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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? Was the right guy charged, or did a killer walk free?

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? Was the right guy charged, or did a killer walk free?
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Cincinnati, OH

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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? Was the right guy charged, or did a killer walk free?

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Episodes

Introducing The City

9/24/2018
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The City tells true stories of how power works in urban America. Season 1 begins in Chicago, 1990. After years of disinvestment, highways are rebuilt, old buildings demolished, new skyscrapers erected. All that rubble has to go somewhere, and its destination isn’t a landfill—it’s a pair of vacant lots in a black, working-class neighborhood called North Lawndale. The man behind this operation is a white guy sporting a Cosby sweater and underworld connections. What follows is a tour de force...

Duration:00:05:23

Aftermath: I wasn't going to leave her

6/19/2018
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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
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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
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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
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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

Chapter 6: If not Virgil, Who?

10/26/2017
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Newport police overlooked several interesting people worthy of scrutiny in this murder case, including one man they’d encountered themselves. 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%...

Duration:00:44:05

Chapter 5: The lie

10/24/2017
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After years of insisting a key witness perjured himself, William Virgil finds proof — but does the truth matter? 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 you...

Duration:00:41:21

Chapter 4: The missing witness

10/19/2017
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It appears more than one of the witnesses in Retha Welch’s murder case didn’t come clean on the stand. Someone knew more than his testimony implied. 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:00:43:04

Chapter 3: The case unfolds

10/17/2017
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With physical evidence and eyewitnesses on their side, police begin compiling a case against William Virgil — but does it hold up under scrutiny? Subscribe to Accused so you never miss an episode: https://www.smarturl.it/accusedpodcast 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...

Duration:00:38:34

Chapter 2: The hooded figure

10/12/2017
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Retha Welch’s boyfriend says he was mad enough to kill her the last time they were together — but he points police to a hooded figure in her hallway as the likely culprit. 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...

Duration:00:44:05

Chapter 1: The first Sin City

10/12/2017
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When 54-year-old Retha Welch is found murdered in Newport, Kentucky, police zero in on an acquaintance with a criminal past. 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...

Duration:00:36:19

Introducing Accused Season 2

9/28/2017
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Subscribe today so you are the first to hear Accused season 2 when it premieres on October 12th: https://smarturl.it/accusedpodcast

Duration:00:02:36

Chapter 9: The Update

12/26/2016
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People with information about Beth Andes and the events surrounding her slaying continue to come forward months after the initial season ended.

Duration:01:10:00

Chapter 8: The aftermath

9/28/2016
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A lot has changed since Beth was killed in 1978. Her boyfriend Bob Young has a daughter of his own. Beth’s friends can’t talk about her death without breaking immediately into tears. Her family’s view on Young’s guilt has evolved. But a few key things haven’t budged. And they could make all the difference in this case.

Duration:00:45:01

Chapter 7: The evidence

9/26/2016
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If Bob Young killed his girlfriend, he couldn’t be tried again, so holding onto the physical evidence in the case would be moot. In America, you can’t be charged twice for the same crime. But what if he’s innocent? In this episode of Accused, The Enquirer outlines its year-long quest to answer that question.

Duration:00:49:08

Chapter 6: The strangers

9/21/2016
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In the days surrounding Beth’s death, area newspapers boasted front-page stories about body after body being exhumed from John Wayne Gacy’s property. Ted Bundy had been terrorizing the nation for four years. BTK was on the loose in Wichita, Kansas. The late ‘70s were a dark period in American history when it comes to crime, and that has some of Beth’s friends asking a question: Could Beth have been targeted by one of the many serial killers working the nation? The Enquirer explores that...

Duration:00:49:02

Chapter 5: If not Bob, who? - Part 2

9/19/2016
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Elizabeth Andes' friends and family don't point fingers when asked who they think might have killed the bubbly 23-year-old Dec. 28, 1978. But they worry that police zeroed in on Andes' boyfriend so quickly that authorities might have missed other worthwhile leads. Boyd Glascock was a quirky and artistic man who inserted himself into the murder investigation by showing up uninvited to boyfriend Bob Young’s house after Young had been arrested. Glascock professed his love for Young and then...

Duration:00:49:20

Chapter 4: If not Bob, who? - Part 1

9/14/2016
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Original detectives continue to insist that Bob Young was the only person worth examining in Beth Andes' murder. Do you like Accused? Check out Secrets, Crimes & Audiotape: smarturl.it/sca

Duration:00:42:38

Chapter 3: The investigation

9/12/2016
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As Bob Young’s attorney noted, of all the evidence introduced in Beth’s murder trial, just one piece implicated his client. But it was a big one: a confession. In this episode of “Accused,” The Enquirer details the original investigation outlined in police records and trial transcripts, as well as the single exhibit that has some people in Oxford, Ohio, still convinced decades later that Young got away with murder.

Duration:00:44:37