Carol Costello Presents: Blind Rage

The Phyllis Cottle Story

In this podcast, journalist Carol Costello revisits the first big assignment she covered as a 22-year-old, novice reporter: Phyllis Cottles’ brutal attack. Psychologists call them “Triumphant Survivors,” but Phyllis Cottle was more than a survivor, she used this crime to better herself and the world around her.

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Update: DNA Results | "I'm a Gun Man"

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Carol shares the results of DNA testing on newly recovered evidence in the case of Phyllis Cottle’s brutal assault.

The results are infuriating and…baffling.

The Ohio Innocence Project prompted a forensic review of evidence, raising the possibility that Samuel J. Herring, the man convicted of the crime, may be innocent.

Herring, now 67 years old and wheelchair-bound, has spent nearly 40 years behind bars. He has maintained his innocence.

Today we know the truth.

And while it leads to a man who is definitely guilty, it also raises questions.

EPISODE CREDITS

Host - Carol Costello

Producer - Chris Aiola

Audio Engineer - Sean Rule-Hoffman

Production Director - Brigid Coyne

Executive Producer - Gerardo Orlando

Original Music - Timothy Law Snyder

Cleveland Channel 5’s story on Samuel Herring: https://www.news5cleveland.com/news/local-news/investigations/new-testing-shows-dna-of-akron-rapist-found-on-victims-clothing

The Marshall Project’s story on Samuel Herring: https://www.themarshallproject.org/2023/12/06/dna-ohio-innocence-project-conviction-integrity-unit-prison

For additional information about Phyllis Cottle’s case, please visit our newly-launched website (www.carolcostellopresents.com), Carol’s Facebook page (Facebook.com/CarolLMU) and Instagram page (www.instagram.com/carolcostello).

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The Team

Carol Costello

Host
Carol Costello is an award-winning journalist and former anchor and correspondent at CNN and HLN, covering a broad range of world leaders, events, crime, and politics across three decades.

Brigid Coyne

Executive Producer
With a production background stemming from her education in Literature and the Liberal Arts, Brigid loves reading books and creating podcasts.

Gerardo Orlando

Executive Producer
SVP - Content Development at Evergreen, Gerardo is a lawyer, web entrepreneur, and creative scout building a diverse omnichannel catalog for the network.

David Allen Moss

Executive Producer
CCO of Evergreen, David is an award-winning creator, design entrepreneur, and musician passionately serving several non-profit arts and industry boards.

Chris Aiola

Producer
Chris is an Emmy-nominated producer with over 15 years of experience producing and editing documentary, non-scripted, and competition series.

Sean Rule Hoffman

Mix Engineer
Sean Rule Hoffman (mix engineer), hailing from Orange, Ohio, earned a degree in Music Technology with a minor in Electronic Media and Film from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio.

Nijah Golliday

Contributor
Nijah is a podcast producer, fashion model and former radio host.