What I loved: If you want to know just how much I enjoyed this podcast, then you should know I listened to all 10 episodes in one day. Yes, just a single day. I might even dare to say this podcast is better than Serial *GASP*
In the Dark, hosted by Madeleine Baran, is an investigative masterpiece. With sensitivity, Madeleine rolls up her sleeves, asks the right questions and scores amazing interviews with key players in the case of Jacob Wetterling's disappearance.
She carefully analyzed exactly how the Sheriff's Department so carelessly failed to truly investigate Jacob Wetterling's kidnapping and many more cases in the county throughout the years. She reveals the Sheriff's crucial mistakes which led to the case being open for almost three decades, when it could have easily been solved the night Jacob was taken.
One of the best parts of the podcast is Madeleine was able to include Jacob's parents throughout the story. Not many podcasts can or are able to include the parents in a true crime production. For example, in Serial, we never directly hear from Adnan or Hae's parents. This aspect of In the Dark made it even more emotional and hauntingly beautiful. We get to hear from the people who loved Jacob the most.
Another small detail from the podcast, which goes a long way in my book, is how Madeleine made the conscious effort to always keep the timeline clear and concise. For example, if xyz happened at this time, she will include how many years before or after this happened in association with another event. It helps make it easy to understand the timeline and how everything is related.
Maybe not listen in public, because some scenes are disturbing and heartbreaking. I ended up crying like a baby during many episodes.
Lastly, the audio and production of the podcast was spectacular .
If you thought the police were inept in Making a Murderer... just wait until you listen to In the Dark.
What I didn't: