Reviews
The podcast itself was good as far as audio quality, storyline, etc — but at what point does the host realize Sophia is a sociopathic liar. She has an explanation for every lie with a new lie. I won’t finish it because…lies, but a compelling story nonetheless.
LDT CPA via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/13/24
The journalist who led this investigation did so with integrity and thoughtfulness not always found in other stories. I don’t know what to think but I’m also ok with that. I have no idea what it is like to have 20 years of my life dictated by one event, and then reworking or replaying that event...Read full review »
nicoleLB via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/13/24
Host did a great job staying neutral. It also helps that she was patient as there are a lot of lies. There is so much trauma and brokenness in this family that I fear we’ll never know what happened.
MelaninGoodness via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/12/24
The host did a great job remaining impartial and presenting the evidence uncovered. However, this story has all the hallmarks of textbook narcissistic sociopathic tendencies. And if this is in fact the case, which I highly suspect that it is, this means there is not a single empathetic bone in...Read full review »
Cbell84 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/10/24
One of my favs and I listen to a lot of true crime deep dives. I love that Amory actually gave her opinion at the end. Most hosts won’t do that. And I totally agree with her evaluation of Sophia. Would have liked to hear more from the husband, Brad. I’m not convinced he was completely innocent in...Read full review »
Bella mane via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/10/24
I really enjoyed this podcast, for a lot of reasons. I felt the discussion around Sophia’s innocence or guilt was well balanced. The audio quality was great and the episodes are really well put together. It’s a good pace. The music is amazing, which the host actually composed the theme and credit...Read full review »
Hpealo via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/09/24
Way too long and no final ending.
Max Rouzer via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/09/24
Well done team
#####mmm###### via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/08/24
Loved it!!! This podcast was sooo interesting and just kept me guessing. So many unexpected twists and storys. Overall, it is definatly a wonderful podcast!❤️❤️❤️
The honest review❤️ via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/08/24
Such a waste of time. Every person in this podcaster is a liar.
LBLBLB1996 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/08/24
The Wideman’s should Sue the parole board, the Kane’s, his parole officer- all of these people broke the law with their actions. What parole board hires a private attorney to fight to get someone back in jail? This was a setup that the Kane’s clearly created. They tracked his location. They hired...Read full review »
ErinJ1980 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/08/24
I just binged this podcast over the last 2-3 days, and what incredible storytelling. The twists and turns, ins and outs, feel so genuinely murky and complex. It’s so layered and rich. And Amory is fantastic—I can’t wait to hear more from her. The story of this family was such a heartbreaking...Read full review »
ATLmama via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/08/24
I stumbled across this and am riveted.
giakelly via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/08/24
Nothing to see or hear. Complete waste.
LLLcali via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/08/24
I keep having to take long breaks from this podcast because of Sophia’s lies. The host is great and is really good at not being one sided
Ncllnn via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/08/24
I rarely take the time to ever type out reviews…but this one deserves a shout out. Very very well done podcast. One of the best I’ve ever heard. Compelling story that was told incredibly well. Mind warp of a narrative that has so many twists and turns. Well done. Thank you!
cjc-rider via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/08/24
I just finished binging season two then rolled back to season 1. I absolutely loved both, but season one.. you cannot help but feel pain for both sides. But he was only 16 and most importantly mental illness is still ignored.. and a testament that our good ole boy system is still alive and kicking!!
Lafrizzy via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/07/24
I am on the edge of my seat! Rest in Peace Marlene! A true blue investigative journalism!!!
Aiga47 via Apple Podcasts · New Zealand · 05/07/24
I just really enjoyed the storytelling and rawness of all parties. No dramatization or fluff. Really enjoyed the journalism and reporting at play here. Shane seems like an amazing human being despite the hardships. His perseverance is inspiring. Now going to check out season 1!
Mantha1987 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/07/24
Plaudits on season 1. Thoughtful, self-aware, and rooted around a real issue: parole system. Season 2 is a daytime talk show.
Cdshrewd via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/07/24
the end credits theme song was so so sad. what a ride. thank you Amory and everyone on the team!
mari3100005 via Apple Podcasts · Brazil · 05/07/24
This took years for the reporter to work on - what an example of diving deep. In the end, I feel that the reporter’s conclusion was more complex than I ever would have thought up on my own. And I suppose that's why stories like these can expand a person’s empathy. I appreciate all the years...Read full review »
S.Easaw via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/07/24
I found the narrator’s gullibility to be painful. Giving these personality disordered cons a platform feeds their arrogance and toxicity. This is not a mystery, it’s a train wreck.
Violets and Such via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/07/24
This is the first I had ever heard of this case, and by the time I found it there were about 5 episodes already available that I binged and was hooked to find out the answer as to who actually committed the murder. I do wish there was a true answer and conclusion, but a lot of interesting...Read full review »
junkieforjustice via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/06/24
I couldn’t stop listening. This was one of the best podcasts I’ve heard in a long time. I actually had to stop working and just listen. Now I have to relax and breathe!!
njhbgty via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/06/24
Wow Sophia really had me. So many lies. Just goes to show how if you grow up in a dysfunctional household how it shapes you. Shaun abusing Shane and Sophia being a pathological liar who suggests killing her only friend? It’s the only story that adds up. Sophia was the link between Marleen and...Read full review »
braveheart200 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/06/24
This podcast is really well done. It plays out at a captivating pace from beginning to end. Binge worthy! The Central question this podcast investigates is whether or not Sofia Johnson, who was tried, convicted, and then later acquitted her mother-in-law‘s murder is actually innocent. in some...Read full review »
sjrf202 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/06/24
One of the best podcasts I’ve ever listened to.
PodcastAddictt via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/05/24
Both seasons were interesting but the second was more captivating than the first. My issue with season one is the clear bias of the journalist. I would expect more from a station that prides itself on journalism- Beth S clearly thinks the murderer has been wronged and the system is too...Read full review »
Clara1308 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/05/24
The narrator in this podcast has an amazing voice! Story keeps you on edge and its very well thought out. My favorite is the non-prejudice in this podcast. They don’t attack the police, prosecutors, or any other authorities. I’d love to meet Amory!!!! She seems so genuine.
Msp629 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/05/24
I just binged season 2 (not realizing there was a season 1) If you loved Serial you will enjoy this podcast. I appreciate Amory taking a firm position at the end (*sarah did not ifykyk) Listen.
suecee123 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/04/24
Great podcast! Sophie is and has been a manipulative liar her whole life.
lisalovescrime via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/04/24
I’m kind of burnt out on true crime but this was told very well. I loved that the real life people tell it from their own lived experience versus a story teller telling me their story. I was hooked and this is the only thing I’ve listened to in the past week. As for Sophia, I realize we are all...Read full review »
grassy area via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/04/24
Just a show that you hear a liar repeatedly lie and journalist does not seem particularly skeptical and not challenging enough. This was my perception even from the earliest episode. “I can believe…” why are you wasting your time trying to figure out this recidivist liar.
Spppppppigitgjiy via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/04/24
This is a great story. The main subject is completely unreliable. A congenital liar if I’ve ever heard one.
WhitOpp via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/04/24
This is one of the best podcasts I’ve ever listened to! The narrator does a really, really nice job of staying neutral when interviewing possible suspects, and gives a full perspective on all angles of the story. I love it!
MsLSings via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/04/24
I expected so much more from a WBUR production. This was sensationalistic and ridiculous. No one was a sympathetic character. 10 hours I’ll never get back.
suzyinthebox via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/04/24
Great reporting!! Annmarie is thorough and clear without being redundant. This podcast was easy to follow and fascinating!
MBR4488 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/04/24
What a manipulative Liar!!! She had me until she took the stand and lied. I don’t understand how anyone believed a word out of her or Shawn’s mouth. What a waste of 10 episodes. Ethan has a mom, she is Danielle. I don’t doubt her love for her son but she had a hand in Marlene’s murder , as if she...Read full review »
LaurenSews via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/04/24
Enjoyed the podcast, appreciative that she was not bias, and kept an open mind until the very end. However, I may have missed the part of why Sophia and Morgan are on the run now. Was that clear in her narrative??
Lovelymoren via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/04/24
I listen to a ton of these genre of podcasts. I don’t know how I hadn’t run across this one until now. It is so good! The host is seriously amazing! I binged the whole second season in a day. Now I’m off to binge the whole first one!
H brogan via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/04/24
In episode after episode, two sociopaths tell lie after lie, several times contradicting themselves, and at the end, you are no closer to the truth than when you started. The main character, Sophia, tells the interviewer so many versions of events that it will make your head spin. I’m not a bit...Read full review »
PattyPodFan via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/03/24
I will listen to any podcast that Amory plays even a small part in. Her ability to discern the meaning behind actions and her admission when she is stumped is admirable. She is a diligent reporter who approaches people with gentle honesty. No wonder people eventually answer her questions. PS, I...Read full review »
ldnq via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/03/24
This series is generally very well-done. However, I feel like the host exerts herself too much it feels like the Amory Show, instead of the stories surrounding the Sophia’s case. As a journalist, it’s fine that she starts off with a hypothesis, but she should be adaptable to what’s uncovered...Read full review »
TheRestIsSound via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 05/03/24
The second season takes a second look at a cold case that was poorly prosecuted. My biggest complaint is the way in which the podcaster focuses on her emotions while completing the investigative process. My interest in the case was the tragic characters. I don’t feel any sense of resolution.
o2bwiser via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/03/24
This show was so well done. Amory takes such care to tell everyone’s story given the available facts and their perspectives and is so balanced in her judgement. Loved it.
GMYogi via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/03/24
Not the podcast, just Sophia. Anyone who has had a relationship (all, not just romantic) with a sociopath will see the signs. So good at telling lies that even they believe themselves l, total disregard for social norms (from lying all the way up to criminal activity), excellent at manipulating...Read full review »
krbutler via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/03/24
Very well done podcast! Kept me very interested and binge it in a couple of days! Look forward to the next.
Jana197670 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/03/24
Wish the victims family took part!! Sophia I wish you the best and one day you meet ur son.. who are we to judge.. !! Take care
posseh via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/03/24
Amory reveals facts, insights and stories straight from the people involved. I rode the roller coaster of “who did it” right along with you. Your story telling and cadence roped me in from episode one. I cannot wait to hear more from you! I truly hope this isn’t your only podcast.
Hooked on the Truth via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/03/24
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