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True Crime Story: It Couldn't Happen Here

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The tight knit fabric of a small town can be torn apart when a violent crime happens.



Join host and advocate Hilarie Burton Morgan in the companion podcast to SundanceTV's powerful true crime documentary series, "It Couldn’t Happen Here." Along with key crew from the TV series as her co-hosts, Burton Morgan will dive deeper into the cases covered on the show featuring never before heard archive and a behind the scenes lens of how the team tackles these head-scratching and heart-breaking stories. "It Couldn’t Happen Here" encourages everyone to get curious, get involved, and ask how can I help when it appears the system has failed?



After listening to this podcast, you'll find yourself thinking twice about our series title: "It Couldn't Happen Here". It can, and it does, more than you would think.



For more information on the cases we cover or if you have a case you’d like us to tackle, please follow our advocacy work on @ICHHstories on Instagram and Twitter
21 Episodes
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After pursuing the evidence Lee Denney still isn’t convinced that Christian Griggs was shot in self-defense. He attempts to bring this information to the DA, but gets nowhere. But Lee isn’t alone in questioning the Chishenhall’s narrative - WRAL the local TV station in Angier begin to question the events of October 12, 2013.  For more information about this and other cases we've covered, follow @ICHHstories on Instagram.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
“What the heck is a private investigator?”  Meet Lee Denney, a private investigator hired by the Griggs family to further dive into the death of their son Christian. Lee, an NRA instructor and firearms expert, begins to dig into what happened that day in October - and further questions the Chisenhall’s version of events.  For more information about this and other cases we've covered, follow @ICHHstories on Instagram.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Pat Chisenhall has always maintained that he acted in self-defense and that he is protected under the Castle Doctrine - a North Carolina law that gives individuals the right to use reasonable force, including deadly force, to protect themselves against an intruder in their home.  But after the crime scene is processed and an autopsy is performed… the team questions whether the Castle Doctrine does in fact stand.  For more information about this and other cases we've covered, follow @ICHHstories on Instagram.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Shortly after the shooting - Pat Chisenhall voluntarily speaks with law enforcement and agrees to film a reenactment video of his version of events of October 12, 2013. The team dives into this reenactment video and shares the questions it raises.  For more information about this and other cases we've covered, follow @ICHHstories on Instagram.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Episode 16: 911

Episode 16: 911

2024-01-2347:191

The team listens to and discusses the 911 calls that were made by Katie and Pat Chisenhall on October 12, 2013. These calls provide a unique glimpse into the Chisenhall’s account of what happened that day.  For more information about this and other cases we've covered, follow @ICHHstories on Instagram.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
The team dives deeper into the relationship between high school sweethearts, Christian Griggs, and Katie Chisenhall and discusses the lead-up to the tragic events that took place on October 12, 2013.  We’ll hear directly from Christian’s parents, Tony and Dolly, as they share their first-hand account of what happened that day.  For more information about this and other cases we've covered, follow @ICHHstories on Instagram.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Episode 14: The Griggs

Episode 14: The Griggs

2024-01-0941:44

Christian Griggs was from an army family. He served in Iraq - following in the footsteps of his father, Tony Griggs who also proudly served his country. On this episode, we’ll get to know Chrisitan, and his parents, Tony & Dolly Griggs.  For more information about this and other cases we've covered, follow @ICHHstories on Instagram.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Just outside Raleigh is the quaint, country town of Angier, North Carolina. It’s here, where a young man named Christian Griggs is shot in broad daylight by his father-in-law, Pat Chisenhall, who immediately claims self-defense. Hilarie, Dan, Po and Andrew begin to unpack this case - and ask the question, what led to this tragedy?  There is a lot about this story that bothers our team - tune in, follow along, and let us know your thoughts.  For more information about this and other cases we've covered, follow @ICHHstories on Instagram.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Episode 12: Q & A

Episode 12: Q & A

2023-12-2644:02

We know this curious community has a lot of questions – in this episode, Hilarie, Dan, and Po take a midseason break in our case deep dives to answer some of those questions. The team will answer your questions surrounding the Brandon Woodruff case, as well as further illuminate their approach to working in the true crime genre. We encourage everyone to continue submitting questions via social media! And tune in for an important tease on the next case we will be diving into.  For more information about this and other cases we've covered, follow our social media handles @ICHHstories on Instagram and Twitter.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
We’re wrapping up Brandon Woodruff’s case - Hilarie, Dan, Po, and Andrew will discuss where Brandon’s case is now as well as the details of the case that still keep them up at night.   For more information, you can visit freebrandon.org, or you can go to the Free Brandon Facebook Page @ www.facebook.com/freebrandon. For more information about this and other cases we've covered, follow us on Instagram @ICHHstories.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Episode 10: Texas 2005

Episode 10: Texas 2005

2023-12-1248:57

The team will discuss the issues that members of the LGBTQIA+ community may have faced in a small town in Texas back in 2005, and how little has changed all these years later. For more information about this and other cases we've covered, follow @ICHHstories on Instagram.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Episode 9: Prison

Episode 9: Prison

2023-12-0549:21

On this episode, we’ll not only hear the team’s perspective of what it’s like to organize and interview someone who is incarcerated, but we’ll also hear directly from Brandon himself, and his perspective on the prejudice he faced - and what justice could mean for him and his family.   For more information about this and other cases we've covered, follow @ICHHstories on Instagram.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Episode 8: The Trial

Episode 8: The Trial

2023-11-2838:21

Hilarie, Po, Dan and Andrew discuss Brandon’s two-week trial as well as the evidence the prosecution presents as proof that Brandon killed his parents.  For more information about this and other cases we've covered, follow @ICHHstories on Instagram.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Hilarie, Po, Dan and Andrew discuss the lead up to Brandon’s trial, and the surprising discovery found in the Woodruff’s barn.    For more information about this and other cases we've covered, follow @ICHHstories on InstagramSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Charla Woodruff, Brandon’s older sister, requests a second interview with law enforcement. The team discusses the allegations Brandon’s sister makes, as well as a shocking revelation from Brandon’s former friend, Mike Etherington.  For more information about this and other cases we've covered, follow @ICHHstories on Instagram.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
So where was Brandon the night of his parent’s murder?  The team is breaking down the sequence of events on the night of October 16th, 2005.  For more information about this and other cases we've covered, follow @ICHHstories on Instagram.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Episode 4: Suspected

Episode 4: Suspected

2023-10-3141:51

This week we are diving into the calls law enforcement receives pointing the finger at Norma and Dennis Woodruff’s son, Brandon. But the accusations come before the community even knew a murder happened. How can this be? What is the basis of the accusations and do they have any merit? Hilarie and the team will also be exploring the investigator’s first interviews with Brandon and his sister Charla.   For more information about this and other cases we've covered, follow @ICHHstories on Instagram.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Law enforcement descends upon the house of Dennis and Norma Woodruff - and makes a bizarre choice to document the grisly scene. Hilarie, Dan, Po, and Andrew will discuss the bizarre choice made by law enforcement as well as the evidence discovered at the scene of the crime.    For more information about this and other cases we've covered, follow @ICHHstories on Instagram. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Royse City, Texas is a small, rural community just east of Dallas. Dennis and Norma Woodruff are found brutally murdered in their own home. On this episode, Hilarie and the team begin to unpack this case - you’ll hear about the town of Royse City, as well as what the Woodruff family’s lives were like before the unfortunate events in October.   For more information about this and other cases we've covered, follow @ICHHstories on Instagram.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Hilarie Burton Morgan is joined by, Po Kutchins, Dan Flaherty, and Andrew Dunn, the team behind Sundance TV’s True Crime Story: It Couldn’t Happen Here. Together they will dive deeper into some of the head-scratching cases covered on the TV series. On this episode you’ll get to know the team, from their backgrounds in documentary filmmaking to their approach to true crime storytelling, as well as a sneak peek into what’s to come this season of the podcast.     For more information about this and other cases we've covered, follow @ICHHstories on Instagram.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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William H Bonny

why nobody suspended the sister at all

Jan 10th
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Art 34

I tried 3 episodes, can’t handle the liberal bias.

Jan 7th
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Barbarella MaClure

Hey you guys You really must start your Podcast earlier, I'm half way through episode two and it still hasn't started. I'll come back another time.

Dec 28th
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