In the Dark

In the Dark
Reporter Madeleine Baran examines the case of Curtis Flowers, who has been tried six times for the same crime. For 21 years, Flowers has maintained his innocence. He’s won appeal after appeal, but every time, the prosecutor just tries the case again. In the Dark is an investigative podcast from APM Reports. Season One focused on the abduction of Jacob Wetterling.
S2 E13: Oral Arguments
Mar 26 • 47 min
After nearly nine years of appeals of his sixth trial, Curtis Flowers finally had his case argued before the U.S. Supreme Court. At issue was whether DA Doug Evans tried to keep African-Americans off the jury in the 2010 trial. Flowers wasn’t at the…
S2 E12: Before the Court
Mar 19 • 40 min
We resume Season Two with the U.S. Supreme Court weighing Curtis Flowers’ case. In the first of four new episodes, we preview oral arguments - set for Wednesday, March 20 - and delve into the allegations at the heart of the appeal: that Doug Evans tried…
Coming Soon: New Episodes of Season Two
Feb 19 • 2 min
Our second season spanned a year in Mississippi where we revealed misconduct, injustice and racial divide in the six trials of Curtis Flowers. The U.S. Supreme Court will now decide if the prosecutor racially discriminated in jury selection. In four new…
S2 Update: Q&A + A Fire in Winona
Nov 27, 2018 • 64 min
We answer your questions and report on a fire in Winona. Support investigative journalism with a donation to In the Dark.
S2 Update: SCOTUS Takes the Case
Nov 3, 2018 • 9 min
The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear Curtis Flowers’ appeal. Now the justices will examine if District Attorney Doug Evans had a history of racial discrimination in jury selection. Support investigative journalism with a donation to In the Dark.
S1 Update: The Wetterling File
Sep 21, 2018 • 28 min
In Season 1 of our podcast, we reported that the Jacob Wetterling case was a botched investigation. Just yesterday, law enforcement acknowledged it too. Support investigative journalism with a donation to In the Dark.
S2 Update: Back to Winona
Sep 18, 2018 • 33 min
Two months after the season ended, we return to Winona to see what has changed. Turns out, a lot. Curtis Flowers’ mother has died. The whole town is talking about the case. Flowers’ defense lawyers are including our findings in their legal filings to the…
S2 E11: The End
Jul 3, 2018 • 36 min
For the last episode of the season, we went to meet Jeffrey Armstrong, who, a few years after Curtis Flowers first went to prison, found what might have been a key piece of evidence. What he found — and where he found it — offers hints that someone else…
S2 E10: Discovery
Jun 26, 2018 • 64 min
Prosecutors have always said that Curtis Flowers was the only serious suspect in the Tardy Furniture investigation. But we found a document showing that another man, Willie James Hemphill, had also been questioned just days after the murders. Who was he?…
S2 E9: Why Curtis?
Jun 19, 2018 • 56 min
After re-examining the case, we’d found no direct evidence linking Curtis Flowers to the murders at Tardy Furniture. But we had one lingering question: How did Flowers become the main suspect? Why would investigators focus so much on Flowers based on so…
S2 E8: The D.A.
Jun 12, 2018 • 61 min
After investigating every aspect of the Curtis Flowers case, we were nearly ready to present what we’d found to District Attorney Doug Evans. But first we tried to learn all we could about him: his childhood, his years as a police officer and his record…
S2 E7: The Trials of Curtis Flowers
Jun 5, 2018 • 61 min
There’s one critical aspect of the Curtis Flowers case that we haven’t looked at yet — the makeup of the juries. Each of the four times Flowers was convicted, the jury was all white or nearly all white. So we decided to look more closely at why so few…
S2 E6: Punishment
May 29, 2018 • 43 min
Odell Hallmon, the state’s key witness in the Curtis Flowers case, is serving three consecutive life sentences. We wondered what he might say now that there are no deals to cut, and he will spend the rest of his days in prison. Would he stick to his story…
S2 E5: Privilege
May 22, 2018 • 48 min
No witness has been more important to the prosecution’s case against Curtis Flowers than Odell Hallmon. He testified in four trials that Flowers had confessed to him while the two men were in prison together. Hallmon has an astonishingly long criminal…
S2 E4: The Confessions
May 15, 2018 • 52 min
Over the years, three inmates have claimed that Curtis Flowers confessed to them that he killed four people at the Tardy Furniture store. But they’ve all changed their stories at one time or another. In this episode, we investigate who’s really telling…
S2 E3: The Gun
May 8, 2018 • 47 min
Investigators never found the gun used to kill four people at Tardy Furniture. Yet the gun, and the bullets matched to it, became a key piece of evidence against Curtis Flowers. In this episode, we examine the strange histories of the gun and the man who…
S2 E2: The Route
May 1, 2018 • 52 min
The case against Curtis Flowers relies heavily on three threads of evidence: the route he allegedly walked the morning of the murders, the gun that investigators believe he used, and the people he supposedly confessed to in jail. In this episode, we meet…
S2 E1: July 16, 1996
May 1, 2018 • 42 min
On the morning of July 16, 1996, someone walked into a furniture store in downtown Winona, Mississippi, and murdered four employees. Each was shot in the head. It was perhaps the most shocking crime the small town had ever seen. Investigators charged a…
Season Two: The Trailer
Apr 16, 2018 • 2 min
Curtis Flowers has been tried six times for the same crime. For 21 years, Flowers has maintained his innocence. He’s won appeal after appeal, but every time, the prosecutor just tries the case again. What does the evidence reveal? And how can the justice…
S1 Update: A Sentencing, A Demand, No Closure
Dec 2, 2016 • 36 min
The sentencing of Danny Heinrich on Nov. 21, 2016, brought to a close the 27-year investigation into the abduction and murder of Jacob Wetterling. But it didn’t end the story. Support investigative journalism with a donation to In the Dark.
S1 E9: The Truth
Oct 25, 2016 • 42 min
When Danny Heinrich confessed in court on Sept. 6 to abducting and murdering Jacob Wetterling and assaulting Jared Scheierl 27 years ago, investigators declared that at last, the public had the truth. But despite Heinrich’s excruciatingly detailed…
S1 E8: What’s Going on Down There?
Oct 18, 2016 • 46 min
In November 2012, a police officer named Tom Decker was shot and killed in Cold Spring, Minn., after getting out of his car to check on a man who lived above a bar. The man was quickly arrested and held in the Stearns County jail. He was interrogated but…
S1 E7: This Quiet Place
Oct 11, 2016 • 40 min
Soon after the abduction and murder of Jacob Wetterling in 1989, Stearns County sheriff’s investigators came face to face with his killer, Danny Heinrich, who would confess to the crime 27 years later. Then they let him go. It wasn’t the first time that…
S1 E6: Stranger Danger
Oct 4, 2016 • 36 min
In the 1970s and early ’80s, missing children weren’t considered a policing priority. You couldn’t even enter missing child information into the FBI’s national crime database. But that changed quickly. Support investigative journalism with a donation to…
S1 E5: Person of Interest
Sep 27, 2016 • 47 min
Dan Rassier now wishes he’d insisted that police search his family’s St. Joseph farm top to bottom the night Jacob Wetterling was abducted. That way, they would have known there was nothing to find. And it would have been harder for them to come back 21…
S1 E4: The Circus
Sep 20, 2016 • 36 min
The Wetterling abduction story kept getting bigger as the case served as a conduit for public fear and grief. Capitalizing on a growing sense that pedophiles lurked in every shadow, the likes of Maury Povich and Geraldo Rivera joined the cause with…
S1 E3: The One Who Got Away
Sep 13, 2016 • 44 min
The closest you can get to a conversation with Jacob Wetterling about his abduction is to talk to Jared Scheierl. Scheierl was walking home from an ice skating rink in Cold Spring in January 1989 when a man who turned out to be Danny Heinrich forced him…
S1 E2: The Circle
Sep 7, 2016 • 38 min
When Jacob Wetterling was taken, authorities launched what would turn into one of the largest searches for any missing person in the history of the United States. But that first night, law enforcement didn’t cover all the basics. Support investigative…
S1 E1: The Crime
Sep 7, 2016 • 34 min
The abduction of Jacob Wetterling, which made parents more vigilant and led to the first national requirement that states track sex offenders via registries, took place before moonrise on a warm October night in 1989. Support investigative journalism with…
Season One: The Trailer
Aug 29, 2016 • 3 min
After he disappeared nearly 27 years ago, Jacob Wetterling’s remains have been found. Why did it take so long? Support investigative journalism with a donation to In the Dark.