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Reporter Madeleine Baran examines the case of Curtis Flowers, who has been tried six times for the same crime. For 21 years, Flowers has maintained his innocence. He's won appeal after appeal, but every time, the prosecutor just tries the case again. In the Dark is an investigative podcast from APM Reports. Season One focused on the abduction of Jacob Wetterling.
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S2 E14: The Decision

S2 E14: The Decision

2019-06-2200:15:0410

On Friday, June 21, after months of deliberation, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its opinion in the Curtis Flowers case. In a 7-2 ruling, the justices threw out the conviction from his sixth trial, in 2010. The decision of what happens next -- whether to release Flowers or begin a seventh trial -- now lies with the same prosecutor who's pursued him from the beginning: Doug Evans. Support investigative journalism with a donation to In the Dark.
S2 E13: Oral Arguments

S2 E13: Oral Arguments

2019-03-2700:49:2130

After nearly nine years of appeals of his sixth trial, Curtis Flowers finally had his case argued before the U.S. Supreme Court. At issue was whether DA Doug Evans tried to keep African-Americans off the jury in the 2010 trial. Flowers wasn't at the Supreme Court -- he remains on death row in Mississippi -- but the In the Dark team was. This is what we saw. Support investigative journalism with a donation to In the Dark.
S2 E12: Before the Court

S2 E12: Before the Court

2019-03-1900:42:5730

We resume Season Two with the U.S. Supreme Court weighing Curtis Flowers' case. We preview oral arguments and delve into the allegations at the heart of the appeal: that Doug Evans tried to keep African-Americans off the jury in Curtis' sixth trial. Support investigative journalism with a donation to In the Dark.
Our second season spanned a year in Mississippi where we revealed misconduct, injustice and racial divide in the six trials of Curtis Flowers. The U.S. Supreme Court will now decide if the prosecutor racially discriminated in jury selection. In four new episodes starting March 19, we'll go into the courtroom for oral arguments, report the decision and examine the effect of the ruling. Support investigative journalism with a donation to In the Dark.
We answer your questions and report on a fire in Winona. Support investigative journalism with a donation to In the Dark.
The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear Curtis Flowers' appeal. Now the justices will examine if District Attorney Doug Evans had a history of racial discrimination in jury selection. Support investigative journalism with a donation to In the Dark.
S1 Update: The Wetterling File

S1 Update: The Wetterling File

2018-09-2100:28:5843

In Season 1 of our podcast, we reported that the Jacob Wetterling case was a botched investigation. Just yesterday, law enforcement acknowledged it too. Support investigative journalism with a donation to In the Dark.
S2 Update: Back to Winona

S2 Update: Back to Winona

2018-09-1800:34:3431

Two months after the season ended, we return to Winona to see what has changed. Turns out, a lot. Curtis Flowers' mother has died. The whole town is talking about the case. Flowers' defense lawyers are including our findings in their legal filings to the Supreme Court. Citizens are trying to file bar complaints against the district attorney, Doug Evans. One man has gone into hiding, his personal safety threatened because he spoke to us. In this update episode, we look at what's happened in Winona since our last episode and what happens next with Curtis Flowers' case. Support investigative journalism with a donation to In the Dark.
S2 E11: The End

S2 E11: The End

2018-07-0300:36:3467

For the last episode of the season, we went to meet Jeffrey Armstrong, who, a few years after Curtis Flowers first went to prison, found what might have been a key piece of evidence. What he found -- and where he found it -- offers hints that someone else may have committed the Tardy Furniture murders. Armstrong turned the evidence into the cops. And then, he says, it disappeared. Support investigative journalism with a donation to In the Dark.
S2 E10: Discovery

S2 E10: Discovery

2018-06-2601:04:5045

Prosecutors have always said that Curtis Flowers was the only serious suspect in the Tardy Furniture investigation. But we found a document showing that another man, Willie James Hemphill, had also been questioned just days after the murders. Who was he? Why was he questioned? When we finally found Hemphill, living in Indianapolis, he had some very surprising things to say about the case. Support investigative journalism with a donation to In the Dark.
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Comments (294)

Gemma

Great trick of story telling having that friendly scarecrow voice tell us about romancing waitresses,combined with describing police incompetence.Makes you think of false accusations,then the friendly guy turns out to be a devil.

Jun 25th
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Abbott Hill

Why should we care that a sex offender's life is forever affected by their crime? Their victims will be forever haunted by their attackers. I was deeply bothered by the offender featured here, as if he is a victim by "something that happened 10 years ago". Oh please! Let's rememver the real victims here.

Jun 25th
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Fion Lewis

So the moral of the story is that the District Attorneys around the country can lie, cheat and spend millions of tax payer money and there ain't a damn thing anyone can do. The lie of the constitution says that there are checks and balances, but even the state attorney general, Diaz said that basically we have to trust the system. Yeah for them it works. The supreme court of the US should change the law that says the DA has impunity.A San Diego police officer once told me "We do what we want and let the DA worry about it and guess what, they ain't gonna worry too much cuz we work for them"

Jun 25th
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Noah

I'm in awe right now. This man has committed so many disgusting crimes and yet gets away with taking away the lives of these innocent people, the drugs, the morals. Law enforcement there needs to realize what their doing is making people not trust the police more than the already don't. All I keep thinking about is how them family members felt knowing Odel was about to take their lives. Their heart ache and confinement and then PTSD the child will have forever. Brought me tears.

Jun 25th
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Suby Mathew

yeah for justice.. sorta?! If Doug Evans is stupid enough to try Curtis's case for a seventh time, maybe he should 1. ask for state assistance (as suggested by the ussc), 2. get ANYONE ELSE to do it, or 3. select the jury blindly, like how they select contestants on The Voice, so he can truly say he didn't pick people based on the color of their skin, but by the answers to his questions!

Jun 24th
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lisa bradford

OMG I HAVENT EVEN LISTENED YET, BUT IM SO HAPPY. BUT SCARED DUE TO THE FACT THAT doug evans COULD TRY AGAIN. PRAYERS FOR CURTIS!!!!! ALSO I THINK HIS FAMILY SHOULD HAVE PROTECTIVE CUSTODY SO NO MORE HOUSES GET BURNED DOWN LIKE THE PASTOR.

Jun 22nd
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Maedeh Akhavan

I had never rushed to play an episode like this. I'm so glad that they overturned his verdict. But he's not a free man just yet....

Jun 22nd
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Namon Anderson

Maedeh Akhavan Why isnt he free?

Jun 24th
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Christine Lozano

Just read the news about Curtis Flowers. Can't wait to hear whats next.

Jun 21st
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Just a fan

Am I to assume that this girl would have done everything perfect, unlike the yokel cops? I doubt it since she wasn't even born yet.

Jun 21st
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Tiffani Wunder

that crap they said about the marathon running was the biggest stretch I've heard in a long long time.

Jun 13th
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Alissa Maxwell

when Evans said "finalized", it turned my stomach. you know that sick fuck meant "once Curtis is executed".

Jun 10th
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Heidi Mae Stoa Price

whoa guys I don't think the investigative reporter is feeling sorry for the sex offender she is investigating all sides of the registry laws and the effects of the law on everyone including the offender it's just one side of the whole main point of the episode. I think she's staying on the non biased side like a good investigative reporter unlike most.

May 26th
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Rebecca Mullins

Heidi Mae Stoa Price Agreed!!!

Jun 23rd
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Jenice Vd Berg

Why is this episode so jittery? I love this series but this episode is just making me insane

May 24th
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Melissa Adams

This is a travesty and the victim is Curtis Flowers. An innocent man in jail for 20+ years for a crime that has no evidence he committed. Doug Evan's is the criminal and represents everything that is wrong with our judicial system.

May 19th
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Shane Hubbert

They don't mention how the blacks in Winona were too afraid to talk to the police. They were all threatened. There are a lot of things that were left out of this Democratic version. For instance, a black lady tried to lie to Judge Loper about being pulled over and harassed, minutes before arriving at the trial, just to try to stir up some racial bullshit. Another jurer lied about knowing him, but was his fucking first cousin. Look, the bastard did it. They found the money he stole, hidden in his headboard, and the box to the shoes he was wearing when he killed them. Facts.

May 16th
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Alexis Baker

Ahhh this gives me hope again that there is justice in this country. After seeing everything that happens with the current white house, and this and the state of our country its so depressing but yes a glimmer of hope! and Justice Cavannagh at least seems reasonable!

May 8th
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Hawkenbrawk

Jared's friend Cory would have no info for the FBI. The question the producer asks is stupid. Cory had no information related to Jared's case, so they wouldn't waste their time asking him questions.

May 6th
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Isha Negi

This podcast is really good

May 5th
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lisa bradford

i wish yall could have stopped the demolition of that house and brought in a fire specialist of your own to see what REALLY happened?! i cannot believe this is happeneing in 2019 in AMERICA. im so sad, shocked, and the civil rights fight is so much more alive to me now, after listening to this podcast.

May 5th
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lisa bradford

i cannot believe in a system that would allow this type of case to go on and on and on and on and on, ad nauseam. i am so proud to say i do not live in Mississippi, but as a citizen of the United States, im ashamed this type of thinking, belief system, culture, and lack of integrity among people in positions of power is allowed to exist in the same country i live in and love. i applaud your work on this case and want you to know that your work conitnues the fight for justice and there are many thousands behind you, supporting you.

May 4th
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