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Reporter Madeleine Baran examines the case of Curtis Flowers, who has been tried six times for the same crime. For 21 years, Flowers has maintained his innocence. He's won appeal after appeal, but every time, the prosecutor just tries the case again. In the Dark is an investigative podcast from APM Reports. Season One focused on the abduction of Jacob Wetterling.
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S2 E15: Revelations

S2 E15: Revelations

2019-07-0200:56:5427

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.
S2 E14: The Decision

S2 E14: The Decision

2019-06-2200:15:2518

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

2019-03-2700:49:2135

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

2019-03-1900:42:5734

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 Curtis' sixth trial. Support investigative journalism with a donation to In the Dark.
Our second season spanned a year in Mississippi where we revealed misconduct, injustice and racial divide in the six trials of Curtis Flowers. The U.S. Supreme Court will now decide if the prosecutor racially discriminated in jury selection. In four new episodes starting March 19, we'll go into the courtroom for oral arguments, report the decision and examine the effect of the ruling. 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.
S1 Update: The Wetterling File

S1 Update: The Wetterling File

2018-09-2100:28:5843

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

2018-09-1800:34:3433

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

2018-07-0300:36:3468

For the last episode of the season, we went to meet Jeffrey 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.
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Comments (315)

Vincent Ruiz

Sad everyone else can see it except for Clarence Thomas. Ole Uncle Ruckus butt.

Jul 12th
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Mayra Hernandez

WOW! Great job ladies!

Jul 11th
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Chris Phelps

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Jul 10th
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Lisa Brant

how long do they have to decide if they will do another trial?

Jul 10th
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Gauri Menon

I don't know if Willie James Hemphill committed the murders but I also know that Curtis did not comitt the murders. I think there is someone else who has just not been identified as yet. I liked this episode but I think when someone says that they don't want to talk to you I would have preferred if Parker backed off because that whole conversation at the courthouse with busdown got nothing good out of it. that part where they were talking to Clemmy that broke my heart because I felt the remorse through her tears about how she made a mistake but was not given a chance to correct it but instead made the same mistake 6 different times because she was afraid for her life. But I hope that Curtis is acquitted if tried a 7th time. what would be better is if the courts threw out the whole case against him- however- this I don't think will be likely because the law offices working on the case for Curtis Flowers have so deeply and with such conviction convinced themselves that Curtis is guilty. and if they do go on trial again I don't think DA Doug Evans will use Clemmy as a witness because it only makes his case weaker. I hope the whole thing gets thrown out. but my biggest question to law enforcement and government officials in Memphis is....how do you give back an innocent man 22 years of his life? he's lost his mom. May very soon loose his dad. He may get out feeling like he has nothing....so how does one compensate for all of that. because that is also a part of justice for Curtis Flowers

Jul 4th
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Nicholas Ustin

Gauri Menon Maybe nothing good came of the conversation with busdown in the courthouse, but when Parker asked him about living on Bryant street (i think that's the name) and called out his alibi that was no longer air tight, his reaction and behavior was that of a liar who has just been found out. It was very telling. He denied living there (It would put him near where a gun was found and very close to Tardy Furniture.)He then said he didnt know where that street was (to furthe distance himself from the location) He then asked, "where is that?" (does it really matter? again further distancing himself) - and the way he grts flustered and acts up and starts to say nasty things about Parker is the liar trying to turn things around. He also avoided answering the question of whether he committed the murder the first time it was asked. So many indicators of lying. He was a suspect at one point and I certainly believe he deserves a second look.

Jul 10th
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Dana Divine

f mary briscoe. she is a selfish bigot.

Jul 3rd
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Where did all the episodes go??

Jul 3rd
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Tom Upton

What a bunch of incompetent boobs. Doug Evans should be disbarred.

Jul 3rd
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April Spicer

Great work ladies!! I worry about you putting yourselves in dangerous situations though. Be careful! Willie Hemphill sounds dangerous & a liar! I believe he could be the killer now! Never thought it was Flowers. Wondering why Evans & Johnson targeted Curtis when they had Hemphill. Was it easier to frame Curtis?

Jul 2nd
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Seth Golembeske

Mr. Hemphill is a liar

Jul 2nd
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Ernesto Lefebre

I cannot understand how the firearms examiner can be so ignorant and clueless about how science works. It has nothing to do with mental gimnastics. It is unbelievable how our court system works and how many people might have been found guilty with bs evidence and fake science ...

Jul 2nd
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Richard Dvorak

WOW! WOW!WOW! This may be the most impactful journalism I have ever witnessed. There is NO WAY the State could go to trial. You have eviscerated the State's entire case. Great work!

Jul 2nd
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ka jong venus Park

wow .......Mary Catherine Brisco's statements are filled with so much prejudice and non-logic I can't even begin to point out her errors. "That was my daughter *he killed*"? "I don't understand why he just don't leave it alone - we just have to go through this so many times..."? Blaming Curtis Flowers for "bringing up these issues in the first place"?? wow.... just wow. My guess is, because her daughter died, she wants someone to blame, so she decided to settle with the easy target - Curtis Flowers. She blames Curtis Flowers for "bringing up these issues in the first place", but we all know that it was actually Doug Evans who brought this whole thing up. Why isn't she pointing the finger at Evans? Probably because she's one of those people who blindly accepts what the authority tells her without coming to her own conclusions, *and* she's racially prejudiced. I found it very hard to listen to her statements, and I hope I'm not alone in feeling this way.

Jul 1st
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D.T.W.,ll

This is silly. "Every time another one of Curtis's trials,...... he didn't wanna go,...... but he didn't think he had a choice." "he might have to pay a fine....., be thrown in jail" SURE!! SURE!! For ignoring a subpoena those things may happen. Once in court why lie, while under oath, about seeing something? That's on him. Not the prosecutor or the judge or the jurors. I don't know if Mr. Flowers is guilty or not. It says a lot to me about what the interviewer thinks of the interviewee to portray him as not understanding that he didn't have to lie once in court. She has the gentleman admitting perjury and being part of a conspiracy to convict this innocent guy. Think about how condescending and RIDICULOUS that is.

Jun 29th
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Holly Bobs

If u like this podcast listen to shreds.

Jun 28th
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Kymmjellybean

I've said it before, Doug Evans is the criminal here. He is an evil, godless, prideful person.

Jun 27th
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Seal757

the dad should he referred to as Dr. Wetterling because he is a chiropractor - doctors who diagnose and treat patients just not with drugs or surgery.

Jun 27th
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Gemma

Great trick of story telling having that friendly scarecrow voice tell us about romancing waitresses,combined with describing police incompetence.Makes you think of false accusations,then the friendly guy turns out to be a devil.

Jun 25th
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Abbott Hill

Why should we care that a sex offender's life is forever affected by their crime? Their victims will be forever haunted by their attackers. I was deeply bothered by the offender featured here, as if he is a victim by "something that happened 10 years ago". Oh please! Let's rememver the real victims here.

Jun 25th
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Fion Lewis

So the moral of the story is that the District Attorneys around the country can lie, cheat and spend millions of tax payer money and there ain't a damn thing anyone can do. The lie of the constitution says that there are checks and balances, but even the state attorney general, Diaz said that basically we have to trust the system. Yeah for them it works. The supreme court of the US should change the law that says the DA has impunity.A San Diego police officer once told me "We do what we want and let the DA worry about it and guess what, they ain't gonna worry too much cuz we work for them"

Jun 25th
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