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Accused

Binge all of Season 4 early and ad-free by subscribing to Wondery+.Season 4: When Rhoda Nathan's lifeless body was discovered in her hotel room, it was assumed she'd had a heart attack. The autopsy proved otherwise: Nathan, 67, had been viciously beaten to death, punched so hard by her assailant that two of her teeth had been knocked out. Days later, a hotel employee went to the hospital to be treated for an infection in his hand, which was teeming with a bacteria most often found in human mouths. That, plus a pendant an officer said was discovered in the trunk of his car, sealed the fate of Elwood Jones, who awaits execution on Ohio's death row. For nearly 30 years, Jones has maintained his innocence -- and accused police of straight-up framing him. The journalists of Accused are reexamining the case to learn if Jones truly belongs on death row, or if a botched investigation let someone else get away with murder.Season 3: In 1984, a father of three disappeared while working at a mysterious Cincinnati plant. It turned out he’d met a gruesome fate: Pieces of bone, his eyeglasses and walkie-talkie were uncovered inside a vat that reached 1350 degrees Fahrenheit. Two months later, the Fernald Feed Materials Production Center was revealed to have been processing uranium – and polluting the region. The dead man’s children believe their father was murdered because he intended to expose how the plant had been releasing millions of pounds of uranium dust into the atmosphere. We’re hoping to figure out: Did 39-year-old David Bocks kill himself, as Fernald officials alleged, or was he more likely killed?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?

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Chapter 8: After Innocence

Since his release from prison, William Virgil’s life has been on hold. So has Retha Welch’s murder investigation.Subscribe to Accused so you never miss an episode: https://www.smarturl.it/accusedpodcastThank you to our sponsors:Zip Recruiter - Learn how to hire smarter and get a free trial when you visit them here:www.ziprecruiter.com/accusedBrooklinen - Get $20 an free shipping when you use promo code ACCUSED here:www.brooklinen.comBombas - Get 20% off your first order when you visit them here:www.bombas.com/accusedSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

49mins

2 Nov 2017

Rank #1

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Chapter 2: Testing the suicide theory

Police dismissed the 1984 disappearance of David Bocks as a suicide, but the physics of the death make that theory seem unlikely. (Link updated Jan. 21, 2020, with water-content percentage of apples and humans corrected.)See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

54mins

3 Dec 2019

Rank #2

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Chapter 8: The aftermath

A lot has changed since Beth was killed in 1978.Her boyfriend Bob Young has a daughter of his own. Beth’s friends can’t talk about her death without breaking immediately into tears. Her family’s view on Young’s guilt has evolved.But a few key things haven’t budged. And they could make all the difference in this case.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

43mins

29 Sep 2016

Rank #3

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Chapter 7: The evidence

If Bob Young killed his girlfriend, he couldn’t be tried again, so holding onto the physical evidence in the case would be moot. In America, you can’t be charged twice for the same crime.But what if he’s innocent?In this episode of Accused, The Enquirer outlines its year-long quest to answer that question.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

47mins

26 Sep 2016

Rank #4

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Chapter 4: The truth about Fernald

While managers and government officials outwardly assured Fernald workers that everything was safe at the plant, internal documents show many knew that wasn’t the case.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

48mins

17 Dec 2019

Rank #5

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Chapter 5: The king of conspiracies

In the 1990s, an indie reporter tried to expose Fernald and link managers to David Bocks’ death. His theories sounded outrageous, but some of them proved true.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

51mins

7 Jan 2020

Rank #6

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Chapter 1: The first Sin City

When 54-year-old Retha Welch is found murdered in Newport, Kentucky, police zero in on an acquaintance with a criminal past.Subscribe to Accused so you never miss an episode: https://www.smarturl.it/accusedpodcastThank you to our sponsors:Zip Recruiter - Learn how to hire smarter and get a free trial when you visit them here:www.ziprecruiter.com/accusedBrooklinen - Get $20 an free shipping when you use promo code ACCUSED here:www.brooklinen.comBombas - Get 20% off your first order when you visit them here:www.bombas.com/accusedSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

34mins

11 Oct 2017

Rank #7

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Chapter 7: The battle continues

William Virgil finds dedicated allies in the Kentucky Innocence Project, fierce opposition in the Commonwealth’s Attorney, and hope in new DNA testing.Subscribe to Accused so you never miss an episode: https://www.smarturl.it/accusedpodcastThank you to our sponsors:Zip Recruiter - Learn how to hire smarter and get a free trial when you visit them here:www.ziprecruiter.com/accusedBrooklinen - Get $20 an free shipping when you use promo code ACCUSED here:www.brooklinen.comBombas - Get 20% off your first order when you visit them here:www.bombas.com/accusedSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

40mins

31 Oct 2017

Rank #8

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Chapter 3: The Cold War creeps

As the world was embroiled in a race to stockpile nuclear weapons, little towns throughout the U.S. became hubs for cancer-linked plants.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

44mins

10 Dec 2019

Rank #9

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Chapter 6: Last day laid bare

David Bocks’ final shift is pieced together through police statements and time cards.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

49mins

14 Jan 2020

Rank #10

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Chapter 2: The hooded figure

Retha Welch’s boyfriend says he was mad enough to kill her the last time they were together — but he points police to a hooded figure in her hallway as the likely culprit.Subscribe to Accused so you never miss an episode: https://www.smarturl.it/accusedpodcastThank you to our sponsors:Zip Recruiter - Learn how to hire smarter and get a free trial when you visit them here:www.ziprecruiter.com/accusedBrooklinen - Get $20 an free shipping when you use promo code ACCUSED here:www.brooklinen.comBombas - Get 20% off your first order when you visit them here:www.bombas.com/accusedSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

42mins

13 Oct 2017

Rank #11

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Chapter 1: Disappearing dad

A 39-year-old father of three goes to work and disappears. That’s strange enough. Adding in where he works makes this case more than strange. It’s the stuff conspiracies are made of. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

49mins

3 Dec 2019

Rank #12

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Chapter 9: The update

People with information about Beth Andes and the events surrounding her slaying continue to come forward months after the initial season ended.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

1hr 9mins

27 Dec 2016

Rank #13

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Chapter 5: The lie

After years of insisting a key witness perjured himself, William Virgil finds proof — but does the truth matter?Subscribe to Accused so you never miss an episode: https://www.smarturl.it/accusedpodcastThank you to our sponsors:Zip Recruiter - Learn how to hire smarter and get a free trial when you visit them here:www.ziprecruiter.com/accusedBrooklinen - Get $20 an free shipping when you use promo code ACCUSED here:www.brooklinen.comBombas - Get 20% off your first order when you visit them here:www.bombas.com/accusedSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

39mins

24 Oct 2017

Rank #14

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Chapter 4: The missing witness

It appears more than one of the witnesses in Retha Welch’s murder case didn’t come clean on the stand. Someone knew more than his testimony implied.Subscribe to Accused so you never miss an episode: https://www.smarturl.it/accusedpodcastThank you to our sponsors:Zip Recruiter - Learn how to hire smarter and get a free trial when you visit them here:www.ziprecruiter.com/accusedBrooklinen - Get $20 an free shipping when you use promo code ACCUSED here:www.brooklinen.comBombas - Get 20% off your first order when you visit them here:www.bombas.com/accusedSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

40mins

19 Oct 2017

Rank #15