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In September 2014, 3-year-old Sarah and 2-year-old Jacob were last seen in the care of their mother, Catherine Hoggle, in Maryland. Sarah and Jacob have never been found. After disappearing for several days, Catherine was arrested and ultimately charged with the children’s murder. Catherine was declared not competent to stand trial shortly after and has been committed to a psychiatric facility until her competency can be restored.

But plenty of people - including some of Catherine’s own family members - have suggested she’s faking incompetence, convinced it’s her path out of prison.

Sarah and Jacob’s dad, Troy, and his wife, Stephanie, continue to search for the kids, desperate for both answers and justice. And now, the clock is ticking. Maryland law requires dismissal of murder charges against a defendant found incompetent to stand trial after the expiration of five years. This means that Catherine could be on the verge of release. Troy, Stephanie and their lawyer, Matt—along with police and prosecutors—are racing to stop that from happening.

In addition to a compelling and tragic personal narrative, this case raises broader issues about mental health and the justice system and the unintended consequences of well-intentioned laws. Journalists Sarah Treleaven and Beth Karas examine a father’s quest for justice and one key question that overshadows this case: Can you really fake being incompetent and get away with murder?
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Episode 1 – Crisis

Episode 1 – Crisis

2023-10-0437:3720

A mentally ill mother. A family in crisis. And a father’s worst nightmare.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Episode 2 – Missing

Episode 2 – Missing

2023-10-0433:0613

When Troy realizes his youngest children are missing, can he depend on their mother to help him find them?See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Episode 3 – Incompetent

Episode 3 – Incompetent

2023-10-1130:5314

Catherine is charged with the disappearance of her children, but a judge finds she is incompetent to stand trial. What does this mean for Troy’s search for his kids and pursuit of justice?See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Episode 4 – Faking It?

Episode 4 – Faking It?

2023-10-1841:5012

Catherine is treated in a state-run psychiatric hospital after being found incompetent to stand trial. But Troy and others raise questions about whether she’s faking it to avoid accountability.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
After years of advocacy by Troy, a judge finally decides to hear testimony from sworn witnesses about Catherine’s competency, and may even question Catherine directly. But as the clock counts down to the mandatory dismissal of charges, is it too little too late?See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
The judge prepares to rule in Catherine’s competency hearing. Will Troy finally get the justice he’s been seeking for almost a decade?See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Episode 7 – Lost

Episode 7 – Lost

2023-11-0839:325

While Catherine’s case remains mired at the intersection of the criminal justice and mental health systems, one overarching question remains: What happened to Sarah and Jacob?See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Episode 8 – Justice

Episode 8 – Justice

2023-11-1536:1412

Troy ponders his next moves as he searches for broader accountability for the loss of his two children.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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Rebecca Butcher

Heartbreaking

Dec 30th
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Susan Raeder

Maryland laws are horrible. Laws that were meant to help have so many lop holes it is disgusting.

Dec 24th
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Alex Oliveira

Dear, every podcast are in the world, but most especially true crime Podcasters. Ask yourself if this is too many episodes. Then ask yourself again. I swear to God, most of you do not have nine hour stories. I get that it’s an advertising driven world, but you lose credibility when you stretch these things out just to run more ads. This is a four or five episode story at the most. This is lush with repetition. 

Dec 3rd
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Charleen Worsham

the background music on this podcast is so not background

Nov 26th
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Alissa Maxwell

he says "authoristic mothers" and she says "altruistic mothers" and neither comes in a search. anyone know what word they're trying to say?

Nov 8th
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Stefy Bouchagiar

It's ridiculous how impartial this production is. The doctors are wrong, the judges are wrong, the legislator is wrong but we are supposed to only take the word of the vengeful ex-husband? This was a terrible tragedy where the system failed to protected all the parties involved, maybe focus on that?

Nov 6th
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Nov 4th
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Lori Ventrella

Where is the ending episode???

Oct 26th
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Aakash Amanat

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Oct 25th
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Victoria Fritz

As a mental health provider this is so insane. not providing therapy as a means to restore competency and only relying on psychotropic seems reckless and negligent. As a provider who does evaluations the obvious laziness of evaluators to not interview collateral contacts is another way the system is failing those children.

Oct 22nd
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Megan

I don't know how, but I think she has an accomplice. or more than one.

Oct 21st
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Megan

The original, healthier Katherine sounds like she was a wonderful person. This is such a sad and scary situation. I first learned about this case from The Vanished, and they also did a fantastic job covering this story.

Oct 21st
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Brandy Mattson

So where is the justice for the kids? Those children are human beings as well. You can't say someone is a human being and disregard the human beings they destroyed.

Oct 19th
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Aakash Amanat

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Oct 17th
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CastboxUser2307

So let me get this straight. Unemployed almost 40 year old dude knocks up a mentally ill girl who's barely out of her teens? Then instead of getting her help during her obvious post partum depression, he keeps knocking her up, then dumps her at a mental asylum? And now you're supporting him and the new wife he got 3 minutes after locking up the first one, in making sure the mentally ill girl gets jailed??

Oct 11th
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