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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 Studios in association with Gimlet.

The Clearing Gimlet Media

    • True Crime
    • 4.6 • 8.5K 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 Studios in association with Gimlet.

    Preview: Welcome to Your Fantasy

    Preview: Welcome to Your Fantasy

    It’s 1987, and the Chippendales dancers are packing nightclubs across America with their sold-out male exotic dance shows. As crowds of women scream for the mullets, the spandex, and the tans … a shocking event about to change the course of the brand and its booming business forever. 

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    • 7 min
    8. Tie A Knot In It

    8. Tie A Knot In It

    On a farm in Wisconsin, April sees some good.
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    • 43 min
    7. He's In The Water

    7. He's In The Water

    April finds a connection in Akron, OH.
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    • 43 min
    6. Give Yourself Up Son

    6. Give Yourself Up Son

    How to solve a murder and why you probably won’t. 
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    • 54 min
    5. A Lot of Old Memories

    5. A Lot of Old Memories

    What else could Ed Edwards have done?
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    • 51 min
    4. B******t B******t B******t

    4. B******t B******t B******t

    Confronting the myth of Ed Edwards.
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    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
8.5K Ratings

8.5K Ratings

gmkroll ,

Five stars

Started this podcast not realizing it had ties to Wisconsin and the Concord House, where I too have been for a wedding. So well told! I especially loved the very end with April and Tim’s dad. It was so sweet and brought a tear to my eye. I hope they are both a little more at peace. Would love to hear more from you all.

rachelhollie ,

Great podcast

I stumbled on this podcast on accident and I live in Watertown, WI where April lived at one time! Mind blown!

M-C Monster ,

My brother suggested something good

I’m always skeptical about podcasts just as a general rule, that being said; this one is like a little diamond that I was kicking around all I had to do was look at what I was kicking. I was trying to get my brother interested in a tv show and he countered with this, a truly excellent podcast!

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