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STRANGELAND from audiochuck is an investigative series that examines cases in immigrant neighborhoods.

Season 2: Murder is Maple Shade is hosted by investigative journalist Ben Adair and award-winning journalist with more than 30 years experience across three continents, Tinku Ray.

Maple Shade, New Jersey is a quaint suburb where the motto is, “Nice Town, Friendly People.” But on the evening of March 23, 2017, an Indian tech worker, Sasikala Narra, and her six-year-old son, Anish, were found brutally murdered in their apartment. Police questioned the husband and father, Hanumantha, but his alibi checked out. Six years later, the case is still unsolved, and authorities won’t discuss it. So, we’re investigating for ourselves and discovering new leads, potential motives, and questionable behavior by local authorities. Will there ever be justice for Sasikala and Anish?

Strangeland is produced by Western Sound.
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STRANGELAND is a new series from audiochuck that is reexamining cases in immigrant neighborhoods. These investigations go where the police couldn’t to uncover the real story behind a headline crime. Strangeland is an audiochuck production. Connect with us on social media:Instagram: @audiochuckTwitter: @audiochuckFacebook: /audiochuckllcTikTok: @audiochuck
On May 5, 2003, Chi Hyon Song, a 30-year-old mother, along with her two-year-old son, and their 56-year-old nanny Eun Sik Min, were all slain, execution-style, in their modest apartment in Koreatown.  LAPD detectives first suspected Song’s husband, but his alibi was air tight. With no other suspects, the case goes cold. That is, until 2008, when a law enforcement DNA database turned up a new connection to the case. Strangeland is an audiochuck production. Connect with us on social media:Instagram: @audiochuckTwitter: @audiochuckFacebook: /audiochuckllcTikTok: @audiochuck
Who is this new suspect that the LAPD has pegged for the brutal Koreatown triple murder? A modest family man from the South Korean countryside who has some dark secrets — over two-and-a-half million of them. Do they add up to a motive for murder?
LAPD detectives take their first crack at their new suspect. However, things just aren’t adding up for the cops — or for Robin Cho. Afterward, Cho leads the police on a wild ride across Los Angeles and exhibits some very suspicious behavior. Strangeland is an audiochuck production. Connect with us on social media:Instagram: @audiochuckTwitter: @audiochuckFacebook: /audiochuckllcTikTok: @audiochuck
LAPD investigators pounce on Cho, interrogating him twice in the same day. After hours of getting nowhere, emotions boil over in the interrogation room. The cops eventually arrest him for murder… but they may have missed their chance to make the case.  Strangeland is an audiochuck production. Connect with us on social media:Instagram: @audiochuckTwitter: @audiochuckFacebook: /audiochuckllcTikTok: @audiochuck
Ep 5 of 10: The Trial

Ep 5 of 10: The Trial

2021-11-0839:325

The man dubbed “The Koreatown Killer” heads to trial, and the prosecution presents its case — with no witnesses, no weapon, and no concrete motive. The jury must decide if one piece of evidence is enough to send Robin Cho to Death Row. Strangeland is an audiochuck production. Connect with us on social media:Instagram: @audiochuckTwitter: @audiochuckFacebook: /audiochuckllcTikTok: @audiochuck
Ep 6 of 10: We Affirm

Ep 6 of 10: We Affirm

2021-11-0831:495

After almost eight weeks of trial and deliberations, there’s a verdict. However, though the jury has reached a decision, they don’t seem very confident when it comes to sentencing Robin Cho. Strangeland is an audiochuck production. Connect with us on social media:Instagram: @audiochuckTwitter: @audiochuckFacebook: /audiochuckllcTikTok: @audiochuck
As part of Strangeland’s reinvestigation, Ben and Sharon have been keeping a list that goes way beyond culture clashes and misunderstandings. It shows that the prosecution’s already-tenuous motive for Cho is even less solid than they thought. At the same time, Cho’s behavior doesn’t do him any favors. Strangeland is an audiochuck production. Connect with us on social media:Instagram: @audiochuckTwitter: @audiochuckFacebook: /audiochuckllcTikTok: @audiochuck 
It’s courtroom 101: the prosecution’s trying to make a case, the defense is trying to get their client off, and it’s the jury’s job to figure out the truth. But how much of the science that’s presented at court is actually scientific? Ben and Sharon look closely at specific pieces of evidence presented at trial and find out that some of the bedrock assumptions about evidence and crimes… could be wrong.  Strangeland is an audiochuck production. Connect with us on social media:Instagram: @audiochuckTwitter: @audiochuckFacebook: /audiochuckllcTikTok: @audiochuck
Ep 9 of 10: The DNA

Ep 9 of 10: The DNA

2021-11-0829:345

Ben and Sharon visit the lab that did the DNA testing that led to Robin Cho’s conviction. While touring the facility, they learn of DNA from the crime scene that’s never been tested. Strangeland is an audiochuck production. Connect with us on social media:Instagram: @audiochuckTwitter: @audiochuckFacebook: /audiochuckllcTikTok: @audiochuck
Ep 10 of 10: The Results

Ep 10 of 10: The Results

2021-11-0838:276

The results of the new DNA tests are in, with big implications for Robin Cho, Byung Song, and the victims of this crime. So, the question is, will justice be served and how? Strangeland is an audiochuck production. Connect with us on social media:Instagram: @audiochuckTwitter: @audiochuckFacebook: /audiochuckllcTikTok: @audiochuck 
Maple Shade, New Jersey is a quaint suburb; its slogan is “Nice Town, Friendly People.” But on the evening of March 23, 2017, an Indian tech worker, Sasikala Narra, and her six-year-old son, Anish, were found brutally murdered in their apartment. Police questioned the husband and father, Hanumantha, but his alibi had checked out. Six years later, the case is still unsolved, and authorities won’t discuss it. So, we’re investigating for ourselves and discovering new leads, potential motives, and questionable behavior by local authorities. Will there ever be justice for Sasikala and Anish? Strangeland is an audiochuck production. Connect with us on social media:Instagram: @audiochuckTwitter: @audiochuckFacebook: /audiochuckllcTikTok: @audiochuck
Hanumantha Narra arrives home from work to find the lifeless bodies of his wife and son. We dissect his 911 call and make some startling revelations about the crime scene. Authorities try to stonewall our investigation and neighbors of the Narras say there had to be witnesses - but no one is coming forward. Strangeland is an audiochuck production. Connect with us on social media:Instagram: @audiochuckTwitter: @audiochuckFacebook: /audiochuckllcTikTok: @audiochuck
Ep 2 of 14: The Divide

Ep 2 of 14: The Divide

2023-02-0222:235

Maple Shade is a modern-day Mayberry, but in the Fox Meadow apartments, it’s a different story. We go to the Narra’s home in Fox Meadow and start speaking with their neighbors. Turns out that “Fox Ghetto,” as many locals call it, has a long history of violence that doesn’t square with the town’s squeaky clean image. Strangeland is an audiochuck production. Connect with us on social media:Instagram: @audiochuckTwitter: @audiochuckFacebook: /audiochuckllcTikTok: @audiochuck
Ep 3 of 14: The Husband

Ep 3 of 14: The Husband

2023-02-0220:311

Following the murders, Sasi’s husband Hanu was taken in for questioning. But investigators soon let him go, saying his alibi holds up. We investigate Hanu’s version of events and find inconsistencies and potential motives for the crime. Strangeland is an audiochuck production. Connect with us on social media:Instagram: @audiochuckTwitter: @audiochuckFacebook: /audiochuckllcTikTok: @audiochuck
The Narra murders divide the sizable Indian community in South Jersey. Hanu’s closest confidants at the powerful Telugu Association of North America (TANA) keep strangely silent while other Indian cultural groups readily assist investigators in drumming up new leads. Is TANA trying to protect someone?  
Ep 5 of 14: The Drop Off

Ep 5 of 14: The Drop Off

2023-02-0921:194

Murdered son Anish Narra was beloved by those who knew him. He was his teacher’s favorite student - a super smart, motivated class clown. Anish’s karate teacher explains why he thinks Anish died a hero. And his first grade teacher talks about a strange incident that happened the day of the murders - and why she reported it to police. Strangeland is an audiochuck production. Connect with us on social media:Instagram: @audiochuckTwitter: @audiochuckFacebook: /audiochuckllcTikTok: @audiochuck
Ep 6 of 14: The Homeland

Ep 6 of 14: The Homeland

2023-02-0922:592

The bodies of Sasikala and Anish Narra were shipped back to India for last rites amid an inter- family drama between Hanu’s and Sasi’s families. We send an Indian reporter to Sasi’s hometown of Vijayawada, to try to find out more about her upbringing and why her family told the Indian press that they know who’s responsible for the murders. Strangeland is an audiochuck production. Connect with us on social media:Instagram: @audiochuckTwitter: @audiochuckFacebook: /audiochuckllcTikTok: @audiochuck
Ep 7 of 14: The Letter

Ep 7 of 14: The Letter

2023-02-1625:313

We discover a letter that Sasi wrote to her brother, Venu, a few years before her death. It contains an intimate look at Sasi’s home life and contains an explosive secret ... that might provide a motive for who killed her and Anish. Strangeland is an audiochuck production. Connect with us on social media:Instagram: @audiochuckTwitter: @audiochuckFacebook: /audiochuckllcTikTok: @audiochuck
A former neighbor of the Narras gives a first-hand account of the family’s troubling dynamics. But, he says, it was Hanu’s behavior in the days following the murders that was even more concerning. And, we get a crucial new tip on a potential eyewitness to the crime. Strangeland is an audiochuck production. Connect with us on social media:Instagram: @audiochuckTwitter: @audiochuckFacebook: /audiochuckllcTikTok: @audiochuck
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Elise Barrus

ugh the man's voice is a big no for me

May 26th
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Jason Ramirez

Wait a second, how is it that she said the wife was still bleeding from the neck when she saw her in the room? How could that be if the autopsy says they died around 3:30 or 4:30? That's hours before the husband got home. They would've bled out in 2 minutes. AND WHERE'S ALL THE BLOOD?

Mar 19th
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Jason Ramirez

There it is, ladies and gentlemen. Marriage is a business, and it just doesn't happen there it happens everywhere, just in a different form. Why do you think you need a marriage license ( business license).

Mar 19th
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Jason Ramirez

They're not putting on their investigative hats. Why do they think the killer had to put the gloves on? Why couldn't they just take the gloves. Was the partial glove already on the tape? Where did the tape come from ? Did they find a roll of tape at the crime scene or at Cho's house? And if this was a premeditated murder like they say, why would the killer forget to bring gloves?

Mar 18th
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Jason Ramirez

so wait a second. Did they ever find duct tape at cho's house? Did they even find a box of gloves at his house? What exactly did they find at his house that links him to the murder besides his DNA? Anyone could've put his DNA there. What about the plam print on the tape that doesn't match cho's.

Mar 17th
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Jason Ramirez

If I stole something in a store and I put it in someone else's pocket, does that mean that person is a thief ? Did they commit the crime, or was it me?

Mar 17th
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Jason Ramirez

why didn't they go look at the parking spot for themselves.

Mar 17th
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Brandy E

How much love he gave and received...I am crying at work. he obviously learned how to love from his mother.

Feb 21st
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Dana Avalos

😎😎cool

Feb 11th
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David Charles Luke Millis

not enough evidence to convict...........

Dec 8th
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Sue Renee Woods

here's the DNA evidence explained: the murderer pulled into his parking space knowing what he was going to do, sees gloves sticking out of/hanging over a box in the parking space next to him and thinks "oh yeah I should use gloves" so he takes them and uses them - maybe 2 pairs and layers them so the gloves fragments that stay behind don't have his DNA on them. the end.

Dec 2nd
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Sue Cque

Listening to these cops is infuriating.

Nov 28th
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Sue Renee Woods

you guys are killing me. I just spent the last 30 minutes yelling at my phone in my car. what do you and the defense attorney mean you can't explain the DNA?!! Didn't you say a couple times in the first episode or 2 that Robin Cjo's parking spot was NEXT TO the victim's??? As soon as I (thought I) heard that I was like "Oh it was probably the husband."

Nov 22nd
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joemammy

this is horseshit......typical leftist California crap.....good luck sukhedz

Nov 18th
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