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Crimes of Passion

Crimes of Passion

Every Wednesday, we tell a love story that turns into a crime story. Our subjects might start as lovers, friends, or family, but by the end, there's a criminal and a victim. Along the way, we analyze the relationship dynamics and psychology that lead to betrayal, theft, and even murder. Crimes of Passion is part of the Parcast Network, and a production of Cutler Media.

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Episodes

Robert John Bardo Pt. 1

In 1989, after years of obsessing over actress Rebecca Schaeffer, 19-year-old Robert John Bardo boarded a bus and headed for West Hollywood. It wasn?t his first attempt at reaching through to the young star ? but it would be his last. 
2021-01-27
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Shelia Eddy & Rachel Shoaf Pt. 2

Luring their friend deeper into Pennsylvania woods, Shelia Eddy and Rachel Shoaf prepared to carry out their sinister plot. But only one of them was prepared for the aftermath of Skylar Neese?s disappearance. In January 2013, Rachel was finally ready to reveal the full depths of the trio?s dysfunction. 
2021-01-20
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Welcome to the Family: The Kennedys

They?re a powerful political dynasty with no shortage of tragedies, scandals and controversies. Ahead of the 60th anniversary of John F. Kennedy?s inauguration, revisit the most shocking moments in the Kennedy family history ? from conspiracies and cover-ups to assassinations and affairs ? in this Parcast limited series.  All 12 episodes are available January 19th. Listen free, only on Spotify. 
2021-01-19
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Shelia Eddy & Rachel Shoaf Pt. 1

In West Virginia, a once-inseparable trio of teenage girls became toxic after two of them struck up a secret romantic relationship. Fearing their friend would expose them, 16-year-olds Shelia Eddy and Rachel Shoaf plotted to keep Skylar Neese silent for good. 
2021-01-13
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The Boy Jones

In 1838, an impoverished fourteen-year-old boy became obsessed with England?s young monarch, Queen Victoria. Edward Jones broke into Buckingham Palace repeatedly, hoping to get close to her. But with every trespassing, the Crown grew more desperate to stop him.
2021-01-06
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Jennifer Pan Pt. 2

On November 8, 2010, three armed men broke into the Pan family home. Bich Pan was shot and killed instantly, but her husband survived his gunshot wounds. Their 24-year-old daughter Jennifer had masterminded it all. 
2020-12-16
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Jennifer Pan Pt. 1

Hann and Bich Pan worked to give their daughter, Jennifer, every opportunity they never had. But when she failed to meet their high expectations, she turned to a life of deception, keeping her failing grades and forbidden romance a secret to all. 
2020-12-09
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Eadweard Muybridge & Harry Larkyns Pt. 2

The truth of his wife?s affair and son?s parentage uncovered, Eadweard shot off to Calistoga, California with murderous intent. 
2020-12-02
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Eadweard Muybridge & Harry Larkyns Pt. 1

In the late 19th century, a conman came between frontier photographer Eadweard Muybridge and his young wife, Flora Downs. 
2020-11-25
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Solved Murders Crossover: Helen Potts Pt. 2

Today we?re bringing you a special two-part episode from another Spotify Original from Parcast. If you enjoy it, check out Solved Murders, free and only on Spotify. It became one of the most sensationalized cases of the late 19th century: The young wife of a playboy medical student died not long after a botched abortion. But it wasn?t the dangerous procedure that killed her.
2020-11-18
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Solved Murders Crossover: Helen Potts Pt. 1

Today we?re bringing you a special two-part episode from another Spotify Original from Parcast. If you enjoy it, check out Solved Murders, free and only on Spotify. It became one of the most sensationalized cases of the late 19th century: The young wife of a playboy medical student died not long after a botched abortion. But it wasn?t the dangerous procedure that killed her.
2020-11-18
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Pernell Jefferson Pt. 2

Jeannie Butkowski tried to break things off with Pernell in December 1988, but the ex-football player refused to let her go. Then, she disappeared. Police treated her as a runaway, not a victim ? until a hunter?s hound confirmed the worst.
2020-11-11
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Pernell Jefferson Pt. 1

Unable to kick his steroid addiction, college football star Pernell Jefferson sabotaged his chance to turn pro. He took up stalking, kidnapping, and assaulting women he was dating. And in 1988, he directed his focus on Jeannie Butkowski.
2020-11-04
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Josh Powell Pt. 2

Susan Powell disappeared in December 2009 after telling her husband Josh she wanted a divorce. As authorities closed in on the truth of her disappearance, tragedy struck the Powell family once again.
2020-10-28
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Josh Powell Pt. 1

Susan Powell jumped into marriage quickly with her boyfriend Josh in 2000, missing numerous red flags that would soon threaten their relationship. By the time she realized her mistake, the wheels of a terrifying, real-life murder mystery were already in motion.
2020-10-21
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Stacey Lannert Pt. 2

Violence erupted in the Lannert home on July 4, 1990, leaving 44-year-old Tom Lannert dead. Local police launched an investigation, but the subsequent trial left a traumatized Stacey unable to explain her actions. 
2020-10-14
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Stacey Lannert Pt. 1

In 1990, after a decade of abuse at her father?s hands?and a devastating incident involving her younger sister?18-year-old Stacey Lannert reached a tipping point. 
2020-10-07
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Sinedu Tadesse Pt. 2

As a Harvard student struggling with social isolation and undiagnosed depression, Sinedu Tadesse committed one of the most violent crimes in the university?s history. In the aftermath, two families grieved as Harvard came under fire for its role in the tragedy. 
2020-09-30
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Crimes of Passion Bites: Unrepentant Criminals

In addition to new episodes of Crimes of Passion each week, you?ll now also hear Crime Bites every Friday. Each Crime Bites episode gives you a deeper, yet brief look into true-crime topics covered at Parcast. Today we?re looking at unrepentant criminals. Why do some criminals lack empathy over their actions?  Clips featured: Crimes of Passion: Tyler Hadley Pt. 2, Female Criminals: ?Lesbian Vampire Killer? Tracey Wiggington, Villains: Richard Kuklinski
2020-09-25
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Sinedu Tadesse Pt. 1

Along with her roommate Trang Ho, Sinedu Tadesse was a U.S. immigrant attending Harvard University on full scholarship. The two women seemed like they had everything going for them. But in 1995, on the day after final exams ended, they both were found dead.
2020-09-23
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Crimes of Passion Bites: Parent & Child Co-Conspirators

In addition to new episodes of Crimes of Passion each week, you?ll now also hear Crime Bites every Friday. Each Crime Bites episode gives you a deeper, yet brief look into true-crime topics covered at Parcast. Today we?re discussing cases of parent-child co-conspirators. What makes a parent recruit their own child into a life of crime? Clips featured: Espionage: Jim Nicholson Pt. 2, Con Artists: Sante Kimes Pt. 2, Female Criminals: ?Torture Mother? Gertrude Baniszewski Pt. 1
2020-09-18
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Sharon Lynn Nelson & Gary Adams Pt. 2

In 1982, Sharon Nelson's brazen sexuality scandalized her tiny Colorado community. But soon, she wasn't just driving the local men wild?she was driving them to kill.
2020-09-16
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Crimes of Passion Bites: Unholy Matrimony

In addition to new episodes of Crimes of Passion each week, you?ll now also hear Crime Bites every Friday. Each Crime Bites episode gives you a deeper, yet brief look into true-crime topics covered at Parcast. Today we?re discussing cases of unholy matrimony. We?ll dive into some examples of scandalous affairs and murderous marriages in true crime history.  Clips featured: Unsolved Murders: Amy Robsart Pt. 1, Cults: ?The Source Family? Pt. 1, Crimes of Passion: Lorena Bobbit Pt. 1
2020-09-11
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Sharon Lynn Nelson & Gary Adams Pt. 1

She grew up desperate for love, but after several failed attempts at long-term relationships, Sharon Nelson settled for security instead. By the fall of 1982, she wanted what she thought she was due, and didn't care who got hurt in the process.
2020-09-09
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Crimes of Passion Bites: Prison Escapes

In addition to new episodes of Crimes of Passion each week, you?ll now also hear Crime Bites every Friday. Each Crime Bites episode gives you a deeper, yet brief look into true-crime topics covered at Parcast. Today we?re discussing prison escapes. How common are prison escapes, and what methods of escape are the most successful? Clips featured: Gone: The Alcatraz Escape, Serial Killers: Ted Bundy Pt. 2, Crimes of Passion: Bonnie and Clyde Pt. 1
2020-09-04
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Nathan Matthews & Shauna Hoare Pt. 2

The twisted obsessions of Nathan Matthews culminated in a violent attack on his stepsister, Becky Watts. In the aftermath of the crime, police were thrust into a tangled web of chaotic relationships? And when the truth finally came out, it chilled the people of Bristol to the bone.
2020-09-02
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Crimes of Passion Bites: Mass Panic

In addition to new episodes of Crimes of Passion each week, you?ll now also hear Crime Bites every Friday. Each Crime Bites episode gives you a deeper, yet brief look into true-crime topics covered at Parcast. Today we?re discussing cases of mass panic. What allows fear to spread so quickly amongst groups of people? Clips featured: Female Criminals: Salem Witch Trials Pt. 2, Serial Killers: Servant Girl Annihilator Pt. 2, Dark Side Of: Holidays: Deadly Non-Emergency
2020-08-28
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Nathan Matthews & Shauna Hoare Pt. 1

Bristol residents Nathan Matthews and Shauna Hoare met in 2008 when he was 21 and she was just 14. The pedophilic relationship continued for years. As Nathan's dark perversions grew, his stepsister Becky, then 16 years old, became his next target.
2020-08-26
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Crimes of Passion Bites: Death Penalty

In addition to new episodes of Crimes of Passion each week, you?ll now also hear Crime Bites every Friday. Each Crime Bites episode gives you a deeper, yet brief look into true-crime topics covered at Parcast. Today we?re diving into cases that ended with the death penalty, and exploring the ongoing debate around it. Is the death penalty cruel and unusual punishment, or a constitutional deterrent to the most violent crimes?  Clips featured: Today in True Crime: The Eichmann Verdict, Serial Killers: John Wayne Gacy Pt. 2, Female Criminals: Mary Surratt Pt. 2
2020-08-21
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Harry Thaw Pt. 2

In 1906, Harry Thaw took his revenge on Stanford White for the rape of Evelyn Nesbit. The incident was the first-ever scandal to be termed ?the crime of the century.? Afterward, Harry faced lifelong consequences for his actions, while Evelyn struggled to put her ruined modeling career back together.
2020-08-19
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Crimes of Passion Bites: Drug Deals

In addition to new episodes of Crimes of Passion each week, you?ll now also hear Crime Bites every Friday. Each Crime Bites episode gives you a deeper, yet brief look into true-crime topics covered at Parcast. Today we?re discussing cases of drug use and drug dealers. What kind of psychological motivators are present in someone who is using or selling drugs? Clips featured: Kingpins: Rayful Edmond Pt. 1, Unsolved Murders: Sonny Liston Pt. 1, Sports Criminals: Lance Armstrong Pt. 2
2020-08-14
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Harry Thaw Pt. 1

Sixteen-year-old model and actress Evelyn Nesbit took New York by storm in the early twentieth century. Her celebrity led to relationships with architect Stanford White and railroad heir Harry Thaw, who competed for her affection, and formed a love triangle which turned deadly. 
2020-08-12
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Crimes of Passion Bites: Those Close to Criminals

In addition to new episodes of Crimes of Passion each week, you?ll now also hear Crime Bites every Friday. Each Crime Bites episode gives you a deeper, yet brief look into true-crime topics covered at Parcast. Today we?re looking at commentary from people who surrounded killers and criminals. Many times, serial killers are able to shield themselves from detection. Friends, neighbors, and coworkers might not have any idea that they?re in the midst of a monster. How does this happen? We?ll take a closer look using clips from shows across the Parcast Network. Clips featured: Serial Killers: Ted Bundy Pt. 1, Female Criminals: Brenda Spencer Pt. 1, Con Artists: Stephen Glass Pt. 1
2020-08-07
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Marvin Gay Sr. Pt. 2

After Marvin Gaye was murdered by his father in 1984, his family was torn apart. As Marvin Sr. found himself embroiled in a high-profile legal battle, the rest of the family struggled to grieve and untangle the singer?s complicated legacy.
2020-08-05
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Crimes of Passion Bites: Post Traumatic Stress

In addition to new episodes of Crimes of Passion each week, you?ll now also hear Crime Bites every Friday. Each Crime Bites episode gives you a deeper, yet brief look into true-crime topics covered at Parcast. Today we?re discussing cases of post-traumatic stress disorder. What horrific events led to this diagnosis in victims, and what can be done to relieve symptoms? We?ll take a closer look using clips from shows across the Parcast Network. Clips featured: Female Criminals: Treva Throneberry, Serial Killers: Amelia Dyer, Hostage: James Riley Pt. 2
2020-07-31
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Marvin Gay Sr. Pt. 1

Marvin Gaye was one of the most famous singers in American history, but not everyone was enamored with him?specifically his father, Marvin Gay Sr. Eventually, their contentious relationship hit a boiling point... and in 1984, Marvin Junior paid for it with his life.
2020-07-29
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Crimes of Passion Bites: Accomplices

In addition to new episodes of Crimes of Passion each week, you?ll now also hear Crime Bites every Friday. Each Crime Bites episode gives you a deeper, yet brief look into true-crime topics covered at Parcast. Today we?re discussing accomplices of criminals. What leads someone to assist another person in a crime? Even if they don?t pull the trigger, are they still guilty? We?ll take a closer look using clips from shows across the Parcast Network. Clips featured: Con Artists: Jeanne De La Motte Pt. 1, Hostage: John Wojtowicz Pt. 1, Serial Killers: Carol M Bundy Pt. 2
2020-07-24
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Jean-Claude Romand Pt. 2

In January 1993, increasingly anxious over being found out, Romand went on a killing spree that left five people dead. Imprisoned for his crimes, with all his secrets unraveled, Romand turned to religion?though some fear it was yet another screen for him to hide behind. 
2020-07-22
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Crimes of Passion Bites: Criminal Warning Signs in Childhood

In addition to new episodes of Crimes of Passion each week, you?ll now also hear Crime Bites every Friday. Each Crime Bites episode gives you a deeper, yet brief look into true-crime topics covered at Parcast. Today we?re discussing criminal warning signs in childhood. What acts did criminals perform in their childhood that may have pointed to their future murders in adulthood? We?ll take a closer look using clips from shows across the Parcast Network. Clips featured: Serial Killers: The Candyman Pt. 1, Crimes of Passion: Larry Swartz Pt. 1, Villains: Richard Kuklinski
2020-07-17
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Jean-Claude Romand Pt. 1

Throughout the ?80s and ?90s, he convinced everyone in his life that he was an accomplished doctor and savvy investor. In reality, Jean-Claude Romand was a chronically unemployed swindler living a secret double life. And eventually, his lies caught up with him. 
2020-07-15
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Crimes of Passion Bites: Poisoning

In addition to new episodes of Crimes of Passion each week, you?ll now also hear Crime Bites every Friday. Each Crime Bites episode gives you a deeper, yet brief look into true-crime topics covered at Parcast. Today we?re discussing cases of killers poisoning their victims. What motivates someone to use poison? We?ll take a closer look using clips from shows across the Parcast Network. Clips featured: Female Criminals: Marjorie Congdon Pt. 1, Medical Mysteries: President Harding Dies, Today in True Crime: Poisoned Umbrella
2020-07-10
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Sarah Jo Pender & Richard Edward Hull Pt. 2

When Sarah Pender and Richard Hull killed their roommates in the fall of 2000, police initially arrested Richard and released Sarah after her cooperation. But as time went on, authorities started to suspect that Sarah was not as innocent as she seemed?
2020-07-08
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Crimes of Passion Bites: Economic Misfortune

In addition to new episodes of Crimes of Passion each week, you?ll now also hear Crime Bites every Friday. Each Crime Bites episode gives you a deeper, yet brief look into true-crime topics covered at Parcast. Today we?re discussing cases of criminality inspired by economic misfortune. What happens when a person who has fallen on hard times turns to a life of crime? We?ll take a closer look using clips from shows across the Parcast Network. Clips featured: Crimes of Passion: Bonnie and Clyde Pt. 1, Con Artists: Anna Anderson Pt. 1, Espionage: George Troflimoff Pt. 1
2020-07-03
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Sarah Jo Pender & Richard Edward Hull Pt. 1

They were a hard-partying couple who frequently experimented with drugs. In the year 2000, Pender and Hull moved in with two escaped prison inmates, Tricia Nordman and Andrew Cataldi. The situation quickly unravelled, leading to horrific violence.
2020-07-01
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Crimes of Passion Bites: Isolation

In addition to new episodes of Crimes of Passion each week, you?ll now also hear Crime Bites every Friday. Each Crime Bites episode gives you a deeper, yet brief look into true-crime topics covered at Parcast. Today we?re discussing cases of isolation. What kind of effect does living in isolation?with little contact with the outside world, friends, or family?have on the psyche? We?ll take a closer look using clips from shows across the Parcast Network. Clips featured: Hostage: Colleen Stan Pt. 1, Cults: Workers Institute Pt. 2, Unexplained Mysteries: Silent Twins Pt. 1
2020-06-26
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The Menendez Brothers Pt. 2

In August of 1989, 21-year-old Lyle and 18-year-old Erik Menendez murdered their parents in Beverly Hills after years of abuse. Afterward, they attempted to cover it up, but their stories quickly unravelled.
2020-06-24
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Crimes of Passion Bites: Satanism

In addition to new episodes of Crimes of Passion each week, you?ll now also hear Crime Bites every Friday. Each Crime Bites episode gives you a deeper, yet brief look into true-crime topics covered at Parcast. Today we?re discussing Satanism. What kind of influence has Satanism had on crime and society? We?ll explore this topic using clips from shows across the Parcast Network. Clips featured: Serial Killers: David Berkowitz (Son of Sam) Pt. 2, Unsolved Murders: Jeanette DePalma Pt. 1, Cults: Church of Satan Pt. 2
2020-06-19
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The Menendez Brothers Pt. 1

Jose Menendez pursued wealth at the expense of everything else in his life, including his relationship with his family. He abused his wife Kitty, and his sons, Lyle and Eric, until tension in the household finally boiled over in 1989.
2020-06-17
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Crimes of Passion Bites: Crimes That Changed Society

In addition to new episodes of Crimes of Passion each week, you?ll now also hear Crime Bites every Friday. Each Crime Bites episode gives you a deeper, yet brief look into true-crime topics covered at Parcast. Today we will take you chronologically through three crimes that inspired change in society, laws, or policies. Clips featured: Not Guilty: Ernesto Miranda Pt. 2, Serial Killers: Ottis Toole Pt. 2, Unsolved Murders: Tylenol Murders Pt. 2
2020-06-12
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Paul and Kate Brennan Pt. 2

After Kate Brennan broke up with her boyfriend, Paul, she hoped she'd never have to see him again. But Paul refused to accept the split and had no intention of letting Kate move on. He stalked her throughout the 1990s, making sure she?d never forget him.
2020-06-10
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