Cincinnati Enquirer | Wondery

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Season 4: When Rhoda Nathan's lifeless body was discovered in her hotel room, it was assumed she'd had a heart attack. The autopsy proved otherwise: Nathan, 67, had been viciously beaten to death, punched so hard by her assailant that two of her teeth had been knocked out. Days later, a hotel employee went to the hospital to be treated for an infection in his hand, which was teeming with a bacteria most often found in human mouths. That, plus a pendant an officer said was discovered in the trunk of his car, sealed the fate of Elwood Jones, who awaits execution on Ohio's death row. For nearly 30 years, Jones has maintained his innocence -- and accused police of straight-up framing him. The journalists of Accused are reexamining the case to learn if Jones truly belongs on death row, or if a botched investigation let someone else get away with murder.

Season 3: In 1984, a father of three disappeared while working at a mysterious Cincinnati plant. It turned out he’d met a gruesome fate: Pieces of bone, his eyeglasses and walkie-talkie were uncovered inside a vat that reached 1350 degrees Fahrenheit. Two months later, the Fernald Feed Materials Production Center was revealed to have been processing uranium – and polluting the region. The dead man’s children believe their father was murdered because he intended to expose how the plant had been releasing millions of pounds of uranium dust into the atmosphere. We’re hoping to figure out: Did 39-year-old David Bocks kill himself, as Fernald officials alleged, or was he more likely killed?

Season 2: A soft-hearted prison minister was found killed in her Kentucky apartment, and Newport police zeroed in on an ex-convict she’d counseled. Thirty years later, the conviction is overturned and the case is once again unsolved. The Cincinnati Enquirer investigates: Was William Virgil wrongly convicted for murder?

Season 1: When Elizabeth Andes was found murdered in her Ohio apartment in 1978, police and prosecutors decided within hours it was an open-and-shut case. Two juries disagreed. The Cincinnati Enquirer investigates: Was the right guy charged, or did a killer walk free?

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Our Editor's Take

In a nation where "innocent until proven guilty" is uncertain, there is the Accused podcast.Accused digs deeper into suspicious criminal cases: Was the right person charged? Was the wrong person convicted? Was the investigation botched from the start?

Reporter Amber Hunt and photographer Amanda Rossmann investigate and co-host this true-crime podcast. They dive into each suspicious story with care and dedication to bring the truth to light.

Each season takes on a new case, with many episodes dedicated to one story. Hunt and Rossmann go into detail and view each case from many angles. They address jury issues, talk to witnesses and lawyers, and review evidence. These hosts dive deep into the facts, gathering all the information they can. Their research and exclusive interviews help determine if law enforcement got it right. The duo is here to prove there is no such thing as an open and shut case.

True crime fans will love the investigative style of this fact-chasing podcast. Listeners can start with the first episode or hit play on the case they are most interested in. Listeners love Accused, which earned it a Webby Award nomination for Best Writing in 2017. Its success continued as a Webby Honoree in 2018 for Documentaries and in 2020 for Best Series.

Can't get enough 'whodunnit' stories, criminal pasts, and unsolved murders? Accused from Wondery is the perfect next listen.

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