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What does it feel like in the split second when you realize you're about to be locked up in a foreign country - possibly for life? In Locked Up Abroad, host Jim Clemente (Real Crime Profile) brings you first hand accounts from people who lived this nightmare, starting with Billy Hayes, subject of the Oliver Stone movie Midnight Express. A riveting, immersive audio adaptation of the hit TV series by the National Geographic Channel. From Istanbul to Bali to Sao Paulo, you'll hear what it's lik ...
 
We know you like to fill your favorite pod-players before you go, so we asked our hosts to share their favorite episodes to help you stock up. So be entertained, delighted or find something (anything) to talk with your in-laws about. Happy Thanksgiving, and here’s to your new favorite show!
 
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In Harlingen, Texas on February 17, 2007, two year old Mariah Alvarez died of blunt force trauma to the head. Her small body was covered with bruises, possible bite marks, her arm had a spiral fracture and her spine and internal organs had also been injured. Mariah's mother Melissa Lucio said that Mariah died from an accidental fall down a staircas…
 
We are saddened and angered at yet another shooting in America. This one a targeted attack against Black people. How do we stop this endless, seemingly predictable, cycle of mass shootings? Are there new answers to these old questions? Join us. Remembering those murdered and also those injured: #HerNameWasRobertaA.Drury of Buffalo, N.Y. – age 32 #H…
 
We continue our analysis of the victims of prolific pedophile and sexual abuser so called “celebrity DJ” Jimmy Savile. We discuss the reasons why he was enabled and his crimes buried so deep for so long. Laura introduces the idea of “institutional grooming”. #netflixdocumentary #jimmysavile #institutionalgrooming #victimsmatter #stopburyingthetruth…
 
Samantha Brown was just 11 years old when then celebrity DJ Jimmy Savile started sexually assaulting her in a back room of her own church as she prepared the collection plates for mass. While daring to be nearly in plain sight of the congregation and the priest, Savile would cover her mouth and do whatever he wanted with her. This happened at least…
 
We continue to analyze the HBO docuseries “Phoenix Rising” about Evan Rachel Wood. At the age of 18, Wood was pursued by a then 37-year-old rock icon. Their relationship spanned over four years, beginning with intensive flattery, then escalating to emotional, physical, and sexual abuse. Looking back, she recognized a pattern of grooming and control…
 
Today we analyze the a two-part HBO documentary "Phoenix Rising" that follows actress and activist Evan Rachel Wood as she takes her experience as a survivor of domestic violence to pursue justice, heal generational wounds, and reclaim her story. Joining us is Dr. Caroline Heldman of Occidental College and actress and activist Lili Bernard who have…
 
Guess who stops by Real Crime Profile? Paul Holes! Paul is a scientist, and seasoned investigator, well known for using advanced methods of identifying a killer with DNA and genealogy technology. Since retiring in March 2018, he has contributed to books, television, and podcasts about true crime. He has a new book coming out called “Unmasked: My Li…
 
Can’t get enough of Arctic Circle? Neither could we. We jump into Season 2 to see what Nina, Venla, and Marita, are up to now. Are Nina and Dr. Thomas still together? Has Esko stepped up to be a better father? What has Nina’s biological father — whom she’s been estranged from all her life — have to do with a cold case she is assigned to about a fem…
 
When is the last time you watched a really good Nordy Noir set in some frozen tundra? Well, never fear, we are going to take you along with us to Finnish Lapland to meet Officer Nina Kautsalo, who is trying to figure out why young Russian women are being murdered in her tiny village of Ivalo bordering the Arctic Circle. Are they being sex trafficke…
 
Jim and Lisa are joined by artist, actress and activist Lili Bernard to debrief about the dramatic, confusing and shocking incident that unfolded between Will Smith and Chris Rock during the 2022 Oscars. There are so many ways to view and react to this altercation, depending on where you are standing, what your experience ahow you have been hurt. B…
 
Chrystul Kizer was seventeen years old when she was arrested for allegedly killing the man who was sex trafficking her and who had used her to create images of child sex abuse. She is now fighting for her right to use the "Affirmative Defense" law to defend herself in court against charges of first degree intentional homicide and arson. The Wiscons…
 
Listeners have been asking Laura and Jim to weigh in on the media spectacle surrounding Kim Kardashian's attempt to divorce Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, and his increasingly disturbing behavior towards her. How do we parse celebrity histrionics and serious threats? Find out on this special bonus episode. #KimKardashian #Ye #KanyeWest #PeteDavi…
 
Jim and Laura continue their analysis on this shocking, many layered case. We follow the framework of the Topic docu-series “The Missing Children” of Tuam, Ireland. More is revealed about exactly where some of these vulnerable children ended up after being ripped from their destitute mothers. Someone once said “follow the money” and in this case, i…
 
It is the stuff that gothic horror movies are made of, but instead of fiction, the story of the missing children of Tuam, Ireland, is tragically real. Using the framework of the stunning documentary streaming now on the Topic platform, “The Missing Children”, Laura, Jim and Lisa analyze this case that involves multiple layers of treachery, abuse an…
 
We continue our coverage of the Netflix docuseries "The Tinder Swindler" aka "The Snake" per Laura. Laura points out many of his behaviors are power and control tactics, which you will see if you look up Duluth Minnesota’s power and control wheel https://www.theduluthmodel.org/wheels/ . Jim recounts a case that he worked that was similar to this on…
 
#TheTinderSwindler You may have heard of the so-called "Tinder Swindler" on Netflix but you haven't heard anything until you listen to Laura and Jim's analysis of this serial offender as they correct the narrative about Simon Leviev. Big shout out to the three women, Cecilie, Pernilla and Ayleen, who came forward to tell their stories about how he …
 
Jim gives his reaction to the recent death by suicide of French modeling agent Jean-Luc Brunel, who was awaiting trial, accused of having sex with a minor and also under investigation for sex trafficking. Jim opened an investigation into Brunel THIRTY years ago...why did it take the French authorities so long to arrest him? You'll want to hear the …
 
We continue our interview with Attorney Darnell Crossland who represents the families of Lauren Smith-Fields as well as Brenda Rawls. Darnell emphasizes that there does not have to be warring sides in this case — Lauren’s family vs the police vs the individual who was with Lauren when she died. He says they are all on the same side, the side of fin…
 
We interview Attorney Darnell Crosland who represents both Lauren Smith-Fields' and Brenda Rawls' families. Jim gives expert advice regarding hair analysis and the investigation. Laura asks Darnell about the timeline of Lauren's death and the response by Bridgeport Police and the Mayor’s office. Lisa asks if several pieces of evidence have been col…
 
We continue our analysis of the Lauren Smith-Fields case. Laura talks about the need for online dating sites to step up their responsibility for flagging possible predators. Jim talks about the dangers of fentanyl and his doubts about the likelihood that Lauren was using it recreationally. Lisa is just beside herself with all the "wtf"s in this cas…
 
We begin our coverage of the Lauren Smith-Fields case with Laura and Jim analyzing victimology. Laura is deeply troubled at how the family was notified of Lauren’s death and how they were treated. Jim is outraged that the last person to see Lauren alive was not properly questioned by police. Lisa has a lot of questions about how law enforcement sho…
 
Breaking: A man has been charged with the murder of Akia Eggleston and her unborn baby almost five years after she went missing. Akia’s family never stopped trying to find out what happened to Akia who disappeared days before her baby shower leaving behind her two year old daughter. We give our reaction to the identity of the offender. Laura and Ji…
 
We finish our coverage of the HBO docu-series "Black and Missing" by focusing on the cases of Tamika Huston, Akia Eggleston and Relisha Rudd. Tamika's disappearance and her family's frustration with getting media attention led Natalie and Derricka Wilson to form the Black and Missing organization. Akia, an expectant mother, went missing and it was …
 
Jim and Laura analyze the cases of Kennedi High, Pam Butler and Tamika Huston. 16 year old Kennedi High went missing after being lured away from home by men who took advantage of her vulnerability due to her autism. When Pam Butler and Tamika Huston went missing, their families desperately searched for them, and tried to get the national media's at…
 
On today’s show, we discuss a different kind of “missing person”, those who are missing from the lives of their families due to police misconduct, and wrongful arrests. Such was the case for Elon Wilson, Natalie’s son, a former D.C. firefighter who spent almost two years in prison after a “pretextual” traffic stop, by then Officer Jonathan A. Freit…
 
Today we analyze the cases of 21 year old Keeshae Jacobs who disappeared in 2016 from Richmond, VA and 16 year old Amaria Hall who went missing in 2019 from Trenton, MI. Neither mother of either girl was able to get law enforcement to react with urgency about their daughters. Jim talks about the terrible consequences of the "wait and see" attitude …
 
We continue our interview with Soledad O’Brien about her new HBO docu-series “Black and Missing”. Jim and Soledad talk about how the word “missing” is problematic as it can downshift the urgency of the public and law enforcement to find a person who is at risk. Laura applauds the series for focusing on women and girls of color, who often do not hav…
 
In the era of some of the most heinous serial killers of all time, one murderous family went curiously unnoticed: The McCrarys. Led by a psychopathic patriarch and his cunning son-in-law, this Texas clan roamed the country robbing, kidnapping, and killing up to 20 people, most of them taken from donut shops. “Families Who Kill: The Donut Shop Murde…
 
We continue our reaction to the verdict in Ghislaine Maxwell's case. Jim and Laura offer their expert analysis on the aftermath of the case. We all hope that GM will cooperate and name the many men who were also involved in the trafficking and abusing of these victims. There are more men who need to be held accountable. See Privacy Policy at https:…
 
On Wed, Dec 29th, a jury in a New York federal court found Ghislaine Maxwell guilty on five of six counts related to her role in Jeffrey Epstein's sexual abuse of minor girls between 1994 and 2004. Maxwell was found guilty of five federal charges: sex trafficking of a minor, transporting a minor with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity…
 
We were excited to interview award-winning journalist/producer Soledad O’Brien about her new project, "Black and Missing", a four part docuseries streaming on HBO. We recommend you watch it first and then listen to our fascinating conversation about the “Black and Missing Foundation” — a Maryland-based non-profit that works tirelessly with the fami…
 
Laura, Jim and Lisa recorded a FB Live holiday gathering! The team got to interact with their listeners, answer questions and generally chat about anything and everything! It was was great to see everyone's comments and thoughts in the moment and discuss the cases that are important to our supporters. If you weren't able to log in that day, we hope…
 
We continue our interview with the Building Bridges Project team leaders Richard Washington and Marianna Wells — a program of the National Center for Victims of Crime. Richard points out that while there is a legacy of communities and families feeling uncomfortable reporting crimes to law enforcement — all it can take is ONE law enforcement officer…
 
Did you know that despite high rates of victimization, only 10.1% of Black serious violence victims received assistance from victim service agencies from 2010-2015? Alarmingly, nearly 90 percent of victims of a serious crime did NOT receive assistance in the aftermath of their trauma. Jim, Laura and Lisa have a very real conversation about what’s g…
 
We continue our analysis of a serial killer who raped and murdered at least 33 young men and boys. Jim points out how in this case and others, law enforcement assumed that all sex between gay men is consensual, and as a result they often did not take seriously reports of rape. If they had, they might have stopped JG sooner when victims came forward…
 
We continue our coverage of a serial killer we will only refer to as JG who murdered at least 33 boys in the Des Plaines, Illinois area -- some of whom have never been identified. Jim talks about the brazen arrogance of some psychopaths like JG who believe they can mingle and be buddy-buddy with law enforcement yet not be discovered for their crime…
 
In our new series, we deconstruct prolific serial killer John Gacy (JG) who raped and murdered at least 33 teenage boys in the Chicago area in the late 70s. Throughout this series we refer to him as JG as unfortunately this killer has received so much notoriety in life behind bars that it has obscured the names of the victims he killed and we do no…
 
Just over a month ago, a scathing report was released confirming that top health officials knew for years about a pedophile pediatrician sexually abusing Native American boys at at least two Indian Heath Service hospitals. Though many of his co workers reported their fears about him to their superiors, Stanley Patrick Weber was allowed to practice …
 
We interview real 911 Dispatchers Katie Gregory-Tims from Texas and Susan Nofplotes from Florida about and get their take on the hit Netflix thriller “The Guilty” starring Jake Gyllenhaal who plays a tightly wound cop doing 911 desk duty until he can be reinstated as a detective. We go in depth to see just how accurate the portrayal of 911 calls an…
 
We continue our conversation with Emily Grant, Senior Research Scientist at the University of Wyoming and the Lead Researcher on the Wyoming Missing and Murdered Indigenous People Report. Also joining us is Cara Chambers, Director of the Wyoming Attorney General’s Division of Victim Services and Chair of the State’s Human Trafficking Task Force and…
 
Today we talk about the tragic accident that took the life of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins while working on the set of the movie “Rust” in New Mexico. Hutchins was accidentally shot during a scene rehearsal by actor Alec Baldwin who had been handed what he thought was a “cold” gun, which discharged as he was practicing drawing the weapon from hi…
 
Did you know that seven hundred and ten Indigenous People were reported missing over the past decade in Wyoming? You probably never heard much about them in the media. Lisa and Jim interview guests Cara Chambers, Director of the Division of Victim Services at the Office of the Attorney General of Wyoming, and Emily A. Grant, Senior Research Scienti…
 
Jim and Lisa discuss the coroner’s report for Gabby Petito’s autopsy. Lisa has questions about the crime scene and details on the manner of death…and what that may tell us about her offender. Jim talks about the Coroner Brent Blue’s comment about “other domestic abuse cases” that are not getting this kind of media coverage. Gabby Petito’s family ha…
 
Laura and Jim continue their interview with the authors of the new book from The Violence Project: "How to Stop a Mass Shooting Epidemic". Laura brings up how the smallest things can make the biggest difference in these outcomes. Jim mentions the way he could tell a mass shooter’s motive. Jill Peterson and James Densley discuss prevention technique…
 
Laura and Jim interview Professors Jillian Petersen and James Densley, co-founders and co-presidents of The Violence Project, a nonprofit, non-partisan research center best known for its mass shooter database, funded by the National Institute of Justice. Together they have written a book called 'The Violence Project: how to stop a mass shooting epi…
 
Today we discuss the updates in Gabby Petito’s case. Jim analyzes Brian Laundrie’s behavior before and after the last known sighting of Gabby alive. Lisa is shocked when Jim tells her a detail about the consequences of those who aid and abet someone suspected of murder. Our hearts go out to Gabby’s family. We also send our thoughts to all those who…
 
On August 12, 2021, Gabrielle Petito and Brian Laundrie were pulled over outside of Moab, Utah. The police officer, whose body cam was on, initially stopped their van for speeding and reckless driving. He realized Gabby was distraught and tried to establish what had happened and why Gabby was so upset. He was soon joined by another officer who had …
 
Jim and Lisa react to the recent testimony at a Senate hearing where USA gymnasts Simone Biles, Mckayla Maroney, Aly Raisman and Maggie Nichols, vividly and emotionally recounted not only the sexual abuse they suffered at the hands of Larry Nassar, but also the failure of the FBI to investigate their repeated reports of his behavior. See Privacy Po…
 
We continue our interview with Amy Over, who survived the Columbine High School attack and whose podcast "Confronting: Columbine" digs much deeper into the catastrophic repercussions from that day, the aftermath and legacy including setting a blueprint for future shooters and copycats. You can listen to Confronting: Columbine on Wondery. https://wo…
 
Today we are posting our reflections on the attack on our country on 9/11/2001, twenty years after the immense tragedy. Lisa was in New York City that day, Jim was at Quantico. They both recount their experiences that day and in the chaotic days afterward. Jim talks about his new podcast on Audible, called "After The Fall" which sheds new light on …
 
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