40 episodes

On a winter morning in 1982, two young fathers were found shot to death in a van parked outside an upscale Utah restaurant. The killer soon confessed, but his story about what happened - and why he chose violence - would create more pain, conflict, and questions for the families left in the wake of the murders.

As the families of the men struggle to rebuild their lives, they face questions they never anticipated. Does everyone deserve a second chance? Who is forgiveness for? And if you can inherit trauma, can you also inherit forgiveness? Through their stories, we discover even the most personal decisions can unintentionally ripple through lives, through generations, even impacting the lives of people we’ve never met. From KSL Podcasts (Cold), Lemonada Media (Blind Plea) and WorkHouse Media.

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The Letter Season 2: Ripple Effect Lemonada

    • True Crime
    • 4.5 • 35 Ratings

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On a winter morning in 1982, two young fathers were found shot to death in a van parked outside an upscale Utah restaurant. The killer soon confessed, but his story about what happened - and why he chose violence - would create more pain, conflict, and questions for the families left in the wake of the murders.

As the families of the men struggle to rebuild their lives, they face questions they never anticipated. Does everyone deserve a second chance? Who is forgiveness for? And if you can inherit trauma, can you also inherit forgiveness? Through their stories, we discover even the most personal decisions can unintentionally ripple through lives, through generations, even impacting the lives of people we’ve never met. From KSL Podcasts (Cold), Lemonada Media (Blind Plea) and WorkHouse Media.

Sales and Distribution by Lemonada Media https://lemonadamedia.com/

Listen on Apple Podcasts
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    He Didn't Deserve to Live

    He Didn't Deserve to Live

    An early morning snowstorm means Jordan Rasmussen, a father of three, has to share a ride with his coworker to a meeting he expects will be tense. Jordan gets in the Jeep riddled with bullet holes. He never comes home. For more on the Letter Season 2: Ripple Effect, including pictures, find us on social @theletterpodcast or visit our website, theletterpodcast.com. If you want to hear more and would like to support us, please consider subscribing on Apple podcasts for access to our bonus episodes. We drop a bonus episode every week. Written by Amy Donaldson and Andrea Smardon. Production and sound design by Andrea Smardon, Nina Earnest and Aaron Mason. Mixing by Trent Sell. Special thanks to Becky Bruce, KellieAnn Halvorsen, Ryan Meeks, Ben Kuebrich, Feliks Banel, Josh Tilton and Dave Cawley. Main musical score composed by Allison Leyton Brown.With Lemonada Media, Executive Producers Jessica Cordova Kramer and Stephanie Wittels Wachs.For WorkHouse Media, Executive Producer Paul Anderson. And for KSL Podcasts, Executive Producer Sheryl Worsley. The Letter is produced by KSL Podcasts and Lemonada Media in association with WorkHouse Media.
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    • 41 min
    PREMIUM: A Message After Death

    PREMIUM: A Message After Death

    A friend of Jordan Rasmussen gives his perspective on what was going on in Jordan’s life before his murder and what he found in Jordan’s briefcase after his death. Kelly Sheppard reflects on some of the things he realized only after Jordan was killed. For more, including pictures, visit our website, theletterpodcast.com

    Dead Men Speak No Lies

    Dead Men Speak No Lies

    A delivery man making his rounds finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time. Buddy Booth discovers the body of Jordan Rasmussen at a stop on his delivery route and is shot in the back, forcing a second young widow to raise children without their father. For more on the Letter Season 2: Ripple Effect, including pictures, find us on social @theletterpodcast or visit our website, theletterpodcast.com. If you want to hear more and would like to support us, please consider subscribing on Apple podcasts for access to our bonus episodes. We drop a bonus episode every week. Written by Amy Donaldson and Andrea Smardon. Production and sound design by Andrea Smardon, Nina Earnest and Aaron Mason. Mixing by Trent Sell. Special thanks to Becky Bruce, KellieAnn Halvorsen, Ryan Meeks, Ben Kuebrich, Feliks Banel, Josh Tilton and Dave Cawley. Main musical score composed by Allison Leyton Brown.With Lemonada Media, Executive Producers Jessica Cordova Kramer and Stephanie Wittels Wachs.For WorkHouse Media, Executive Producer Paul Anderson. And for KSL Podcasts, Executive Producer Sheryl Worsley. The Letter is produced by KSL Podcasts and Lemonada Media in association with WorkHouse Media.
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    • 42 min
    PREMIUM: A Peek Behind the Curtain

    PREMIUM: A Peek Behind the Curtain

    Host Amy Donaldson began researching and reporting for Season 2 when she realized a personal connection to the murder case - and a possible conflict of interest. Join Amy, co-writer Andrea Smardon and Sheryl Worsley for a discussion about ethics and what to do when you find out your spouse is part of the story.

    Chameleon

    Chameleon

    As lawyers prepare for trial, no one can make sense of Michael Moore’s motives. In the courtroom, the double murder suspect tells a paranoid story of assassins and organized crime. The widows of his victims testify at the trial, which will determine if Moore will face a firing squad.For more on the Letter Season 2: Ripple Effect, including pictures, find us on social @theletterpodcast or visit our website, theletterpodcast.com. If you want to hear more and would like to support us, please consider subscribing on Apple podcasts for access to our bonus episodes. We drop a bonus episode every week. Written by Amy Donaldson and Andrea Smardon. Production and sound design by Andrea Smardon, Nina Earnest and Aaron Mason. Mixing by Trent Sell. Special thanks to Becky Bruce, KellieAnn Halvorsen, Ryan Meeks, Ben Kuebrich, Feliks Banel, Josh Tilton and Dave Cawley. Main musical score composed by Allison Leyton Brown.With Lemonada Media, Executive Producers Jessica Cordova Kramer and Stephanie Wittels Wachs.For WorkHouse Media, Executive Producer Paul Anderson. And for KSL Podcasts, Executive Producer Sheryl Worsley. The Letter is produced by KSL Podcasts and Lemonada Media in association with WorkHouse Media.
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    • 53 min
    PREMIUM: On Scene at the Log Haven Murders

    PREMIUM: On Scene at the Log Haven Murders

    From sneaking into the crime scene the morning two men were found dead outside Log Haven Restaurant to eating lunch with jail inmates and the Salt Lake County Sheriff, Mike Carter became Utah's premier crime reporter in the 80s and 90s. The Letter host Amy Donaldson says Carter is one of her mentors and he influenced how she approached covering crime and corrections. Now a police accountability reporter for the Seattle Times, Carter discusses covering the Michael Moore case - and some other interesting moments in his 50-year career.

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
35 Ratings

35 Ratings

margotbob ,

Different to normal true crime

Loved this. Hearing about the crime itself, but then how the relationship developed between Zachary mum and George was so compelling.

Arfaos ,

Season 1 episode 8. Conflicted

Listening to all the episodes in this season, I became very invested in the story and I do applaud how it was told. This did change however when listening to episode eight Zack was not my son and it’s not my grief but my heart went out to Yvette and I just felt that she was very overlooked by Zack’s family and there was no feeling of wanting to take what she has dealt with into consideration at all

NotCalmAtAll ,

Surprising and enthralling

An horrendous crime. A family coming to terms with the death of their son. A woman who survived. This is their story and the story of a killer and his family. Loss, anger, heartbreak and for some forgiveness. For others strength and courage to live their life on their terms.
Best podcast I’ve listened to in years.
Well told with empathy and compassion.

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