In 1986, the body of affluent, beautiful, 18-year-old Jennifer Levin was found dead in Central Park. Her killer: Robert Chambers, a tall, handsome prep from the Upper East Side. He claimed she attempted to rape him and her death was an accident. Join host Amanda Knox as she deconstructs the stories behind the victim-blaming, privilege and media sensationalism that surrounded this murder and trial, as seen in the SundanceTV docu-series The Preppy Murder: Death in Central Park. The views, information or opinions expressed during this podcast are solely those of the individuals involved and do not necessarily represent those of AMC Networks and its employees.
New Season Preview: The Preppy Murder
In 1986, there was murder in Central Park involving two beautiful prep school students. He claimed self-defense, but she wound up dead. Join host Amanda Knox as she explores the stories of privilege and violence that surround this murder and trial.
The Preppy Murder: Stories
Twenty dropped charges, two missing earrings, and a "sex diary" leaked to the press. Join us as we unearth the sensational trial of Robert Chambers, the murder of Jennifer Levin, and the case that put the victim on trial.
The Preppy Murder: Schisms
Get to the heart of the crime as host Amanda Knox strips away courtroom stories and tabloid headlines to expose new details about Jennifer Levin and Robert Chambers, interviewing those closest to them at the time of the murder.
The Preppy Murder: Symbols
White male privilege, cancel culture and victim-blaming — has society changed at all since the Preppy Murder? In the final episode of the season, host Amanda Knox explores the legacy of the crime and the transformation of Robert Chambers and Jennifer Levin from people to national symbols.
New Season Preview: Vigilante Justice
This season Amanda Knox explores vigilante justice, from murderous gang hunters and vengeful fathers to real-life avengers and internet cat-fishers, join Knox as she explores justice outside of the law.
Vigilante Justice: No One Saw a Thing
A man shot dead in front of a dozen witnesses who deny having seen the killer to this very day. And Troy Duffy, director of The Boondock Saints, discusses the media’s obsession with the vigilante.
I really enjoyed this podcast until the Jens S case. I think it would benefit from more balance. Whilst there is no question that the process that was followed to convict him was faulty and lacked/misled about crucial evidence, that doesn’t mean he is innocent and I think Knox is too quick to be determined to liken this to her case and state that he is unequivocally innocent. These are not the same cases, and a prosecutor mounting a good prosecution cannot be seen as unfair - that is a tenant of justice. I also think that the suggestions that because he is nerdy and nice could not have done this are ridiculous, and that the FBI profile could not have allowed for him going to the house and introducing himself as her boyfriend and gaining entry that way. I think this is a great podcast but I just think more balanced views, discussions of evidence and less definitive statements would be helpful.