14 episodes

A true crime podcast that recalls the brutal slaying of BETTY ANN SULLIVAN on a snowy night in January of 1988, a night that, more than 30 years later, the small town of Jefferson Township, New Jersey has yet to fully recover from. The violence of that evening shocked the nation for the perpetrator... was her own son, a boy of fourteen who would take his own life only hours later. What the investigation revealed left a community in tatters, unwilling to believe the evil that had befallen them.

The Devil Within Wondery

    • True Crime
    • 3.3 • 181 Ratings

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A true crime podcast that recalls the brutal slaying of BETTY ANN SULLIVAN on a snowy night in January of 1988, a night that, more than 30 years later, the small town of Jefferson Township, New Jersey has yet to fully recover from. The violence of that evening shocked the nation for the perpetrator... was her own son, a boy of fourteen who would take his own life only hours later. What the investigation revealed left a community in tatters, unwilling to believe the evil that had befallen them.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    Introducing: The Shadow Girls

    Introducing: The Shadow Girls

    The hunt for the Green River Killer.

    • 2 min
    Interview

    Interview

    An interview with the writer/director.

    • 32 min
    A Prayer in Spring

    A Prayer in Spring

    The writer/director returns to the scene of the crime.

    • 23 min
    Nothing Gold Can Stay

    Nothing Gold Can Stay

    Season one ends with shocking answers to thirty year old questions.

    • 34 min
    Acquainted with the Night

    Acquainted with the Night

    Tommy returns to Clinton Road with a singular purpose.

    • 34 min
    The Road Not Taken

    The Road Not Taken

    Tommy makes his first trip to the mysterious ruins in the woods of Clinton Road.

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

3.3 out of 5
181 Ratings

181 Ratings

catriona88 ,

This is not true crime

This is fantasy fiction based on a horrible murder. No facts, no research, just the writer exploring his own imagination about what could have happened. Expected better from Wondery.

hdhdhhdhheh ,

I’m confused

I thought I was starting a true crime podcast, but 5 episodes in and it sounds like a cautionary catholic story-telling. There’s seemingly intentional misrepresentation and fear-mongering as to the contents of the Satanic bible which adds up to religious propaganda. The first tenet is “One should strive to act with compassion and empathy toward all creatures in accordance with reason.” Nothing about the contents of the book would invoke a child to kill his mother. Unless the child was mentally ill in some way, or had faced significant trauma. Especially trauma based around his religious upbringing. Yet mental illness (the only actual explanation) hasn’t been mentioned once. Considering that he was deeply involved in the church AND Boy Scouts...two institutions very well known for being havens of child abuse...I’d say that should have been a route to be explored. Not to mention the probability of schizophrenia, and that he was the age that onset of symptoms is common.

The podcast started with mocking the satanic panic, but ended up perpetuating it.

If I had known going in it was set up as story telling, I would have enjoyed it. But marketing it as true crime doesn’t set the listener up to what they will hear. I’m ending the podcast not knowing if this is actually based on a real case. Will have to google to find out.

Just change the category, add a description- problem solved. “Based on a true story”, “dramatized story-telling” etc.

CodyJ1982 ,

mediocre

Good storytelling, could definitely use investment in production

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