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581: Anatomy of Doubt

581: Anatomy of Doubt

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This week, a story about doubt: how it germinated, spread, and eventually took hold of an entire community, with terrible consequences. A collaboration with The Marshall Project and ProPublica, the print version of the story was written by Ken Armstrong and T. Christian Miller.
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Philly Burbs

like the show, I listened to the beginning & fast forward to the end. ever since I can remember my mom would ask me a question then say that's not true. believing what she assumed to be the truth. over 30 years later I am still suffering from the consequences of this. the woman who blamed her for not acting like she was raped has her own issues. she could have gotten several million.

Oct 12th
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Irish Mike

This was a powerful story. Highlights both the highs an lows of our justice system.

Oct 11th
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Mia

Peggy as the ADULT you should have done better! YOU and the other ADULTS failed HER!!! The police department did a horrible job, the Project Ladder managers did a horrible job! They all did a horrible job. Marie you didn't do anything wrong. My heart hurts for you.

Oct 10th
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Julie Sirabella

Well Peggy needs to take responsibility for her actions. NOT Marie and how she "acted" according to how she thought she should have. All of her "but" and "on the other hand" proves she still blames her. Absolutely pathetic.

Oct 9th
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Tori Eldridge

One part ignorance, one part sexism. It is so maddening that something like this can happen. So glad it was resolved!

Oct 8th
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Trisha Ross-Quinn

I am so angry at the foster mothers in this story. Please, turn the tables. How would you feel mom? I hope the best for the victim. Shame detective, shame mom's . What dose not kill you( thank god) will make you stronger.

Oct 7th
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Junia Maia

Very powerful story. Ladies, we need to stand by each other because no one else will. Don't blame victims of any sort of crime because of their personality. Think about your actions and words when dealing with something so sensible, if you're not a specialist don't dictate what is normal or strange reactions for such trauma. Glad that she's doing fine with her family now and that terrible men was caught.

Oct 7th
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Doug Tice

"I know I'm gonna sound like I'm blaming the victim" she said as she blamed the victim

Oct 7th
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sirenasd

I'm so grateful for this story. I've seen the show but it's another level to hear the story behind the fiction. It's unreal that she endured this, that her foster mom was the source of the whole thing.

Oct 7th
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