Crooked River

By Created by Dave Beazley & Casey Wells

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CROOKED RIVER is a fictional podcast narrative that spans the five-year period between September 1934 and August 1939 in post-Prohibition Cleveland, Ohio at the height of the Great Depression. During this politically turbulent time, an elusive killer decapitated and dismembered thirteen victims—seven men and six women—all under the watch of newly appointed Public Safety Director Eliot Ness, the famed G-man from Al Capone’s Chicago glory days. The disturbing crimes, the setting, and the peripheral characters, suspects and cops are real—the two lead characters (the local cop and the Federal Agent) are fictional. Created by: Dave Beazley and Casey Wells Starring: Zachary Ray Sherman as Alvin Pike Jeff Tendall as Joe Antonetti Miles Sullivan as Ed Krauss Andrew Garrett as Gus Frayne Albie Selznick as Coroner Pearse Stephanie Myers as Margie Levi Petree as Eliot Ness and Orley May Joseph Covino as Pete Merylo Glenn Payne as Frank Vorrell Nate Ward as Mick Basile and Newscaster Taylor Jorree Scorse as Agnes Tuttle and Operator Jessica Andres as Virginia Allen and Waitress Dave Huber as Joseph Andrassy and Lou Fortum Gayle Trudeau as Helen Andrassy Rafael Goldstein as Martin Zalewski and Emil Musil Alexandra Vaughan as Cop Post Production Sound by Joe Moralez & ElfTree Studio Written by: Casey Wells Produced, Directed & Edited by Dave Beazley A Heywood Production

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5. The Untouchable Eliot Ness
In 1935, Pike and Frayne meet with Eliot Ness while the cops at the Cleveland Detective Bureau examine the evidence in the Jackass Hill murders. Later, Pike pays a visit to the Coroner. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jun 27, 2022
4. Two Heads Are Better Than One
In 1935, Pike and Frayne visit the Coroner’s office to view the decapitated heads of the Butcher’s second and third victims before joining a raid on an illegal alcohol manufacturing still led by famed G-man Eliot Ness.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jun 20, 2022
3. Kingsbury Run
In 1964, Antonetti and Krauss quiz elderly Alvin Pike about the two dismembered bodies found on Jackass Hill. In 1935, Pike comes face to face with the enigmatic Gus Frayne.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jun 13, 2022
1. Thirty Years Hence
In 1964, Homicide Detectives Antonetti and Krauss take a deep dive into Cleveland’s most notorious unsolved serial murder case, that of the Mad Butcher of Kingsbury Run, a.k.a. The Torso Murders.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jun 06, 2022
2. The Lady of the Lake
In 1964, Antonetti and Krauss embark on a cat-and-mouse interview with long-retired Cleveland cop Alvin Pike about his involvement in the Butcher case. In 1934-5, Detective Pike investigates the murders of the Butcher’s first three victims.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Jun 06, 2022
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May 26, 2022