9 episodes

Kim Barker, a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter for The New York Times, revisits an unsolved murder that took place while she was in high school in Laramie, Wyoming, nearly 40 years ago. She confronts the conflicting stories people have told themselves about the crime because of an unexpected development: the arrest of a former Laramie police officer accused in the murder.

The Coldest Case In Laramie Serial

    • True Crime
    • 4.3 • 197 Ratings

Kim Barker, a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter for The New York Times, revisits an unsolved murder that took place while she was in high school in Laramie, Wyoming, nearly 40 years ago. She confronts the conflicting stories people have told themselves about the crime because of an unexpected development: the arrest of a former Laramie police officer accused in the murder.

    Episode 1

    Episode 1

    A Times investigative reporter, Kim Barker, revisits the murder of Shelli Wiley — a long-unsolved case from Kim’s time in high school. She reaches out to Shelli’s family to understand why the police arrested a man named Fred Lamb for Shelli’s murder in 2016, and why prosecutors abruptly dropped the charges against him.

    • 23 min
    Episode 2

    Episode 2

    Kim talks to Shelli’s former roommate, who connects Kim with a man who was at the crime scene and has troubling memories about Fred Lamb and the police.

    • 23 min
    Episode 3

    Episode 3

    Kim heads to Laramie and hears two very different versions of the case against Fred Lamb.

    • 28 min
    Episode 4

    Episode 4

    Kim digs into the early stages of the investigation into Shelli’s murder and follows up with old suspects.

    • 36 min
    Episode 5

    Episode 5

    Kim talks to someone who confessed to Shelli’s murder from a jail in Arizona.

    • 32 min
    Episode 6

    Episode 6

    Kim examines the bizarre interrogation that led to Fred Lamb’s arrest.

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
197 Ratings

197 Ratings

LincKym ,

Very well made!!!

This was so well made on all fronts - the perfect mix of interviews and story-telling. It really showcased the blatant sexism, racism and homophobia that both suspects and victims faced during this investigation. That only thing that could have made it better would be if there had been a resolution or even some sort of conclusion reached!

ned-sanders ,

DNA isn’t a perfect science

Great podcast.

One thing that stands out to me is that even though the found Lamb’s DNA on door #3; this does not prove he was the one who killed Shelli.

Science has proven over and over again how our DNA can end up in all sorts of places all the time - leading to many wrong convictions that are based solely on DNA evidence.

The police screwed up the initial investigation, period. I think that if Lamb is convicted based on the current evidence; he’ll just be another fall guy for the sake of closure. It might have to be one of those cases that either doesn’t get resolved or has to wait for further information to come to light.

Tig42 ,

It’s Serial

It’s Serial. ‘Nuff said.

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