The cable channel HLN is now in the podcast space with this week’s release of the first episode of its first series, the true crime podcast Down The Hill: The Delphi Murders. The eight-episode series will focus on the murder of two adolescent girls, Abigail Williams, age 13, and Liberty German,14, in the small town of Delphi, IN three years ago.
“We want people to go through the story with us and really understand it,” said Barbara MacDonald, who hosts the show with Drew Iden. “Not the rumor and innuendo, but the actual facts. And maybe that will lead to that final tip. The police say they need one more tip to put this all together. Maybe someone who listens to this podcast will be that person. Even the state police have said, we can’t do this alone, we need the media. It’s going to take that national push to solve this.”
The brutal murders took place during an unseasonably warm impromptu school holiday. Soon the small town was in the headlines as media outlets re-played an ominous, grainy, two-second video captured by the victim’s phone of the alleged perpetrator saying, “down the hill.” It sparked theories, rumors and rampant speculation. Yet three years later, the case remains open. The podcast will feature interviews with parents, grandparents, friends, local residents, and law enforcement, some offering in-depth revelations about the crime.
“We have managed to permeate multiple corners of the community and have had conversations with people who have not spoken to the public at all or have spoken very little about it,” said Iden. “I think there’s a fear on the part of the families and people in town that this story is not being amplified as much anymore and people have moved on.”
HLN co-produced Down The Hill: The Delphi Murders with its sister WarnerMedia Podcast Network which also produces, distributes and sells podcast ads for HLN sister CNN. The first two episodes were released this week with the remaining six set to be published each Wednesday through March 18.
The home security company SimpliSafe signed on as the launch sponsor of the true crime podcast.