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.

    A Dangerous Kind Of Self-Delusion

    A Dangerous Kind Of Self-Delusion

    In our final episode, we examine the legacy of the Rev. James Reeb's death. We speak both to his descendants and to those of one of his attackers, exploring how the trauma and the lies that followed it affected both families.

    • 1 hr 6 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
    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
    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 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 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

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
10.8K Ratings

10.8K Ratings

MisterMouse ,

Excellent and timely

Fantastically researched and as important as ever.

KB54 ,

Excellent investigative journalism

This was weeks of investigation, conversations, and thoughts paired down to seven impressive episodes. An important listen about what whiteness was, and continues to be.

formet hoosier ,

Extraordinary podcast

This is very well done and worth anyone’s time. It has now been 55 years since this event. How far have we come? Read the current headlines and you will see. Not very far, if at all. Our society needs to be prodded to go where it must go. We have not done that yet. Might be time.

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