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Season 3: In 1984, a father of three disappeared while working at a mysterious Cincinnati plant. It turned out he’d met a gruesome fate: Pieces of bone, his eyeglasses and walkie-talkie were uncovered inside a vat that reached 1350 degrees Fahrenheit. Two months later, the Fernald Feed Materials Production Center was revealed to have been processing uranium – and polluting the region. The dead man’s children believe their father was murdered because he intended to expose how the plant had been releasing millions of pounds of uranium dust into the atmosphere. We’re hoping to figure out: Did 39-year-old David Bocks kill himself, as Fernald officials alleged, or was he more likely killed? Season 2: A soft-hearted prison minister was found killed in her Kentucky apartment, and Newport police zeroed in on an ex-convict she’d counseled. Thirty years later, the conviction is overturned and the case is once again unsolved. The Cincinnati Enquirer investigates: Was William Virgil wrongly convicted for murder? Season 1: When Elizabeth Andes was found murdered in her Ohio apartment in 1978, police and prosecutors decided within hours it was an open-and-shut case. Two juries disagreed. The Cincinnati Enquirer investigates: Was the right guy charged, or did a killer walk free?

Season 3: In 1984, a father of three disappeared while working at a mysterious Cincinnati plant. It turned out he’d met a gruesome fate: Pieces of bone, his eyeglasses and walkie-talkie were uncovered inside a vat that reached 1350 degrees Fahrenheit. Two months later, the Fernald Feed Materials Production Center was revealed to have been processing uranium – and polluting the region. The dead man’s children believe their father was murdered because he intended to expose how the plant had been releasing millions of pounds of uranium dust into the atmosphere. We’re hoping to figure out: Did 39-year-old David Bocks kill himself, as Fernald officials alleged, or was he more likely killed? Season 2: A soft-hearted prison minister was found killed in her Kentucky apartment, and Newport police zeroed in on an ex-convict she’d counseled. Thirty years later, the conviction is overturned and the case is once again unsolved. The Cincinnati Enquirer investigates: Was William Virgil wrongly convicted for murder? Season 1: When Elizabeth Andes was found murdered in her Ohio apartment in 1978, police and prosecutors decided within hours it was an open-and-shut case. Two juries disagreed. The Cincinnati Enquirer investigates: Was the right guy charged, or did a killer walk free?

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Cincinnati, OH

Networks:

Wondery

Description:

Season 3: In 1984, a father of three disappeared while working at a mysterious Cincinnati plant. It turned out he’d met a gruesome fate: Pieces of bone, his eyeglasses and walkie-talkie were uncovered inside a vat that reached 1350 degrees Fahrenheit. Two months later, the Fernald Feed Materials Production Center was revealed to have been processing uranium – and polluting the region. The dead man’s children believe their father was murdered because he intended to expose how the plant had been releasing millions of pounds of uranium dust into the atmosphere. We’re hoping to figure out: Did 39-year-old David Bocks kill himself, as Fernald officials alleged, or was he more likely killed? Season 2: A soft-hearted prison minister was found killed in her Kentucky apartment, and Newport police zeroed in on an ex-convict she’d counseled. Thirty years later, the conviction is overturned and the case is once again unsolved. The Cincinnati Enquirer investigates: Was William Virgil wrongly convicted for murder? Season 1: When Elizabeth Andes was found murdered in her Ohio apartment in 1978, police and prosecutors decided within hours it was an open-and-shut case. Two juries disagreed. The Cincinnati Enquirer investigates: Was the right guy charged, or did a killer walk free?

Language:

English

Contact:

513-768-8393


Episodes

Recommending The Sneak: The Disappearance of Mario Rossi

3/23/2021
Amber has a quick update for Accused listeners on the podcast's upcoming season. Then you can hear a quick snippet of The Sneak: The Disappearance of Mario Rossi. The show premieres on any of the places you get your podcasts on April 8. Listen to the entire season ad-free exclusively on Wondery+ on Thursday, Mar. 25: https://wonderyplus.com/sneak A missing racing genius. A NASCAR drug smuggling scandal. A broken and haunted family. What happened to Mario Rossi?

Duration:00:06:20

Quick update & introduction

10/26/2020
Work on Accused was sidelined by the pandemic but is getting back on track. Also, Amber introduces "Crimes of the Centuries."

Duration:00:15:27

Introducing The Sneak: Murders at Whiskey Creek

8/5/2020
How did Jack Roland Murphy go from world-champion surfer to notorious jewel thief? How did it all go wrong and end in at least two murders in the murky waterways of southern Florida? Find out this season on The Sneak: Murders at Whiskey Creek. Subscribe today: wondery.fm/thesneak_accused

Duration:00:06:38

BONUS EPISODE: Lessons Learned

4/22/2020
Though officials with the Fernald uranium plant lied and covered up the danger their workers faced, Fernald is actually held up as a role model for other American communities polluted by the arms race.

Duration:00:36:51

Chapter 8: The nuclear wrap-up

1/28/2020
Long after David Bocks’ children and grandchildren are dead, the legacy of his employer will remain, encased in concrete and buried deep beneath the earth.

Duration:00:49:34

Chapter 7: A variance in views

1/21/2020
Two coworkers tell police that David Bocks seemed depressed on his last day of work. Or is it just one?

Duration:00:40:15

Chapter 6: Last day laid bare

1/14/2020
David Bocks’ final shift is pieced together through police statements and time cards.

Duration:00:51:34

Chapter 5: The king of conspiracies

1/7/2020
In the 1990s, an indie reporter tried to expose Fernald and link managers to David Bocks’ death. His theories sounded outrageous, but some of them proved true.

Duration:00:51:16

BONUS EPISODE: Artistic Aftershocks

12/24/2019
A look at how the atomic bombs that ended World War II left an imprint on pop culture that lasts to this day.

Duration:00:31:36

Chapter 4: The truth about Fernald

12/17/2019
While managers and government officials outwardly assured Fernald workers that everything was safe at the plant, internal documents show many knew that wasn’t the case.

Duration:00:48:42

Chapter 3: The Cold War creeps

12/10/2019
As the world was embroiled in a race to stockpile nuclear weapons, little towns throughout the U.S. became hubs for cancer-linked plants.

Duration:00:44:34

Chapter 2: Testing the suicide theory

12/3/2019
Police dismissed the 1984 disappearance of David Bocks as a suicide, but the physics of the death make that theory seem unlikely. (Link updated Jan. 21, 2020, with water-content percentage of apples and humans corrected.)

Duration:00:53:49

Chapter 1: Disappearing dad

12/3/2019
A 39-year-old father of three goes to work and disappears. That’s strange enough. Adding in where he works makes this case more than strange. It’s the stuff conspiracies are made of.

Duration:00:49:40

Introducing Accused Season 3

11/19/2019
Accused Season 3 returns on December 3rd.

Duration:00:01:29

Accused recommends The City

10/29/2019
Accused Host Amber Hunt details where you can find Season 3 of Accused soon. Another great podcast from the USA TODAY Network, The City, is available to listen to now. As Reno, a city known for vice, tries to woo big tech to town, a fight erupts over its future. It's the central battle of The City podcast, Season 2. To learn more about the story and to listen or subscribe, head to www.thecitypodcast.com

Duration:00:07:26

Aftermath: I wasn't going to leave her

6/19/2018
Best friends Carmen Alegria and Angelica Soto did everything together — and that includes saving each other from a gunman on a rampage. To hear more stories subscribe to Aftermath wherever you listen to podcasts: APPLE,STITCHER, orWONDERY.COM

Duration:00:38:38

Aftermath: Some people have a spirit of resilience

6/12/2018
From the Accused podcast team, Aftermath is an episodic look at survivors of gun violence. Episodd 1 focuses on neglectful parents and neighbors who looked the other way and set the stage for Clai Lasher-Sommers’ stepfather to shoot her in the back when she was 13 years old. To hear more stories subscribe to Aftermath wherever you listen to podcasts: APPLE, STITCHER, or WONDERY.COM

Duration:00:43:40

Chapter 8: After Innocence

11/2/2017
Since his release from prison, William Virgil’s life has been on hold. So has Retha Welch’s murder investigation. Subscribe to Accused so you never miss an episode: https://www.smarturl.it/accusedpodcast Thank you to our sponsors: Zip Recruiter - Learn how to hire smarter and get a free trial when you visit them here: www.ziprecruiter.com/accused Brooklinen - Get $20 an free shipping when you use promo code ACCUSED here: www.brooklinen.com Bombas - Get 20% off your first order when...

Duration:00:50:30

Chapter 7: The battle continues

10/31/2017
William Virgil finds dedicated allies in the Kentucky Innocence Project, fierce opposition in the Commonwealth’s Attorney, and hope in new DNA testing. Subscribe to Accused so you never miss an episode: https://www.smarturl.it/accusedpodcast Thank you to our sponsors: Zip Recruiter - Learn how to hire smarter and get a free trial when you visit them here: www.ziprecruiter.com/accused Brooklinen - Get $20 an free shipping when you use promo code ACCUSED here: www.brooklinen.com Bombas...

Duration:00:46:32