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When April Balascio was 40 years old, something she’d feared for decades was finally proven true. Her father, Edward Wayne Edwards, really was a murderer. The Clearing is about what came after April called a detective in 2009 to tell him about her suspicions — a call that led to her father’s arrest and eventual conviction on multiple murders — and tracks the emotional journey as she and host Josh Dean dig back into her childhood, unravel the truth of her father’s life, and overturn a viral online narrative that had turned Edward Wayne Edwards into a kind of serial killer caricature. Produced by Pineapple Street Media in association with Gimlet.
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When John Quinney was ten years old, he took the stand to testify against his own father. He had come to believe that his dad Melvin was the murderous leader of a satanic cult. It would be decades before John would learn that his family was just one of many swept up in a panic that gripped America in the 1980s—one in which hundreds of people were accused of taking part in underground satanic cults that sacrificed infants and sexually abused children. By the time the panic had subsided, scores of people were in prison, convicted on little to no evidence—people like John's father. Conviction: American Panic takes you inside one of the darkest and most bizarre chapters of American history. The next episode of Conviction is available right now for free, only on Spotify. https://smarturl.it/conviction-s2e2
8. Tie A Knot In It

8. Tie A Knot In It

2019-08-2940:3366

On a farm in Wisconsin, April sees some good.
7. He's In The Water

7. He's In The Water

2019-08-2242:0266

April finds a connection in Akron, OH.
6. Give Yourself Up Son

6. Give Yourself Up Son

2019-08-1551:5886

How to solve a murder and why you probably won’t.
5. A Lot of Old Memories

5. A Lot of Old Memories

2019-08-0847:5689

What else could Ed Edwards have done?
Confronting the myth of Ed Edwards.
3. Give Me The Needle

3. Give Me The Needle

2019-07-2553:25133

How one murder case turned into three.
2. Creepy John Wayne

2. Creepy John Wayne

2019-07-1847:52136

Who the hell was Edward Wayne Edwards anyway?
1. Hunting Season

1. Hunting Season

2019-07-1847:26217

April reads a news story and everything changes.
Preview: The Clearing

Preview: The Clearing

2019-07-1747:3428

Listen to the first two episodes of The Clearing starting July 18.  When April Balascio was 40 years old, something she’d feared for decades was finally proven true. Her father, Edward Wayne Edwards, really was a murderer. The Clearing is about what came after April called a detective in 2009 to tell him about her suspicions — a call that led to her father’s arrest and eventual conviction on multiple murders — and tracks the emotional journey as she and host Josh Dean dig back into her childhood, unravel the truth of her father’s life, and overturn a viral online narrative that had turned Edward Wayne Edwards into a kind of serial killer caricature.  Produced by Pineapple Street Media in association with Gimlet.
Introducing The Clearing

Introducing The Clearing

2019-07-0335:0049

When April Balascio was 40 years old, something she’d feared for decades was finally proven true. Her father, Edward Wayne Edwards, really was a murderer. The Clearing is about what came after April called a detective in 2009 to tell him about her suspicions — a call that led to her father’s arrest and eventual conviction on multiple murders — and tracks the emotional journey as she and host Josh Dean dig back into her childhood, unravel the truth of her father’s life, and overturn a viral online narrative that had turned Edward Wayne Edwards into a kind of serial killer caricature.  Produced by Pineapple Street Media in association with Gimlet.
Comments (103)

Chet Hjr

A Satanist? Human Sacrifice is not what satanists, true satanists, are involved in.

Feb 28th
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Monica Cochran

why we're there so many credit cards for Jeff?? Did Jeff know he had them?

Jan 31st
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Rebecca Neal

I love listening to the story, while I'm doing other stuff, 😘😉

Dec 30th
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Gonzo Brown

Absolutely mind blowing how deep this digs into the Zodiac Killer. Wow and I want more like this, fantastic work!

Dec 23rd
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Rebecca Neal

This is my fav podcast, THE BEST! 👌

Dec 21st
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Mandy Lynn Pillsbury

wow that's so sick..I dont know how this guy sleeps at night.

Dec 11th
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Rebecca Neal

Enjoying this, great work Josh&all involved

Dec 4th
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Chet Hjr

I've seen, heard, and experienced a lot of f***ked-up shit and was shaking my head when April said what she did. In no way she should think or feel in anyway that her actions did or didn't have some part in Danny's death. Her father was beyond f***ked-up and when he set out to do something, he made sure it was done, either to plan or not.

Nov 17th
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Ishmael

What a truly evil person Edwards is.

Oct 18th
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B E Morgan

Couldn't get into it. the host is about as charismatic as a pail of sand.

Oct 17th
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Julianne Derosa-Klug

I think it is really important to continue to talk about cold cases, so that those victims are never forgotten and the perp can be caught. Never forget

Oct 10th
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Wendy Smith

I ABSOLUTELY loved this podcast!!! Listening I kept asking myself why...why did he pick young couples? I am always interested in the psyche of the killers...the why of why they committed these murders. I kept coming back to the thought...EWE was a bastard child, his mom was very young when she was impregnated. Did he see his mom and dad in these young couples? Was he taking out his feeling of rejection and "basterdness", if you will, on these victims? Just a thought!! Anybody else get that?

Oct 7th
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Wendy Miller

This is a great podcast. And I know you needed April to help make it. However, her voice is so annoying and whiny. Every time she speaks it’s like fingernails on a chalkboard. Sorry.

Oct 1st
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Nancy W

April, your spirit is so beautiful. Your interaction with Tim's parents in the work room made me cry it was so touching. You are a true hero 💗

Sep 30th
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Liz Gallardo

Loved it.

Sep 26th
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Trevor Bloye

Great pod cast one of the best I have heard so far loved the bond between April and the lads father in the workshop Cheers looking forward to hearing more from you regards Trevor BLOYE

Sep 19th
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Heather Ellis-Sotelo

Trying to stop myself from googling this whole story because it's so good. I'll hang in a few more chapters!

Sep 19th
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Mariana Coan

Man, please speak slower!

Sep 10th
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Karen Burke-Fullen

when is the next cast?

Sep 8th
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Mandah Faith

april is beyond amazing.

Sep 6th
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