Break in the Case

Break in the Case

Welcome to Break in the Case, the true crime podcast written and produced by The New York City Police Department in conjunction with the New York City Police Foundation. Listen as we follow the world’s greatest detectives to crime scenes—some which you may know, some which you certainly don’t. In Season 2, retired Detective Sergeant Wally Zeins joins Break in the Case as our new narrator. Wally worked at the NYPD from 1973 to 2003, ending his career on Night Watch, an exclusive team that investigates all the homicides and high-profile crimes between the hours of midnight and 8 a.m. Prior to joining Night Watch, Wally also served on the hostage negotiation team and became a commanding officer.

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April 15, 2022 32 min

Anna Sorokin, also known as Anna Delvey, came to New York City from Germany in 2014 and quickly became a fixture in the downtown social scene. She claimed to be an heiress with a vast fortune. But she wasn’t quite what she said she was. In August 2017, she was indicted on an array of financial and fraud-based crimes, including Attempted Grand Larceny. In this special episode, the NYPD detective who led the investigation into Soroki...

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Season 2 concludes with the second and last episode of the Queens Sniper story. In Part 2, a suspect is in custody, and the case is upgraded to a homicide. The real work begins for the detectives and the Queens prosecutor as they collect evidence and build a counter-narrative to a potential insanity defense.

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December 16, 2021 27 min

The night of August 26, 2006, a driver went on a six-hour shooting spree that left one person dead, four injured, and a trail of shattered glass and bullet-scarred vehicles across Queens. He shot at pedestrians and cars, and showed a preference for the color red in his targets. The Queens detectives, bosses, and cops who were working that night tell the harrowing story.

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In the early hours of December 11, 2012, Shalema Gaskin was on her way to visit her daughter at Brookdale Hospital in Brownsville, Brooklyn. It was four blocks away from her home, but she never made it there. She was found behind the hospital with a gunshot wound to the back of the neck. A couple of days later, Steven Evans was killed a mile away with the same gun. To this day, no tips have been called in for either case. Detective...

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October 21, 2021 30 min

In 2003, the Emergency Service Unit met their match when they discovered a 250-pound Bengal tiger in a man’s Harlem apartment. This is the story of Ming the Harlem Tiger, and the officers who responded.

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October 7, 2021 21 min

It’s a race against the clock as detectives in the 6th Precinct investigate a series of assault and robbery cases with elderly victims. Here’s how they collared the man that was behind the crime spree.

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September 23, 2021 15 min

The dark web is but a fraction of the internet. But illegal activity there is now increasing coming to light. Threatening savings. Damaging peace of mind.  In this episode, we’ll meet the detective who fights crime on the dark side, and find out how he went from online to real life to nab a credit card fraudster. 

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Just before midnight, on September 11, 2001, a man was gunned down on a street in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. His name was Henryk Siwiak. Despite the best efforts of a police department spread thin by a large-scale terrorist attack, the killer was never apprehended, and the case remains open to this day. 

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August 31, 2021 1 min

Welcome back to Season 2 of Break in the Case! Listen as we follow the world’s greatest detectives to crime scenes—some which you may know, some which you certainly don’t. Episodes begin on September 9th and appear every other Thursday.

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December 10, 2019 41 min

Police find the severed body parts of a woman in South Brooklyn, and are struggling to identify her to this day.

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December 3, 2019 47 min

After hours of interrogation, the truth about what happened to Baby Hope is revealed.

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For 22 years, detectives searched for the true name of the little girl they called "Baby Hope." Once they found it, it was eight days before they were face to face with her killer.

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November 13, 2019 52 min

For two decades, detectives struggled with the Baby Hope case. One day, a tip was called in that changed everything.

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November 5, 2019 35 min

Two years into the investigation, detectives are no closer to knowing Baby Hope's real name.

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October 29, 2019 28 min

A gruesome discovery by a road crew in Washington Heights sends the 34th Precinct Detective Squad on a hunt for a little girl's identity.

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October 16, 2019 1 min

Welcome to Season One of Break in the Case: True Stories by NYPD Detectives. Starting October 29, 2019.

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