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July 10, 2019
“The Smotherer” Pt. 2 - Waneta Hoyt
After an off-handed comment about a serial killer on the loose, Syracuse DA William Fitzpatrick was determined to find out who the "H" family was in Dr. Alfred Steinschnieder's SIDS research. He was convinced the grieving "Mrs. H." was actually a serial killer in disguise. Sponsors!Pair of Thieves - Get 20% off your first order at PairOfThieves.com/CRIMINALS.
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54 min
July 3, 2019
“The Smotherer” - Waneta Hoyt
For two decades, Waneta Hoyt was seen as the unluckiest mother in the world. But when new evidence emerged, police wondered if she wasn't a grieving mother, but in fact a serial killer. Parcasters - When conservation advocate Joy Adamson turned up dead, the authorities initially suspected one of her lions. Little did they know one of her disgruntled employees would be much more dangerous! Listen to her story on Assassinations, available now on Spotify or wherever you get your Parcast Originals!
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53 min
June 26, 2019
“The Everleigh Club” Pt. 2 - Ada and Minna Simms
In the early 1900s Ada and Minna Everleigh found their luxurious gentlemen's club in the midst of a moral war with Chicago's more rigid citizens. What these zealots didn't realize, is that the Everleigh Sisters had the government on their side. Sponsors!Upstart - Hurry to Upstart.com/CRIMINALS to find out HOW LOW your Upstart rate is. Checking your rate only takes a few minutes—and won’t affect your credit!
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58 min
June 19, 2019
“The Everleigh Club” - Ada and Minna Simms
When sisters Ada and Minna Everleigh opened a brothel in early 1900, citizens were shocked to find that countless potential clients were bluntly turned away at the door. They weren’t suitable, they were told. Not for what was soon to be the most notorious and exclusive gentlemen’s club of the early 20th century.Sponsors!Best Fiends - Best Fiends is a 5-star rated mobile game app available for download FREE on the Apple App Store and Google Play. That’s FRIENDS without the R, Best Fiends!Gabi - Take two minutes and see if you can save up to $865 a year on car insurance at Gabi.com/CRIMINALS. There are NO fees, NO forms, and NO spam.Grove Collaborative - Go to Grove.co/CRIMINALS to get a FREE FIVE PIECE Spring Cleaning Set from Mrs. Meyer’s and Grove!Pair of Thieves - Get 20% off your first order at PairOfThieves.com/CRIMINALS.
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52 min
June 12, 2019
“Deadly Delusions" Pt. 2 - Susan Polk
In 2005, Dr. Felix Polk of San Francisco, was found stabbed to death by his 15-year-old son, Gabriel. But he believed his mother, Susan, was responsible for the death, after years of threatening violence against her husband. Sponsors!Upstart - Hurry to Upstart.com/CRIMINALS to find out HOW LOW your Upstart rate is. Checking your rate only takes a few minutes—and won’t affect your credit!Zola - To start your free wedding website and also get $50 off your registry on Zola, go to Zola.com/CRIMINALS.
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49 min
June 5, 2019
“Deadly Delusions" - Susan Polk
In 2002, after twenty years of marriage, 44-year-old Susan Polk of San Francisco, called it quits with her husband, 70-year-old Felix Polk. Susan's reasons for divorce were simple: she believed her husband was a spy working for the CIA and he had brainwashed her and her children. Parcasters - In Conspiracy Theories this week we explore the North American Union, a supposed superstate created through merging the governments of Mexico, Canada, and the United States. Was it in the plans, is it still? Find out today at parcast.com/conspiracy
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52 min
May 29, 2019
“The Queen of Rum Row” Pt. 2 - Gertrude Lythgoe
Stories of her exploits on Rum Row in the early 1920s made Gertrude Lythgoe a tabloid darling. As books and article series were published, America was captivated by the Queen of the Bootleggers. Unfortunately, so was the United States Government.Sponsors!Best Fiends - Don’t miss out on the must-play game of the year! Download Best Fiends for free on the Apple App Store or Google Play. That’s FRIENDS without the R, Best Fiends!Pair of Thieves - Get 20% off your first order at PairOfThieves.com/CRIMINALS. Upstart - Hurry to Upstart.com/CRIMINALS to find out HOW LOW your Upstart rate is. Checking your rate only takes a few minutes—and won’t affect your credit!
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51 min
May 22, 2019
“The Queen of Rum Row” - Gertrude Lythgoe
During the early days of Prohibition in the 1920s, while most young women were focused on getting married and having a family, Gertrude Lythgoe was busy running her wholesale liquor empire in the Bahamas. She started as a secretary in the quiet Midwest, but found herself venturing to the dangerous waters of Rum Row.Sponsors!Grove - Get a 3-piece cleaning set from Mrs. Meyer’s spring scents, a free 60-day VIP membership, and a surprise bonus gift when you sign up and place an order of $20 or more at Grove.co/CRIMINALS.
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48 min
May 15, 2019
“I Don’t Like Mondays” Pt. 2 - Brenda Spencer
On Monday, January 29th, 1979, 16-year-old Brenda Spencer shot 350 rounds at a San Diego Elementary School from her front window. Her family and neighbors were stunned by her violent actions. Brenda's response: "I don't like Mondays. This livens up the day."Sponsors!Upstart - Hurry to Upstart.com/CRIMINALS to find out HOW LOW your Upstart rate is. Checking your rate only takes a few minutes—and won’t affect your credit!
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53 min
May 8, 2019
“I Don’t Like Mondays” - Brenda Spencer
Before Parkland, before Sandy Hook, was the 1979 mass shooting at Grover Cleveland Elementary School in San Diego. At 8:30AM on Monday, January 29th, 16-year-old Brenda Spencer lined up her .22 rifle and started firing at the schoolyard across the street from her house. Why would the shy teenager go on such a horrific rampage?Sponsors!Best Fiends - Download the 5-star rated mobile game app for FREE on the Apple App Store or Google Play. That’s FRIENDS without the R, Best Fiends!The Bouqs - Send the Mom’s Day flowers your mom deserves from The Bouqs. Order today and get an extra 20% off when you enter code FEMALE.Pair of Thieves - Get 20% off your first order when you go to PairOfThieves.com/CRIMINALS.
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39 min
May 1, 2019
“Symbionese Liberation Army” Pt. 2 - Patricia Hearst
After two months in captivity, Patricia Hearst sided with her kidnappers, the Symbionese Liberation Army. By the end of 1974, the newspaper heiress turned full-blown urban guerrilla.Sponsors!The Bouqs - Get an extra 20% off when you go to Bouqs.com and enter code FEMALE. Upstart - Hurry to Upstart.com/CRIMINALS to find out HOW LOW your Upstart rate is. Checking your rate only takes a few minutes—and won’t affect your credit! That’s Upstart dot com slash CRIMINALS!
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48 min
April 24, 2019
“Symbionese Liberation Army” - Patricia Hearst
In February of 1974, 19-year-old Patricia Hearst was kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army. Her captivity would become one of the most well-known cases of Stockholm Syndrome in history.Sponsors!Robinhood - Robinhood is giving listeners of Female Criminals a FREE stock like Apple, Ford, or Sprint to help you build your portfolio. Sign up at Criminals.Robinhood.com.
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42 min
April 17, 2019
“The Queen of Mean” Pt. 2 - Leona Helmsley
She climbed to the top of New York City’s real estate scene by bullying and blackmailing, earning her the moniker "The Queen of Mean." In the late 1980s, when Leona Helmsley was put on trial for fraud and tax evasion, all the little people she'd stepped on over the years lined up for their chance to take a swing at Leona. Sponsors!Best Fiends - Download Best Fiends for free on the Apple App Store or Google Play!Upstart - Hurry to Upstart.com/CRIMINALS to find out HOW LOW your Upstart rate is. Checking your rate only takes 2 minutes—and won’t affect your credit!
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44 min
April 10, 2019
“The Queen of Mean” - Leona Helmsley
Born in 1920 to poor, Jewish immigrants, Leona Helsley spent the first 30 years of her life doing whatever it took to rise above her humble origins. She changed her name, bullied her competitors, and, if necessary, skirted the corners of the law, engaging in blackmail and fraud.Parcasters - One of the greatest true crime cases in ever told is also one of the most impactful events in our nation’s history! Can you guess which one it is? Find out now at parcast.com/assassinations
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44 min
April 3, 2019
“Alaskan Love Triangle” Pt. 2 - Mechele Linehan
In 1992, nearly a decade after the murder of Kent Leppink, Alaska's Cold Case Unit finally uncovered the evidence needed to charge Mechele Hughes Linehan and John Carlin for his death. But who should face the murder charges? The man who pulled the trigger? Or the woman he killed for? SPONSORS!Upstart - Hurry to Upstart dot com slash CRIMINALS to find out HOW LOW your Upstart rate is. Checking your rate only takes 2 minutes—and won’t affect your credit!
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47 min
March 27, 2019
“Alaskan Love Triangle” - Mechele Linehan
In this special crossover episode with the host of Crimes of Passion, we explore one of Alaska's most notorious cold cases from 1994. Within a year and a half of moving to Alaska, Mechele Linehan was engaged to Kent Leppink. And Scott Hilke. And John Carlin. When one of her fiances was murdered, police weren't sure which player in the bizarre love triangle was responsible.Sponsors!Robinhood - Robinhood is giving listeners of Female Criminals a FREE stock like Apple, Ford, or Sprint to help you build your portfolio. Sign up at Criminals.Robinhood.com.Upstart - Hurry to Upstart.com/CRIMINALS to find out HOW LOW your Upstart rate is.
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45 min
March 20, 2019
“Tokyo Rose” Pt. 2 - Iva Toguri
She was out of options and desperately searching for a way back to her home to America. In 1945, Iva Toguri, stepped forward and claimed to be the infamous Japanese war broadcaster “Tokyo Rose”. Her bold decision landed her a trip back home, but it came with a steep price.Parcasters - If you haven’t checked out our new show, Crimes of Passion, you’re missing out! Listen to our newest episodes on the Jodi Arias trial at parcast.com/passion
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46 min
March 13, 2019
“Tokyo Rose” - Iva Toguri
A Japanese American found herself stranded in Japan after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, unable to return to the United States. To make ends meet, she started working for Radio Tokyo in the early 1940s, broadcasting to American GIs. But did working for the Japanese turn her into a traitor?Sponsors!BetterHelp - Female Criminals listeners get 10% off your first month with discount code CRIMINALS. Go to BetterHelp.com/Criminals.Robinhood - Robinhood is giving listeners of Female Criminals a FREE stock like Apple, Ford, or Sprint to help you build your portfolio. Sign up at Criminals.Robinhood.com.
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45 min
March 6, 2019
“Princess Die” Pt. 2 - Diane Downs
In 1983, she was accused of shooting her three children in a twisted attempt to prove her love to her boyfriend. The Oregon district attorney feared that Diane Downs would walk free, due to a lack of evidence. All his hopes rested on a star witness: 8-year-old Christie Downs, Diane's oldest daughter.Parcasters - To learn about an iconic event in American history, check out our our new episode on John McCain on HOSTAGE, wherever you get your shows. Listen now at parcast.com/hostageSponsors!BetterHelp - Go to BetterHelp.com/Criminals to get 10% off your first month with discount code CRIMINALS. Native - For 20% off your first purchase, visit NativeDeodorant.com and use promo code CRIMINALS during checkout!SugarBearHair - Go to SugarBearHair.com/CRIMINALS for amazing hair and a healthier you.
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49 min
February 27, 2019
“Princess Die” - Diane Downs
She was a mother from Oregon who felt like she never received the love she deserved. In 1983, when Diane Downs finally met a man who gave her the attention she craved, she was willing to sacrifice anything to keep them together. Including her own children.Sponsors! SugarBearHair - Go to SugarBearHair.com/CRIMINALS for amazing hair and a healthier you!Swap.com - Get free shipping on your first purchase when you go to Swap.com/Criminals!Upstart - Hurry to Upstart.com/CRIMINALS to find out HOW LOW your Upstart rate is!
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48 min
February 20, 2019
“Belle Starr” Pt. 2 - Myra Maybelle Shirley
Known for stealing from the rich, and giving to the poor, newspapers called her "The Bandit Queen." But was Wild West anti-hero Belle Starr actually guilty of being a thief, or was she simply married to one? In 1889, her notorious reputation would result in a bloody ending only reserved for an American outlaw. Parcasters - Love may have brought Belle Starr to her grave, but she isn’t alone! Learn about more criminal couples on our new podcast CRIMES OF PASSION. Listen today at parcast.com/passionSponsors!Shudder - To try Shudder free for 30 days, go to Shudder.com and use promo code CRIMINALS.SugarBearHair - Go to SugarBearHair.com/CRIMINALS for amazing hair and a healthier you.Swap.com - Go to Swap.com/Criminals and sign up to get free shipping on your first purchase.
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47 min
February 13, 2019
“Belle Starr” - Myra Maybelle Shirley
She grew up during the Civil War and supported the Confederacy. When Belle Starr married her first husband, a notorious horse thief, she was plunged into a world of outlaws in the postwar era of the 1870s and 80s. Was she a bystander to her husband's crimes? Or complicit in his reign of terror in the Wild West?Sponsors!BetterHelp - Female Criminals listeners get 10% off your first month with discount code CRIMINALS when you go to BetterHelp.com/Criminals.Proven Innocent - Proven Innocent Premieres Friday, February 15th at 9/8c, only on Fox.Torrid - Go to Torrid.com and use Promo Code CRIMINALS15 for $15 off every $50 you spend! That means you can get up to $150 off a $500 order!
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44 min
February 6, 2019
“Torture Mother” Pt. 2 - Gertrude Baniszewski
After months of torment and abuse in the summer of 1965, Sylvia Likens stopped fighting back. No one would find out what was happening in Gertrude Baniszweski's house of horrors until it was far too late. By the time it’s over, Baniszweski wouldn’t be the only person convicted of manslaughter and murder. Sponsors!BetterHelp - Female Criminals listeners get 10% off the first month with discount code CRIMINALS.Proven Innocent - Proven Innocent Premieres Friday, February 15th at 9/8c, only on Fox.
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50 min
January 30, 2019
“Torture Mother” - Gertrude Baniszewski
In the summer of 1965 in Indiana, teenagers Sylvia and Jenny Likens were invited to stay in the home of their friend's mother, Gertrude Baniszewski. Only one of them would leave the house alive.Parcasters - After this episode of Female Criminals, go check out our new show Extraterrestrial and learn about the abduction of Barney and Betty Hill. Listen at parcast.com/extraterrestrial
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49 min
January 23, 2019
“Flamingo” Pt. 2 - Virginia Hill
Mobster Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel was perhaps the only man Virginia Hill ever loved. He also brought her closer than ever to a bloody downfall at the hands of the Mafia. Shortly before Bugsy’s assassination in 1947, Hill fled to Paris, leading to questions about her knowledge of his impending death.Sponsors!Upstart - Hurry to Upstart.com/CRIMINALS to find out HOW LOW your Upstart rate is! Checking your rate only takes 2 minutes—and won’t affect your credit!
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54 min
January 16, 2019
“Flamingo” - Virginia Hill
A trusted operative, she ascended to the highest ranks of the Chicago Outfit in the 1930s and made millions of the dollars for the mob, and herself. By the time Virginia Hill was 30, her cutthroat mentality would land her at the top of the FBI’s Most Wanted list. Sponsors!Torrid - Go to Torrid.com and use Promo Code CRIMINALS15 for $15 off every $50 you spend! That means you can get up to $150 off a $500 order!
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46 min
March 8, 2018
Welcome Trailer
From the team behind hit podcasts Serial Killers and Cults, Female Criminals gets into the minds of women who live outside the law. Every Wednesday, we examine the psychology, motivations, and atrocities of female felons. Female Criminals premieres March 21st and new episodes will release every Wednesday.
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December 31, 2013
Find Full Archive of Female Criminals on Stitcher Premium
We now offer our complete AD-FREE archives of episodes six months or older on Stitcher Premium! To get a free month of Stitcher Premium, go to StitcherPremium.com/PARCAST and use the promo code PARCAST. 
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