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WTOP’s American Nightmare Series

“WTOP’s American Nightmare Series” is a podcast covering true crime stories in the Washington D.C. region. Season 2, “Murder in a Safe Place,” debuts Feb 22. The podcast investigates the vicious rape and murder of 50-year-old nurse Sherry Crandell inside the DC-area hospital where she worked. Her murder has mystified not only the police, but her family and the community for the past two decades. Police have DNA evidence and fingerprints - even a witness to the attack - but no suspect. In “Murder in a Safe Place,” veteran DC reporter Paul Wagner tells a story that, by the final episode, will have you thinking there may be a chance for justice after all.Season One, “22 Hours: An American Nightmare,” hosted by WTOP award-winning reporters Megan Cloherty and Jack Moore was named the No. 2 Podcast of the Year by The Associated Press and was listed among Apple Podcasts’ Most Popular New Shows of 2019. “22 Hours: An American Nightmare” chronicles the case that became known nationwide as the “DC Mansion Murders” – the horrific killing of a DC power couple, their 10-year-old son, and housekeeper – in a way no one has covered it before.

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S1E11 22 Hours: Life Without

After Daron Wint’s conviction, federal prosecutors press the judge for the harshest possible sentence and, for the first time reveal his history of explosive rage, violent threats and assaults. At Daron’s sentencing, emotional statements from the two surviving Savopoulos daughters are read in court. As the last regular episode comes to a close, we reflect back.This episode is written and produced by reporters Megan Cloherty and Jack Moore. Julia Ziegler is the content adviser. Visit 22HoursPodcast.com to sign up for email alerts on this case and the podcast. You can also see a video of Nelly Gutierrez sharing more of her memories."22 Hours: An American Nightmare" is a production of WTOP News in Washington, D.C. All music featured in "22 Hours: An American Nightmare" is licensed through Creative Commons and/or by permission of the artist. We're grateful to all the artists whose music has helped us tell this story. Music for this episode is “Haters Hate” by Ramone Messam; “Beyond the Lows” by The Whole Other and “Spookster” by Wayne Jones, available in the YouTube Audio Library. “Rhythmic Pulse” and “Closing my Eyes for a Moment” by Daniel Birch and “Harbor” by Kai Engel are licensed under Creative Commons by Attribution 4.0 International.This Week's Episode Sponsors:ZipRecruiter - Hiring can be easy with ZipRecruiter. Right now, listeners of 22 Hours: An American Nightmare can try ZipRecruiter for FREE by going to this web address, ZipRecruiter.com/nightmareSimplisafe - Visit Simplisafe.com/nightmare to get free shipping and a 60-day risk-free trial on home security products.Upstart - Upstart is a revolutionary lending platform. Go to Upstart.com/nightmare to check your rate today.Progressive - Saving money on your car insurance is easy with Progressive. Get your quote online at Progressive.com.Sunbasket - Visit Sunbasket.com/nightmare to get up to $60 off your meal kit.Genucel - Get rid of that double chin or sagging jawline. Go to Genucel.com for two free gifts with your purchase and free shipping.

1hr 24mins

19 Aug 2019

Rank #1

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S1E9 22 Hours: Brother vs. Brother

Daron Wint’s bizarre arrest one week after the murders on Woodland Drive only added to the mystery surrounding the case. When he was taken into custody, Daron was with five other people, including his brother, Darrell. But the full story of Daron’s arrest wouldn’t be told until his murder trial -- when prosecutors called brother to testify against brother. This episode is written and produced by reporters Megan Cloherty and Jack Moore. Julia Ziegler is the content adviser. Visit 22HoursPodcast.com to see photos, a map of key locations from the case, and an interactive blog where you can ask questions or leave your comments about each episode. "22 Hours: An American Nightmare" is a production of WTOP News in Washington, D.C. All music featured in "22 Hours: An American Nightmare" is licensed through Creative Commons and/or by permission of the artist. We're grateful to all the artists whose music has helped us tell this story. "Haters Hate" by Ramone Messam, used with permission of the artist; "Cast of Pods" by Doug Maxwell, available in the YouTube Audio Library; "Beyond the Lows" and “Incoming Transition” by The Whole Other, available in the YouTube Audio Library; and "Rhythmic Pulse," by Daniel Birch, licensed under Creative Commons by Attribution 4.0 International. This Week's Episode Sponsors: SHUDDER - “To try AMC Networks’ SHUDDER premium streaming video service free for 30 days, go to Shudder.com and use pr omo code “nightmare.” Purple Mattress - Get a free Purple pillow with the purchase of a mattress. Just text 22HOURS to 84888. Tamara Mellon - Luxury shoes are now more affordable. Go to TamaraMellon.com and use pro mo code "nightmare" for $100 off your first pair. The promo code "nightmare" is ONLY valid through Sept. 30, 2019. Simplisafe - Visit Simplisafe.com/nightmare to get free shipp ing and a 60-day risk-free trial. Butcherbox - New members get 2 lbs of ground beef and 2 packs of bacon for FREE plus $20 off your first box at ButcherBox.com/nightmare or enter promo code "nightmare" at checkout.

1hr 17mins

5 Aug 2019

Rank #2

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S1E7 22 Hours: Cross

After hours on the witness stand, Daron Wint’s story begins to falter. Then, one of the lawyers in the case drops a big hint about what’s coming next in one of Washington, D.C.’s most high-profile murder trials.  This episode is written and produced by reporters Megan Cloherty and Jack Moore. Julia Ziegler is the content adviser. Visit 22HoursPodcast.com to see the transcript of Daron’s testimony as well as photos, map and an interactive blog where you can ask questions or leave your comments about each episode. "22 Hours: An American Nightmare" is a production of WTOP News in Washington, D.C. All music featured in "22 Hours: An American Nightmare" is licensed through Creative Commons and/or by permission of the artist. We're grateful to all the artists whose music has helped us tell this story. “Haters Hate” by Ramone Messam, used with permission of the artist; "Cast of Pods" by Doug Maxwell, available in the YouTube Audio Library; “Spookster” by Wayne Jones, available in the YouTube Audio Library; and “Rhythmic Pulse,” by Daniel Birch, licensed under Creative Commons by Attribution 4.0 International. Episode sponsors:  Lifetime = presenting the 5-part movie series Heaven by V.C. Andrews, premiering July 27 at 8/7c on Lifetime Simplisafe = Visit Simplisafe.com/nightmare to get free shipping and a 60-day risk-free trial Tamara Mellon = Visit TamaraMellon.com/nightmare for $100 off your first pair through Sept. 30 Sunbasket = Visit Sunbasket.com/nightmare to get up to $60 off

59mins

22 Jul 2019

Rank #3

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S1E10 22 Hours: The Verdict

After six weeks, dozens of witnesses and hours of testimony, emotions were running high when attorneys delivered their closing arguments. Then the United States v. Daron Wint went to the jury. Some of the men and women who decided Daron Wint’s fate take us inside the deliberation room as they weighed the evidence and came to a conclusion.  This episode is written and produced by reporters Megan Cloherty and Jack Moore. Julia Ziegler is the content adviser. Visit 22HoursPodcast.com to see photos, a map of key locations from the case, and an interactive blog where you can ask questions or leave your comments about each episode. You can also visit us on Twitter, @22hourspod . "22 Hours: An American Nightmare" is a production of WTOP News in Washington, D.C. MUSIC: All music featured in "22 Hours: An American Nightmare" is licensed through Creative Commons and/or by permission of the artist. We're grateful to all the artists whose music has helped us tell this story. "Haters Hate" by Ramone Messam, used with permission of the artist; "Rhythmic Pulse” by Daniel Birch and “Weirder” by Drake Stafford, licensed under Creative Commons by Attribution 4.0 International; and "Cast of Pods" by Doug Maxwell and “A Great Darkness Approaches, Can You Feel It” by ELPHNT, available in the YouTube Audio Library. This Week's Episode Sponsors:  HelloFresh - For $80 off your first month of HelloFresh, go to HelloFresh.com/22HOURS and enter 22HOURS. Genucel - Get rid of that double chin or sagging jawline. Go to Genucel.com for two free gifts with your purchase and free shipping. SimpliSafe - Go to SimpliSafe.com/nightmare for free shipping and a 60-day risk-free trial on your purchase of home security technology. Tamara Mellon - Shop TamaraMellon.com and use promo code "nightmare" for $100 off your first pair of luxury footwear through Sept. 30. Upstart - Upstart is a revolutionary lending platform. Go to Upstart.com/nightmare to check your rate. ZipRecruiter - The smartest way to hire. Try ZipRecruiter for free by visiting ZipRecruiter.com/nightmare .

1hr 19mins

12 Aug 2019

Rank #4

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S2 E1 - The Murder

In 1998, a nurse was found brutally raped and strangled in the Maryland hospital where she worked. Despite DNA evidence and a fingerprint of the killer left behind at the scene, the case remains unsolved 23 years later. But, could newly uncovered information finally bring justice for Sherry Crandell?

48mins

22 Feb 2021

Rank #5

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S1E12 22 Hours: The Breakdown: Q&A #2

In our final episode, we again return to the studio and dig through our notes, files and transcripts of the case to answer listener questions. What happened to the $40,000 ransom and was it fully accounted for? What is the timeline of the various fires in the case? And what was the deal with Daron’s alibi, Ed?This episode is written and produced by WTOP reporters Megan Cloherty and Jack Moore. Julia Ziegler is the content adviser. Visit 22HoursPodcast.com to sign up for em ail alerts on the case, and to see photos and other evidence."22 Hours: An American Nightmare" is a production of WTOP News in Washington, D.C. Music for this episode is “Haters Hate” by Ramone Messam. This week's sponsors include: Good American Jeans - The size-inclusive brand from Khloe Kardashian. Go to GoodAmerican.com/22Hours to receive 20% off your full order (sale items too!) Purple Mattress - 22 Hours listeners get a free Purple pillow with the purchase of a mattress. Text 22Hours to 84888. 

45mins

26 Aug 2019

Rank #6

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S1E8 22 Hours: The Breakdown: Q&A #1

Did any of the victims eat the pizza? Why the $40,000 ransom? Did security cameras in the neighborhood capture footage? We hit pause on the case and go into the studio to answer your questions, so far, about the crime, the case and the podcast. A regular episode returns next week. This episode is written and produced by reporters Megan Cloherty and Jack Moore. Julia Ziegler is the content adviser. Visit 22HoursPodcast.com to see photos, a map of key locations from the case, and an interactive blog where you can ask questions or leave your comments about each episode. "22 Hours: An American Nightmare" is a production of WTOP News in Washington, D.C. Music in this episode is "Haters Hate" by Ramone Messam, used with permission of the artist. This Week’s Episode Sponsors: ButcherBox – New members get 2 lbs of ground beef and 2 packs of bacon for FREE plus $20 off your first box at ButcherBox.com/nightmare or enter promo code “ni ghtmare” at checkout.Genucel – Get rid of that double chin or sagging jawline. Go to Genucel.com for two free gifts with your purchase and free shipping. Lifetime - Lifetime’s V.C. Andrews movie series event continues with Dark Angel, Saturday, August 3 at 8/7c.Progressive – Saving money on your car insurance is easy with Progressive. Get your quote online at Progressive.com .Tamara Mellon – Luxury shoes are now more affordable. Go to TamaraMellon.com and use promo code “nightmare” for $100 off your first pair. The promo code “nightmare” is ONLY valid through Sept. 30, 2019.ZipRecruiter – Hiring can be easy with ZipRecruiter. Right now, listeners of 22 Hours: An American Nightmare can try ZipRecruiter for FREE by going to this web address, ZipRecruiter.com/nightmare.

58mins

29 Jul 2019

Rank #7

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S1E6 22 Hours: On the Stand

In a stunning move, Daron Wint, the accused killer, takes the stand. Under unrelenting questioning by federal prosecutor Laura Bach, Daron seems to have an explanation for almost all of the evidence that links him to the killings. It’s almost a perfect puzzle. But will the jury believe him? This episode is written and produced by reporters Megan Cloherty and Jack Moore. Julia Ziegler is the content adviser. Visit 22HoursPodcast.com to see the full transcript of Daron’s testimony, as well as photos, a map of key locations from the case, and an interactive blog where you can ask questions or leave your comments about each episode. "22 Hours: An American Nightmare" is a production of WTOP News in Washington, D.C.All music featured in "22 Hours: An American Nightmare" is licensed through Creative Commons and/or by permission of the artist. We're grateful to all the artists whose music has helped us tell this story. “Haters Hate” by Ramone Messam, used with permission of the artist; "Cast of Pods" by Doug Maxwell, available in the YouTube Audio Library; “Spookster” by Wayne Jones, available in the YouTube Audio Library; and “Rhythmic Pulse,” by Daniel Birch, licensed under Creative Commons by Attribution 4.0 International.

1hr 1min

15 Jul 2019

Rank #8

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S1E5 22 Hours: A Murder Trial is a Play

Over the 22 hours the victims were taken captive and then killed, the prime suspect goes missing and his normally active Facebook account goes dark. We track Daron Wint's whereabouts during that crucial time. Also in this episode, an introduction to some of the key players in the courtroom: the federal prosecutors who spent years building their case against Wint and the team of public defenders who tried to pin the blame on other suspects. This episode is written and produced by reporters Megan Cloherty and Jack Moore. Julia Ziegler is the content adviser. Visit 22HoursPodcast.com to see the texts between Daron and his girlfriend mentioned in this week's episode, as well as photos, maps and an interactive blog where you can ask questions or leave your comments about each episode. "22 Hours: An American Nightmare" is a production of WTOP News in Washington, D.C. All music featured in "22 Hours: An American Nightmare" is licensed through Creative Commons and/or by permission of the artist. We're grateful to all the artists whose music has helped us tell this story. “Haters Hate” by Ramone Messam, used with permission of the artist; "Cast of Pods" by Doug Maxwell, available in the YouTube Audio Library; and “Rhythmic Pulse,” “Call Me” and “Closing My Eyes for a Moment” by Daniel Birch, licensed under Creative Commons by Attribution 4.0 International.

1hr 8mins

8 Jul 2019

Rank #9

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S1E4 22 Hours: The Pizza Crust

The Savopoulos house was held in evidence for weeks as crime scene investigators looked for clues. In the end, five pieces of forensic evidence linked Daron Wint to the killings, including a sliver of his DNA on the crust of a pizza that had been delivered to the house while he held the family captive. But was the forensic evidence a slam dunk? This episode is written and produced by reporters Megan Cloherty and Jack Moore. Julia Ziegler is the content adviser. Visit 22HoursPodcast.com for photos, maps and an interactive blog where you can ask us questions or leave your comments about each episode. "22 Hours: An American Nightmare" is a production of WTOP News in Washington, D.C. All music featured in "22 Hours: An American Nightmare" is licensed through Creative Commons and/or by permission of the artist. We're grateful to all the artists whose music has helped us tell this story. “Haters Hate” by Ramone Messam, used with permission of the artist; “Procession” by Puddle of Infinity, available in the YouTube Audio Library; “Rhythmic Pulse,” “Marimba on the Loose” and “Closing My Eyes for a Moment” by Daniel Birch, and “Weirder” by Drake Stafford, all licensed under Creative Commons by Attribution 4.0 International.

1 Jul 2019

Rank #10