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Introducing: Sent Away

Introducing: Sent Away

2022-03-0836:112

Madeleine chats with her colleague Curtis Gilbert about his new show Sent Away, a deep investigative dive into the troubled world of the troubled teen industry. Episode 1: A dark cave. A tragic accident. A new treatment center. The state of Utah tries to hold it accountable. But that turns out to be harder than you’d think. Subscribe to the whole series: Sent Away Support investigative journalism: Donate to In the Dark and Sent Away
Season One: The Trailer

Season One: The Trailer

2016-08-2928:05120

After he disappeared nearly 27 years ago, Jacob Wetterling's remains have been found. Why did it take so long? Support investigative journalism with a donation to In the Dark.
S1 E1: The Crime

S1 E1: The Crime

2016-09-0735:11327

The abduction of Jacob Wetterling, which made parents more vigilant and led to the first national requirement that states track sex offenders via registries, took place before moonrise on a warm October night in 1989. Support investigative journalism with a donation to In the Dark.
S1 E2: The Circle

S1 E2: The Circle

2016-09-0738:49221

When Jacob Wetterling was taken, authorities launched what would turn into one of the largest searches for any missing person in the history of the United States. But that first night, law enforcement didn't cover all the basics. Support investigative journalism with a donation to In the Dark.
S1 E3: The One Who Got Away

S1 E3: The One Who Got Away

2016-09-1345:18182

The closest you can get to a conversation with Jacob Wetterling about his abduction is to talk to Jared Scheierl. Scheierl was walking home from an ice skating rink in Cold Spring in January 1989 when a man who turned out to be Danny Heinrich forced him into a car, assaulted him, and let him go, uttering some chilling parting words: "If they come close to finding out who I am, I'll find you and kill you." That was nine months before Jacob's abduction. Support investigative journalism with a donation to In the Dark.
S1 E4: The Circus

S1 E4: The Circus

2016-09-2037:01122

The Wetterling abduction story kept getting bigger as the case served as a conduit for public fear and grief. Capitalizing on a growing sense that pedophiles lurked in every shadow, the likes of Maury Povich and Geraldo Rivera joined the cause with sensational retellings of the crime and its consequences. Support investigative journalism with a donation to In the Dark.
S1 E5: Person of Interest

S1 E5: Person of Interest

2016-09-2748:01136

Dan Rassier now wishes he'd insisted that police search his family's St. Joseph farm top to bottom the night Jacob Wetterling was abducted. That way, they would have known there was nothing to find. And it would have been harder for them to come back 21 years later to search with backhoes and declare him a "person of interest" in the case. Support investigative journalism with a donation to In the Dark.
S1 E6: Stranger Danger

S1 E6: Stranger Danger

2016-10-0437:16118

In the 1970s and early '80s, missing children weren't considered a policing priority. You couldn't even enter missing child information into the FBI's national crime database. But that changed quickly. Support investigative journalism with a donation to In the Dark.
S1 E7: This Quiet Place

S1 E7: This Quiet Place

2016-10-1141:00113

Soon after the abduction and murder of Jacob Wetterling in 1989, Stearns County sheriff's investigators came face to face with his killer, Danny Heinrich, who would confess to the crime 27 years later. Then they let him go. It wasn't the first time that had happened in Stearns County. Support investigative journalism with a donation to In the Dark.
In November 2012, a police officer named Tom Decker was shot and killed in Cold Spring, Minn., after getting out of his car to check on a man who lived above a bar. The man was quickly arrested and held in the Stearns County jail. He was interrogated but then released without charges. The state crime bureau later ruled him out as a suspect. Investigators turned their focus to another man, Eric Thomes, who hanged himself before he could be charged with the crime. Nearly four years after the murder, Sheriff John Sanner has refused to close the case "because we're still hopeful that new information will come in," he said. Support investigative journalism with a donation to In the Dark.
S1 E9: The Truth

S1 E9: The Truth

2016-10-2542:27116

When Danny Heinrich confessed in court on Sept. 6 to abducting and murdering Jacob Wetterling and assaulting Jared Scheierl 27 years ago, investigators declared that at last, the public had the truth. But despite Heinrich's excruciatingly detailed accounts, the truth remains elusive. Many questions remain unanswered. Support investigative journalism with a donation to In the Dark.
The sentencing of Danny Heinrich on Nov. 21, 2016, brought to a close the 27-year investigation into the abduction and murder of Jacob Wetterling. But it didn't end the story. 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.
Season Two: The Trailer

Season Two: The Trailer

2018-04-1602:3336

Curtis Flowers 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. What does the evidence reveal? And how can the justice system ignore the prosecutor's record and keep Flowers on death row? Support investigative journalism with a donation to In the Dark.
S2 E1: July 16, 1996

S2 E1: July 16, 1996

2018-05-0142:39169

On the morning of July 16, 1996, someone walked into a furniture store in downtown Winona, Mississippi, and murdered four employees. Each was shot in the head. It was perhaps the most shocking crime the small town had ever seen. Investigators charged a man named Curtis Flowers with the murders. What followed was a two-decade legal odyssey in which Flowers was tried six times for the same crime. He remains on death row, though some people believe he's innocent. For the second season of In the Dark, we spent a year digging into the Flowers case. We found a town divided by race and a murder conviction supported by questionable evidence. And it all began that summer morning in 1996 with a horrifying crime scene that left investigators puzzled. Support investigative journalism with a donation to In the Dark.
S2 E2: The Route

S2 E2: The Route

2018-05-0153:07113

The case against Curtis Flowers relies heavily on three threads of evidence: the route he allegedly walked the morning of the murders, the gun that investigators believe he used, and the people he supposedly confessed to in jail. In this episode, we meet the witnesses who said they saw Flowers walking through downtown Winona, Mississippi, the morning of the murders. Some of their stories now waver on key details. Support investigative journalism with a donation to In the Dark.
S2 E3: The Gun

S2 E3: The Gun

2018-05-0847:2483

Investigators never found the gun used to kill four people at Tardy Furniture. Yet the gun, and the bullets matched to it, became a key piece of evidence against Curtis Flowers. In this episode, we examine the strange histories of the gun and the man who owned it. Support investigative journalism with a donation to In the Dark.
S2 E4: The Confessions

S2 E4: The Confessions

2018-05-1553:15113

Over the years, three inmates have claimed that Curtis Flowers confessed to them that he killed four people at the Tardy Furniture store. But they've all changed their stories at one time or another. In this episode, we investigate who's really telling the truth. Support investigative journalism with a donation to In the Dark.
S2 E5: Privilege

S2 E5: Privilege

2018-05-2248:37105

No witness has been more important to the prosecution's case against Curtis Flowers than Odell Hallmon. He testified in four trials that Flowers had confessed to him while the two men were in prison together. Hallmon has an astonishingly long criminal history that includes repeated charges for drug dealing, assault, and robbery. So how reliable is his testimony and did he receive anything in exchange for it? In this episode, we investigate the veracity of the prosecution's star witness. Support investigative journalism with a donation to In the Dark.
S2 E6: Punishment

S2 E6: Punishment

2018-05-2944:0983

Odell Hallmon, the state's key witness in the Curtis Flowers case, is serving three consecutive life sentences. We wondered what he might say now that there are no deals to cut, and he will spend the rest of his days in prison. Would he stick to his story that Flowers had confessed to the Tardy Furniture murders? We wrote him letters and sent him a friend request on Facebook. Weeks went by and we heard nothing. And then, one day, he wrote back. Support investigative journalism with a donation to In the Dark.
Comments (535)

Nasser I

8

Nov 30th
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Delafrouz

Talk about #mahsa_amini

Oct 1st
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Tracie Collier

Curtis needs to do a podcast. He has such a soothing voice. It makes me so sad that his Mom was not able to see Curtis be set free.

Sep 30th
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Michelle Sawall-Kneale

it's so evident that Hemphill has a lot to hide. The so called prosecutor is definitely as shady as Hemphill.

Sep 30th
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Sarah Witham

if I was a family member of a victim, I would be absolutely livid with the DA, Bob Evans cause even if I was convinced Curtis was guilty (I'm not, but plenty of people are), he "should" have been a good enough DA to make sure he was not released by an error made by the prosecutor.... and to go through this 6 times and then give up.... man, I'd be furious with this guy.

Sep 26th
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Nanette Cordell

Are you KIDDING ME.... Doug Evans belongs in prison!!!!

Sep 17th
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Keith Gregory

Law enforcement should realise that locking up the wrong people leaves the guilty party still out there to perhaps commit more crime. Great work by the whole podcast team

Sep 13th
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Blk Blu

the way darkness turns me to a vampire i ju want to fresh hot blood !

Sep 9th
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MM

I'm shocked at the racial split....well maybe not shocked unfortunately, I'm just incredibly disappointed. Appalling representation of society today, it's baffling how people can base any decisions on race alone.

Aug 26th
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eb

This is the best podcast I have ever listened to! This is superb journalism! This is a phenomenal human interest story. And the "ending" is more powerful than the podcast! Listen to this podcast!

Jul 20th
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Hannah

It's frustrating that the journalists don't push back and ask these people why it doesn't seem to matter to them whether or not Curtis is guilty? Justice being served means putting the RIGHT person in jail, not just any person. If I were family of the victims, I would want to see the person responsible for these crimes punished, and seeing an innocent man in prison would not bring me any peace because that would mean the real killer is still out there, free. I truly would like to hear the response to that and understand why these people can ignore the fact that it's possible Curtis is not the man who committed these crimes and how that brings them any peace whatsoever.

Jun 22nd
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Obergin Tonic

this is not the right podcast...

Mar 26th
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Mar Marr

wow...that interview with John Walsh and then the song afterwards!???....I would've flipped every table on the set.

Jan 28th
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Barb McGuire

Fabulous job on your investigation, thorough and brilliant, you really do get into the nitty gritty of the subject. I will keep listening and am thrilled you don't add in any advertising. Great show, thank you so much, from Taupo, New Zealand ⚘

Jan 26th
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alli lent

love hearing from Curtis finally! also I *do* have something to say to Doug Evans: Fuck. You.

Jan 20th
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alli lent

why the heck would they ban the drive in services? that seems like such a good idea to keep people safe but also content to be able to feel like they're at church...... really seems like they just did things to piss people off.

Jan 20th
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Negar Golchin

podcast is great but music background sometimes is too loud and intrupt the voices and conversations

Dec 17th
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Katheryn Rowell

I mean, she sounds like a rational judge. 143 charges is a LOT. That’s like 1 a week for 3 years. That’s only when they catch him.

Nov 5th
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Katheryn Rowell

That 911 operator did a great job.

Nov 3rd
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SJJ33

Shouldn't even once commit a sex crime and you wouldn't be in that predicament. I don't feel sorry for pedophiles and sex offenders, they can all rot in my opinion!

Oct 30th
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