Criminal is unique among crime podcasts: it doesn't simply focus on one type of crime, the stories it covers span centuries, and episodes rarely exceed 30 minutes. The best episodes of Criminal allow average people to speak about extraordinary events, bolstered by host Phoebe Judge's interviews. Judge has interviewed lawyers, historians, crime victims, and more, creating an intimate environment that often feels like your best friend telling you about the strangest thing that's ever happened to them.
Each episode starts with a cold open; Judge introduces the case, and just when she's built the perfect amount of anticipation, she says, "I'm Phoebe Judge. This is Criminal." Since 2016, Criminal episodes have explored everything from the difficulties of police evidence recovery to ultra-rare bourbon. These are the best episodes of the Criminal podcast, ranked by listeners.
'Money Tree' (Episode 51)
An unbelievable tale of identity theft with a twist you'll never see coming.Is this a criminally good episode?
'Bully' (Episode 66)
An entire town bands together and faces off against the local bully.Is this a criminally good episode?
'Finding Sarah And Phillip' (Episode 60)
Teri Knight knew two things: her children, Sarah and Phillip, were dead, and they were buried somewhere along Interstate 80 between Pennsylvania and Nebraska. One woman, Stephanie Dietrich, heard Knight's story and made it her mission to find Sarah and Phillip.Is this a criminally good episode?
'Melinda And Judy' (Episode 53)
From 1950-1965, Dr. Thomas Jugarthy Hicks set up black market adoptions for roughly 200 babies. In the first half of a two-part episode, one of the "Hicks babies," Melinda Dawson, speaks about finding the truth about her adoption.Is this a criminally good episode?