10 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

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.6, 5.2K 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.

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
5.2K Ratings

5.2K Ratings

RHHS2013 ,

100% Binge worthy!!

This podcast is so captivating and enticing, and makes you want more. I love how the host includes interviews and actual recording of Ed Edwards and other people involved with Ed in some way. I totally recommend this podcast to anyone who is fascinated with true crime!!

kangi125 ,

Gripping

This was my first podcast, I am hooked. I was on the edge of my seat listening to what happened. So sad and painful to hear parts of this. But I was fascinated by the web of lies and deception of Ed. Outlandish stories that were concocted by a pathological liar. It was very dark and disturbing, but a powerful lesson of sadistic manipulation.

Sydney213 ,

Couldn’t stop listening.

I loved that this podcast highlighted the ripple effects of Ed Edwards deeds and how things moved after his arrest. Very powerful and insightful story of how we process and try to heal from this kind of trauma.

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