122 episodes

Dakota Spotlight, by James Wolner, is a deep-dive True Crime podcast with national recognition. Regional Emmy award for season 3 documentary film The House on Sweet and Seventh.

Season 9: The Mandan Murders
Season 8: Unresolved: The Murder of Joel Lovelien
Season 7: Call Me Shelly, The Mysterious Disappearance of Michelle Julson.
Season 6: Vanishing Act, the Untold Story of Kristin Diede and Bob Anderson.
Season 5: A Better Search for Barbara Cotton.
Season 4: Chasing Billy.
Season 3: The House on Sweet and Seventh.
Season 2: Zeeland, the Untold Story of Wade and Ellen Zick.
Season 1: The Case of Victor Newberry.

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    • True Crime
    • 4.8 • 737 Ratings

Dakota Spotlight, by James Wolner, is a deep-dive True Crime podcast with national recognition. Regional Emmy award for season 3 documentary film The House on Sweet and Seventh.

Season 9: The Mandan Murders
Season 8: Unresolved: The Murder of Joel Lovelien
Season 7: Call Me Shelly, The Mysterious Disappearance of Michelle Julson.
Season 6: Vanishing Act, the Untold Story of Kristin Diede and Bob Anderson.
Season 5: A Better Search for Barbara Cotton.
Season 4: Chasing Billy.
Season 3: The House on Sweet and Seventh.
Season 2: Zeeland, the Untold Story of Wade and Ellen Zick.
Season 1: The Case of Victor Newberry.

    The Mandan Murders (EP9)

    The Mandan Murders (EP9)

    In this episode, Chad Isaak's mother and two of his sisters break their silence after four and a half years. Who was Chad? As a child? As a grown man? What warning signs did they see? Also in this episode, what do Chad Isaak's actions at RJR say about who his intended target was? And, a sheriff deputy shares two encounters with Isaak leading up to the murders.
    In Season 9 of the Dakota Spotlight true crime investigative podcast, host James Wolner will re-examine this recent case. His exploration is a personal one: He was working in Mandan at the time of the murders and joined the first police press conference, his first step into true-crime podcasting journalism. Follow along as Wolner re-examines the morning of the murders, the hunt for the killer, his arrest and trial. He’ll seek to better understand the case and the killer’s motive, and remember the lives of those slain. 
    To read and see more about the Season, visit https://www.inforum.com/mandanmurders
    Support Dakota Spotlight by becoming a subscriber at https://inforum.com/subscribe
    Check out more true crime at The Vault - https://www.inforum.com/podcasts/the-vault 
    email - jwolner@forumcomm.com
    Facebook: https://facebook.com/groups/dakotaspotlight 

    • 1 hr 7 min
    The Mandan Murders (EP8) - Thanksgiving update

    The Mandan Murders (EP8) - Thanksgiving update

    A preview of what's still to come in The Mandan Murders and a Thanksgiving greeting from host James Wolner.
    For a limited time, you can get 50 percent off an annual news subscription at https://inforum.news/50
    To read and see more about Season 9, The Mandan Murders visit https://www.inforum.com/mandanmurders
    Check out more true crime at The Vault - https://www.inforum.com/topics/dakota-spotlight
    email - jwolner@forumcomm.com
    Facebook: https://facebook.com/groups/dakotaspotlight 

    • 4 min
    The Mandan Murders (EP7)

    The Mandan Murders (EP7)

    In this episode, a closer look at two of the four killed at RJR, Adam Fuehrer and Robert Fakler. Interviews with Adam's wife, sister, brother-in-law and stepmom.  Also, Robert Fakler's wife and daughter share their memories of him. 
    In Season 9 of the Dakota Spotlight true crime investigative podcast, host James Wolner will re-examine this recent case. His exploration is a personal one: He was working in Mandan at the time of the murders and joined the first police press conference, his first step into true-crime podcasting journalism. Follow along as Wolner re-examines the morning of the murders, the hunt for the killer, his arrest and trial. He’ll seek to better understand the case and the killer’s motive, and remember the lives of those slain. 
    To read and see more about the Season, visit https://www.inforum.com/mandanmurders
    Support Dakota Spotlight by becoming a subscriber at https://inforum.com/subscribe
    Check out more true crime at The Vault - https://www.inforum.com/podcasts/the-vault 
    email - jwolner@forumcomm.com
    Facebook: https://facebook.com/groups/dakotaspotlight 

    • 41 min
    The Mandan Murders (EP6)

    The Mandan Murders (EP6)

    In this episode, who were Bill and Lois Cobb? Friends and loved-ones of the Cobbs share their memories of Bill and Lois; we learn about their childhoods, their personalities, interests and more.
    Bill and Lois' daughters also share the challenges they have had in dealing with the murders and offer advice for others who may have to go through something similar. 
    To see video of Bill Cobb's Elvis Presley show visit https://www.inforum.com/mandanmurders
    In Season 9 of the Dakota Spotlight true crime investigative podcast, host James Wolner will re-examine this recent case. His exploration is a personal one: He was working in Mandan at the time of the murders and joined the first police press conference, his first step into true-crime podcasting journalism. Follow along as Wolner re-examines the morning of the murders, the hunt for the killer, his arrest and trial. He’ll seek to better understand the case and the killer’s motive, and remember the lives of those slain. 
    To read and see more about the Season, visit https://www.inforum.com/mandanmurders
    Support Dakota Spotlight by becoming a subscriber at https://inforum.com/subscribe
    Check out more true crime at The Vault - https://www.inforum.com/podcasts/the-vault 
    email - jwolner@forumcomm.com
    Facebook: https://facebook.com/groups/dakotaspotlight 

    • 42 min
    The Mandan Murders (EP5)

    The Mandan Murders (EP5)

    This week we take a bit of a departure from the usual style of Dakota Spotlight as we listen in on  the audio from the entire first interview and interrogation that Special Agent Joe Arens conducted with Chad Isaak. Also some comments by witnesses on some odd behavior Chad Isaak demonstrated at the time.
    In Season 9 of the Dakota Spotlight true crime investigative podcast, host James Wolner will re-examine this recent case. His exploration is a personal one: He was working in Mandan at the time of the murders and joined the first police press conference, his first step into true-crime podcasting journalism. Follow along as Wolner re-examines the morning of the murders, the hunt for the killer, his arrest and trial. He’ll seek to better understand the case and the killer’s motive, and remember the lives of those slain. 
    To read and see more about the Season, visit https://www.inforum.com/mandanmurders
    Support Dakota Spotlight by becoming a subscriber at https://inforum.com/subscribe
    Check out more true crime at The Vault - https://www.inforum.com/podcasts/the-vault 
    email - jwolner@forumcomm.com
    Facebook: https://facebook.com/groups/dakotaspotlight 

    • 1 hr 31 min
    The Mandan Murders (EP4)

    The Mandan Murders (EP4)

    Two days after the murders BCI and Mandan PD had zero suspects. But they had a lead. The vehicle. The mysterious man in orange drove a white Ford F-150 pickup and the cops caught a good image of it from a security camera in Center, North Dakota. They circulated the photo to all law enforcement and waited for someone to recognize it. That someone turned out to be detective Justin Krohmer. He looked at the photo and thought, 'That looks a lot like my chiropractor's vehicle.'
    In Season 9 of the Dakota Spotlight true crime investigative podcast, host James Wolner will re-examine this recent case. His exploration is a personal one: He was working in Mandan at the time of the murders and joined the first police press conference, his first step into true-crime podcasting journalism. Follow along as Wolner re-examines the morning of the murders, the hunt for the killer, his arrest and trial. He’ll seek to better understand the case and the killer’s motive, and remember the lives of those slain. 
    To read and see more about the Season, visit https://www.inforum.com/mandanmurders
    Support Dakota Spotlight by becoming a subscriber at https://inforum.com/subscribe
    Check out more true crime at The Vault - https://www.inforum.com/podcasts/the-vault 
    email - jwolner@forumcomm.com
    Facebook: https://facebook.com/groups/dakotaspotlight 

    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
737 Ratings

737 Ratings

minshalltrail ,

Mandan

Your finest work yet..

Angela MacA ,

Absolutely Incredible!

Dakota Spotlight is one of the only podcasts I have binge-listened and genuinely cannot wait until a new episode is released. James has the kind of voice I can listen to all day and he organizes the stories so masterfully. The sound effects are just right and I greatly appreciate that he puts in a plug for indie bands. If you are into true crime, give Dakota Spotlight a listen! But beware…you’ll be sucked-in!

Lisainnd ,

Best podcast out there

James is a master storyteller who treats every story he tells with care and sensitivity. I’ve loved every single episode and always look forward to the next.

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