11 episodes

When 8-year-old Relisha Rudd disappeared from a homeless shelter in Washington, D.C. in 2014, nobody noticed. By the time authorities formally declared Relisha “missing,” 18 days had passed since she’d been spotted at school or the shelter where her family lived. Seven years later, Relisha has never been found. Through the Cracks investigates gaps in our society and the people who fall through them, and in this first season, host Jonquilyn Hill asks if Relisha’s disappearance was, as the city later claimed, unpreventable. From WAMU and PRX.

Through The Cracks WAMU

    • True Crime
    • 4.6 • 1.1K Ratings

When 8-year-old Relisha Rudd disappeared from a homeless shelter in Washington, D.C. in 2014, nobody noticed. By the time authorities formally declared Relisha “missing,” 18 days had passed since she’d been spotted at school or the shelter where her family lived. Seven years later, Relisha has never been found. Through the Cracks investigates gaps in our society and the people who fall through them, and in this first season, host Jonquilyn Hill asks if Relisha’s disappearance was, as the city later claimed, unpreventable. From WAMU and PRX.

    Relisha Goes Missing

    Relisha Goes Missing

    When 8 year old Relisha Rudd disappeared from a homeless shelter in Washington, D.C. in 2014, nobody noticed. By the time police appeared at the homeless shelter where Relisha lived with her family, 18 days had passed since she’d been seen at school or in the shelter. On this episode: What happened in March 2014.View a timeline of the key dates in Relisha’s disappearance at wamu.org/throughthecracks. To support the investigative reporting that goes into Through The Cracks, donate at wamu.org/supportthroughthecracks.

    • 32 min
    Ties That Bind

    Ties That Bind

    A child’s family is their first safety net. When she disappeared in 2014, 8-year-old Relisha Rudd was living with her family at a homeless shelter in Washington, D.C., where a number of people shared responsibility for her. Before she vanished, each one of her family members had already fallen through the cracks in one way or another.

    Help shape our second season by filling out our survey: https://iter.ly/21ga1

    Check out bonus material and subscribe to our newsletter at wamu.org/throughthecracks.

    To support the investigative reporting that goes into Through The Cracks, donate at wamu.org/supportthroughthecracks.

    • 30 min
    Kicked Out

    Kicked Out

    Before Relisha moved into a homeless shelter, her family lived together in an apartment near Congress Heights. But a chain of events led them to landlord-tenant court, and ultimately on the street. In this episode: Jonquilyn Hill explores how Relisha lost her home and wound up in a shelter in the most ‘tenant-friendly’ city in the country.

    Help shape our second season by filling out our survey: https://iter.ly/21ga1

    Check out bonus material and subscribe to our newsletter at wamu.org/throughthecracks.

    To support the investigative reporting that goes into Through The Cracks, donate at wamu.org/supportthroughthecracks.

    • 27 min
    Almost Like Jail

    Almost Like Jail

    How did 8-year-old Relisha Rudd go from living in an apartment, to a motel, to a shelter inside an “abandoned hospital”? Host Jonquilyn Hill explores life inside a homeless shelter.

    Help shape our second season by filling out our survey: https://iter.ly/21ga1

    View a timeline of the key dates in Relisha’s disappearance, and a map of her world, at wamu.org/throughthecracks. To support the investigative reporting that goes into Through The Cracks, donate at wamu.org/supportthroughthecracks.

    • 25 min
    Janitor, Doctor, Godfather

    Janitor, Doctor, Godfather

    Who was Kahlil Tatum? Was he a loving husband and surrogate father? A cold killer? We dig into the past of the janitor who served families at D.C. General, the “doctor” who excused Relisha from school and the “godfather” many children had grown to trust.

    Help shape our second season by filling out our survey: https://iter.ly/21ga1

    Read transcripts of episodes, a timeline of the key dates in Relisha’s disappearance, and a map of her world at wamu.org/throughthecracks.  To support the investigative reporting that goes into Through The Cracks, donate at wamu.org/supportthroughthecracks.

    • 29 min
    The Search

    The Search

    On the day the District went public with their search for Relisha Rudd, she had already been missing for over two weeks. What’s it like to search for a girl no one noticed was missing for 18 days?

    Help shape our second season by filling out our survey: https://iter.ly/21ga1

    Read transcripts of episodes, a timeline of the key dates in Relisha’s disappearance, and a map of her world at wamu.org/throughthecracks.  To support the investigative reporting that goes into Through The Cracks, donate at wamu.org/supportthroughthecracks.

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
1.1K Ratings

1.1K Ratings

Pepper529 ,

Amazing

Respectfully told, honoring the child and family. Honest, and to the point, recognizing the faults in the systems and cultures that perpetuities types of prejudices. I hope that the professional input is impactful to those who want to point fingers and judge. Everyone has a story and we love to turn a blind eye and pass judgment.

pvbbee ,

One of the best

I listen to a ton of true crime podcasts and to be honest, the same old formula is getting old. Almost all of them are just retelling of stories. I love that while this still has a true crime element, it looks deeply at what led to this incredible tragedy in an incredibly non-judgemental way, especially considering how easy it is to judge the people in this story. It's not just the story of one tragedy, it was a tragedy on so many levels in so many ways. Thank you for doing such a responsible job with it and shedding some light on these important issues.

Annie DW ,

A Very Moving Podcast

Thank you for covering this heart rendering story. You’ve highlighted some of the historical inefficiencies of this country’s social system which unfortunately don’t seem to be improving. I’m so sorry for this wee one, Relisha and her entire family. You’re a great story teller. Good work.

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