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Conviction

Gimlet Media

When John Quinney was ten years old, he took the stand to testify against his own father. He had come to believe that his dad Melvin was the murderous leader of a satanic cult. It would be decades before John would learn that his family was just one of many swept up in a panic that gripped America in the 1980s—one in which hundreds of people were accused of taking part in underground satanic cults that sacrificed infants and sexually abused children. By the time the panic had subsided, scores of people were in prison, convicted on little to no evidence—people like John's father. Conviction: American Panic takes you inside one of the darkest and most bizarre chapters of American history. This series contains descriptions of adult subject matter, including details of sexual abuse and trauma. It may not be suitable for everyone, discretion is advised.

When John Quinney was ten years old, he took the stand to testify against his own father. He had come to believe that his dad Melvin was the murderous leader of a satanic cult. It would be decades before John would learn that his family was just one of many swept up in a panic that gripped America in the 1980s—one in which hundreds of people were accused of taking part in underground satanic cults that sacrificed infants and sexually abused children. By the time the panic had subsided, scores of people were in prison, convicted on little to no evidence—people like John's father. Conviction: American Panic takes you inside one of the darkest and most bizarre chapters of American history. This series contains descriptions of adult subject matter, including details of sexual abuse and trauma. It may not be suitable for everyone, discretion is advised.

Location:

United States

Networks:

Gimlet Media

Description:

When John Quinney was ten years old, he took the stand to testify against his own father. He had come to believe that his dad Melvin was the murderous leader of a satanic cult. It would be decades before John would learn that his family was just one of many swept up in a panic that gripped America in the 1980s—one in which hundreds of people were accused of taking part in underground satanic cults that sacrificed infants and sexually abused children. By the time the panic had subsided, scores of people were in prison, convicted on little to no evidence—people like John's father. Conviction: American Panic takes you inside one of the darkest and most bizarre chapters of American history. This series contains descriptions of adult subject matter, including details of sexual abuse and trauma. It may not be suitable for everyone, discretion is advised.

Language:

English


Episodes

Preview: How To Outrun A Panic

3/31/2020
The final episode of Conviction: American Panic comes out next week. You can listen to the whole series for free on Spotify. All you have to do is download the Spotify app and search Conviction.

Duration:00:01:46

Preview: Believe The Children (Season 2)

3/3/2020
Listen to this preview of Conviction: American Panic. Episodes 1, 2 and 3 are available for free right now on Spotify.

Duration:00:02:01

Episode 1: Meet the Quinneys (Season 2)

2/25/2020
In 1989, nine-year-old John Quinney accused his father Melvin of being a satanic cult leader and abusing him in satanic rituals. His father vehemently denied the charges. It was a case that tore their family apart. But what none of them knew was that they were just one of dozens of families going through the same nightmare. The next episode of Conviction is available right now, only on Spotify. https://smarturl.it/conviction-s2e2

Duration:00:24:46

Introducing Conviction Season 2: American Panic

1/28/2020
When John Quinney was ten years old, he took the stand to testify against his own father. He had come to believe that his dad Melvin was the murderous leader of a satanic cult. It would be decades before John would learn that his family was just one of many swept up in a panic that gripped America in the 1980s—one in which hundreds of people were accused of taking part in underground satanic cults that sacrificed infants and sexually abused children. By the time the panic had subsided,...

Duration:00:01:56

Introducing Mogul

10/22/2019
Introducing Mogul, a show about hip-hop's most iconic moments, told by the people who lived them. This season starts with Luke Campbell of the 2 Live Crew getting thrown in jail. Luke wound up in handcuffs because, according to a Florida judge, his music was obscene. To understand how this happened, we have to go back in time to 1980s Miami, to a sweatbox teen disco that birthed a new kind of hip hop: Miami bass.

Duration:00:38:04

Introducing Crimetown

8/7/2019
Introducing Crimetown Season 2: Detroit. Binge the whole season on Spotify, or listen weekly wherever you get your podcasts. Detroit, 1971—a city riven by blight, racial strife, and rising crime. In the first episode of Crimetown Season 2, the police form a controversial undercover unit called STRESS—Stop The Robberies, Enjoy Safe Streets. One of the unit’s cops kills so many black men that he earns a nickname: Mr. STRESS. Can anyone stop him? For bonus content from this episode, visit...

Duration:00:32:04

Introducing The Clearing

7/18/2019
Listen to the first episode of this new true crime podcast from Pineapple Street Media and Gimlet. When April Balascio was 40 years old, something she’d feared for decades was finally proven true. Her father, Edward Wayne Edwards, really was a murderer. The Clearing is about what came after April called a detective in 2009 to tell him about her suspicions — a call that led to her father’s arrest and eventual conviction on multiple murders — and tracks the emotional journey as she and host...

Duration:00:49:00

No Angels | S1 Ep7

2/4/2019
Pedro’s trial date finally arrives, and Manny sets out on another quest. Will he finally push the envelope too far?

Duration:00:39:55

Right Past the Sun | S1 Ep6

2/4/2019
Manny takes some big risks that could get Pedro’s case dismissed—or could get Pedro into even deeper trouble.

Duration:00:34:11

The Wrong Guy | S1 Ep5

2/4/2019
Manny’s quest to free Pedro isn’t just about justice. It’s payback.

Duration:00:43:04

No Wins | S1 Ep4

2/4/2019
Terrell believes that Manny and his clients are out to destroy his career. But they aren’t the only ones sounding alarms about Terrell.

Duration:00:37:39

The Cop | S1 Ep3

2/4/2019
Manny meets a key witness. Saki meets Manny’s nemesis.

Duration:00:39:29

The Porsche | S1 Ep2

2/4/2019
Pedro gets pushed to take a plea deal. Manny goes on a quest to find the one young man who can free him.

Duration:00:39:11

The Private Eye | S1 Ep1

2/4/2019
Private Investigator Manuel Gomez takes on the biggest case of his career: the case of Pedro Hernandez.

Duration:00:37:33

Preview: Jessica

2/2/2019
Listen to this preview of Conviction. All episodes available February 4.

Duration:00:00:54

Preview: Manny

2/1/2019
Listen to this preview of Conviction. All episodes available February 4.

Duration:00:01:50

Conviction: Season 1 Trailer

1/18/2019
Manny Gomez is a detective straight out of a detective novel. He carries a pen that’s really a knife, wears a watch that’s really a camera, adores Sherlock Holmes and Miami Vice. But the cases Manny takes on are all too real: cases of young men in New York City who say they’ve been arrested for crimes they didn’t commit. In the first season of Conviction, reporter Saki Knafo follows Manny as he tackles the biggest case of his career—and along the way, Saki explores big questions about...

Duration:00:02:28