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14: We’ve Been Waiting A Long Time For This
May 22 • 40 min
It’s been three months since we wrapped up an in-depth look at the 2001 shooting death of Jill Wells, a killing her husband blamed on the couple’s six-year-old son. Now, there’s an update — one public official saw our reports and took action and another…
13: Dreams and Developments
Feb 10 • 10 min
Nearly a year after 9NEWS began investigating the shooting death of Jill Wells, the potential for new developments is real. Various public officials are discussing what steps they ought to take – if any – to try to answer the most important question in…
12: What We Think Happened Is Almost Never What Happened
Dec 21, 2016 • 28 min
At the center of the pursuit of the truth about the death of Jill Wells stands her son, Tanner. He is the only one who knows what he thinks about this pursuit, who knows what he has thought about all these years. Listen as he shares his thoughts on the…
11: An Immediate Kill
Dec 14, 2016 • 33 min
Everyone who has looked into Jill’s death has a theory on the case – and on the role her husband, Mike Wells, may have played in an incident that remains shrouded in mystery. For some, the suspicions took hold almost immediately. For others, the initial…
10: You Don’t Have to be a Doctor to be a Coroner?
Dec 6, 2016 • 37 min
In Colorado, anyone can hold the job of county coroner – you don’t need a medical degree or any special work experience. Just as the family of Jill Wells found out how crucial the coroner can be in a death investigation, so have others in cases around the…
9 The Aha Moment
Nov 30, 2016 • 27 min
In every report, every interview about Jill Wells death, her husband said she was prone on the ground, target shooting with her left index finger on the trigger. First responders to the scene say they were shocked to learn that. They’re now talking about…
Thanksgiving Minisode
Nov 22, 2016 • 4 min
Eight Episodes into BLAME and we a hearing a lot of feedback from people connected to the case. We want to hear from you too. Who should we be interviewing? Where should we look next? Have we missed something? Share your thoughts on our Facebook page…
8: No one’s Gonna Charge a 6-year-old
Nov 16, 2016 • 26 min
If Tanner Wells is to believe he didn’t shoot and kill his mother, he needs to wrap his brain around the fact his own father may be to BLAME. We needed to know if what we were uncovering would be damaging to a young man who had already been through so…
7: For Better or Worse
Nov 9, 2016 • 38 min
“She was so positive, and that’s why we never knew anything was going wrong” To understand everything that was going on prior to Jill Well’s death her friends say you need to know about who she was and what she talked about in her most intimate moments…
6: The Ultimate Question
Nov 2, 2016 • 26 min
They say hindsight is always 20/20. But in this case hindsight could mean the difference between an accident and murder. Years after her death, Jill Well’s sister convinced a new investigator to look into the case. He did all the work investigators didn’t…
5: I’m calling about the Jill Wells case
Oct 26, 2016 • 35 min
The three people who accepted Mike Wells account of how his wife Jill died, reflect on the investigation that they left behind 15 years ago. What do they remember about that day? Did they question the story that her son pulled the trigger? Why didn’t they…
4: He Blew That One
Oct 19, 2016 • 34 min
What did investigators really know the day Jill Wells died? Did they know enough to definitively put the blame on a 6-year-old boy? We pull the one box of evidence off the shelf of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s department to see what investigators knew and…
3: An Exorbitant Amount of Life Insurance
Oct 13, 2016 • 23 min
No fingerprints, no ballistics, no autopsy. And now, 9Wants to Know uncovers several life insurance policies, one taken out just before the shooting. Jill Wells sisters have been asking questions about how their sister died for years but they’ve never…
2: Nobody Investigated It
Oct 7, 2016 • 26 min
An unintelligible start to a 911 call begins the short and incomplete investigation of the death of Jill Wells. There are very few official records created in the case. A two-page police report. Crime scene photographs. Several recordings, including the…
1: Accident or Murder
Oct 3, 2016 • 18 min
Less than 24-hours after Jill Well’s death, the case into her shooting was closed. No one performed an autopsy, no ballistics testing was done and no one conducted formal interviews of the last three people to see her alive, her husband Mike and their 2…