Numerous true-crime podcasts narrate bone-chilling tales of crimes and their perpetrators. What sets In the Dark apart is its focus on justice being served.
In the Dark starts with the premise of the crime committed. It then moves over to reveal the loopholes and follies in the US justice system. Justice not just for the case being discussed but also for cases similar in nature. It interrogates the system of law enforcement with pointed questions and archival media. You feel the tension, like watching a courtroom scene in an Aaron Sorkin penned film.
The podcast is researched and hosted by Madeleine Baran, an investigative journalist. She is assisted by a very talented group of reporters who help her in the research. The podcast brings stark realities to light – poor crime-solving, no accountability and the damage inflicted on communities. Madeleine’s eye for detail, her skills as a reporter and as a storyteller, take the podcast a notch above other similar podcasts.
There are two seasons as of now, with the first one winning a Peabody award. S1 told the story of Jacob Wetterling, an 11-year old boy from St. Joseph, Minnesota who was kidnapped from his hometown and murdered in 1989. His abduction remained a mystery for nearly 27 years. It was the case which finally spurred the creation of a register for sex offenders.
The podcast’s research began in a whodunnit format. The arrows were all pointing at Danny Heinrich, who confessed to the crime – just two weeks before the podcast began airing. The case took 27 long years to come to a closure. That is what prompted Baran. Why did it take law enforcement 27 years?
Season 2 featured the story of Curtis Flowers – who has been tried no less than six times for the same crime.
The episodes are crafted well. The sound engineering is on point. Even with the wealth of information, the podcast is surprisingly very streamlined. It is a podcast all true-crime podcast lovers would enjoy. Listen