26 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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    • True Crime
    • 4.6 • 9.7K 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.

    Bonus: The Party

    Bonus: The Party

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    It’s Saturday night and dozens of students are partying at the unofficial wrestler’s house off campus. Around 11 p.m., wrestler Dammion Heard starts a fight with cross country runner Anthony Rios. It’s revealed that Anthony had recently started dating Dammion’s ex-girlfriend. When wrestling captain Kyle Piatt hears about the fight, he gets physical with Dammion and the pair has to be separated. Did these heated exchanges lead to Dammion’s disappearance a few hours later?

    • 14 min
    Bonus: Who Is Dammion Heard?

    Bonus: Who Is Dammion Heard?

    Bonus Final Days on Earth Episode: Dammion Heard is a 20-year-old college freshman on a wrestling scholarship at Western Colorado University in Gunnison, Colorado. After a party at a friend’s house on Saturday, March 29, 2014, Dammion goes missing. Who is Dammion Heard and what was he doing in the final days of his life?

    • 28 min
    Bonus: Final Days on Earth – Claire St. Amant Interview

    Bonus: Final Days on Earth – Claire St. Amant Interview

    Bonus new podcast: Join host Paul Wagner as he speaks to reporter Claire St. Amant about her upcoming cold case podcast Final Days on Earth. Claire’s investigation follows the story of college freshman Dammion Heard who went missing after a wrestling team party in 2014, and his body was found 4 days later on a Colorado cliffside.

    • 18 min
    S2 EP8 - Q&A PART 2

    S2 EP8 - Q&A PART 2

    In part 2 of our interview with Tiffany, Luke and Darren Crandell, and Prince George's County Detective Bernie Nelson, Det. Nelson takes us deeper into the world of genealogy. We also share some behind-the-scenes stories about the creation of the podcast.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    S2 EP7 - Q&A Part 1

    S2 EP7 - Q&A Part 1

    Join host Paul Wagner for Part 1 of a 2 part in-depth conversation with Tiffany, Luke and Darren Crandell, along with Prince George's County Police Detective Bernie Nelson. Detective Nelson shares more on the new leads in the investigation and everyone reflects on how the podcast has impacted their lives.

    • 54 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
9.7K Ratings

9.7K Ratings

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ACLU🙄

Why can’t we all be in on catching killer? Of course union lawyer stirs old stale pot to promote division and anger unrelated to solving murder of seemingly good woman

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Podcast downloaded 656, 411 times in March

This podcast series was in the works for more than a year. Countless hours were put into making it a comprehensive fact driven story about a terrible unsolved murder in 1998. NPR and other deep pocket media organizations maybe able to do the work without sponsors but not this one. Sponsors are essential if stories like this are to be told. I don't think it is too much to ask the listener to sit through six commercials over 5o plus minutes. The story is worth it. Take a listen.

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Way to many ad interruptions

So annoying!!! Just do all of the ads at once so we can fast forward at the same time. The co start interruptions are extremely frustrating.

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