BONUS EPISODE: COURTNEY

MARC SMERLING: Should we go back just a little bit to the very beginning. Just what it was like before this all happened.

 

COURTNEY CALENDA: I was doing really well in school, I was in all accelerated courses. You know I was pretty much on track.

 

MARC: This is Courtney Calenda.  

And she’s talking about her time as a high school student in the affluent suburb of East Greenwich, Rhode Island.  

Courtney had everything going for her.  She was at the top of her class.  She was playing her favorite sport, soccer.  She was popular.

 

COURTNEY: I was invited to the prom, by a boy the year older than me that a lot of the girls wanted to go with. And they were not happy that I was going with him.

And one day I was walking out to my Jeep in the back parking lot, I had my backpack on, and these three girls came around and they surrounded me, started calling me a slut, a whore, so I said something that was very very hurtful and...they attacked me.

And because of the high school’s zero tolerance policy I was going to be suspended. And at the time you know I had big college ambitions and it was — I didn’t want that on my record, I felt that it was unfair.

That’s when a couple of other friends told me that Mr. Bev was the one to call.

 

MARC: “Mr. Bev” was Joe Bevilacqua Jr., a criminal defense attorney and the heir to a prominent political family.

 

COURTNEY: Everybody loved him. everybody wanted to be around him. And everybody knew him. He was fun, would take kids fishing, and he made all the calzones at the soccer games. He was just kind of your all-American dad.

 

MARC: He was also the son of a former chief justice of the state supreme court, who had been impeached for his ties to the mob. But Joe Jr. built a successful criminal law practice.   He was wealthy, movie-star handsome, and a good neighbor.

 

COURTNEY: He was known to get kids off of you know minor drug charges, or alcohol issues, or parking tickets, speeding tickets, just- he just had a reputation of being the one to call.

 

MARC: So Courtney’s father called Joe.

 

COURTNEY: Joe invited us over to his house. I sat there with my father for a couple of hours. You know his wife gave us Poland Springs water and we chit chatted

He basically was acting as my attorney, and after the initial meeting he would just call me, he said, “Hey, you know, I gotta talk to you about this. Why don’t you meet me at my house and we can talk about it there.”

I went to his house and he walked me into the back screened-in porch kind of room. And there was a chair on this wall and there was a couch perpendicular to it on this wall.

And he told me to sit on the couch but I sat down right in the little chair and I told him I was comfortable there. So he came and he sat on the very end of this couch, started talking. And that's when he, out of nowhere, just leaned in and grabbed my face and he put his tongue in my mouth.

I was completely taken back I was completely flustered. He told me he was so sorry and that he was so embarrassed and that I shouldn't tell my father. He even cried, he even had tears. Then he tried it again. And at that point I told him I had to go.

 

MARC: How old were you?

 

COURTNEY: I had just turned 17.

 

MARC: Joe Bevilacqua Jr. was 53.

Today’s episode: The powerful attorney who thinks he can get away with anything.

 

ZAC STUART-PONTIER: And the young woman... who fights back.

 

COURTNEY: He told me he was invincible, those were his words. He told me that his name - that he basically can do anything he wants.

He couldn’t.

 

ZAC:  This is Courtney’s story. I’m Zac Stuart-Pontier.

 

MARC: And I’m Marc Smerling.

 

MARC: Welcome to Crimetown.

 

[TITLES]

 

MARC: After 53-year-old defense attorney Joe Bevilacqua Jr. tried to kiss 17-year-old Courtney Calenda, she wasn’t sure what to think.

 

MARC: Did you tell your parents about this?

 

COURTNEY: I didn't. I just felt like maybe it was a mistake. Maybe he really didn't mean it. And I thought I was really independent and I really didn't need my parents to help me. And, you keep secrets, you feel like you're an adult. And you know I felt like this is no big deal like I can handle this.

 

MARC: Joe kept calling Courtney.  And after a few days, she picked up.

 

COURTNEY: He was very nervous that I had maybe told my father. So I, you know, I assured him that no I didn't tell my father, everything was fine. He called very persistently at that point. I mean multiple times a day.  And, you know, I would chitchat with him and he was extremely funny.  I thought that he just felt like a friendship, that he could trust me or he could talk to me. And I liked that.

 

MARC: Joe made Courtney’s suspension go away. Which should have been the end of it. But Joe persisted.  

 

MARC: So how did he break down your natural instincts?

 

COURTNEY: Took a long time. He used his kids, actually. His kids were a little bit older than I and he started bringing them around. That was really how he got me comfortable.

So we would go to this restaurant Pane e Vino on Atwells Ave. There'd be an entire group of us and he would buy everybody food and everybody would be drinking.

And I had never drank out in public before I didn't even know what to order. He kept telling me to you know, order a drink order a drink, The only drink I’d ever known, I'd never had it, but I just order a Tanqueray and tonic. Cause I didn't want to look like I didn't know you know what to what to order.

I had never seen anything like this before. This man threw money around like it was nothing. I mean just every time he went out you know seven hundred dollars like a thousand dollars you know just it was just very powerful on a young kid.

So one night we’re at Pane e Vino and this one kid was talking about cocaine. Now I had never done cocaine. I was not into drugs.

So he said to me, Would you ever try it. Do you think you'd ever try it. And I was like, “I don't know maybe, maybe I would. I don't know.” And at that point Joe pulled me aside and he whispered in my ear he said, "If you're going to do cocaine you're going to do it with me."

I'd been drinking I kind of laughed you know I thought it was a joke. And he showed me under the ledge to the bar like a little bag of white powder in his hand.

And he said he was going to go get a room at the Westin.

I got in his SL 500 you know this beautiful Silver Arrow Edition Mercedes convertible, and we drove downtown.

We went in and he went to the front desk and he paid in cash. But then he gave his you know gold Amex card for incidentals and we went up to his room

And he took the ice bucket off of the black tray by the bed and he cleared off the cups and he pulled out the cocaine and he took out his Petco card and he started you know mashing it up and cutting lines.

Took out a hundred dollar bill and he rolled it into a straw and he took a big line of cocaine.

And then he gave it to me. And I told him I was really scared because at this point it's a little different than talking about it, and I did my first line of cocaine right there.

It burned. It made me feel like I couldn't swallow. And I got a little bit uncomfortable. Like instantly. And he at that point got more comfortable and he took off his clothes and he was in his jockey shorts.

He became a different person. He basically laid on top of me. He was you know licking my neck and my face and he became almost like, I don't know, just like an animal almost.

I just knew I had to get out of there. I ended up just telling him I had to go. Um, and I did.

But then, when the sun came out it was like Mr. Bev came back. He called me the next day and we were just laughing like nothing had happened. And then that whole scene of being at Pane e Vino and drinking and doing cocaine together, became like a nightly ritual.

 

MARC: How did the relationship progress?

 

COURTNEY: It was not that far after that first incident that we had gotten a room at the Biltmore and we had done cocaine. And I ended up leaving.

And when I was almost home he called me and he said he thought he was having a heart attack. And I got very upset. I started to cry. I said do you want me to call an ambulance. He was like no, no you know I'll be fine. But I got so nervous that I actually turned around and I went all the way back to the room.

And he had given me instructions that, you know,  if anything happened, that I should just go downstairs, leave him there, walk out nonchalantly like nothing happened and don't say a word to anybody.

Now of course this was petrifying me like, I didn’t want to leave him I didn't want him to die. And so I stayed the night.

And in the middle of the night he woke up and he woke me up and he didn't say a word. He just climbed on top of me and I willingly - I mean at this point I really thought that I cared for him - I... you know we had sex.

And it was after that that it changed everything. I just I really I started to really fall in love with him.

I had a really hard time dealing with what I was feeling. You know he was obviously much older than I was and he was an authority kind of figure. You know he was Mr. Bev to me. And he would be like well just call me Joe, just call me Joe, and I was like, no that feels really wrong. So at some point I just stopped calling him anything. It was a big issue for him. He would make remarks to me like, “I’m the Guy with No Name.”

He actually told me at one point that he had called Ms. Cleo, that psychic on TV, and he had asked her why the love of his life- I’m sorry, I know it’s silly- why the love of his life couldn't call him by his name. And supposedly she had told him that this woman, this girl, was having a major inner conflict.

He would act like it really bothered him, so I started to call him Joe. And it felt really awkward but as time went on, that kind of just faded away and all of a sudden he was Joe to me. He was not you know this adult, he was my peer. I felt like he was... my boyfriend I guess.

We'd go and we’d get take out from Pane e Vino we'd get like snail salad with just lemon and olive oil to go and we'd go to these little hidden fishing places that he loved to go fly fishing. And we'd sit out there at night and you know I'd watch him fish and we'd eat snail salad and we drink wine and we would just like hang out. And he would tell me things like about his wife and their crumbling marriage and how really they were married, but you know it wasn't real anymore and he would cry. And I would feel really bad for him like I thought that he was really a wounded soul. He told me that he had never felt this way before and he told me that you know he was so miserable in his life but it was — he was stuck in it and he wished that I could marry his son Joe because then I would be in the family. I mean I truly believed that he loved me and he told me all the time that he did.

It really felt like a relationship. He wanted to buy things for me, I mean one day out of the blue he was like, “I have $18,000. Like let’s just go spend it on you.” And I told him no. So then he would surprise me with, you know, like he bought me a diamond Playboy bunny belly button ring, it had like a ruby eye. And then he bought me these Roberto Cavalli $600 sunglasses and not to mention he was holding this cocaine in front of me, which at this point I was using every day.

 

MARC: When did your family start to get concerned?

 

COURTNEY: Well I was really out of control. Like I was sneaking out of the house, I wasn't coming home. They knew something was wrong. They didn't know it was drugs.

 

MARC: They didn't know it was Joe?

 

COURTNEY: No of course not. They had no idea. They thought Joe was a savior.

Because every time there was a crisis they would call Joe and Joe would come over and he'd have you know a beer or something in my dad's kitchen and he could diffuse whatever was going on.

 

COURTNEY: My dad had told him, “Joe, she's driving us crazy, we don’t know, we’re so worried about her…”

They had even confided in him that they had tried to follow me. And Joe told him, “Well did you see where she was going? Like did you see who she was meeting?” And my dad said, “I lost her at this intersection.”

And later on that night he called me and said, “Your father is following you, you need to be careful, you need to like stop using your cell phone as much, use the payphones to call, he’s like you gotta be really really careful, always pay attention to who's around and stuff.”

My parents were so grateful to him because every time he'd come around it was like I was OK, I'd be better. He'd reassure them that he was gonna help me and that's why he then gave me a job. He basically was going to hire me as a fake intern.

It was a joke. It had nothing to do with me doing any sort of legal interning or any sort of work. It was just me following him around and being with him all day.

I used to go with him to the courthouse. He took me into judge's chambers. He took me into court rooms. I mean he really paraded around with me like there was nothing wrong here. You know? I mean he introduced me as his godchild to everyone who would come up to us. It was just so in your face. A lot of people knew something was going on.

 

MARC: How much were you doing, cocaine-wise?

 

COURTNEY: You know it's hard for me to even - like we'd do it first thing in the morning, we'd do it in his office, we'd do it in a car, like he'd pull out a yellow legal pad, and we'd be in the convertible, and he'd be doing it or I'd help him. Everywhere we went we would be doing cocaine.

I was spending all of my time with this 53 year old man. When I should have been in school, you know, preparing for colleges and applications and doing all that. I just stopped caring about school, my friends, everything. And I failed out my junior year.

My parents tried everything. They really did.

They took away my car, they took away my access to money. They tried, but nothing ever worked because I had Mr. Bev. I had Joe taking care of me, driving me around, picking me up. What did I need my car for? What did I need my parents’ money for? I had Joe.

 

CHARLES CALENDA: We reached the point where I'm looking at losing my daughter.

 

PAULA CALENDA: I was petrified. It was just not my child. And I said, it’s just got to stop.

 

MARC: These are Courtney’s parents, Charles and Paula.  By this time, they knew their daughter was in trouble. So, they did something drastic.  They arranged for Courtney to be flown to a boot camp for troubled teens... in Utah.

 

PAULA: And I was sick about it. I have never, we fought about this for weeks before we actually pulled the trigger but if we didn't stop the motion somehow, something was going to happen.

So around five o'clock in the morning, I woke her up. Gave her Klonopin. Because her doctor at that point said that would make her a little bit sleepy and less aggressive. I said, “They’re going to take you to Utah.”

And they took her out, screaming, you know literally hanging onto the door jambs, and they drove away.

 

CHARLES: I was so disturbed by it…  We had a little poodle at that time and I took Spencer out and I walked around in circles on my street until I knew that they were gone. And I just came back in the house after it was over and I just started crying.

 

MARC: And things got worse.

 

PAULA: We became aware of the fact that there was cocaine involved here. We didn’t know where she was getting it from but-

 

CHARLES: I mean it just didn’t even come into my head. Little did I know. Shame on me.

 

MARC: Coming up…  the Calendas learn the truth about Joe and try to save their daughter…

 

[BREAK]

 

MARC: Welcome back. Soon after her parents discovered she was using cocaine, Courtney Calenda was moved to a drug rehab.

 

COURTNEY: This lockdown drug facility. It's basically where they try to break you and rebuild you into like what they want. I mean this was the kind of place that you couldn't even make eye contact with anybody, everything was timed. You couldn't get off a bed. If you did they would tackle you, they would put you in a padded room. I mean, this was an absolute nightmare.

I said to myself, maybe if I just tell them what's going on. This isn't just a mental problem, I'm not having some sort of mental illness.

 

MARC: But you didn’t.

 

COURTNEY: But I did. I opened up, I said it was Joe.

 

PAULA: I got a call at work and they said are you home? And I said no.

 

MARC: Again, Courtney’s mother, Paula.

 

PAULA: The counselor that was working for her said, where's your husband? Get him, go home because there's something we have to tell you. And so I'm thinking, OK I go home we're on the phone we're listening and he said. Joe Bevilacqua has been supplying her with cocaine. He's the one doing all of this to her.

 

CHARLES: I had no clue that he was into drugs and that he was after young girls.

 

MARC: Courtney’s father, Charles.

 

CHARLES: But then one night I was standing in the dining room, it was a Sunday night I believe and I looked out the window and I see this car driving by my house slowly and I recognized the car right away. That's Joe

I'm going to go out and you know track him down. So I ran out and got into my car.

And I followed him right to his condo and he had gotten out and his daughter was with him and I said, “Joe…”

“Hey doc, how are you doing?” And he put his hand out and I wouldn't shake his hand. And he knew right then and there, he knew something was up and I told them I said my daughter said this and you did that and you did that.

And you know he told his daughter to go inside and denied everything he just said you know he didn't do that I would never do that.

He goes, I may have kissed her one time but I treated her like my own daughter.

I had a choice, I could have run him over. I could have started a fight with him and I didn't do that.

I contacted our attorney and wrote Joe this letter accusing him of all the things that we found out. Telling him to stay away and that we are probably going to sue him.

 

MARC: After three months in rehab, Courtney was alone and feeling desperate.

 

COURTNEY: It was just unbelievably awful. And when I turned 18, I signed myself out.

At this point I was all Joe. My parents were the bad guys, I loved him, he loved me. It was this full force, like he had full power. So even though they had told me never to talk to Joe again, I reached out to him. So when I called him, the first thing he said to me was, "What took you so long?"

I met him at this little place, it was this place we liked to go to when we were going fishing. It was called Country Pizza. In the middle of nowhere, it feels like.

And he was sitting in his- the only spot he liked to sit in a restaurant was like the back corner because nobody could be behind him. And he had his Maui Jim sunglasses on, you know looks really out of place pretending to be incognito, you know, in the corner.

As soon as I walked in that door, like we both kind of just like started to laugh. Big smiles. And he just gave me the biggest hug. And he was like, I have missed you so much.

We had some chicken wings or something. And we got into his Ford Explorer and he kissed me and he told me, I'm gonna lie to my sons, I'm gonna tell them I'm going fishing this weekend and we're gonna spend every second together. And that's what we did.

I don't know it felt like nothing- it had never ended, I felt like there had never been a break, like I had never been away from him. And within one week he had given me cocaine again.

And it was shortly after that that he impregnated me.

 

COURTNEY: At this point I'm 18 and I had been drinking and doing cocaine. You know all I had was this thought that like my body was like a cesspool and this poor child God only knows what kind of problems it would have and I decided that I wanted to get an abortion.

We went to Planned Parenthood downtown. And I felt tremendously guilty walking in that door.

 

MARC: Two of Courtney’s friends confirmed that at the time she got pregnant, she told them Joe was the father. On Courtney’s Planned Parenthood intake form, a man named Joe is listed as the emergency contact. His relationship to Courtney is listed as: “uncle.”

 

COURTNEY: We were there for 5 hours. It was awful. I was awake for it. It was painful and it was disturbing.

Then afterward Joe bought me a dog. Bought me a puppy to try and like make it up. Make it up to me. You know he was sorry and this was going to be like a replacement for like my baby or something.

And the relationship just deteriorated. [sigh]

It was just ugly. I was so angry with him. I was just so angry in general like my life was a disaster. Um, I went from being this you know great student, great athlete to being. You know. Being a dropout of high school. It was just I felt terrible about myself. Hated him.

And then he was kind of pulling away from me at the same time which made me even angrier. Cause I'm like you think you can come into my life when I'm 16 years old. I'm 18 now you've destroyed my life like you've done all this to me. You think you're going to walk away. You know I was furious.

I kind of realized I couldn't trust him anymore. I kind of realized he wasn’t the man that I thought he was.

 

MARC: Courtney realized who she could trust.  Her parents.

 

COURTNEY: They had kind of stepped in, they told me that they had been following me. And I confided in my mother at that point that I had had an abortion, and you know, I had cried to her. And I’m back understanding that my parents are the good force and he's the bad force.

 

MARC: The age of consent in Rhode Island is sixteen, so criminal charges weren’t possible. But the Calendas felt they had to do something.  

 

PAULA: He underestimated her and he underestimated us and we won't go awayr. He used to think that he could get away with anything. He always felt that way. Not with this one. He picked on the wrong family.

 

CHARLES: The word kind of got out that we were going to go public.

We started getting phone calls from all of the Bevilacquas’ cohorts, don't do it, this and that. Really got scary, it got real nasty. And I started second-guessing myself, we all started second guessing ourselves, do we continue to move forward. I just wasn't going to let this SOB get away with it, so we decided we were going to go forward.

 

COURTNEY: And, uhm, we went to the paper.

 

CHARLES: And they put it on the front page of the paper on Father's Day.

 

MARC: The Providence Journal. Sunday, June 19, 2005. The front page headline reads: “Family blames lawyer for their daughter’s downfall.”

 

COURTNEY: We just threw it all out there and it was explosive.

 

MARC: Quote, 'The drugs and sex became "a nightly ritual" …carried on at various hotels ..."and even a couple of times in his office."'

The main source for the Journal story is a complaint the Calendas filed with the disciplinary board of the Rhode Island Supreme Court. In it, they detail the relationship between Courtney and Joe, backed up by letters Joe wrote to Courtney and documents illustrating a timeline of events.

 

COURTNEY: This was not the regular kind of Joe Bev stuff. Ah it's just Joe Bev with the glorified you know Mafia crap that people love in this state. This was like, "What?”


 

CHARLES KENNEDY: I had a subscription to the Providence Journal, and I seen this girl Courtney Calenda who I had never heard of before has a litigation against attorney Joe Bevilacqua.

 

MARC: Charles “The Ghost” Kennedy was serving a 15-year sentence for drug smuggling. But before he got locked up, his lawyer...and friend...  was Joe Bevilacqua Jr.

 

CHARLES KENNEDY: We had a lot of common interests. Fishing. Girls. Drugs. Joe loves cocaine. And I was the guy.

 

MARC: Charles says... Joe offered him more than just legal advice.

 

CHARLES KENNEDY: Either he gave me customers or if I needed a supply, he would direct me to good people. As a criminal defense lawyer he always had someone wanting to do business with me.

 

MARC: This accusation from Charles is supported by law enforcement sources, who told us that they investigated Joe for facilitating drug deals.

 

MARC: So Joe was on both sides of the law.

 

CHARLES KENNEDY: Well he was always on one side and that was on the criminal side. He was a criminal disguised as a lawyer. [laughs]

 

MARC: Eventually, Charles and Joe had a falling out. As Charles tells it: after he was arrested, Joe shook him down for extra cash, promising to get his sentence reduced. But Joe never delivered.

 

CHARLES KENNEDY: You bastard, everything I've done for you, as close as we've been, you're going to betray me for money you fucking Judas?

 

MARC: So when Charles saw the article in The Providence Journal...

 

CHARLES KENNEDY: It compelled me to write to Courtney’s dad.

“Dr. Charles Calenda, my name is Charles Kennedy. I am a federal prisoner…”

 

CHARLES CALENDA: I get this letter from federal prison, addressed to me. I’m saying, what is this. I open up the letter and I start reading this letter. And it was captivating.

 

CHARLES KENNEDY: “...I personally witnessed Bevilacqua’s secret dysfunctional lifestyle along with the seemingly neverending parade of impressionable young women who succumb to his false masquerade of deception and lecherous advances. In closing…”

 

CHARLES CALENDA: I mean this person, Charles Kennedy, he hates Joe for a lot of reasons. But he gave me tons of information about Joe which was pretty much all bad stuff.

 

CHARLES KENNEDY:  …and I signed it, “With respect, Charles Kennedy.”

 

COURTNEY: It was such an eye-opener, to understand that this man was not just a bad guy who did this one thing. It wasn't an aberration of an otherwise great life. This was a pattern of a lifetime of behavior. You know I was nothing to him. I was just one of many.

 

MARC: Eventually his behavior caught up with him. Around the time that the Calendas went public, Joe’s professional life was falling apart.

During one particularly important trial, he had leaked evidence to the news media and then lied about it. In 2005, he was sentenced to 18 months for perjury and contempt of court.

 

ARCHIVAL: Taricani’s source has been identified as Joseph Bevilacqua, who had leaked an undercover FBI videotape showing a top Providence official taking a bribe...

 

MARC: Then in 2007, he was indicted again, and sentenced to 21 months in prison...

 

ARCHIVAL: Attorney John Cicilline and his law partner Joseph Bevilacqua Jr. pleaded guilty to federal charges including conspiracy and obstruction of justice.

 

MARC: ...for exactly what Charles Kennedy accused him of…

 

ARCHIVAL: ...prosecutors say the legal duo shook down their own clients who were accused of drug dealing.

 

COURTNEY: the most damaging thing for me has been trying to understand that this man made me love someone that wasn't real

Like I have this dichotomy, I have this kid in me who believes that he was my friend that he loved me. And then I have this adult that has been through. You know over a decade of therapy that understands that he was a predator that he's this you know he's a sick man. But I have never been able to fully feel like one. I don't know how to explain it. The fact that I can tell you there is a part of me that still loves him. Is. Is upsetting. It's destructive. And it's been nearly half my life just dealing with it. He changed the course of my life completely.

Even with relationships. I have never been able to be in a relationship with someone my age. My views on having kids...I just don't think I want. Any. I don't think I want- I don't know I just don't think I can.

 

MARC: He took that away from you too.

 

COURTNEY: Yeah. Yeah he did. [chokes up] Sorry.

 

MARC: It's alright.

 

MARC: Joe Bevilacqua Jr. was released from prison in 2010. He had been disbarred, so he got a job managing a tennis club.  He declined multiple requests for a comment on this story.

Courtney Calenda has tried to move on with her life.

Then, in 2014, Courtney and her boyfriend were driving through a parking lot...

 

COURTNEY: it's like I saw him before I actually saw him. Like my body saw him or sensed him because I looked up. And I just knew it was him.

He was in a suit. And he looked miserable. And you know he's pulling his tie off like he didn't want to be wearing it, and I see this long blond hair and I realized it was his wife. My first impulse was to get out of the car. Like I wanted to just go right up to him and confront him and say something to him. Cause now I haven't seen him in, you know, face to face, in a very long time.

 

MARC: Courtney watched as Joe and his wife walked into a restaurant.

 

COURTNEY: I said I'm going in there and he's going to see me in a way he's never seen me before. Calm, controlled, and not emotional to the point that he thinks that he can provoke me.

As I walked in he was right in the first seat, the first table behind the bar, right in the front. And he was looking down at the phone. And I went right up to the table and I said, "Hi!"

And his wife you know turned around and she had her readers on and after her initial horror she kind of goes, "I’m sorry I don't I don't recognize you." I go, "Oh maybe we should ask your husband, then."

And that's when he kind of like looked up. He saw me and he put his phone down. It's like he just sunk into his chair and put his head back and he smiled at me.

And I looked at him and I got very close, and I said, "How was prison."

It stopped the whole conversation with their table and they were there with somebody else. And I stayed perfectly calm. And I said to my boyfriend ok let's go. And we just walked out. and I didn't look back.      


 

MARC: Crimetown is me, Marc Smerling, and Zac Stuart-Pontier, in partnership with Gimlet Media.

We were produced this week by Austin Mitchell and Rob Szypko.

Our senior producer is Drew Nelles.

Editing this week by John White, Soraya Shockley, Caitlin Kenney and Sruthi Pinnamaneni.  

Fact-checking by Max Thorn.

This episode of Crimetown was mixed, sound designed, and scored by Kenny Kusiak.   

Our title track is “Run To Your Mama” by Goat.

Our credit track this week is “Backwards” by Alice Cohen.

Original music by John Kusiak, Kenny Kusiak, Jon Ivans, Edwin and Bienart.

Our ad music is by Matthew Boll.

Archival footage courtesy of WPRI Channel 12.

Thanks to the Calenda Family, Julia Heymans, Emily Wiedemann, Tim White, The Providence Journal, Lisa Newby, Brennan Rees, and everybody else who shared their stories with us.

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Alex Blumberg is the podfather…

We are hard at work on Season 2 and we also have one more bonus episode coming this month. So keep an eye on the feed.

Thanks for listening.


 

Rob SzypkoBonus Episode 6