off her bra, Kathy wants to leave, and Cragen gets a hug from a $1 million gibbon smuggled in a basketball. We can't even with Tara Ariano from the Extra Hot Great podcast as we talk about SVU S10 E7 "Wildlife." To read a magazine article about how this television episode was made, click here. This episode is inspired by the real international blackmarket for exotic animals.For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
2/14/201845 minutes, 11 seconds
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L&O: A girl gets killed above a deli and Green goes gangsta

An actress is murdered above a famous deli and Branch wants to give the three suspects the death penalty...including the two guys who just stole the TV. Green goes undercover as a drug dealer, gets sued for beating down a perp, and reveals his affinity for Elvis Costello. And a witness reminds us who put Baby in a corner. We're hungry to talk about L&O season 13 episode 4 "Tragedy on Rye" with Boston Globe columnist Alex Beam. This episode is based on the real life Carnegie Deli Massacre of 2001. For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
1/31/201845 minutes, 54 seconds
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SVU: She got her boyfriend to rape, then kill, her little sister

It wasn't an accident the little girl got shot in the stick-up crossfire. Cabot gives her psycho sister immunity before learning she convinced her boyfriend to rape the girl, give her gonorrhea, then set up the fatal shoot-out to keep her quiet. We try to stomach SVU season 4 episode 11 "Damaged." Our guest is Kate Casey from the Reality Life podcast. This episode is based on the crime spree by Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka. For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
1/17/201846 minutes, 15 seconds
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BONUS: SVU S19 E9 Instant Recap! Grandma Sheila was Noah's kidnapper all along!

As a follow up to our last episode about SVU S19 E8 "Intent," part 1 of a cliffhanger, we're dropping this bonus episode to briefly talk about the conclusion of the kidnapping storyline in E9 "Gone Baby Gone." We'll hear from Rebecca Lavoie and Sarah D. Bunting about muttonchops, Twitter meltdowns, and how to get to New Hampshire.For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
1/6/201817 minutes, 59 seconds
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SVU: The double catfish, Carisi tries to kiss Rollins, and Noah gets kidnapped (w/Margo Donohue)

We're looking at the most recent episode from SVU! You know...the one with the double catfishing scheme, Rollins and Carisi almost make out, and Noah gets kidnapped at the end. Let's talk about SVU season 19 episode 8 "Intent." Our guest is Margo Donohue from the Book vs. Movie podcast. This episode is inspired by the real-life case of NBA player Chris Andersen.For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
1/2/201845 minutes, 17 seconds
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THE BANNED L&O EPISODE: Rape at the Puerto Rican Day parade

Well this one struck a nerve! The Puerto Rican Day parade is marred by a roaming mob assaulting women in Central Park. Meantime, the wife of a tech giant is found beaten to death nearby. What follows is an investigation driven by politics, wealth, and race. NBC banned LO season 11 episode 11 "Sunday in the Park with Jorge" from re-runs for nearly a decade. Our guest is returning panelist Lani Diane Rich from Chipperish Media. This episode is inspired by the real-life sexual assault incidents during New York's 2000 Puerto Rican Day parade.For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
12/20/201746 minutes, 24 seconds
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SVU: The one where the woman pretends she's still in high school

The bloody BDSM scene turns out to be an accidental death from two high school buddies conducting "extreme wrestling." But there's something wrong with the victim's girlfriend. Turns out she's a 28-year-old pretending to be a teen! We're blown away by SVU season 8 episode 21 "Pretend." Our guest is Stephanie Craig of the History Fangirl podcast. The episode takes its inspiration from the true story of Treva Throneberry.For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
12/6/201741 minutes, 42 seconds
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SVU: That girl can't be a killer Lolita, can she?

The SVU squad investigates a dead writer, a drunken lovelorn landlady, a pedophile impostor, and the tempting teen who might have had an affair with the victim. And Stabler suddenly realizes his daughter is going to have sex someday. We're going all the way back to SVU season 1 episode 5 "Wanderlust." Our guest is Benjamin Frisch of the Slate podcast network. The episode takes much inspiration from the book Lolita.For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
11/22/201746 minutes, 18 seconds
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L&O: Rey joins the team & the bad guy gets shot in court

Here we meet Briscoe's new partner, the smiling, good-natured, loving family man Rey Curtis (boy how things will change). And of course, Briscoe can't stand him. But once they catch the bad guy, the victim's mom shoots him in court...getting blood all over Claire's new suit. We're looking at Law & Order season 6 episode 1 "Bitter Fruit." Our guest is Erin Fox of the "You, Me, and PTSD" podcast. This episode takes some cues from the real life case of Ellie Nesler. For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
11/8/201745 minutes, 6 seconds
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SVU: Fifty shades of plagiarism and Barba gets choked with his own belt

She's the beautiful author of an erotic novel. He's the talk show host who likes to choke women with his belt. Was the sex consensual? Did she really write the book? And why is Munch reading a BSDM book to his blind mother? We're looking at SVU season 14 episode 3 "Twenty-five Acts." Our guest is Julia Turner, Editor-in-Chief at Slate magazine. The episode takes some cues from the blackmail scandal of Late Night host David Letterman. For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
10/25/201742 minutes, 34 seconds
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SVU: Stuckey, the annoying lab tech, was really the killer

The psycho suspect escapes by riding through a Fun House, then fleeing super villain-style by dumping toxic gas to cover his tracks. But it's Benson who rescues Stabler from Stuckey, the real killer, by repeatedly slapping her partner and making out with the bad guy. We're looking at SVU season 10 episode 22 "Zebras." Our guest is from the "In Trouble for Talking" podcast, Sonia Sells. The episode takes some cues from the life of SVU regular Richard Belzer. For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
10/11/201744 minutes, 27 seconds
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SVU: I didn't stab the Captain with a pickle

A woman get horny and dies after eating mushrooms. A mime refuses to talk. Some guy is snipping women's hair in the park. A dog coughs up a tampon. And Benson has the weirdest freak out after being exposed to toxic fungi. And that's just the FIRST HALF! We're looking at SVU season 12 episode 5 "Wet." Our guest is KCUR reporter and podcaster Sam Zeff. The episode is based on the controversy around the effects of soda on the health of children. And it's also not.For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
9/27/201746 minutes, 9 seconds
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CI: Goren faces off again with Nicole Wallace

Goren again matches wits with super criminal Nicole Wallace. Is she trying to hasten the death of a little girl to inherit her $5m lawsuit settlement...or is she protecting the child from her own father who wants the money too? And the new guy in the squad with nothing to do is Mike Logan. We're looking at Criminal Intent season 5 episode 1 "Grow." Our guest is author and comedian Dan Wilbur. This podcast is scheduled to drop on Wednesday Sept 13. The episode's villain is derivative of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Professor Moriarty, who is based on the real-life criminal mastermind Adam Worth. For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
9/13/201746 minutes, 59 seconds
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L&O: The militia guy says the fringe on the flag makes him a POW

It's an armored car heist! No! It's actually a militia hoping to overthrow the government! And as long as there are fringes on that American flag, the defendants consider themselves prisoners of war. We're looking at a classic L&O season 8 episode 5 "Nullification." Our guest is retired Lt Col James Weirick of the Military Justice podcast. The original episode is inspired by the real life cases of anti-government militia activity of the 1990s. For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
8/30/201741 minutes, 24 seconds
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SVU: The teen makes his own kiddie porn site

We still aren't sure what to say about this SVU episode that starts with a puppet show, ends with a kidnapping, and makes some really messed up twists in Teddy's Treehouse along the way. We're looking at SVU season 7 episode 21 "Web." Our guest is Molly McKean from the upcoming podcast HGTV & Me (also from Partners In Crime Media). The TV episode was inspired the real life child pornography case of Justin Berry. For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
8/16/201745 minutes, 28 seconds
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These are "These Are Their Stories" season 1 finale

TATS SEASON 1 FINALEWhat started off as a honey-do project has blossomed into a fun podcast with lots of great fans. We're even nominated for Best TV podcast at this month's Podcast Movement convention. (We're going to lose. We're gonna lose hard. We're going to lose like the Washington Generals always lose to the Harlem Globetrotters.)We're celebrating the end of season one (and the upcoming start of season two) with a look back at some of the best moments from the first year of These Are Their Stories. We'll relive some good episode discussion, favorite detective teams, Hey-it's-that-guys, and the best ripped from the headlines.For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
8/2/201748 minutes, 36 seconds
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L&O: The bikini girl, the news anchors, and the Ponzi scheme

A bikini posing TV reporter gets murdered and all the anchors want to do is stab each other in the back. But could the lightweight journalist have been close to exposing a multi-billion dollar Ponzi scheme when she was killed? This time we look at original recipe season 19 episode 17 "Anchors Away." Our guest is host of the Accused podcast Amber Hunt. This episode was inspired by the Bernie Madoff case and the scandals of TV anchors Larry Mendte and Alycia Lane.For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
7/19/201747 minutes, 4 seconds
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SVU: Grifters fake a rape to extort a Trump-like billionaire

Boy, it can really ruin the grand opening of a 5-star hotel when a guest is assaulted...even if it's only part of a convoluted scam to extort $10 million from the owner. This time we look at SVU season 2 episode 8 "Taken." Our guest is writer and co-host of Slate's DoubleX Gabfest podcast June Thomas. This episode was inspired by the fake rape extortion case at Walt Disney World. For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
7/5/201742 minutes, 58 seconds
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SVU: Come back with my frozen embryos!

This case has everything! Someone stealing frozen embryos! A mother harvesting her disabled daughter's eggs! Olivia baby angst! A courthouse steps shooting! Dwarfs! Luis from "Sesame Street"! We'll try to figure out what happened in SVU season 9 episode 14 "Inconceivable." Our guest is writer and co-host of the Slate's Mom and Dad Are Fighting podcast Carvel Wallace.Part of the story references the controversial case of little girl "Ashley X" and the medical treatment used to address her severe disabilities. For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
6/21/201743 minutes, 39 seconds
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SVU: John Stamos has 20 kids & gets blown up with a knife

Remember when John Stamos was the guest star on SVU? And he fathered 20 kids by 20 different women (which isn't actually a crime)? And he got killed by a special knife that made his chest blow up? Yeah...it's kind of hard to forget. We're going to figure out what happened in SVU season 12 episode 22 "Bang." Our guest is Gillian Pensavalle from the True Crime Obsessed podcast.This episode is based loosely on a clinical study into "reproductive coercion," and also the story of British bloke Keith Macdonald who had ten baby mommas.For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
6/7/201747 minutes, 24 seconds
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L&O: The stalker strangled the soap star

How do you track down a deranged fan who'd choke their favorite soap star in Central Park? Interview a studio grip, a female impersonator, and Allison Janney. And stop to get some fettuccine before you make an arrest. Logan and Cerreta chase a stalker in L&O season 2 episode 12 "Star Struck." Our guest is repeat offender Brady Carlson of Wisconsin Public Radio. This L&O episode is based on several high-profile cases, including the Rebecca Schaeffer murder.For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
5/24/201746 minutes, 18 seconds
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CI: Goren suspects everyone in the family bludgeoned Dad

When a wealthy financier is bludgeoned to death in his home, whom does Goren suspect? The soon-to-be-ex? The new boyfriend? The nanny? The brother-in-law? The children? The answer: everyone. We're diving into L&O:Criminal Intent S3 E9 "Happy Family," a rare episode in which the killer isn't revealed until the last minute. Our guest this episode is repeat offender and Chester Lake advocate Sarah D. Bunting: blogger, TV critic, and host of The Blotter podcast.This Criminal Intent episode is based on the Ted & Generosa Ammon case. For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
5/10/201748 minutes
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SVU: The rape joke comic was a rape joke rapist

He's a stand up comic who likes to tell female hecklers it would be funny if they got raped. Then when one of them walks home...well, it's SVU so you can guess the rest. Kevin & Rebecca dive into Special Victims Unit S15 E15 "Comic Perversion" with Pat Dixon, comedian and host of the podcast "NYC Crime Report."This episode is based on two scandals, one involving Daniel Tosh and the other with Derek Jeter.For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
4/26/201748 minutes, 58 seconds
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L&O: The singer caused the mob restaurant shooting

Nothing like eating an expensive meal in an Italian restaurant when one mobster shoots another because he's heckling the singer. But that's just the start of the trouble in this mafia-and-meatballs-themed episode L&O S14 E20 "Everybody Loves Raimondo's." Green & Briscoe (in one of Jerry Orbach's last episodes) think a movie producer was the victim of a conveniently-timed hit at an exclusive restaurant frequented by celebrities, judges, and mobsters alike.Kevin & Rebecca welcome Chris Greene of RTÉ Two radio in Ireland and co-host of "Craic Addicts." He brings a certain amount of "Paddywackery" to the show.This episode is inspired by the real life shooting in Rao's restaurant by Louie Lump Lump Barone.For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
4/12/201746 minutes, 43 seconds
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L&O: The Holocaust survivor who married a Nazi

Briscoe and Logan learn a pair of Holocaust survivors quarreled about a Nazi collaborator who came from the husband's village, and Stone and Robinette believe the woman was murdered because she'd learned his war-time secret. Kevin and Rebecca go back to the Stone Age to watch Law & Order Original Recipe Season 3, Episode 13. In "Night and Fog," Our guest is the very savvy Adam Ragusea, host of Current's "The Pub" podcast. This episode of Law & Order takes its cue from the real life case of accused concentration camp prison guard John "Ivan the Terrible" Demjanjuk.For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
3/28/201746 minutes, 52 seconds
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SVU: The prep school rapist & the Cherry Pickers Club

What really happened between those two teens in the prep school darkroom? The girl's texts are hurting the case, but then the squad learns the boy is part of a virgin-collecting contest in the secret "Cherry Picker's Club." This episode, Kevin & Rebecca are joined by Undisclosed: The Killing of Freddy Gray journalist Amelia McDonell-Parry as they look at SVU season 17 episode 12 "A Misunderstanding." The ripped from the headlines case this episode is based on is the rape trial of St. Paul's prep school graduate Owen Labrie. For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
3/15/201743 minutes, 39 seconds
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L&O: The one that's TOTALLY not based on Martha Stewart

Briscoe & Green tie a stockbroker's murder to a multi-millionaire business woman who's committed some insider trading. Kevin & Rebecca welcome comedian Jimmy Pardo (Never Not Funny podcast) for look at Law & Order season 13, episode 15 "Bitch." Despite the title, this L&O episode actually is based on the Martha Stewart case.For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
3/1/201746 minutes, 45 seconds
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SVU: The twin girl learns she's really a boy

Benson & Stabler's search for the victim of a botched rape leads them to a set of twins...and the sister has more in common with her brother than she realizes. Kevin and Rebecca welcome Jack O'Brien (Cracked podcast, Cracked magazine) to talk about SVU season 6 episode 12 "Identity." This SVU episode is based on the real-life case of David Reimer.For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
2/15/201745 minutes, 21 seconds
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SVU: Bob Saget puts a microchip in his wife then gives her his liver

Kevin & Rebecca are joined by Outside/In and Bear Brook senior producer Taylor Quimby - better known to our fans as Uncanny Valleys, the composer of our catchy theme song. The panel discusses a CRA-zy SVU installment from season 8 episode 9, "Choreographed." Rabid dogs, mute witnesses, philandering husbands, secretly implanted microchips, a liver transplant...and Stabler & Benson are reunited after his fling with temporary partner, Dani.Though not based on a crime, this SVU episode is inspired by the true story of microchip enthusiast Amal Graafstra.For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
2/1/201743 minutes, 50 seconds
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SVU: Harry Connick Jr macks on Olivia & busts rapey military contractors

Harry Connick Jr makes a guest stint as a DA who goes after some military contractors who drugged and gang-raped a co-worker in Afghanistan - and then goes after Olivia who's swooning over him. Patrick Hinds of True Crime Obsessed joins Kevin & Rebecca to dish on SVU S13 E12 "Official Story." This SVU episode is inspired by the real-life story of Jamie Lee Jones.For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
1/18/201746 minutes, 35 seconds
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L&O: Van Buren sends an innocent man to prison

A homicide lead Briscoe & Green to revisit the case that helped Van Buren make lieutenant - only to find the fingerprint evidence that put two men away was fudged. Kevin & Rebecca talk with scholar and social justice advocate Dr. Marcia Chatelain (Office Hours podcast). In original recipe season 12 episode 7, "Myth of Fingerprints." This episode of Law & Order was inspired by the evidence tampering scandal of Joyce Gilchrist.For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
1/5/201744 minutes, 38 seconds
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L&O: Rubirosa accuses Cutter of pimping her out

A missing teenage girl is spotted in the company of a pimp and hooker before turning up dead. Will Cutter use Rubirosa's sex appeal to win the case? Kevin & Rebecca are joined by the anonymous Hollywood blogger known as the Bitter Script Reader. They look at Law & Order season 18 episode 10 "Tango."This episode is inspired by the real-life murder of Jennifer Moore.For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
12/21/201645 minutes, 27 seconds
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CI: The sheriff from Stranger Things sends his family to heaven

A conservative man (David Harbour of "Stranger Things") believes he can save his family's souls by sending them to heaven. Can Goren and Eames save his daughter before it's too late? Comedian, author, and producer of the hit podcasts "The Black Tapes" and "Tanis" Paul Bae gives Criminal Intent S8 E9 "Family Values." This episode of Criminal Intent is inspired by the real-life case of John List.For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
12/7/201640 minutes, 56 seconds
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L&O: A creepy celebrity watches kids from an ice cream truck

A baby falls to his death after being dangled from a window by his celebrity father. But the investigation uncovers allegations of other improper conduct by the star. TVGuide.com reporter Erin Fox joins the gang to discuss original recipe season 13, episode 24, "Smoke." This episode is based on the many, many scandals surrounding Michael Jackson.For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
11/30/201647 minutes
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CI: A woman poisons people to open a kid’s clothing store

Goren and Eames hunt someone putting cyanide in headache medicine. Is she trying to kill lots of people...or just one person in particular? Lani Diane Rich, writer and host of the StoryWonk network of podcasts (Dusted, We Used to Be Friends, The Light Bulb) chimes in on Criminal Intent season 1 episode 7 "Poison." This episode is inspired by the real-life case of Stella Nickel.For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
11/23/201649 minutes, 2 seconds
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L&O: Van Buren shoots a teenager in front of her kids

LO S5E6 "Competence": Writer and comedienne Sarah Hohman joins the panel to break down original recipe season 5, episode 6 "Competence." In an episode that feels familiar today, Van Buren kills an unarmed kid during an apparent robbery. Race, gender, politics, loyalty, and intellectual disabilities all complicate the investigation.This episode is based in part on the real life story of Eleanor Bumpers.For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
11/9/201645 minutes, 23 seconds
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SVU: The sex offender didn’t actually kill that kid

Kevin & Rebecca welcome Aussi podcaster Vaya Pashos (The Neighbuzz podcast) to talk about old school SVU, season 1 episode 7, "Uncivilized." Benson and Stabler look into the murder of an 8-year-old boy. How far are they willing to go to pin it on the neighborhood sex offender?This episode of SVU takes some inspiration from the infamous Leopold & Loeb case.For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
11/2/201647 minutes, 28 seconds
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SVU: Tim Daly is a preacher who hates gay people

Singer/songwriter and L&O addict Mike Doughty (Soul Coughing) joins Kevin & Rebecca to discuss SVU season 8, episode 17, "Sin." It looks like a male prostitute is murdered in a ritualized killing, but the trail leads Stabler & Benson to a charismatic preacher who may be hiding a secret. Special thanks to Mike, who let us use his new single, "I Can't Believe I Found You in That Town."This episode is inspired by the sex scandal of preacher Ted Haggard.For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
10/26/201643 minutes, 19 seconds
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L&O: A woman gets chased off a bridge & Rey's wife leaves

A woman jumps from a crowded bridge. Did she kill herself or was she chased to her death? Meantime, Rey tells Lenny that his wife moved out after he confessed his one-night stand. On this installment, author and Law & Order savant Brady Carlson joins Kevin and Rebecca as they dig into the classic Mothership episode, season 7 episode 11, "Menace." This episode is inspired by the real-life case of Delitha Ward.For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
10/12/201642 minutes, 39 seconds
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SVU: Scott Bakula names his penis King Sebastian

The kidnapping of a baby leads the squad into the mystery of who the father is. Could he be the politically powerful man hoping to avoid a scandal? Kevin and Rebecca are joined by podcaster and Tomato Nation founder Sarah D. Bunting as they take on SVU season 14 episode 7 "Vanity's Bonfire." This episode is inspired by the sex scandal of presidential candidate John Edwards.For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
10/5/201641 minutes, 52 seconds
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L&O: The mob kills everyone and Jon Cryer’s father is the judge (w/Jon Cryer)

In this episode, we're joined by Jon Cryer, star of "Two and a Half Men," "Pretty in Pink," and the "Undisclosed Addendum" podcast. We'll discuss Law & Order season 1, episodes 15 & 16, "The Torrents of Greed" parts 1 & 2. Greevey and Logan bust an illegal cigarette ring, but Stone can't nail the mob boss behind it. We'll also hear Jon Cryer's personal connection to the episode.This episode is inspired by the life of NYC mafia don John Gotti.For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
9/28/201645 minutes, 1 second
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L&O: The murder victim is a horse

Someone murdered an expensive show horse because he can't jump. Brisoce & Curtis are on the case and soon discover a larger criminal scheme. In the premier episode of "...These are Their Stories," host Kevin Flynn is joined by true crime author Rebecca Lavoie and special guest, from the "Extra Hot Great" podcast and Previously.tv, Tara Ariano.This Law & Order episode was inspired by the real-life disappearance of Helen Brach.For exclusive content and more, sign up on Patreon.: https://www.patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia
9/14/201641 minutes, 46 seconds