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Now in its eighth season, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Breakdown podcast returns with host Bill Rankin to examine the case of Ahmaud Arbery. On Feb. 23, Arbery, a 25-year-old African-American man, was fatally shot three times as he jogged through the Satilla Shores neighborhood just outside of coastal Brunswick, where he was confronted by two white men. Greg McMichael, his son Travis McMichael, and their neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan, who took the now-familiar video of the incident, all face felony murder charges. The AJC's Breakdown podcast is just that — the breakdown of the story and the systems. The largest newsroom in the southeast delivers investigations and true crime cases that you cannot find anywhere else.

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    • 4.6 • 129 Ratings

Now in its eighth season, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Breakdown podcast returns with host Bill Rankin to examine the case of Ahmaud Arbery. On Feb. 23, Arbery, a 25-year-old African-American man, was fatally shot three times as he jogged through the Satilla Shores neighborhood just outside of coastal Brunswick, where he was confronted by two white men. Greg McMichael, his son Travis McMichael, and their neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan, who took the now-familiar video of the incident, all face felony murder charges. The AJC's Breakdown podcast is just that — the breakdown of the story and the systems. The largest newsroom in the southeast delivers investigations and true crime cases that you cannot find anywhere else.

    The McMichaels plead for bond

    The McMichaels plead for bond

    Father and son Gregory and Travis McMichael were denied bond after a two-day hearing in Brunswick, Ga. Join host Bill Rankin as he recounts what happened at the hearing -- and explores what led the judge to deny bond for the two men.
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    • 51 min
    The Elephant in the Room

    The Elephant in the Room

    Prosecutors building a case against the three men accused in the death of Ahmaud Arbery have passed several motions regarding what evidence can be submitted in court.
    Meanwhile, the contention that gunman Travis McMichael uttered a racial epithet while standing over Arbery's body remains the most explosive element of the case. However, jurors may never hear about it.
    Join host Bill Rankin as he explores how issues raised now could shape the outcome of a trial.
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    • 36 min
    Father and Son

    Father and Son

    Since Ahmaud Arbery's death, father and son Gregory and Travis McMichael have been condemned by many as racist vigilantes who targeted a Black man running down their street. Attorneys for the men claim that is far from true. Join host Bill Rankin as he explores the McMichaels' history prior to their fateful meeting with Ahmaud Arbery.

    Nothing could be further from the truth, lawyers for both Travis and Greg McMichael recently told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
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    • 43 min
    S08, Ep3: How Georgia lets citizens arrest fellow citizens

    S08, Ep3: How Georgia lets citizens arrest fellow citizens

    An attorney for one of the three men accused of chasing and killing Ahmaud Arbery in February says the group's actions are legally justifiable by a law dating back all the way to the 1860s. Meanwhile, Georgia's legislature is considering repealing the law because of the case. Join host Bill Rankin as he examines what Georgia's citizen's arrest law says and how it may impact the Arbery murder case.
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    • 41 min
    S08, Ep2: Preliminary Hearing

    S08, Ep2: Preliminary Hearing

    Protests in Atlanta attract national attention as a preliminary hearing in Brunswick begins. During the probable cause hearing, there is only one witness: the lead investigator on the case.
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    • 35 min
    S08, Ep1: The Ahmaud Arbery case

    S08, Ep1: The Ahmaud Arbery case

    A tragic shooting has thrust coastal Georgia onto the national scene. On Feb. 23, Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old African-American man, was shot three times in a neighborhood near Brunswick, where he was confronted by two white men. The video of the shooting has now been seen by millions.
    In this special episode of Breakdown, hosts Bill Rankin and Greg Bluestein examine what is known about the case, and what’s to come. You’ll hear from officials down in Brunswick as well as former AJC managing editor, Bert Roughton, who lives in nearby St. Simons and has covered the case, as well as Brad Schrade, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter who has investigated police shootings for the AJC and has also covered the Arbery shooting.
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    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
129 Ratings

129 Ratings

Courchie ,

The best -come back Bill!

The best. Bill Rankin’s delivery and the production quality outranks all the other (also very good) highly rated real crime investigation (eg Serial, In the Dark, Teacher’s Pet, West Cork etc) just sad that it looks like no more in the pipeline. Please come back Bill, I can’t believe that all the breakdowns in the Georgia justice system have been fixed yet..

write2reachu ,

Good and bad points

I struggled a bit with this podcast. Bill Rankin tells stories well. His delivery is pretty good as is the writing. I love a bit of true crime and I listened to the first five seasons but began to struggle at season 2. The topic is a trial of a man charged with leaving his young son in a hot car and it just felt wrong - listening to the trauma for the purpose of entertainment. At points, I found the story telling quite detached and the topic not handled with the sensitivity it needed. I found the ‘lessons in the law’ sections a poor attempt at quirkiness or maybe humour? Which I thought was inappropriate in this case. I unsubscribed after season 5 which I just found dull - it took 13 episodes to say what could have been said in four or five.
I realise my opinions are all personal- other people may feel very differently depending what you’re looking for.

MsMaii ,

One of the best

This is one of the best true crime podcasts, from season one to current. The stories are told factual, in depth, includes a lot of others perspective to the stories. Love this podcast.

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