36 episodes

Huddled Masses tells stories from the heart of America. Politics, culture, crime and human rights are all tackled by award-winning journalist Alex Hannaford and producer Pete Sale.

Season 1, Dead Man Talking, led Alex on an investigation into the crimes and confessions of The Railroad Killer, Angel Resendiz.

Season 2, Battleground, looks at the culture wars that will decide the 2020 US Election.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.6 • 782 Ratings

Huddled Masses tells stories from the heart of America. Politics, culture, crime and human rights are all tackled by award-winning journalist Alex Hannaford and producer Pete Sale.

Season 1, Dead Man Talking, led Alex on an investigation into the crimes and confessions of The Railroad Killer, Angel Resendiz.

Season 2, Battleground, looks at the culture wars that will decide the 2020 US Election.

    S3: The Innocents - John Hardin (Proclaim Justice co-founder)

    S3: The Innocents - John Hardin (Proclaim Justice co-founder)

    For the final episode to the series, Alex talks to John Hardin about what motivated him to dedicate his life to freeing the wrongfully convicted. John also talks about some of the inmates they believe to be innocent and are currently helping, and has some advice for any listeners wanting to get involved with supporting them.

    The Innocents is presented by Alex Hannaford (http://www.alexhannaford.com/) and produced by Peter Sale (https://www.petersale.co.uk/)

    • 45 min
    S3: The Innocents - Juan Melendez

    S3: The Innocents - Juan Melendez

    Juan Melendez tells Alex about spending nearly 18 years on death row for the murder of Delbert Baker in Florida. Juan was innocent of the crime, and despite having an alibi for the time of the murder, he was prosecuted using the testimony of a known criminal. Juan talks about the use of the electric chair in Florida and the pain of losing friends he had made on death row when their time came to be executed. 

    The Innocents is presented by Alex Hannaford (http://www.alexhannaford.com/) and produced by Peter Sale (https://www.petersale.co.uk/)

    • 32 min
    S3: The Innocents - Sabrina Butler Smith

    S3: The Innocents - Sabrina Butler Smith

    In this episode, Alex talks to Sabrina Butler Smith, the first woman to be exonerated and freed from death row in the United States. Sabrina was sentenced to death for the murder of her baby son Walter. After he stopped breathing, she had rushed him to hospital. Walter died the next day and Sabrina was arrested due to the bruises left by her resuscitation attempts. Eight years later, after a retrial, she was released from prison, and today, Sabrina campaigns for the abolition of the death penalty and is still trying to get Walter's official cause of death changed from 'murder'. 

    The Innocents is presented by Alex Hannaford (http://www.alexhannaford.com/) and produced by Peter Sale (https://www.petersale.co.uk/)

    • 41 min
    S3: The Innocents - Daniel Villegas

    S3: The Innocents - Daniel Villegas

    Daniel Villegas tells Alex his tragic story of spending 18 years in prison for the shooting of two young men in El Paso - a crime he didn't commit. Daniel was forced to confess by detectives, and he was convicted of murder despite immediately recanting his confession. He tells Alex about his first few years in prison in which he was forced by prison guards to take part in “gladiatorial” fights with other inmates.

    The Innocents is presented by Alex Hannaford and produced by Peter Sale.

    • 45 min
    S3: The Innocents - Anna Vasquez

    S3: The Innocents - Anna Vasquez

    Alex speaks to Anna Vasquez — one of the so-called San Antonio Four — about being wrongly convicted for the brutal gang rape of two children. This was during the 'Satanic Panic' era and the story was front page news. Anna spent nearly 13 years in prison — and it took many more to finally clear her name.

    The Innocents is presented by Alex Hannaford (http://www.alexhannaford.com/) and produced by Peter Sale (https://www.petersale.co.uk/)

    • 47 min
    S3: The Innocents - Tim Howard

    S3: The Innocents - Tim Howard

    Alex speaks to Tim Howard about spending 19 years behind bars - nearly 15 of them on Death Row - for the murder of his best friend. Contaminated evidence was used to convict Tim and there were strong accusations of racial bias. 

    At his second trial in 2015, a compromise verdict was reached: acquittal of all capital and first-degree charges, but conviction on the second-degree charges. Tim was forced to spend two more years in prison. He has always maintained his innocence.

    The Innocents is presented by Alex Hannaford (http://www.alexhannaford.com/) and produced by Peter Sale (https://www.petersale.co.uk/)

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
782 Ratings

782 Ratings

FtW Red ,

Great for bingeing

Easy to listen to and follow. Enjoyable for the most part.

OnTexasTime ,

Nope. I’m out.

Why listen to a podcast describing the struggle & plight of the poor “undocumented migrant”—-ILLEGAL ALIEN—-?? Our agenda driven media gives us this political propaganda on a daily basis.

Perhaps, documenting the plight of the tax payer who must pay for the healthcare, education, housing, transportation, food, clothing, cell phone, satellite TV, etc. that these illegals receive—--along with all of the above “entitlements” the tax payer must also pay, for the scores of babies these illegals pop out—-would be a more worthwhile endeavor.

Layla Jr. ,

Lady B

Burned through the entire series. Waiting for updates!!

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