8 episodes

In 1965, Rev. James Reeb was murdered in Selma, Alabama. Three men were tried and acquitted, but no one was ever held to account. Fifty years later, two journalists from Alabama return to the city where it happened, expose the lies that kept the murder from being solved and uncover a story about guilt and memory that says as much about America today as it does about the past.

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In 1965, Rev. James Reeb was murdered in Selma, Alabama. Three men were tried and acquitted, but no one was ever held to account. Fifty years later, two journalists from Alabama return to the city where it happened, expose the lies that kept the murder from being solved and uncover a story about guilt and memory that says as much about America today as it does about the past.

    The Murder Of The Rev. James Reeb

    The Murder Of The Rev. James Reeb

    In 1965, the Rev. James Reeb was murdered in Selma, Ala. No one was ever held to account. We return to the town where it happened, searching for new leads in an old story.

    • 51 min
    The Who And The What

    The Who And The What

    In Episode 2, we unravel the aftermath of the Rev. James Reeb's murder: the arrest of three men and the defense brought at trial. We also track down the last living jurors.

    • 57 min
    The Counternarrative

    The Counternarrative

    In Episode 3, we break down the conspiracy theory that emerged after the Rev. James Reeb's murder: that he was allowed to die or was killed because the civil rights movement needed a white martyr.

    • 50 min
    The Sphinx Of Washington Street

    The Sphinx Of Washington Street

    In Episode 4, we find a woman who says she knows who killed the Rev. James Reeb, because she was there. She's ready — for the first time in more than 50 years — to tell the truth about what she saw.

    • 45 min
    The X On The Map

    The X On The Map

    In Episode 5, we search for the fourth attacker while digging into the murder of Jimmie Lee Jackson, a black civil rights activist who was murdered in Alabama just weeks before the Rev. James Reeb. Jackson's killer was brought to justice in 2010. We look at his case for strategies to help solve Reeb's.

    • 51 min
    Learn Not To Hear It

    Learn Not To Hear It

    In Episode 6, we reveal the identity of the fourth man who participated in the attack on the Rev. James Reeb.

    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
11.6K Ratings

11.6K Ratings

avm1406 ,

It’s worth a 1000 stars

Riveting, moving, humane

TruthSeeker54321 ,

Required listening for all good intentioned white people

This podcast should be required listening for all good intentioned white people like me. It is honest, introspective, fair, and fact-based. It can be very hard to listen to, because it is honest, but that’s exactly why it’s necessary. This is a great piece of journalism.

bircytre2345 ,

Well done

Great podcast, one of the best I’ve listened to in a long while. I’ve read about this event, and seen representations of the story in the past. What makes your reporting stand out is the personal heartfelt accounts from people who lived it. The complexity of these stories, the impact that echos out across generations is heartbreaking and hopeful.

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