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​​In 1987, 18-year-old Michelle Schofield was found dead in a phosphate pit in Florida. Two years later, her husband Leo was convicted and sentenced to life in prison. Fifteen years later, previously unidentified fingerprints matched Jeremy Scott--a violent teenager who lived nearby. Jeremy has since confessed to Michelle’s murder. Yet Leo Schofield remains behind bars.

In this groundbreaking podcast, Bone Valley host Gilbert King uncovers startling new evidence that Jeremy is responsible for a string of murders. King is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Devil in the Grove, which led to the exonerations of four innocent men.

Bone Valley is a production of Lava for Good Podcasts in association with Signal Co. No1.

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    • 4.9 • 234 Ratings

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​​In 1987, 18-year-old Michelle Schofield was found dead in a phosphate pit in Florida. Two years later, her husband Leo was convicted and sentenced to life in prison. Fifteen years later, previously unidentified fingerprints matched Jeremy Scott--a violent teenager who lived nearby. Jeremy has since confessed to Michelle’s murder. Yet Leo Schofield remains behind bars.

In this groundbreaking podcast, Bone Valley host Gilbert King uncovers startling new evidence that Jeremy is responsible for a string of murders. King is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Devil in the Grove, which led to the exonerations of four innocent men.

Bone Valley is a production of Lava for Good Podcasts in association with Signal Co. No1.

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    Chapter 1 | God Help Us

    Chapter 1 | God Help Us

    Chapter 1 of 9
    Author Gilbert King receives a message from a Florida judge who claims that there is an innocent man in prison, wrongly convicted of murdering his wife back in 1987. King and researcher Kelsey Decker meet Leo Schofield in prison and learn about the disappearance of 18 year-old Michelle Schofield. 
    For photos, images, and the full transcript of this episode visit https://bit.ly/BVS1E1 
    To read and sign the petition from the Innocence Project of Florida visit bit.ly/BringLeoHome
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    • 52 min
    Chapter 2 | Combee Critters

    Chapter 2 | Combee Critters

    Chapter 2 of 9
    Leo’s friends and family search desperately for Michelle around Lakeland, Florida. Three days later, her body is found in a phosphate mining pit with 26 stab wounds. Leo is arrested, charged with first degree murder, and faces the electric chair. 
    For photos, images, and the full transcript of this episode visit https://bit.ly/BVS1E2
    To hear the full length version  of "Ducking Grady" by Stephon Girard, go to: https://youtu.be/lA6bruIZ0Ak
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Chapter 3 | Trial by Ambush

    Chapter 3 | Trial by Ambush

    Chapter 3 of 9
    Facing the death penalty, Leo Schofield retains renowned Polk County defense attorney Jack Edmund, who must square off against an aggressive young prosecutor, John Aguero at trial. The prosecutor builds his case around testimony from numerous witnesses who describe a volatile relationship between Leo and Michelle, and a witness who claims to have observed something suspicious on the night Michelle disappeared. 
    For photos, images, and the full transcript of this episode visit: https://bit.ly/BVS1E3
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    • 53 min
    Chapter 4 | Dog with a Bone

    Chapter 4 | Dog with a Bone

    Chapter 4 of 9
    Gilbert and Kelsey analyze the State’s case against Leo Schofield and locate a juror who admits she didn’t believe that Leo was guilty. As the years pass, Leo’s appellate attempts fail, and he falls in love with social worker Crissie Carter who works in the prison. Crissie begins investigating Leo’s case on her own, and recruits a friend in law enforcement to run unidentified fingerprints from Michelle’s Mazda. There’s a match, but the fingerprints do not belong to Leo Schofield.
    For photos, images, and the full transcript of this episode visit: bit.ly/BVS1E4
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Chapter 5 | Bam Bam

    Chapter 5 | Bam Bam

    Chapter 5 of 9
    Gilbert and Kelsey do a deep dive investigation into Jeremy Scott. By speaking to people who were close to Jeremy at the time, a picture emerges of an impulsive and troubled teenager who was prone to violence. When investigators confront Jeremy about the newly identified fingerprints, he explains that he was in Michelle’s car to steal stereo equipment. The State believes Jeremy, and they close their investigation. 
    For photos, images, and the full transcript of this episode visit: bit.ly/BVS1E5
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    • 50 min
    Chapter 6 | Know That I Know

    Chapter 6 | Know That I Know

    Chapter 6 of 9
    Jeremy Scott’s ex-girlfriend reveals some incriminating information about his life in the late-1980s, leading Gilbert and Kelsey to investigate Jeremy’s potential links to another crime in a neighboring county. Leo Schofield is granted an evidentiary hearing to determine whether he should receive a new trial. Jeremy is called to testify at the hearing, and he and Leo come face-to-face for the first time beneath the Polk County courthouse.
    For photos, images, and the full transcript of this episode visit: bit.ly/BVS1E6
    To read and sign the petition from the Innocence Project of Florida visit bit.ly/BringLeoHome
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    • 1 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
234 Ratings

234 Ratings

Sandrajw66 ,

Leo! I’m so glad you are out

What a traumatic journey of 36years

Binged it over 3 days, when time allowed
Listening to Leo and struggles of the Florida judicial system - never believed, just assumed (and we all know what that means)
I cried when I listened to the prosecutors
saying such untrue things even after
Jeremy had confessed….and nothing was done
Leo! Live your life to the fullest
Hug your grandchildren, family and friends everyday
Live your life to the fullest

Fantastic Podcast Gilbert & Kelsey
Awaiting the next decision - Exoneration all the way from Australia!!

Gavin Farrell Australia ,

The best podcast ever!

Despite how frustrating and sad the content can be, this is the best podcast I have ever listened to.

Well done to Gilbert and Kelsey on such amazing story telling.

Gavin - Sydney Australia

tinkerjones ,

For Leo

I have not been able to stop listening I only started it yesterday and just finished. Thank you for the host you’re doing an amazing job and please don’t stop, this podcast definitely had me in all emotions. 💕
I sincerely hope there is justice for Michelle and Leo is set free.

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