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It was a crime that rocked an idyllic seaside town in Cape Cod -- the 2002 murder of Christa Worthington, found stabbed to death with her 2-year-old daughter, unharmed at her side. What came next was a three-year search for her killer that would involve unorthodox steps by police, a lengthy list of potential suspects, and an entire town under suspicion. Christa's trash collector, Christopher McCowen, would eventually be convicted of the crime, but his trial would raise questions about the evidence, investigative methods, and whether racial prejudice played a role. Now, ABC Radio and "20/20" take a look at all the evidence and for the first time ever, hear directly from Christopher McCowen, to examine whether the right man is behind bars.

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It was a crime that rocked an idyllic seaside town in Cape Cod -- the 2002 murder of Christa Worthington, found stabbed to death with her 2-year-old daughter, unharmed at her side. What came next was a three-year search for her killer that would involve unorthodox steps by police, a lengthy list of potential suspects, and an entire town under suspicion. Christa's trash collector, Christopher McCowen, would eventually be convicted of the crime, but his trial would raise questions about the evidence, investigative methods, and whether racial prejudice played a role. Now, ABC Radio and "20/20" take a look at all the evidence and for the first time ever, hear directly from Christopher McCowen, to examine whether the right man is behind bars.

    Introducing 'Cutthroat Inc.'

    Introducing 'Cutthroat Inc.'

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    • 3 min
    6. The Interview

    6. The Interview

    More than 10 years after Chris McCowen's conviction for the rape and murder of Christa Worthington, his defense continues its efforts to get him a new trial. And for the first time, we hear directly from Chris to get his side of the story.

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    • 41 min
    5. The Verdict

    5. The Verdict

    The prosecution lays out its case against Christopher McCowen for the rape and murder of Christa Worthington, while his defense looks to poke holes in that case and raise doubts in the minds of jurors. The high-profile trial took weeks and left some wondering still to this day whether it was fair.

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    • 46 min
    4. The Garbage Man

    4. The Garbage Man

    Three years into their investigation, police arrest and charge Christopher McCowen for the murder of Christa Worthington, but the arrest of a black man in the murder of a wealthy white woman would immediately ignite controversy.

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    • 46 min
    3. More Leads, More Dead Ends

    3. More Leads, More Dead Ends

    Police expand their search for Christa Worthington's killer, looking at an ex-boyfriend and even Christa's own father. But a match on a crucial piece of D.N.A. evidence continued to be elusive, forcing police to take an unorthodox approach to find the killer and one that would grab national headlines.

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    • 38 min
    2. The Shellfish Constable

    2. The Shellfish Constable

    Police begin their search for the person who killed 46-year-old fashion writer and single mother, Christa Worthington in 2002. To understand where they would look first, we learn about Christa and her fast-paced career as a writer, as well as her affair with a married man that would put him in the investigation's crosshairs.

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    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

lao_tsun ,

Guilty

I heard nothing in this podcast to make me think he is not guilty, and I never heard about the case before this. I was so annoyed by the reporter trying to push the not guilty agenda, I watched two shows online about the story afterward and I still think he is guilty.

missdsc ,

Great Listen

Succinct. To the point. Seems well balanced. Raises serious concerns regarding Chris’s conviction. I hope he gets an opportunity to have a re-trial.

Petemom ,

Great podcast!

Love listening when on the road or cooking dinner!

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