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Accused

By Cincinnati Enquirer | Wondery

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Description

Season 2: A soft-hearted prison minister was found killed in her Kentucky apartment, and Newport police zeroed in on an ex-convict she’d counseled. Thirty years later, the conviction is overturned and the case is once again unsolved. The Cincinnati Enquirer investigates: Was William Virgil wrongly convicted for murder? Season 1: When Elizabeth Andes was found murdered in her Ohio apartment in 1978, police and prosecutors decided within hours it was an open-and-shut case. Two juries disagreed. The Cincinnati Enquirer investigates: Was the right guy charged, or did a killer walk free?

Customer Reviews

Interesting; but question existence.

I like to listen to podcasts that have interesting subject matter. This podcast is kinda interesting but is more of a time passer than an interesting crime cast.

From the beginning we already know that there is nothing new to be learned from this "investigation". So you may ask why does it exist? I would suggest that it exists because of the success of Criminal.

In one of the first hours of this cast we are told it's because they want to solve a mystery. If that's the case why not lay it all out there? Why create a series of separate episodes to reel the listener in? Why does it feel like I'm listening to a production instead of a plea to find the truth? Why now?

I'll suggest that this cast is merely another attempt to garner iTunes chart positioning for the flavor of the month.

Nothing wrong with getting accolades for work but shrouding it in a veil of "we did this for the victim" bothers me.

I would rate this higher if the casters said that; at the end of the day they thought this would garner an interesting story rather than attempting to act like they discovered a terrible crack in the system.

It is just another time filler that will leave you with nothing more than recorded voices over piano keys to provoke you into thinking it's all so provocative.

Giving herself a bad name

What I remember most about this true crime podcast is Amanda Hunt, the "journalist," and her whiny voice.

For the TL;DR crowd: the cold case of Beth Andes can't hold a candle to Amanda's immature style of journalism. But that doesn't mean it isn't entertaining.

Amanda is failing as a reporter here. The best bits of the show include her being called a silly woman by a criminal profiler, chasing a prosecutor that won't take her calls through a courthouse, and accusing people of being hostile when she is questioning their involvement in a murder!

The show isn't a total loss. It is entertaining, somewhat, to listen to Amanda Hunt (H-U-N--T, as she spells for the many people who want to know her name so they can google her. I would wonder if she really is a journalist too!) just fail. Like watching a bad reality program. She thinks this story is about her solving a cold case. Right there she lost all her journalistic integrity. Sad. She makes the show about her. Not about a cold case which deserved a better investigation 37 years ago. And deserves a better reporter now.

The accused, Beth's boyfriend Bob, gets to tell his story after 37 years. It is touching to hear from the friends of the victim. But their voice is small compared to Amanda's as she inserts herself into the case. Are you reading this Amanda? Do you want to be the next Nancy Grace? Because you are headed that way. You may not be hostile like Grace, but you are your own brand of whiny.

2nd rate Serial

I get that with the success of serial. Other people would go the route of telling a story over a season. But accused misses in story telling, coherence and quality. The reporter is boring and sloppy. The story is terribly told. The timeline is jumpy and almost incoherent. I dropped it at the 5th episode. I just didn't care at all anymore what happened.

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