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Serial investigative journalism from APM Reports, with host Madeleine Baran and a team of reporters. In Season 1, we looked at the abduction of Jacob Wetterling in rural Minnesota and the accountability of sheriffs in solving crime. In Season 2, we examined the case of Curtis Flowers, who has been tried six times for the same crime. Now, a special report on how Covid-19 is affecting the Mississippi Delta.

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Serial investigative journalism from APM Reports, with host Madeleine Baran and a team of reporters. In Season 1, we looked at the abduction of Jacob Wetterling in rural Minnesota and the accountability of sheriffs in solving crime. In Season 2, we examined the case of Curtis Flowers, who has been tried six times for the same crime. Now, a special report on how Covid-19 is affecting the Mississippi Delta.

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Season 2 is a masterpiece!!

By TacoBell2010 - May 25 2020
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I enjoyed all the seasons but Season 2 of this podcast is hands down the best. Amazing work!!

The Best Podcast Ever Made

By Scott Lange - May 23 2020
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Season 2 was simply the greatest journalistic creation I've ever listened to. Miraculous work.

iTunes Ratings

22066 Ratings
Average Ratings
17955
1938
956
566
651

Season 2 is a masterpiece!!

By TacoBell2010 - May 25 2020
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I enjoyed all the seasons but Season 2 of this podcast is hands down the best. Amazing work!!

The Best Podcast Ever Made

By Scott Lange - May 23 2020
Read more
Season 2 was simply the greatest journalistic creation I've ever listened to. Miraculous work.
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In the Dark: Coronavirus in the Delta

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Serial investigative journalism from APM Reports, with host Madeleine Baran and a team of reporters. In Season 1, we looked at the abduction of Jacob Wetterling in rural Minnesota and the accountability of sheriffs in solving crime. In Season 2, we examined the case of Curtis Flowers, who has been tried six times for the same crime. Now, a special report on how Covid-19 is affecting the Mississippi Delta.

Rank #1: S1 E3: The One Who Got Away

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The closest you can get to a conversation with Jacob Wetterling about his abduction is to talk to Jared Scheierl. Scheierl was walking home from an ice skating rink in Cold Spring in January 1989 when a man who turned out to be Danny Heinrich forced him into a car, assaulted him, and let him go, uttering some chilling parting words: "If they come close to finding out who I am, I'll find you and kill you." That was nine months before Jacob's abduction. Support investigative journalism with a donation to In the Dark.

Sep 13 2016

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Rank #2: S2 E1: July 16, 1996

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On the morning of July 16, 1996, someone walked into a furniture store in downtown Winona, Mississippi, and murdered four employees. Each was shot in the head. It was perhaps the most shocking crime the small town had ever seen. Investigators charged a man named Curtis Flowers with the murders. What followed was a two-decade legal odyssey in which Flowers was tried six times for the same crime. He remains on death row, though some people believe he's innocent. For the second season of In the Dark, we spent a year digging into the Flowers case. We found a town divided by race and a murder conviction supported by questionable evidence. And it all began that summer morning in 1996 with a horrifying crime scene that left investigators puzzled. Support investigative journalism with a donation to In the Dark.

May 01 2018

42mins

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Rank #3: S1 E4: The Circus

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The Wetterling abduction story kept getting bigger as the case served as a conduit for public fear and grief. Capitalizing on a growing sense that pedophiles lurked in every shadow, the likes of Maury Povich and Geraldo Rivera joined the cause with sensational retellings of the crime and its consequences. Support investigative journalism with a donation to In the Dark.

Sep 20 2016

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Rank #4: S2 E3: The Gun

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Investigators never found the gun used to kill four people at Tardy Furniture. Yet the gun, and the bullets matched to it, became a key piece of evidence against Curtis Flowers. In this episode, we examine the strange histories of the gun and the man who owned it. Support investigative journalism with a donation to In the Dark.

May 08 2018

47mins

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Rank #5: S1 E5: Person of Interest

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Dan Rassier now wishes he'd insisted that police search his family's St. Joseph farm top to bottom the night Jacob Wetterling was abducted. That way, they would have known there was nothing to find. And it would have been harder for them to come back 21 years later to search with backhoes and declare him a "person of interest" in the case. Support investigative journalism with a donation to In the Dark.

Sep 27 2016

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Rank #6: S2 E2: The Route

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The case against Curtis Flowers relies heavily on three threads of evidence: the route he allegedly walked the morning of the murders, the gun that investigators believe he used, and the people he supposedly confessed to in jail. In this episode, we meet the witnesses who said they saw Flowers walking through downtown Winona, Mississippi, the morning of the murders. Some of their stories now waver on key details. Support investigative journalism with a donation to In the Dark.

May 01 2018

52mins

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Rank #7: S2 E4: The Confessions

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Over the years, three inmates have claimed that Curtis Flowers confessed to them that he killed four people at the Tardy Furniture store. But they've all changed their stories at one time or another. In this episode, we investigate who's really telling the truth. Support investigative journalism with a donation to In the Dark.

May 15 2018

52mins

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Rank #8: S2 E10: Discovery

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Prosecutors have always said that Curtis Flowers was the only serious suspect in the Tardy Furniture investigation. But we found a document showing that another man, Willie James Hemphill, had also been questioned just days after the murders. Who was he? Why was he questioned? When we finally found Hemphill, living in Indianapolis, he had some very surprising things to say about the case. Support investigative journalism with a donation to In the Dark.

Jun 26 2018

1hr 4mins

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Rank #9: Coronavirus in the Delta E1: Greenville

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A storm hits Greenville just in time for Easter. Two pastors and a mayor clash over how to do church during a pandemic. Support journalism with a donation to In the Dark.

May 01 2020

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Rank #10: S1 E6: Stranger Danger

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In the 1970s and early '80s, missing children weren't considered a policing priority. You couldn't even enter missing child information into the FBI's national crime database. But that changed quickly. Support investigative journalism with a donation to In the Dark.

Oct 04 2016

36mins

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Rank #11: S2 E6: Punishment

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Odell Hallmon, the state's key witness in the Curtis Flowers case, is serving three consecutive life sentences. We wondered what he might say now that there are no deals to cut, and he will spend the rest of his days in prison. Would he stick to his story that Flowers had confessed to the Tardy Furniture murders? We wrote him letters and sent him a friend request on Facebook. Weeks went by and we heard nothing. And then, one day, he wrote back. Support investigative journalism with a donation to In the Dark.

May 29 2018

43mins

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Rank #12: S2 E5: Privilege

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No witness has been more important to the prosecution's case against Curtis Flowers than Odell Hallmon. He testified in four trials that Flowers had confessed to him while the two men were in prison together. Hallmon has an astonishingly long criminal history that includes repeated charges for drug dealing, assault, and robbery. So how reliable is his testimony and did he receive anything in exchange for it? In this episode, we investigate the veracity of the prosecution's star witness. Support investigative journalism with a donation to In the Dark.

May 22 2018

48mins

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Rank #13: Coronavirus in the Delta: The Trailer

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A new limited-run series from In the Dark, reporting on Covid-19 in the Mississippi Delta. Episodes every Thursday, beginning April 30. Support journalism with a donation to In the Dark.

Apr 23 2020

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Rank #14: S2 E11: The End

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For the last episode of the season, we went to meet Jeffery Armstrong, who, a few years after Curtis Flowers first went to prison, found what might have been a key piece of evidence. What he found -- and where he found it -- offers hints that someone else may have committed the Tardy Furniture murders. Armstrong turned the evidence into the cops. And then, he says, it disappeared. Support investigative journalism with a donation to In the Dark.

Jul 03 2018

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Rank #15: S2 E8: The D.A.

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After investigating every aspect of the Curtis Flowers case, we were nearly ready to present what we'd found to District Attorney Doug Evans. But first we tried to learn all we could about him: his childhood, his years as a police officer and his record as district attorney. Then, finally, we met the man who's spent more than two decades trying to have Flowers executed. Support investigative journalism with a donation to In the Dark.

Jun 12 2018

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Update from Minneapolis

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Our last episode in this series will be a little late. Support investigative journalism with a donation to In the Dark.

May 29 2020

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Coronavirus in the Delta E5: Geno

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As the coronavirus swept into the Mississippi Delta, a judge in the small city of Indianola decided to release every inmate she had in jail. That is, every inmate except one. Support journalism with a donation to In the Dark.

May 29 2020

32mins

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Coronavirus in the Delta E4: Watermelon Slim

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In the middle of a pandemic, with so many people suffering alone, it seemed an appropriate time to hear from a Delta blues singer. Enter Watermelon Slim. Support journalism with a donation to In the Dark.

May 21 2020

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Coronavirus in the Delta E3: The Hospital

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The doctors and nurses at Greenwood Leflore Hospital brace for the pandemic, cordoning off their ICU and preparing for an influx of patients. Then the virus strikes one of their own. Support journalism with a donation to In the Dark.

May 15 2020

29mins

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Coronavirus in the Delta E2: Parchman

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How do you self-isolate when your home is a single room that you share with 107 men? That's what inmates at Mississippi's infamous Parchman prison have been wondering for six weeks. Support journalism with a donation to In the Dark.

May 06 2020

30mins

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Coronavirus in the Delta E1: Greenville

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A storm hits Greenville just in time for Easter. Two pastors and a mayor clash over how to do church during a pandemic. Support journalism with a donation to In the Dark.

May 01 2020

40mins

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Coronavirus in the Delta: The Trailer

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A new limited-run series from In the Dark, reporting on Covid-19 in the Mississippi Delta. Episodes every Thursday, beginning April 30. Support journalism with a donation to In the Dark.

Apr 23 2020

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S2 E18: The Recusal

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District Attorney Doug Evans has prosecuted Curtis Flowers for 23 years and six trials. Now he says he's done. Support investigative journalism with a donation to In the Dark.

Jan 08 2020

18mins

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S2 E17: Home

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After almost 23 years, Curtis Flowers is no longer behind bars. For his family, it's a long-awaited reunion. But not everyone in Winona is happy. Support investigative journalism with a donation to In the Dark.

Dec 22 2019

42mins

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S2 E16: A Hearing

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After nearly 23 years locked up, Curtis Flowers has a chance to get out on bail -- if his lawyers can convince the judge to rule in his favor. Support investigative journalism with a donation to In the Dark.

Dec 18 2019

47mins

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S2 E15: Revelations

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It's been 11 days since the U.S. Supreme Court threw out Curtis Flowers' conviction. But the story didn't end there. In recent days, there have been three other significant developments, including new details from a key witness, that may determine Flowers' fate. Support investigative journalism with a donation to In the Dark.

Jul 02 2019

56mins

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S2 E14: The Decision

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On Friday, June 21, after months of deliberation, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its opinion in the Curtis Flowers case. In a 7-2 ruling, the justices threw out the conviction from his sixth trial, in 2010. The decision of what happens next -- whether to release Flowers or begin a seventh trial -- now lies with the same prosecutor who's pursued him from the beginning: Doug Evans. Support investigative journalism with a donation to In the Dark.

Jun 22 2019

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S2 E13: Oral Arguments

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After nearly nine years of appeals of his sixth trial, Curtis Flowers finally had his case argued before the U.S. Supreme Court. At issue was whether DA Doug Evans tried to keep African-Americans off the jury in the 2010 trial. Flowers wasn't at the Supreme Court -- he remains on death row in Mississippi -- but the In the Dark team was. This is what we saw. Support investigative journalism with a donation to In the Dark.

Mar 27 2019

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S2 E12: Before the Court

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We resume Season Two with the U.S. Supreme Court weighing Curtis Flowers' case. We preview oral arguments and delve into the allegations at the heart of the appeal: that Doug Evans tried to keep African-Americans off the jury in Flowers' sixth trial. Support investigative journalism with a donation to In the Dark.

Mar 19 2019

40mins

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S2 Update: Q&A + A Fire in Winona

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We answer your questions and report on a fire in Winona. Support investigative journalism with a donation to In the Dark.

Nov 27 2018

1hr 4mins

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S2 Update: SCOTUS Takes the Case

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The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear Curtis Flowers' appeal. Now the justices will examine if District Attorney Doug Evans had a history of racial discrimination in jury selection. Support investigative journalism with a donation to In the Dark.

Nov 03 2018

9mins

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S1 Update: The Wetterling File

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In Season 1 of our podcast, we reported that the Jacob Wetterling case was a botched investigation. Just yesterday, law enforcement acknowledged it too. Support investigative journalism with a donation to In the Dark.

Sep 21 2018

28mins

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S2 Update: Back to Winona

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Two months after the season ended, we return to Winona to see what has changed. Turns out, a lot. Curtis Flowers' mother has died. The whole town is talking about the case. Flowers' defense lawyers are including our findings in their legal filings to the Supreme Court. Citizens are trying to file bar complaints against the district attorney, Doug Evans. One man has gone into hiding, his personal safety threatened because he spoke to us. In this update episode, we look at what's happened in Winona since our last episode and what happens next with Curtis Flowers' case. Support investigative journalism with a donation to In the Dark.

Sep 18 2018

33mins

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S2 E11: The End

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For the last episode of the season, we went to meet Jeffery Armstrong, who, a few years after Curtis Flowers first went to prison, found what might have been a key piece of evidence. What he found -- and where he found it -- offers hints that someone else may have committed the Tardy Furniture murders. Armstrong turned the evidence into the cops. And then, he says, it disappeared. Support investigative journalism with a donation to In the Dark.

Jul 03 2018

36mins

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S2 E10: Discovery

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Prosecutors have always said that Curtis Flowers was the only serious suspect in the Tardy Furniture investigation. But we found a document showing that another man, Willie James Hemphill, had also been questioned just days after the murders. Who was he? Why was he questioned? When we finally found Hemphill, living in Indianapolis, he had some very surprising things to say about the case. Support investigative journalism with a donation to In the Dark.

Jun 26 2018

1hr 4mins

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iTunes Ratings

22066 Ratings
Average Ratings
17955
1938
956
566
651

Season 2 is a masterpiece!!

By TacoBell2010 - May 25 2020
Read more
I enjoyed all the seasons but Season 2 of this podcast is hands down the best. Amazing work!!

The Best Podcast Ever Made

By Scott Lange - May 23 2020
Read more
Season 2 was simply the greatest journalistic creation I've ever listened to. Miraculous work.