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We take you behind police lines. Former FBI profiler Jim Clemente & former federal prosecutor Francey Hakes get unparalleled access to law enforcement officers, looking back at their most memorable cases – for better or for worse.

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    • Nov 26, 2021 LATEST EPISODE
    • weekly NEW EPISODES
    • 35m AVG DURATION
    • 265 EPISODES

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    258 | Who Was Jane Doe Part 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 26, 2021 39:56


    Detective Chris McMullin is dogged in his determination to find out what happened to the girl known as the Publicker Distillery Jane Doe. Listen to Part 2 of this fascinating caseSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.


    257 | Who Was Jane Doe?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2021 37:03


    Detective Chris McMullin is dogged in his determination to find out what happened to the girl known as the Publicker Distillery Jane Doe but can he solve the case?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.


    256 | Kyle Rittenhouse, Murder or Self-Defense?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2021 39:41

    A 17 year old goes armed to a riot and kills 2 people. Is he a murderer or could it have been self defense?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    255 | Homicide On Set

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 5, 2021 34:01

    Actor Alec Baldwin shot and killed a cinematographer in front of a dozen witnesses, but was it a crime?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    254 | Losing Ground

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2021 51:16

    NCMEC fights to make sure the US doesn't lose ground in its ongoing battle against child sex offenders.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    253 | Breathe Life Into Their Stories Part 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 22, 2021 36:40

    Gabby Petito's death has shined a light on other women victims of violent crime and a Wyoming task force has been working on this issue for years. Part 2 of this important discussionSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    252 | Breathe Life Into Their Stories

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2021 42:40

    Gabby Petito's death has shined a light on other women victims of violent crime and a Wyoming task force has been working on this issue for years.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    251 | Gabby Petito Case Update

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2021 20:17

    The coroner has released the cause of death in Gabby's murder and we bring you the details and detailed analysis.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    250 | A Bank Robber's Bunker Part 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2021 36:09

    The most prolific bank robber in history is no match for a persistent FBI agent. Part 2 of this fascinating storySee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    249 | A Bank Robber's Bunker

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2021 41:29

    The most prolific bank robber in history is no match for a persistent FBI agent.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    248 | Missing Gabby Petito

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 24, 2021 35:07

    Jim and Francey discuss the Gabby Petito case and the latest developments and delve into why similar cases don't get the same media attentionSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    247 | Dereliction Of Duty

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 17, 2021 32:38

    The FBI has admitted it utterly failed the victims of sexual predator Larry Nassar but will there by any accountability?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    246 | An Electrifying Case Part 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 10, 2021 29:22

    A routine drug search warrant ends up being the defining event of a St. Louis cop's life. Part 2 of this fascinating storySee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    245 | An Electrifying Case

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 3, 2021 27:49

    A routine drug search warrant ends up being the defining event of a St. Louis cop's life.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    244 | Apple Shifts Gears To Hunt For Child Abuse Material

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 27, 2021 41:07

    Apple has finally joined the fight against child exploitation images and material, but is this spying, and can the new tech be used for other nefarious purposes?See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    243 | A Palace of Truth Part 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 20, 2021 29:27

    Sunny Von Bulow died under suspicious circumstances and her husband was suspected of killing her. Decades later her children are determined to give voice to victims like Sunny. Listen to the conclusion of this monumental case!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    242 | A Palace of Truth

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 13, 2021 33:33

    Sunny Von Bulow died under suspicious circumstances and her husband was suspected of killing her. Decades later her children are determined to give voice to victims like Sunny.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    241 | Actionable Reconstructive Evidence Part 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 6, 2021 33:17

    Forensic Expert Scott Roder returns with the dramatic conclusion to his story about John TiedjenSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    240 | Actionable Reconstructive Evidence

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 30, 2021 39:45

    Forensic Expert Scott Roder accepts a collect call from a prisoner in Cleveland who claims he's been wrongfully jailed for 3 decades. And he wants Scott's help to prove he's innocentSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    239 | Analysis: Cosby Release and Scotland's Rape Stats

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 23, 2021 35:24

    Francey and Jim chat about the staggering new rape statistics out of Scotland and Bill Cosby's release from prison on a legal technicalitySee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    238 |The Morning Of

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 16, 2021 44:37

    Jim and Tim discuss where they were the morning of 9/11 and how the attacks shook their lives and instigated the biggest investigation in the history of the FBISee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    237 | A Bathtub Of Blood And Herbs

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 9, 2021 57:47

    When The FBI gets a tip that a twisted amateur may be performing gruesome "female circumcisions" on girls, Special Agent Tia Hoffer launches an investigation that takes her into the bizarre world of sex and body modificationSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    236 | Crime News

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 2, 2021 50:39

    Jim and Francey recap the week's biggest stories in crime and justice including the murder-by-mob of a young couple in ChicagoPrivacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.

    235 | The Ghost Part 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 25, 2021 43:02

    Former DEA Supervisory Special Agents Keith Billiot and Skip Sewell return with the dramatic conclusion to their story about their investigation of deadly New Orleans drug kingpin Richard "The Cuban" PenaPrivacy Policy and California Privacy Notice.

    234 | The Ghost

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 18, 2021 52:15

    Former DEA Agents Keith Billiot and Skip Sewell share unbelievable stories of torture, hitmen, murders and drugs from their investigation of New Orleans' real-life scarface, Richard Pena

    233 | An Amoral Code

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 11, 2021 33:57

    Jim and Francey react to a shocking new article by Vice News about how the Catholic Church is reinstating priests accused of abuse

    232 | We're Not The Bad Guys

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 4, 2021 58:10

    Newly retired after 31 years with LAPD Metro Division, former Detective Supervisor Mario Cortez joins Jim and Francey to discuss challenges facing law enforcement today

    231 | Analysis: The Murder Of Mollie Tibbetts

    Play Episode Listen Later May 28, 2021 30:59

    Jim and Francey discuss the murder of 20 year old college student Mollie Tibbetts and the current trial of her alleged killer

    230 | Seven To Nine Turns Part 2

    Play Episode Listen Later May 21, 2021 62:57

    When seven year old Danielle Van Dam vanishes without a trace one night from her bedroom, the San Diego Police Department and Crime Laboratory Manager Jennifer Shen spring into action. Part 2 of this compelling case

    229 | Seven To Nine Turns Part 1

    Play Episode Listen Later May 14, 2021 50:45

    When seven year old Danielle Van Dam vanishes without a trace one night from her bedroom, the San Diego Police Department and Crime Laboratory Manager Jennifer Shen spring into action

    228 | In Defense of Oscar Pistorius Part 2

    Play Episode Listen Later May 7, 2021 33:56

    Jim and Francey welcome back forensic expert and owner of the Evidence Room, Scott Roder, for a spirited discussion about the role he played as an expert witness in the controversial murder trial of Oscar Pistorius

    227 | In Defense Of Oscar Pistorius

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 30, 2021 34:40

    Jim and Francey welcome forensic expert and owner of the Evidence Room, Scott Roder, for a spirited discussion about the role he played as an expert witness in the controversial murder trial of Oscar Pistorius

    226 | Wildest Dreams

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 23, 2021 39:42

    The case of a violent assault against a Las Vegas sex worker hits a wall...until Sergeant Jim Young has a dream that breaks it wide open

    225 | The Fantastic Mr Fitz

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 16, 2021 32:34

    Jim and Francey welcome returning guest and Best Case Worst Case fan favorite, retired FBI Supervisory Special Agent/Criminal Profiler/Forensic Linguist James R. Fitzgerald

    224 | Interview With America's Most Wanted Host Elizabeth Vargas

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 9, 2021 20:48

    Jim and Francey sit down for a conversation with the wonderful Elizabeth Vargas, host of the all-new America's Most Wanted on FOX

    223 | The Abduction Of Ben Ownby Part 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 2, 2021 33:49

    When 14 year old Ben Ownby is abducted from his school bus stop in rural Beaufort, Missouri, local law enforcement calls in the FBI's Child Abduction Rapid Deployment Team and BAU Profiler Kathy Canning-Melo to help find him

    222 | The Abduction Of Ben Ownby Part 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 26, 2021 36:57

    When 14 year old Ben Ownby is abducted from his school bus stop in rural Beaufort, Missouri, local law enforcement calls in the FBI's Child Abduction Rapid Deployment Team and BAU Profiler Kathy Canning-Melo to help find him

    221 | Bodies Of Water Part 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 19, 2021 17:10

    Returning guest and fan favorite Bobby Chacon shares the conclusion of his first case on the FBI's dive team

    220 | Bodies Of Water Part 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 12, 2021 17:39

    Returning guest and fan favorite Bobby Chacon shares the compelling story of his first case on the FBI's dive team

    219 | Walking Money

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 5, 2021 60:16

    When a "bag man" for the Columbian Cartel shows up unexpectedly in D.C. to collect monies for a fake drug deal orchestrated by the FBI, special agent Tim Clemente must figure out how to stall him

    218 | A Mysterious Disappearance Part 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 26, 2021 55:30

    A bank is robbed and the manager missing. Was this an inside job or is something much more nefarious going on? Part 2 of this intriguing case

    217 | A Mysterious Disappearance

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 19, 2021 26:01

    A bank is robbed and the manager missing. Was this an inside job or is something much more nefarious going on? Listen and find out!

    216 | So You Want To Be A Mobster? Part 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 12, 2021 30:41

    Jim “Fitz” Fitzgerald has lots of experience dealing with mobsters. But this case was a wild one, hear the finale of this compelling case!

    215 | So You Want To Be A Mobster?

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 5, 2021 29:31

    Jim “Fitz” Fitzgerald has lots of experience dealing with mobsters. But this case was a wild one, don’t miss it!

    214 | Cold Case: Right There Before God And Country Part 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 29, 2021 34:36

    A cold case is one of the hardest cases to solve. Can you help find a killer? Part 2 of this intriguing case.

    213 | Cold Case: Right There Before God And Country

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 22, 2021 35:20

    A cold case is one of the hardest cases to solve. Can you help find a killer?

    212 | Attacking the Seat of American Democracy

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 12, 2021 65:39

    Jim and Francey break down the case against the rioters who invaded the US Capitol.

    211 |  Tales from the Script:  The King & Maxwell Beaver Bus Roll

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 8, 2021 54:58

    How does crime TV really work? Listen and find out!

    210 | Vinnie The Comedian Cop

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 2021 37:31

    Go behind police lines with Sgt Vinnie, who spends his days on the beat and his nights telling jokes!

    209 | Christmas Extravaganza

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 25, 2020 57:06

    Fave guests, new legacies, Christmas capers, join us for a spectacular episode!

    208 | American Lion Part 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 18, 2020 41:01

    What is it really like to be a CIA Case Officer dropped into a war zone? Left of Boom author Doug Laux concludes his compelling story!

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