When John Quinney was ten years old, he helped get his father convicted and sentenced to twenty years in prison. But a lot has happened in the three decades since he got on the witness stand. In this update episode, we take you inside the courtroom as John recants his testimony and tries to get his dad exonerated.
More than a decade after the first allegations of satanic ritual abuse in California, the Satanic Panic was mostly snuffed out. The nation began to move on. But the children at the heart of it were just beginning to reckon with their past.
In 1989, nine-year-old John Quinney accused his father Melvin of being a satanic cult leader and abusing him in satanic rituals. His father vehemently denied the charges. It was a case that tore their family apart. But what none of them knew was that they were just one of dozens of families going through the same nightmare.
Journalist Connie Walker has spent the past decade investigating the impact of crimes committed against Indigenous people. This year, Connie’s investigation brought her closer to home: to a trauma that has been rippling through her family for decades. This is the first chapter of that investigation. To hear the rest of the series, listen to Stolen: Surviving St. Michael's.
A police sketch artist reveals how she turns your fuzzy memory into a sharp drawing. Sketch artist Kelly Lawson from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation walks us through the process. Thanks to Gary Wells, Gil Zamora, and caller Lex.
In the 1970s, the Supreme Court decided that failing to provide prisoners with necessary medical care could rise to the level of cruel and unusual punishment. But, as one Texas prison reporter discovered in 2017, what constitutes “necessary medical care” is open to interpretation.
*Rebroadcast of an episode we ran in April with an updated ending* After a man is threatened by a telephone scammer, he spends the next several years tracking down the person responsible. In the process, he uncovers a massive criminal syndicate operating in plain sight.
A man wakes up at a shopping mall in Cincinnati, but claims to have no idea how he got there. He says he doesn’t even know his own name. As doctors and detectives search to uncover his identity, they discover an unexpected clue: The man’s amnesia may have been caused by a terrible attack.
When teenager Hillary Transue made a MySpace page poking fun at her vice principal, she never imagined it would land her in a juvenile detention facility—and that to get out, she would need to expose a corruption scheme that ran to the highest echelons of the state's judicial system.
In 1978, in Austin, Texas, something happened in Mr. Grayson’s eighth-grade English class that shocked the 21 students present, and reverberated forward into their adult lives. Forty years later they reunited to piece together what happened. Read Robert Draper’s Texas Monthly article here.
A small town in Minnesota has an identity crisis: Should they embrace their beautiful lakes for tourism, or Judy Garland, the troubled movie star who was born there? When a big crime hits their small town, the decision is no longer theirs.