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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. He's won appeal after appeal, but every time, prosecutor Doug Evans just tries the case again.
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Season One: The Trailer

Season One: The Trailer

2016-08-2903:47104

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

2016-09-0735:29294

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

2016-09-0739:15194

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

2016-09-1345:35149

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

2016-09-2037:22107

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

2016-09-2748:14116

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

2016-10-0437:32106

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

2016-10-1141:1690

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

2016-10-2542:5099

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

2018-04-1602:3331

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

2018-05-0143:04137

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

2018-05-0153:2188

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

2018-05-0847:4370

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

2018-05-1553:3791

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

2018-05-2248:5786

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

2018-05-2944:3469

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.
There's one critical aspect of the Curtis Flowers case that we haven't looked at yet -- the makeup of the juries. Each of the four times Flowers was convicted, the jury was all white or nearly all white. So we decided to look more closely at why so few black jurors had been selected. And it wasn't always happenstance. Support investigative journalism with a donation to In the Dark.
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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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Dawn Shields

did you say that both of the owners wives are dead? that seems odd... was there financial gain?

Jan 26th
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Jared Whaley

Respect to Kastriba, the detective who conducted the initial interview, for owning his mistake. One of the most frustrating things in this True Crime is listening to law enforcement claim that they were perfect; at least one person from Sterns' (spelling?) can admit that they're totally inept.

Jan 23rd
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Annie Parker

I love the questioning she does with the law enforcement about the effects it's had on the "person of interest's" life. This podcast in a whole is so far amazing! I'm glued to it. :)

Jan 21st
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Simon Folkard

Law enforcement involved in this case and plea deal should be ashamed of themselves. They are a disgrace. A truly brilliant podcast though.

Jan 14th
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Nancy Doughty

are there anymore seasons coming?

Jan 14th
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