What defines guilt? Should we judge the accused based on the evidence found against them? Or by the decision made about them by a jury of their peers? Each week we look at complicated criminal cases, where the evidence and the verdict don’t always line up, testing the limits of “innocent until proven guilty.” Not Guilty is a production of Cutler Media and part of the Parcast Network.
On October 30th, 1975, 15-year-old Martha Moxley was murdered less than a 100 yards from her front door. The police felt certain of the identity of her killer, but wouldn't be able to press charges for over twenty years.Sponsors!Gabi - Take 2 minutes and see if you can save up to $865 when you go to Gabi.com/GUILTY.
In 1985, Bernie Baran stood trial for the alleged assault of six preschool children. The jury listened in shock and horror as the children, ages 3-6, described their experiences with the young teacher's aide. But new evidence would make the courts question every one of their statements. Parcasters - This week on Unexplained Mysteries we explore the legend of the Yeren, China’s Bigfoot. Learn about this mythical creature on Unexplained Mysteries today! Available now on Spotify or wherever you listen to Parcast Originals!
In the wake of the 1983 McMartin Preschool scandal, accusations of child sexual abuse at daycare centers starting popping up all over America. For one teacher's aide, 19-year-old Bernie Baran, it was his words versus a 3-year-old's. Parcasters - This week on Unsolved Murders we explored the Mary Phagan murder, and the controversial execution of Leo Frank. Was he responsible? Find out today on Unsolved Murders, available on Spotify or wherever you get your Parcast Originals!
In February of 1996, 21-year-old Kristine Bunch stood trial for the arson of her Indiana trailer home and the murder of her three-year-old son. In the wake of Kristine's absolute silence to the press, the court of public opinion deemed her guilty. Now a jury would decide her fate.Sponsors!Upstart - Hurry to Upstart.com/NOTGUILTY to find out HOW LOW your Upstart rate is. Checking your rate only takes a few minutes—and won’t affect your credit!
In July of 1995, 21-year-old Kristine Bunch woke up up in the middle of the night to her house on fire. As fire investigators picked through the rubble, they found suspicious clues that suggest the house fire wasn't an accident at all. Sponsors!Daily Harvest - Go to Daily-Harvest.com and enter promo code NOT GUILTY to get three cups FREE in your first box!Gabi - Take two minutes and see if you can save up to $865 a year on car insurance at Gabi.com/GUILTY. There are NO fees, NO forms, and NO spam.
Ernesto Arturo Miranda Pt. 2: The Right to Remain Silent
When Ernesto Arturo Miranda's defense attorney decided to appeal his conviction in 1965, he had no idea the case would make its was all the way to the Supreme Court. The landmark case would introduce a set of phrases that would be permanently incorporated into the American justice system.Parcasters - This week on Assassinations we cover an assassination that altered the course of history by setting off the Second World War. Listen now at parcast.com/assassinations
In March of 1963, an 18-year-old girl was sexually assaulted on her way home from work in Phoenix, Arizona. The investigation and trial that followed would change the landscape of American policing forever.Parcasters - In Conspiracy Theories this week we explore the North American Union, a supposed superstate created through merging the governments of Mexico, Canada, and the United States. Was it in the plans, is it still? Find out today at parcast.com/conspiracy
In the summer of 1990, The Central Park Five went on trial for the brutal attack on 28-year-old Trisha Meili. But as the evidence against the boys grew thin, the entire case rested on their written and taped confessions. Sponsors!Upstart - Hurry to Upstart.com/NOTGUILTY to find out HOW LOW your Upstart rate is. Checking your rate only takes a few minutes—and won’t affect your credit!
On April 19th, 1989, 28-year-old Trisha Meili was brutally attacked while jogging in Central Park. In less than 48-hours, five teenagers between the ages of 14 and 16 were charged for the attack. The city of New York rejoiced at what they thought was "swift justice." But were the boys responsible for the attack? Or simply in the wrong place at the wrong time?Sponsors!Daily Harvest - Go to Daily-Harvest.com and enter promo code NOTGUILTY to get three cups FREE in your first box!
During her trial in 1980, none of Cynthia Payne's male clients faced any charges. The public wondered who the real transgressor was and whether she deserved punishment or the law deserved a rewrite. Parcasters - Seeking more stories from Great Britain? Check out our Kingpins episode dropping tomorrow on international ecstasy dealer Shaun Atwood. Subscribe today so that you don't miss his incredible rise to power!
In 1978, police closed in on a clandestine brothel located in a quiet, humble home in London. The ensuing trial of the brothel’s madam, Cynthia Payne, called into question everything the straitlaced British culture believed about sex work.Parcasters - Did you catch our most recent episode of GONE? We finally dive into the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa, you’ll have to listen to find out our theories about the most famous missing man in history. Available now at parcast.com/gone
After an 11-month-long investigation, Robert Blake, a household name for his portrayal of 70's TV cop Baretta, was charged with the murder of his wife in 2002, Bonny Lee Bakley. But forensics proved Blake hadn't fired a gun that night.Sponsors!Upstart - Hurry to Upstart.com/NotGuilty to find out HOW LOW your Upstart rate is. Checking your rate only takes a few minutes—and won’t affect your credit!
On the night of May 4th, 2001, 44-year-old Bonny Lee Bakley was shot to death while she waited in the passenger seat of her husband's car in Los Angeles. Her husband, the actor Robert Blake, claimed that Bonny had been a small-time criminal and someone she'd wronged must be responsible for her murder. But Bonny's friends and loved ones painted the marriage as a sham, alleging that Blake would have done anything to get out of it. Even kill.Sponsors!Daily Harvest - Go to DAILY-HARVEST.com and enter promo code NOT GUILTY to get three cups FREE in your first box!
Take a seat in the jury box as we dive into the most unbelievable acquittals and exonerations to ever take place in a court of law. Analyze the crime, observe the investigation, examine the evidence, and submit your verdict. Which way do the scales of justice tilt? Not Guilty, a Parcast Original, premieres Thursday, April 25th. New episodes available every Thursday on Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts. Subscribe today!