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Before joining APM Reports in 2017, Parker Yesko reported on criminal justice, housing and inequality in the U.S. and abroad. Her work has appeared on Morning Edition, Weekend All Things Considered, NPR's Embedded, PRI's The World, Snap Judgment, Harper's and The Guardian. As an intern on NPR's national desk, she reported on the lawsuits filed against President Trump in the first months of his administration. Before moving into radio, Parker covered a range of local issues for the San Francisco Examiner. She has a master's degree in journalism from UC Berkeley, where she was a Mark Felt Scholar in Investigative Reporting, and a B.A. in Political Economy from Georgetown.
A new Stearns County sheriff let loose a condemnation of the investigation, declaring that there were "20 things" law enforcement bungled. This is a brief analysis of some of the key flaws of the investigation.
Two years after the first season of In The Dark revealed numerous mistakes by law enforcement investigating Wetterling's disappearance, the Stearns County sheriff provided harsh detail of his predecessors' failures and made public thousands of documents from the investigative file.
The state penitentiary began more than a century ago as a way to subjugate African-Americans after the end of slavery, and it later maintained segregation well into the 1970s. And it's where Curtis Flowers has spent much of his adult life, sometimes in brutal conditions.
To the west is the Mississippi Delta, a flat swampy expanse with a large African-American population that's home to the blues, a proud civil rights history and at least one street named after Barack Obama. To the east is the hill country, a mostly white, politically conservative region with a strong evangelical streak, an affinity for deer hunting and roadways more likely to honor Robert E. Lee. Between them is Winona.