Criminal Records Podcast is a true crime show about history’s weirdest criminal cases. Co-hosts Isaac Meyer and Demetria Spinrad profile criminal cases throughout history. Our philosophy behind the show is that students of history can learn a lot about a society by what it chooses to criminalize, and studying criminal records as primary sources can reveal crucial information about the lives of people who might otherwise have been left out of the historical record entirely. Many of the criminals in our episodes weren’t bad people–in fact, some deserve to be remembered as heroes for their courage in breaking unjust laws.

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Isaac Meyer is a historian, high school teacher, and podcaster. He started The History of Japan Podcast in 2013. Isaac believes that history should be accessible for everyone, both because it is important for us to know our common past and because really, who doesn’t love a good story?

Demetria Spinrad is an author and digital marketing professional. As a storyteller and a true crime fanatic, Demetria likes to use criminal records to help show you the humanity behind the history.

Isaac Meyer

Historian and teacher

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Steve Durbano

Steve Durbano

One of the most violent players in the NHL got famous for his illegal moves, bench-clearing brawls, and on-ice mooning.…

The Broken Windows Theory

The Broken Windows Theory

In 1969, a group of graduate students had a great time smashing up a car. Their very strange psychology experiment…

The Yakuza Rocket Launcher Case

The Yakuza Rocket Launcher Case

Want to take your gang war to the next level? Try buying a rocket launcher! In this wild episode, we…

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela

How did one of the most famous political prisoners of all time end up in prison? What system did he…

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