Devils and Dirtbags

Season One: Child Molesting Priests

The first season of Devils and Dirtbags focuses on the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield, Massachusetts. Similar stories of evil could also be told about every single one of the 197 American Catholic dioceses plagued by sex abuse scandals.

Over the course of thirteen episodes, you’ll hear a true tale of deceit, homicide, molestations and cover ups. The actions of evil Bishops and their unholy henchmen play out like a Hollywood movie, rife with death, destruction and disgrace, all framed by a murder mystery that haunts Springfield to this very day.

Devils and Dirtbags is written and produced by journalist Crash Barry, who was born and raised in Springfield and now lives in western Maine.

Episode One: The Suspected Murderer, part one.

Thirteen year old altar boy Danny Croteau was murdered on April 14, 1972. And a Catholic priest was the sole suspect.

Episode Two: The Suspected Murderer, part two

Episode Two begins with an apocalyptic Catholic doomsday cult with odd sexual practices. Meanwhile, the suspected murderer priest continues to molest altar boys. 

Episode Three: The Suspected Murderer, part three

Father Richard Lavigne gets arrested for multiple counts of child molestation. Will he ever be punished?

Episode Four: The Angry Drunkard

Father Charles Sullivan was punished for his drunkenness, his whore-mongering and for threatening to shoot the Bishop. And he died alone, in disgrace, abandoned by the church.

Episode Five: Father X, part one

The first of four episodes about a priestly serial molester of altar boys who never was punished and went on to work as a drug and alcohol counselor. In Episode Seven and Eight, you’ll hear, in his own words, why he turned out to be so evil.

Episode Six: Father X, part two

The second of four episodes about a priestly serial molester of altar boys who never was punished and went on to work as a drug and alcohol counselor. In Episode Seven and Eight, you’ll hear, in his own words, why he turned out to be so evil.

Episode Seven: Father X, part three

Using the element of surprise, and a bottle of 100 proof bourbon, Crash gets Father X to tell his tale of woe.

Episode Eight: Father X, part four

Father X, under the influence of bourbon and a willing listener, reveals all about his sordid family history… and why he turned out to be so evil.

Episode Nine: The Depraved Lying Bishop, part one

How could men like Richard Lavigne, Father X and Charles Sullivan, plus dozens of other Springfield priests, get away with such evil criminal behavior? When the person in charge of a group is depraved, then, usually, the whole damn organization is rotten.

Episode Ten: The Depraved Lying Bishop, part two

Both Father James Scahill and reporter Bill Zajac knew Bishop Thomas Dupre was evil. How could they stop him?

Episode Eleven: The Suspected Murderer, part four

Crash knocks on the door of Richard Lavigne and the child molesting ex-priest has a lot to say.

Episode Twelve: Danny Croteau’s sister

We hear from Danny Croteau’s youngest sister, an inspirational woman named Cat, on how the 1972 murder of her brother impacted her entire family. 

Episode Thirteen: In Memory of Danny

In the season finale of Devils and Dirtbags, we tie up some loose ends and visit the spot where Danny Croteau was murdered on April 14th, 1972.

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