Crossing the Line with M. William Phelps

Crossing the Line with M. William Phelps

From the team that brought you Paper Ghosts, Crossing the Line with M. William Phelps is a weekly true crime podcast that dives deep into cases that have rarely been covered. Investigative journalist and host M. William Phelps brings you interviews with experts, victims’ family members, and the detectives who worked the cases. Phelps connects deeply with families of the missing and murdered, not just because he understands them - but because he is one of them. Along with producer Cristina Everett, the two will unravel not only the intricacies of the cases, but the societal structures that make these crimes possible – and often go unseen.

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December 28, 2021 44 min

When a Rhode Island man went missing in 2020, his family took matters into their own hands after law enforcement seemingly abandoned their constant pleas for help. On the season finale of Crossing the Line, the family of John Cosme sits down with Phelps to share the story of their heartbreaking search and shocking discoveries. And after a shocking video of the night in question is discovered, Cosme's family is left asking: Was ...

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Some talking heads on true crime TV and podcasts use the terms "sociopath" and "psychopath" interchangeably. But there are major, distinguishing differences. Examining the BTK case, Phelps sorts out the variables, along with the predictable and unpredictable behaviors of these killers, with a renowned expert in the field. Plus, hear exclusive audio of a notorious serial killer’s shocking confession of what it actual...

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You might think it’s unlikely you could fall prey to a master manipulator. But how easy is it for someone to use coercive control to take you from independent-thinker to puppet? Phelps is joined by Laura Richards (Criminal Minds, Dirty John, Real Crime Profile podcast), expert on domestic violence, stalking & sexual violence, to discuss just how easy it is to manipulate a person–with Phelps even sharing his own experience with ...

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Sometimes the smallest, most seemingly-inconsequential detail can alter the course of a criminal investigation. While telling the story behind the murder of Rayna Rison, Phelps digs into just how important it is to follow up with sources on a cold case investigation, no matter how long it’s been - and sometimes expose vital pieces of a murder case that have been missing for decades.

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The Golden State Killer committed at least 13 murders, 50 rapes, and 120 burglaries during the 70s and 80s, and eluded law enforcement for 32 years. On April 24, 2018, Joseph DeAngelo was arrested. But what tips the scales and makes the difference in finally solving these types of cases? Phelps unpacks the science with DNA specialist and Forensic Scientist Dr. Claire Glynn, a leading expert in forensic genetic genealogy, discussing...

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Three people are at home, one winds up dead. Was it murder or suicide? Or perhaps somehow a little bit of both? This is the strange case of the murder of Michael Poole. Phelps breaks down the story from beginning to end and has a conversation with the convicted murderer’s lawyer, who brings in new, shocking revelations to support the questions he has about the case. 



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November 16, 2021 45 min

Is putting on makeup while talking about a murder case insensitive to crime victims? A recent explosion of true crime content on social media has generated millions of likes, views, and exploding follower counts for users. With 1.8 billion views on TikTok alone, the Gabby Petito case brought it all to an unfathomable level of popularity. Phelps unpacks the ethical questions raised by this phenomenon, exploring the topic from an ins...

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We'd like to think that if something terrible happens to us, the truth will come out, and justice will prevail. But what if your life is worth only a few years behind bars for your killer, and they're released -- only to kill again? Phelps details a case about his former classmate who was brutally murdered... by someone who is set to be released from jail this week. 

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True crime as a genre has exploded in the last few years - killers, and even victims, have passionate followings and even entire fandoms. Using Richard “The Night Stalker” Ramirez and the Jennifer Dulos case as examples, Phelps asks: Are we vandalizing the soul of memory when we talk about the final days of a victim's life and distill it down to a headline focused on their death?

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How rare are female serial killers? Phelps discusses the latest trends in serial murder and takes a deep dive into the story of Dorothea Puente, an unsuspecting murderer who seemed like the sweetest, little old lady on the block. She set up her home as a safe place for the unhoused and elderly, promising to care for them--that is, until her tenants began to disappear.

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Days before her wedding, 24-year-old grad student Annie Le was seen entering her research lab on the Yale campus–and was never seen again. What really happened the day Annie Le disappeared? Connecticut State Police Crime Scene Investigator Peter Valentin joins the show to retrace the steps he took upon arrival, the subtle clues that helped break the case, and the surprising way he found the body.

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A novel technique has been solving cold cases all over the country - all without a single drop of DNA. What's genius about this crime solving method is that it only costs $2, and is paid by the criminals themselves.

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From the team that brought you Paper Ghosts, Crossing the Line with M. William Phelps is a weekly true crime podcast that dives deep into cases that have rarely been covered.

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