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Episode 198: Interview: Jason Flom, on the Injustice of the Rafay Murder Convictions – Part 2 (with Amanda Knox)

The Rafay Murders: An Interview with Jason Flom (Part Two) By Amanda Knox with Christopher Robinson This is Part Two of The Rafay Murders: An Interview with Jason Flom. Please find Part One here. Jason Flom  I've gotten to know him speaking to him over the phone, and I'm very taken by his calm and gentle spirit and demeanor. He's a thoughtful guy. He's a very smart guy. He is a person who has been through a type of hell...

Episode 197: Interview: Jason Flom, on the Injustice of the Rafay Murder Convictions – Part 1 (with Amanda Knox)

The Rafay Murders: An Interview with Jason Flom (Part One) Back in Capanne prison, I was lucky to receive daily correspondence from family, friends, and strangers alike. Not all of it was good; I got used to throwing out the death threats, marriage proposals, and images of my face photoshopped onto pornography. I received a number of letters from other inmates, too, almost always male, and they began in the (what I learned to be) typical way: “My name is ___. I’m 5’11’, 185 lbs, athletic build, brown hair, brown...

Episode 196: COVID-19 in Prison: Week by Week — Part 10

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 10 (May 17-23)  On Monday, May 18, President Donald...

Episode 2: A History of Violence

Episode 2: A History of Violence Episode Synopsis Robert Durst tried to control his wife Kathie through violence, and that violence escalated until the day that Kathie Durst disappeared. "That is what the evidence will show," prosecutor John Lewin tells the jury in Durst's trial for the murder of his friend Susan Berman. In episode two of the podcast, Lewin continues his opening statement by asserting that Durst enlisted Berman to do "something for Bobby" that would make Berman a "loose end" that Durst...

Episode 195: Interview: Paul Butler, on the Prison Abolition Movement

On today’s podcast my guest is, once again, Georgetown Law Professor, MSNBC Legal Anylyst and Crime Story Consulting Editor, Paul Butler. In our conversation, Paul and I discuss the idea of prison abolition, its historical roots in the movement for black lives, and why he has chosen to study it as a scholar, and promote it as an advocate. Kary Antholis: Paul Butler, thank you for joining us again. Paul Butler: Hey, Kary. It's great to be here as always.

Episode 194: Interview: Reginald Dwayne Betts, Poet, Memoirist, Attorney… and Formerly Incarcerated (with Amanda Knox)

“Crime is...a product of proximity”: An Interview with Reginald Dwayne Betts by Amanda Knox with Christopher Robinson Reginald Dwayne Betts is an acclaimed poet, memoirist, and attorney residing in Connecticut. He is also formerly incarcerated; he served eight years in prison for a carjacking he committed as a teen. His latest book of poetry, Felon, is a deeply humanizing portrait of the lingering impact the criminal justice system has on a person’s life. Betts also partnered with The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation on the Million Book Project,...