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Now in its eighth season, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Breakdown podcast returns with host Bill Rankin to examine the case of Ahmaud Arbery. On Feb. 23, Arbery, a 25-year-old African-American man, was fatally shot three times as he jogged through the Satilla Shores neighborhood just outside of coastal Brunswick, where he was confronted by two white men. Greg McMichael, his son Travis McMichael, and their neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan, who took the now-familiar video of the incident, all face felony murder charges. The AJC's Breakdown podcast is just that — the breakdown of the story and the systems. The largest newsroom in the southeast delivers investigations and true crime cases that you cannot find anywhere else.

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Now in its eighth season, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Breakdown podcast returns with host Bill Rankin to examine the case of Ahmaud Arbery. On Feb. 23, Arbery, a 25-year-old African-American man, was fatally shot three times as he jogged through the Satilla Shores neighborhood just outside of coastal Brunswick, where he was confronted by two white men. Greg McMichael, his son Travis McMichael, and their neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan, who took the now-familiar video of the incident, all face felony murder charges. The AJC's Breakdown podcast is just that — the breakdown of the story and the systems. The largest newsroom in the southeast delivers investigations and true crime cases that you cannot find anywhere else.

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By NoNicknameBecky - May 29 2020
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Have listened and enjoyed since the beginning, but I gotta ask...was Greg filing his fingernails in the latest episode about Ahmad? I listened with ear buds and kept trying to not hear it. Anyone else?

Love, love, love!

By Latitude8 - Dec 02 2019
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I love this podcasts and really enjoy the format, host and subject matter. I highly recommend!

iTunes Ratings

2108 Ratings
Average Ratings
1570
272
111
69
86

Long time listener

By NoNicknameBecky - May 29 2020
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Have listened and enjoyed since the beginning, but I gotta ask...was Greg filing his fingernails in the latest episode about Ahmad? I listened with ear buds and kept trying to not hear it. Anyone else?

Love, love, love!

By Latitude8 - Dec 02 2019
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I love this podcasts and really enjoy the format, host and subject matter. I highly recommend!
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Breakdown

Latest release on Oct 19, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

Updated by OwlTail 13 days ago

Rank #1: S05, Ep11; The verdict on Tex McIver

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The jury in the McIver murder case finally comes back -- after four days -- and delivers a confusing verdict that appears to say McIver intended to shoot his wife, Diane, but didn't intend to kill her. The closing arguments, four separate addresses by some of the best lawyers in Georgia, were every bit the spectacle that you'd imagine. 

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Apr 26 2018

54mins

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Rank #2: S02 Episode 3 - Leanna Harris: Once implicated, never charged

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Cobb police insinuated a number of times that Leanna (now Leanna Taylor, since her divorce came through in March) might have helped her husband plan the murder of their son. But those claims faded and then all but disappeared. Taylor was never charged with any crime and is expected to be a witness for the defense in Ross Harris’s murder trial.

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Apr 10 2016

38mins

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Rank #3: S02 Episode 4 - Deciding the case before it begins?

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The most important moments of the Justin Ross Harris trial may be unfolding right now - even before testimony begins or the lawyers ever state their cases. Welcome to jury selection, where cases are often won or lost. 

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Apr 19 2016

49mins

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Rank #4: S05, Ep1: The McIver Murder Case

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Insisting it was an accident, Claud "Tex" McIVer will soon stand trial for the murder of his wife, Diane. Although Diane told ER surgeons it was an accident just before she died, the state has indicted Tex with malice murder. The year since Diane died has seen some extraordinary and often bizarre turns. This first episode of the new season of Breakdown will set the stage for the upcoming trial.

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Oct 16 2017

43mins

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Rank #5: S04, Ep1: The crime

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A vicious murder on a hot South Georgia night outside the local Taco Bell. The police build  an impressive case against young Devonia Inman. Now it's 20 years later, and a law professor in Atlanta is determined to take that case apart and win Inman's freedom. 

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Jul 17 2017

35mins

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Rank #6: S02 Episode 1 - Death in a Hot Car: Mistake or Murder?

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The evidence against Justin Ross Harris, accused of murder in the hot-car death of his son, and how it just seems to keep piling up. 

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Mar 27 2016

38mins

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Rank #7: S03 Episode 1: Predator, M.D.

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Breakdown: Predator, M.D., follows the fortunes of Dr. Gupta and many of the 18 women who claim the doctor abused them.

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Mar 20 2017

36mins

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Rank #8: S06, Ep1: A Jury of His Peers

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Kevin Riley, editor-in-chief of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, goes deep inside a double-murder in Atlanta. With extraordinary access to key players in the case, Riley and longtime Breakdown host Bill Rankin explore the sudden and vicious killings of Reggie Coicou and Quincy "Fat" Wytche.

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Nov 20 2017

26mins

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Rank #9: S01 Episode 3: Let’s Test the Evidence

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Bill Rankin goes to Bremen in the dark of night, and with the help of an Army veteran, tests what you can see from "Stroupe's stoop." Could Gary Allen Stroupe have seen Justin Chapman from his front porch? Plus, Chapman experiences the appeal from hell.

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May 29 2015

47mins

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Rank #10: S02, Episode6: A sudden change of venue

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The Harris trial was just days away from opening statements and testimony, when the proceedings ground to a sudden and unexpected halt. 

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May 10 2016

43mins

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Rank #11: S07, Ep1: 'They're here to help me'

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On March 9, 2015, the manager of the Heights at Chamblee apartment complex called 911 to report that a man was wandering the grounds naked in the middle of the afternoon. Soon afterward, he was dead, shot and killed by the DeKalb County police officer who arrived at the scene. Who was Anthony Hill, the 26-year-old Afghanistan war veteran whose life ended that day? And how did he end up dead at the hands of police? We introduce you to Hill's life — his music and his family — as well his struggles with mental illness.

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Sep 27 2019

31mins

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Rank #12: S05, Ep10: Surprises from the defense

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The state rests after putting up more 70 witnesses. The defense case-in-chief takes only 2 1/2 days. The mysterious masseuse, Annie Anderson, takes the stand. And the executor for Diane McIver's estate has a surprise in store for the prosecution. Then the defense rests, and we're down to couple of rebuttal witnesses from the prosecution. 

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Apr 16 2018

49mins

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Rank #13: S02, Episode 5: A jury of his peers, with preconceived notions

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Jury selection, which may be close to conclusion, has taken an interesting turn. Nearly a third of the jurors qualified for the final panel – the one from which the 12 jurors and a number of alternates will be chosen – say they believe Justin Ross Harris is guilty. 

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Apr 26 2016

25mins

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Rank #14: S05, Ep2: The courtship of Tex and Diane McIver

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Tex McIver couldn't get the new resident of the luxury condo complex out of his mind. She ignored all his entreaties to meet him, and he finally contrived to "bump into" her at the complex's gym early one morning. Diane was a powerful and successful businesswoman who eventually would marry Tex. But on a sultry September night a year ago, he killed her. 

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Oct 23 2017

40mins

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Rank #15: S04, Ep2: The prosecution

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The jury that hears the case against Devonia Inman must go through the peculiar process of becoming "death qualified." Meanwhile, some key witnesses take the stand and say they really didn't see what they told police they saw. 

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Jul 24 2017

41mins

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Rank #16: S06_Ep2: Voice of a Killer?

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First contact: An Atlanta homicide investigator goes to the home of the man who has emerged as his suspect. The man lives with his mother, and the detective winds up interviewing both. A year later, AJC Editor-in-Chief Kevin Riley gets his first indication that he will become deeply engaged in the outcome of this double homicide investigation.

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Nov 27 2017

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Rank #17: S02, Episode 15: The jury gets the case

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The prosecution and the defense give impassioned, powerful closing arguments, wrapping up the trial. Prosecutor Chuck Boring insists Ross Harris lived a double life and intentionally killed his little boy. Defense attorney Maddox Kilgore contends Cooper’s death was a horrible accident and that police rushed to judgment without looking at evidence contrary to their theory. The six-man, six-woman jury then gets the case and, over the next three days, sends a number of questions to Judge Mary Staley Clark.

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Nov 14 2016

58mins

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Rank #18: S06_Ep5: The Verdict

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The jury in the double-murder case of Nicholas Benton could not hang the verdict on any single piece of evidence or testimony. That is, nothing that came up in court was so compelling that it enabled the jury to declare "guilty" or "not guilty." But what about something that came up outside of court? AJC Editor Kevin Riley wraps up his insider's account of being foreman on the jury in a murder trial.

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Dec 18 2017

48mins

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Rank #19: S02, Episode 12: From the gutter to the homicide file

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Prosecutors open a new week of testimony by calling one woman after another to the witness

stand. Harris pursued all of them – including two teenagers – over sexually

explicit online chats. Finally, lead detective Phil Stoddard takes the stand

and prosecutors play the detective’s interview of Harris at the police station

the day of Cooper’s death. They also play the recording of Harris’ emotionally

charged meeting with his wife when she comes to see him at police headquarters.

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Oct 24 2016

49mins

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Rank #20: S01, Episode 8 - After a year’s wait, a concluding decision

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Justin Chapman awaits the all-important decision from the state's prosecutors: will they put him back on trial for murder and arson or end the long-running legal drama that put him in state prison for eight years? This concluding episode has all the answers. 

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Jul 05 2016

39mins

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