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Dakota Spotlight Podcast

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Dakota Spotlight is a slow burn, deep-dive True Crime podcast from and about the upper midwest. (USA) Season 5: A Better Search for Barbara Cotton: Season 4: Chasing Billy. Season 3: The House on Sweet and Seventh. Season 2: Zeeland, the untold story of Wade and Ellen Zick. Season 1: The case of Victor Newberry. A production of Forum Communications

Dakota Spotlight is a slow burn, deep-dive True Crime podcast from and about the upper midwest. (USA) Season 5: A Better Search for Barbara Cotton: Season 4: Chasing Billy. Season 3: The House on Sweet and Seventh. Season 2: Zeeland, the untold story of Wade and Ellen Zick. Season 1: The case of Victor Newberry. A production of Forum Communications

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United States

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Dakota Spotlight is a slow burn, deep-dive True Crime podcast from and about the upper midwest. (USA) Season 5: A Better Search for Barbara Cotton: Season 4: Chasing Billy. Season 3: The House on Sweet and Seventh. Season 2: Zeeland, the untold story of Wade and Ellen Zick. Season 1: The case of Victor Newberry. A production of Forum Communications

Language:

English

Contact:

6054501801


Episodes

Five blocks from home - A Better Search for missing Barbara Cotton

3/1/2021
Season 5, episode 1 15 year old Barbara Louise Cotton vanished from the streets of Williston, North Dakota on April 11, 1981 five blocks from her home. What happened to Barbara Cotton? In episode 1, while others called Barbara a 'runaway', a frustrated yet unyielding Sandy Evanson refuses to stop looking for her childhood friend. A Better Search for Barbara is a deep, investigative dive into one of North Dakota's longest running cold cases. Produced by James Wolner and Forum...

Duration:00:59:48

Bruce Blackman - Moonlight still feels right

1/26/2021
Bonus episode: Interview with singer/songwriter Bruce Blackman, the musician behind the 1976 hit Moonlight Feels Right, heard right here in Season 4. Bruce shares thoughts about his life, his music and recalls almost freezing his fingers off in Fargo during a tour back in 77. Also a re-broadcast of my 2020 interview with songwriter Peter Hicks of Sleepy...

Duration:00:46:28

Julia Kent - Exploring our emotional landscapes

1/25/2021
Bonus episode: A true crime teaser followed by a fascinating interview with musician, cellist and composer Julia Kent. Julia Kent's music is featured throughout Season one of this podcast. Julia talks about her craft, her life and her creative process. https://music.juliakent.com/ Additional music by the Hollis Group https://hollis-group.bandcamp.com/releases https://inforum.com/dakota-spotlight

Duration:00:30:49

5 - Chasing Billy - interview with detective Baumann

1/15/2021
In episode 5 of Season 4, Chasing Billy, podcast host James Wolner interviews Dan Baumann, the police detective currently assigned to Billy Wolf's cold case. homepage: https://informum.com/dakota-spotlight newsetter https://www.inforum.com/newsletter Moonlight Feels Right music license: bruceblackman.com/music-licensing. Additional music by hollis-group. Check them out at hollis-group.bandcamp.com

Duration:00:48:45

4 - Chasing Billy - motels, mafias and stolen guns

12/10/2020
In episode 4 of CHASING BILLY: A pursuit for justice I look into two tips from listeners. Both included the name of someone they felt may have killed Billy Wolf. Law enforcement are familiar with one of these men but the other may be a name they have never heard before. In looking at the lives of these two men, we travel from Utah, to the HI-10 motel in Fargo. This journey takes us into the world of illegal drugs, stolen guns, the alleged ‘Fargo Mafia’ and more. Podcast homepage:...

Duration:01:04:54

Thanksgiving message

11/26/2020
Nov 26, 2020. Just a quick shout-out on this American holiday to thank all of you who are listening. There is no Season 4 "Chasing Billy" update this week. I am currently working on a couple of leads and hope to have an episode for you in the next week or two. Be safe out there, and again, thank you for listening. https://inforum.com/dakota-spotlight https://dakotaspotlight.com Sign up for the newsletter: https://www.inforum.com/newsletter

Duration:00:17:42

3 - Chasing Billy - the pursuit for justice continues.

11/19/2020
Season 4 Episode 3: Interview with Bud Warren of West Fargo. Bud went to school with Billy and later became a cop and investigated Billy's murder. We also look into the 1978 arrest. Season 4 is an ongoing podcast; an investigation playing out in real-time, week-to-week. I invite you to follow along and implore you to help us to bring justice to Billy’s family and friends. Podcast homepage: https://informum.com/dakota-spotlight Moonlight Feels Right music license:...

Duration:00:26:45

2 - Chasing Billy - time traveling back to 1978

11/12/2020
Season 4 Episode 2: Learn about Billy's last days alive; Time travel to 1978 with Billy's friend Nanci; Learn how to retrieve dormant, long-term memories. Season 4 is an ongoing podcast; an investigation playing out in real-time, week-to-week. I invite you to follow along and implore you to help us to bring justice to Billy’s family and friends. Podcast homepage: https://informum.com/dakota-spotlight Moonlight Feels Right music license: bruceblackman.com/music-licensing

Duration:00:41:34

1 - Chasing Billy - a pursuit for justice

11/5/2020
Season 4: In August of 1978, outside of the city of Fargo, North Dakota, a man canoeing in the Red River came across 2 plastic garbage bags. Police discovered the severed body of William Wolf Jr, otherwise known as Billy. Billy's murder has never been solved. Dakota Spotlight and Forum Communications believe that 42 years is long enough, its time for this case to be solved. And we need your help! Tip Line: Call 701 451 5608 or email us at truecrimepodcast@forumcomm.com More information...

Duration:01:57:46

A Murder in Minot

9/8/2020
A kindergarten teacher masterminds a brutal murder and shows no remorse. In this special, stand-alone episode we learn about a macabre crime from the true north. In 2015, Angila Wilder was brutally murdered in her home while her 2 year old child slept just down the hall. True crime author C.J. Wynn meets with Dakota Spotlight to discuss this crime. links: Dakota Spotlight online https://www.inforum.com/dakota-spotlight/ Podcast newsletter:...

Duration:00:38:03

6 - Escape to the Movies

8/16/2020
Episode 6: In a 2020 interview, the girl with the little red car tells all. Learn about Misty Jones, her early path to a party life and her personal struggles since the Erickstad homicides. We get answers about Rick Storhaug, Ryan Werner and what went on inside the house on Sweet and Seventh Finally Misty recounts and explains that fateful night in 1998.

Duration:01:35:52

5 - A Sick Salute

8/15/2020
Episode 5: Not unlike Cinderella’s slipper, a bloody shoe fits and Robert and Brian are apprehended and returned to North Dakota to await trial. The search for the fugitives may be over but the insanity is just beginning. ‘Manson-like’ and disturbing, the East Sweet crew ramp up their support for the killers ten-fold with sick salutes, love letters and an inconceivable act of disrespect towards the victims’ families. Former Police detectives Bob Haas and Lloyd Halvorson shake their heads...

Duration:01:44:11

4 - One of these days

8/14/2020
Episode 4: While Detective Bob Haas and the medical examiner start putting the pieces together, detective Steve Lundin has a very frustrating second interview with Misty’s boyfriend Rick Storhaug. Timeline: Follow along as we dissect the many antics the East Sweet crew were up to on Wednesday, September 16th, 1998 - the last 12 hours before the crime. A darker side of Robert Lawrence’s character emerges from original police interviews and a present day interview with one of the...

Duration:01:06:03

3 - Patience Pays Off

8/13/2020
Episode 3: As a key witness is patiently questioned by the police, the awful truth finally floats to the surface and the 'innocence' of Bismarck, North Dakota begins to slowly drown. For many, it's never been quite the same since half of the Bismarck Police department traveled 40 miles south of Mandan in search of two homicide victims. A hysterical and terrified woman rushes into the Police Department at 4 am Saturday, terrified for her own safety. She’s got more information about the...

Duration:01:20:05

2 - Never Ever Narc

8/12/2020
Episode 2: When Bismarck police detective Lloyd Halvorson learned that 18 year old Brian Erickstad and 27 year old Robert Lawrence were wanted for questioning, he knew exactly where to go: the corner of Sweet and 7th in downtown Bismarck. It should have been easy to find answers. All they had to do was interview a few teenagers, friends of the suspects and police would learn who may have been involved and most urgent and important, if they were killed, where were bodies of Gordon and...

Duration:01:50:18

1 - A Little Red Car

8/11/2020
Season 3, Episode 1. On a quiet Friday morning in September of 1998 a 17 year old girl named Aimee walked into the Police Department in Bismarck, North Dakota. The young woman said she wasn’t exactly sure, but she had a hunch that her 18 year old boyfriend Brian might have hurt his mother and father. Not a problem, said Bismarck Police, a simple welfare check would set this story straight. ‘The story’ wasn’t set straight though. But what exactly had happened? And where were the boy’s...

Duration:01:32:06

Coming Soon

6/10/2020
Join me, James Wolner, and Forum Communications for Dakota Spotlight Season 3, as we take a closer look into one the most puzzling crimes in North Dakota history. Hear first-hand accounts, original police interviews and much more. Scheduled for release later this summer, Season 3 will be available anywhere you get your podcasts. AND be on the lookout for additional content, video footage and other extras exclusively at InForum.com https://www.forumcomm.com/ https://dakotaspotlight.com/

Duration:00:06:28

Zeeland (9) – Sebastian Speaks Out

3/10/2020
Episode 9 – Telephone interview with Sebastian Feist from federal prison. I was recently contacted by Sebastian Feist who had previously declined to speak with me about this story. In this episode I speak with Feist over the telephone. I ask him about his time in Zeeland, the crime, why the Zicks needed to be killed and many other things. To view a video of 18 year old Sebastian Feist (and his brother Dave) being led into the county jail (and hundreds of photos) become a patron at...

Duration:01:07:45

Zeeland (8) – update – Love Letters & Murder Ballads

2/9/2020
In this update episode, Dakota Spotlight interviews Peter Hicks of Sleepy Driver who very generously allowed me to use their songs and musical arrangements in Season 2, ZEELAND, the Untold Story of Wade and Ellen Zick, their lives and their tragic murders in 1976. Peter shares his thoughts on songwriting, sources of inspiration for lyrics and more. Music by Peter Hicks, performed by Sleepy Driver Check out Sleepy Driver on sleepydriver.bandcamp.com Listen to James and Mike Wald in...

Duration:01:07:46

Zeeland (7) – Crossing the Street

1/22/2020
Episode Seven Chapter 28 – Guns and Piggy Banks photos Chapter 29 – California Dreaming photos Chapter 30 – No Different Than You photos Chapter 31 – Crossing the Street photos Music by Peter Hicks, performed by Sleepy Driver Check out Sleepy Driver on sleepydriver.bandcamp.com ‘To God be the Glory’ sung by the Sunday School kids at St Peter’s church, Chaffee, North Dakota Premium Content – Videos, Photos, Deleted Scenes, Documents may be found at...

Duration:01:34:11