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It was a crime that rocked an idyllic seaside town in Cape Cod -- the 2002 murder of Christa Worthington, found stabbed to death with her 2-year-old daughter, unharmed at her side. What came next was a three-year search for her killer that would involve unorthodox steps by police, a lengthy list of potential suspects, and an entire town under suspicion. Christa's trash collector, Christopher McCowen, would eventually be convicted of the crime, but his trial would raise questions about the evidence, investigative methods, and whether racial prejudice played a role. Now, ABC Radio and "20/20" take a look at all the evidence and for the first time ever, hear directly from Christopher McCowen, to examine whether the right man is behind bars.

A Killing On the Cape ABC News

    • True Crime
    • 4.4, 4.3K Ratings

It was a crime that rocked an idyllic seaside town in Cape Cod -- the 2002 murder of Christa Worthington, found stabbed to death with her 2-year-old daughter, unharmed at her side. What came next was a three-year search for her killer that would involve unorthodox steps by police, a lengthy list of potential suspects, and an entire town under suspicion. Christa's trash collector, Christopher McCowen, would eventually be convicted of the crime, but his trial would raise questions about the evidence, investigative methods, and whether racial prejudice played a role. Now, ABC Radio and "20/20" take a look at all the evidence and for the first time ever, hear directly from Christopher McCowen, to examine whether the right man is behind bars.

    6. The Interview

    6. The Interview

    More than 10 years after Chris McCowen's conviction for the rape and murder of Christa Worthington, his defense continues its efforts to get him a new trial. And for the first time, we hear directly from Chris to get his side of the story.

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    • 41 min
    5. The Verdict

    5. The Verdict

    The prosecution lays out its case against Christopher McCowen for the rape and murder of Christa Worthington, while his defense looks to poke holes in that case and raise doubts in the minds of jurors. The high-profile trial took weeks and left some wondering still to this day whether it was fair.

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    • 46 min
    4. The Garbage Man

    4. The Garbage Man

    Three years into their investigation, police arrest and charge Christopher McCowen for the murder of Christa Worthington, but the arrest of a black man in the murder of a wealthy white woman would immediately ignite controversy.

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    • 46 min
    3. More Leads, More Dead Ends

    3. More Leads, More Dead Ends

    Police expand their search for Christa Worthington's killer, looking at an ex-boyfriend and even Christa's own father. But a match on a crucial piece of D.N.A. evidence continued to be elusive, forcing police to take an unorthodox approach to find the killer and one that would grab national headlines.

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    • 38 min
    2. The Shellfish Constable

    2. The Shellfish Constable

    Police begin their search for the person who killed 46-year-old fashion writer and single mother, Christa Worthington in 2002. To understand where they would look first, we learn about Christa and her fast-paced career as a writer, as well as her affair with a married man that would put him in the investigation's crosshairs.

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    • 39 min
    1. The Murder

    1. The Murder

    On January 6, 2002, fashion writer and single mother Christa Worthington was found stabbed to death in her home in a small town on Cape Cod -- her 2-year-old daughter, Ava, was unharmed at her side. We start with a look at the crime that would tip off the most high-profile investigation in Cape Cod's history.

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    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
4.3K Ratings

4.3K Ratings

unbiased listener ,

Race-baiting throughout.

Well produced podcast about a tragic and interesting story! That part I appreciated.

A driving theme of the podcast, however, is that because one juror (who obviously joined the unanimous “guilty” verdict) decided to get media attention later - and state that one member of the jury referred to the suspect as a “big black man” meant that the whole thing was racist. False. He was a big, black man. Those are physical descriptors of him and are used everyday by people who are not at all racist. But the producers of the podcast are fixated on their presumption that he was convicted because he was black. False. He was convicted because his DNA was in this poor woman. The podcast further claims that rape was only brought up because he was black. False. He was convicted of rape because his DNA was in her. The claims that the DNA was degraded are also easily explained; the DNA sat in the lab backlog for almost a year waiting to be tested.

The facts were very clear and evidence overwhelming (even though the podcast attempts to shift them through a racial lens): He raped and murdered this woman. Race had nothing to do with it.

ICEMAN11frost ,

Crimes

It is never mentioned at any point in the reporting that Mr. George the defendant's lawyer was himself convicted of money laundering and disbarred. Just an important follow up that was completely ignored in the original reporting from 2017 where the conviction and disbarrment happened in 2015. Just thought I'd share.

maccabyrd ,

This podcast rubs me the wrong way

The way things are presented matters. This podcast felt flippant and gossipy. And I wish it didn’t gloss over rape, like it was hardly worth a mention.
Still, my heart aches for what seemed like an intricate and marvelous woman with some sorry excuses for men in her life, and that little girl of course. (I don’t mean her father, either, I think the way the media leapt on his girlfriend is shameful.)

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