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Suspect Convictions

Barton McNeil discovers his 3-year-old daughter's lifeless body in her bed the morning after breaking up with his girlfriend. McNeil insists that she was murdered by his former girlfriend after pointing to a cut screen in the bedroom window. Police agree a murder has been committed, but arrest him.

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03: A Suspect Conviction

About a week after Jennifer was murdered, Scott County prosecutor Bill Davis decided to charge Stanley Liggins with murder. He was one of the only people involved who felt they had enough evidence to charge him, but decided to go ahead with it. Bill Davis says they made the arrest more quickly than they usually would, because of the nature of the crime, and their conclusion that the suspect was a “danger to society.” But what is the evidence? Visit SuspectConvictions.com to learn more.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

33mins

9 Jan 2017

Rank #1

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02: Jennifer's Tragic Story

Before Jennifer’s tragic death, she was living with her mother, stepfather, and newborn baby brother, in Rock Island, Illinois. Jennifer’s mother describes her: “She had brown eyes, brown hair, a pretty smile, teeth like her dad, and she was a little tomboy.” This episode explores Jennifer Ann Lewis, and the home she grew up in. Visit SuspectConvictions.com to learn more.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

26mins

9 Jan 2017

Rank #2

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01: 911- My daughter is dead, send a homicide detective

Barton McNeil discovers his 3-year-old daughter's lifeless body in her bed the morning after breaking up with his girlfriend. McNeil insists that she was murdered by his former girlfriend after pointing to a cut screen in the bedroom window. Police agree a murder has been committed, but arrest him.   Sponsors: ZipRecruiter: ZipRecruiter.com/Suspect HelloFresh: HelloFresh.com, and promo code "suspect30"See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

35mins

30 Oct 2017

Rank #3

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19: The Wrong Collar

Rachel’s Casey’s duplex erupted into flames in July 2001. and her 7-month-old baby died. An arson investigator used a dog to search the fire scene and the dog “alerted” to the possibility that a flammable liquid was used.  But a subsequent laboratory test found the canine was wrong. Despite this, Rachel was prosecuted and found guilty of arson and murder. She had served 14 years of a life sentence when a law professor investigated the case and found the earlier investigation was faulty and relied on “junk science.” Sponsor: RXBar.com/SuspectSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

34mins

17 Apr 2018

Rank #4

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05: Furor and a Juror

What are the processes that go into ensuring that a jury is impartial? In this episode we look at the jury involved in the Stanley Liggins case, and explore how issues of race may have played into the final decision. While the jury was entirely white, Bill Davis says “You are not entitled to a jury makeup that looks like you. You are entitled to a draw from the general population, where people are not excluded.” Visit SuspectConvictions.com to learn more.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

27mins

9 Jan 2017

Rank #5

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47: Tulsa Time

Demarco Carpenter was wrongly convicted of murder. Suspect Convictions investigates this travesty.SPONSOR:for 25% off your first order of RX bars visit rxbar.com/suspect and enter the promo code "Suspect" at checkoutSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

46mins

2 Oct 2018

Rank #6

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45: Closing Arguments

Lawyers make closing arguments in the Stanley Liggins case and Scott Reeder analyzes what the jury knows and doesn't know.SPONSOR:stitchfix.com/suspect for 25% off, when you keep all 5 items in your box!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

2hr 48mins

20 Sep 2018

Rank #7

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32: A Looming Trial

Next week, Stanley Liggins goes on trial for the murder of 9-year-old Jennifer Lewis. The case received international attention during the first season of Suspect Convictions. Scott Reeder and Lacy Scarmana review key clips from the first season and share their thoughts on the case. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

39mins

20 Aug 2018

Rank #8

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SEASON 4, Evil in the School Yard, Part II

In September of 1990, the burning body of 9-year-old Jennifer Ann Lewis was found abandoned in the playground of an Iowa school yard. Reporter Scott Reeder was one of the first people on the scene that night and he has continued to follow the case for the past 28 years. The man accused of her murder, Stanley Liggins, will be re-tried this month after an appellate court threw out his conviction. Suspect Convictions explains the case to listeners and prepares them for the upcoming trial.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

25mins

11 Aug 2018

Rank #9

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15: A 60 Year Wait for Justice

Darrel Parker was a 24-year-old newlywed when he was convicted of murdering his wife in Lincoln, Nebraska. He spent the next 60 years fighting to clear his name. Scott Reeder interviews the 86-year-old Parker and takes listeners on a 60-year journey until Parker was able to prove his innocence and receive an apology from the state. Sponsor: Rxbar: rxbar.com/suspect and use the promo code "SUSPECT" at checkout for 25% off.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

39mins

19 Feb 2018

Rank #10

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16: Confessions of a Substitute

Mary Beth Haglin was a brilliant young teacher, a recipient of a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship and a talented instructor. Then the 23-year-old had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student. When they were found out, her life began to unravel. First, she lost her job and then she became a pariah in the community. Next, she became a stripper and acted in porn videos. Now, she faces jail time. We look at Mary Beth’s descent, the decisions she made and ask: Should her mistake be treated bad judgment or criminal conduct? Sponsor: Rxbar: rxbar.com/suspect and use the promo code "SUSPECT" at checkout for 25% off your first orderSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

34mins

5 Mar 2018

Rank #11

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17: Smokescreen

Kristine Bunch served 17 years in prison for a crime that never happened. On June 30, 1995, the Indiana trailer where she lived erupted into flames. Her 3-year-old son, Tony, was found dead in his bedroom. Police immediately accused Bunch of arson, which she denied. A laboratory report was altered and based on this altered report she was convicted. Bunch tells the story of how she overcame the false conviction.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

1hr 6mins

26 Mar 2018

Rank #12

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02: A window into a murder

Did an intruder enter the bedroom of 3-year-old  Christiana McNeil? Suspect Convictions analyses the evidence.   Sponsors: ZipRecruiter: ZipRecruiter.com/SuspectSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

30mins

6 Nov 2017

Rank #13

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New show: I, Survivor

Women get assaulted. Women get attacked. Women get harassed, manipulated, intimidated, but women are survivors. Time and time again, she persists, even against all odds. Hosts Jenna Brister and Wagatwe Wanjuki share their stories, and those of the men and women who fought back, who won, and who live rising above the trauma of their experiences. Subscribe to I, Survivor today www.wondery.fm/isurvivorSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

10mins

1 Aug 2018

Rank #14

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12: A Mysterious Bed Purchase

The bed in which Christina McNeil was murdered was later purchased at a thrift store by the same woman who the girl’s father says killed her, a Department of Children and Family services report indicates. That is one of the revelations in this week’s episode of Suspect Convictions. After Barton McNeil was arrested and ultimately convicted of the murder, his brother donated the bed to The Salvation Army. Misook (Nowlin) Wang was doing community service at The Salvation Army at that time, related to a domestic abuse case against her. Wang is said to have bought the bed and gave it to her own daughter to sleep on.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

38mins

16 Jan 2018

Rank #15

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06: The Mind of a Killer

There are many uncertainties surrounding the Stanley Liggins case. On this episode, we're looking into the psychology of a murderer, and what is going on in somebody's mind who might do something like this. In addition, we address the difficulties around long-term memory, how memories change and morph over time, and what can and cannot be trusted in a testimonial, even of an eyewitness. Visit SuspectConvictions.com to learn more.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

34mins

20 Jan 2017

Rank #16

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46: The End?

Jurors return to the courtroom to deliver the fruit of their deliberations.SPONSOR:For 25% off your first order visit rxbar.com/suspect and enter the promo code "Suspect" at checkout!See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

26mins

25 Sep 2018

Rank #17

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18: Innocent Man Faces Electric Chair

Perry Cobb was sentenced to death for a murder he did not commit. Today he holds the record for the person tried the most times for the same murder. He was freed from death row by a young journalist and a new law school graduate, who defied political pressure to testify on Perry’s behalf.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

29mins

7 Apr 2018

Rank #18

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20: That Bites

Did a faulty forensic technique called “bite mark analysis” send two innocent men to Mississippi’s death row? Scott Reeder examines the issue.   Sponsors: www.ThisSoundsSerious.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

30mins

1 May 2018

Rank #19

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03: Vibrators, Accusations and a Little Girl

Was Christina McNeil sexually assaulted? Experts disagree. And if such an assault took place, accusations are flying as to who is responsible.   Sponsor: ZipRecruiter.com/SuspectSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

32mins

13 Nov 2017

Rank #20