Suspect

Wondery | Campside

Suspect is an investigative series about mislaid justice and the kinds of weighty decisions that detectives, lawyers, and jurors make every day - decisions that, once made, are almost impossible to reverse.


Season 2: Vanished in the Snow chronicles the disappearance of 12-year-old Jonelle Matthews. For three and a half decades, her disappearance was a mystery – a riddle neither authorities nor her family members could solve. The residents of her cloistered Colorado hometown had scoured every inch of prairie. The President of the United States appealed to journalists to help. Jonelle’s smiling face was printed on milk cartons nationwide. Still, every lead had fizzled. Every person of interest had turned out to be a dead end. Then, in 2019, Jonelle’s remains were unearthed near the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. With the discovery came troubling new questions: a man obsessed with the case also be her abductor and murderer? Had the truth been hiding in plain sight the entire time?

Suspect Season 2: Vanished in the Snow is available on Amazon Music now and on Wondery+ in Apple Podcasts or the Wondery app on December 19th.


Season 1 features a whodunit-style search for a holiday party killer. An apartment complex hosts a big Halloween party with themed rooms and costumed partygoers. By the end of the night one of the party’s hosts is murdered. And the partygoers are the main suspects in the eyes of the police: was it the guy in the devil mask, the guy dressed as Jesus, the bank robber, the construction worker?As a complex investigation winds its way through forensic evidence, witness testimony, DNA, and even a psychic, the police zero in on one suspect in particular -- but why?

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Our Editor's Take

It's 2008 in Redmond, Washington—a comfortable suburb on the eastside of Seattle. Twenty-somethings are having a Halloween party spread over several adjacent apartments, with everyone from the complex invited. It's as boisterous as one would imagine and doesn't fizzle out until the late hours.

What followed would be the death of a 24-year-old software developer, Arpana Jinaga, and a shocking example of what happens when investigators put their hunch first and foremost. Investigators attempt to close the case on this young woman's tragic ending with spurious evidence rather than following the leads. The result is one man, who may have been wrongly convicted, paying with his freedom.

Nothing is ever completely transparent when it comes to the events of that awful night, but this podcast aims to piece together something resembling the truth. Suspect takes a deep dive into the case, featuring interviews from people who knew the victim to the man sitting behind bars. Co-hosts Matthew Shaer and Eric Benson present ten episodes' worth of evidence and background information to help listeners piece together what happened that night.

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Introducing Suspect Season 2: Vanished in the Snow
Oct 17 2022
Introducing Suspect Season 2: Vanished in the Snow
For nearly three and a half decades, the disappearance of 12-year-old Jonelle Matthews was a mystery – a riddle neither authorities nor her family members could solve. The residents of her cloistered Colorado hometown had scoured every inch of prairie. The President of the United States appealed to journalists to help. Jonelle’s smiling face was printed on milk cartons nationwide. Still, every lead had fizzled. Every person of interest had turned out to be a dead end. Then, in 2019, Jonelle’s remains were unearthed near the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. With the discovery came troubling new questions: a man obsessed with the case also be her abductor and murderer? Had the truth been hiding in plain sight the entire time? From Campside Media and Wondery comes season two of SUSPECT. Former CNN reporter Ashley Fantz and executive producers Matthew Shaer and Eric Benson (Suspect, Over My Dead Body) dig into one of the most mind-bending cold cases in modern history, in an attempt to separate fact and fiction, compulsion from guilt, and true-crime fandom from a motive for murder. To listen to more episodes of Suspect: Vanished in the Snow, sign into the Amazon Music app with your Prime account and follow Suspect: Vanished in the Snow. If you’re not a Prime member you can listen to all episodes by subscribing to Amazon Music Unlimited in the Amazon Music app.Listen to Suspect Season 2: Vanished in the Snow exclusively on Amazon Music.See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
Introducing Suspect Season 2: Vanished in the Snow
Oct 17 2022
Introducing Suspect Season 2: Vanished in the Snow
For nearly three and a half decades, the disappearance of 12-year-old Jonelle Matthews was a mystery – a riddle neither authorities nor her family members could solve. The residents of her cloistered Colorado hometown had scoured every inch of prairie. The President of the United States appealed to journalists to help. Jonelle’s smiling face was printed on milk cartons nationwide. Still, every lead had fizzled. Every person of interest had turned out to be a dead end. Then, in 2019, Jonelle’s remains were unearthed near the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. With the discovery came troubling new questions: a man obsessed with the case also be her abductor and murderer? Had the truth been hiding in plain sight the entire time? From Campside Media and Wondery comes season two of SUSPECT. Former CNN reporter Ashley Fantz and executive producers Matthew Shaer and Eric Benson (Suspect, Over My Dead Body) dig into one of the most mind-bending cold cases in modern history, in an attempt to separate fact and fiction, compulsion from guilt, and true-crime fandom from a motive for murder. To listen to more episodes of Suspect: Vanished in the Snow, sign into the Amazon Music app with your Prime account and follow Suspect: Vanished in the Snow. If you’re not a Prime member you can listen to all episodes by subscribing to Amazon Music Unlimited in the Amazon Music app.Listen to Suspect Season 2: Vanished in the Snow exclusively on Amazon Music.See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at
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