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
11.3K Ratings

11.3K Ratings

churchlady85 ,

We haven’t come as far as we think!

Outstanding podcast! Anyone listening carefully hear the same rhetoric of white suprematists in 2021 as in 1955 and the years in between. Told in a way that you want to keep listening! Helped me understand what happened surrounding the murder of James Reeb, and the way “white folk” made up crazy conspiracy theories which ensured that those who were responsible - who murdered Rev Reeb, were not held accountable! Looking forward to many new seasons! Well done! Thank you.

DDS12122020 ,

White Privilege At It’s Best

Outstanding podcast!!! What is especially striking is the blatant white privilege and willingness to believe the lie. Episode 6 is especially striking. I don’t want to reveal what happened as you really need to listen to all 7 episodes, but the denial and dismissal of the severity of what occurred is glaringly hypocritical and telling to everything that was done in the south during and prior to the civil rights movement. Criminal acts are to be forgiven and everyone should just move on-the antithesis of white privilege yet they continue with the condemnation of people of color. WAKE UP AMERICA!!!! It is time we face ourselves, the good, the bad AND THE UGLY!

SRs Mom ,

Outstanding

Really well done. The story is a true lens of history. Determined investigation of a murder that could have been solved the night it happened - if only... My heart goes out to the families of the man murdered because refused to be a hateful racist. I hope one day the people responsible are held accountable.

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