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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...

EP 9: The Red Fibers (and Chester's cousin is mysteriously found dead)

April 21, 202239:07

Solving a murder mystery is like solving a jigsaw puzzle in that you can’t see the full picture emerge until each individual piece interlocks with another surrounding piece. Solving the Starved Rock Murders is like attempting a 10,000 piece jigsaw puzzle but without the guide of the picture on the box. One piece is William Palmatier. Another piece is his brother Glenn. Yet another is the mysterious kid with the bloody overalls in the trunk of his car.  These pieces interlock with the pieces of the story told by the acquaintance of Smokey Wrona. And those pieces interlock with eyewitness accounts, newspaper reports and physical evidence. Little by little the pieces are indeed coming together. But unlike a jigsaw puzzle from a box, not all of the puzzle pieces are on the table for us yet. DNA test results will provide a few more pieces. Yet to be discovered documents could add more. But perhaps the only way to finally complete this puzzle is with some small detail, some bit of minutia, remembered by someone out there listening…someone who may have the center puzzle piece necessary to finally bring all of these interlocking parts together and allow the full picture of what really happened six decades ago to be revealed. But until all of the pieces lock into place the search continues for any detail that can shed light on the truth of the Starved Rock Murders. This week we discuss a the mysterious red fibers and the mysteriously death of Chester's cousin. For more information, documents, photos, and other assets associated with and referenced in episode 6’s coverage of the case, visit andyhalepodcast.com.