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The Clearing

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When April Balascio was 40 years old, something she’d feared for decades was finally proven true. Her father, Edward Wayne Edwards, really was a murderer. The Clearing is about what came after April called a detective in 2009 to tell him about her suspicions — a call that led to her father’s arrest and eventual conviction on multiple murders — and tracks the emotional journey as she and host Josh Dean dig back into her childhood, unravel the truth of her father’s life, and overturn a viral online narrative that had turned Edward Wayne Edwards into a kind of serial killer caricature. Produced by Pineapple Street Media in association with Gimlet.

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When April Balascio was 40 years old, something she’d feared for decades was finally proven true. Her father, Edward Wayne Edwards, really was a murderer. The Clearing is about what came after April called a detective in 2009 to tell him about her suspicions — a call that led to her father’s arrest and eventual conviction on multiple murders — and tracks the emotional journey as she and host Josh Dean dig back into her childhood, unravel the truth of her father’s life, and overturn a viral online narrative that had turned Edward Wayne Edwards into a kind of serial killer caricature. Produced by Pineapple Street Media in association with Gimlet.

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The Clearing

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When April Balascio was 40 years old, something she’d feared for decades was finally proven true. Her father, Edward Wayne Edwards, really was a murderer. The Clearing is about what came after April called a detective in 2009 to tell him about her suspicions — a call that led to her father’s arrest and eventual conviction on multiple murders — and tracks the emotional journey as she and host Josh Dean dig back into her childhood, unravel the truth of her father’s life, and overturn a viral online narrative that had turned Edward Wayne Edwards into a kind of serial killer caricature. Produced by Pineapple Street Media in association with Gimlet.

Warning: This podcast is a series podcast

This means episodes are recommended to be heard in order from the very start. Here's the 10 best episodes of the series anyway though!

Rank #1: Introducing The Clearing

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When April Balascio was 40 years old, something she’d feared for decades was finally proven true. Her father, Edward Wayne Edwards, really was a murderer. The Clearing is about what came after April called a detective in 2009 to tell him about her suspicions — a call that led to her father’s arrest and eventual conviction on multiple murders — and tracks the emotional journey as she and host Josh Dean dig back into her childhood, unravel the truth of her father’s life, and overturn a viral online narrative that had turned Edward Wayne Edwards into a kind of serial killer caricature. 
Produced by Pineapple Street Media in association with Gimlet.
Jul 03 2019
2 mins
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Rank #2: Preview: The Clearing

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Listen to the first two episodes of The Clearing starting July 18. 

When April Balascio was 40 years old, something she’d feared for decades was finally proven true. Her father, Edward Wayne Edwards, really was a murderer. The Clearing is about what came after April called a detective in 2009 to tell him about her suspicions — a call that led to her father’s arrest and eventual conviction on multiple murders — and tracks the emotional journey as she and host Josh Dean dig back into her childhood, unravel the truth of her father’s life, and overturn a viral online narrative that had turned Edward Wayne Edwards into a kind of serial killer caricature. 
Produced by Pineapple Street Media in association with Gimlet.
Jul 17 2019
1 min
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Rank #3: 1. Hunting Season

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April reads a news story and everything changes.
Jul 18 2019
51 mins
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Rank #4: 2. Creepy John Wayne

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Who the hell was Edward Wayne Edwards anyway?
Jul 18 2019
52 mins
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Rank #5: 3. Give Me The Needle

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How one murder case turned into three.
Jul 25 2019
57 mins
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Rank #6: 4. Bullshit Bullshit Bullshit

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Confronting the myth of Ed Edwards.
Aug 01 2019
44 mins
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Rank #7: 5. A Lot of Old Memories

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What else could Ed Edwards have done?
Aug 08 2019
51 mins
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Rank #8: 6. Give Yourself Up Son

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How to solve a murder and why you probably won’t.
Aug 15 2019
54 mins
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Rank #9: 7. He's In The Water

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April finds a connection in Akron, OH.
Aug 22 2019
43 mins
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