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Suspect is an investigative series about mislaid justice and the kinds of weighty decisions that detectives, lawyers, and jurors make every day - decisions that, once made, are almost impossible to reverse.


Season 3: Five Shots in the Dark follows Leon Benson, who spent 24 years in an Indiana state prison for the 1998 murder of a young man named Kasey Schoen. His conviction hinged on the testimony of two eyewitnesses – but what if their memories turned out to be wrong? And what if the people who knew what really happened had never been allowed to speak? Suspect Season 3: Five Shots in the Dark is the story of two victims: one murdered, one sentenced to life. Follow host Matt Shaer and attorney Lara Bazelon as they investigate how the justice system failed both Leon and Kasey, and who the real killer might be. Join this unprecedented look inside the attempt to overturn a wrongful conviction and find out if justice will finally be served.


Follow Suspect wherever you get your podcasts. You can listen to Suspect: Five Shots in the Dark early and ad-free on Wondery Plus. Join Wondery Plus in the Wondery app or on Apple Podcasts.

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Introducing: Suspect

Introducing: Suspect

2021-08-1704:1949

An apartment complex hosts a big Halloween party with themed rooms and costumed partygoers. By the end of the night one of the party’s hosts is murdered. And the partygoers are the main suspects in the eyes of the police: was it the guy in the devil mask, the guy dressed as Jesus, the bank robber, the construction worker? As a complex investigation winds its way through forensic evidence, witness testimony, DNA, and even a psychic, the police zero in on one suspect in particular -- but why? From Campside Media and Wondery, the makers of Chameleon and the Shrink Next Door, comes SUSPECT. Matthew Shaer and Eric Benson (Over My Dead Body) return to the scene of the crime to uncover what happened, and speak with everyone about a party that still haunts them a decade later. It’s a series about cutting-edge science and mislaid justice, race and policing, and the kinds of weighty choices that cops and prosecutors make every day. Choices that, once made, are difficult to reverse.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
The Halloween Party | 1

The Halloween Party | 1

2021-08-3137:51128

The residents of the Valley View apartments organize a big costume party. Strangers come together. They argue and fight. They dance and drink. At times the party veers out of control. And when they wake up the next morning, one resident is dead.Support us by supporting our sponsors!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
The Girl Upstairs | 2

The Girl Upstairs | 2

2021-08-3142:0677

Arpana’s father hasn’t heard from her in days, so he asks a friend to check on her. What the friend finds will trouble him for years.Support us by supporting our sponsors!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Persons of Interest | 3

Persons of Interest | 3

2021-09-0741:3274

The investigators weave the evidence into a tapestry of potential suspects. It could be anyone from a friend from Arpana’s motorcycle club to her next door neighbor.Support us by supporting our sponsors!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
The Old Ways | 4

The Old Ways | 4

2021-09-1445:1671

Photos from the party give investigators a new lead: a party attendee who was a stranger to nearly everyone at the Valley View that night. What the police uncover make him the new prime suspect.Support us by supporting our sponsors!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
The Break | 5

The Break | 5

2021-09-2137:5161

Forensic analysts burrow through complicated DNA evidence using controversial new techniques. Whether it’s tips from a psychic or making sense of the DNA, clear answers are still hard to come by.Support us by supporting our sponsors!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Dead Time | 6

Dead Time | 6

2021-09-2845:2888

Prosecutors file charges, and the accused lands a “bulldog” public defender. Soon, he’ll be questioning the very basis of the investigation.Support us by supporting our sponsors!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
The Benefit of the Doubt | 7

The Benefit of the Doubt | 7

2021-10-0501:00:1373

After years of waiting, the trial finally begins. Who will the jurors believe?Support us by supporting our sponsors!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Redux | 8

Redux | 8

2021-10-1249:1244

With the arrival of a verdict, the legal team turns to Seattle’s most famous rapper, Macklemore, to step in and help fight for justice. As the accused enters the end of a decade in jail, a new trial looms.Support us by supporting our sponsors!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Haunted | 9

Haunted | 9

2021-10-1937:0453

Matt and the reporting team visit the various prime suspects again, including one person who did not expect to see them.Support us by supporting our sponsors!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Reporting Suspect | 10

Reporting Suspect | 10

2021-10-2642:3420

What happens next in the Arpana Jinaga murder case? Matt Shaer speaks with Matt Baglio, the host of the Wondery series Over My Dead Body: Fox Lake about what the series tells us about the American criminal justice system, what it felt like to visit the Valley View apartments and which interview was the most challenging.Support us by supporting our sponsors!See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
For nearly three and a half decades, the disappearance of 12-year-old Jonelle Matthews was a mystery – a riddle neither authorities nor her family members could solve. The residents of her cloistered Colorado hometown had scoured every inch of prairie. The President of the United States appealed to journalists to help. Jonelle’s smiling face was printed on milk cartons nationwide. Still, every lead had fizzled. Every person of interest had turned out to be a dead end. Then, in 2019, Jonelle’s remains were unearthed near the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. With the discovery came troubling new questions: a man obsessed with the case also be her abductor and murderer? Had the truth been hiding in plain sight the entire time? From Campside Media and Wondery comes season two of SUSPECT. Former CNN reporter Ashley Fantz and executive producers Matthew Shaer and Eric Benson (Suspect, Over My Dead Body) dig into one of the most mind-bending cold cases in modern history, in an attempt to separate fact and fiction, compulsion from guilt, and true-crime fandom from a motive for murder. You can binge all episodes of Suspect Season 2, Vanished in the Snow ad-free on Wondery+. Find Wondery+ in the Wondery App or on Apple Podcasts.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Leon Benson spent 24 years in an Indiana state prison for the 1998 murder of a young man named Kasey Schoen. His conviction hinged on the testimony of two eyewitnesses – but what if their memories turned out to be wrong? And what if the people who knew what really happened had never been allowed to speak? Suspect Season 3: Five Shots in the Dark is the story of two victims: one murdered, one sentenced to life. Follow host Matt Shaer and attorney Lara Bazelon as they investigate how the justice system failed both Leon and Kasey, and who the real killer might be. Join this unprecedented look inside the attempt to overturn a wrongful conviction and find out if justice will finally be served.Follow Suspect wherever you get your podcasts. You can listen to Suspect: Five Shots in the Dark early and ad-free on Wondery Plus. Join Wondery Plus in the Wondery app or on Apple Podcasts.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
On a misty August night in 1998, a young man named Kasey Schoen was shot in downtown Indianapolis. Now – 24 years later – attorney, Lara Bazelon, reopens the case and uncovers a botched investigation based almost entirely on the memories of two eyewitness testimonies. Follow Suspect: Five Shots in the Dark wherever you get your podcasts. You can listen to Suspect early and ad-free on Wondery Plus. Find Wondery Plus in the Wondery App or on Apple Podcasts.Please support us by supporting our sponsors.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
In the days following his murder, Kasey’s family grieves his death as police begin rounding up witnesses and suspects. After conducting an array of interviews of residents, police focus their investigation on a local drug dealer named Leon Benson.Follow Suspect: Five Shots in the Dark wherever you get your podcasts. You can listen to Suspect early and ad-free on Wondery Plus. Find Wondery Plus in the Wondery App or on Apple Podcasts.Please support us by supporting our sponsors.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
As Leon maintains his innocence, he hires a defense attorney to help him prepare for his upcoming trial. But the proceedings take a strange turn when his chosen attorney turns out to be the wrong man for the job.Follow Suspect: Five Shots in the Dark wherever you get your podcasts. You can listen to Suspect early and ad-free on Wondery Plus. Find Wondery Plus in the Wondery App or on Apple Podcasts.Please support us by supporting our sponsors.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
With a retrial looming, Leon faces mounting pressure to strengthen his defense. He enlists the help of Jimmy Hendrix, a skilled private investigator known for persuading even the most reluctant alibi witnesses to come forward. Unfortunately, an ill-fated decision from the defense undercuts Hendrix's hard work.Follow Suspect: Five Shots in the Dark wherever you get your podcasts. You can listen to Suspect early and ad-free on Wondery Plus. Find Wondery Plus in the Wondery App or on Apple Podcasts.Please support us by supporting our sponsors.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
While petitioning for clemency nearly a quarter century after his conviction, Leon connects with a wrongful incarceration advocate who believes his case could be overturned. But in order to exonerate him, Leon needs to find a good attorney to stand by his side.Follow Suspect: Five Shots in the Dark wherever you get your podcasts. You can listen to Suspect early and ad-free on Wondery Plus. Find Wondery Plus in the Wondery App or on Apple Podcasts.Please support us by supporting our sponsors.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Leon’s newest attorney, Lara Bazelon, and her students at the Racial Justice Clinic of the University of San Francisco’s Law School, continue to dig through Leon’s case files searching for any new evidence to prove his innocence. Months into their investigation, Lara and one of her students make a discovery that changes everything. Follow Suspect: Five Shots in the Dark wherever you get your podcasts. You can listen to Suspect early and ad-free on Wondery Plus. Find Wondery Plus in the Wondery App or on Apple Podcasts.Please support us by supporting our sponsors.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
To prove that Leon is innocent, Lara and her team attempt to discover everything they can about their alternate suspect. But after every possible lead is exhausted, they are forced to make the only decision left to them: Meeting the suspect face to face.Follow Suspect: Five Shots in the Dark wherever you get your podcasts. You can listen to Suspect early and ad-free on Wondery Plus. Find Wondery Plus in the Wondery App or on Apple Podcasts.Please support us by supporting our sponsors.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
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Feb 7th
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Linda Sue

Jeff scares me. He admits to being fascinated by the process, so was keen to be part of it. The way he talks and from the recounting of his actions and "presentation" to the other jury members, he sounds like he's a lawyer wanna-be (and he apparently implied those were the only people he trusted in this case). I'm at a loss to understand how both the defense and prosecution were okay with him as a jury member. There's just something off with him.

Jan 15th
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Dec 1st
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Aakash Amanat

The narrative structure is impeccable, striking a balance between riveting storytelling and expert analysis. The host skillfully uncovers the intricate details of various criminal cases, shedding light on the often complex and convoluted process of identifying, tracking, and apprehending suspects. https://smallbusinessusa.com/listing/tray-crafters.html What sets "Suspect" apart is its commitment to presenting both sides of the story. The podcast does not just focus on law enforcement's perspective; it also delves into the experiences and motivations of the individuals accused of crimes. This nuanced approach allows listeners to gain a deeper understanding of the psychological and emotional aspects of suspect profiling. https://www.getyourpros.com/usa/chicago/manufacturing/tray-crafters/60632/illinois

Oct 25th
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Charlie

Kolleen is so brave for doing this. And Leon obviously. But he must have been imagining this moment for a lot longer than her.

Sep 26th
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Lianne Toledo

I definitely remember the Oprah segment referenced.

Sep 11th
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Andy Laurenzi

Dakaria is in jail and after proactively deciding to talk to the cops in the expectation that he will benefit without a lawyer,?? then after saying he don't know Leon yet when he runs into him he says "don't worry I fixed it". hmmmmm

Aug 22nd
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Aakash Amanat

It's important to remember that the term "suspect" carries a presumption of innocence until proven guilty in a court of law. While it's natural to have suspicions about certain individuals or situations, we should always strive to uphold the principle of due process. Jumping to conclusions without proper evidence can lead to misunderstanding and injustice. https://www.houzz.co.uk/hznb/professionals/painters-and-decorators/customise-sticker-pfvwgb-pf~315318174? If you have concerns about a potential suspect, it's crucial to report your observations to the appropriate authorities and let them handle the investigation. Engaging in vigilantism or spreading unverified information can harm innocent individuals and hinder the legal process. https://www.brownbook.net/business/51949190/customise-sticker/

Aug 19th
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آسآسمان مقصودیان

جان من باش نفس در نفست می آیم مثل یک تشنه به خون تا هوست می آیم رسم من بال زدن در دل آزادی بود با تو بی رسم شدم تا قفست می آیم

Jul 27th
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Patricia W

sounds like more Elon bashing. No thanks!

May 19th
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voltan marya

It is the USA Network cable channel. https://tractorsinfo.com/usanetwork-com-activatenbcu/

Apr 5th
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Sandra Thomas

no it no

Mar 29th
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Art 34

This podcast is not about finding the truth, but rather just to push a narrative. Convicted rapist could not have raped and killed another person because he's black and everyone is racist. I'm done.

Mar 21st
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Art 34

Such BS. He committed all these crimes, but was only "harassed" because he was black? He committed serious crimes. Ridiculous, his color is irrelevant.

Mar 19th
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Jayme Dailey

really? the way you act like African Americans are harassed and arrested more than white people for no reason is absolute bullshit. statistically speaking, 80% of all crimes committed in America are committed by African Americans. and no, I'm not racist. I believe everyone should be treated as equals, regardless of their skin tone. I'm speaking strictly statistically. this host sucks.

Mar 10th
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Deb Southerland

compelling, heartbreaking

Feb 16th
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Paul Kennedy

Season 1 was interesting. Season 2 was very blah. I'm sure y'all could have made it a more interesting narrarive.

Feb 13th
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ID23771755

This was an incredible podcast. Great work everyone! Thanks so much for sharing. My heart goes out to Emanuelle, I hope he can find some peace and happiness in his life. As for Cameron! Hmmmm

Feb 12th
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Shannon Compton

His words are not disrespectful if he is innocent. I think he probably did it but I also believe that we need to rethink justice in this country.

Feb 7th
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Darcy Jennings

Very interesting and well done true crime mystery ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Feb 6th
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