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This Week in True-Crime Podcasts: Operation Botox


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The true-crime podcast universe is ever increasing. We’re right here to make it a bit smaller and a bit extra manageable. There are lots of nice exhibits, and every has lots of nice episodes, so we wish to spotlight the noteworthy and the distinctive. Every week, our crack crew of podcast lovers and specialists will choose their favorites.

Chameleon: Excessive Rollers, “Chapter 3: The Sting”

Within the intriguing first season of Chameleon, hosts Josh Dean and Vanessa Grigoriadis investigated the twisty case of the Hollywood Con Queen, the so-called grifter who impersonated a few of the strongest ladies within the leisure trade with a view to rip off and humiliate a few of the least highly effective. (Undoubtedly give it a hear in case you haven’t but.) The podcast is now again for a second season with a brand new host — investigative journalist Trevor Aaronson — and a brand new story — the FBI investigation generally known as Operation Botox. (It’s a fairly weird moniker — if not a misnomer — provided that no medi-spas or injectables look like concerned …) Our entry level is an entrepreneur named Emile, a easy talker who owns a series of weight-loss clinics and likewise occurs to have an FBI file stuffed with misguided info after a weird misunderstanding involving 9/11. In a bid to lure buyers, Emile finds himself caught up in a money-laundering scheme, and issues get even messier from there, with the investigation widening and looping in a handful of his acquaintances. All of it seems to be a ham-fisted try on the a part of FBI brokers to create some splashy, high-profile sting, but no conviction is finally made. So what, precisely, went fallacious? I can’t wait to seek out out. —Amy Wilkinson

Songs within the Key of Demise, “Henry Clay Beattie”

Courtney E. Smith’s new podcast about homicide ballads is a creepy delight for true-crime followers and music lovers alike. Smith packs every bite-sized episode with historic analysis in regards to the crime behind a well-known track, together with details in regards to the track and its evolution through the years. Every episode ends with a canopy of the ballad, which is a nifty technique to maintain the custom going.

The primary episode provides essential context for the track “Delia’s Gone,” which was given new life in 1994 when Johnny Money lined it for his Rick Rubin–produced reboot. Smith delves into the homicide of Louise Owen by her husband Henry Clay Beattie, who blamed a mysterious “highwayman” for the loss of life of his younger spouse and new mom. What I actually dig about Smith’s work right here is that she provides the topics of those ballads the prospect to be seen and heard for themselves, with a nuance that provides perception into who they have been and why their tales nonetheless resonate. —Jenni Miller

Worldwide Infamy with Ashley Flowers, “MEXICO: The Little Previous Woman Killer”

Crime Junkie host Ashley Flowers has kicked off a brand new enterprise that can discover 15 high-profile true-crime instances from across the globe. On this premiere episode, she takes listeners south of the border to revisit Mexico’s first recorded serial-killer investigation. When a string of aged ladies have been discovered strangled to loss of life of their properties within the late Nineties, the police suspected that solely a person could possibly be able to such brutality. They couldn’t think about the chilling fact {that a} masked feminine wrestler — or luchadora — was concentrating on these weak victims, not just for simple cash but in addition to work out her rage over a traumatizing previous. With an eye fixed for investigatory missteps, Flowers ushers us by means of the case and shares the complete and harrowing story of Juana Barraza, a.okay.a. the Woman of Silence, a.okay.a. The Previous Woman Killer. —Kristy Puchko

Sticky Beak, “The Key That Might Use a Little Turning”

In season 2 of Sticky Beak, Jessica Fritz Aguiar continues her investigation into the disappearance of 12-year-old Doreen Vincent, who vanished from her father’s home in Wallingford, Connecticut, in June 1989. Vincent’s case was reclassified from a missing-person to a murder investigation, however her physique has but to be discovered. Within the second episode of Sticky Beak, Fritz Aguiar tunnels into some grim questions that demand solutions: What will we consider about younger women who disappear? Are they runaways who by no means wish to be discovered? What in regards to the tales from the boys who have been the final individuals to see them (See: Michael Turney, arrested in August of 2020 for the homicide of his stepdaughter, Alissa)? And when do you cease in search of a lacking particular person? Are you able to prosecute a suspected assassin if there’s no physique? We could have some solutions for that final query, through Fritz Aguiar’s dialog with nationally famend “no-body” knowledgeable and prosecutor Tad DiBiase. Whether or not or not you’re new to Doreen Vincent’s case, this new season of Sticky Beak is bound to disturb you, obsess you, and make you lengthy for solutions. —Chanel Dubofsky

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