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The Sneak and Morally Indefensible

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The Sneak and Morally Indefensible

Crime Writers On...True Crime Review

The original true crime review podcast that looks at other podcasts, TV, and pop culture. True crime authors and real-life couple Rebecca Lavoie and Kevin Flynn hold a pop-culture round table with noir novelist Toby Ball and journalist-turned-investigator Lara Bricker. The panel chats about other podcasts (including 'Serial') as well as journalism, storytelling, TV shows and films, and the special segment, 'Crime of the Week.'Show website: crimewriterson.com. Follow the show on Twitter @crimewriterson. Find us on Facebook facebook.com/crimewritersonpodcast. Email the show at [email protected] by Benjamin Frisch

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Kevin kicks off the discussion with some excellent medical news. In season two of "The Sneak: The Murders at Whiskey Creek," Jack Murphy was a champion surfer who captured headlines in 1964 as a cool jewel thief for stealing the world’s largest sapphire from a New York museum. But was the charming thief known as "Murph the Surf" more violent than his legacy portrays?  FOR OUR SPOILER-FREE REVIEW OF "THE SNEAK," GO TO 33:00 The relationship between a murderer and a journalist resulted in Fatal Vision, one of the most famous true crime books. But to what lengths was the author willing to go to get the story? We’ll review “Morally Indefensible.” FOR OUR SPOILER-FREE REVIEW OF "MORALLY INDEFENSIBLE," GO TO 1:04:00 In Crime of the Week: blocked up nose. VIEW THIS PODCAST ON FACEBOOK WATCH! Click here to get the Crime Writers On After Show, plus more exclusive content, on Patreon.: https://patreon.com/partnersincrimemedia See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

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