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

    • True Crime
    • 4.6, 5.5K 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 Media in association with Gimlet.

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
5.5K Ratings

5.5K Ratings

janailedit ,

Over too soon

Wanted the podcast to keep going! Would have like to have known that episode 8 was the finale. I couldn’t tell and kept checking back for the next episode. Just finally googled my answer- its over! Only criticism is that the ending didn’t register as such, though I do see how it makes sense to end on the note that it did in hindsight. Well done! So intriguing

Netty925 ,

Kudos to April

It is my opinion that others in April’s shoes may not have the same sense of purpose to seek out the truth, and follow through with their findings and beliefs to the police. Because of what she did, and her efforts to reach out to her father’s victims’ families, I hold her in the highest regard. It took guts and tenacity to try to piece together their lives in so many places, and to tie what she knew to missing persons or murders in those areas.

Her father is obviously a sociopath. It appears that he knew who he was and how he got that way, or at least presumed as much with the talks he gave, and trying to find out more about his past. I don’t understand why so many thought this was a bad idea, either on his part, or anyone else who wants to find out what may have happened to their parents, and what became of them when they were a small child. It was especially riveting to hear Ed Edward’s taped narrative...to hear his voice, how he thought and how he operated.

It is particularly interesting to me that Edwards and other known sociopathic killers have wives and families...even if their lives appear unconventional. Obviously, this was not about Ed Edward’s wife and April’s mother, but I could not help but wonder...did she ever suspect her husband of doing anything so evil? And, had he treated her badly?

Hopefully, what April did by coming forward and reaching out to the affected families will bring them, and the rest of her family, peace, and that she can at some point, move on with her life and not feel like she needs to dredge up past over and over.

Millennial mom 87 ,

Not worth a listen

A whole lot of nothing for 8 episodes.

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