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The Clearing

Pineapple Street Media / Gimlet
DocumentarySociety & CultureTrue Crime

When April Balascio was 40 years old, something she’d feared for decades was finally proven true. Her father, Edward Wayne Edwards, really was a murderer. The Clearing is about what came after April called a detective in 2009 to tell him about her suspicions — a call that led to her father’s arrest and eventual conviction on multiple murders — and tracks the emotional journey as she and host Josh Dean dig back into her childhood, unravel the truth of her father’s life, and overturn a viral online narrative that had turned Edward Wayne Edwards into a kind of serial killer caricature. Produced by Pineapple Street Studios in association with Gimlet.


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  • Excellent podcast. It's always amazing how a psychopath can have a family, live a seemingly normal life and be a killer.

    Julie E
    2 years ago
  • An interesting journey of self-discovery and a journey into understanding the depths of a killer. Dragged in parts and is a little forgettable as time moves on.

    Daniel Lang
    3 years ago
  • This was the very first podcast that I listened to. I have listened to dozens of true crime podcast since then but this is still my favorite! It’s unimaginable what April Balascio came to learn about her father and her courage in finding the truth. A lot of the story is told by her which made it that much better. Josh Dean may be the best host I have heard in a podcast.

    3 years ago
  • Interesting story. But ultimately a whole lot of build up for no real pay off at the end. I’m sure they all wish they were able to figure more out as well.

    3 years ago
  • Great story.

    Sarah B
    4 years ago

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