The Ballad of Billy Balls

The Ballad of Billy Balls

Downtown New York, early summer, 1982. A man bursts into an East Village storefront apartment and shoots musician Billy Balls. The motive? Unknown. Billy’s body? It just disappears. Rebecca, Billy’s girlfriend, doesn’t know what to do and has no way to say goodbye. Now, thirty-seven years later, iO Tillett Wright helps give Rebecca the opportunity to let go. In the second season of Crimetown Presents, The Ballad of Billy Balls unravels a mystery of love and loss, the tender binds of family, and the stories we learn to tell ourselves just to survive. In Season 1 of Crimetown Presents, The RFK Tapes, Zac Stuart-Pontier takes a deep dive into the conspiracy theories surrounding the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy.... Show More

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May 21, 2019 5 min

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 divi... Read more

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iO and Austin track down some concrete evidence.

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Amanda, a game-changing character, tells her story.

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Was there a conspiracy to murder Billy in order to keep him quiet? iO's search for an answer leads to a sobering reality.

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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... Read more

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iO explores a darker side of Billy - did it lead to his death?

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As the investigation begins, iO explores Billy's journey to New York City.

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After Billy dies, his body disappears and strange things start to happen. Rebecca insists the whole thing is a cover up and we set out to find the truth.

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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.

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"Crimetown Presents: The Ballad of Billy Balls" premiers March 28th, 2019.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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October 2, 2018 38 min

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.

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September 25, 2018 32 min

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.

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September 18, 2018 36 min

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.

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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.

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September 4, 2018 42 min

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.

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Zac goes back to Acidalia for one last interview with Bill.

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August 21, 2018 36 min

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... Read more

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