This is a story about a woman who came to be known as The Horse Queen. She owned hundreds of champion quarter horses on her ranch outside the small city of Dixon, Illinois. And she was also Dixon’s treasurer/comptroller. Yet no one ever thought to ask how she could afford all of those horses on the salary of a civil servant… until the FBI raided City Hall in 2012 and Rita was arrested. For twenty years, Rita Crundwell worked hard to become the world’s largest and most successful quarter horse breeder… while also becoming America’s most prolific municipal...
Nicholas Quah • Vulture • Aug 17, 2022
"Crooked City is the direct continuation of the Crimetown project in all but name. The DNA is hard to miss: Both are dense histories of a city delivered through a true crime lens with a light touch of travelogue. If there’s one thing I truly appreciate about Crooked City, it is the show’s underlying raconteuristic fun. Much of this is owed to Smerling’s narration, all sly enthusiasm..."
Michael Walsh • Yonkers Public Library • Aug 12, 2022
"When listening to this podcast, you will be shocked at the criminal activity and violence in one city. Crooked City is a must listen podcast for true crime fans. Crooked City is a brilliantly crafted podcast filled with interesting stories and facts. It will maintain your attention from episode one and onward. This podcast is the perfect blend of thriller and true crime story."