In the Dark
By APM Reports
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Reporter Madeleine Baran examines the case of Curtis Flowers, who 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. In the Dark is an investigative podcast from APM Reports. Season One focused on the abduction of Jacob Wetterling.
||CleanS2 Update: Q&A + A Fire in Winona||We answer your questions and report on a fire in Winona. Support investigative journalism with a donation to In the Dark.||26 11 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2 Update: SCOTUS Takes the Case||The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear Curtis Flowers' appeal. Now the justices will examine if District Attorney Doug Evans had a history of racial discrimination in jury selection. Support i...||2 11 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1 Update: The Wetterling File||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 do...||20 9 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2 Update: Back to Winona||Two months after the season ended, we return to Winona to see what has changed. Turns out, a lot. Curtis Flowers' mother has died. The whole town is talking about the case. Flowers' defense lawyers...||17 9 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2 E11: The End||For the last episode of the season, we went to meet Jeffrey Armstrong, who, a few years after Curtis Flowers first went to prison, found what might have been a key piece of evidence. What he found ...||2 7 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2 E10: Discovery||Prosecutors have always said that Curtis Flowers was the only serious suspect in the Tardy Furniture investigation. But we found a document showing that another man, Willie James Hemphill, had also...||25 6 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2 E9: Why Curtis?||After re-examining the case, we'd found no direct evidence linking Curtis Flowers to the murders at Tardy Furniture. But we had one lingering question: How did Flowers become the main suspect? Why ...||18 6 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2 E8: The D.A.||After investigating every aspect of the Curtis Flowers case, we were nearly ready to present what we'd found to District Attorney Doug Evans. But first we tried to learn all we could about him: his...||11 6 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2 E7: The Trials of Curtis Flowers||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 ...||4 6 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2 E6: Punishment||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 t...||28 5 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2 E5: Privilege||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 priso...||21 5 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2 E4: The Confessions||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 anothe...||14 5 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2 E3: The Gun||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...||7 5 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2 E2: The Route||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 ...||1 5 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2 E1: July 16, 1996||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 crim...||30 4 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeason Two: The Trailer||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 agai...||15 4 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1 Update: A Sentencing, A Demand, No Closure||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 investigati...||1 12 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1 E9: The Truth||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 tru...||24 10 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1 E8: What's Going on Down There?||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...||17 10 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1 E7: This Quiet Place||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 la...||10 10 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1 E6: Stranger Danger||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 quic...||3 10 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1 E5: Person of Interest||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...||26 9 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1 E4: The Circus||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 Ma...||19 9 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1 E3: The One Who Got Away||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 w...||12 9 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1 E2: The Circle||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 enforcem...||7 9 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1 E1: The Crime||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 Oc...||6 9 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeason One: The Trailer||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.||28 8 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
A well researched & presented podcast, that looks at both sides of the story. Pity the prosecutors weren’t so through & open minded about other possibilities. Great work, keep asking questions. A good podcast for true crime enthusiasts.
Love how thoroughly laid out, researched, and explained this podcast is. It’s incredibly well produced and delivered, and I hope they continue to make seasons that are just as wonderful. Reporters are calm and level-headed and the plot lines are beautifully developed.
I think this is one of the best produced podcasts I have come across.
Great investigation. Great production and a fantastic team.