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Author: Michael Connelly

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Wiretaps, witness interviews, court recordings and detective recollections piece together this true crime podcast hosted by best selling author Michael Connelly that explores real homicide cases not covered by mainstream media. Murder Book Podcast Season One is: The Tell-Tale Bullet. The podcast dives into a thirty-year-old Hollywood killing that tests the limits of the American criminal justice system.
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The View From the Jury Box

The View From the Jury Box

2019-06-1700:32:464

Chapter 13 - A juror's side of the story. A hearing further delayed. Jade Clark's murderer Pierre Romain continues to sit in the LA County Jail, awaiting his sentence. Meanwhile, a juror shares his take on the trial, including the defense's unexpected third party culpability argument, the revealing wiretaps, the DNA on the tell-tale bullet, and the perplexing character of Pierre Romain.
The Q&A

The Q&A

2019-04-1501:05:504

Chapter 12 - The anonymous tip. Alibis. Unaired hours of wiretaps. The other suspect, Dwayne Dixon. In this roundtable discussion, the creators of Murder Book, along with Detectives Tim Marcia, Mitzi Roberts, and Rick Jackson answer your questions about the seemingly never-ending case of Pierre Romain.
Justice Delayed

Justice Delayed

2019-04-0800:40:455

Chapter 11 - A new defense lawyer. A prison sentence put off. Although he was found guilty of murder, Pierre Romain is not done playing the system. He hires a more prominent attorney, causing further delays in this "never-ending" case. As the new defense attempts to resurrect one of the trial attorney's failed arguments, it becomes increasingly unclear if justice for Jade Clark will ever be served.
The Verdict

The Verdict

2019-04-0100:39:0110

Chapter 10 - "We the jury find the defendant Pierre Alphonse Romain..." After a month of trial and two days of deliberation, a verdict is declared. Detectives Rick Jackson and Tim Marcia, as well as attorneys Tannaz Mokayef and Winston McKesson share their reactions to the jury's decision. But even though it appears the case has come to an end, the story of Pierre Romain isn't over just yet.
Closing Arguments

Closing Arguments

2019-03-2500:47:3513

Chapter 9 - Salem witch trials. A victim talking from the grave. A murderer walking among us. Prosecutor Tannaz Mokayef and defense attorney Winston McKesson throw all their raw emotions and unmasked accusations into the open, hoping to seal Pierre Romain's fate in their favor.
The Accused

The Accused

2019-03-1800:59:3810

Chapter 8 - An ice pick stabbing. Gang rehabilitation. A young child trapped in the neighborhoods of the Rollin 60's Crips. Pierre Romain finally takes the stand to explain the wounds on his arm, his history with LA gangs, and his language on the wiretaps. But will his stories draw enough sympathy from the jury to successfully defend his innocence and release him from any culpability in the killing of Jade Clark?
The Defense of Pierre Romain

The Defense of Pierre Romain

2019-03-1100:44:2012

Chapter 7 - Mystery blood drops. Wearer DNA. A case for reasonable doubt. The defense of Pierre Romain begins, and defense attorney Winston McKesson has some surprising strategies up his sleeve. Manipulations are detected, accusations are made, hearings are delayed, and civilities are lost between the lawyers as the drama of justice hits a new peak that will only continue to grow.
Reluctant Witnesses

Reluctant Witnesses

2019-03-0400:49:5019

Chapter 6 - The ex-sister-in-law. The childhood friend. A bullet wound at an LAPD family day picnic. As the prosecution continues their case against Pierre Romain, they encounter unforeseen challenges from witnesses with divided loyalties, testimonies with seemingly faded memories, and new speculation that would bring the LAPD's investigation tactics under question.
The People vs. Pierre Romain

The People vs. Pierre Romain

2019-02-2500:49:3016

Chapter 5 - A white, sporty vehicle. Witness testimonies. Possible DNA contaminants. A new prosecutor and a defense attorney go head to head as they take a closer examination of the players and evidence involved in the Jade Clark case. Will the prosecution be able to build a convincing case against Pierre Romain? Or will his defense team create enough speculation to poke holes in their argument and point the finger away from the gangster turned cop?
The King of Cold Cases

The King of Cold Cases

2019-02-1800:42:0724

Chapter 4 - A master hypnotist. A hard-nosed prosecutor. Delays, delays...and more delays. Detective Rick Jackson brings on new recruitments in hopes of pushing the case forward and finally taking Pierre Romain to trial for murder. But first, Jackson would have to resurrect his key witness, or Romain might enter court with an argument that could allow him to walk away free.
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Brian Hopkins

such a GREAT series

Jul 21st
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Colbert Williams

Brian Hopkins Great!

Jul 22nd
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Andy Laurenzi

i understand the precedent that the prosecution is concerned about but if they voluntarily agreed as the Judge was suggesting the legal precedent could have been avoided. Justice, truth, its in their somewhere but not necessarily where the prosecution wants to go. Remember their use of the Facebook photo without the caption. Winning is the goal, justice de damned.

Jun 25th
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Stephanie Smith

li. ng

Jun 22nd
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Debbie Roberts

Who's paying for all these attorneys especially Jackson?

May 24th
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Ted Jordan

it might be interesting to hear more stories about how people hide behind the law to avoid convictions like George Zimmerman, Robert Blake, Michael Slager, etc

May 6th
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Heather Morales

what did the defense attorney ask the witness that upset the judge....I can't make it out.

May 1st
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Sarah Rife

Heather Morales "sir you need to get your lies straight"

May 24th
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Jane harris

Michael, I have enjoyed reading your books and I this podcast has been superb. I've waited every week for a new episode, I hope there are any more murder books to come - Jane, UK listener

Apr 27th
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Marilou Berthet

Ugh the sound of people eating during the murderbook talk.... it was hard to stand honestly

Apr 19th
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No Comment

ok so based on what I listened to here I have to say he could be guilty. That being said I'm a little taken a back that in cases where 3rd party culpability has a potential for use, the burden of proof to allow it seems a lot harder to achieve than the government's case is. also the fact that neither the defense nor the prosecution tested that blood as soon as the question was put forth in the original trial. That fact alone could have and should have been put to bed then no matter the outcome. If it was Andre's blood then reasonable doubt, if not Andre's then boom guilty all day. One more thing I do not believe Pierre ever wanted to shoot anyone ever, and legally it's not a justifiable excuse, but IMHO Jade got the surprise drop on Pierre and his reaction though criminal was to shoot back. That being said guilty beyond all reasonable doubt. Right now there's doubt.

Apr 12th
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Laurence Azzola

Gripping, just like the books.

Apr 11th
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C Hess

wow this is getting ridiculous. End the freaking case

Apr 8th
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JoAnn Hudgens

I love Connelly's books and am loving this podcast! I really enjoy true crime.

Apr 4th
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Joe Reed

I really saw all the hard work put in by both sides! great story!

Apr 4th
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Elizabeth Zlangston

Great podcast. can't wait for Monday.

Apr 1st
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Jay Benny

This is so gripping! I can't stop listening.

Mar 30th
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Nathan_Paul

Jay Benny same, I've been hooked from the beginning. I crave new episodes lol. My Monday don't come fast enough..

Mar 31st
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Ted Jordan

i'm still not going to Google. see you next week

Mar 26th
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Ted Jordan

i so want to search this story on Google but I'm waiting. love this story. great podcast

Mar 19th
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Hern Huntsman

Nathan_Paul The case is still pending. I don't want to give away the ending but basically the defendant is continuing to abuse the legal system by coming up with ways to delay his court date. He was supposed to meet a court appointed deadline of June 7th, 2019, but surprise! His lawyer got the court to delay again, so now we all have to wait until August 23rd for justice to be served. In theory. Unless the defense comes up with yet another reason to delay. So glad Michael Connolly is staying with this case so that the victim's story isn't lost in a sea of legalese and red tape...and good for the prosecutors office for not giving up in their pursuit for justice and their desire to keep murderers off the street and out of uniform!

Jul 18th
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Nathan_Paul

Ted Jordan I couldn't help myself and I ended up googling it but to my surprise I couldn't find a single article about the outcome of this case. An I dug deep and for about 15-20 I searched an looked but nothing about the end outcome so that made this podcast that much more addictive lol.

Mar 31st
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Ted Jordan

had lawyer just lost a case in the beginning? "it's the client's decision, it's the client's decision" 😂

Mar 19th
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Lara C. Roll

Can't wait for the next episode!

Mar 17th
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Margie Bynum

I really enjoyed this podcast but what happened to episode 8

Mar 15th
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