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Break in the Case

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Break in the Case is a true crime podcast written and produced by the New York City Police Department. Listen as we follow "the world's greatest detectives" to three crime scenes—some you may know, some you don't.

In the woods of Upper Manhattan, a grisly discovery in a cooler leads detectives down a twisting path, as they attempt to solve a gut-wrenching mystery spanning decades.

In South Brooklyn, police find severed limbs and a torso strewn across a rocky beach, with little to identify them.

At the peak of the crack epidemic, an NYPD raid on a Bronx apartment leads to six cops shot, a suspect on the run, hostages taken, and a feverish media circus.

In conjunction with the New York City Police Foundation, Break in the Case provides an extraordinary inside look at NYPD investigations and the men and women who conduct them.

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Baby Hope

Break in the Case: "Baby Hope" takes listeners inside the investigation of the murder of Anjelica Castillo, also known as "Baby Hope." In 1991, a toddler’s body was found stuffed in a cooler off the West Side Highway in Upper Manhattan. With no witnesses and nothing to identify the body, the trail went cold for over two decades, until a massive break reignited the investigation and allowed detectives to at long last bring the man who killed Baby Hope to justice.


Episode 3: A Colder Case

For 20 years, detectives struggled with the Baby Hope case. One day, a tip was called in that changed everything.


Episode 2: We Are Them

Two years into the investigation, detectives are no closer to knowing Baby Hope's real name.

Image progression showing recreation of little girl's face from the initial skull to chubby-cheeked child, seven images
New sketches of Baby Hope
Small, white coffin before being lowered, cops stadnding at attention as a priest jesters a blessing
Funeral for Baby Hope

Episode 1: Into the Woods

A gruesome discovery by a road crew in Washington Heights sends the 34th Precinct Detective Squad on a hunt for a little girl's identity.

Blue coller on its side on the ground among downed tree branches
Cooler found off the West Side Highway
Wanted: Field Information - police poster featuring image of cooler and initial sketch of a hollow-cheeked girl
Original wanted poster with initial sketch of Baby Hope

Trailer | Break in the Case