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WTOP’s American Nightmare Series

It was a case nightmares are made of. A D.C. power couple, their 10-year-old son and housekeeper held hostage for nearly 24 hours and murdered inside a burning D.C. mansion. WTOP examines the complicated trail of evidence that police say led to finding their killer and why they say he committed such a brutal crime.

Latest Episodes

S2 E2 THE INVESTIGATION

As Prince George’s County Police detectives investigate the murder of nurse Sherry Crandall, they learn of a witness to the attack. A fact police kept deep in their files for…

S2 E1 The Murder

In 1998, a nurse was found brutally raped and strangled in the Maryland hospital where she worked. Despite DNA evidence and a fingerprint of the killer left behind at the…

Season 2 Trailer

The brutal rape and murder of 50-year-old Sherry Crandell inside the Maryland hospital where she worked rocked the D.C. region in 1998. It’s been more than 23 years since Sherry’s…

S1-EP13 22 Hours: The Appeal

An update in the case after nearly two years: Daron Wint’s lawyers have filed an appeal seeking to throw out his conviction and asking for a new trial. Hosts Megan…

The Breakdown: Q&A #2

In our final episode, we again return to the studio and dig through our notes, files and transcripts of the case to answer listener questions. What happened to the $40,000…

Life Without

After Daron Wint’s conviction, federal prosecutors press the judge for the harshest possible sentence and, for the first time reveal his history of explosive rage, violent threats and assaults. At…

The Verdict

After six weeks, dozens of witnesses and hours of testimony, emotions were running high when attorneys delivered their closing arguments. Then the United States v. Daron Wint went to the…

Brother vs. Brother

Daron Wint’s bizarre arrest one week after the murders on Woodland Drive only added to the mystery surrounding the case. When he was taken into custody, Daron was with five…

The Breakdown: Q&A #1

Did any of the victims eat the pizza? Why the $40,000 ransom? Did security cameras in the neighborhood capture footage? We hit pause on the case and go into the…

Cross

After hours on the witness stand, Daron Wint’s story begins to falter. Then, one of the lawyers in the case drops a big hint about what’s coming next in one…