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The Starved Rock Murders with Andy Hale

In the winter of 1960 three women were found brutally murdered in a cave at the Starved Rock State Park. After months of dead ends, a manhunt ensued that ultimately pinned the crime on a 21-year-old dishwasher at the Starved Rock State Park Lodge, Chester Weger. In spite of contradictory physical evidence and under immense pressure from the police, Chester confessed to the crime. He has spent the last 60 years in prison, maintaining his innocence to this day. Join Andy Hale, a civil rights attorney who specializes in investigating wrongful convictions, as he dives deep into parts of the case that have been left out of previous coverage. As Chester Weger’s attorney, he is actively investigating the case and has won the right to test DNA from the crime scene for the first time in 60 years. If Chester is innocent, this will become the longest wrongful conviction case in United States history. This limited series podcast will re-examine the story you think you know, provide real-time case updates, including DNA testing, and access to documents and photos previously unreleased to the public, to uncover the truth of what really happened in Starved Rock State Park over half a century ago. ... More...

BONUS: The Steve Stout Documents

October 14, 202243:02

The plot thickens… If the 60+ year saga of the Starved Rock Murders were a three act play, the first act would be the crime itself, the second act would be the decades that passed and the rumors and whispers that swirled around the truth of what really happened…and the third act would provide the answers and an ending that brought the whole tale to some sort of resolution.  We sit now on the cusp of the third act, where the plot thickens and there are revelations and plot twists in the story that make narrative begin to make complete sense. Those answers, those revelations that serve as our bridge from the second to the third act, that provide even further evidence of Chester Weger’s innocence and the conspiracy to use him as a patsy…well they were sitting all this time in a storage container in a garage in LaSalle County in the possession of the man who championed Chester’s guilt perhaps as loudly and confidently as anyone. And then ever so quietly that man turned those documents over to an obscure little archive in central Illinois where they might have simply continued to exist unseen by anyone who could make sense of the information contained within the fragile decaying pages.  But that is not how the story will be written. The details, the names of the guilty and complicit, within those files, bring us to the beginning of Act III and the final push towards the exoneration of Chester Weger. For more information, documents, photos, and other assets associated with and referenced in this episode visit andyhalepodcast.com.