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It was a case nightmares are made of. A D.C. power couple, their 10-year-old son and housekeeper held hostage for nearly 24 hours and murdered inside a burning D.C. mansion. WTOP examines the complicated trail of evidence that police say led to finding their killer and why they say he committed such a brutal crime.
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On the Stand

On the Stand

2019-07-1501:01:1014

In a stunning move, Daron Wint, the accused killer, takes the stand. Under unrelenting questioning by federal prosecutor Laura Bach, Daron seems to have an explanation for almost all of the evidence that links him to the killings. It’s almost a perfect puzzle. But will the jury believe him? This episode is written and produced by reporters Megan Cloherty and Jack Moore. Julia Ziegler is the content adviser. Visit 22HoursPodcast.com to see the full transcript of Daron’s testimony, as well as photos, a map of key locations from the case, and an interactive blog where you can ask questions or leave your comments about each episode. "22 Hours: An American Nightmare" is a production of WTOP News in Washington, D.C.All music featured in "22 Hours: An American Nightmare" is licensed through Creative Commons and/or by permission of the artist. We're grateful to all the artists whose music has helped us tell this story. “Haters Hate” by Ramone Messam, used with permission of the artist; "Cast of Pods" by Doug Maxwell, available in the YouTube Audio Library; “Spookster” by Wayne Jones, available in the YouTube Audio Library; and “Rhythmic Pulse,” by Daniel Birch, licensed under Creative Commons by Attribution 4.0 International.
A Murder Trial is a Play

A Murder Trial is a Play

2019-07-0801:06:5918

Over the 22 hours the victims were taken captive and then killed, the prime suspect goes missing and his normally active Facebook account goes dark. We track Daron Wint's whereabouts during that crucial time. Also in this episode, an introduction to some of the key players in the courtroom: the federal prosecutors who spent years building their case against Wint and the team of public defenders who tried to pin the blame on other suspects. This episode is written and produced by reporters Megan Cloherty and Jack Moore. Julia Ziegler is the content adviser. Visit 22HoursPodcast.com to see the texts between Daron and his girlfriend mentioned in this week's episode, as well as photos, maps and an interactive blog where you can ask questions or leave your comments about each episode. "22 Hours: An American Nightmare" is a production of WTOP News in Washington, D.C. All music featured in "22 Hours: An American Nightmare" is licensed through Creative Commons and/or by permission of the artist. We're grateful to all the artists whose music has helped us tell this story. “Haters Hate” by Ramone Messam, used with permission of the artist; "Cast of Pods" by Doug Maxwell, available in the YouTube Audio Library; and “Rhythmic Pulse,” “Call Me” and “Closing My Eyes for a Moment” by Daniel Birch, licensed under Creative Commons by Attribution 4.0 International.
The Pizza Crust

The Pizza Crust

2019-07-0101:10:2530

The Savopoulos house was held in evidence for weeks as crime scene investigators looked for clues. In the end, five pieces of forensic evidence linked Daron Wint to the killings, including a sliver of his DNA on the crust of a pizza that had been delivered to the house while he held the family captive. But was the forensic evidence a slam dunk? This episode is written and produced by reporters Megan Cloherty and Jack Moore. Julia Ziegler is the content adviser. Visit 22HoursPodcast.com for photos, maps and an interactive blog where you can ask us questions or leave your comments about each episode. "22 Hours: An American Nightmare" is a production of WTOP News in Washington, D.C. All music featured in "22 Hours: An American Nightmare" is licensed through Creative Commons and/or by permission of the artist. We're grateful to all the artists whose music has helped us tell this story. “Haters Hate” by Ramone Messam, used with permission of the artist; “Procession” by Puddle of Infinity, available in the YouTube Audio Library; “Rhythmic Pulse,” “Marimba on the Loose” and “Closing My Eyes for a Moment” by Daniel Birch, and “Weirder” by Drake Stafford, all licensed under Creative Commons by Attribution 4.0 International.
The Money Drop

The Money Drop

2019-06-2401:03:5528

Hours after the victims are taken hostage, a ransom is delivered to the mansion on Woodland Drive. But it doesn’t save the victims -- the calls, text messages and voicemails end, leaving key parts of the timeline unexplained. But after the trial, a new theory emerges explaining how the killer got inside the house. This episode is written and produced by WTOP reporters Megan Cloherty and Jack Moore. Julia Ziegler is the content adviser. Visit http://22hourspodcast.com to meet our hosts, view photos of the crime scene, explore a map of key locations in the case, and ask questions or leave comments in our interactive blog. You can also reach out via email, podcast@wtop.com, or via Twitter, @22hourspod. "22 Hours: An American Nightmare" is a production of WTOP News in Washington, D.C. All music featured in "22 Hours: An American Nightmare" is licensed through Creative Commons and/or by permission of the artist. We're grateful to all the artists whose music has helped us tell this story. “Haters Hate” by Ramone Messam, used with permission of the artist; “Call me” and “Rhythmic Pulse” by Daniel Birch, as well as “Weirder” by Drake Stafford, all licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0); and "Beyond the Lows" by The Whole Other, available in the YouTube Audio Library.
Taken Captive

Taken Captive

2019-06-1700:47:1241

For the Savopoulos family and Vera Figueroa, May 13, 2015, began like any other Wednesday. Then things went terribly wrong. Through phone records, text messages and eyewitnesses, we recreate the timeline of their last 22 hours. This episode is written and produced by WTOP News reporters Megan Cloherty and Jack Moore. WTOP Digital News Director Julia Ziegler is the content adviser. Visit 22HoursPodcast.com for more insider information on this crime and trial including photos, maps and an interactive blog. "22 Hours: An American Nightmare" is a production of WTOP News in Washington, D.C. All music featured in "22 Hours: An American Nightmare" is licensed through Creative Commons and/or by permission of the artist. We're grateful to all the artists whose music has helped us tell this story. “Haters Hate” by Ramone Messam, used with permission of the artist, and “Call me” and “Rhythmic Pulse” by Daniel Birch licensed under Creative Commons by Attribution 4.0 International.
The Fire

The Fire

2019-06-1000:42:5842

It began with a fire. A man driving through an upscale neighborhood in Washington, D.C., in 2015 spotted smoke pouring from one of the homes. It was the first sign something terrible had happened on Woodland Drive. This episode is written and produced by reporters Megan Cloherty and Jack Moore. Julia Ziegler is the content adviser. Visit www.22HoursPodcast.com for photos, maps and an interactive blog. “22 Hours: An American Nightmare” is a production of WTOP News in Washington, D.C.All music featured in “22 Hours: An American Nightmare” is licensed through Creative Commons and/or by permission of the artist. We’re grateful to all the artists whose music has helped us tell this story.“Hater’s Hate” (theme) by Ramone Messam, used with permission of the artist; “Passing time” by Kevin MacLeod, available in the YouTube Audio Library; “Beyond the Lows” by The Whole Other, available in the YouTube Audio Library; and “Bachata Night” provided by Lyrah/Pond5.
22 Hours Preview Episode

22 Hours Preview Episode

2019-04-2400:09:3033

It was a case nightmares are made of. A D.C. power couple, their 10-year-old son and housekeeper held hostage for nearly 24 hours and murdered inside their own home. WTOP examines the complicated trail of evidence that police say led to finding their killer and why they say he committed such a brutal crime. Listen to the first 8 minutes of episode 1 before the full episode is released on June 10. Subscribe today.
Comments (39)

Suzy

this wont play , which is super annoying because I cant just skip an episode I won't know what's going on! please fix it

Jul 16th
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Kickin Ash

That ending though! Whoa! 😳

Jul 16th
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Kickin Ash

Jennifer Arabella Just the episode ending lol

Jul 16th
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Jennifer Arabella

Kickin Ash Oh, it ends?!

Jul 16th
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Riss Lockley

starting to get really heavy on the ads. Especially for international listener, we have to listen to these ads and we can not even take advantage of them if we wanted to

Jul 15th
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jersey2777

wow! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Jul 15th
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Rebecca Ferman

is anyone else unable to download the pizza crust episode? I keep getting an error but there's no reason being given for why

Jul 8th
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jersey2777

ok so Darren needed money..the witnesses that say they saw him following the fire, indicated that he seemed to be in a hurry, erratic..yet the brutality that occurred in that house, with 4 people, 4..seems to show definite planning as well as there being more than 1 perpetrator..maybe who ever committed the original crime, knew darren, even loosely, knew he needed money & told him to get rid of the Porsche & the iPhones & paid him the $1200. Darren showed to his friend Godfry. idk..great show!

Jul 8th
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Kathie Weise

Why is Emily Head referred to as both "he" and "she"?

Jul 7th
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Jeff Hardenbrook

This episode won't play. Also had other episodes with odd cuts in the audio and commercials playing over top of the audio.

Jul 6th
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Recklesss 1990

The story and presentation is so good but the editing!! And am I going crazy or are the reporters purposely replacing some words beginning with an "S" with a "Th"? Like saying "Thalva" instead if "Salva?" It sounds like they're lisping and it's kind of distracting...

Jul 5th
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Natasha Rausch Stee

this won't play for me either

Jul 4th
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Rhona O'Hara

this episode won't play

Jul 4th
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Jason Szabo

Fitz Good for you. It’s not playing for me either.

Jul 4th
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Fitz

Rhona O'Hara It plays for me!!

Jul 4th
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Emily Bates

cannot play this episode. not the first technical issue with this podcast. when running smoothly other episodes content have been great however.

Jul 3rd
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Lacey Torres

It's very disappointing that the issues continually complained about aren't being addressed. Quality clearly not a priority to anyone. It's frustrating to listen to a gripping story only to have it repeat, skip, and make no sense due to disjointed editing.

Jul 3rd
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Warren Rhinehart

And to think this is produced by a news station and a reporter. Horribly presented. Terrible editing.

Jul 2nd
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Chelsea Annette Neel

wish there wasn't stuff cut out or how it plays and then repeats parts of what it just played. great story/investigation but poorly edited.

Jul 2nd
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Ares

I actually think American Nightmare Podcast is much better than this one. This is horribly edited.

Jul 2nd
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Shannon Cook

This story is so compelling and scary

Jul 1st
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Jordan Rae

I wish you would upload new audio files. all of these jump around so much. it's impossible to keep up. they're cut wrong.

Jun 27th
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Jordan Rae

is there any plan to update the feed with episodes that don't skip around and repeat? I love the story but I'm getting frustrated with the missing story plots.

Jun 27th
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Keith Ma

where is episode #2?

Jun 27th
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