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Jason Carroll is serving life in prison for a murder he says he didn’t commit. The only evidence against him? His own taped confession. More than 30 years later, is it possible to get to the truth – and who gets to tell it?

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Bear Brook: The Trailer

Bear Brook: The Trailer

2018-08-0701:485

Two barrels. Four bodies. And the decades-long mystery that led to a serial killer. Bear Brook: A podcast about a cold case that's changing how murders will be investigated forever. From New Hampshire Public Radio. Visit bearbrookpodcast.com Follow on Twitter: @bearbrookpod Do you have information about the Bear Brook murders? Email us.
EP 1: Hide and Seek

EP 1: Hide and Seek

2018-10-0332:3416

Three boys kick over a mysterious barrel in the woods. A small town cop fishes for answers. Evidence is buried, and the case goes cold. Click here to donate $20 and get ad-free episodes of Bear Brook a week early.
EP 2: Known Only To God

EP 2: Known Only To God

2018-10-1042:069

The discovery of a second barrel raises questions. A stalled investigation churns back to life and then stalls again. An amateur sleuth takes Jason into the forest. Want to make sure that NHPR continues creating projects like Bear Brook? Click here to donate $20. Thanks for your support.  
EP 3: A Smaller Haystack

EP 3: A Smaller Haystack

2018-10-1725:489

After 30 years of torpor, investigators finally inch the Bear Brook case forward. A geologist uncovers the history buried in human teeth and hair. The faces of the victims are reconstructed. Want to make sure that NHPR continues creating projects like Bear Brook? Click here to donate $20. Thanks for your support.  
EP 4: Eunsoon Jun

EP 4: Eunsoon Jun

2018-10-2444:418

An ominous New Year’s party introduction. An estranged cousin goes missing. Police question a man with multiple identities. A search leads authorities to his basement. Want to make sure that NHPR continues creating projects like Bear Brook? Click here to donate $20. Thanks for your support.  
EP 5: Bloodline (PART 1)

EP 5: Bloodline (PART 1)

2018-10-3140:085

A child is abandoned. Timelines come together. A family tree begins to take shape. A chameleon is revealed.  Want to make sure that NHPR continues creating projects like Bear Brook? Click here to donate $20. Thanks for your support. 
EP 5: Bloodline (PART 2)

EP 5: Bloodline (PART 2)

2018-10-3124:185

This is part two of episode 5. A child is abandoned. Timelines come together. A family tree begins to take shape. A chameleon is revealed.  Want to make sure that NHPR continues creating projects like Bear Brook? Click here to donate $20. Thanks for your support.  
EP 6: Chameleon

EP 6: Chameleon

2018-11-0701:00:126

The case that was solved in reverse leaves many questions unanswered. New methods of inquiry are used to crack other cold cases. Do groundbreaking techniques come at the cost of genetic privacy? Want to make sure that NHPR continues creating projects like Bear Brook? Click here to donate $20. Thanks for your support.  
Update: Ripple Effects

Update: Ripple Effects

2018-11-1510:254

This is the first in an unknown number of short updates to the story of the Bear Brook murders that we’ll be producing to let listeners know about any breaking news in the case.  This isn't the big news we're hoping to break - stay subscribed for another full episode of Bear Brook that we hope to bring you soon.
Update: Eric Rasmussen

Update: Eric Rasmussen

2019-02-1319:463

A son remembers his father, and searches for clues in his military paperwork. A conversation with one of Terry Rasmussen's surviving children.
EP 7: The In-Between

EP 7: The In-Between

2019-06-0737:572

A clue is found buried on an internet message board. DNA is wrestled from rootless hair. Two investigators work parallel leads, and authorities call a press conference.Want to make sure that NHPR continues creating projects like Bear Brook? Donate $20 today. Thanks for your support. 
Jason Carroll is serving life in prison for a murder he says he didn’t commit. The only evidence against him? His own taped confession. More than 30 years later, is it possible to get to the truth – and who gets to tell it?From the creators of the hit podcast Bear Brook comes A True Crime Story. In the show’s second season, host Jason Moon returns with a new, even more complex story: In 1989, New Hampshire police charged three men in the murder of a pregnant woman named Sharon Johnson. But only 19-year-old Jason Carroll was convicted. Police built the case against him around his own taped confession.For more than 30 years, that story has profoundly shaped the lives of many people. A True Crime Story is about what happens when the official narrative is challenged. When alternate versions are told by lawyers – and podcasters – as part of a mounting effort to free Jason Carroll from prison and clear his name. Host Jason Moon documents how those involved grapple with the idea that the prevailing story about who killed Sharon Johnson could be a lie. And he brings a fresh examination of the evidence to a state that has never exonerated anyone for murder.
Episode 1: Extraordinary

Episode 1: Extraordinary

2023-02-2040:344

Sharon Johnson’s family and friends have spent the last 35 years coping with her brutal murder. But what if that story was based on a lie? The man imprisoned for her murder maintains his innocence.For more on the case, visit bearbrookpodcast.com. To make a donation in support of Bear Brook, click here.  
Episode 2: The Pursuit

Episode 2: The Pursuit

2023-02-2743:144

We begin with the story police told about Sharon Johnson’s murder. The veteran detective on the case develops a theory involving her husband and a teenager. A surprising admission leads to a new break in the case.For more on the case and to see a timeline of Sharon's last day, visit bearbrookpodcast.com. To make a donation in support of Bear Brook, click here.
Police interrogate a second teenager named Jason Carroll – with help from Jason’s own mother.For more on the case, visit bearbrookpodcast.com. To make a donation in support of Bear Brook, click here.
One set of confessions leads to another and three men are arrested for Sharon Johnson’s murder. Then, an alleged secret comes to light that changes everything.For more on the case and to see a timeline of the interrogations, visit bearbrookpodcast.com. To make a donation in support of Bear Brook, click here.
A new true crime story is told and when juries hear it, it leads to different results for all three defendants. During the first trial, the lead detective makes a big mistake.For more on the case and to see a table of confession discrepancies, visit bearbrookpodcast.com. To make a donation in support of Bear Brook, click here.
Jason Carroll stands trial twice – and the juries come up with their own versions of what happened.For more on the case, visit bearbrookpodcast.com. To make a donation in support of Bear Brook, click here.
How could someone possibly confess to murder if they didn’t do it? A modern understanding of confessions sheds new light on Jason Carroll’s case.For more on the case and to see selected data on exonerations, visit bearbrookpodcast.com. To make a donation in support of Bear Brook, click here. To explore more data, visit The National Registry of Exonerations.
Episode 8: The Box

Episode 8: The Box

2023-04-1050:202

The true crime media spotlight shines on Jason Carroll. Then, a chance encounter leads to a surprising discovery that changes the course of his case.For more on the case and to see selected data on exonerations, visit bearbrookpodcast.com. To make a donation in support of Bear Brook, click here. To explore more data, visit The National Registry of Exonerations.
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May 13th
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"Bear Brook" is a captivating true crime podcast that delves into one of the most intriguing and complex unsolved mysteries in the world of criminal investigations. The podcast is hosted by journalist Jason Moon, and it unfolds the chilling story of two barrels discovered in Bear Brook State Park in New Hampshire. Inside these barrels were the remains of four people, including two unidentified females and two children. https://www.cylex.us.com/company/tray-crafters-37085343.html The podcast takes the listener on a journey through decades of investigative work, scientific advancements, and the relentless pursuit of answers by law enforcement and amateur sleuths alike. https://citysquares.com/b/tray-crafters-25446305

Oct 25th
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firecat

Omg how did his mother let this happen, holy fuck

Jun 6th
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Carl Bayly

your story telling abilities are exception. 'on this side of that thin red line' 👏👏👏

May 20th
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Carl Bayly

this series is fantastic. I thought you had pivoted to a different story. tied in so well together

Apr 20th
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Rebecca Butcher

Too bad Rabia had to be involved in this. I can't take her seriously when she actually believes Adnan is innocent.

Apr 20th
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Brian Fuller

what the hell does this episode have to do with the main story ⁉️

Apr 20th
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Ja'marriquemon

this season is going around in circles...was interested but too many characters and not enough time spent to distinguish the difference. Too bored to pay attention maybe. I'm to the point where I don't care who killed this woman. oh well.

Apr 6th
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Dan Pullar

I hate to say it, but his parents are the only reason he is in jail right now. The investigation may have been flawed, but to get to the point where you don't even beleive your own son who is crying and begging for his life, on his knees, you have failed as a parent. They were even wholeheartedly dedicated to sabotaging his esefense and send him to jail. How disconnected do you have to be. It's so sad.

Mar 16th
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Ja'marriquemon

the mother is a c.unt

Mar 15th
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SandLady

Unbelievable. Dude literally had a kidnapped child for the purposes of molestation and they put him away for some lesser just to clear their docket. Just for him to go on to kill more women and children. Awesome job!

Nov 2nd
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Asifur Rahman

Wellcome back Jason

Sep 7th
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Kate G

Great podcast, well written and easy to follow, given the complexity of the woven stories. Can't believe I've only just stumbled across this, given the amount of true crime I watch/listen to, and the impact the scientific breakthroughs have had. Would definitely recommend a listen.

Jun 18th
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beth chiles

fascinating. so well written and presented. thank you to everyone driven to unravel the mystery and bring the victims into the light.

Apr 18th
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ID19946014

With all the twists and turns it’s amazing how this was tracked. Truth IS stranger than fiction. Congrats on the team of sleuths!

Oct 25th
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Rene Romero

I heard this case before on another podcast, but this is the first time I heard it well explained and in a way that keeps you interested. Great podcast

Oct 7th
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Lisa Dyson

just finished this, it's been one of my favourite true crime podcasts to date, so many twists but honestly the people who solved this are amazing!!

Jul 10th
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