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Episode 5: The Killing of Morris Black

Links to all of CRIME STORY'S coverage of the Robert Durst trial are here. Episode 5: The Killing of Morris Black Episode Synopsis It is early 2001. In the aftermath of Susan Berman's murder, Robert Durst is living disguised as a mute woman in a boarding house in Galveston, Texas, and is befriended by a new neighbor named Morris Black. Deputy DA John Lewin, using interview clips of Durst and others, chronicles the events that would lead to the killing...

Episode 204: Interview: Maria DiLorenzo, Author, on Writing about a Spree Killer from her Neighborhood (with Amanda Knox)

Degrees of Separation: Maria DiLorenzo’s Deep Dive Into a Local Killing Spree By Amanda Knox with Christopher Robinson Maria DiLorenzo’s poetry has appeared in the Barrier Islands Review, The Flea, Hawaii Pacific Review, and the Pennsylvania Literary Journal. Her current writing obsession, however, is Maksim Gelman, a man currently serving a 225-year sentence at Sing Sing Correctional Facility for murdering four people and injuring five during a two-day stabbing spree in mid-February 2011. How does a poet go from Keats to killers? And why? I spoke with...

Episode 203: COVID-19 in Prison: Week by Week — Part 11

CRIME STORY’S Sean Smith continues his weekly analysis of the news stories aggregated in CRIME STORY DAILY related to COVID-19 and our carceral system. By reconsidering early reporting on the crisis in the light of subsequent developments, CRIME STORY hopes to point out trends in the narrative of COVID-19 and the prisons. You can find links to each of Sean’s analysis pieces here. This article covers the week beginning May 17. WEEK 11 (MAY 24-MAY 30)  The New York Times commemorated...

Episode 202: Interview: Emily Galvin-Almanza, Criminal Justice Advocate for Activists, Defendants and their Attorneys (with Amanda Knox)

The “Yes, And…” Principle for Justice: An Interview with Emily Galvin-Almanza By Amanda Knox with Christopher Robinson Emily Galvin-Almanza is CEO and co-founder of Partners For Justice, a nonprofit that pairs recent college graduates with overworked and resource-poor public defenders’ offices to provide case management services to vulnerable clients. She is also the senior legal counsel at The Justice Collaborative, an organization that offers legal, policy, communications, and networking support to organizations working to end mass incarceration and poverty. Galvin-Almanza’s pinned tweet is about...

Episode 4: Point Blank

Links to all of CRIME STORY'S coverage of the Robert Durst trial are here. Episode 4: Point Blank Episode Synopsis Deputy DA John Lewin tells the jury that Robert Durst entrusted Susan Berman with his darkest secret. The prosecutor then chronicles the key events in each of their lives that led Durst to allegedly shoot his best friend in the back of her head. You can listen now by clicking on the embedded player above or on...

Episode 201: Interview: Jessica Henry, Scholar, on the Phenomenon of “No Crime” Wrongful Convictions (with Amanda Knox)

Smoke But No Fire: An Interview with Jessica Henry Amanda Knox with Christopher Robinson Jessica Henry is a professor and former public defender based in New Jersey. She’s also the author of Smoke But No Fire (University of California Press), set to be published on August 4, 2020. Her book tells the stories of innocent people tried, convicted, imprisoned, and even put to death, for crimes that never occurred in the first place. She identifies the aspects and actors of our criminal justice system that not only...