The Ballad of Billy Balls / The RFK Tapes

The Ballad of Billy Balls / The RFK Tapes

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.

Episodes

May 29, 2018 4 min
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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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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. Learn more about your ad choices. Vis...
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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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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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.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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Zac sets out on his own to talk with former aides to Senator Robert F. Kennedy about what that 1968 campaign was like, and what they believe happened the night of the California primary. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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Investigative journalist Dan Moldea begins a quest to try to find evidence of a second gun in the pantry of the Ambassador Hotel… by talking to the cops who were there that night. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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Investigative journalist Dan Moldea finds the man he believes assassinated Robert F. Kennedy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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Zac goes back to Acidalia for one last interview with Bill. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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December 24, 2018 30 min
After a few months away from the RFK case, Zac sits down with producer Jesse Rudoy to discuss some loose ends.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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Zac talks to Washington Post reporter Tom Jackman about the latest in the RFK case. And then, Tom takes Zac through another of his stories about an old spy taking down a Jamaican scam... all caught on a wire. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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"Crimetown Presents: The Ballad of Billy Balls" premiers March 28th, 2019. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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