Jim Harold's Crime Scene

Jim Harold's Crime Scene

Jim Harold interviews America's most popular True Crime authors. We've covered everything from Jack The Ripper to 21st Century true crime cases ripped from today's headlines. Guests have included Pulitzer Prize winners and New York Times Best Sellers. In production since 2011 with over 150 episodes. The program was formerly exclusive to Jim's Plus Club. Now, the last 90 days of episodes of this program are now free!


June 19, 2023 29 mins

Long for the good ol' days when people were honest? Well, keep dreaming! Railey Jane Savage shares stories of the great scammers of history who would cheat you as soon as look at you!

You can find her book, A Century of Swindles, at Amazon: https://amzn.to/42PjjQ7

Thanks Railey Jane for a great conversation!

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https://jimharold.com/retail-gangster-the-story-of-crazy-eddie-crime-scene-205/New Yorkers remember the wild TV ads of Crazy Eddie, a very popular electronics chain in the 70s & 80s. Investigative journalist Gary Weiss joins us to talk about the real Eddie Antar and his machinations to separate customers from their dollars in a, not always, honest way.

You can find Gary's book on the subject over at Amazon: https://amzn.to/3WTTKvJ


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Finding mutilated bodies and chasing a mad butcher sounds like something out of a Jack The Ripper book. However, these headlines were found much closer to home for me!

In the 1930s, my hometown of Cleveland, Ohio was terrorized by the Torso Killer who may have killed as many as 12-13 people. The criminal left the bodies in a dismembered and mutilated state around the city. Author James Jessen Badal joined us in this classic program...

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Research Psychologist Alexander Parker is confident he has cracked the Jack The Ripper case.

We talk about it on this week's edition of Crime Scene!

You can find Alexander's recent book, Jack The Ripper: A Cold Case Investigation, at Amazon here: https://amzn.to/3LudGjM

Thanks Alexander!

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Forensic psychologist Joni Johnston joins us to answer questions about serial killers.

You can find her book on the subject, Serial Killers: 101 Questions True Crime Fans Ask, on Amazon: https://amzn.to/40iKKR3

Thanks Dr. Johnston!

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Carol Costello has interviewed multiple presidents and covered some of the biggest stories of our time during her decades of work with CNN. Yet, the one case that has stuck with her for decades was one of her very first.

It's the terrible story of a woman who was raped and blinded in the 1980s. Carol tells her story on her podcast, Carol Costello Presents Blind Rage.

We talk about Phyllis Cottle's story and the making of this podca...

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Could a serial killer live next door to any of us? Richard Estep shares tales of serial killers who slipped under the radar while doing their evil deeds.

You can find Richard's book, The Serial Killer Next Door: The Double Lives of Notorious Murderers at Amazon: https://amzn.to/3YLQhi2

Thanks Richard!

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John Wayne Gacy murdered AT LEAST 33 young men. Most he buried in his basement. This "killer clown" is one of history's most infamous serial killers. We have a truly disturbing conversation with journalist Brad Hunter about this monster.

You can find Brad's recent book Inside the Mind of John Wayne Gacy: The Real-Life Killer Clown at Amazon here: https://amzn.to/3xX8tuo

We thank Brad for appearing on the show.



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Unsuspecting travelers are murdered by a family that rents them a place to stay...sounds like something from today's headlines BUT this actually happened in the 1870's!

Camilla Bruce has written a novel on The Bloody Benders, a family of serial killers, and we discuss these cold-blooded killers on this edition of Crime Scene!

You can find it, All the Blood We Share: A Novel of the Bloody Benders of Kansas at Amazon: https://amzn.to...

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February 13, 2023 36 mins

Murder, hijacking, and a global conspiracy involving a huge oil tanker. Journalist Kit Chellel joins us to discuss the subject and his recent book, Dead in the Water: A True Story of Hijacking, Murder, and a Global Maritime Conspiracy, at Amazon: https://amzn.to/3XI0Hix

Thanks Kit!

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D.B. Cooper is one of the most famous criminals of the 20th Century. What was his deal anyway? Who was he? Why did he do what he did? Was it an inside job?

We discuss this with Chris Williamson. You can find his book on the subject, Take the Money & Run: The Vanishing of D.B. Cooper, at Amazon here: https://amzn.to/3I1b1gE

Thanks Chris!

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A serial killer who was "too intelligent to get caught" is the subject of today's podcast.

Kate Winkler Dawson joins us to talk about 19th century murderer Edward Rulloff.

You can find her book on Rulloff, All That Is Wicked: A Gilded-Age Story of Murder and the Race to Decode the Criminal Mind, at Amazon: https://amzn.to/3JurICn

Thanks Kate!

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A young woman is found hanged to death in her millionaire boyfriend's mansion. What happened?

We discuss this very strange case with New York Times Best Selling author Caitlin Rother.  

You can find Death on Ocean Boulevard: Inside the Coronado Mansion Case at Amazon: https://amzn.to/3HoVNSk

Thanks Caitlin!


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A 30-year-old cold case solved within two hours by a citizen scientist using a laptop and DNA data is the subject of this all-new edition of Jim Harold's Crime Scene.

Our guest is Pulitzer Prize winner Edward Humes. We discuss this fascinating case and his recent book on it.

You can find The Forever Witness: How DNA and Genealogy Solved a Cold Case Double Murder at Amazon here: https://amzn.to/3WYLoSH

Thanks Edward!

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December 18, 2019 34 mins

We talk about the true story of British murderer Dennis Nilsen on this edition of Crime Scene. Our guest is author Alan Warren.

You can find his book on Nilsen at Amazon: Drinks, Dinner & Death: The True Story of Dennis Nilsen (British Criminals Book 4)

Thanks Alan!

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December 11, 2019 27 mins

Dr. Rebecca Hayes joins us to talk about the interaction between social media and crime on this edition of Crime Scene.

You can find her book at Amazon: #Crime: Social Media, Crime, and the Criminal Legal System (Palgrave Studies in Crime, Media and Culture)

Thanks Dr. Hayes!

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December 7, 2019 41 mins

Rachel Monroe examines the appeal of true crime to women in her recent book, Savage Appetites. We talk about it on this edition of Crime Scene.

You can find her book at Amazon: Savage Appetites

Thanks Rachel!

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Famed trial lawyer Mike Papantonio joins us to talk about his fight against the pharmaceutical industry over the opioid crisis.

You can find his novel based on the crisis at Amazon.com: Law and Addiction

Thanks Mike!


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Former FBI Special Agent Jerri Williams talks to us about FBI Myths and Misconceptions.

You can check out her book at Amazon: FBI Myths and Misconceptions: A Manual for Armchair Detectives

Also, find her podcast FBI Retired Case File Review wherever you get your podcasts!

Thanks Jerri! What a great guest you were!

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September 5, 2019 34 mins

Lorenzo Carcaterra has been a #1 New York Times Best Seller, a longtime writer for TV's Law and Order among his other successes

He has a new book out, Tin Badges, that has already been optioned for a potential TV series.

We talk about his career, crime writing and more on this edition of Crime Scene.

You can find his new book at Amazon: Tin Badges: A Novel

Thanks Lorenzo!

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