Courtney Calenda is a star high school student — until a powerful attorney more than three times her age pulls her into a downward spiral of sex and drugs. As her life falls apart, she decides to fight back.
LISTEN TO COURTNEY
A STAR STUDENT AND MR. BEV
THE CALENDAS GO PUBLIC
On Father's Day of 2005, the Providence Journal published a lengthy article detailing the Calenda family's allegations against Bevilacqua. The report drew heavily from a complaint the Calendas had filed with the disciplinary board of the Rhode Island Supreme Court. Courtesy of The Providence Journal.
A LAWYER GOES TO PRISON
Crimetown is Marc Smerling and Zac Stuart-Pontier, in partnership with Gimlet Media. This episode was produced by Austin Mitchell and Rob Szypko. The 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.
The title track is “Run To Your Mama” by Goat. The credit track for this episode is “Backwards” by Alice Cohen. Original music by John Kusiak, Kenny Kusiak, Edwin and Bienart. 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, and Brennan Rees, and everybody else who shared their stories with us.