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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 • 141 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.

    Life in prison

    Life in prison

    In an emotional hearing, Judge Timothy Walmsley has the last word as he sentences Travis McMichael, Greg McMichael and Roddie Bryan for killing Ahmaud Arbery.
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Devonia Inman is a free man

    Devonia Inman is a free man

    After 23 years in prison for a wrongful murder conviction, Devonia Inman is finally free. Here are the improbable events that led to his release, and what Inman has to say about his experience. Plus, the new Cook County district attorney doesn't mince words about how the case went to trial two decades ago.
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    • 47 min
    'We have a verdict'

    'We have a verdict'

    After about 10 hours of deliberation, the jury hearing the case against the three men charged with the murder of Ahmaud Arbery reached its verdict. The 18th episode of Season 8 of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Breakdown podcast covers the verdict’s outcome and its aftermath.
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    • 1 hr 18 min
    Ahmaud Arbery's killer takes the witness stand

    Ahmaud Arbery's killer takes the witness stand

    It isn’t often a defendant takes the witness stand with his life on the line. But Travis McMichael did just that last week. He might as well have had the life of his father, Greg McMichael, on the line, too.
    The 18th episode of the Eighth Season of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s “Breakdown” podcast focuses on what happened inside the courtroom and outside of it as the trial for the McMichaels and William “Roddie” Bryan near an end. All three men are being tried for the alleged murder of Ahmaud Arbery on Feb. 23, 2020.
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    • 1 hr 22 min
    'We don't want any more Black pastors'

    'We don't want any more Black pastors'

    The Atlanta-Journal Constitution's Bill Rankin, Asia Burns and Shaddi Abusaid are in Brunswick to follow developments in the first full week in the trial of the three men charged in Ahmaud Arbery's killing. The jury heard from the owner of the home under construction that Arbery visited before he was killed. And a defense lawyer makes a widely condemned statement regarding the Rev. Al Sharpton's presence at the trial.
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    • 1 hr
    11 white jurors, one Black juror

    11 white jurors, one Black juror

    Jury selection in the trial of three men accused in the murder of Ahmaud Arbery concluded amid controversy inside and outside the courtroom. Following that, the state and lawyers for Travis McMichael and his father Greg McMichael gave powerful opening statements. Join host Bill Rankin as he explores these developments and looks ahead in the trial.
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    • 1 hr 1 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
141 Ratings

141 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..

bongointhecongo ,

Biased

Biased and revisionist narratives

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.

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