27 episodes

Imagine you're accused of something horrific. You swear you didn't do it, but someone says they witnessed it: your own brother. Sophia Johnson was newly married with a baby on the way when she became the prime suspect in her mother-in-law's brutal murder. WBUR's Amory Sivertson reexamines a case unsolved, a family torn apart, and the woman who wasn't believed.

Beyond All Repair WBUR

    • True Crime
    • 4.9 • 60 Ratings

Imagine you're accused of something horrific. You swear you didn't do it, but someone says they witnessed it: your own brother. Sophia Johnson was newly married with a baby on the way when she became the prime suspect in her mother-in-law's brutal murder. WBUR's Amory Sivertson reexamines a case unsolved, a family torn apart, and the woman who wasn't believed.

    Beyond All Repair Ch. 1: Boxes

    Beyond All Repair Ch. 1: Boxes

    Reporter Amory Sivertson has reopened a box that some members of the Correia family were hoping would stay shut forever.

    Amory first met the youngest Correia, Shane, in 2017 while interviewing him about his experience with homelessness. But there is another dark chapter of Shane's life: his older sister being accused of murdering her mother-in-law in 2002, when he was 13 years old.

    Now Shane wants to know, did his sister commit this brutal the crime?

    If you have questions about the case, the real people at the center of this story, or anything else about this series, we want to hear them. Email beyondallrepairpod@gmail.com with a voice message or written message.

    Listener note: This show has descriptions of violence and strong language.

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    • 23 min
    Beyond All Repair Ch. 2: The Case

    Beyond All Repair Ch. 2: The Case

    Amory learns more about Marlyne Johnson, Sophia Johnson’s late mother-in-law, and her murder is explored through footage of Sophia’s 2003 trial.

    Clark County Detective Rick Buckner and his team narrowed the field of suspects to siblings Sophia and Sean Correia (Shane Correia's older brother and sister).

    Sean testified during Sophia’s 2003 murder trial that he saw his sister standing over Marlyne’s body, holding fireplace tongs.

    If you have questions about the case, the real people at the center of this story, or anything else about this series, we want to hear them. Email beyondallrepairpod@gmail.com with a voice message or written message.

    Listener note: This show has descriptions of violence and strong language.

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    • 31 min
    Beyond All Repair Ch. 3: Bad Blood

    Beyond All Repair Ch. 3: Bad Blood

    Sean Correia's credibility is called into question as Sophia Johnson and Shane Correia tell Amory about his role in their upbringing. Amory learns how these three siblings ended up in Washington state after being raised in New York, and how Sophia became estranged from Shane and their mother, with whom she’d been incredibly close.

    Sophia finds a new family in the Johnsons — Brad, her husband, and Marlyne and Richard Johnson, Brad’s parents.

    At the time of the murder, Sophia is newly wedded to Brad and six months pregnant. Marlyne is supposed to go over to Sophia’s house for lunch that day. She doesn’t show, leading Sophia and Brad to check on her, and, ultimately, to her lifeless, nearly unrecognizable body.

    Sophia denies murdering Marlyne, but suspects Sean’s involvement.

    If you have questions about the case, the real people at the center of this story, or anything else about this series, we want to hear them. Email beyondallrepairpod@gmail.com with a voice message or written message.

    Listener note: This episode has descriptions of violence, strong language, and allegations of sexual assault. 

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    • 44 min
    Beyond All Repair Ch. 4: The Husband

    Beyond All Repair Ch. 4: The Husband

    Amory meets Lyn Page and Linda Dillard, friends of Marlyne Johnson and her husband Richard, who share more about the Johnson family.

    Richard struggled with alcohol abuse and gambled, and Marlyne had started saving money in case she needed to leave him. 

    Richard eventually agrees to talk to Amory and shares memories of his wife and the day she was killed.

    If you have questions about the case, the real people at the center of this story, or anything else about this series, we want to hear them. Email beyondallrepairpod@gmail.com with a voice message or written message.

    Listener note: This episode has descriptions of violence and strong language. 

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    • 35 min
    Beyond All Repair Ch. 5: The Motive

    Beyond All Repair Ch. 5: The Motive

    The prosecution in Sophia’s trial claims greed was her motive for killing Marlyne. Shortly after Sophia and Brad Johnson started dating, Sophia began stealing money from her employer.

    Sophia explains how the theft started and quickly spiraled out of control.

    By the time of the murder, Sophia was tens of thousands of dollars in debt, with a baby on the way. Was she desperate enough to commit murder?

    If you have questions about the case, the people at the center of this story, or anything else about this series, we want to hear them. Email beyondallrepairpod@gmail.com with a voice message or written message.

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    • 35 min
    Beyond All Repair Ch. 6: Hope

    Beyond All Repair Ch. 6: Hope

    The jury has reached a verdict: Sophia is found guilty of first-degree murder.

    At sentencing, Sophia hears victim impact statements, including one delivered by the woman raising her son.

    She is sentenced to 43 years in prison, and just as she’s settling into that fate, she gets a call from her lawyer saying that she’s won the right to a new trial.

    If you have questions about the case, the people at the center of this story, or anything else about this series, we want to hear them. Email beyondallrepairpod@gmail.com with a voice memo or written message.

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    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
60 Ratings

60 Ratings

Mjolly1908 ,

Highly recommended

Extremely well researched and unbiased views. Interesting from both the case and the judicial system. Highly recommended.

Aitchkay ,

Objective and professional analysis

A brilliant, well-researched and objective look into both the individual case and the parole system in general.

Murphy0202 ,

Well done

Well researched, enjoyed the hosts style of reporting, crime style podcast told from a new perspective.

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