Accused

Accused

Binge all of Season 4 early and ad-free by subscribing to Wondery+. Season 4: When Rhoda Nathan's lifeless body was discovered in her hotel room, it was assumed she'd had a heart attack. The autopsy proved otherwise: Nathan, 67, had been viciously beaten to death, punched so hard by her assailant that two of her teeth had been knocked out. Days later, a hotel employee went to the hospital to be treated for an infection in his hand, which was teeming with a bacteria most often found in human mouths. That, plus a pendant an officer said was discovered in the trunk of his car, sealed the fate of Elwood Jones, who awaits execution on Ohio's death row. For nearly 30 years, Jones has maintained his innocence -- and accused police of straight-up framing him. The journalists of Accused are reexamining the case to learn if Jones truly belongs on death row, or if a botched investigation let someone else get away with murder. Season 3: In 1984, a father of three disappeared while working at a mysterious Cincinnati plant. It turned out he’d met a gruesome fate: Pieces of bone, his eyeglasses and walkie-talkie were uncovered inside a vat that reached 1350 degrees Fahrenheit. Two months later, the Fernald Feed Materials Production Center was revealed to have been processing uranium – and polluting the region. The dead man’s children believe their father was murdered because he intended to expose how the plant had been releasing millions of pounds of uranium dust into the atmosphere. We’re hoping to figure out: Did 39-year-old David Bocks kill himself, as Fernald officials alleged, or was he more likely killed? Season 2: 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? Season 1: When Elizabeth Andes was found murdered in her Ohio apartment in 1978, police and prosecutors decided within hours it was an open-and-shut case. Two juries disagreed. The Cincinnati Enquirer investigates: Was the right guy charged, or did a killer walk free?

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August 19, 2016 2 min

Coming Sept. 8: When Elizabeth Andes was found murdered in her Ohio apartment in 1978, police and prosecutors decided within hours it was an open-and-shut case. Two juries disagreed. The Cincinnati Enquirer investigates: Was the right guy charged, or did a killer walk free?


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Three days after Christmas in 1978, Elizabeth Andes was one of the few students on Miami University’s Oxford campus. Most students were home for winter break, but Beth – a recent graduate – was in town packing up her apartment so she could move to Cincinnati for her first big job. That day, she treated herself by buying a fancy pair of leather boots to celebrate her successes. But she never got to wear them. Instead, her boyfriend,...
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September 8, 2016 51 min
As Oxford police began investigating the city’s first murder in a quarter-century, detectives bolstered their case against the victim’s boyfriend. But did cops’ theory on motive line up with what Beth’s friends knew about the couple? Bob Young had no prior criminal record, and no one at trial testified he had even a slight temper, much less a murderous one. Despite this, police records indicate that investigators didn’t give much w...
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September 12, 2016 43 min
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. See Privacy Pol...
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September 14, 2016 41 min
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 See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
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September 19, 2016 47 min
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 Yo...
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September 21, 2016 47 min
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 seria...
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September 26, 2016 47 min
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. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-in...
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September 28, 2016 43 min
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. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not...
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December 27, 2016 69 min
People with information about Beth Andes and the events surrounding her slaying continue to come forward months after the initial season ended. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
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September 28, 2017 2 min

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October 11, 2017 34 min

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

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October 13, 2017 42 min

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.

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October 17, 2017 36 min

With physical evidence and eyewitnesses on their side, police begin compiling a case against William Virgil — but does it hold up under scrutiny?

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October 19, 2017 40 min

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.

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October 24, 2017 39 min

After years of insisting a key witness perjured himself, William Virgil finds proof — but does the truth matter?

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October 26, 2017 42 min

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

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October 31, 2017 40 min

William Virgil finds dedicated allies in the Kentucky Innocence Project, fierce opposition in the Commonwealth’s Attorney, and hope in new DNA testing.

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November 2, 2017 49 min

Since his release from prison, William Virgil’s life has been on hold. So has Retha Welch’s murder investigation.

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