Criminal

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Episode #80

2017-12-01 14:23:36

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In 1988, a man in Hickory, NC was sentenced to life in prison based on evidence that experts would later call "junk science." It took him 24 years to convince someone to look at the evidence again.

Secrets and Séances

Episode #79

2017-11-17 12:39:54

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Helen Duncan was a famous medium who travelled around Britain in the 1940s performing séances. She claimed to speak to the dead, and even produce physical manifestations of their spirits. But when she seemed to know wartime secrets about the whereabouts of military ships, she caught the attention of MI5....

The Botanist

Episode #78

2017-11-03 13:10:58

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In 1993, a man in Steamboat Springs, Colorado was found dead in his home. He'd been burned with a stun gun, hit with a shovel, and shot several times. The victim's wife was the primary suspect, but she had an alibi for the estimated time of death. Investigators turned to two very unlikely people for help.

The Escape

Episode #77

2017-10-20 23:45:09

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In 1962, two men managed to escape the one prison in America that was supposed to be inescapable. They were never found. More than 50 years later, their 82-year-old sister is still waiting for them to come home…and one U.S. Marshal is still on the case.

The Big Lick

Episode #76

2017-10-05 23:38:03

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The Tennessee Walking Horse has a natural gait that’s famously smooth. And, if trained in a certain way, it can perform a walk that’s even more spectacular. But, there’s a secret behind how, exactly, these horses are trained to do the crowd-pleasing step they’re celebrated for. Mary Helen Montgomery brings us the...

The Gatekeeper

Episode #75

2017-09-22 23:18:36

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“I keep saying ‘where’s the body? Kill someone,'” Marilyn Stasio told us. She reads at least 200 crime novels a year to determine which are worthy of her prestigious “Crime Column” in the New York Times Book Review. We talk with her about crime as entertainment – and why people are...

Catastrophe

Episode #74

2017-09-08 23:13:58

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In 1993, more than 1,000 levees broke along the Mississippi River, flooding thousands of acres. In most cases the floods were seen as an “Act of God.” In one case, however, the flood was a crime: “knowingly causing a catastrophe.” This story comes to us from Noam Osband. For more information,...

Carry A. Nation

Episode #73

2017-08-18 23:09:11

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At the turn of the century, Carry Nation was “America’s foremost lady hellraiser” and “the apostle of reform violence.” In her own words, she was “a bulldog running along at the feet of Jesus, barking at what He doesn’t like.” We liked her hatchet pins so much, we thought we’d...

Bears, Birds, and Bones

Episode #72

2017-08-04 22:40:30

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As long as 2,500 years ago, Native Americans placed the bones of the dead in giant mounds of earth in the shape of animals. The Effigy Mounds National Monument was created to protect the mounds – and the bones inside. But in 2011, a new superintendent discovered that the remains...

A Bump in the Night

Episode #71

2017-07-21 02:31:30

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Amber Dawn was 20 when she moved into a one-bedroom apartment in Enumclaw, Washington. On her very first night, she began to notice strange sounds. And they didn't stop.

The Procedure

Episode #70

2017-07-06 23:10:04

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In 1967, a very unlikely group of individuals gathered to help women quietly break the law and obtain an abortion. The first step was to call a phone number. A recording of a woman's voice would tell you what do to next.

Becoming Chief Brown

Episode #69

2017-06-16 02:25:37

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Shortly after David Brown was sworn in as the Dallas Chief of Police, his son shot and killed a police officer. Just before he retired as chief, 5 Dallas officers were shot and killed in what was said to be the deadliest attack for law enforcement since September 11th, 2001. Today...

All the Time in the World

Episode #68

2017-06-02 02:49:17

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The “body farm" at Texas State University is a place almost no one except researchers and law enforcement is able to see, because it's one of very few places in the world that deliberately puts out human bodies to decompose in nature. Forensic Anthropologists observe decomposition in order to help law...

Milk Carton Kids

Episode #67

2017-05-19 01:45:25

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On a Sunday morning in 1982, in Des Moines, Iowa, Johnny Gosch left his house to begin his usual paper route. A short time later, his parents were awakened by a phone call – it was a neighbor — their paper hadn't come. His would be the first face of...

Bully

Episode #66

2017-05-05 02:40:51

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Skidmore, Missouri is a very small town. In the '70s, there was only one bar, one grocery store, and one bully. Ken McElroy was so ruthless and intimidating that even law enforcement looked the other way. He terrorized the town for decades, until they finally fought back. We spoke with...

The Kingfish

Episode #65

2017-04-21 02:21:22

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In 1928, Huey P. Long became the youngest Governor in Louisiana’s history. He bragged that he bought lawmakers like “sacks of potatoes, shuffled ‘em like a deck of cards.” By the time he was 39 years old, he’d made his way to the U.S. Senate. And just a couple of...