The Ballad of Billy Balls / The RFK Tapes

The Ballad of Billy Balls / The RFK Tapes Podcast

Crimetown Presents is an investigative anthology podcast series created by Marc Smerling and Zac Stuart-Pontier. Every season they introduce you to a new serialized story that pushes the boundaries of storytelling, sound design and music. Season Two, The Ballad of Billy Balls*: it’s 1982, and a man bursts into an East Village storefront apartment and shoots punk musician Billy Balls. Author and activist iO Tillett Wright and Crimetown Producer Austin Mitchell unravel a mystery of love and loss, the tender binds of family, and the stories we tell ourselves just to survive. Season One, The RFK Tapes: Zac Stuart-Pontier and Bill Klaber take a trip down a rabbit hole surrounding the assassination of Senator Robert F. Kennedy. Featuring never-before heard police recordings, The RFK Tapes starts out a murder investigation and ends up revealing the power of conspiracy theories, and why it’s human nature to believe in them. * scroll down to see the episodes of Crimetown Presents: The Ballad of Billy Balls.

Introducing Crimetown, Season 2
From the same team behind The Ballad of Billy Balls comes Crimetown, Season 2. This season, Crimetown heads to Detroit, Michigan. From its heyday as the Motor City to its rebirth as the Brooklyn of the Midwest, Detroit’s history reflects a series of issues that strike at the heart of American identity: race, poverty, policing, loss of industry, the war on drugs, and our universal desire for a savior. Detroit’s a tough town, and its residents are even tougher. They’ve weathered riots, a drug epidemic, politi...




Introducing Gangster Capitalism
Gangster Capitalism Season 1 is centered on the 2019 college admissions scandal that is exposing everyone from CEOs to celebrities. Award-winning documentarian Andrew Jenks uncovers the origins and inner workings of this unprecedented scam, introducing you to the people involved, and exploring the larger debate around higher education that is being brought to the forefront.Gangster Capitalism is a production of C13Originals, a division of Cadence13....



Introducing Root of Evil: The True Story of the Hodel Family and the Black Dahlia
When Elizabeth Short, also known as The Black Dahlia, was brutally killed in 1947, it gripped the entire country. Many believe Dr. George Hodel was the killer, thanks to an investigation by Hodel's own son. But murder is just part of the Hodel family story, one filled with horrifying secrets that ripple across generations. In Root of Evil, the great granddaughters of George Hodel take a deep dive into their family history to try to figure out what really happened, and where do they all go from here?Binge th...


S2 [1] Billy Balls and His Babygirl | The Ballad of Billy Balls
New York City. The 1970s. Artists flock to the East Village hoping to make a name for themselves. Enter Rebecca, an aspiring model, who meets Billy Balls, a rock and roll musician like no other. They fall madly in love and are inseparable, until one night, when Billy is mysteriously shot....


S1 [BONUS] That’s Not the Girl You Described | The RFK Tapes
On the night of Robert F. Kennedy’s assassination, waiter Vincent DiPierro told police that he saw a girl in a polka dot dress standing with Sirhan in the pantry of the Ambassador Hotel. Bill and Zac pay DiPierro a visit and hear an unbelievable story....


S1 [BONUS] Follow the Lies | The RFK Tapes
Bill takes the reins as he goes through some of the additional evidence that convinced him a second gun was firing the night Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated....

S1 [BONUS] He Was Irreplaceable | The RFK Tapes
A collection of the best Robert F. Kennedy stories and speeches that didn't make it into the show, featuring speechwriter Adam Walinsky, special assistant William vanden Heuvel and campaign coordinator Steve Isenberg....

Up and Vanished, Season 2
Up and Vanished merges storytelling with investigation, highlighting a new missing persons case each season. Season 2 focuses on the disappearance of young mother Kristal Reisinger from a remote mountain town in Colorado. Follow along with host Payne Lindsey as he travels to Colorado to trace Reisinger's path....


S1 [BONUS] The Trial of Scott Enyart | The RFK Tapes
On the night of Robert Kennedy’s murder, a young photographer named Scott Enyart had his film confiscated by the LAPD. When Enyart sued the city more than twenty years later, Bill Klaber was there....

S1 [BONUS] Live in Brooklyn | The RFK Tapes
Last week, Zac and Bill sat down in front of a live audience at The Bell House in Brooklyn. The show featured a heated debate between Bill and special guest Dan Moldea, plus musical performances by Rosaleen Eastman....


Slow Burn, Season 2
Slate's Slow Burn excavates the strange subplots and forgotten characters of recent political history -- and finds surprising parallels to the present. Season 2 captures what it felt like to live through the saga of Bill Clinton's impeachment. And...The RFK Tapes will be live in Brooklyn on August 29! Zac and Bill will be joined by guest Dan Moldea to discuss the RFK case, take your questions and get into all the juicy details that didn't make it into the show. Tickets available at rfktapes.com/live...


S1 [6] The Manchurian Candidate | The RFK Tapes
To prepare for Sirhan Sirhan’s 2011 parole hearing, his current legal team brings in an expert to investigate whether or not Sirhan was hypno-programmed to shoot Senator Robert F. Kennedy....

S1 [5] The Girl in the Polka Dot Dress | The RFK Tapes
Moments after Senator Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated, Sandra Serrano, a young campaign worker, says she saw a suspicious woman in a polka dot dress running away from the hotel screaming, “We shot him, we shot him.”...


S1 [4] Reach For Your Gun, Sirhan | The RFK Tapes
Was the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy a deliberate political statement or the act of a sick mind? As Sirhan Sirhan sits in jail awaiting trial, the prosecution sends in a psychiatrist to find out....

S1 [3] You Do Not Destroy Evidence! | The RFK Tapes
As Allard K. Lowenstein continues his investigation into Senator Robert F. Kennedy's murder, he enlists the help of Paul Schrade, one of the surviving shooting victims in the case. Together, they force a reexamination of the evidence collected by the LAPD in an effort to determine, once and for all, if more than one gun was firing in the kitchen pantry....

S1 [2] My God, the Cosmos Shook | The RFK Tapes
Allard K. Lowenstein encourages Senator Robert F. Kennedy to run for president but ends up wheeling him into the morgue. Years later, when he picks up the autopsy report, Lowenstein is stunned at what he finds. Through intimate private recordings, we follow Lowenstein as he begins questioning the official version of his friend’s murder....


S1 [1] June 5, 1968 | The RFK Tapes
Fifty years ago, Senator Robert F. Kennedy was shot in the kitchen pantry of the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, moments after winning the California Democratic primary. A lone gunman was captured at the scene, pistol in hand. Police said the case was open and shut. But was it? Meet Bill Klaber (author, Shadow Play) - a researcher who has a very different idea of what happened on June 5, 1968....

S1 Trailer | The RFK Tapes
Fifty years after the assassination of Senator Robert F. Kennedy, questions about the crime still linger. The RFK Tapes will explore the case through rare recordings and new interviews to try to understand what really happened on June 5, 1968. A new ten-part documentary series from the makers of Crimetown. Premiering June 5....