The Clearing

The Clearing

gimletmedia.com
When April Balascio was 40 years old, something she’d feared for decades was finally proven true. Her father, Edward Wayne Edwards, really was a murderer. The Clearing is about what came after April called a detective in 2009 to tell him about her suspicions — a call that led to her father’s arrest and eventual conviction on multiple murders — and tracks the emotional journey as she and host Josh Dean dig back into her childhood, unravel the truth of her father’s life, and overturn a viral online narrative that had turned Edward Wayne Edwards into a kind of serial killer caricature. Produced by Pineapple Street Media in association with Gimlet.


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8. Tie A Knot In It
Aug 29, 2019 • 43 min
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7. He’s In The Water
Aug 22, 2019 • 43 min
April finds a connection in Akron, OH.
6. Give Yourself Up Son
Aug 15, 2019 • 54 min
How to solve a murder and why you probably won’t.
5. A Lot of Old Memories
Aug 8, 2019 • 51 min
What else could Ed Edwards have done?
4. Bullshit Bullshit Bullshit
Aug 1, 2019 • 44 min
Confronting the myth of Ed Edwards.
3. Give Me The Needle
Jul 25, 2019 • 57 min
How one murder case turned into three.
2. Creepy John Wayne
Jul 18, 2019 • 52 min
Who the hell was Edward Wayne Edwards anyway?
1. Hunting Season
Jul 18, 2019 • 51 min
April reads a news story and everything changes.
Preview: The Clearing
Jul 17, 2019 • 1 min
Listen to the first two episodes of The Clearing starting July 18. When April Balascio was 40 years old, something she’d feared for decades was finally proven true. Her father, Edward Wayne Edwards, really was a murderer. The Clearing is about what came…
Introducing The Clearing
Jul 3, 2019 • 2 min
When April Balascio was 40 years old, something she’d feared for decades was finally proven true. Her father, Edward Wayne Edwards, really was a murderer. The Clearing is about what came after April called a detective in 2009 to tell him about her…