21 episodes

In this podcast, journalist Carol Costello revisits the first big assignment she covered as a 22-year-old, novice reporter: Phyllis Cottles’ brutal attack. Psychologists call them “Triumphant Survivors,” but Phyllis Cottle was more than a survivor, she used this crime to better herself and the world around her. 

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    • True Crime
    • 4.4 • 162 Ratings

In this podcast, journalist Carol Costello revisits the first big assignment she covered as a 22-year-old, novice reporter: Phyllis Cottles’ brutal attack. Psychologists call them “Triumphant Survivors,” but Phyllis Cottle was more than a survivor, she used this crime to better herself and the world around her. 

    That Day

    That Day

    March 20, 1984 started out as a promising spring day for a single mom from Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. It wouldn’t end that way. Phyllis Cottle is assaulted in broad daylight as she leaves work, forced into her car at knifepoint, and left wondering why no one came to her aid.

    We recommend you first listen to the Prologue.

    *2024 Update: Based on listener feedback, we've revised a portion of this episode.

    EPISODE CREDITS
    Host - Carol Costello
    Producer - Nijah Golliday
    Audio Engineer - Sean Rule-Hoffman
    Production Director - Brigid Coyne
    Executive Producer - Gerardo Orlando
    Original Music - Timothy Law Snyder

    The History of Mass Incarceration (https://www.brennancenter.org/our-work/analysis-opinion/history-mass-incarceration)

    For additional information about Phyllis Cottle’s case, please visit our newly-launched website (www.carolcostellopresents.com), Carol’s Facebook page (Facebook.com/CarolLMU) and Instagram page (www.instagram.com/carolcostello).
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    • 21 min
    Terror

    Terror

    Phyllis’ nightmare has only just begun. Crumpled onto the floorboard of her Buick, she begins to mentally catalog every detail she can about her knife-wielding attacker as he drives toward an unknown destination where she endures horrible consequences. But a request from the assailant and an eye-catching object provide her with the ammo she needs to not only survive, but to “fry the bastard.”

    EPISODE CREDITS
    Host - Carol Costello
    Producer - Chris Aiola
    Audio Engineer - Sean Rule-Hoffman
    Contributor - Nijah Golliday
    Production Director - Brigid Coyne
    Executive Producer - Gerardo Orlando
    Original Music - Timothy Law Snyder

    For additional information about Phyllis Cottle’s case, please visit our newly-launched website (www.carolcostellopresents.com), Carol’s Facebook page (Facebook.com/CarolLMU) and Instagram page (www.instagram.com/carolcostello).
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    • 19 min
    Blind Rage

    Blind Rage

    Ninety minutes after her abduction, Phyllis, bound and lying down on the back seat of her car, is brutalized and left for dead. Good samaritans rush to her rescue. And host Carol Costello recounts how, as a 22-year-old reporter at WAKR/TV23, word of something strange in East Akron began to spread through the newsroom.

    EPISODE CREDITS
    Host - Carol Costello
    Producer - Chris Aiola
    Audio Engineer - Sean Rule-Hoffman
    Contributor - Nijah Golliday
    Production Director - Brigid Coyne
    Executive Producer - Gerardo Orlando
    Original Music - Timothy Law Snyder

    For additional information about Phyllis Cottle’s case, please visit our newly-launched website (www.carolcostellopresents.com), Carol’s Facebook page (Facebook.com/CarolLMU) and Instagram page (www.instagram.com/carolcostello).
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    • 16 min
    The Living Homicide Victim

    The Living Homicide Victim

    Police, firefighters, and reporters descend on the smoldering crime scene. In an emergency room at Akron City Hospital, medical staff tend to Phyllis while detectives attempt to interview her. The biggest question of all isn't whether she'll lose her vision, but whether her memory superpowers will be enough to catch the bastard who did this to her.

    EPISODE CREDITS
    Host - Carol Costello
    Producer - Chris Aiola
    Audio Engineer - Sean Rule-Hoffman
    Contributor - Nijah Golliday
    Production Director - Brigid Coyne
    Executive Producer - Gerardo Orlando
    Original Music - Timothy Law Snyder

    For additional information about Phyllis Cottle’s case, please visit our newly-launched website (www.carolcostellopresents.com), Carol’s Facebook page (Facebook.com/CarolLMU) and Instagram page (www.instagram.com/carolcostello).
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    • 21 min
    Who Would Do This?

    Who Would Do This?

    Recovering in her hospital room, Phyllis mines her memory for any details that might help apprehend her attacker. Detective Chris Contos develops theories about what kind of perpetrator the Akron Police Department is dealing with. Carol talks to criminologist Dr. Casey Jordan about the mindset of such a criminal, and discusses the question that’s on everyone’s mind: who would do this?

    EPISODE CREDITS
    Host - Carol Costello
    Producer - Chris Aiola
    Audio Engineer - Sean Rule-Hoffman
    Contributor - Nijah Golliday
    Production Director - Brigid Coyne
    Executive Producer - Gerardo Orlando
    Original Music - Timothy Law Snyder

    For additional information about Phyllis Cottle’s case, please visit our website (www.carolcostellopresents.com), Carol’s Facebook page (Facebook.com/CarolLMU) and Instagram page (www.instagram.com/carolcostello).
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    • 19 min
    Manhunt

    Manhunt

    Calls flood the hotlines as Akron PD conducts a citywide manhunt to find Phyllis’ attacker. Phyllis’ description of the house fuels the search, though police cannot ask her — blinded and still recovering — to point out the location. And a particular tip leads Detective Chris Contos to a group of witnesses and his first compelling suspect.

    EPISODE CREDITS
    Host - Carol Costello
    Producer - Chris Aiola
    Audio Engineer - Sean Rule-Hoffman
    Contributor - Nijah Golliday
    Production Director - Brigid Coyne
    Executive Producer - Gerardo Orlando
    Original Music - Timothy Law Snyder
    
    For additional information about Phyllis Cottle’s case, please visit our newly-launched website (www.carolcostellopresents.com), Carol’s Facebook page (Facebook.com/CarolLMU) and Instagram page (www.instagram.com/carolcostello).
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    • 18 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
162 Ratings

162 Ratings

FallsNative ,

Very Good

I’m from Akron and remember this crime well. Ms. Costello did a nice job. I would like more access to the actual police, investigative, and prosecutorial reports/records and research used to produce this podcast. (your web link posts more about Ms. Costello than the crime.) Whatever happened to Ms. Cottle’s mother??

Berbids ,

Oh wow

A remarkable woman and a remarkable true story. Very well told by Carol Costello. Must have been amazing to cover such a story as a novice reporter! Excellent job

DBelle1 ,

Intriguing

The story was heroic and tragic. Glad it was brought to light

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