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A Killing On the Cape

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It was a crime that rocked an idyllic seaside town in Cape Cod - the 2002 murder of Christa Worthington, found stabbed to death with her 2-year-old daughter, unharmed at her side. What came next was a three-year search for her killer that would involve unorthodox steps by police, a lengthy list of potential suspects, and an entire town under suspicion. Christa's trash collector, Christopher McCowen, would eventually be convicted of the crime, but his trial would raise questions about the evidence, investigative methods, and whether racial prejudice played a role. Now, ABC Radio and "20/20" take a look at all the evidence and for the first time ever, hear directly from Christopher McCowen, to examine whether the right man is behind bars.

It was a crime that rocked an idyllic seaside town in Cape Cod - the 2002 murder of Christa Worthington, found stabbed to death with her 2-year-old daughter, unharmed at her side. What came next was a three-year search for her killer that would involve unorthodox steps by police, a lengthy list of potential suspects, and an entire town under suspicion. Christa's trash collector, Christopher McCowen, would eventually be convicted of the crime, but his trial would raise questions about the evidence, investigative methods, and whether racial prejudice played a role. Now, ABC Radio and "20/20" take a look at all the evidence and for the first time ever, hear directly from Christopher McCowen, to examine whether the right man is behind bars.
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It was a crime that rocked an idyllic seaside town in Cape Cod - the 2002 murder of Christa Worthington, found stabbed to death with her 2-year-old daughter, unharmed at her side. What came next was a three-year search for her killer that would involve unorthodox steps by police, a lengthy list of potential suspects, and an entire town under suspicion. Christa's trash collector, Christopher McCowen, would eventually be convicted of the crime, but his trial would raise questions about the evidence, investigative methods, and whether racial prejudice played a role. Now, ABC Radio and "20/20" take a look at all the evidence and for the first time ever, hear directly from Christopher McCowen, to examine whether the right man is behind bars.

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Episodes

The Verdict

11/22/2017
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The prosecution lays out its case against Christopher McCowen for the rape and murder of Christa Worthington, while his defense looks to poke holes in that case and raise doubts in the minds of jurors. The high-profile trial took weeks and left some wondering still to this day whether it was fair. Support this podcast with a review --------> http://bit.ly/2xj9fk8 *** Can you help catch a killer? Check out our other series, "A Murder On Orchard Street." Listen and subscribe:...

Duration: 00:47:02


The Garbage Man

11/15/2017
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Three years into their investigation, police arrest and charge Christopher McCowen for the murder of Christa Worthington, but the arrest of a black man in the murder of a wealthy white woman would immediately ignite controversy. Support this podcast with a review --------> http://bit.ly/2xj9fk8 *** Can you help catch a killer? Check out our other series, "A Murder On Orchard Street." Listen and subscribe: http://apple.co/2xuXURv *** "A Killing On the Cape" is a production of ABC Radio and...

Duration: 00:47:09


More Leads, More Dead Ends

11/8/2017
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Police expand their search for Christa Worthington's killer, looking at an ex-boyfriend and even Christa's own father. But a match on a crucial piece of D.N.A. evidence continued to be elusive, forcing police to take an unorthodox approach to find the killer and one that would grab national headlines. Support this podcast with a review --------> http://bit.ly/2xj9fk8 "A Killing On the Cape" is a production of ABC Radio and ABC News "20/20." Subscribe to the weekly "20/20" podcast on Apple...

Duration: 00:39:46


The Shellfish Constable

11/1/2017
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Police begin their search for the person who killed 46-year-old fashion writer and single mother, Christa Worthington in 2002. To understand where they would look first, we learn about Christa and her fast-paced career as a writer, as well as her affair with a married man that would put him in the investigation's crosshairs. Support this podcast with a review --------> http://bit.ly/2xj9fk8 "A Killing On the Cape" is a production of ABC Radio and ABC News "20/20." Subscribe to the weekly...

Duration: 00:39:49


The Murder

10/25/2017
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On January 6, 2002, fashion writer and single mother Christa Worthington was found stabbed to death in her home in a small town on Cape Cod -- her 2-year-old daughter, Ava, was unharmed at her side. We start with a look at the crime that would tip off the most high-profile investigation in Cape Cod's history. Support this podcast with a review --------> http://bit.ly/2xj9fk8 "A Killing On the Cape" is a production of ABC Radio and ABC News "20/20." Subscribe to the weekly "20/20" podcast on...

Duration: 00:29:24


Trailer: A Killing On the Cape

10/18/2017
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Launching Oct. 25, 2017, "A Killing On the Cape" is the story of Christa Worthington's murder, the search for her killer, and whether the right man was convicted. ABC Radio's Mark Remillard joins the award-winning team at "20/20" to investigate the crime and why some people believe the real killer might still be free. Support this podcast with a review --------> http://bit.ly/2xj9fk8 "A Killing On the Cape" is a production of ABC Radio and ABC News "20/20." Subscribe to the weekly "20/20"...

Duration: 00:02:35