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Missing Justice

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Christy Woodenthigh’s family rushed to her home on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation when they got the shocking news that the 33-year-old mother was dead. They arrived to find no police officers, no approaching sirens, and no sign of Christy. Missing Justice takes you inside what really happened that night and the federal investigation that followed. Christy’s family never trusted the law enforcement officers investigating her death, and bombshell testimony revealed their worst fears. CBS News reporters Cara Korte and Bo Erickson examine how the issues in Christy’s case connect to the larger Missing and Murdered Indigenous Peoples crisis.

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Our Editor's Take

Missing Justice is a podcast about a popular true crime topic. Many other podcasts explore the unsolved cases of missing and murdered people. But this podcast has a different focus. It talks about the Indigenous community by discussing the case of one murdered woman.

Someone killed Christy Woodenthigh in 2020 on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation in Montana. Yet authorities made some crucial errors in the murder investigation. Three Bureau of Indian Affairs officials admitted they didn't even write up a report on her death. Nor did they test a suspect's blood alcohol level. The man accused of killing Woodenthigh did go to trial. But a jury acquitted him. So Woodenthigh's family is still seeking justice for their daughter. Missing Justice tells their story. It also lets people know about this crisis of missing people in the Indigenous community.

Cara Korte and Bo Erickson are the skilled journalists behind this podcast. The cohosts report on the US government for CBS News. Their network also produces the Missing Justice podcast. This limited-episode show talks about one of the "stolen sisters," as Indigenous people call her. The reporters talked to over 150 people when investigating this story. They worked on this podcast for over eighteen months. The result is a compelling listen. However, since the show talks about domestic violence and murder, it is not for everyone.

Missing Justice has six episodes. While Woodenthigh's family may not have gotten true justice for their loved one, this podcast is a tribute to her life. It may also help publicize these crime problems in the Native American community.

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