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Episode 263: The Robert Durst Trial: Susy Berman’s Greatest Unfinished Story — Part 2

You can find part one of this story here. Links to all of CRIME STORY'S coverage of the Robert Durst trial are here. Susan Berman burnished her father’s reputation. “By the time I knew him he was a legitimate hotel owner in Las Vegas, as legitimate as he could be,” Berman wrote in her 1996 book, Lady Las Vegas. Famous for his brains,  style and skillful diplomacy between rival mob factions, he was known as the ‘Kissinger of Vegas’,” she wrote. Though the description may be...

Episode 262: The Robert Durst Trial: Susy Berman’s Greatest Unfinished Story — Part 1

Links to all of CRIME STORY'S coverage of the Robert Durst trial are here. It had all the elements of a classic Susan Berman article or screenplay: Celebrities, the scion of a New York real estate family, tightly held secrets, an anonymous note alerting police to the location of a “cadaver,” and a bi-coastal mystery. Only this time, the victim was Berman herself, the funny, manipulative, raconteuse with an exotic past who could talk as fast and as long as she could write....

Episode 261: The People vs. Ron Jeremy: Rape in the Adult Film Industry

In June of 2017, a woman named Ginger Banks posted a YouTube video asserting that well-known adult film performer Ron Jeremy was known to have committed multiple acts of sexual assault against a number of women. In November of that year, EJ Dickson published a piece in Rolling Stone Magazine that recounted numerous other rumors and allegations against Jeremy. In that article adult performer Jessica Drake alleged that, while she herself was never assaulted by him, it was widely whispered that Jeremy was a sexual predator and that, because of his legendary everyman...

Episode 260: Inside the Robe: A Judge’s Candid Tale of Criminal Justice in America – Part 8

Katherine Mader spent two decades as a judge in Los Angeles Criminal Court, before retiring early in 2020. Before that she was the LAPD's first Inspector General, prosecuted two murder-for-hire trials and served as a defense attorney who convinced a jury to spare the life of the Hillside Strangler. In August of this year, Judge Mader published Inside the Robe: A Judge's Candid Tale of Criminal Justice in America, which best selling author Michael Connelly called: "a perfect book: engrossing and telling at the same time." The Judge has granted Crime Story permission...

Episode 259: Inside the Robe: A Judge’s Candid Tale of Criminal Justice in America – Part 7

Katherine Mader spent two decades as a judge in Los Angeles Criminal Court, before retiring early in 2020. Before that she was the LAPD's first Inspector General, prosecuted two murder-for-hire trials and served as a defense attorney who convinced a jury to spare the life of the Hillside Strangler. In August of this year, Judge Mader published Inside the Robe: A Judge's Candid Tale of Criminal Justice in America, which best selling author Michael Connelly called: "a perfect book: engrossing and telling at the same time." The Judge has granted Crime Story permission...

Episode 258: The People vs. Daniel Masterson: The Statute of Limitations for Rape (Masterson 4)

This is the fourth in a series of articles on the case of The People vs. Daniel Masterson in which Masterson is charged with sexual assaulting three women in 2001 and 2003. You can find links to all of Crime Story’s coverage of this case here. The line at the county clerk’s office within the Clara Shortridge Foltz Center for Criminal Justice is long, even during the citywide shutdown due to Covid-19 guidelines. Meeting with a clerk is “by appointment only,” so I make sure to call...