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In the Dark

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Reporter Madeleine Baran examines the case of Curtis Flowers, who has been tried six times for the same crime. For 21 years, Flowers has maintained his innocence. He's won appeal after appeal, but every time, the prosecutor just tries the case again....Show More

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1: The Crime

34:46 | Sep 7th, 2016

The abduction of Jacob Wetterling, which made parents more vigilant and led to the first national requirement that states track sex offenders via registries, took place before moonrise on a warm October night in 1989.

S2 E6: Punishment

43:48 | May 29th, 2018

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 ...Show More

S2 E9: Why Curtis?

56:32 | Jun 19th, 2018

After re-examining the case, we'd found no direct evidence linking Curtis Flowers to the murders at Tardy Furniture. But we had one lingering question: How did Flowers become the main suspect? Why would investigators focus so much on Flowers based on...Show More

S2 E2: The Route

52:39 | May 1st, 2018

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 ...Show More

S2 Update: SCOTUS Takes the Case

9:50 | Nov 3rd, 2018

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.

S2 E7: The Trials of Curtis Flowers

1:01:08 | Jun 5th, 2018

There's one critical aspect of the Curtis Flowers case that we haven't looked at yet -- the makeup of the juries. Each of the four times Flowers was convicted, the jury was all white or nearly all white. So we decided to look more closely at why so f...Show More

Update: A Sentencing, A Demand, No Closure

36:36 | Dec 2nd, 2016

The sentencing of Danny Heinrich on Nov. 21, 2016, brought to a close the 27-year investigation into the abduction and murder of Jacob Wetterling. But it didn't end the story.

9: The Truth

42:00 | Oct 25th, 2016

When Danny Heinrich confessed in court on Sept. 6 to abducting and murdering Jacob Wetterling and assaulting Jared Scheierl 27 years ago, investigators declared that at last, the public had the truth. But despite Heinrich's excruciatingly detailed ac...Show More

8: What's Going on Down There?

46:06 | Oct 18th, 2016

In November 2012, a police officer named Tom Decker was shot and killed in Cold Spring, Minn., after getting out of his car to check on a man who lived above a bar. The man was quickly arrested and held in the Stearns County jail. He was interrogated...Show More

6: Stranger Danger

36:47 | Oct 4th, 2016

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.

5: Person of Interest

47:30 | Sep 27th, 2016

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...Show More

S2 E10: Discovery

1:04:04 | Jun 26th, 2018

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...Show More

S2 E1: July 16, 1996

42:22 | May 1st, 2018

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...Show More

We're Working On Season 2

3:46 | Feb 1st, 2017

We've got some great news to share: In the Dark isn't over! We're getting started right now on a second season.

7: This Quiet Place

40:34 | Oct 11th, 2016

Soon after the abduction and murder of Jacob Wetterling in 1989, Stearns County sheriff's investigators came face to face with his killer, Danny Heinrich, who would confess to the crime 27 years later. Then they let him go. It wasn't the first time t...Show More

4: The Circus

36:34 | Sep 20th, 2016

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 s...Show More

3: The One Who Got Away

44:49 | Sep 13th, 2016

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 ...Show More

2: The Circle

38:29 | Sep 7th, 2016

When Jacob Wetterling was taken, authorities launched what would turn into one of the largest searches for any missing person in the history of the United States. But that first night, law enforcement didn't cover all the basics.

S2 Update: Q&A + A Fire in Winona

1:04:20 | Nov 27th, 2018

We answer your questions and report on a fire in Winona.

S1 Update: The Wetterling File

28:05 | Sep 21st, 2018

In Season 1 of our podcast, we reported that the Jacob Wetterling case was a botched investigation. Just yesterday, law enforcement acknowledged it too.

S2 Update: Back to Winona

33:43 | Sep 18th, 2018

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...Show More

S2 E11: The End

35:22 | Jul 3rd, 2018

For the last episode of the season, we went to meet Jeffrey 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...Show More

S2 E8: The D.A.

1:01:30 | Jun 12th, 2018

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 rec...Show More

Season Two: The Trailer

2:19 | Apr 16th, 2018

Curtis Flowers has been tried six times for the same crime. For 21 years, Flowers has maintained his innocence. He's won appeal after appeal, but every time, the prosecutor just tries the case again. What does the evidence reveal? And how can the jus...Show More

A Winter Update from In the Dark

3:45 | Dec 19th, 2017

Season 2 will be released in the spring of 2018, but this one won't be about the Jacob Wetterling case. Donate: https://contribute.publicradio.org/contribute.php?refId=ITD_Web

Coming Soon: In the Dark

3:37 | Aug 29th, 2016

After he disappeared nearly 27 years ago, Jacob Wetterling's remains have been found. Why did it take so long?