Crossing the Line with M. William Phelps

Crossing the Line is a true crime podcast revealing cases of the missing and murdered, told start-to-finish each week. Using the campfire storytelling style that made Paper Ghosts a #1 hit on the charts, host M. William Phelps connects deeply with families touched by violent crime - he understands them, because he is one of them. Having gone through the murder of his own pregnant sister-in-law, Phelps brings not only his personal experience, but also 20-plus years of investigative journalism into the worlds of these stories. Follow and subscribe to Crossing the Line for a weekly dose of murder, mayhem and madness.

00:37:45 2022-06-28
Caledonia Jane Doe was a teenage girl murdered on November 9, 1979. Her case has become one of the most popular cases of unidentified homicide victims in the world. In this episode, strange clues like tan lines in a cold climate reveal how her identity wa...
00:30:53 2022-06-21
Mark Sievers is on vacation with his kids when he discovers his wife has been brutally murdered in their Florida home, thousands of miles away. What are the chances that her killer looks almost identical to her husband? This week Phelps breaks down the ca...
00:46:30 2022-06-14
A renowned journalist is last seen boarding a homemade submarine with an eccentric inventor ... but only one of them returns home alive. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
00:37:47 2022-06-07
Brent Poole was a devoted father and husband who had reestablished his faith and worked hard to support his family. Then, on a weekend away, his wife Kimberly was "horrified" to watch Brent gunned down one night as they walked along the beach. But could c...
00:29:15 2022-05-31
Crossing the Line tackles a case that has seemingly been covered by the media--but there's more to the story. Having been on the ground reporting about Keyes as the story broke in 2012, Phelps reveals exclusive insight into one of the most enigmatic seria...
00:23:42 2022-05-24
In the conclusion of this special two-part episode, Phelps uncovers the circumstances surrounding the murder of Patty Luce and dives deep into her killer's past, revealing the identity of Patty's killer to her family after four decades without answers. S...
00:33:17 2022-05-17
An 18-year-old Vernon, CT girl is dropped off at a 7-Eleven convenience store near her home, never to be seen alive again. Could her case be related to the missing girls of Paper Ghosts? In this special two-part Crossing the Line episode, Phelps brings Pa...
00:31:14 2022-05-12
In the final episode, President Clinton’s decision to grant clemency to members of the Macheteros and the FALN ignites a firestorm on Capitol Hill and spells trouble for the First Lady’s Senate bid. A top Macheteros leader meets a violent end, Puerto ...
00:01:41 2022-05-10
Crossing the Line is a true crime podcast revealing cases of the missing and murdered, told start-to-finish each week. Using the campfire storytelling style that made Paper Ghosts a #1 hit on the charts, host M. William Phelps connects deeply with familie...
00:36:07 2022-05-05
A series of FBI raids send more than a dozen Macheteros back to Connecticut to stand trial in the Wells Fargo robbery case. Plus, an attorney for the group unpacks the government’s “sloppy” legal strategy, Juan’s former lover testifies in court, a...
00:31:38 2022-04-28
A top Macheteros soldier explains exactly what happened the night of the Wells Fargo heist, including where Victor took the cash in the days that followed. Plus, internal dissent and hubris threatens to derail the entire operation, and we dive deep into a...
00:32:29 2022-04-21
After Victor Gerena surfaces to take credit for the robbery, money starts showing up in the heart of Hartford’s Puerto Rican community. Then, a missile strike thousands of miles away reveals an unassuming piece of evidence that provides investigators wi...
00:30:15 2022-04-14
A nationwide manhunt takes a turn after police recover the car used in the heist. Then, law enforcement learns what a key witness knows about Victor Gerena’s movements the morning of the robbery. This, as Phelps digs into the 25-year-old security guard...
00:29:45 2022-04-07
The West Hartford Police Department springs into action after two Wells Fargo security guards reveal that a coworker, 25-year-old Victor Gerena, held them at gunpoint, drugged them, and drove off with more than $7 million in cash. Plus, a cryptic lead sen...
00:02:54 2022-03-23
From the team behind Paper Ghosts, WHITE EAGLE is a six-part true crime series about a 1983 heist where a 25-year-old armored truck driver from West Hartford, Connecticut, tied up his co-workers, stuffed more than $7 million into a Buick LaSabre, and disa...
00:36:26 2021-12-28
When a Rhode Island man went missing in 2020, his family took matters into their own hands after law enforcement seemingly abandoned their constant pleas for help. On the season finale of Crossing the Line, the family of John Cosme sits down with Phelps t...
00:35:12 2021-12-21
Some talking heads on true crime TV and podcasts use the terms "sociopath" and "psychopath" interchangeably. But there are major, distinguishing differences. Examining the BTK case, Phelps sorts out the variables, along with the predictable and unpredicta...
00:33:16 2021-12-14
You might think it’s unlikely you could fall prey to a master manipulator. But how easy is it for someone to use coercive control to take you from independent-thinker to puppet? Phelps is joined by Laura Richards (Criminal Minds, Dirty John, Real Crime...
00:33:13 2021-12-07
Sometimes the smallest, most seemingly-inconsequential detail can alter the course of a criminal investigation. While telling the story behind the murder of Rayna Rison, Phelps digs into just how important it is to follow up with sources on a cold case in...
00:33:24 2021-11-30
The Golden State Killer committed at least 13 murders, 50 rapes, and 120 burglaries during the 70s and 80s, and eluded law enforcement for 32 years. On April 24, 2018, Joseph DeAngelo was arrested. But what tips the scales and makes the difference in fina...
00:40:22 2021-11-23
Three people are at home, one winds up dead. Was it murder or suicide? Or perhaps somehow a little bit of both? This is the strange case of the murder of Michael Poole. Phelps breaks down the story from beginning to end and has a conversation with the con...
00:37:26 2021-11-16
Is putting on makeup while talking about a murder case insensitive to crime victims? A recent explosion of true crime content on social media has generated millions of likes, views, and exploding follower counts for users. With 1.8 billion views on TikTok...
00:28:28 2021-11-09
We'd like to think that if something terrible happens to us, the truth will come out, and justice will prevail. But what if your life is worth only a few years behind bars for your killer, and they're released -- only to kill again? Phelps details a case ...
00:37:37 2021-11-02
True crime as a genre has exploded in the last few years - killers, and even victims, have passionate followings and even entire fandoms. Using Richard “The Night Stalker” Ramirez and the Jennifer Dulos case as examples, Phelps asks: Are we vandalizin...
00:40:41 2021-10-26
How rare are female serial killers? Phelps discusses the latest trends in serial murder and takes a deep dive into the story of Dorothea Puente, an unsuspecting murderer who seemed like the sweetest, little old lady on the block. She set up her home as a ...
00:37:09 2021-10-19
Days before her wedding, 24-year-old grad student Annie Le was seen entering her research lab on the Yale campus–and was never seen again. What really happened the day Annie Le disappeared? Connecticut State Police Crime Scene Investigator Peter Valenti...
00:34:29 2021-10-12
A novel technique has been solving cold cases all over the country - all without a single drop of DNA. What's genius about this crime solving method is that it only costs $2, and is paid by the criminals themselves. Learn more about your ad-choices at h...