10 episodes

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.

The Clearing Gimlet Media

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.7, 279 Ratings

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.

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
279 Ratings

279 Ratings

Silent Bob37 ,

Fascinating podcast!

If the retired “Zodiac” expert was right, Edwards must have started out his career young. He would have only been 11yo when “The Black Dalia” was killed!

VivBass ,

Riveting

Excellent content and story telling
It’s a must listen

VictoriaH ,

Inspiring

Intense and compelling. Wonderful music selection - so poignant. Really lovable subjects such as April, the narrator and the big hearted forgiving families they connect with. Subjects and people in the show treated with integrity and respect.

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