23 episodes

“WTOP’s American Nightmare Series” is a podcast covering true crime stories in the Washington D.C. region.

Season 2, “Murder in a Safe Place,” debuts Feb 22. The podcast investigates the vicious rape and murder of 50-year-old nurse Sherry Crandell inside the DC-area hospital where she worked. Her murder has mystified not only the police, but her family and the community for the past two decades. Police have DNA evidence and fingerprints - even a witness to the attack - but no suspect. In “Murder in a Safe Place,” veteran DC reporter Paul Wagner tells a story that, by the final episode, will have you thinking there may be a chance for justice after all.

Season One, “22 Hours: An American Nightmare,” hosted by WTOP award-winning reporters Megan Cloherty and Jack Moore was named the No. 2 Podcast of the Year by The Associated Press and was listed among Apple Podcasts’ Most Popular New Shows of 2019. “22 Hours: An American Nightmare” chronicles the case that became known nationwide as the “DC Mansion Murders” – the horrific killing of a DC power couple, their 10-year-old son, and housekeeper – in a way no one has covered it before.

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    • 4.6 • 9.9K Ratings

“WTOP’s American Nightmare Series” is a podcast covering true crime stories in the Washington D.C. region.

Season 2, “Murder in a Safe Place,” debuts Feb 22. The podcast investigates the vicious rape and murder of 50-year-old nurse Sherry Crandell inside the DC-area hospital where she worked. Her murder has mystified not only the police, but her family and the community for the past two decades. Police have DNA evidence and fingerprints - even a witness to the attack - but no suspect. In “Murder in a Safe Place,” veteran DC reporter Paul Wagner tells a story that, by the final episode, will have you thinking there may be a chance for justice after all.

Season One, “22 Hours: An American Nightmare,” hosted by WTOP award-winning reporters Megan Cloherty and Jack Moore was named the No. 2 Podcast of the Year by The Associated Press and was listed among Apple Podcasts’ Most Popular New Shows of 2019. “22 Hours: An American Nightmare” chronicles the case that became known nationwide as the “DC Mansion Murders” – the horrific killing of a DC power couple, their 10-year-old son, and housekeeper – in a way no one has covered it before.

    S2 E1 - The Murder

    S2 E1 - The Murder

    In 1998, a nurse was found brutally raped and strangled in the Maryland hospital where she worked. Despite DNA evidence and a fingerprint of the killer left behind at the scene, the case remains unsolved 23 years later. But, could newly uncovered information finally bring justice for Sherry Crandell?

    • 48 min
    S2 E2 - The Investigation

    S2 E2 - The Investigation

    As Prince George's County Police detectives investigate the murder of nurse Sherry Crandell, they learn of a witness to the attack. A fact police kept deep in their files for 23 years and are revealing for the first time on this podcast.

    • 57 min
    S2 EP3 - The Dragnet

    S2 EP3 - The Dragnet

    With no one in custody and no prime suspects, Prince George's County police devise a plan to get DNA from the hundreds of men working at Prince George's Hospital Center. A tactic that would turn highly controversial and put the police on the defensive.

    • 55 min
    S2-E4 The War Room

    S2-E4 The War Room

    In the days after Sherry Crandell was viciously raped and murdered in January 1998, the police in Prince George’s County, Maryland, set up what they called a ‘war room’ to manage a complex and intense investigation. A probe that uncovered shocking details about security on the 40-acre hospital campus.

    • 45 min
    S2 EP5 - A Break in the Case

    S2 EP5 - A Break in the Case

    Prince George's County Police Detective Bernie Nelson turns to genealogy after seeing another Maryland cold case solved after 28 years. Can the murder of Sherry Crandell be solved the same way?

    • 50 min
    S2 EP 6 - The Link

    S2 EP 6 - The Link

    Ten months after Prince George's County Police Detective Bernie Nelson began using genealogy to track Sherry Crandell's killer through his relatives - the research continues on a promising family tree.

    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
9.9K Ratings

9.9K Ratings

Serlbauer ,

Good

As a lifelong resident of the DC area I found Murder in a Safe Place riveting. Yeah a ton of commercials but that’s the reality of paying the bills. Looking forward to more in this series.

HDocMor ,

Redundant!

I listen to a ton of true crime podcast, but this one repeats the same info so much midway through I quit. Also the commercials are frequent and jarring/distracting. 😥

Tupuguy ,

Annoying storytelling

I’m a bit confused as to why season 1 seems to tell the story as if the defendant was wrongfully convicted (to the point where they make this highly renowned prosecutor’s cross examination very cringy and inappropriate) yet in the last episode, it’s pretty black and white. I don’t feel the series was put together to present facts but rather invoke reactions from the listener.

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