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Episodes
  • Sep 16 2021
    Sportswriter Jeff Pearlman discovers that one of his neighbors has been accused of a shocking crime, and begins to investigate the tragic, tangled tale of Rod and Shele Covlin.
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    20 mins
  • Sep 16 2021
    Businesswoman Shele Danishefsky takes a chance and marries Rod Covlin, a man she barely knows.
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    19 mins
  • Sep 16 2021
    Professional backgammon, and shocking secrets, begin to unravel the Covlins’ marriage.
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    21 mins

About the Creator

Jeff Pearlman is The New York Times best-selling author of nine books, and the host of the "Two Writers Slinging Yang" podcast. He lives in Southern California with his wife and kids.

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Binge worthy!

Riveting storytelling with great narration. Jeff did a great job incorporating interviews with those who were there.

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Excellent reporting

Very respectfully told story of a domestic violence. My only wish is the episodes were longer even if it meant less of them. Otherwise, great podcast.

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Such a Sad Story

It’s not the kind of story that one can actually “enjoy.” But it is worth listening to.

It’s well-written, mostly well-narrated, and has a good pace. The reason I give only four stars for “Performance” and “Overall,” is because at times the audio is a little uneven. Voice recordings are played, but are not the best quality and not adjusted up so that the listener can have the benefit of hearing what’s said easily. I needed to rewind a few times and turn the volume up for some of those recordings.

Overall, though, I highly recommend this pod.

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Very good true crime podcast

What I loved the most were the shorter episodes getting to the meat of matter without a lot of fluff. A very sad story

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  • 03-24-22

Finally a good listen

I have binged a lot of podcasts while working from home and this was well done. The narrator tells the story in a straightforward manner without stretching the podcast out unnecessarily or weighing it down with rabbit trails or inserting himself into the story. The episode lengths were good and I found myself engaged with the story from start to finish.

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Well done.

Love this podcast.

I love how you tied it back to a domestic violence hotline. I sometimes feel guilty listening to true crime podcasts, but this one made me realize knowing these details sheds light on the plight of DV victims nationwide. The violence needs to stop. Thank you.

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Very Well Done

Excellent research, good with empathy toward victim & awesome narration. Very sad story. I hadn’t heard of this case & my heart broke while listening. Highly recommend.

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Good

This was interesting enough. It's not the most engaging podcast , but it's alright. It's good to remember these types of psychopaths are out there.

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Potential not reached, it seems

Performance of main narrator excellent but additional testimony, etc is often low volume and unintelligible. Would have been a 5 star performance but for this. Story details could have been more, especially about trial and the end.

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Very Good!!

This was a VERY good book!! Binge listened to it!! The author was amazing as the narrator! I wish he would do more!!

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  • markfromlodz
  • 11-17-21

I seem to be in the minority

Sad though it may be, not every crime is worthy of a multi-episode podcast, and not every journalist has it in them to produce something worth listening to.

This series falls down on many counts, not least of which is the shockingly poor audio quality. Some of the interviews seem like they were done via tin cans connected via a piece of string. Others sound like they were recorded in a tunnel, with the microphone at one end and the interviewee far, far away. The presenter turns to these excerpts as if they're nuggets of gold. They're not.

The next problem is simply the content. There is so much superfluous detail. It seems like almost no fact, however minimal, is left out. I suspect the writer thought he was building the story, adding colour. No, he was just giving you tedium to wade through. If this was a book, you'd be skipping over pages. In saying that, the victim's parents don't get mentioned until episode 7, and even then it's only to say that they were dead. Why did we hear about the military history of the medical examiner but practically nothing about the parents except that they had died 2 years ago?

Everyone he talks to comes across as an idiot. I don't know if it's simply how he presents the information or if they truly are imbeciles, but you have to wonder how many murder plots it would take the girlfriend Deborah to hear before she thought about going to the police, or telling the potential victims about what he was planning. We know that she recorded at least one of them, but we don't know what she did with it. Did she just hold on to it for safekeeping? The murder victim had told multiple people that she feared for her life, and yet nobody suspected until a while after her funeral that maybe, perhaps, do you think it wasn't an accident after all?

Any case like this is sad, but for me, it didn't warrant this podcast. Would I listen to anything by Jeff Pearlman again? No.

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  • Claire Hartill
  • 09-19-21

Thought it was well researched and well read.

I thought it was well researched and well read. Thoroughly enjoyed listening to it in one go.

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  • Jeni Quinn
  • 02-04-22

Interesting

This podcast, in my opninion, was well-written and researched and extremely well put together.
Highly recommend.

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  • PCla
  • 12-18-21

Excellent!

Very well told and truly harrowing. Definitely worthy of a multi-part podcast…not sure what previous reviewer was on about!

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  • Lillian Jardim
  • 11-13-21

Facinating and Infuriating

It makes me so angry this man got away with so much for so long

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  • Paul
  • 11-08-21

Excellent

Listened to it all in one go - well composed and a disturbing series of events.

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  • 10-15-21

excellent

loved it
easy to read true stories the reader was very clear to hear