Episodes

11 episodes
  • Trailer

    Jul 29 2021

    Hear the trailer for A Devil in the Valley now, and the full podcast on Thursday, August 5.
     

    This is a true story. 

    In 1994, an aspiring young cold case investigator in California’s East Bay, Paul Holes, puts aside trying to solve the Golden State Killer case as he waits for science to catch up.

    Paul returns to an old file cabinet at the back of the forensic lab to look for another cold case he can work - something with DNA. He finds one. The 1978 murder of a married mother who went for a morning jog in a nearby park. The original investigators believed that a serial killer named Phillip Hughes was responsible; they just couldn’t prove it. But Hughes was headed to prison for three other local homicides, all because of an unexpected break in those cases. Without it, Hughes might have gotten away with everything. In the years since though, as Hughes sat in prison, so did his secrets. And now he’s coming up for parole.

    In a race against time, Paul commits to solving the 1978 cold case before Hughes is let out. The victim’s family needs an answer. And, if Paul can prove that Hughes is the killer, he’ll use it as leverage to force Hughes to confess to everything else he may have done. 

    Little does Paul know, however, that the 1978 cold case he opens will take an unexpected turn, lead to other cases and killers he never knew about and haunt him for his entire career. It turns out that the small towns of Contra Costa County were home to a more sinister history than anyone had imagined. But the clues didn’t disappear. They just needed the right person, at the right time, to see them.

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  • Episode 1: Into the Shadows

    Aug 5 2021
    In 1994, young cold case investigator Paul Holes tries to use DNA to solve a 1978 murder. The main suspect is a convicted serial killer named Phillip Hughes. As Paul waits for the DNA to be tested, he digs into the first case Hughes was convicted of to see what he can learn about him.
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    34 mins
  • Episode 2: Accomplice

    Aug 5 2021
    When Paul turns to the second case Hughes was convicted of, he sees why it almost went unsolved. And he discovers that Hughes groomed someone close to him into being his accomplice.
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    16 mins
  • Episode 3: Confession

    Aug 5 2021
    Paul turns to the third and final case Hughes was convicted of — a case closely tied to his accomplice’s work. But years later, the accomplice makes a surprising decision that leads to a break in all three cases.
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    40 mins
  • Episode 4: Leverage

    Aug 5 2021
    Phillip Hughes is coming up for parole. The families of his victims will try to prevent it. Can Paul help them by solving the 1978 cold case in time?
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    25 mins
  • Episode 5: Make-Believe

    Aug 5 2021
    Paul realizes that the best way to solve more cases connected to Phil Hughes is to discover more about him. He investigates Hughes' childhood, his relationships, and a series of photographs that may be evidence of more murders.
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    32 mins
  • Episode 6: A Danger to Society

    Aug 5 2021
    Paul submits the only remaining DNA from the 1978 murder for analysis. He’s confident that the case will finally be solved, and that Phil Hughes will never be paroled again.
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    17 mins
  • Episode 7: Nail in the Coffin

    Aug 5 2021
    The 1978 cold case causes a rift in Paul’s investigation. Suddenly, he has a trial to prepare for. He also goes back to the file cabinet to pull another case Phillip Hughes is suspected of committing.
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    17 mins
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