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An apartment complex hosts a big Halloween party with themed rooms and costumed partygoers. By the end of the night one of the party’s hosts is murdered. And the partygoers are the main suspects in the eyes of the police: was it the guy in the devil mask, the guy dressed as Jesus, the bank robber, the construction worker? As a complex investigation winds its way through forensic evidence, witness testimony, DNA, and even a psychic, the police zero in on one suspect in particular -- but why? From Campside Media and Wondery, the makers of Chameleon and the Shrink Next Door, comes SUSPECT. Matthew Shaer and Eric Benson (Over My Dead Body) return to the scene of the crime to uncover what happened, and speak with everyone about a party that still haunts them a decade later. It’s a series about cutting-edge science and mislaid justice, race and policing, and the kinds of weighty choices that cops and prosecutors make every day. Choices that, once made, are difficult to reverse.

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Introducing: Suspect

Introducing: Suspect

2021-08-1702:4119

An apartment complex hosts a big Halloween party with themed rooms and costumed partygoers. By the end of the night one of the party’s hosts is murdered. And the partygoers are the main suspects in the eyes of the police: was it the guy in the devil mask, the guy dressed as Jesus, the bank robber, the construction worker? As a complex investigation winds its way through forensic evidence, witness testimony, DNA, and even a psychic, the police zero in on one suspect in particular -- but why? From Campside Media and Wondery, the makers of Chameleon and the Shrink Next Door, comes SUSPECT. Matthew Shaer and Eric Benson (Over My Dead Body) return to the scene of the crime to uncover what happened, and speak with everyone about a party that still haunts them a decade later. It’s a series about cutting-edge science and mislaid justice, race and policing, and the kinds of weighty choices that cops and prosecutors make every day. Choices that, once made, are difficult to reverse.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
The Halloween Party | 1

The Halloween Party | 1

2021-08-3138:0561

The residents of the Valley View apartments organize a big costume party. Strangers come together. They argue and fight. They dance and drink. At times the party veers out of control. And when they wake up the next morning, one resident is dead.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Talkspace - We'd like to thank our presenting sponsor, Talkspace. Match with a licensed therapist and get $100 off your first month by using promo code SUSPECT at talkspace.com.SimpliSafe - Save 20% on your security system and get your first month free when you sign up for the Interactive Monitoring service at simplisafe.com/suspect.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
The Girl Upstairs | 2

The Girl Upstairs | 2

2021-08-3142:0644

Arpana’s father hasn’t heard from her in days, so he asks a friend to check on her. What the friend finds will trouble him for years.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Talkspace - We'd like to thank our presenting sponsor, Talkspace. Match with a licensed therapist and get $100 off your first month by using promo code SUSPECT at talkspace.com.SimpliSafe - Save 20% on your security system and get your first month free when you sign up for the Interactive Monitoring service at simplisafe.com/suspect.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Persons of Interest | 3

Persons of Interest | 3

2021-09-0741:3237

The investigators weave the evidence into a tapestry of potential suspects. It could be anyone from a friend from Arpana’s motorcycle club to her next door neighbor.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Talkspace - We'd like to thank our presenting sponsor, Talkspace. Match with a licensed therapist and get $100 off your first month by using promo code SUSPECT at talkspace.com.SimpliSafe - Save 20% on your security system and get your first month free when you sign up for the Interactive Monitoring service at simplisafe.com/suspect.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
The Old Ways | 4

The Old Ways | 4

2021-09-1445:1634

Photos from the party give investigators a new lead: a party attendee who was a stranger to nearly everyone at the Valley View that night. What the police uncover make him the new prime suspect.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Talkspace - We'd like to thank our presenting sponsor, Talkspace. Match with a licensed therapist and get $100 off your first month by using promo code SUSPECT at talkspace.com.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
The Break | 5

The Break | 5

2021-09-2137:5128

Forensic analysts burrow through complicated DNA evidence using controversial new techniques. Whether it’s tips from a psychic or making sense of the DNA, clear answers are still hard to come by.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Talkspace - We'd like to thank our presenting sponsor, Talkspace. Match with a licensed therapist and get $100 off your first month by using promo code SUSPECT at talkspace.com.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Dead Time | 6

Dead Time | 6

2021-09-2845:2860

Prosecutors file charges, and the accused lands a “bulldog” public defender. Soon, he’ll be questioning the very basis of the investigation.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Talkspace - We'd like to thank our presenting sponsor, Talkspace. Match with a licensed therapist and get $100 off your first month by using promo code SUSPECT at talkspace.com.SimpliSafe - Save 20% on your security system and get your first month free when you sign up for the Interactive Monitoring service at simplisafe.com/suspect.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
The Benefit of the Doubt | 7

The Benefit of the Doubt | 7

2021-10-0501:00:1326

After years of waiting, the trial finally begins. Who will the jurors believe?Support us by supporting our sponsors!Talkspace - We'd like to thank our presenting sponsor, Talkspace. Match with a licensed therapist and get $100 off your first month by using promo code SUSPECT at talkspace.com.SimpliSafe - Save 20% on your security system and get your first month free when you sign up for the Interactive Monitoring service at simplisafe.com/suspect.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Redux | 8

Redux | 8

2021-10-1249:1213

With the arrival of a verdict, the legal team turns to Seattle’s most famous rapper, Macklemore, to step in and help fight for justice. As the accused enters the end of a decade in jail, a new trial looms.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Talkspace - We'd like to thank our presenting sponsor, Talkspace. Match with a licensed therapist and get $100 off your first month by using promo code SUSPECT at talkspace.com.SimpliSafe - Save 20% on your security system and get your first month free when you sign up for the Interactive Monitoring service at simplisafe.com/suspect.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Haunted | 9

Haunted | 9

2021-10-1937:049

Matt and the reporting team visit the various prime suspects again, including one person who did not expect to see them.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Talkspace - We'd like to thank our presenting sponsor, Talkspace. Match with a licensed therapist and get $100 off your first month by using promo code SUSPECT at talkspace.com.SimpliSafe - Save 20% on your security system and get your first month free when you sign up for the Interactive Monitoring service at simplisafe.com/suspect.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
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I said it in the beginning and I'll say it again. When he talked to the detective and Cameron said he called Arpena the morning before her body was discovered why didn't the detective ask him if he did that regularly and if he said yes then they could have looked at his phone records to actually see how often he supposedly did that.

Oct 19th
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Hannah Chipman

Allison DuBois is the hack psychic that was invited to a dinner party on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and was a complete monster and clearly had no psychic abilities... and she is absolutely crazy. I cannot believe any police investigation would consult her! Yikes!

Oct 19th
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James Jackson

I am appalled that the author wants to defend a pedophile because of the color of his skin. Then wants to disparage the police for picking him up on a warrant for not registering his address...?? Dealing drugs, carrying guns, etc is all okay as well because you know... he's not white.

Oct 16th
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Anna Kramer

Ugh. I'd skip this podcast. It is well written and a fascinating who done it. But, the scheming and manipulative way the story unfolds shows a horrible lack of journalistic integrity. I was leaning toward Emmanuel Fair's innocence (a black man.) But many hours in, the 6th episode, we find out his DNA was found on her neck, her bathrobe, a tissue by her bed, and duct tape that covered her mouth. At that point, Claims of incarcerating a Emmanuel Fair just because he was black was a flat out lie. Claims of racial injustice and misconduct by an *entire* police department struck me as corrupt journalism and slanderous. Oh yeah, and Emmanuel Fair was the only guy at the party who strangled and raped a 14 year old girl at gunpoint. She survived. Fair also had a history with drugs and gangs. Four felony convictions. Maybe, just maybe he was interrogated because of his criminal background and not solely for the color of his skin? I wish we could hold our journalists accountable. I'm exhausted from journalists fabricating stories of racism that tear apart relationships between blacks and whites. Its taints the stories and of blacks whites and other races who are *truly* wrongfully convicted. Note: Emmanuel was found innocent after 8 years (a second trial) but it was based on a technicality proposed by a savvy defense attorney. The jury questioned the DNA evidence. I don't. buy. it. I trust DNA science. I'm skeptical of journalists after what happened in my California town. A newspaper published claims by a BLM leader that police were racists and hunting down POC after a police shooting of a Hispanic male. Laughable. Multiple photos and videos from the public showed the suspect waving a gun in the air towards police. So, yeah sometimes journalist's lie and spew hate.

Oct 15th
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alli lent

it's so ridiculous that he could be in jail for a decade without a guilty verdict. absolutely unacceptable.

Oct 12th
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Juan David Lindo

when is the next episode?

Oct 12th
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ID23522508

@Zenith I don’t think he’s saying it to attack her. I think he’s describing the courtroom. He only had his aunt and uncle. One black juror. ONE. And she no one for her. It wasn’t to insult her, it was to point out that the courtroom doesn’t represent what people are.

Oct 11th
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Blastabout

I SERIOUSLY CANNOT BELIEVE,this guy Jeff said that,hold him accountable and then let him appeal..OH MY FRIGGIN GOD!!!! I seriously almost threw my phone,it's just unbelievable.I really dont know what else to say.It really makes me wanna do something to keep "people" like jeff from ever getting close to sitting on a jury again.NEVER AGAIN.!!!!!!

Oct 10th
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Arielle Niss

This show is really, really well done. Kudos to the team for taking such a sensitive topic and investigating it fully.

Oct 8th
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Zenith

Ever since the 5th episode, I have been trying really hard to hold off commenting. But, really?? You have to bring up the fact that the victims families not attending court or receiving messages from their personal friends? Really?? Can they afford to travel for an entire family? Has the state offer to pay for their traveling? What is the purpose of this? And if that's relevant to the case or to FAIR's presumed innocence??? That is very low. Just so low. So very low.

Oct 8th
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Greg P

cool, another smart lawyer frees a killer

Oct 6th
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Jenny H

ok.......this Jeff guy is a total bully. He admitted that he forcefully repeated his own belief over and over again and would not stop. What's more disheartening is that he said " he looked like a thug"

Oct 6th
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Becky Roach

sorry but Jeff sounds like a racist idiot

Oct 5th
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Danielle Beeaff

I do believe Emmanuel should be looked at very closely because often sex crimes are repeated ( aside from race, It doesn’t matter what color an individual is, often sex crimes are repeated). At the same time, they need to look just as closely  at Cameron and Neil !

Oct 1st
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Danielle Beeaff

In addition, Neil’s response to the question about her murder, how he feels about it, was extremely self-centered. He never mentioned how he’d like to see justice for her murder. It was all about him and nothing about her! He appears to be an absolute narcissistic human being to me.

Sep 30th
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Danielle Beeaff

First of all, Neil is a narcissist and I doubt he could admit that women don’t like him. I cannot see how she would’ve found Neil attractive. It does not sound like her type at all, to me. What Neil said about her wanting to be with him is absolutely unbelievable to me. I truly hope the investigators are looking into the possibility that both Cameron and Neil may have had something to do with her death. They may have both played a part in her attack. They may have kicked in the door to make it look like somebody else broke in, stageing the scene.

Sep 30th
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Amy Semenov

I live in Redmond!!

Sep 30th
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Sam

I deff don’t think it was appropriate saying one mistake won’t lead to another when speaking about rape. As no one “accidentally” rapes someone. Based on the information...a 15 year old is not an adult able to give consent. So it is understandable that they were looking at him hard because rape tends to be a repeat offense.

Sep 26th
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Phosphene

So Emmanuel has two instances of DNA on evidence related to the crime. Why was the narrator bending over backwards to defend him last episode? Cameron is obviously tied to the crime scene as well, but the narrator is so clearly biased in favor of a convicted statutory rapist and I don’t get it.

Sep 24th
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Phosphene

Ridiculous that the narrator is going through such great lengths to defend a guy who raped a 15 year old….

Sep 24th
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