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Season 6: Investigation into the 1993 unsolved disappearance of Kristin Joy Diede and Robert Michael Anderson. Kristin and Bob took a road trip to North Dakota and were never seen again. Law enforcement believe they were murdered. But by whom? Host James Wolner teams up with journalist Jeremy Fugleberg to tackle this long-running North Dakota mystery.

Dakota Spotlight, by James Wolner, is a deep-dive True Crime podcast with national recognition. A production of Forum Communications, Dakota Spotlight is the first Podcast to be preserved by the North Dakota State Archives.

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    • True Crime
    • 4.8 • 633 Ratings

Season 6: Investigation into the 1993 unsolved disappearance of Kristin Joy Diede and Robert Michael Anderson. Kristin and Bob took a road trip to North Dakota and were never seen again. Law enforcement believe they were murdered. But by whom? Host James Wolner teams up with journalist Jeremy Fugleberg to tackle this long-running North Dakota mystery.

Dakota Spotlight, by James Wolner, is a deep-dive True Crime podcast with national recognition. A production of Forum Communications, Dakota Spotlight is the first Podcast to be preserved by the North Dakota State Archives.

    But, I saw Barb Cotton! - A Better Search for Barbara

    But, I saw Barb Cotton! - A Better Search for Barbara

    Season 5, Episode 21 In this update episode of Season Five: Jeri Martinez-Kueffler of Williston North Dakota shares her gripping tale.  In 1981 she believes she spotted Barb Cotton in broad daylight. But when she turned to the local authorities, she was in for a big surprise. 
    Dakota Spotlight is a production of Forum Communications Co.  Forum Communications is proud to be part of the ‘trust project’.  Learn more at thetrustproject.org
    Music by https://wowzainkalamazoo.bandcamp.com/
    Facebook: facebook.com/groups/dakotaspotlight
    Email: jwolner@forumcomm.com 

    Support Dakota Spotlight:  inforum.com/subscribe/
     

    • 18 min
    Open Letter to a Killer: Vanishing Act the untold story of Kristin Diede and Bob Anderson

    Open Letter to a Killer: Vanishing Act the untold story of Kristin Diede and Bob Anderson

    Season 6, Episode 11 In the last scheduled episode of this season, Dakota Spotlight pulls back the curtain on the decades of pain, loss and questions suffered — often in silence — by those who knew and loved Kristin Diede and Bob Anderson, two Minnesotans gone missing in North Dakota in August 1993.
    To see documents, photos, videos and more about this case visit: inforum.com/dakotaspotlight
    If you know what happened to Kristin and Bob or have vital information for Law Enforcement, call the Logan County (ND) Sheriff’s Office: 701-754-2495.
    Contact us: James - jwolner@forumcomm.com | Jeremy - jfugleberg@forumcomm.com Twitter: @DakotaSpotlight | @JayFug
    Dakota Spotlight is a production of Forum Communications Co.
    Support us by becoming a member of all our news websites at www.inforum.com/subscribe/

    • 27 min
    Out Sick - Covid-19

    Out Sick - Covid-19

    COVID-19 got to Dakota Spotlight host James Wolner, so the show is out of commission this week, as well.
    Never fear -- James is on the mend and thankful for being vaccinated. Please join him and co-producer Jeremy Fugleberg and get fully vaccinated against COVID-19. It's the best way to ensure you don't get seriously ill, hospitalized or worse. 
    Take the week to catch up on this season, or encourage someone to binge all this season's episodes and catch up to you. 
    Meanwhile, to see documents, photos, videos and more about this case visit: inforum.com/dakotaspotlight
    If you know what happened to Kristin and Bob or have vital information for Law Enforcement, call the Logan County (ND) Sheriff’s Office: 701-754-2495.
    Contact us: James - jwolner@forumcomm.com | Jeremy - jfugleberg@forumcomm.com Twitter: @DakotaSpotlight | @JayFug
    Dakota Spotlight is a production of Forum Communications Co.
    Support us by becoming a member of all our news websites at www.inforum.com/subscribe/

    • 1 min
    Introducing The Vault: What Happened to Carla Beth Anderson?

    Introducing The Vault: What Happened to Carla Beth Anderson?

    Next week Dakota Spotlight will be back with Episode 11 of Season 6. Thirty four years ago, Carla Beth Anderson, age 23, had just been told she was employee of the month at her fast food job in Wadena, Minnesota. Then, she vanished. Police, family and community members have sought in vain to find out what happened to her, and wonder if a mysterious nearby fire and a missing car may have had something to do with it.
    Introducing The Vault, a sister podcast to Dakota Spotlight. The Vault podcast features reporting from Forum Communications journalists across the Upper Midwest, and features standalone episodes on missing persons cases and historical true crime. To subscribe, search for "The Vault Forum" anywhere you get your podcasts. Or go online to inforum.com/podcasts.
    Here is the original article about the Carla Beth Anderson case.
    Next week Dakota Spotlight will be back with Episode 11 of Season 6: Vanishing Act -- The Untold Story of Kristin Diede and Bob Anderson. To see documents, photos, videos and more about this case visit: inforum.com/dakotaspotlight
    If you know what happened to Kristin and Bob or have vital information for Law Enforcement, call the Logan County (ND) Sheriff’s Office: 701-754-2495.
    Contact us: James - jwolner@forumcomm.com | Jeremy - jfugleberg@forumcomm.com Twitter: @DakotaSpotlight | @JayFug
    Dakota Spotlight is a production of Forum Communications Co.
    Support us by becoming a member of all our news websites at www.inforum.com/subscribe/

    • 14 min
    Four Theories and a Detective: Vanishing Act - the Untold Story of Kristin Diede and Bob Anderson

    Four Theories and a Detective: Vanishing Act - the Untold Story of Kristin Diede and Bob Anderson

    Season 6, Episode 10 - So far, we’ve focused on the facts. This episode, we'll focus on theories – our theories about what happened to Kristin Diede and Bob Anderson, who disappeared in North Dakota in 1993.

    James and Jeremy have four working theories of what might have happened to them. In this episode, they'll present their theories to a retired North Dakota homicide detective, Bob Haas. He’ll be hearing about this case in-depth – and our theories — for the first time.
    Haas will weigh in on what he thinks is most likely to have happened, and why nobody has been arrested and charged in the disappearance of Kristin and Bob.
    To see documents, photos, videos and more about this case visit: inforum.com/dakotaspotlight
    If you know what happened to Kristin and Bob or have vital information for Law Enforcement, call the Logan County (ND) Sheriff’s Office: 701-754-2495.
    Contact us: James - jwolner@forumcomm.com | Jeremy - jfugleberg@forumcomm.com Twitter: @DakotaSpotlight | @JayFug
    Dakota Spotlight is a production of Forum Communications Co.
    Support us by becoming a member of all our news websites at www.inforum.com/subscribe/

    • 37 min
    Calling Clyde: Vanishing Act - the Untold Story of Kristin Diede and Bob Anderson

    Calling Clyde: Vanishing Act - the Untold Story of Kristin Diede and Bob Anderson

    Season 6, Episode 9 - Full interview with Clyde Diede. Listen in as we go deep on our lone but remarkable conversation with a significant person in this season: Clyde Diede, a chiropractor in Winner, South Dakota.
    Clyde encountered his then-wife, Kristin, at the Diede family farm near Wishek, North Dakota, the same weekend Kristin and her boyfriend Bob Anderson vanished, in mid-August, 1993. In the following years, law enforcement was very interested in Clyde. They even threw him in jail at one point to compel him to give them a hair sample.
    In this episode: We play you our entire conversation with Clyde and our other attempts to talk to him. Also, co-producers James Wolner and Jeremy Fugleberg take you behind the scenes, revealing their deliberations over how to use what Clyde told us in the call, a crucial component of this season of Dakota Spotlight.
    To see documents, photos, videos and more about this case visit: inforum.com/dakotaspotlight
    If you know what happened to Kristin and Bob or have vital information for Law Enforcement, call the Logan County (ND) Sheriff’s Office: 701-754-2495.
    Contact us: James - jwolner@forumcomm.com | Jeremy - jfugleberg@forumcomm.com Twitter: @DakotaSpotlight | @JayFug
    Dakota Spotlight is a production of Forum Communications Co.
    Support us by becoming a member of all our news websites at www.inforum.com/subscribe/
     

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
633 Ratings

633 Ratings

Grandma 2 Ten ,

Favorite Podcast

Fell well soon James!

olson4421 ,

Top Notch

Listened to a lot of true crime podcasts after Dakota Spotlight. James puts his heart and soul into researching and making sure his detailed accounts are always accurate.

ambre12-7 ,

Well researched and produced BUT…

I was with ya up until the end of ep 7 when you attempted to shift the blame for Victor’s death to “Tiffany”and here’s why: if she was inebriated to the point of not remembering getting into Victor’s car and driving out to the boonies, she was too inebriated to give consent so he was ACTIVELY attempting to sexually assault her. It’s that simple. Additionally, (in response to Nikita’s comments) I would have more sympathy for “an injured dog on the side of the road” because the dog didn’t put himself there. Victor CHOSE to drink and smoke marijuana while on muscle relaxers, he CHOSE to be irresponsible and leave work to drive intoxicated to take an equally intoxicated girl half his age out on a dirt road to assault her. Too much was made out of Victor’s pants being “partially down” and his wallet being out of his pocket (obviously trying to imply “Tiffany” tried to rob him)…one, his pants could have been down either because he had just asked her “to get on top of him” or from being unbuckled to pee beside the car before he passed out (like “Tiffany” stated). The fact of the matter is Victor did this to himself, I seriously doubt that it even occurred to “Tiffany” that she was “leaving him for dead” and more likely she fully expected him to wake up and drive himself out of there and didn’t notify law enforcement because she didn’t want to “nark” on him and get him in trouble for drunk driving. I’m not sure if the “role reversal” proposal was done in an attempt to be provocative, but Victor was a victim of his own bad judgement and stupidity, not the young girl he was (at best) trying to take advantage of out in the middle of nowhere. Do better next time.

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