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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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The Breakdown: Q&A #2

The Breakdown: Q&A #2

2019-08-2500:44:389

In our final episode, we again return to the studio and dig through our notes, files and transcripts of thecase to answer listener questions. What happened to the $40,000 ransom and was it fully accounted for? What is the timeline of the various fires in the case? And what was the deal with Daron’s alibi, Ed?  This episode is written and produced by WTOP reporters Megan Cloherty and Jack Moore. Julia Ziegler is the content adviser. Visit 22HoursPodcast.com to sign up for email alerts on the case, and to see photosand other evidence.  "22 Hours: An American Nightmare" is a production of WTOP News in Washington, D.C. Music for thisepisode is “Haters Hate” by Ramone Messam.   This week's sponsors include:Good American Jeans - The size-inclusive brand from Khloe Kardashian. Go to GoodAmerican.com/22Hours to receive 20% off your full order (sale items too!)Purple Mattress - 22 Hours listeners get a free Purple pillow with the purchase of a mattress. Text 22Hours to 84888. 
Life Without

Life Without

2019-08-1801:23:5823

After Daron Wint’s conviction, federal prosecutors press the judge for the harshest possible sentence and, for the first time reveal his history of explosive rage, violent threats and assaults. At Daron’s sentencing, emotional statements from the two surviving Savopoulos daughters are read in court. As the last regular episode comes to a close, we reflect back.  This episode is written and produced by reporters Megan Cloherty and Jack Moore. Julia Ziegler is thecontent adviser. Visit 22HoursPodcast.com to sign up for email alerts on this case and the podcast. You can also see a video of Nelly Gutierrez sharing more of her memories.  "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/orby permission of the artist. We're grateful to all the artists whose music has helped us tell this story. Music for this episode is “Haters Hate” by Ramone Messam; “Beyond the Lows” by The Whole Other and “Spookster” by Wayne Jones, available in the YouTube Audio Library. “Rhythmic Pulse” and “Closing my Eyes for a Moment” by Daniel Birch and “Harbor” by Kai Engel are licensed under Creative Commons by Attribution 4.0 International. This Week's Episode Sponsors:  ZipRecruiter - Hiring can be easy with ZipRecruiter. Right now, listeners of 22 Hours: An American Nightmare can try ZipRecruiter for FREE by going to this web address, ZipRecruiter.com/nightmare. Simplisafe - Visit Simplisafe.com/nightmare to get free shipping and a 60-day risk-free trial on home security products. Upstart - Upstart is a revolutionary lending platform. Go to Upstart.com/nightmare to check your rate today. Progressive - Saving money on your car insurance is easy with Progressive. Get your quote online at Progressive.com
The Verdict

The Verdict

2019-08-1101:20:4128

After six weeks, dozens of witnesses and hours of testimony, emotions were running high when attorneys delivered their closing arguments. Then the United States v. Daron Wint went to the jury. Some of the men and women who decided Daron Wint’s fate take us inside the deliberation room as they weighed the evidence and came to a conclusion. This episode is written and produced by reporters Megan Cloherty and Jack Moore. Julia Ziegler is the content adviser. Visit 22HoursPodcast.com to see 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. You can also visit us on Twitter, @22hourspod . "22 Hours: An American Nightmare" is a production of WTOP News in Washington, D.C.MUSIC: 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; "Rhythmic Pulse” by Daniel Birch and “Weirder” by Drake Stafford, licensed under Creative Commons by Attribution 4.0 International; and "Cast of Pods" by Doug Maxwell and “A Great Darkness Approaches, Can You Feel It” by ELPHNT, available in the YouTube Audio Library.This Week's Episode Sponsors: HelloFresh - For $80 off your first month of HelloFresh, go to HelloFresh.com/22HOURS and enter 22HOURS.Genucel - Get rid of that double chin or sagging jawline. Go to Genucel.com for two free gifts with your purchase and free shipping.SimpliSafe - Go to SimpliSafe.com/nightmare for free shipping and a 60-day risk-free trial on your purchase of home security technology.Tamara Mellon - Shop TamaraMellon.com and use promo code "nightmare" for $100 off your first pair of luxury footwear through Sept. 30.Upstart - Upstart is a revolutionary lending platform. Go to Upstart.com/nightmare to check your rate.ZipRecruiter - The smartest way to hire. Try ZipRecruiter for free by visiting ZipRecruiter.com/nightmare .
If you’re loving 22 Hours: An American Nightmare, you’re also going to love the new season of Murder Made Me Famous. As a bonus this week, here’s the debut episode, which tells the story of the Green River Killer. Subscribe to Murder Made Me Famous now to get new episodes every Tuesday, and come back here on Monday for another brand new episode of 22 Hours: An American Nightmare.
Brother vs. Brother

Brother vs. Brother

2019-08-0401:18:3916

Daron Wint’s bizarre arrest one week after the murders on Woodland Drive only added to the mystery surrounding the case. When he was taken into custody, Daron was with five otherpeople, including his brother, Darrell. But the full story of Daron’s arrest wouldn’t be told until his murder trial -- when prosecutors called brother to testify against brother.  This episode is written and produced by reporters Megan Cloherty and Jack Moore. Julia Ziegler is the content adviser. Visit 22HoursPodcast.com to see 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; "Beyond the Lows" and “Incoming Transition” by The Whole Other, available in the YouTube Audio Library; and "Rhythmic Pulse," by Daniel Birch, licensed under Creative Commons by Attribution 4.0 International. This Week's Episode Sponsors:  SHUDDER - “To try AMC Networks’ SHUDDER premium streaming video service free for 30 days, go to Shudder.com and use promo code“nightmare.” Purple Mattress - Get a free Purple pillow with the purchase of a mattress. Just text 22HOURS to 84888.  Tamara Mellon - Luxury shoes are now more affordable. Go to TamaraMellon.com and use promo code "nightmare" for $100 off your first pair. The promo code "nightmare" is ONLY valid through Sept. 30, 2019. Simplisafe - Visit Simplisafe.com/nightmare to get free shipping and a 60-day risk-free trial Butcherbox - New members get 2 lbs of ground beef and 2 packs of bacon for FREE plus $20 off your first box at
The Breakdown: Q&A #1

The Breakdown: Q&A #1

2019-07-2800:57:1813

Did any of the victims eat the pizza? Why the $40,000 ransom? Did security cameras in the neighborhood capture footage? We hit pause on the case and go into the studio to answer your questions, so far, about the crime, the case and the podcast. A regular episode returns next week. This episode is written and produced by reporters Megan Cloherty and Jack Moore. Julia Ziegler is the content adviser. Visit 22HoursPodcast.com to see 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. Music in this episode is "Haters Hate" by Ramone Messam, used with permission of the artist. This Week’s Episode Sponsors: ButcherBox – New members get 2 lbs of ground beef and 2 packs of bacon for FREE plus $20 off your first box at ButcherBox.com/nightmare or enter promo code “ni ghtmare” at checkout.Genucel – Get rid of that double chin or sagging jawline. Go to Genucel.com for two free gifts with your purchase and free shipping. Lifetime - Lifetime’s V.C. Andrews movie series event continues with Dark Angel, Saturday, August 3 at 8/7c.Progressive – Saving money on your car insurance is easy with Progressive. Get your quote online at Progressive.com .Tamara Mellon – Luxury shoes are now more affordable. Go to TamaraMellon.com and use promo code “nightmare” for $100 off your first pair. The promo code “nightmare” is ONLY valid through Sept. 30, 2019.ZipRecruiter – Hiring can be easy with ZipRecruiter. Right now, listeners of 22 Hours: An American Nightmare can try ZipRecruiter for FREE by going to this web address, ZipRecruiter.com/nightmare.
Cross

Cross

2019-07-2101:01:1919

After hours on the witness stand, Daron Wint’s story begins to falter. Then, one of the lawyers in the case drops a big hint about what’s coming next in one of Washington, D.C.’s most high-profile murder trials. 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 transcript of Daron’s testimony as well as photos, map 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.Episode sponsors: Lifetime = presenting the 5-part movie series Heaven by V.C. Andrews, premiering July 27 at 8/7c on LifetimeSimplisafe = Visit Simplisafe.com/nightmare to get free shipping and a 60-day risk-free trialTamara Mellon = Visit TamaraMellon.com/nightmare for $100 off your first pair through Sept. 30Sunbasket = Visit Sunbasket.com/nightmare to get up to $60 off
On the Stand

On the Stand

2019-07-1401:00:3725

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

2019-07-0701:06:4429

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

2019-06-3001:09:0215

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

2019-06-2301:03:5328

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

2019-06-1600:47:4631

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

2019-06-0900:42:4448

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

2019-04-2300:09:3016

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 (115)

jonnamaestro

PUT ALL THE FUCKING ADS IN THE BEGINNING AND STOP INTERRUPTING. Seriously, completely ruinning the entire series with these shitty ads

Nov 28th
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jonnamaestro

Too many fucking ads

Nov 28th
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Sarah Witham

this episode is cut off at the end :(

Nov 17th
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V was here

22 hours of commercials. I get that a lot of these are investigate, but damn it's hard hearing bullshit ads, in a story about this horrible case. that poor family.

Nov 2nd
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rebecca stormcrowe

get your butts to We're Alive & WA: Lockdown

Oct 16th
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Taylor Anderson

windows propped open to ensure the fire had oxygen to burn maybe? I've heard of crime scenes where the fire couldn't take off because the perp didn't open windows.

Sep 25th
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Amanda Chapman

I can't seem to put the phone down...i just wish all this wasn't true...you keep wanting to hear the family being saved but you know your not going to...so sad for the two sisters and other family members I don't know how they make it day to day....prayers go up for the entire family👐

Sep 25th
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Katie Westfall

what a great episode

Sep 24th
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Amanda Sparks

every single episode skips and repeats sections.

Sep 23rd
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Sara Bailey

I keep wondering what Darren was like before he moved to the United States. Why did he moved to the US? Did he have a violent or criminal history there? I'm having a hard time wrapping my mind around that this may have been his very 1st crime.

Sep 22nd
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Jayar Ship

why couldn't they ask Dominoes who delivered the pizza and what they saw??

Sep 15th
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Justin Marshall

Daren murdered the whole family. looking to make a good hire? try zip recruiter. the ad placement in every episode is mental

Sep 10th
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Alistair Newlands

astounding ..rivetting groundbreaking .....off the charts

Sep 7th
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Jacquelyn Shope

Could it be possible that the father calls in a pizza to trigger the security camera, trying to communicate to someone the need for help?

Sep 7th
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Alistair Newlands

this is off the charts !!! Alistair Newlands

Sep 5th
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Justin Marshall

the ad placement in this is atrocious

Sep 4th
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YoMo

This is an amazing podcast!

Sep 2nd
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Andrew Permafide Greaves

at 51:46, MAJOR HICCUP PROBLEM

Sep 2nd
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Rebecca Butcher

Wow, compelling podcast!

Aug 31st
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Jimmy Freese

i am a true crime junkie. you guys did a phenomenal job. dave at darkness radio was so right. thank you.

Aug 29th
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