Dakota Spotlight Podcast

Dakota Spotlight Podcast

Dakota Spotlight is a slow burn, deep-dive True Crime podcast from and about the upper midwest. 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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April 13, 2021 3 min

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.  

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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.

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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.

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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...

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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.  

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Season 5, Episode 6

Interview with Williston Police Department about Barbara Louise Cotton missing from Williston, ND since 1981.

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Season 5, Episode 5

Lora was 15-years-old when she accepted a collect call from her brother - Barbara's mysterious boyfriend - in a jail cell in Montana. In this episode, Lora speaks for the first time about this conversation, not because it was a secret but because nobody ever asked. 

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Season 5 Episode 4

Private investigator Carrie Abbey and look closer at things: Barbara's social security number, a death certificate.  We also snoop around Barbara's 1981 neighborhood looking for potential persons of interest.  

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.  

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Season 5 Episode 3

A closer look at the initial police investigation. What was done? What wasn’t done? Barbara’s siblings don’t remember much of an investigation at all. What did people think from day one: did she run away or was she in harm’s way? Did Barbara Cotton’s kindness and big heart get her into trouble?

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Season 5 Episode 2

There is much confusion surrounding Barbara Cotton's last known whereabouts.  Where did she eat with her boyfriend and the third person? Who was her boyfriend?  Who was the "friend" that joined them for Dinner?  In Episode 2 we also ask: Could Barbara Cotton have simply run away?  Is she possibly alive to this day. 

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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 lo...

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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 Driver

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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.

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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. 

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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, t...

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November 26, 2020 13 min

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. 

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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.

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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.

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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! 

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September 8, 2020 32 min

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.

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