43 episodes

Serial investigative journalism from APM Reports, with host Madeleine Baran and a team of reporters. Season 1 looked at the abduction of Jacob Wetterling in rural Minnesota and the accountability of sheriffs in solving crime. Season 2 examined the case of Curtis Flowers, who was tried six times for the same crime. Also, a special report on Covid-19 in the Mississippi Delta.

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Serial investigative journalism from APM Reports, with host Madeleine Baran and a team of reporters. Season 1 looked at the abduction of Jacob Wetterling in rural Minnesota and the accountability of sheriffs in solving crime. Season 2 examined the case of Curtis Flowers, who was tried six times for the same crime. Also, a special report on Covid-19 in the Mississippi Delta.

    S2 E20: Curtis Flowers

    S2 E20: Curtis Flowers

    During three years investigating the Curtis Flowers case, we’d talked to nearly everyone involved: lawyers, witnesses, jurors, family members, investigators, politicians, and many, many people around town. But there was one person we hadn’t yet interviewed — Curtis Flowers. That is, until one day in early October, a few weeks after he’d been cleared of all charges. For the final episode of Season 2, we at long last talk to the man at the center of it all.


    Read: Will Doug Evans face accountability?

    See photos of Curtis Flowers on Instagram.

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    • 1 hr 1 min
    S2 E19: Freedom

    S2 E19: Freedom

    After 24 years, the case against Curtis Flowers is finally over. Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch asks the judge to dismiss the charges against Flowers for lack of evidence. Flowers is released from house arrest and free – truly free – at last.


    Read the story.

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    • 17 min
    Coronavirus in the Delta E6: Delta State

    Coronavirus in the Delta E6: Delta State

    College football is practically a religion in Mississippi. And for the players, it's life. As Covid-19 upended their world, the teammates at Delta State struggled to find structure and support for an off-season like no other. Support journalism with a donation to In the Dark.

    • 29 min
    Coronavirus in the Delta E5: Geno

    Coronavirus in the Delta E5: Geno

    As the coronavirus swept into the Mississippi Delta, a judge in the small city of Indianola decided to release every inmate she had in jail. That is, every inmate except one. Support journalism with a donation to In the Dark.

    • 32 min
    Coronavirus in the Delta E4: Watermelon Slim

    Coronavirus in the Delta E4: Watermelon Slim

    In the middle of a pandemic, with so many people suffering alone, it seemed an appropriate time to hear from a Delta blues singer. Enter Watermelon Slim. Support journalism with a donation to In the Dark.

    • 20 min
    Coronavirus in the Delta E3: The Hospital

    Coronavirus in the Delta E3: The Hospital

    The doctors and nurses at Greenwood Leflore Hospital brace for the pandemic, cordoning off their ICU and preparing for an influx of patients. Then the virus strikes one of their own. Support journalism with a donation to In the Dark.

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
1.4K Ratings

1.4K Ratings

Jenethron ,

Love it!

Love the in-depth reporting - was so fascinating to listen to!

Fig the wonder kid ,

TOP DRAWER!

I happily gave this five stars and if I could have given it any more, I would have. I have just finished season one, I binged on it, over a couple of days, including it’s two substantial updates (when they do an update they really do an update!). In fact, it was so good, that I went to dive straight into season two, but I thought “that was so good, it deserves a five star review!”, and I forcibly had to stop myself from listening to the three minute trailer, knowing that by the end of it, I would no longer have been capable of stopping my next binge session.

The first word that comes to mind is thorough. I listen to a lot of true crime podcasts and watch a lot of true crime documentaries, and this is up there with the very best of both. The investigative journalism is top drawer, and the team of reporters led by Madeleine Baram, are utterly brilliant.

This is up there with my thus far favourite ever true crime podcast: Your Own Backyard. A first time excellent effort by it’s musician/sound engineer turned intrepid reporter, and podcast host Chris Lambert. Believe me when I say, that from me that is high praise indeed. Someone said under, that for them, this is up there with Serial, and I’m going to say that in my opinion, it is indeed better than Serial. Which though I really REALLY liked, does have a few shortcomings. I’d say that Madeleine Baram, is an even better investigative reporter than Sarah Koenig. There, I said it.

I think it’s unlikely that the Stearns County Sheriff, a chap called Sanner, would have resigned, or that the new Sheriff Gudmundson would have had the 2018 follow up news conference, where he took full responsibility, and for the first time admitted that the 27 year investigation (by multiple agencies) was botched, if it hadn’t have been for the excellent investigative journalism in this podcast.

The bright light it shone at the whole inept investigation, where everyone bar one retired investigator had absolutely refused to take responsibility for it having taken so long to solve, and insisting that everything that could have been done was done. Even though there are many examples of its, at times, glaring ineptitude.

Without giving away any specific spoilers let’s just say botched is the nice way to describe it. Unlike this podcast which got everything spot-on, they went the eleventh mile with their research, and with everything else too, from the tone, the aforementioned thorough reporting, the production values, all of it was excellent.

I would recommend this if like me, you love true crime podcasts, because you won’t be disappointed!

Extra Info: if like me you know something of the wrongful conviction of Curtis Flowers, but you cannot remember or never did know the outcome, then I will warn you, that after reading the first four reviews before mine, is fine, but by the fifth one, if you go steaming in like me, there is a spoiler there, so beware. Because believe me when I say that I’m sorry I wasn’t more careful. If you’re an American, you may well be thinking, who doesn’t know that? But I am British and so I didn’t. So I guess this last paragraph, is for your British/other nationality listeners, and at best the odd American, who doesn’t already know?

Enjoy!

laura rhodes ,

Brilliant!

All the people involved in creating this podcast are very good at what they do! Loved it as much as ‘Serial’ and that’s a statement! Keep up the good work, I’m so excited for season 3.

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