10 episodes

1989 Boston. The crack epidemic is raging, the murder rate soaring, and white flight has taken hold. Charles Stuart and his pregnant wife, Carol, are carjacked, drawn deep into a dangerous “inner city” neighborhood, and allegedly shot by a Black man. All of Boston – and the nation – is gripped by the hunt for the suspect. What follows will reveal truths about the city... and ourselves. Presented by The Boston Globe and HBO Documentary Films, Murder in Boston: The Untold Story of the Charles and Carol Stuart Shooting is hosted by Adrian Walker who, along with a team of Pulitzer-winning investigative reporters, unveils explosive new findings and change the narrative of a story long cemented in the city’s lore. The HBO Documentary Series Murder in Boston: Roots, Rampage, and Reckoning is available to stream on Max starting December 4.  

Murder in Boston Podcast HBO and The Boston Globe

    • TV & Film
    • 4.7 • 89 Ratings

1989 Boston. The crack epidemic is raging, the murder rate soaring, and white flight has taken hold. Charles Stuart and his pregnant wife, Carol, are carjacked, drawn deep into a dangerous “inner city” neighborhood, and allegedly shot by a Black man. All of Boston – and the nation – is gripped by the hunt for the suspect. What follows will reveal truths about the city... and ourselves. Presented by The Boston Globe and HBO Documentary Films, Murder in Boston: The Untold Story of the Charles and Carol Stuart Shooting is hosted by Adrian Walker who, along with a team of Pulitzer-winning investigative reporters, unveils explosive new findings and change the narrative of a story long cemented in the city’s lore. The HBO Documentary Series Murder in Boston: Roots, Rampage, and Reckoning is available to stream on Max starting December 4.  

    Episode 1: The Crime

    Episode 1: The Crime

    Charles Stuart dials 911 from his car phone. He’s lost somewhere in Boston and bleeding out. His pregnant wife, Carol, is in the seat next to him, with a gunshot wound to the head. This white couple from the suburbs was just carjacked upon leaving a birthing class at a hospital and drawn deep into Mission Hill. They are the epitome of the urban nightmare of the late 1980s. And their terror is captured on tape.
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    • 40 min
    Episode 2: The Manhunt

    Episode 2: The Manhunt

    The shocking Stuart shooting incites a massive dragnet for a Black man in a striped track suit. Armed with “stop and frisk” powers, police tear through the Mission Hill neighborhood. Virtually every young Black male is a suspect. Boston is gripped by fear. Race, class, crime and punishment – the city's raw nerves are laid bare.
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    • 37 min
    Episode 3: Boston's Backstory

    Episode 3: Boston's Backstory

    The shooting hits at the heart of Boston’s most bitter divisions and reopens a wound around race relations that was just beginning to heal. In 1974, the city was thrown into turmoil when a judge ordered the desegregation of Boston schools. Some parents revolted and attacked school buses carrying Black children. The Stuart shooting aftermath reignites unresolved anger and revives an ugly chapter of Boston's history.
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    • 36 min
    Episode 4: The Suspect

    Episode 4: The Suspect

    Boston police have spent 12 days searching for the suspect. They’ve stopped countless Black people in Mission Hill, all to no avail. But now, there’s a tip about a notorious man in the neighborhood who's been bragging about shooting the Stuarts. The whole story starts with a few teens smoking weed one afternoon and takes off from there. In this episode, hear never-released police interrogation tapes and meet the suspect: “Wild Bill.”
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    • 51 min
    Episode 5: The Camelot Couple

    Episode 5: The Camelot Couple

    For so long it was their story – and only their story – that got any attention. Charles and Carol Stuart. The media dubbed them “The Camelot Couple,” and they became the picture of domesticity and purity. White folks could see themselves in their car. The Stuarts were pretty, popular, and on the cusp of starting a family. But really, who were Charles and Carol?
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    • 38 min
    Episode 6: The Mask Comes Off

    Episode 6: The Mask Comes Off

    Everything you know, everything you’ve heard, is flipped on its head when one morning a man walks to the edge of the Tobin Bridge and steps off, falling 145 feet into the frigid waters below. The death sends waves of disbelief, rage, and guilt through Boston. And it forces everyone to examine themselves and the role they’ve played in a terrible hoax.
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    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
89 Ratings

89 Ratings

telullah1 ,

The best True crime podcast to hook you on to true crime

This podcast is truly the one that got me to love true crime! From the theme song, the background of Boston’s history of racial segregation, bussing, etc. and overall the storytelling was absolutely amazing! I’ve listened to 10 true crime podcasts since this one, and while many are great, nothing touches this one for me. Adrian and his team at the Globe outdid themselves with this one. From the call that Charles Stuart makes, to the later interviews with the family of Willie Bennett, you simply won’t stop hitting play every time you finish an episode. ADRIAN PLEASE MAKE MORE PODCASTS.

sl frustration ,

Captivating

So relevant .. unbelievable the twists and turns the story takes and how people get caught up in the momentum of the moment… we need good journalism.

WabanackiDrive ,

Top-notch podcast: best I’ve heard in ages!

I consume a lot of podcasts, and I rate this one among the top I have heard in a very long time. It’s spellbinding, telling the story of Boston over time, and the details of the crime and how it affected people - absolutely top-quality journalism. This podcast is a treat for your ears - it’s well-produced and the experience of being immersed in this story (no commercials! no interruptions!) makes it worthy of your time and attention. Well done, Boston Globe!!

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