Update: 2020-05-128


Having taken her investigation as far as she can, Shapearl moves on to an even bigger fight: making sure this never happens to anyone else’s child. She travels to Brazil to speak at a summit of mothers of murdered children and works to honor Courtney’s legacy and advocate for police reform in new ways.

A co-production of Topic Studios, The Intercept, the Invisible Institute, and iHeartRadio, in association with Tenderfoot TV.

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Host: Shapearl Wells

Producers: Alison Flowers and Bill Healy

Story Editor: Sarah Geis

Associate Producer: Ellen Glover

Executive Producer, Invisible Institute: Jamie Kalven

Executive Producers, Topic Studios: Maria Zuckerman, Christy Gressman and Leital Molad with Special Thanks to Lizzie Jacobs

Supervising Producer, The Intercept: Roger Hodge

Sound Design: Carl Scott and Bart Warshaw

Mix Engineer: Michael Raphael

Theme Song: “Everybody’s Something,” Chance the Rapper

Additional Reporting: Sam Stecklow, Annie Nguyen, Kahari Blackburn, Rajiv Sinclair, Henri Adams, Matilda Vojak, Dana Brozost-Kelleher, Frances McDonald, Diana Akmakjian, Andrew Fan, Erisa Apantaku and Maddie Anderson.

Translation Support: Benny Hernandez Ocampo and Emma Perez

Fact Checking: Nawal Arjini

Original Music: Eric Butler and Nate Fox of the Social Experiment

Special thanks to Chaclyn Hunt, Maira Khwaja, Andrew Fan, Anwuli Anigbo, Trina Reynolds-Tyler, Sukari Stone, Erisa Apantaku, Craig Futterman, Rick Rowley, Yanilda Gonzalez, Forrest Stuart, Mariah Garcia, Sarah Kinter, Shannon Heffernan, Aaron Moselle, Alan Mills, Vidura Jong-Bahadur, Jason Schumer, Justin Williams and the Jonathan Logan Family Foundation Media Center, Matt Topic, Chris Rasmussen, Bennett Epstein, David Bralow and Julie Wolf. Elizabeth Van Brocklin's original story, "Scoop and Run: Where Cops Cars Double as Ambulances" first appeared in The Trace.

Theme song “Everybody’s Something” by Chancelor J. Bennett and DJ Ozone with compositions by Roger Karsher, Chuck Magione and James Yancey of Universal Music Publishing Group and Slum Village (R.L. Altman III, Titus Glover/Baatin, J Dilla); recording artist/performance by Chance the Rapper, appearing courtesy of himself and Chance the Rapper LLC.

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Comments (6)

Mike Hall

I feel for this family. We lost our daughter 2 years ago to an overdose. She was dumped ina hospital ambulance bay. Police have truck playe and all its info but wouldnt look into it. Was this a bystander helping or the person who gave her drugs and watched her die? Congrats on the strength to do this podcast

Jun 3rd

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NOOOOOOO!!!!!!!! I'M SICK I'M SICK I'M SICK!!!!!!!! THIS CANNOT BE OVER. WE NEED JUSTICE!!!!!!!!!! Why won't SOMEBODY see this through to completion??? WHY??? ALL the evidence has been spoonfed by momma bear and her friends. FINISH THIS!!!!!!! 💔🤬💔🤬💔🤬💔🤬💔🤬💔🤬

May 26th

Nellie Fly

Right on

May 16th

Marc Abrahams

I sympathize with everything this family went through but at no point during the podcast did they recognize the ungodly number of murders the city of Chicago deals with every year. I believe that should of been mentioned for context.

May 13th

Natasha Mitchell

Shapearl.... u got me crying on an off this whole episode. Grab ur tissue before you press play

May 12th


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