24 episodes

Harris County, Texas, has sent more people to death row than any jurisdiction in the nation. Among them is Charles Raby. He confessed to the grisly murder of an elderly woman in Houston in 1992. But the evidence tells a different story — one in which the state went after the wrong man. In the second season of Murderville, Intercept reporters Liliana Segura and Jordan Smith explore faulty forensics, the fallibility of memory, and a system ill-equipped to acknowledge its mistakes.
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Murderville The Intercept

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    • 4.0 • 2K Ratings

Harris County, Texas, has sent more people to death row than any jurisdiction in the nation. Among them is Charles Raby. He confessed to the grisly murder of an elderly woman in Houston in 1992. But the evidence tells a different story — one in which the state went after the wrong man. In the second season of Murderville, Intercept reporters Liliana Segura and Jordan Smith explore faulty forensics, the fallibility of memory, and a system ill-equipped to acknowledge its mistakes.
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    Behind the Scenes of Murderville, Texas

    Behind the Scenes of Murderville, Texas

    Intercept Senior Editor Andrea Jones speaks with Jordan Smith and Liliana Segura — the reporters behind Murderville, Texas — on The Intercept’s podcast Intercepted. They discuss how they learned about Charles Raby’s death penalty case and his innocence claim and the investigative reporting that ensued, such as talking to key individuals involved, including detectives. They also talk about how they met Linda McClain, the daughter of the woman who Raby was convicted of murdering in 1992. They also share an update from McClain.


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    • 51 min
    S2 Ep. 9: The Other Suspect

    S2 Ep. 9: The Other Suspect

    A homicide detective reveals something unexpected about the practices of the Houston Police Department. He says he cleared the alternate suspect in the murder of Edna Franklin — but it turns out the suspect’s alibi was a lie.
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    • 44 min
    S2 Ep. 8: Memories

    S2 Ep. 8: Memories

    Charles Raby’s early life was defined by abuse and neglect. His own behavior later took a toll on the people who knew him, many of whom remain certain that he killed Edna Franklin. No one is more convinced than his ex-girlfriend, who has a surprising story about Charles that she says proves his guilt. Charles is adamant the story isn’t true. But memories are complicated things.
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    • 41 min
    S2 Ep. 7: Merry Alice

    S2 Ep. 7: Merry Alice

    Charles Raby says he confessed to protect his girlfriend, Merry Alice Gomez. Some people don’t believe this — as they understand it, Charles had only known Merry Alice for a few weeks when Edna Franklin was murdered. Why would he lie for a woman he barely knew? But it turns out this premise was incorrect. And there’s a lot more to Merry Alice’s story.
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    • 43 min
    S2 Ep. 6: Linda

    S2 Ep. 6: Linda

    Linda McClain has always believed that Charles Raby killed her mother. But when she finds out about the evidence concealed at trial, it raises new questions. And she has insight into the death penalty that most people don’t: Charles isn’t the only person she’s known on Texas’s death row.
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    • 45 min
    S2: Ep. 5: The Evidence

    S2: Ep. 5: The Evidence

    Foreign DNA is found under Edna Franklin’s fingernails. And in the wake of a scandal within the Houston police crime lab, Charles Raby’s lawyers discover that forensic evidence was hidden from the defense at trial.
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    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

4.0 out of 5
2K Ratings

2K Ratings

austin2023fam ,

Love the in depth reporting

So many true crime shows seem to gloss over some pieces of a case to, perhaps, create more sympathy for the subject of the podcast. Not here! They tell it all- the good, bad and even incriminating. Being a prior Harris County resident and TDCJ inmate advocate, I remember several of the investigations such as the crime lab failures. Looking forward to the next case.

buddhatim ,

Pointless

Plays like an over extended episode of Maury Povich. Impoverished and (frankly) stupid people running head-long into our lazy and inept legal system. This isn’t interesting. This isn’t entertaining. This is just sad on a dozen different levels. Pointless waste of time.

enthusiastic24 ,

No evidence

This podcast is highlighting a story based on feelings and presenting no evidence. Then attempting to through in another suspect, again with no evidence. There seems to be no thorough investigation just interviews with victims family. You can’t complete an investigative true crime based on interviews only. This host is attempting to jump on the investigative true crime band wagon, this is not for everyone. Horrible job wasn’t convincing. Please stop allowing anyone to make a podcast.

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