12 episodes

When April Balascio was 40 years old, something she’d feared for decades was finally proven true. Her father, Edward Wayne Edwards, really was a murderer. The Clearing is about what came after April called a detective in 2009 to tell him about her suspicions — a call that led to her father’s arrest and eventual conviction on multiple murders — and tracks the emotional journey as she and host Josh Dean dig back into her childhood, unravel the truth of her father’s life, and overturn a viral online narrative that had turned Edward Wayne Edwards into a kind of serial killer caricature. Produced by Pineapple Street Media in association with Gimlet.

The Clearing Gimlet Media

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    • 4.6, 7.8K Ratings

When April Balascio was 40 years old, something she’d feared for decades was finally proven true. Her father, Edward Wayne Edwards, really was a murderer. The Clearing is about what came after April called a detective in 2009 to tell him about her suspicions — a call that led to her father’s arrest and eventual conviction on multiple murders — and tracks the emotional journey as she and host Josh Dean dig back into her childhood, unravel the truth of her father’s life, and overturn a viral online narrative that had turned Edward Wayne Edwards into a kind of serial killer caricature. Produced by Pineapple Street Media in association with Gimlet.

    Introducing Wind of Change

    Introducing Wind of Change

    It’s 1990. The Berlin Wall just fell. The Soviet Union is on the verge of collapse. And the soundtrack to the revolution is one of the best selling songs of all time, the metal ballad “Wind of Change,” by the Scorpions.
    Decades later, journalist Patrick Radden Keefe heard a rumor: the song wasn’t written by the Scorpions. It was written by the CIA. This is his journey to find the truth.
    Wind of Change is an Original Series from Pineapple Street Studios, Crooked Media and Spotify.

    • 43 min
    Introducing Conviction: American Panic

    Introducing Conviction: American Panic

    When John Quinney was ten years old, he took the stand to testify against his own father. He had come to believe that his dad Melvin was the murderous leader of a satanic cult. It would be decades before John would learn that his family was just one of many swept up in a panic that gripped America in the 1980s—one in which hundreds of people were accused of taking part in underground satanic cults that sacrificed infants and sexually abused children. By the time the panic had subsided, scores of people were in prison, convicted on little to no evidence—people like John's father. Conviction: American Panic takes you inside one of the darkest and most bizarre chapters of American history. The next episode of Conviction is available right now for free, only on Spotify. https://smarturl.it/conviction-s2e2

    • 24 min
    8. Tie A Knot In It

    8. Tie A Knot In It

    On a farm in Wisconsin, April sees some good.

    • 43 min
    7. He's In The Water

    7. He's In The Water

    April finds a connection in Akron, OH.

    • 43 min
    6. Give Yourself Up Son

    6. Give Yourself Up Son

    How to solve a murder and why you probably won’t. 

    • 54 min
    5. A Lot of Old Memories

    5. A Lot of Old Memories

    What else could Ed Edwards have done?

    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
7.8K Ratings

7.8K Ratings

TruCrime Junkie ,

Great Listen!!!!

I’ve been following the story of Edward Wayne Edwards & it seems a van is a common denominator in some unsolved disappearances. There is as case of the Springfield Three where a green van was witnessed. I would be interested to know from April if her dad had a green van in June of 1992, as well as, where he was living around that time.

MsBow ,

Ninnies

Just listened to the intro. Two Immature “journalists” eating popcorn, giggling, and attempting to entrap a former CIA operative... too lame. Valley Girls prancing. Waste of time. You are punching waaaaay above your weight, boys.

Bad espn ,

Really well done!

It’s really well told and super compelling, if a bit familiar.

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