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Episodes
  • Episode 1: They Gave Me a Murder

    Dec 3 2020
    In 1989, Jonathan Fleming is on a family vacation to Disney World when his friend is murdered in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
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    41 mins
  • Episode 2: An American Kid

    Dec 3 2020
    After a major homicide, star NYPD detective Louis Scarcella launches a citywide manhunt that leads him to a 14-year-old boy named John Bunn.
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    51 mins
  • Episode 3: False Confessions

    Dec 3 2020
    Sundhe Moses and Jabbar Washington are interrogated by the notorious Detective Scarcella, who pressures them to confess to crimes they know nothing about.
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    44 mins

Go Behind the Scenes of Brooklyn North

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About the Creator

Peter McDonnell is a writer, reporter, and producer who co-created and co-wrote the New York Times bestselling Audible Original, Evil Has a Name, about the Golden State Killer case. He is the co-creator and writer of the Audible Original Call Me God, selected as one of Audible's top 10 books of 2019. Peter runs the audio department at XG Productions, where he has also been a co-executive producer of the Netflix documentary series Pandemic, and an executive producer of the NBC documentary series The Forgotten West Memphis Three. Peter has written about the environmental impact of cruise ships, Rachel Carson’s pioneering work on DDT, and Richard Byrd’s Antarctic survival for magazines including Outside. He’s been an editor at McGraw-Hill Education and taught writing at Oregon State University. Peter is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. A native of St. Louis, he lives in Los Angeles with his wife Sarah and two children, Angus and Anna.

About the Creator

Josh Sanburn is a writer, reporter, producer, and former national correspondent for TIME Magazine, where he covered crime, policing, rural America, and social and demographic change across the U.S. He wrote TIME's cover stories on the Flint water crisis and the construction of One World Trade Center and features about the decline of capital punishment, man-made earthquakes in Oklahoma, and the increasing popularity of cremation. He's since produced documentaries for ABC News and National Geographic about the white working-class and the year 1969 and has written for Vanity Fair and New York Magazine. Sanburn is originally from Linton, Indiana, and graduated from Indiana University. He lives in Brooklyn, N.Y., with his wife Claire and daughter Kate.

About the Host

Aaron Goodson is a classically trained actor having studied at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. He is a former Drama teacher and now a voice talent who can be heard on commercials for Sprite, AT&T, Dove, Boost Mobile, Under Armour, the NBA, Atlanta Braves, and many more.

Written by Peter McDonnell and Josh Sanburn
Executive Produced and Edited by Peter McDonnell and Emily Martinez
Hosted by Aaron Goodson
Co-Executive Producer: Josh Sanburn
Story Producer: Wendy Oleson
Producer: Francey Hakes
Additional Editing: Andrew Eisenman, Zakiya Gibbons
Production Coordinator: Sydney Sidell
Dialogue Editing: Matt Gurgol
Sound Design and Mix: Alex Trajano
Cover Art by Daniel Stolle
Produced by XG Productions
Consulting Producers: Bob Rahn, Kim Anklin
Executive Producers for XG: Jim Clemente, Spencer Gordon, Peter Clemente

Featured Article: Challenging Racial Bias in True Crime Stories


In cases involving Black and Brown victims, the reporting of true crime is its own kind of injustice. Bad things happen to Black and Brown women every day. But no one is talking about the color of their hair and eyes, their job, their education, or how much they are loved by family and community. Discover a growing gamut of podcasts that runs from deep-dive single case investigations to compilations focusing on missing and murdered Black women.

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Compelling story

Timely, compelling story. Expertly told. Highly recommend. Very engaging throughout the entire series. Won’t be disappointed

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A paragon in true crime podcasts

Almost finished it in a day. I listen to many true crime podcasts, or rather I sample many. To find such an intriguing and captivating story this well composed and presented is a listener gem. They just don't get much better than this.

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Well worth the listen!

The reporting on this story is superb! Respectful, responsible and thorough. It helped me gain valuable insight into our policing system, its challenges and it’s failures. I had never before given much thought to the history of policing and how that has played such a significant role in the system we use today. Thank you for making me think and understand more deeply on this, and for bringing to light such an important issue.

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A MUST LISTEN!

Riveting and incredibly sad stories of wrongful incarceration. This podcast gets an A+ for every aspect, from recording to story-telling to live interviews. This is a MUST LISTEN.

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Compelling Documentary

The story is a dynamic narration, from start to finish. Early chapters educate about the history and evolution of police process and policy in the united states, while final chapters bring that history into the context of the social unrest of 2020. The chapters
between expose corruption through incredible interviews of the wrongly accused and their relatives, private detectives, news reporters, and court officials. Finally, after one of the worst years in our history, the book gives me hope for racial and social progress. Well written, and narrated.

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The swamp is still stagnant.

Our current Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez must be a potted plant. He is lenient on Marijuana arrest so everyone votes for him!!? Louis Scarcella stole lives and lives nicely off of his pension. Gonzalez should be ashamed of himself not correcting this horrendous act under Hynes.

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Heartbreaking, heart opening, hopeful for change

This true story makes me cry and feel ashamed to be a human. I can only hope that the truth being told will be heeded and that we can become a more civil people on the planet. I am repeatedly struck by the grace and dignity of these men in the telling of their experiences, and only hope that we can all learn from them. Can’t we all just get along?

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BEST True crime podcast I've listened to yet!

This is such an important and incredibly compelling story. i love that is was filled with the voices of the actual players. Seriously the BEST true crime podcast I've listened to yet!

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Omg

This is my first time ever listening to a podcast and I absolutely love it !!!! Especially this story i finished this in one day. I hope the cops get arrested

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Tragic story of systematic racism

Hard to imagine this happening during my lifetime, yet it did. Tragic wrongful convictions that certainly fueled the disdain the affected families and communities feel towards law enforcement and the justice system. One of the young men was John Bunn who was convicted of murder at 14, spent 14 years in prison and 12 on parole and still managed to make a difference in the world around him.

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  • Maureen Weaver
  • 01-21-21

Scary

How wrong and unjust that you can be sent to prison for a crime you did not commit because of your colour.

The amazing thing is that these men do not feel bitter, but have gone on to help others.

What kind of thought process let's the guilty go free , and feel happy about it. Shame on them.

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  • Odeta
  • 01-12-21

Highly recommended

The documentary of the podcast is very actual and highly disturbing due to the injustice of the state representatives and officials.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-30-21

A Brilliant Listen

I would recommend this listen to everybody.
The facts were presented without fluff, making this listen better than a movie.
In fact this will make a brilliant true live drama.
A very very sad story, I cried alot I must admit.
Thanks to everyone involved for making this audiobook and shedding light onto the subject of discrimination and inequality.

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  • Asakura
  • 04-14-21

A must listen.

This was incredible well presented and made for an incredibly engaging listen. The realities of the American justice system through the lives of these men has left me with a clearer image of a fraction of the social issue facing the black community in America. At times, this was heart breaking and difficult to listen to but that is why it should be listened to. Would highly recommend.

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  • Lorraine wood
  • 02-06-21

sadness... awe.... unbelievable.... joy..

extremely well read.them poor boys.. absolutely heartbreaking.. not enough words to do book justice

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  • kilshanny cottage
  • 07-01-21

Absolutely Heartbreaking .

The misuse of law and the wholesale racism of American police forces is abhorrent. That the statute of limitations and the departmental backing of officers who have knowingly forced innocent people into prison because of their skin colour but are getting off Scott free is wickedness beyond measure.
I am under no illusion that Racist Cops are only an American problem, but without the beginning of a conversation about what is happening, nothing will change.
I highly recommend this series.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-10-21

As equally fascinating as it is appalling

Must listen for anyone who is interested in true crime and criminal investigations. It saddens me everytime I hear these stories.

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  • Phil Dudman
  • 03-24-21

Fascinating and so disturbing

A brilliantly curated podcast that shows the utter scandal and wrongful punishment that so many people face due to crooked criminal justice, corrupt law enforcement, and systemic racism.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-16-21

Shocking

I was totally enthralled by this. So many shocking injustices, I was constantly shaking my head in disbelief and anger, how does this happen?! So sad and frustrating that these poor men lost so much of their lives. How would you even come to terms with all that?

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-14-21

Great book

Brooklyn North audiobook described very well. Anyone can able to listen and enjoy this book.

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  • Catherine Stepancic
  • 03-08-21

an eye opening look into the justice system

there is so much id like to say but I'd have to write a novel. The deep dark world of corruption inside the justice system. There was definitely an agenda behind what was done to the innocent. I highly recommend this novel to everyone.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-07-21

Unbelievable truths

a very emotional story of innocent young people's lives stolen by the justice system. everyone should listen to this .