The Phyllis Cottle Story

Veteran journalist Carol Costello revisits the first big assignment she covered as a rookie reporter. In March of 1984, Phyllis Cottle was kidnapped as she left work in downtown Akron, Ohio, brutally assaulted, and left to die. Except, against all odds, she survived.

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The Fight Continues

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The trial is over, but the hard work continues....
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Happy Birthday

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Now the defense makes its case. Will Samuel Herring’s testimony be enough to convince the jury of his innocence?...
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Three Ring Trial

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Phyllis steels herself for the long-awaited trial....
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What is There to Live For?

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Phyllis battles darkness, and decides to seize the media narrative....
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Blue House, Black Eagle

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Police continue their search for a blue house with a black eagle, and detectives dig deep to learn more about their suspect’s past....
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A Suspect

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Detectives zero in on their suspect, but how will they confirm he’s their guy when Phyllis cannot see?...
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Police conduct a citywide manhunt to find Phyllis' attacker, while a tip and a mistake lead Detective Contos to his first compelling suspect....
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Extended Interviews

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This week, a pair of extended interviews with two voices from our series: former prosecutor Emily Pelphry, and criminologist Dr. Casey Jordan....
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Who Would Do This?

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Phyllis mines her memory for details to help detectives apprehend her attacker, and Carol discusses the perp's mindset with a criminologist....
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The Living Homicide Victim

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In an emergency room at Akron City Hospital, medical staff tend to Phyllis while detectives attempt to interview her....
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Blind Rage

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Ninety minutes after her abduction, Phyllis, bound and lying down on the back seat of her car, is brutalized and left for dead....
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Phyllis’ nightmare has only just begun....
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That Day

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March 20, 1984 started out as a promising spring day for a single mom from Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. It wouldn’t end that way....
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Veteran journalist Carol Costello introduces the story of Phyllis Cottle, examining the case itself and its unimaginable cruelty, as well as the s...
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Coming Soon! Carol Costello Presents: Blind Rage

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In this upcoming podcast, journalist Carol Costello will revisit the first big assignment she covered as a 22-year-old, novice reporter, sharing h...
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