The killers of Berta Caceres had every reason to believe they’d get away with murder. More than 100 other environmental activists in Honduras had been killed in the previous five years, yet almost no one had been punished for the crimes. Bloomberg’s Blood River follows a four-year quest to find her killers – a twisting trail that leads into the country’s circles of power.
The first season of Blood River is over, but we’re not done with this story. We want to tell you what’s next for the show.
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Part 7: 'Berta Became Millions'
The deadline to put Honduran CEO David Castillo on trial looms, while international organizations seeking justice for Berta Cáceres target the government and its foreign lenders.
Part 6: The Defense
Prosecutors say a trail of text messages tie David Castillo to the plot to kill Berta Caceres. But David offers an explanation for all of these seemingly incriminating exchanges. And his freedom could rest on whether a court will believe him.
Part 5: The CEO
David Castillo has been accused of planning the murder of Berta Caceres. But he insists that everything you think you know about this crime is wrong.
Part 4: 'A Treasure Trove'
Investigators collect thousands of phone records – from accused gunmen, middlemen, and company executives – and reconstruct an alleged murder plot.
Part 3: May 2, 2016
May 2, 2016 begins with a series of simultaneous police raids that target a new cast of potential suspects. New details of the investigation emerge, and a journalist drawn into the story survives a day full of terror.
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Needs better fact check
This is very engaging and well done and I’m recommending it but here’s one mistake made. You talked about the assassination in mid March 2016 of Nelson Garcia. He was gunned down By a member of MS 13 in front of his wife and two of his children in Peña Blanca Cortez which is in Northern Honduras near Lago Yokosuka. You say he was someplace hundred miles south of La Esperanza repeating a mistake in Nina Lakhani’s book. The Garcia family was involved in a land struggle against a corrupt mayor. Once the MS 13 assassin was arrested the police abandoned the investigation of who hired him and also failed to protect the family which had to flee because of threats from the gang. They were told by police that the investigation was ended on orders from Tegucigalpa.
Well-researched and produced
The murder of Berta Cáceres is such a complex story and I’m satisfied with the choice to tell it in the long-form. I do wish the tone was a bit more righteous and indignant, given the subject matter of corporate executives ordering the murder of brave environmental activists.
I was wondering why this podcast is only rated 3.5... Then I read the reviews of red-faced white guys haranguing that a factually told story about a horrific assassination somehow embodies “cancel culture.” Other negative reviews were that the “Podcast ended abruptly at Episode 3!” As if the episodes aren’t released week-by-week. God save these morons.
Very well researched
I am impressed with this podcast and have been chomping at the bit for each new episode to come out. I did not think I would love it as much as I did!