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“WTOP’s American Nightmare Series” is a podcast covering true crime stories in the Washington D.C. region.

Season 2, “Murder in a Safe Place,” debuts Feb 22. The podcast investigates the vicious rape and murder of 50-year-old nurse Sherry Crandell inside the DC-area hospital where she worked. Her murder has mystified not only the police, but her family and the community for the past two decades. Police have DNA evidence and fingerprints - even a witness to the attack - but no suspect. In “Murder in a Safe Place,” veteran DC reporter Paul Wagner tells a story that, by the final episode, will have you thinking there may be a chance for justice after all.

Season One, “22 Hours: An American Nightmare,” hosted by WTOP award-winning reporters Megan Cloherty and Jack Moore was named the No. 2 Podcast of the Year by The Associated Press and was listed among Apple Podcasts’ Most Popular New Shows of 2019. “22 Hours: An American Nightmare” chronicles the case that became known nationwide as the “DC Mansion Murders” – the horrific killing of a DC power couple, their 10-year-old son, and housekeeper – in a way no one has covered it before.

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“WTOP’s American Nightmare Series” is a podcast covering true crime stories in the Washington D.C. region.

Season 2, “Murder in a Safe Place,” debuts Feb 22. The podcast investigates the vicious rape and murder of 50-year-old nurse Sherry Crandell inside the DC-area hospital where she worked. Her murder has mystified not only the police, but her family and the community for the past two decades. Police have DNA evidence and fingerprints - even a witness to the attack - but no suspect. In “Murder in a Safe Place,” veteran DC reporter Paul Wagner tells a story that, by the final episode, will have you thinking there may be a chance for justice after all.

Season One, “22 Hours: An American Nightmare,” hosted by WTOP award-winning reporters Megan Cloherty and Jack Moore was named the No. 2 Podcast of the Year by The Associated Press and was listed among Apple Podcasts’ Most Popular New Shows of 2019. “22 Hours: An American Nightmare” chronicles the case that became known nationwide as the “DC Mansion Murders” – the horrific killing of a DC power couple, their 10-year-old son, and housekeeper – in a way no one has covered it before.

    S2 E2 THE INVESTIGATION

    S2 E2 THE INVESTIGATION

    As Prince George's County Police detectives investigate the murder of nurse Sherry Crandall, they learn of a witness to the attack. A fact police kept deep in their files for 23 years and are revealing for the first time on this podcast.

    • 57 min
    S2 E1 - The Murder

    S2 E1 - The Murder

    In 1998, a nurse was found brutally raped and strangled in the Maryland hospital where she worked. Despite DNA evidence and a fingerprint of the killer left behind at the scene, the case remains unsolved 23 years later. But, could newly uncovered information finally bring justice for Sherry Crandell?

    • 48 min
    Season 2 Trailer

    Season 2 Trailer

    The brutal rape and murder of 50-year-old Sherry Crandell inside the Maryland hospital where she worked rocked the D.C. region in 1998. It's been more than 23 years since Sherry's death and despite having DNA and fingerprint evidence, police have yet to solve her case. Podcast host Paul Wagner, a veteran D.C. crime reporter, has been following this case for two decades. Throughout the podcast, Paul searches for clues and answers as he speaks with Sherry's family, her colleagues and the police.

    • 2 min
    22 Hours: The Appeal

    22 Hours: The Appeal

    An update in the case after nearly two years: Daron Wint’s lawyers have filed an appeal seeking to throw out his conviction and asking for a new trial. Hosts Megan Cloherty and Jack Moore head back into the studio to discuss the latest development.

    "22 Hours: An American Nightmare" is a production of WTOP News in Washington, D.C. Music featured in "22 Hours: An American Nightmare" is licensed with artist permission. Music for this episode is "Haters Hate" by Ramone Messam.

    • 30 min
    22 Hours: The Breakdown: Q&A #2

    22 Hours: The Breakdown: Q&A #2

    In our final episode, we again return to the studio and dig through our notes, files and transcripts of the
    case to answer listener questions. What happened to the $40,000 ransom and was it fully accounted for? What is the timeline of the various fires in the case? And what was the deal with Daron’s alibi, Ed?

    This episode is written and produced by WTOP reporters Megan Cloherty and Jack Moore. Julia Ziegler is the content adviser. Visit 22HoursPodcast.com to sign up for email alerts on the case, and to see photos
    and other evidence.

    "22 Hours: An American Nightmare" is a production of WTOP News in Washington, D.C. Music for this
    episode is “Haters Hate” by Ramone Messam.

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    • 45 min
    22 Hours: Life Without

    22 Hours: Life Without

    After Daron Wint’s conviction, federal prosecutors press the judge for the harshest possible sentence and, for the first time reveal his history of explosive rage, violent threats and assaults. At Daron’s sentencing, emotional statements from the two surviving Savopoulos daughters are read in court. As the last regular episode comes to a close, we reflect back.

    This episode is written and produced by reporters Megan Cloherty and Jack Moore. Julia Ziegler is the
    content adviser. Visit 22HoursPodcast.com to sign up for email alerts on this case and the podcast. You can also see a video of Nelly Gutierrez sharing more of her memories.

    "22 Hours: An American Nightmare" is a production of WTOP News in Washington, D.C.

    All music featured in "22 Hours: An American Nightmare" is licensed through Creative Commons and/or
    by permission of the artist. We're grateful to all the artists whose music has helped us tell this story. Music for this episode is “Haters Hate” by Ramone Messam; “Beyond the Lows” by The Whole Other and “Spookster” by Wayne Jones, available in the YouTube Audio Library. “Rhythmic Pulse” and “Closing my Eyes for a Moment” by Daniel Birch and “Harbor” by Kai Engel are licensed under Creative Commons by Attribution 4.0 International.

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    • 1 hr 24 min

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