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Dakota Spotlight Podcast

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Dakota Spotlight, by James Wolner, is a deep-dive True Crime podcast with national recognition. 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 the first Podcast to be preserved by the North Dakota State Archives:

Dakota Spotlight, by James Wolner, is a deep-dive True Crime podcast with national recognition. 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 the first Podcast to be preserved by the North Dakota State Archives:

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Dakota Spotlight, by James Wolner, is a deep-dive True Crime podcast with national recognition. 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 the first Podcast to be preserved by the North Dakota State Archives:

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Episodes

The FindBarbCotton Movement - A Better Search for Barbara

8/25/2021
Season 5, Episode 17: Talks with Lisa Jo Schiele, Diane (Cotton) Schiele and Kathy (Cotton) Nulph all of the #findbarbcotton movement. New information on why Barb's older (now deceased) brother Frank is considered a person of interest. A billboard for Barb is now up in Williston and the new website. Sponsor: Join millions of other taking control of their mental health and get 10% your first month at https://betterhelp.com/dakota inforum.com/the-vault/ Email James at...

Duration:00:57:17

NEWS! Season 2 - David Feist to be released from federal prison

8/20/2021
David Feist, one of three men convicted for the murders of Wade and Ellen Zick in 1976 is scheduled to be released after serving 45 years in federal prison. David Feist is the third and last of the three to be released from prison. His younger brother, Sebastian Feist was released last year in Texas and the third man, Gregory Huber was released over ten years ago and lives in North Dakota. Full story at The Vault:...

Duration:00:14:25

Poetic Justice - chasing a serial pedophile with a microphone - interview with Deon Wiggett, My Only Story

8/18/2021
Deon Wiggett woke up one day in 2017 with a startling realization. He had blocked out a traumatic experience from his past; he had been sexually abused as a teen by a schoolteacher. Anger turned to action and the result is a beautifully produced podcast about justice, activism and revenge, told in the most artful way. Dakota Spotlight spoke with him in August of 2021 to talk about his podcast My Only Story Looking for a licensed therapist? Check out https://betterhelp.com/dakota Podcast...

Duration:00:22:27

Commercialized killings: Interview with Paul McNally of the podcast Alibi

8/11/2021
In South Africa a school teacher was assassinated in front of her class by hit-men. Who would take out a contract on a school teacher. That's what Paul McNally wanted to find out when he Season 2 of his gripping podcast Alibi. Dakota Spotlight spoke with Paul from his home in South Africa. Listen to Alibi Season 2, Laduma High Dakota Spotlight True crime in The Vault

Duration:00:26:37

Bowraville murders - interview with Dan Box

8/4/2021
Interview with crime reporter Dan Box about his podcast Bowraville. Three aboriginal children were murdered in a small Australian town. All three vanished from the same street. With his podcast Bowraville, Dan Box teamed up with The Australian went looking for answers. Bowraville Podcast Looking for a licensed therapist? Check out https://betterhelp.com/dakota Dakota Spotlight True crime in The Vault

Duration:00:45:21

Ethics in True Crime podcasts: Interview with Eric Carter-Landin of True Consequences

7/28/2021
Interview with Eric Carter-Landin of True Consequences podcast. Eric's brother Jacob was murdered over 30 years ago and justice has not been served. I talk with Eric about the ethics of creating true crime content in this very popular yet problematic genre. True Consequences Dakota Spotlight True crime in The Vault

Duration:00:34:29

105 Bruises - interview with Jamie Pultz - Beenham Valley Road

7/21/2021
When Kirra McLoughlin died her boyfriend said she must have overdosed on prescription drugs. That didn't explain the over one hundred bruises on her body however. And yet, nobody has been charged with Kirra's death. That didn't sit well with Jamie Pultz. He had met Kirra once at his former job, back when he was a police officer in Queensland Australia. When he heard that Kirra had died and nobody had been held accountable, he decided to do something about it. This is the third installment...

Duration:00:17:39

No conviction: The Brandy Myers story

7/14/2021
When an innocent teenager is murdered, family members are left devastated and heartbroken. The closest these loved-ones can get to some kind of closure is when the person or persons responsible are apprehended and convicted of the crime. Sometimes that just never happens, even when we know who did it. In 1992, 13-year-old Brandy Myers left her home in Phoenix, Arizona to walk door-to-door and collect money for a book-a-thon. She never returned home. Police know who did it, but they won't be...

Duration:00:39:29

Everybody counts or nobody counts: Looking for Marion Barter

7/7/2021
This is the first installment of our summer series about mysterious crimes and disappearances from around the globe and the people who fight to get justice for victims and their families. Marion Barter, aged 51, boarded a plane in Australia in 1997 to embark on a trip of a lifetime and has never been seen again. When her family went to the police they were told that Marion had been located and was safe and sound. But it wasn't that simple. 22 years later Marion's daughter Sally Leydon...

Duration:00:59:31

Summer Update 2021

6/24/2021
Hey there, This is James, host and producer of Dakota Spotlight podcast. This is just a quick update on what's going on with the podcast this summer. I have some important dates to tell you about and some other news. In this part of the world (north of the equator) it is SUMMERTIME. With summer comes sunshine, the outdoors and some leisure. North Dakota is a rough climate in the winter, so I am making attempts to spend a little more time outdoors in the sunlight. I live fairly close to...

Duration:00:11:44

Open Records - A Better Search for Barbara Cotton

6/11/2021
Season 5, Episode 16 Open records. What are they and how to get them! New Facebook Group for Barbara Cotton: https://www.facebook.com/FindBarbCotton Sign petition: https://www.change.org/p/williston-chief-of-police-david-peterson-hire-an-investigator-dedicated-to-barbara-cotton-case Music: Wowza in Kalamazoo https://wowzainkalamazoo.bandcamp.com/ Dakota Spotlight Merch https://www.shop.forumcomm.com/dakota-spotlight Abbey Investigations...

Duration:00:54:34

Kidnappings and Cults, Falcons and Dogs - A Better Search for Barbara

6/2/2021
Season 5, Episode 15 Kidnappings, Cults , Korea. Where is Barb Cotton? The Mailman who Disappeared/brevbäraren som försvann Podcast The Vault: Murder in Room 30 Sign petition: https://www.change.org/p/williston-chief-of-police-david-peterson-hire-an-investigator-dedicated-to-barbara-cotton-case Music: Wowza in Kalamazoo https://wowzainkalamazoo.bandcamp.com/ Dakota Spotlight Merch https://www.shop.forumcomm.com/dakota-spotlight Abbey Investigations...

Duration:00:44:06

Beach Bunny’s Lili Trifilio, Isaac Turner and thousands of documents: EPISODE 14 - A Better Search for Barbara

5/18/2021
Season 5, Episode 14 We talk Barbara Cotton and missing persons with two great songwriters then explore the North Dakota State Archives for information about 1981 Williston. Lili Trifilio of Beach Bunny talks about her recent appearance on Jimmy Fallon, missing persons and women running home in the night. Isaac (Ike) Turner of Kalamazoo, MI grew up in North Dakota. His music is sprinkled throughout Season 5. I sat down with Ike to talk music and Barbara Cotton. We visit the State...

Duration:00:39:35

Juarez to Williston - A Better Search for Barbara Cotton

5/6/2021
Season 5, Episode 13 Is there a human skull just sitting on some guy's shelf in Williston? Host James Wolner goes looking. Also in this episode we track down an old friend of Frank J. Delapena. We are also looking for a man nick-named 'Red' who somehow knew Stacey Werder. Can you help? Barbara Louise Cotton has been missing since 1981. Her case is unsolved and open--one of North Dakota's oldest and most mysterious Cold Cases. Sign petition: ...

Duration:00:39:35

Love doesn’t die - A Better Search for Barbara Cotton

4/22/2021
Season 5, Episode 12 A celebration of life, a party, the Plainsman, Cakes and Cones and a new lead. Interviews with three people who believe they saw Barbara on the night she disappeared and someone from out state struggles to help the investigation. Barbara Louise Cotton has been missing since 1981. Her case is unsolved and open--one of North Dakota's oldest and most mysterious Cold Cases. Sign petition: ...

Duration:00:58:06

Quick Update #1 - A Better Search for Barbara

4/12/2021
Season 5, Episode 11 Just a very quick update to let you know that the Dakota Spotlight Facebook Group is unavailable to me now because for some reason my facebook account has been suspended. All the Barbara Cotton content is just gone, for now. Barbara Louise Cotton has been missing since 1981. Her case is unsolved and open--one of North Dakota's oldest and most mysterious Cold Cases. twitter https://twitter.com/DakotaSpotlight Sign petition: ...

Duration:00:07:20

For the Love of Our Daughters - A Better Search for Barbara

4/7/2021
Season 5, Episode 10 While humans at NASA plan to fly a Helicopter on Mars and the community of Williston prepares to celebrate Barbara's life in Recreation Park on Sunday April, 11, 2021, podcast host James Wolner asks if it isn't time for humans to start speaking honestly about Barbara's sad story. Barbara Louise Cotton has been missing since 1981. Her case is unsolved and open--one of North Dakota's oldest and most mysterious Cold Cases. Sign petition: ...

Duration:01:14:57

The Evil That Lurks - A Better Search for Barbara Louise Cotton

3/29/2021
Season 5, Episode 9 Frank J. Delapena lived in Williston when Barb Cotton went missing in April of 1981. He also murdered two young girls a month later. Was Frank Delapena responsible for whatever happened to 15-year-old Barbara? He was apprehended quickly and then, just like person of interest Stacey Werder, he hung himself in jail. Barbara Louise Cotton has been missing since 1981. Her case is unsolved and open--one of North Dakota's oldest and most mysterious Cold Cases. Music: Wowza...

Duration:01:10:06

The Brother in Black - A Better Search for missing Barbara Louise Cotton

3/20/2021
Season 5 Episode 8 Barbara's much older and now deceased brother Frank is one of at least three persons of interest in this case. Who was Frank Cotton? We speak with friends, family and Frank's daughter. Also a closer at Lousie Cotton, the un-named friend who was with Barbara at a party and explore how Louise might have tracked Stacey to (potentially) being in Scobey, Mont? Finally, is there a big break brewing in this case? Barbara Louise Cotton has been missing since 1981. Her case is...

Duration:00:54:43

Coming Up for Air - Recapping our Better Search for Barbara Cotton

3/16/2021
Season 5 Episode 7 A new timeline. A new friend. A new party. A new hotel. In this episode we attempt to recap what we've learned and what our new questions are. Barbara Louise Cotton has been missing since 1981. Her case is unsolved and open--one of North Dakota's oldest and most mysterious Cold Cases. Music: Wowza in Kalamazoo Missing Kids Dakota Spotlight Merch Abbey Investigations Inforum Podcast Newsletter

Duration:00:58:49