An Arkansas murder case has gotten the podcast treatment in an episode of "Wrongful Conviction: False Confessions" (wrongfulconvictionpodcast.com).
Podcast hosts Laura Nirider and Steve Drizin delve into the 2006 murder of 11-year-old Kaylee Cogdell in Camden. As Arkansans may recall, Kaylee's brother, Thomas, who was 12 at the time, was interviewed for hours and hours by police with no adult in the room.
After hours of police badgering, Thomas confessed, believing that he would go home afterward. He did not. The boy was eventually convicted.
The conviction was eventually overturned, thanks to the dedication of public defender Dorcy Corbin. When she got the Arkansas Supreme Court to hear the appeal, Nirider and Drizin provided expert testimony about false confessions, especially those from children.
The episode is short and sweet at just over 30 minutes long, so it's a good one for a commute. Find it wherever you get your podcasts.
'Dating Game Killer'
"On Sept. 13, 1978, Rodney Alcala sits in shadow behind a curve of wall on 'The Dating Game' set. He listens as a few feet away host Jim Lang saunters onto the stage to thunderous applause. 'Bachelor No. 1 is a successful photographer who got his start when his father found him in the darkroom at the age of 13 fully developed.'"
Setting up "Bachelor No. 1," episode 3 of "The Dating Game Killer" podcast, co-host Stephen Lang says, "Rodney chuckles to himself as the audience laughs. He's familiar with the show's penchant for raunchy double entendre and he's prepared to play along."
Little did the show's producers know that they were playing with fire.
Alcala was suave, handsome and charming. He used his camera to get close to his victims. Time and again, he escaped prosecution, eventually ending up on "The Dating Game." How could this happen? Listen for yourself at wondery.com.
-- Jerry McLeod
NAN What's Up on 03/20/2020
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