11 episodes

It’s been 25 years since Anne Champion’s friend was killed, but the case was never solved. When Anne, now a prominent Manhattan attorney, gets an unexpected phone call from an old friend, it compels her to return to Iowa, her childhood home, to try and piece together the events around Laura Van Wyhe’s mysterious death.

Bonaparte Imperative Entertainment and Vespucci

    • True Crime
    • 4.4 • 803 Ratings

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It’s been 25 years since Anne Champion’s friend was killed, but the case was never solved. When Anne, now a prominent Manhattan attorney, gets an unexpected phone call from an old friend, it compels her to return to Iowa, her childhood home, to try and piece together the events around Laura Van Wyhe’s mysterious death.

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    Carpe Diem | Chapter 10

    Carpe Diem | Chapter 10

    The podcast generates new leads in the case. Annie pursues them, and reflects on what this quest has meant for her and for others close to Laura.

    • 43 min
    Samson | Chapter 9

    Samson | Chapter 9

    Laura’s son Samson shares his recollections of growing up with Leanne in California, how he came to learn of his mother’s death, and his efforts to connect with his estranged father. 

    • 45 min
    Blood | Chapter 8

    Blood | Chapter 8

    Annie uses her legal skills to obtain more evidence, and learns about a potential breakthrough in the case. But she and Leanne have to lobby law enforcement to take action on it. 

    • 53 min
    Bingo | Chapter 7

    Bingo | Chapter 7

    Jason and Annie review the evidence with a cold case expert and discuss possible theories. Annie speaks with a new eyewitness to Laura’s final hours.

    • 57 min
    Rift | Chapter 6

    Rift | Chapter 6

    Leanne fights for custody of what Laura left behind, and Donnie’s past catches up with him. A child is caught in between.

    • 50 min
    Teen Spirit | Chapter 5

    Teen Spirit | Chapter 5

    Laura's abundant gifts came at a cost — a precarious childhood and a troubled adolescence. She searched for freedom, and lived with consequences.

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
803 Ratings

803 Ratings

Imbazonkers ,

Commercials are too often and too loud.

I started this last night and was immediately interested and pulled in HOWEVER I listen to podcasts while trying to sleep because it takes me a long time to drift off. I think I turned this off in less that 15 minutes because of two very loud ad breaks. I hope that changes, it’s a dealbreaker for me and the story and storytellers sounded really interesting.

RondyR ,

Meh.

Couldn’t even make it past the first episode. What does this woman’s Alt-Left credentials have to do with anything? I’m sure that will keep her and her Marxist pals warm when they’re standing in line for five hours for that loaf of stale bread and hunk of moldy cheese, but that’s all.

The guy…well, I’m not trying to be mean, but he should hire someone more masculine to record the audio. His voice is difficult to listen to. Sounds like steam escaping.

I’m sure plenty will love the show but it’s definitely not for me. If it’s for you, then you go rock on with your bad self.

A blessed life ,

Epic Fail

Did you seriously just say dying on her birthday fits your need for narrative? Did you insinuate that the police officer could have told the story better, but his sucked so you valiantly stepped in? The callousness of your attitude seems counter to everything you’ve describe as Laura’s zest for life.

The reason In the Red Clay and so many other true crime podcasts are great is that they create a connection between the listener and the story. The listener is drawn in and wants to help the case progress. This podcast has none of that. Isn’t the point of the attorney’s narrative to tell a compelling story to the jury? If they think you’re a d*ck that can’t help your case. It seems less like the podcast is about Laura and more like podcaster hubris.

I wish I’d listened to the bad reviews, but I want Laura’s case to be solved so I hung on, but there has to be a better way to help Laura. I’ve listened to many true crime podcasts, so I’m not really sure how Bonaparte has 4.4 stars, except that people quit after the first few episodes and didn’t bother to write a review.

Come on Imperative, you can do (and have done) better.

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