The Ballad of Billy Balls

Crimetown Presents is an investigative anthology podcast series created by Marc Smerling and Zac Stuart-Pontier. Every season they introduce you to a new serialized story that pushes the boundaries of storytelling, sound design and music. Season Two, The Ballad of Billy Balls*: it’s 1982, and a man bursts into an East Village storefront apartment and shoots punk musician Billy Balls. Author and activist iO Tillett Wright and Crimetown Producer Austin Mitchell unravel a mystery of love and loss, the tender binds of family, and the stories we tell ourselves just to survive. Season One, The RFK Tapes: Zac Stuart-Pontier and Bill Klaber take a trip down a rabbit hole surrounding the assassination of Senator Robert F. Kennedy. Featuring never-before heard police recordings, The RFK Tapes starts out a murder investigation and ends up revealing the power of conspiracy theories, and why it’s human nature to believe in them. * scroll down to see the episodes of Crimetown Presents: The Ballad of Billy Balls.

00:02:29 2021-07-23
From the co-creator of The Ballad of Billy Balls, Crimetown and host of Morally Indefensible comes a new podcast, Firebug. In the early 1990s, a manuscript for a novel called “Points of Origin” lands at literary agencies across the country. It tells...
00:04:05 2020-08-18
1979 is the year that Ex-Green Beret Doctor Jeffrey MacDonald is convicted of the murders of his pregnant wife and two young daughters. It’s also the year he meets a new friend in famous journalist Joe McGinniss. Joe agrees to write a book about Jeff...
00:39:04 2019-08-15
iO, Austin, and Zac sit down for a very special behind-the-scenes bonus episode. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoicesSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....
00:32:02 2019-08-08
iO and Austin pay a final visit to everyone's favorite lawslinger, Ron Kuby. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoicesSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....
00:09:05 2019-08-01
From the same team behind The Ballad of Billy Balls comes Crimetown, Season 2. This season, Crimetown heads to Detroit, Michigan. From its heyday as the Motor City to its rebirth as the Brooklyn of the Midwest, Detroit’s history reflects a series of iss...
00:33:05 2019-07-18
iO returns some of the many compelling listener calls, while Austin checks in with old friends. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoicesSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy...
00:31:12 2019-07-11
In the afterglow of the season, we play some voicemails we've received from our wonderful listeners. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoicesSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.See omnystudio.com/listener for pr...
00:41:52 2019-07-04
As the show comes to an end, iO tries to figure out what the wisdom of it is. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoicesSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....
00:29:21 2019-06-27
The elusive character at the center of the mystery is found, and iO gets his story. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoicesSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information...
00:33:20 2019-06-20
iO takes Rebecca on a trip 37 years in the making. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoicesSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....
00:41:21 2019-06-06
iO's upbringing pushes him to a life or death moment, and his path toward healing leads straight to Billy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoicesSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.See omnystudio.com/listener ...
00:36:18 2019-05-30
Rebecca's grief in the years following Billy’s death leads her to an unlikely source of comfort, and a big surprise. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoicesSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.See omnystudio.c...
00:35:27 2019-05-23
After months of anticipation, iO and Austin receive the biggest piece of evidence yet. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoicesSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy informat...
00:06:20 2019-05-21
Gangster Capitalism Season 1 is centered on the 2019 college admissions scandal that is exposing everyone from CEOs to celebrities. Award-winning documentarian Andrew Jenks uncovers the origins and inner workings of this unprecedented scam, introducing yo...
00:27:50 2019-05-09
iO and Austin track down some concrete evidence. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoicesSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....
00:40:02 2019-05-02
Amanda, a game-changing character, tells her story. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoicesSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....
00:35:12 2019-04-25
Was there a conspiracy to murder Billy in order to keep him quiet? iO's search for an answer leads to a sobering reality. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoicesSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.See omnystudi...
00:23:41 2019-04-11
iO explores a darker side of Billy - did it lead to his death? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoicesSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....
00:30:22 2019-04-04
As the investigation begins, iO explores Billy's journey to New York City. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoicesSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....
00:24:15 2019-03-28
After Billy dies, his body disappears and strange things start to happen. Rebecca insists the whole thing is a cover up and we set out to find the truth. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoicesSee omnystudio.com/listener for p...
00:29:15 2019-03-28
New York City. The 1970s. Artists flock to the East Village hoping to make a name for themselves. Enter Rebecca, an aspiring model, who meets Billy Balls, a rock and roll musician like no other. They fall madly in love and are inseparable, until one night...
00:03:30 2019-03-21
"Crimetown Presents: The Ballad of Billy Balls" premiers March 28th, 2019. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoicesSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....
00:24:47 2019-03-15
Zac talks to Washington Post reporter Tom Jackman about the latest in the RFK case. And then, Tom takes Zac through another of his stories about an old spy taking down a Jamaican scam... all caught on a wire. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcas...
00:29:14 2018-12-24
After a few months away from the RFK case, Zac sits down with producer Jesse Rudoy to discuss some loose ends.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoicesSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.See omnystudio.com/lis...
00:30:24 2018-10-09
On the night of Robert F. Kennedy’s assassination, waiter Vincent DiPierro told police that he saw a girl in a polka dot dress standing with Sirhan in the pantry of the Ambassador Hotel. Bill and Zac pay DiPierro a visit and hear an unbelievable story. ...
00:38:39 2018-10-02
Bill takes the reins as he goes through some of the additional evidence that convinced him a second gun was firing the night Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoicesSee omnystudio.com/listene...
00:32:40 2018-09-25
A collection of the best Robert F. Kennedy stories and speeches that didn't make it into the show, featuring speechwriter Adam Walinsky, special assistant William vanden Heuvel and campaign coordinator Steve Isenberg. Learn more about your ad choices. Vis...
00:27:51 2018-09-11
On the night of Robert Kennedy’s murder, a young photographer named Scott Enyart had his film confiscated by the LAPD. When Enyart sued the city more than twenty years later, Bill Klaber was there. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices....
00:42:07 2018-09-04
Last week, Zac and Bill sat down in front of a live audience at The Bell House in Brooklyn. The show featured a heated debate between Bill and special guest Dan Moldea, plus musical performances by Rosaleen Eastman. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit...
00:40:57 2018-08-28
Zac goes back to Acidalia for one last interview with Bill. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoicesSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information....
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