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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.

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S2 EP 6 – The Link

Ten months after Prince George’s County Police Detective Bernie Nelson began using genealogy to track Sherry Crandell’s killer through his relatives – the research continues on a promising family tree.

S2 EP5 – A Break in the Case

Prince George’s County Police Detective Bernie Nelson turns to genealogy after seeing another Maryland cold case solved after 28 years. Can the murder of Sherry Crandell be solved the same…

S2-E4 The War Room

In the days after Sherry Crandell was viciously raped and murdered in January 1998, the police in Prince George’s County, Maryland, set up what they called a ‘war room’ to…

S2 EP3 – THE DRAGNET

With no one in custody and no prime suspects, Prince George’s County police devise a plan to get DNA from the hundreds of men working at Prince George’s Hospital Center….

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…

S1EP13 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 Cloherty and Jack Moore head back into the studio to discuss the latest development.

“22 Hours: An American Nightmare” is a production of WTOP News in Washington, D.C. Music featured in “22 Hours: An American Nightmare” is licensed with artist permission. Music for this episode is “Haters Hate” by Ramone Messam.

S1E12 22 Hours: 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 ransom and was it fully accounted for? What is the timeline of the various fires in the case? And what was the deal with Daron’s alibi, Ed?

This episode is written and produced by WTOP reporters Megan Cloherty and Jack Moore. Julia Ziegler is the content adviser. Visit 22HoursPodcast.com to sign up for em ail alerts on the case, and to see photos and other evidence.

“22 Hours: An American Nightmare” is a production of WTOP News in Washington, D.C. Music for this episode is “Haters Hate” by Ramone Messam.

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S1E11 22 Hours: 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 Daron’s sentencing, emotional statements from the two surviving Savopoulos daughters are read in court. As the last regular episode comes to a close, we reflect back.

This episode is written and produced by reporters Megan Cloherty and Jack Moore. Julia Ziegler is the content adviser. Visit 22HoursPodcast.com to sign up for email alerts on this case and the podcast. You can also see a video of Nelly Gutierrez sharing more of her memories.

“22 Hours: An American Nightmare” is a production of WTOP News in Washington, D.C. All music featured in “22 Hours: An American Nightmare” is licensed through Creative Commons and/or by permission of the artist. We’re grateful to all the artists whose music has helped us tell this story. Music for this episode is “Haters Hate” by Ramone Messam; “Beyond the Lows” by The Whole Other and “Spookster” by Wayne Jones, available in the YouTube Audio Library. “Rhythmic Pulse” and “Closing my Eyes for a Moment” by Daniel Birch and “Harbor” by Kai Engel are licensed under Creative Commons by Attribution 4.0 International.

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