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This season on Motive from WBEZ Chicago, an investigative series that follows a group of young women seeking justice abroad and examines why there was silence for almost a decade.

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This season on Motive from WBEZ Chicago, an investigative series that follows a group of young women seeking justice abroad and examines why there was silence for almost a decade.

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Season 1 and 2

By JimboC43 - May 20 2020
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Fantastic listen! Engaging and raw. I highly recommend.

5 stars

By tiny8987 - May 12 2020
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Both seasons were so well done and reported and researched well. Definitely give them a listen.

iTunes Ratings

1137 Ratings
Average Ratings
1008
80
24
13
12

Season 1 and 2

By JimboC43 - May 20 2020
Read more
Fantastic listen! Engaging and raw. I highly recommend.

5 stars

By tiny8987 - May 12 2020
Read more
Both seasons were so well done and reported and researched well. Definitely give them a listen.
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Motive

Latest release on Mar 27, 2020

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This season on Motive from WBEZ Chicago, an investigative series that follows a group of young women seeking justice abroad and examines why there was silence for almost a decade.

Rank #1: 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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Rank #2: 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. 



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Sep 27 2019

29mins

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Rank #3: 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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Rank #4: 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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Rank #5: 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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Rank #6: 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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Rank #7: 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.

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

Nov 15 2019

33mins

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Rank #8: 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. 

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

Nov 08 2019

31mins

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Rank #9: 1: Lauren Bajorek

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A college student dies on her 21st birthday in Spain. Authorities rule her death an accident. Years later, questions arise after a TV segment airs about someone she was with that night.

Feb 07 2020

34mins

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Rank #10: 10: Mother's Day

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The big question is ... why?

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

Nov 22 2019

31mins

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'Motive' Season 1 Podcast Trailer

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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

1min

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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. 



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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. 

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

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.

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

Nov 15 2019

33mins

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10: Mother's Day

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The big question is ... why?

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

Nov 22 2019

31mins

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'Motive' Season 2 Podcast Trailer

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A story of years of silence, how it was broken, and the young women who are finally coming forward to seek justice. A preview of WBEZ’s new season of Motive, coming soon.

Jan 24 2020

2mins

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1: Lauren Bajorek

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A college student dies on her 21st birthday in Spain. Authorities rule her death an accident. Years later, questions arise after a TV segment airs about someone she was with that night.

Feb 07 2020

34mins

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2: Gabrielle Vega

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Gabrielle Vega alleges her tour guide raped her in 2013. Nearly five years later, she learns she’s not the only one and decides to do something about it.

Feb 07 2020

32mins

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3: Blackout

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“If you’re robbed while you’re drunk everyone still understands that’s a robbery,” says a former prosecutor. “Or if you’re beaten up while you’re drunk, everyone still understands that’s an assault.”

In today’s episode, we look at the double-standard often applied in cases of sexual assault.

Feb 14 2020

28mins

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4: Can’t Tell Anyone

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Most of the women in this story did not go to the police. And while some told a friend, family member or therapist what happened, most say they tried to bury it and move on. 

Why? And what made these women decide to finally break their silence?

Feb 21 2020

27mins

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5: Did Anyone Know?

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While studying abroad in Spain, Hayley McAleese and Carly Van Ostenbridge reported to both the police and their school that they had been sexually assaulted. It didn’t go as expected.

Feb 28 2020

35mins

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Preview: Season 2 Q&A

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The powerful investigative work of the Motive podcast is directly supported by WBEZ members.

Your donation today is critical to the future of Motive — and all of the investigative reporting that comes from WBEZ.

Plus, when you donate, you’ll be invited to join us for a virtual Q&A after this season wraps. Submit your questions in advance and then join us live to get a behind the scenes look at Season 2 — along with updates on any new developments.

Make your donation today and get all the details at wbez.org/support.

Mar 06 2020

2mins

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6: The Investigation

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A Spanish prosecutor opened a criminal investigation in the spring of 2018. Almost two years have passed. We go to Spain to see what’s happening.

Mar 13 2020

35mins

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7: La Manada, The Wolfpack

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The verdict in a 2016 gang rape case known as La Manada, or “The Wolfpack,” ignited mass protests across Spain. It kicked off Spain’s #MeToo movement and prompted a call for change to the country’s sexual assault laws.

On today’s episode, the case and the fierce debate that followed.

Mar 20 2020

33mins

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iTunes Ratings

1137 Ratings
Average Ratings
1008
80
24
13
12

Season 1 and 2

By JimboC43 - May 20 2020
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Fantastic listen! Engaging and raw. I highly recommend.

5 stars

By tiny8987 - May 12 2020
Read more
Both seasons were so well done and reported and researched well. Definitely give them a listen.