Episodes 8 & 9: A Prosecutor’s Perspective

Episode 8 of the podcast (on YouTube on iTunes) is the first part of an interview that Ethan and I had with Katharine Dolin – a prosecutor and Assistant Attorney General from Missouri. Some of the topics we discuss include the suspects implied in the Oxygen series ("The Disappearance of Maura Murray"), evidence from the A-Frame house, the types of evidence necessary in order for criminal charges to be filed against a defendant, and issues with witness testimony.

In the second half of the interview in Episode 9 (on YouTube and iTunes), we ask Katharine about the timeline, chain of custody (of the Saturn), and the police’s purported failure to interview Maura’s sister, Julie. We also discuss the concept of “victim-blaming,” which is the attitude or belief that victims who engage in certain behaviors contribute to their victimization. In other words, they are partly to blame for the crimes perpetrated against them. The [somewhat cliché] classic example is the suggestion that a victim of rape is partly to blame because she chose to wear provocative clothing. I acknowledge that not everyone will agree with my opinion or interpretation in Episode 9, and that’s fine. But I do believe it is an important element that has affected the nature of the case, and so I do intend to elaborate on it in a future post.