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Motive

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It’s a cruel sociological experiment. Lock up a 13-year-old boy for a murder that he swore he didn’t commit. Release him as a 30-year-old man. Then, give him $25 million. New from WBEZ Chicago, Motive is a true crime podcast hosted by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Frank Main, with original reporting from the Chicago Sun-Times.

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It’s a cruel sociological experiment. Lock up a 13-year-old boy for a murder that he swore he didn’t commit. Release him as a 30-year-old man. Then, give him $25 million. New from WBEZ Chicago, Motive is a true crime podcast hosted by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Frank Main, with original reporting from the Chicago Sun-Times.

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A tragic but fascinating story told as well as any I’ve heard. Looking forward to more.

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447 Ratings
Average Ratings
401
27
8
6
5

Love this!

By Polishmaximus - Dec 04 2019
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Make more!!! Thank you for sharing!

Really well done

By Pkm1060 - Dec 04 2019
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A tragic but fascinating story told as well as any I’ve heard. Looking forward to more.

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Motive

Updated 5 days ago

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It’s a cruel sociological experiment. Lock up a 13-year-old boy for a murder that he swore he didn’t commit. Release him as a 30-year-old man. Then, give him $25 million. New from WBEZ Chicago, Motive is a true crime podcast hosted by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Frank Main, with original reporting from the Chicago Sun-Times.

1: A Shooting From A Mercedes

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While driving a Mercedes convertible, multi-millionaire T.J. Jimenez shoots a man in the legs. It's all captured on video. We begin our story outside the jail in downtown Chicago. 

See photos, video, court documents and more of the reporting behind this episode by visiting the Motive page at the Chicago Sun-Times.

Sep 20 2019

32mins

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5: The Fairytale Ending

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After his conviction is overturned, T.J. leaves prison and begins enjoying his freedom. Meanwhile, Frank receives some emails from a mysterious man telling him he's got the story all wrong.

For photos, video, court documents and more, visit the Motive page at the Chicago Sun-Times.

Oct 18 2019

27mins

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2: Violated Into The PeeWees

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A fellow gang member and T.J.'s mom describe the young T.J. before the arrest that put him away for so long. And we hear T.J.'s version of the night of the murder. 

For photos, video, court documents and more visit the Motive page at the Chicago Sun-Times.


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Sep 27 2019

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3: A Boy Enters And A Man Leaves

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T.J. is charged with murder and sent to juvenile jail. Although only 13 when arrested, he's prosecuted as an adult.

For photos, video, court documents and more, visit the Motive page at the Chicago Sun-Times.

Oct 04 2019

28mins

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4: What Really Happened At The Honey Baked Ham

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In 1993, a young man was murdered in front of a Honey Baked Ham store on Belmont Avenue. We return to the scene of the crime to find out what happened on the night that put T.J. in prison for 16 years. 

For photos, video, court documents and more, visit the Motive page at the Chicago Sun-Times.

Oct 11 2019

26mins

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It’s a cruel sociological experiment. Lock up a 13-year-old boy for a murder that he swore he didn’t commit. Release him as a 30-year-old man. Then, give him $25 million. New from WBEZ Chicago, Motive is a true crime podcast hosted by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Frank Main, with original reporting from the Chicago Sun-Times.


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Sep 06 2019

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1: A Shooting From A Mercedes

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While driving a Mercedes convertible, multi-millionaire T.J. Jimenez shoots a man in the legs. It's all captured on video. We begin our story outside the jail in downtown Chicago. 

See photos, video, court documents and more of the reporting behind this episode by visiting the Motive page at the Chicago Sun-Times.

Sep 20 2019

32mins

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2: Violated Into The PeeWees

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A fellow gang member and T.J.'s mom describe the young T.J. before the arrest that put him away for so long. And we hear T.J.'s version of the night of the murder. 

For photos, video, court documents and more visit the Motive page at the Chicago Sun-Times.


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Sep 27 2019

29mins

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3: A Boy Enters And A Man Leaves

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T.J. is charged with murder and sent to juvenile jail. Although only 13 when arrested, he's prosecuted as an adult.

For photos, video, court documents and more, visit the Motive page at the Chicago Sun-Times.

Oct 04 2019

28mins

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4: What Really Happened At The Honey Baked Ham

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In 1993, a young man was murdered in front of a Honey Baked Ham store on Belmont Avenue. We return to the scene of the crime to find out what happened on the night that put T.J. in prison for 16 years. 

For photos, video, court documents and more, visit the Motive page at the Chicago Sun-Times.

Oct 11 2019

26mins

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5: The Fairytale Ending

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After his conviction is overturned, T.J. leaves prison and begins enjoying his freedom. Meanwhile, Frank receives some emails from a mysterious man telling him he's got the story all wrong.

For photos, video, court documents and more, visit the Motive page at the Chicago Sun-Times.

Oct 18 2019

27mins

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6: Mousey Is Dead

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Brian Nelson was the leader of T.J.'s gang: The Simon City Royals. Nelson spent almost thirty harrowing years in prison. What was left when he came out?

For photos, video, court documents and more, visit the Motive page at the Chicago Sun-Times.

Oct 25 2019

27mins

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7: Inmate K51114

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In prison, T.J. becomes a part of the gang hierarchy and dives deep into religion. Not long after inmate number K51114 is released, cracks start to appear.  

For photos, video, court documents and more visit the Motive page at the Chicago Sun-Times.

Nov 01 2019

24mins

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8: T.J. Versus The City Of Chicago

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T.J. gets angry watching a heavyweight match between two persuasive Chicago lawyers. One side claims the police framed T.J. for a murder. The other side claims that T.J. is a murderer. 

Nov 08 2019

31mins

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9: Batman On The West Side

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Now a multi-millionaire, T.J. could have done anything. But he called himself Batman and started a violent gang war.

Nov 15 2019

33mins

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10: Mother's Day

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The big question is ... why?

Nov 22 2019

31mins

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