9 episodes

In The Shadows delves into a riveting unsolved mystery from 1991. When the body of a young woman is discovered by two terrified boys in the desert near Bakersfield, California, authorities quickly target her popular star-athlete boyfriend. The case - one of the most controversial in Kern County’s history - quickly drew national media attention, and the ensuing trials divided the community and sparked a heated debate. Despite that, the perpetrator of this horrific crime remained unpunished. 32 years after the murder, a fresh investigation conducted by this podcast takes an unexpected turn when several individuals reveal shocking information previously unknown by authorities and the public alike.

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    • True Crime
    • 3.8 • 181 Ratings

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In The Shadows delves into a riveting unsolved mystery from 1991. When the body of a young woman is discovered by two terrified boys in the desert near Bakersfield, California, authorities quickly target her popular star-athlete boyfriend. The case - one of the most controversial in Kern County’s history - quickly drew national media attention, and the ensuing trials divided the community and sparked a heated debate. Despite that, the perpetrator of this horrific crime remained unpunished. 32 years after the murder, a fresh investigation conducted by this podcast takes an unexpected turn when several individuals reveal shocking information previously unknown by authorities and the public alike.

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    Lost Hills

    Lost Hills

    On a silent night in the Californian desert, two boys see something they will never forget. 




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    • 33 min
    She Wouldn’t Let Me Go

    She Wouldn’t Let Me Go

    A teenage romance and the forensic evidence are scrutinized during the course of a high profile murder investigation. The heart of the debate centers around Maria’s time of death and a mysterious phone call. 

    • 33 min
    Heads I Win, Tails You Lose

    Heads I Win, Tails You Lose

    The trial for Maria’s murder captivated and divided a community while the public opinion was split as to one question: Is Offord an outstanding young man or a criminal mastermind? 

    • 42 min
    Painful Secrets

    Painful Secrets

    Every family has secrets. But some are darker than others. 

    • 31 min
    Reign Of Terror

    Reign Of Terror

    Many years later, new information comes to light after some individuals speak up for the first time about what they witnessed. 

    • 43 min
    Alibi

    Alibi

    As we go over the timeline of that fatal day, it turns out some of the information presented during the trial may have been incorrect. 

    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5
181 Ratings

181 Ratings

captgast ,

Interesting and tragic

Listened to the entire podcast in one afternoon. Tragic cycle of abuse and violence. Podcaster has a bright future.

Socobluesky ,

Good podcast, issues with narration

I was interested in the podcast and trudged through the painfully slow speaking narrator. Her voice is nice but the speaking was too slow for my brain lol. Also narrator is flat and dull throughout. I think the narrator has potential, just needs to bring it up a notch …

0gtgirl0 ,

Has Potential

I think the host has potential for future stories. I don't mind the pacing at all. There are issues with pronunciation of words though and at times I felt like I was listening to an elementary kid reading from a book. Just takes more practice is all.

What I didn't like about the content was race being an issue for inequity (against white people) when clearly the accused, being a black male, had privilege most people don't. His parents were able to afford him an attorney and bail money. Plus, the Hispanic family didn't like him simply because he's black.
Having said that, I don't believe he did it. There wasn't enough evidence to prove it and his actions after he was released show a big aspect to that. He got a job and aside from the drugs, he didn't show any pattern of abuse towards women that was reported. Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong.

A side note: this story is a good example as to why it's important that if you plan to live in another country, you do it legally and learn the language.
That could also be why some of the people that knew Victor didn't speak up. I really wish they had.

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