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Serial investigative journalism from APM Reports, with host Madeleine Baran and a team of reporters. In Season 1, we looked at the abduction of Jacob Wetterling in rural Minnesota and the accountability of sheriffs in solving crime. In Season 2, we examined the case of Curtis Flowers, who has been tried six times for the same crime. Now, a special report on how Covid-19 is affecting the Mississippi Delta.
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Update from Minneapolis

Update from Minneapolis

2020-05-2901:351

Our last episode in this series will be a little late. Support investigative journalism with a donation to In the Dark.
As the coronavirus swept into the Mississippi Delta, a judge in the small city of Indianola decided to release every inmate she had in jail. That is, every inmate except one. Support journalism with a donation to In the Dark.
In the middle of a pandemic, with so many people suffering alone, it seemed an appropriate time to hear from a Delta blues singer. Enter Watermelon Slim. Support journalism with a donation to In the Dark.
The doctors and nurses at Greenwood Leflore Hospital brace for the pandemic, cordoning off their ICU and preparing for an influx of patients. Then the virus strikes one of their own. Support journalism with a donation to In the Dark.
How do you self-isolate when your home is a single room that you share with 107 men? That's what inmates at Mississippi's infamous Parchman prison have been wondering for six weeks. Support journalism with a donation to In the Dark.
A storm hits Greenville just in time for Easter. Two pastors and a mayor clash over how to do church during a pandemic. Support journalism with a donation to In the Dark.
A new limited-run series from In the Dark, reporting on Covid-19 in the Mississippi Delta. Episodes every Thursday, beginning April 30. Support journalism with a donation to In the Dark.
S2 E18: The Recusal

S2 E18: The Recusal

2020-01-0818:2220

District Attorney Doug Evans has prosecuted Curtis Flowers for 23 years and six trials. Now he says he's done. Support investigative journalism with a donation to In the Dark.
S2 E17: Home

S2 E17: Home

2019-12-2242:5244

After almost 23 years, Curtis Flowers is no longer behind bars. For his family, it's a long-awaited reunion. But not everyone in Winona is happy. Support investigative journalism with a donation to In the Dark.
S2 E16: A Hearing

S2 E16: A Hearing

2019-12-1848:2638

After nearly 23 years locked up, Curtis Flowers has a chance to get out on bail -- if his lawyers can convince the judge to rule in his favor. Support investigative journalism with a donation to In the Dark.
S2 E15: Revelations

S2 E15: Revelations

2019-07-0256:5463

It's been 11 days since the U.S. Supreme Court threw out Curtis Flowers' conviction. But the story didn't end there. In recent days, there have been three other significant developments, including new details from a key witness, that may determine Flowers' fate. Support investigative journalism with a donation to In the Dark.
S2 E14: The Decision

S2 E14: The Decision

2019-06-2216:4533

On Friday, June 21, after months of deliberation, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its opinion in the Curtis Flowers case. In a 7-2 ruling, the justices threw out the conviction from his sixth trial, in 2010. The decision of what happens next -- whether to release Flowers or begin a seventh trial -- now lies with the same prosecutor who's pursued him from the beginning: Doug Evans. Support investigative journalism with a donation to In the Dark.
S2 E13: Oral Arguments

S2 E13: Oral Arguments

2019-03-2749:2151

After nearly nine years of appeals of his sixth trial, Curtis Flowers finally had his case argued before the U.S. Supreme Court. At issue was whether DA Doug Evans tried to keep African-Americans off the jury in the 2010 trial. Flowers wasn't at the Supreme Court -- he remains on death row in Mississippi -- but the In the Dark team was. This is what we saw. Support investigative journalism with a donation to In the Dark.
S2 E12: Before the Court

S2 E12: Before the Court

2019-03-1942:5759

We resume Season Two with the U.S. Supreme Court weighing Curtis Flowers' case. We preview oral arguments and delve into the allegations at the heart of the appeal: that Doug Evans tried to keep African-Americans off the jury in Flowers' sixth trial. Support investigative journalism with a donation to In the Dark.
We answer your questions and report on a fire in Winona. Support investigative journalism with a donation to In the Dark.
The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear Curtis Flowers' appeal. Now the justices will examine if District Attorney Doug Evans had a history of racial discrimination in jury selection. Support investigative journalism with a donation to In the Dark.
In Season 1 of our podcast, we reported that the Jacob Wetterling case was a botched investigation. Just yesterday, law enforcement acknowledged it too. Support investigative journalism with a donation to In the Dark.
S2 Update: Back to Winona

S2 Update: Back to Winona

2018-09-1834:3445

Two months after the season ended, we return to Winona to see what has changed. Turns out, a lot. Curtis Flowers' mother has died. The whole town is talking about the case. Flowers' defense lawyers are including our findings in their legal filings to the Supreme Court. Citizens are trying to file bar complaints against the district attorney, Doug Evans. One man has gone into hiding, his personal safety threatened because he spoke to us. In this update episode, we look at what's happened in Winona since our last episode and what happens next with Curtis Flowers' case. Support investigative journalism with a donation to In the Dark.
S2 E11: The End

S2 E11: The End

2018-07-0336:3484

For the last episode of the season, we went to meet Jeffery Armstrong, who, a few years after Curtis Flowers first went to prison, found what might have been a key piece of evidence. What he found -- and where he found it -- offers hints that someone else may have committed the Tardy Furniture murders. Armstrong turned the evidence into the cops. And then, he says, it disappeared. Support investigative journalism with a donation to In the Dark.
S2 E10: Discovery

S2 E10: Discovery

2018-06-2601:04:5067

Prosecutors have always said that Curtis Flowers was the only serious suspect in the Tardy Furniture investigation. But we found a document showing that another man, Willie James Hemphill, had also been questioned just days after the murders. Who was he? Why was he questioned? When we finally found Hemphill, living in Indianapolis, he had some very surprising things to say about the case. Support investigative journalism with a donation to In the Dark.
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Lorenzo B. Esparza

Listen to this condescending heifer! She sounds like she been out of diapers for like 2 minutes and now she's the go to for solving crimes. Give me a break!

May 30th
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Lorenzo B. Esparza

Listen to this Monday morning quarterback talk about how the police failed in this case. It's easy for someone to point the finger after the fact and say I would have this and that. I wonder if she still lives with mommy and daddy while believing unicorns exist.

May 30th
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deborah cassidy

These religious folk are insane. I’m not surprised at how they think they are above the law. But I’m disgusted

Apr 30th
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James Yoo

awesome, can't wait!

Apr 27th
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Melissa Seddon

This family are powerful and strong. ❤

Apr 11th
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Tasia

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Mar 16th
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Tasia

This...is...the..moviie..MERCY..ME!!!!!!

Mar 16th
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Jackie Glass

I love the work you 2 ladies have done. I just don't understand why you keep calling and visiting people (especially Doug Evans) when he has asked you to not contact him. I believe along with honest reporting and your diligent work...that you should respect people's wishes. Justice for Curtis!

Feb 27th
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Pam Roberson Livingston

Are you kidding me? This went from investigating a death of a boy by a sex offender to “poor sex offenders can’t find a place to live”? Done with this podcast on episode 6!

Feb 20th
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Pam Roberson Livingston

Are you kidding me? This went from investigating a death of a boy by a sex offender to “poor sex offenders can’t find a place to live”? Done with this podcast on episode 6!

Feb 20th
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kittenkat

I'll never get tired of this

Feb 19th
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kittenkat

Oh my goodness this just makes me scared for my boyfriend even more

Feb 19th
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Jane E

Gosh! Poor Marco!! Not. Though I agree that some people on the registry may not belong there, he definitely does. I don't feel sorry for him in the least.

Feb 3rd
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Mae Lee Arant

Mississippi is still burning.

Jan 29th
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Mae Lee Arant

It seems as though not one white person listened to the lies and the evidence presented other than the judge. This refusal to think about the information reflects how little justice matters;as long as someone pays, that's all that counts. Evan's was willing to kill an innocent man for his personal gain- this is where racism is so clearly evident.

Jan 29th
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ABR

I bet that same woman adored Judge Loper back when he was accusing James Bibb of perjury and being all buddy-buddy with Doug Evans. But now, because he treated Flowers fairly by letting him out on bail and criticized Evans for not doing his job, suddenly he's "very liberal" and she hates him. 🙄

Jan 28th
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ABR

I won't pretend to know what it's like to go through through the hell Mr. Rigby has been through and I'm really trying to be compassionate... but dammit, he isn't making it easy. This man needs to find some other way to let out his anger and grief besides lashing out at an innocent journalist for being good at her job. I can't believe he even insulted her family, ugh.

Jan 28th
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Layla Williams

Doug Evans throwing a tantrum because you guys did an amount of work he couldn't imagine doing himself is embarrassing.

Jan 27th
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Jared Whaley

it's terrible that this woman's daughter was killed... but a victory for Curtis isn't a defeat for justice for the four people who were killed. There's no substantial evidence that Curtis even had a motive to kill anyone, he doesn't have a violent history, and there's a mountain of evidence misconduct on the part of the prosecution (not just striking potential jurors based on race). Why can't we just acquit this presumably innocent man, and find the real killer? Also, I think it's clear that we need better regulation on the power granted to district attorneys and some degree of oversight on disbarment outside of bar associations... and I'm a conservative libertarian.

Jan 27th
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Dawn Shields

I'm so sickened to hear how this prosecutor has had such unethical conduct... he needs to go on trial!

Jan 27th
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