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"

Carol Costello Presents: Blind Rage | S:1 E:16
The Ohio Innocence Project shares findings on DNA found on Phyllis' clothing 40 years ago, and Carol explores some of Herring's claims of innocenc...
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Update: The Unthinkable

Carol Costello Presents: Blind Rage | S:1 E:16
Carol shares a shocking development in the case of Phyllis Cottle's brutal assault....
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Bonus: Survivors and the Media

Carol Costello Presents: Blind Rage | S:1 E:15
Carol interviews her former colleague, award-winning producer Ronni Berke, about what it’s like to interview victims....
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Bonus: A Spiritual Awakening

Carol Costello Presents: Blind Rage | S:1 E:14
In this bonus episode, Carol interviews attorney Larry Vuillemin, Phyllis’ good friend who shared a similar spiritual experience with her....
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Why Didn't You Scream?

Carol Costello Presents: Blind Rage | S:1 E:13
Carol interviews Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh, whose life mission is to change the way we respond to survivors of sexual assault....
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The Fight Continues

Carol Costello Presents: Blind Rage | S:1 E:12
The trial is over, but the hard work continues....
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Happy Birthday

Carol Costello Presents: Blind Rage | S:1 E:11
Now the defense makes its case. Will Samuel Herring’s testimony be enough to convince the jury of his innocence?...
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Three Ring Trial

Carol Costello Presents: Blind Rage | S:1 E:10
Phyllis steels herself for the long-awaited trial....
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What is There to Live For?

Carol Costello Presents: Blind Rage | S:1 E:9
Phyllis battles darkness, and decides to seize the media narrative....
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Blue House, Black Eagle

Carol Costello Presents: Blind Rage | S:1 E:8
Police continue their search for a blue house with a black eagle, and detectives dig deep to learn more about their suspect’s past....
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Manhunt

Carol Costello Presents: Blind Rage | S:1 E:6
Police conduct a citywide manhunt to find Phyllis' attacker, while a tip and a mistake lead Detective Contos to his first compelling suspect....
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Bonus Interviews

Carol Costello Presents: Blind Rage | S:1
This week, a pair of extended interviews with two voices from our series: former prosecutor Emily Pelphry, and criminologist Dr. Casey Jordan....
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Who Would Do This?

Carol Costello Presents: Blind Rage | S:1 E:5
Phyllis mines her memory for details to help detectives apprehend her attacker, and Carol discusses the criminal's mindset with a criminologist....
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The Living Homicide Victim

Carol Costello Presents: Blind Rage | S:1 E:4
In an emergency room at Akron City Hospital, medical staff tend to Phyllis while detectives attempt to interview her....
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Blind Rage

Carol Costello Presents: Blind Rage | S:1 E:3
Ninety minutes after her abduction, Phyllis, bound and lying down on the back seat of her car, is brutalized and left for dead....
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Terror

Carol Costello Presents: Blind Rage | S:1 E:2
Phyllis’ nightmare has only just begun....
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That Day

Carol Costello Presents: Blind Rage | S:1 E:1
March 20, 1984 started out as a promising spring day for a single mom from Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. It wouldn’t end that way....
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Prologue: The Phyllis Cottle Story

Carol Costello Presents: Blind Rage | S:1
Veteran journalist Carol Costello introduces the story of Phyllis Cottle, examining the case itself and its unimaginable cruelty, as well as the s...
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Coming Soon! Blind Rage: The Story of Phyllis Cottle

Carol Costello Presents: Blind Rage
In this upcoming podcast, journalist Carol Costello will revisit the first big assignment she covered as a 22-year-old, novice reporter, sharing h...
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