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In the Dark

41 EpisodesProduced by APM ReportsWebsite

Serial investigative journalism from APM Reports, with host Madeleine Baran and a team of reporters. In Season 1, we looked at the abduction of Jacob Wetterling in rural Minnesota and the accountability of sheriffs in solving crime. In Season 2, we examined the case of Curtis Flowers, who has been t… read more

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41 Episodes | 2016 - 2020

Season One: The Trailer

August 29th, 2016

3:37

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.

S1 E1: The Crime

September 7th, 2016

34:46

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. 

S1 E2: The Circle

September 7th, 2016

38:29

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 …

S1 E3: The One Who Got Away

September 13th, 2016

44:49

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 …

S1 E4: The Circus

September 20th, 2016

36:34

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 …

S1 E5: Person of Interest

September 27th, 2016

47:30

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, …

S1 E6: Stranger Danger

October 4th, 2016

36:47

In the 1970s and early '80s, missing children weren't considered a policing priority. You couldn't even enter missing child information into the …

S1 E7: This Quiet Place

October 11th, 2016

40:34

Soon after the abduction and murder of Jacob Wetterling in 1989, Stearns County sheriff's investigators came face to face with his killer, Danny …

S1 E8: What's Going on Down There?

October 18th, 2016

46:06

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 …

S1 E9: The Truth

October 25th, 2016

42:00

When Danny Heinrich confessed in court on Sept. 6 to abducting and murdering Jacob Wetterling and assaulting Jared Scheierl 27 years ago, …

S1 Update: A Sentencing, A Demand, No Closure

December 2nd, 2016

36:36

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 investigative journalism with a …

Season Two: The Trailer

April 16th, 2018

2:19

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 again. What does the …

S2 E1: July 16, 1996

May 1st, 2018

42:22

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 …

S2 E2: The Route

May 1st, 2018

52:39

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 supposedly confessed …

S2 E3: The Gun

May 8th, 2018

47:03

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 …

S2 E4: The Confessions

May 15th, 2018

52:55

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 another. In this episode, we …

S2 E5: Privilege

May 22nd, 2018

48:14

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 prison together. Hallmon …

S2 E6: Punishment

May 29th, 2018

43:48

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 the rest of his days in …

S2 E7: The Trials of Curtis Flowers

June 5th, 2018

1:01:08

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 white. So we decided …

S2 E8: The D.A.

June 12th, 2018

1:01:30

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 …

S2 E9: Why Curtis?

June 19th, 2018

56:32

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 …

S2 E10: Discovery

June 26th, 2018

1:04:04

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 been questioned just …

S2 E11: The End

July 3rd, 2018

36:15

For the last episode of the season, we went to meet Jeffery 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 -- and where he found …

S2 Update: Back to Winona

September 18th, 2018

33:43

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 …

S1 Update: The Wetterling File

September 20th, 2018

28:05

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 donation to In the Dark.

S2 Update: SCOTUS Takes the Case

November 2nd, 2018

9:50

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 investigative journalism …

S2 E12: Before the Court

March 19th, 2019

40:55

We resume Season Two with the U.S. Supreme Court weighing Curtis Flowers' case. We preview oral arguments and delve into the allegations at the heart of the appeal: that Doug Evans tried to keep African-Americans off …

S2 E13: Oral Arguments

March 26th, 2019

47:06

After nearly nine years of appeals of his sixth trial, Curtis Flowers finally had his case argued before the U.S. Supreme Court. At issue was whether DA Doug Evans tried to keep African-Americans off the jury in the …

S2 E14: The Decision

June 21st, 2019

15:25

On Friday, June 21, after months of deliberation, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its opinion in the Curtis Flowers case. In a 7-2 ruling, the …

S2 E15: Revelations

July 2nd, 2019

56:16

It's been 11 days since the U.S. Supreme Court threw out Curtis Flowers' conviction. But the story didn't end there. In recent days, there have been three other significant developments, including new details from a key …

S2 E16: A Hearing

December 16th, 2019

47:51

After nearly 23 years locked up, Curtis Flowers has a chance to get out on bail -- if his lawyers can convince the judge to rule in his favor. 

S2 E17: Home

December 22nd, 2019

42:27

After almost 23 years, Curtis Flowers is no longer behind bars. For his family, it's a long-awaited reunion. But not everyone in Winona is happy. Support investigative journalism with a donation to In the Dark.

S2 E18: The Recusal

January 6th, 2020

18:00

District Attorney Doug Evans has prosecuted Curtis Flowers for 23 years and six trials. Now he says he's done. Support investigative journalism with a donation to In the Dark.

Coronavirus in the Delta: The Trailer

April 23rd, 2020

3:15

A new limited-run series from In the Dark, reporting on Covid-19 in the Mississippi Delta. Episodes every Thursday, beginning April 30. Support journalism with a donation to In the Dark.

Coronavirus in the Delta E1: Greenville

April 30th, 2020

40:47

A storm hits Greenville just in time for Easter. Two pastors and a mayor clash over how to do church during a pandemic. Support journalism with a donation to In the Dark.

Coronavirus in the Delta E2: Parchman

May 6th, 2020

30:31

How do you self-isolate when your home is a single room that you share with 107 men? That's what inmates at Mississippi's infamous Parchman prison …

Coronavirus in the Delta E3: The Hospital

May 14th, 2020

29:33

The doctors and nurses at Greenwood Leflore Hospital brace for the pandemic, cordoning off their ICU and preparing for an influx of patients. Then the virus strikes one of their own. Support journalism with a donation …

Coronavirus in the Delta E4: Watermelon Slim

May 21st, 2020

20:58

In the middle of a pandemic, with so many people suffering alone, it seemed an appropriate time to hear from a Delta blues singer. Enter Watermelon Slim. Support journalism with a donation to In the Dark.

Coronavirus in the Delta E5: Geno

May 28th, 2020

32:59

As the coronavirus swept into the Mississippi Delta, a judge in the small city of Indianola decided to release every inmate she had in jail. That is, …

Coronavirus in the Delta E6: Delta State

June 11th, 2020

29:46

College football is practically a religion in Mississippi. And for the players, it's life. As Covid-19 upended their world, the teammates at Delta …

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