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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: Donor Episode Preview

S2: Donor Episode Preview

2019-09-1000:02:459

As a special thank you for our donors, we're releasing an exclusive, donors-only episode of In The Dark on Sept. 17. Get an inside look at the day of the Supreme Court's decision, including exclusive audio from our reporting and an interview with the In The Dark team led by the host of the podcast Crime Writers On..., Rebecca Lavoie. Donate now to get the exclusive donors-only episode on Sept. 17.
S2 E15: Revelations

S2 E15: Revelations

2019-07-0200:56:5448

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

2019-06-2200:15:2527

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

2019-03-2700:49:2145

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

2019-03-1900:42:5745

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

2018-09-2100:28:5852

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

2018-09-1800:34:3440

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.
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Comments (374)

Adam Kay

It's scary this kind of stuff can happen anywhere, small or large communities. if there's a blessing in this one case is the national sex offender registry that came because of this case.

Nov 7th
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Jon Kulikowski

The first season was excellent. The second season is just the host being racist the constantly.

Nov 7th
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Anne Reilly

What would happen if religious leaders universally agreed that God would hold man responsible for eternity for the deaths they unjustly or incorrectly advocate for?

Nov 2nd
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Sarah Thomas

This case is mindblowing. To see this kind of ignorance with such absolute corruption within our Justice system, that this poor man's life has been stolen from him and his loved ones will never be the same. God Bless them. Also, God bless the legal community who are fighting this fight...keep fighting.

Oct 29th
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Iam Djtrebble

amazing. this series is so good.

Oct 26th
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Julianne Derosa-Klug

I have not been so angry at police. The police have really fail, failed everyone. The public seems to have done what they could, and the police dropped the ball. What was even going on there?😡

Oct 17th
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Megan A

This podcast is very well done, I'm hooked! I like the critical angle towards the investigation.

Oct 15th
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Sarah Sundgaard

crazy that so many people (police, prosecutors, judge) allowed this to happen. its so outrageous and crazy and unbelieveable but they just said ok and wanting to nail someone- not caring if its right person or not.

Oct 14th
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Dave Regan

Parker absolutely ruined Wille James Hemphill as an information source. The two pressing questions that have not been answered are "How did Hemphill become a suspect?" and "Why is Doug Evans trying so hard to protect him?" The best person to answer these questions other than Evans himself (who will not talk) is Hemphill and now he needlessly won't talk to them ever again. Also, did anyone else look at the map and notice that Tardy furniture is the very first business that you encounter walking into town from branch Street? If someone were living on Branch Street and looking to rob a lucrative target for drug money, Tardy would be the obvious choice.

Sep 14th
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Katelyn Ashley

Great job on the podcast! The case itself is extremely frustrating to listen to. Reminds me of making a murderer. Why isnt the case going to trail in another town, by law that's what's supposed to happen, if all juries know of the case before trail. Also where are the non profit organizations that help innocent people in jail get justice noticing this case and helping him! I hope something good happens for him, because this towns law enforcement's fucked him hard. So sad.

Sep 12th
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Katelyn Ashley

Great job on this podcast! The case itself is extremely frustrating to listen to. Reminds me of making a murderer. Why isnt the case going to trail in another town jurisdiction, by law that's what's supposed to happen, if all juries know of the case before trail. Why aren't those non profit organizations that help those that are innocent in jail, helping to prove this case is a joke and is injustice let alone inhumane!! I really hope something good comes out of this podcast for reviewing all the false shit in this case, like other podcasts have done.

Sep 12th
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Katelyn Ashley

Great job on the podcast! The case itself is extremely frustrating to listen to. Reminds me of making a murderer. Why isnt the case going to trail in another town, by law that's what's supposed to happen, if all juries know of the case before trail.

Sep 12th
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Lísa MK

is there no limit to the stupidity of middle aged white people??

Sep 12th
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Valerie Lee

Being a survivor that has spent 45 years recovering from 10 different men sexually abusing me from 3 to 17 years old I find your opinions during This season 1 episode 6 segment ignorant and unacceptable for me to contribute by listening to your Podcast any longer. You need to be interviewing people that have had this experience before you give opinions or even look like you're giving opinion on giving a fuck.about where sexual offenders live. Victimes, is working to be survivors, working to be conquerors of what these men have done do it all of their lives and I am supposed to feel sorry that they to have it can't find a place to live easily. Fuck that.

Sep 11th
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BJ Peace

Thanks for the heads up! I don't remember hearing ads throughout the podcast. I hope you get enough donor support to continue your work. This is investigative reporting at its best. Great Job!

Sep 11th
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Tony Rios

yeah wtf?? no episode since July 1st and this is what you come with??

Sep 10th
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Gary Openshaw

what's this give us your money episode why can't you just put the next episode out I'm sure you'll get money from advertising

Sep 10th
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Gary Openshaw

surely you can do an update in September letting us know what's going on if only it's just 5 minutes to let us know what is happening

Sep 2nd
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Unicorn 1

How sad!! Poor family! 😥😥

Aug 30th
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Adriana

stop with them tears too... you didn't shed no tears for the man for 20+yrs but now we supposed to feel sorry for YOU(??) pfffft

Aug 28th
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