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Lost at Home BLAME is an investigative series and podcast by 9NEWS in Denver, CO. 9news.com/blame. 9Wants to Know is releasing Season 2, "BLAME: Lost at Home," a mystery about man who was found more than a year after he was reported missing, dead in his own home. The first season focuses on the death of Jill Wells. Her son, only 6-years-old at the time of her death, was blamed for shooting her. If you have a something for us to investigate, email blowthewhistle@9news.com.

Lost at Home BLAME is an investigative series and podcast by 9NEWS in Denver, CO. 9news.com/blame. 9Wants to Know is releasing Season 2, "BLAME: Lost at Home," a mystery about man who was found more than a year after he was reported missing, dead in his own home. The first season focuses on the death of Jill Wells. Her son, only 6-years-old at the time of her death, was blamed for shooting her. If you have a something for us to investigate, email blowthewhistle@9news.com.
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Denver, CO

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Lost at Home BLAME is an investigative series and podcast by 9NEWS in Denver, CO. 9news.com/blame. 9Wants to Know is releasing Season 2, "BLAME: Lost at Home," a mystery about man who was found more than a year after he was reported missing, dead in his own home. The first season focuses on the death of Jill Wells. Her son, only 6-years-old at the time of her death, was blamed for shooting her. If you have a something for us to investigate, email blowthewhistle@9news.com.

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English

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303-871-1852


Episodes

BLAME: Lost At Home Episode 10 - The End

3/7/2019
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In this final episode, Jeremy returns to where this series began – Chuck’s home. There, he learns what’s next for the property as a man in an excavator begins to tear down the last remaining piece of Chuck’s life in the physical world. And what about Mystery Mike? A handwritten letter from jail shows up on Jeremy’s desk. And for the first time, Denver’s Chief of Police speaks about Chuck’s case. While Chuck was lost at home, can something be found in his story as the final chapter concludes?

Duration:00:18:30

BLAME: Lost At Home Episode 9 - Tracking Down Mystery Mike

6/21/2018
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Who was that stranger who came to Chuck’s family with a warning about their father? “Mystery Mike,” as Jeremy Jojola calls him, prompted Chuck’s sons to start searching for their father a year before he was finally found dead in his living room. In this episode, Jeremy takes you along on his journey to find Mystery Mike. What does Mike know?

Duration:00:24:13

BLAME: Lost At Home Episode 8 - Hoarding: The Hidden Epidemic

6/12/2018
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Compulsive hoarding affects a surprisingly large number of people in the United States. To better understand this disorder, Jeremy sits down with Cory Chalmers, an expert who appears on the A&E show Hoarders. Turns out that Chuck was just one of millions who suffer from this “Hidden Epidemic.”

Duration:00:20:37

BLAME: Lost At Home Episode 7 - Paralysis by Analysis

6/6/2018
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Jeremy uncovers the original 911 call made by a neighbor 383 days before Chuck was found in his living room. Prophetic words as she warns the city Chuck may dead in his home. However, it took police 9 months to contact Denver's Department of Public Health and Environment, the agency responsible for finally recovering Chuck’s remains. Jeremy questions how this agency took another 4 months to find Chuck Lost at Home.

Duration:00:20:04

BLAME: Lost At Home Episode 6 - What Did Police Do?

5/29/2018
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Finally, police are going on the record to talk about Chuck Frary. Chuck’s remains sat in his home for more than a year even though police visited his house six times during that period. For weeks Denver police denied releasing information in this case, citing a pending investigation. Finally, police agreed to reveal what they did to try and find Chuck. Jeremy sits down with Denver Police Commander Barb Archer to hear how detectives handled the case.

Duration:00:21:36

BLAME: Lost At Home Episode 5 - Chuck's Kids Reveal So Much

5/23/2018
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Chuck’s children were a bit reluctant to talk about their father, but after some convincing, Jeremy was able to get all four of them together. They reveal what they did when they first realized Chuck was missing. Who was the stranger that knocked on their door announcing Chuck may be missing or dead? They describe what they saw in his home and also reveal Chuck’s backstory. Did they know he was hoarding? Why didn’t they have a good relationship with their father? Chuck’s kids answer a lot of...

Duration:00:30:23

BLAME: Lost At Home Episode 4 - The Autopsy Report

5/16/2018
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So much about life can be revealed by examining death. As macabre and disturbing as autopsy reports can be, they are often loaded with crucial details about a person’s life. After waiting for weeks, Jeremy finally obtains Chuck’s autopsy report. It reveals much about Chuck’s life inside his home. Jeremy also shows the autopsy report to a retired medical examiner who gives interesting insight into what the report really reveals.

Duration:00:21:42

BLAME: Lost At Home Episode 3 - Chuck’s Son

5/16/2018
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Jeremy tracks down one of Chuck’s sons and learns a little about Chuck’s life and what the family experienced when they first realized their father was missing. Many initial questions are answered by talking with Jeff Frary, but more questions arise. Jeff reveals the confusion they experienced when a mysterious visitor came knocking, claiming Chuck was missing or dead.

Duration:00:18:31

BLAME: Lost At Home Episode 2 - The Neighbor Knows

5/16/2018
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Every neighborhood has that one homeowner who knows what’s happening on the street. Jeremy sits down with Kristi Petersen who lives two doors down from Chuck. She describes what she witnessed through her living room window and talks about her sole encounter with Chuck in her 15 years living next to him.

Duration:00:16:29

BLAME: Lost At Home Episode 1 - Chuck’s Home

5/16/2018
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Follow Jeremy Jojola along as he first learns about Chuck Frary’s story with a visit to a house in a trendy Denver neighborhood. Jeremy takes us to the corner of W 50th Ave and Tennyson where he finds a home surrounded by overgrown trees and much debris. Inside is where this story begins with a big question: How does a man vanish for a whole year and then end up dead in his own living room?

Duration:00:12:44

Intro - BLAME: Lost at Home

5/2/2018
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Kevin Vaughan, the reporter behind the original BLAME series and Jeremy Jojola sit down and talk about what we can expect to hear in BLAME: Lost at Home

Duration:00:03:19

Episode 14: We've Been Waiting A Long Time For This

5/22/2017
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It's been three months since we wrapped up an in-depth look at the 2001 shooting death of Jill Wells, a killing her husband blamed on the couple's six-year-old son. Now, there's an update -- one public official saw our reports and took action and another is back at work, trying to answer the lingering question: Was a boy really to blame for his mother's death?

Duration:00:40:24

Episode 13: Dreams and Developments

2/10/2017
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Nearly a year after 9NEWS began investigating the shooting death of Jill Wells, the potential for new developments is real. Various public officials are discussing what steps they ought to take – if any – to try to answer the most important question in the case: Was a 6-year-old really to blame?

Duration:00:10:20

Episode 12: What We Think Happened Is Almost Never What Happened

12/21/2016
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At the center of the pursuit of the truth about the death of Jill Wells stands her son, Tanner. He is the only one who knows what he thinks about this pursuit, who knows what he has thought about all these years. Listen as he shares his thoughts on the effort to answer questions about his mother’s death. And as Dr. Max Wachtel, a forensic psychologist, discusses the fallibility of human memory. Is it possible that what Tanner remembers isn’t exactly what happened?

Duration:00:28:43

Episode 11: An Immediate Kill

12/14/2016
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Everyone who has looked into Jill’s death has a theory on the case – and on the role her husband, Mike Wells, may have played in an incident that remains shrouded in mystery. For some, the suspicions took hold almost immediately. For others, the initial seeds of doubt were tremors that grew over time.

Duration:00:33:12

Episode 10: You Don't Have to be a Doctor to be a Coroner?

12/6/2016
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In Colorado, anyone can hold the job of county coroner – you don’t need a medical degree or any special work experience. Just as the family of Jill Wells found out how crucial the coroner can be in a death investigation, so have others in cases around the state – cases initially thought to be accidents or suicides that turned out to be something else.

Duration:00:37:12

Episode 9 The Aha Moment

11/30/2016
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In every report, every interview about Jill Wells death, her husband said she was prone on the ground, target shooting with her left index finger on the trigger. First responders to the scene say they were shocked to learn that. They’re now talking about what one described as the “Aha” moment. It’s why some of them are now talking about the case at all. Find out why on this episode of BLAME. Join the discussion https://www.facebook.com/groups/590724054462662/

Duration:00:27:44

Thanksgiving Minisode

11/22/2016
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Eight Episodes into BLAME and we a hearing a lot of feedback from people connected to the case. We want to hear from you too. Who should we be interviewing? Where should we look next? Have we missed something? Share your thoughts on our Facebook page 9Wants to Know or use #BLAMEpodcast.

Duration:00:04:10

Episode 8: No one's Gonna Charge a 6-year-old

11/16/2016
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If Tanner Wells is to believe he didn’t shoot and kill his mother, he needs to wrap his brain around the fact his own father may be to BLAME. We needed to know if what we were uncovering would be damaging to a young man who had already been through so much. We shared everything we’ve learned about the death of Jill Wells with a forensic psychologist. Should Tanner know about a system that failed his mother? Something we try to answer on this episode of BLAME.

Duration:00:26:53

Episode 7: For Better or Worse

11/9/2016
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“She was so positive, and that’s why we never knew anything was going wrong” To understand everything that was going on prior to Jill Well’s death her friends say you need to know about who she was and what she talked about in her most intimate moments with friends and family. With her faith playing a more and more important role in her life, those closest to her talk about the chasm forming in a marriage that ended with a gunshot her husband said was fired by the couple’s 6-year-old son.

Duration:00:38:08