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  • An apartment complex hosts a big Halloween party with themed rooms and costumed partygoers. By the end of the night one of the party’s hosts is murdered. And the partygoers are the main suspects in the eyes of the police: was it the guy in the devil mask, the guy dressed as Jesus, the bank robber, the construction worker? As a complex investigation winds its way through forensic evidence, witness testimony, DNA, and even a psychic, the police zero in on one suspect in particular -- but why? From Campside Media and Wondery, the makers of Chameleon and the Shrink Next Door, comes SUSPECT. Matthew Shaer and Eric Benson (Over My Dead Body) return to the scene of the crime to uncover what happened, and speak with everyone about a party that still haunts them a decade later. It’s a series about cutting-edge science and mislaid justice, race and policing, and the kinds of weighty choices that cops and prosecutors make every day. Choices that, once made, are difficult to reverse.

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  • Introducing: Suspect

    Aug 17 2021

    An apartment complex hosts a big Halloween party with themed rooms and costumed partygoers. By the end of the night one of the party’s hosts is murdered. And the partygoers are the main suspects in the eyes of the police: was it the guy in the devil mask, the guy dressed as Jesus, the bank robber, the construction worker? As a complex investigation winds its way through forensic evidence, witness testimony, DNA, and even a psychic, the police zero in on one suspect in particular -- but why? From Campside Media and Wondery, the makers of Chameleon and the Shrink Next Door, comes SUSPECT. Matthew Shaer and Eric Benson (Over My Dead Body) return to the scene of the crime to uncover what happened, and speak with everyone about a party that still haunts them a decade later. It’s a series about cutting-edge science and mislaid justice, race and policing, and the kinds of weighty choices that cops and prosecutors make every day. Choices that, once made, are difficult to reverse.

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  • The Halloween Party | 1

    Aug 31 2021

    The residents of the Valley View apartments organize a big costume party. Strangers come together. They argue and fight. They dance and drink. At times the party veers out of control. And when they wake up the next morning, one resident is dead.


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    34 mins
  • The Girl Upstairs | 2

    Aug 31 2021

    Arpana’s father hasn’t heard from her in days, so he asks a friend to check on her. What the friend finds will trouble him for years.


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    38 mins

Featured Article: Challenging Racial Bias in True Crime Stories


In cases involving Black and Brown victims, the reporting of true crime is its own kind of injustice. Bad things happen to Black and Brown women every day. But no one is talking about the color of their hair and eyes, their job, their education, or how much they are loved by family and community. Discover a growing gamut of podcasts that runs from deep-dive single case investigations to compilations focusing on missing and murdered Black women.

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Pretty sick of CRT. Poisoned the whole series after episode 3.

So, I’m not saying the black guy is guilty - honestly they do a great job of making me think the other guy is the guilty one, and really he might be. I also do recognize that there was a massive class difference between Johnson and Fair, and that it wasn’t fair to Fair (lol). But the preaching about the justice system and the way this whole thing was handled, not ever recognizing that most crime is black-on-black (meaning black people are usually the victims), lack of fathers having destroyed many poor families ever since leftist policies destroyed the healthy families post-slavery black homes had… they just cry racism, with an asterisk “*and there is all this other evidence.”

So far, Fair has some convincing evidence against him. So does Johnson. I lean toward Johnson being more guilty. Maybe they worked together, idk, but it seems like Johnson.

Regardless, I’m not going to listen anymore because they are clearly already biased and it’s annoying me. I don’t want to hear “Well, he’s black, so it must be racism.” I want to hear the cold evidence and leave your damn bias out of it.

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Agenda

I got this book to hear the story not your opinion on police. You need to put that this is an opinion piece not just a story. You lost me.

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interesting. to hear what happened to this couple

looking forward to hearing what happened to the ladies
in terms of prosecution.
good series

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So infuriating

I'm only on episode 4 but listening to that idiot detective talk about why Emanuel became a suspect had me so angry...what an ignorant, stupid man.

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Very well done, interesting from the start

I truly enjoyed this podcast. It covered all the potential suspects, and brought out some of the problems with our judicial system and the possible overuse of dna evidence. You won’t be disappointed.

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Danged Good

Really good, straightforward storytelling with no giggling. Also a story I’ve never heard about before. Excellent.

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Couldn't Stop Listening

The story was well told while being respectful and engaging. It was a story I had never heard before and I appreciate the balance of detail and interest.

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Shocking great news podcast

Best new true crime podcast, so smooth and entertaining with REAL info and interviews. I’m so impressed with this particular on. I am a court junkie fiend and this is just so detailed and professional, calm voice keeps you enthralled

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Great podcast

interesting case cant wait to hear the next episode. wonderful true crime podcast! loved!