22 Hours: An American Nightmare

It was a case nightmares are made of. A D.C. power couple, their 10-year-old son and housekeeper held hostage for nearly 24 hours and murdered inside a burning D.C. mansion. WTOP examines the complicated trail of evidence that police say led to finding their killer and why they say he committed such a brutal crime.

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In our final episode, we again return to the studio and dig through our notes, files and transcripts of the
case to answer listener questions. What happened to the $40,000 ransom and was it fully accounted for? What is the timeline of the various fires in the case? And what was the deal with Daron's alibi, Ed?
 

This episode is written and produced by WTOP reporters Megan Cloherty and Jack Moore. Julia Ziegler is the content adviser. Visit 22HoursPodcast.com to sign up for email alerts on the case, and to see photos
and other evidence.
 

"22 Hours: An American Nightmare" is a production of WTOP News in Washington, D.C. Music for this
episode is "Haters Hate" by Ramone Messam.
  

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00:45:23 8/25/2019

After Daron Wint's conviction, federal prosecutors press the judge for the harshest possible sentence and, for the first time reveal his history of explosive rage, violent threats and assaults. At Daron's sentencing, emotional statements from the two surviving Savopoulos daughters are read in court. As the last regular episode comes to a close, we reflect back.  

This episode is written and produced by reporters Megan Cloherty and Jack Moore. Julia Ziegler is the
content adviser. Visit
22HoursPodcast.com to sign up for email alerts on this case and the podcast. You can also see a video of Nelly Gutierrez sharing more of her memories.  

"22 Hours: An American Nightmare" is a production of WTOP News in Washington, D.C. 

All music featured in "22 Hours: An American Nightmare" is licensed through Creative Commons and/or
by permission of the artist. We're grateful to all the artists whose music has helped us tell this story. Music for this episode is "Haters Hate" by Ramone Messam; "Beyond the Lows" by The Whole Other and "Spookster" by Wayne Jones, available in the YouTube Audio Library. "Rhythmic Pulse" and "Closing my Eyes for a Moment" by Daniel Birch and "Harbor" by Kai Engel are licensed under Creative Commons by Attribution 4.0 International.

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01:24:26 8/18/2019

After six weeks, dozens of witnesses and hours of testimony, emotions were running high when attorneys delivered their closing arguments. Then the United States v. Daron Wint went to the jury. Some of the men and women who decided Daron Wint's fate take us inside the deliberation room as they weighed the evidence and came to a conclusion. 

This episode is written and produced by reporters Megan Cloherty and Jack Moore. Julia Ziegler is the content adviser. Visit 22HoursPodcast.com to see photos, a map of key locations from the case, and an interactive blog where you can ask questions or leave your comments about each episode. You can also visit us on Twitter, @22hourspod . "22 Hours: An American Nightmare" is a production of WTOP News in Washington, D.C.

MUSIC: All music featured in "22 Hours: An American Nightmare" is licensed through Creative Commons and/or by permission of the artist. We're grateful to all the artists whose music has helped us tell this story. "Haters Hate" by Ramone Messam, used with permission of the artist; "Rhythmic Pulse" by Daniel Birch and "Weirder" by Drake Stafford, licensed under Creative Commons by Attribution 4.0 International; and "Cast of Pods" by Doug Maxwell and "A Great Darkness Approaches, Can You Feel It" by ELPHNT, available in the YouTube Audio Library.

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01:19:43 8/11/2019
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00:50:00 8/8/2019

Daron Wint's bizarre arrest one week after the murders on Woodland Drive only added to the mystery surrounding the case. When he was taken into custody, Daron was with five other
people, including his brother, Darrell. But the full story of Daron's arrest wouldn't be told until his murder trial -- when prosecutors called brother to testify against brother.
 

This episode is written and produced by reporters Megan Cloherty and Jack Moore. Julia Ziegler is the content adviser. Visit 22HoursPodcast.com to see photos, a map of key locations from the case, and an interactive blog where you can ask questions or leave your comments about each episode. "22 Hours: An American Nightmare" is a production of WTOP News in Washington, D.C.

All music featured in "22 Hours: An American Nightmare" is licensed through Creative Commons and/or by permission of the artist. We're grateful to all the artists whose music has helped us tell this story. "Haters Hate" by Ramone Messam, used with permission of the artist; "Cast of Pods" by Doug Maxwell, available in the YouTube Audio Library; "Beyond the Lows" and "Incoming Transition" by The Whole Other, available in the YouTube Audio Library; and "Rhythmic Pulse," by Daniel Birch, licensed under Creative Commons by Attribution 4.0 International. 

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01:17:06 8/4/2019

Did any of the victims eat the pizza? Why the $40,000 ransom? Did security cameras in the neighborhood capture footage? We hit pause on the case and go into the studio to answer your questions, so far, about the crime, the case and the podcast. A regular episode returns next week.

This episode is written and produced by reporters Megan Cloherty and Jack Moore. Julia Ziegler is the content adviser. Visit 22HoursPodcast.com to see photos, a map of key locations from the case, and an interactive blog where you can ask questions or leave your comments about each episode. "22 Hours: An American Nightmare" is a production of WTOP News in Washington, D.C. Music in this episode is "Haters Hate" by Ramone Messam, used with permission of the artist.

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00:58:03 7/28/2019

After hours on the witness stand, Daron Wint's story begins to falter. Then, one of the lawyers in the case drops a big hint about what's coming next in one of Washington, D.C.'s most high-profile murder trials. 

This episode is written and produced by reporters Megan Cloherty and Jack Moore. Julia Ziegler is the content adviser. Visit 22HoursPodcast.com to see the transcript of Daron's testimony as well as photos, map and an interactive blog where you can ask questions or leave your comments about each episode. "22 Hours: An American Nightmare" is a production of WTOP News in Washington, D.C.

All music featured in "22 Hours: An American Nightmare" is licensed through Creative Commons and/or by permission of the artist. We're grateful to all the artists whose music has helped us tell this story. "Haters Hate" by Ramone Messam, used with permission of the artist; "Cast of Pods" by Doug Maxwell, available in the YouTube Audio Library; "Spookster" by Wayne Jones, available in the YouTube Audio Library; and "Rhythmic Pulse," by Daniel Birch, licensed under Creative Commons by Attribution 4.0 International.

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00:59:56 7/21/2019
In a stunning move, Daron Wint, the accused killer, takes the stand. Under unrelenting questioning by federal prosecutor Laura Bach, Daron seems to have an explanation for almost all of the evidence that links him to the killings. It's almost a perfect puzzle. But will the jury believe him? This episode is written and produced by reporters Megan Cloherty and Jack Moore. Julia Ziegler is the content adviser. Visit 22HoursPodcast.com to see the full transcript of Daron's testimony, as well as photos, a map of key locations from the case, and an interactive blog where you can ask questions or leave your comments about each episode. "22 Hours: An American Nightmare" is a production of WTOP News in Washington, D.C. All music featured in "22 Hours: An American Nightmare" is licensed through Creative Commons and/or by permission of the artist. We're grateful to all the artists whose music has helped us tell this story. "Haters Hate" by Ramone Messam, used with permission of the artist; "Cast of Pods" by Doug Maxwell, available in the YouTube Audio Library; "Spookster" by Wayne Jones, available in the YouTube Audio Library; and "Rhythmic Pulse," by Daniel Birch, licensed under Creative Commons by Attribution 4.0 International.
01:01:11 7/14/2019
Over the 22 hours the victims were taken captive and then killed, the prime suspect goes missing and his normally active Facebook account goes dark. We track Daron Wint's whereabouts during that crucial time. Also in this episode, an introduction to some of the key players in the courtroom: the federal prosecutors who spent years building their case against Wint and the team of public defenders who tried to pin the blame on other suspects. This episode is written and produced by reporters Megan Cloherty and Jack Moore. Julia Ziegler is the content adviser. Visit 22HoursPodcast.com to see the texts between Daron and his girlfriend mentioned in this week's episode, as well as photos, maps and an interactive blog where you can ask questions or leave your comments about each episode. "22 Hours: An American Nightmare" is a production of WTOP News in Washington, D.C. All music featured in "22 Hours: An American Nightmare" is licensed through Creative Commons and/or by permission of the artist. We're grateful to all the artists whose music has helped us tell this story. "Haters Hate" by Ramone Messam, used with permission of the artist; "Cast of Pods" by Doug Maxwell, available in the YouTube Audio Library; and "Rhythmic Pulse," "Call Me" and "Closing My Eyes for a Moment" by Daniel Birch, licensed under Creative Commons by Attribution 4.0 International.
01:08:52 7/7/2019
The Savopoulos house was held in evidence for weeks as crime scene investigators looked for clues. In the end, five pieces of forensic evidence linked Daron Wint to the killings, including a sliver of his DNA on the crust of a pizza that had been delivered to the house while he held the family captive. But was the forensic evidence a slam dunk? This episode is written and produced by reporters Megan Cloherty and Jack Moore. Julia Ziegler is the content adviser. Visit 22HoursPodcast.com for photos, maps and an interactive blog where you can ask us questions or leave your comments about each episode. "22 Hours: An American Nightmare" is a production of WTOP News in Washington, D.C. All music featured in "22 Hours: An American Nightmare" is licensed through Creative Commons and/or by permission of the artist. We're grateful to all the artists whose music has helped us tell this story. "Haters Hate" by Ramone Messam, used with permission of the artist; "Procession" by Puddle of Infinity, available in the YouTube Audio Library; "Rhythmic Pulse," "Marimba on the Loose" and "Closing My Eyes for a Moment" by Daniel Birch, and "Weirder" by Drake Stafford, all licensed under Creative Commons by Attribution 4.0 International.
00:00:00 6/30/2019

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00:00:00 9/13/2019

In our final episode, we again return to the studio and dig through our notes, files and transcripts of the
case to answer listener questions. What happened to the $40,000 ransom and was it fully accounted for? What is the timeline of the various fires in the case? And what was the deal with Daron's alibi, Ed?
 

This episode is written and produced by WTOP reporters Megan Cloherty and Jack Moore. Julia Ziegler is the content adviser. Visit 22HoursPodcast.com to sign up for email alerts on the case, and to see photos
and other evidence.
 

"22 Hours: An American Nightmare" is a production of WTOP News in Washington, D.C. Music for this
episode is "Haters Hate" by Ramone Messam.
  

This week's sponsors include:

Good American Jeans - The size-inclusive brand from Khloe Kardashian. Go to GoodAmerican.com/22Hours to receive 20% off your full order (sale items too!)

Purple Mattress - 22 Hours listeners get a free Purple pillow with the purchase of a mattress. Text 22Hours to 84888. 

00:45:23 8/25/2019

After Daron Wint's conviction, federal prosecutors press the judge for the harshest possible sentence and, for the first time reveal his history of explosive rage, violent threats and assaults. At Daron's sentencing, emotional statements from the two surviving Savopoulos daughters are read in court. As the last regular episode comes to a close, we reflect back.  

This episode is written and produced by reporters Megan Cloherty and Jack Moore. Julia Ziegler is the
content adviser. Visit
22HoursPodcast.com to sign up for email alerts on this case and the podcast. You can also see a video of Nelly Gutierrez sharing more of her memories.  

"22 Hours: An American Nightmare" is a production of WTOP News in Washington, D.C. 

All music featured in "22 Hours: An American Nightmare" is licensed through Creative Commons and/or
by permission of the artist. We're grateful to all the artists whose music has helped us tell this story. Music for this episode is "Haters Hate" by Ramone Messam; "Beyond the Lows" by The Whole Other and "Spookster" by Wayne Jones, available in the YouTube Audio Library. "Rhythmic Pulse" and "Closing my Eyes for a Moment" by Daniel Birch and "Harbor" by Kai Engel are licensed under Creative Commons by Attribution 4.0 International.

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01:24:26 8/18/2019

After six weeks, dozens of witnesses and hours of testimony, emotions were running high when attorneys delivered their closing arguments. Then the United States v. Daron Wint went to the jury. Some of the men and women who decided Daron Wint's fate take us inside the deliberation room as they weighed the evidence and came to a conclusion. 

This episode is written and produced by reporters Megan Cloherty and Jack Moore. Julia Ziegler is the content adviser. Visit 22HoursPodcast.com to see photos, a map of key locations from the case, and an interactive blog where you can ask questions or leave your comments about each episode. You can also visit us on Twitter, @22hourspod . "22 Hours: An American Nightmare" is a production of WTOP News in Washington, D.C.

MUSIC: All music featured in "22 Hours: An American Nightmare" is licensed through Creative Commons and/or by permission of the artist. We're grateful to all the artists whose music has helped us tell this story. "Haters Hate" by Ramone Messam, used with permission of the artist; "Rhythmic Pulse" by Daniel Birch and "Weirder" by Drake Stafford, licensed under Creative Commons by Attribution 4.0 International; and "Cast of Pods" by Doug Maxwell and "A Great Darkness Approaches, Can You Feel It" by ELPHNT, available in the YouTube Audio Library.

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01:19:43 8/11/2019
If you're loving 22 Hours: An American Nightmare, you're also going to love the new season of Murder Made Me Famous. As a bonus this week, here's the debut episode, which tells the story of the Green River Killer. Subscribe to Murder Made Me Famous now to get new episodes every Tuesday, and come back here on Monday for another brand new episode of 22 Hours: An American Nightmare.
00:50:00 8/8/2019

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