In the Dark
By APM Reports
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Child abductions are rare crimes. And they're typically solved. For 27 years, the investigation into the abduction of Jacob Wetterling in rural Minnesota yielded no answers. In the most comprehensive reporting on this case, APM Reports and reporter Madeleine Baran reveal how law enforcement mishandled one of the most notorious child abductions in the country and how those failures fueled national anxiety about stranger danger, led to the nation's sex-offender registries and raise questions about crime-solving effectiveness and accountability.
||CleanUpdate: 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.||12/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean9: 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 truth. But despite Heinrich's excruciatingly detailed accounts, the truth remains elusive. Many questions remain unanswered.||10/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean8: 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 held in the Stearns County jail. He was interrogated but then released without charges. The state crime bureau later ruled him out as a suspect. Investigators turned their focus to another man, Eric Thomes, who hanged himself before he could be charged with the crime. Nearly four years after the murder, Sheriff John Sanner has refused to close the case "because we're still hopeful that new information will come in," he said.||10/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean7: 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 later. Then they let him go. It wasn't the first time that had happened in Stearns County.||10/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean6: 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 quickly.||10/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean5: 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. And it would have been harder for them to come back 21 years later to search with backhoes and declare him a "person of interest" in the case.||9/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean4: 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 Maury Povich and Geraldo Rivera joined the cause with sensational retellings of the crime and its consequences.||9/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean3: 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 when a man who turned out to be Danny Heinrich forced him into a car, assaulted him, and let him go, uttering some chilling parting words: "If they come close to finding out who I am, I'll find you and kill you." That was nine months before Jacob's abduction.||9/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2: 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 enforcement didn't cover all the basics.||9/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1: 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 October night in 1989.||9/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanComing Soon: In the Dark||After he disappeared nearly 27 years ago, Jacob Wetterling's remains have been found. Why did it take so long?||8/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Fascinating account of a well-known child abduction
Just finished listening to the first two episodes of this investigation into one of the most well-known child abduction cases in American history, and I have already absorbed a great deal of information I had never heard or read about before.
A great deal of time and effort has gone into this compelling audio presentation. Looking forward to the remaining episodes as they are released.
Like serial but good
I didn't care for serial's second season, though I loved the first. In the dark brings back the magic of Serial's first season.
My new favorite. Well researched and executed. It's engaging throughout