A big Halloween party at an apartment complex in Redmond, Washington. Themed rooms and costumed partygoers. But by the end of the party, one of the hosts is dead. The police look to the partiers as the prime suspects: was it the guy in the devil mask, the bank robber, the construction worker? As investigators comb through forensic evidence, witness testimony, DNA, and even consult with a psychic, they zero in on one suspect in particular. But for what reason? Host and reporter Matthew Shaer (Over My Dead Body) returns to the scene of the crime, speaks with everyone about a night that still haunts them years later. It’s a series about race and policing, mislaid justice, cutting-edge science, and the kinds of weighty choices that cops and prosecutors make every day -- choices that, once made, are difficult to reverse.
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A few years ago I received a letter from a man awaiting trial for Halloween night murder, a murder he swore he hadn't committed. The evidence against him was flawed. He said curious. I agree to look into his story and quickly realized. This case was different than any.
Are there I'd ever reported on my new true crime, podcast suspect starts back in October, two thousand aid.
The residents of a red men department Complex were throwing a big Halloween party dozens of people.
costume, mingling, drinking and dancing. But after the party started to quiet down, one of the host was murdered in her apartment. The police spent weeks piecing together the night with hazy recollection.
Dozens of party photos? Eventually they had a suspect
Story kept changing. His dna was at the crime scene when he finally came in for questioning the detectives felt they were a breath away from a confession, but that didn't happen, and so the police decided to focus their attention on another man, a man with a criminal record whose dna was also found at the crime scene and a man who just happened to be the only black
person at the party suspect starts out, is a compelling who done it and then becomes a story about cutting edge, forensic science and mislead justice.
about race and policing and ultimately, the kinds of weighty decisions, cops and prosecutors make every day.
Decisions that once made change last for ever and are almost impossible to reverse about to play you a brief
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At the time of the Halloween Party in two thousand aid J was in his thirties, successful programmer
He lived in Seattle area, but he kept in touch with a lot of friends back home, including
to Geneva, whose daughter had more
on the road from J to an apartment,
complex him, Redmond very.
It will go now. Betty, brainy and, above all, she's very kidding. I noticed.
Speak about her in the present tense. Yes,
after the Costume Party, the Valley view J woke up water,
Stairs checked his phone
He saw a bunch of Miss calls from arpanet dad he's
doktor to Naga back immediately and he could hear his friend was in a bad place.
There was no sign of our banana
she wasn't answering your phone, her friend
Sri Lanka couldn't get. It
further either J
not been tried, arpanet himself, nothing
I call him back and saying that is going to Iceman and that what do you want me to do
He said: can you go and check on her?
been Darwin s place once before, but all he remembered was that you had to walk up a set of stairs to the top floor too.
I don't even know that even number, so that's
took the steps. Then I was knocking on the front door. I map, but almost like thirty forty seconds
was there than I did then again, not only those who play.
That's what I saw that arrangement- I don't even know who he is,
the guy J saw coming towards him was in his mid twenties the goatee inside burns.
average build in height.
Was Cameron Johnson Arpanet.
next door neighbor. I ask empty, not discuss
He said he, I know so ask him like which lives
by then me. Uncommonly boycotts timing just in front of the department
J pushed gently on the door and all fell off. Some unseen
bash did in the lock was broke.
And there were splinters all around the jam
Then he turned to Cameroon aspect. It looks like somebody broke her apartment. What the hell is going on right. So can someone help me out because it ok then both went inside about when I was eleven cut briskly J was yelling calling for our planet, but no one was answering. The two men crossed the threshold of the apartment J noted
carbon is motorcycle home. It was on the counter which, to him at least, was notable. She wouldn't have ridden or bike anywhere without a how men to careful for that. So we speculated that either her bike, which had now
I've been in the parking lot was in the shop or are
I was still in the apartment,
he headed down a short hallway towards the beggar. That's when he saw a figure lying on the floor. Extant
but the past two years talking to everyone involved in the investigation into the murder of arpanet Janata, the cop
As somebody line to conceal something that they didn't wanna tell us, the lawyers say at the police as version of events, and then we actually got their criminal history. But if those are the only facts, everyone would be guilty and the man ultimately charged with her murder is a dangerous game. We, like you, just take this view, or we will give you a hundred years is bullied package now follows
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Transcript generated on 2021-09-21.