23 episodes

​​In 1987, 18-year-old Michelle Schofield was found dead in a phosphate pit in Florida. Two years later, her husband Leo was convicted and sentenced to life in prison. Fifteen years later, previously unidentified fingerprints matched Jeremy Scott--a violent teenager who lived nearby. Jeremy has since confessed to Michelle’s murder. Yet Leo Schofield remains behind bars.

In this groundbreaking podcast, Bone Valley host Gilbert King uncovers startling new evidence that Jeremy is responsible for a string of murders. King is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Devil in the Grove, which led to the exonerations of four innocent men.

Bone Valley is a production of Lava for Good Podcasts in association with Signal Co. No1.

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​​In 1987, 18-year-old Michelle Schofield was found dead in a phosphate pit in Florida. Two years later, her husband Leo was convicted and sentenced to life in prison. Fifteen years later, previously unidentified fingerprints matched Jeremy Scott--a violent teenager who lived nearby. Jeremy has since confessed to Michelle’s murder. Yet Leo Schofield remains behind bars.

In this groundbreaking podcast, Bone Valley host Gilbert King uncovers startling new evidence that Jeremy is responsible for a string of murders. King is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Devil in the Grove, which led to the exonerations of four innocent men.

Bone Valley is a production of Lava for Good Podcasts in association with Signal Co. No1.

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    Chapter 1 | God Help Us

    Chapter 1 | God Help Us

    Chapter 1 of 9
    Author Gilbert King receives a message from a Florida judge who claims that there is an innocent man in prison, wrongly convicted of murdering his wife back in 1987. King and researcher Kelsey Decker meet Leo Schofield in prison and learn about the disappearance of 18 year-old Michelle Schofield. 
    For photos, images, and the full transcript of this episode visit https://bit.ly/BVS1E1 
    To read and sign the petition from the Innocence Project of Florida visit bit.ly/BringLeoHome
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    • 52 min
    Chapter 2 | Combee Critters

    Chapter 2 | Combee Critters

    Chapter 2 of 9
    Leo’s friends and family search desperately for Michelle around Lakeland, Florida. Three days later, her body is found in a phosphate mining pit with 26 stab wounds. Leo is arrested, charged with first degree murder, and faces the electric chair. 
    For photos, images, and the full transcript of this episode visit https://bit.ly/BVS1E2
    To hear the full length version  of "Ducking Grady" by Stephon Girard, go to: https://youtu.be/lA6bruIZ0Ak
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Chapter 3 | Trial by Ambush

    Chapter 3 | Trial by Ambush

    Chapter 3 of 9
    Facing the death penalty, Leo Schofield retains renowned Polk County defense attorney Jack Edmund, who must square off against an aggressive young prosecutor, John Aguero at trial. The prosecutor builds his case around testimony from numerous witnesses who describe a volatile relationship between Leo and Michelle, and a witness who claims to have observed something suspicious on the night Michelle disappeared. 
    For photos, images, and the full transcript of this episode visit: https://bit.ly/BVS1E3
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    • 53 min
    Chapter 4 | Dog with a Bone

    Chapter 4 | Dog with a Bone

    Chapter 4 of 9
    Gilbert and Kelsey analyze the State’s case against Leo Schofield and locate a juror who admits she didn’t believe that Leo was guilty. As the years pass, Leo’s appellate attempts fail, and he falls in love with social worker Crissie Carter who works in the prison. Crissie begins investigating Leo’s case on her own, and recruits a friend in law enforcement to run unidentified fingerprints from Michelle’s Mazda. There’s a match, but the fingerprints do not belong to Leo Schofield.
    For photos, images, and the full transcript of this episode visit: bit.ly/BVS1E4
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Chapter 5 | Bam Bam

    Chapter 5 | Bam Bam

    Chapter 5 of 9
    Gilbert and Kelsey do a deep dive investigation into Jeremy Scott. By speaking to people who were close to Jeremy at the time, a picture emerges of an impulsive and troubled teenager who was prone to violence. When investigators confront Jeremy about the newly identified fingerprints, he explains that he was in Michelle’s car to steal stereo equipment. The State believes Jeremy, and they close their investigation. 
    For photos, images, and the full transcript of this episode visit: bit.ly/BVS1E5
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    • 50 min
    Chapter 6 | Know That I Know

    Chapter 6 | Know That I Know

    Chapter 6 of 9
    Jeremy Scott’s ex-girlfriend reveals some incriminating information about his life in the late-1980s, leading Gilbert and Kelsey to investigate Jeremy’s potential links to another crime in a neighboring county. Leo Schofield is granted an evidentiary hearing to determine whether he should receive a new trial. Jeremy is called to testify at the hearing, and he and Leo come face-to-face for the first time beneath the Polk County courthouse.
    For photos, images, and the full transcript of this episode visit: bit.ly/BVS1E6
    To read and sign the petition from the Innocence Project of Florida visit bit.ly/BringLeoHome
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    • 1 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
3.7K Ratings

3.7K Ratings

Nikepro_15 ,

Bone Valley

Story had me on the edge of my seat and found myself cheering for the main character made me realize how much work goes into a story like this.

Ocgirlsue ,

Made me cry

This latest ep of Leo’s first day, seeing things for the first time, being hesitant about whether he’s “allowed” to do things, really brought tears to my eyes. There’s a lot of change in 36 years.

Twicethemom07 ,

Fantastic podcast! A must listen!

I started listening to the Prosecutors podcast. Their most recent release was about Leo’s release and they said if you haven’t listened to Bone Valley stop this podcast. Go listen. And then come back. So I did. And I am glad that I did. This was such a tragic and sad case and it maddened me at all the balls that were dropped, the justice system who failed to do their job left and right. It was obvious to so many that Leo was innocent of this crime yet even another man confessing to the murder couldn’t get him out. I still just can’t fathom all this happening that way that it did. Well done Gilbert and Kelsey! Y’all did an exceptional job researching and getting the truth out there.

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