American Scandal

Every scandal begins with a lie. But the truth will come out. And then comes the fallout and the outrage.

Scandals have shaped America since its founding. From business and politics to sports and society, we look on aghast as corruption, deceit and ambition bring down heroes and celebrities, politicians and moguls. And when the dust finally settles, we’re left to wonder: how did this happen? Where did they trip up, and who is to blame? From the creators of American History Tellers, Business Wars and Tides of History comes American Scandal, where we take you deep into the heart of America’s dark side to look at what drives someone to break the rules and what happens when they’re caught. Hosted by Lindsay Graham.

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Wondery Presents: Stolen Hearts

Wondery Presents: Stolen Hearts

Mon, 06 Feb 2023 09:00

Sergeant Jill Evans is a small town cop in Wales with an impressive record in her job, and a less than impressive record in her love life. After three engagements, two divorces and one affair, she’s beginning to worry that love is only true in fairy tales. That is until she meets: Dean. He’s a wealthy beauty entrepreneur with his own range of toiletries.

Girl meets boy. Boy meets girl. They kiss and fall in love. Roll credits.

But that would be boring, wouldn’t it? Instead, this is a love story like no other. It’s all going so well for Jill and Dean, until Halloween night, when Dean disappears. And Sgt. Jill is left to pick up the pieces.

From Wondery and Novel, comes a new series. Hosted by Kerry Godliman.

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Jill Evans has it all, a big house, a fast car, and a great career as a decorated police sergeant in Wales. But when it comes to love, she can never seem to get things right. And after multiple failed engagements, Jill is starting to think it's never going to happen for her. That is, until she connects online with a charming, handsome and successful man named Dean Jenkins. He's a self-proclaimed entrepreneur, with a business that's a bit of a mystery. After a few dates, they go on a spontaneous holiday to Italy and Dean pays with bags full of cash. From the outside, there may be some red flags, but Jill doesn't care. He's the one. And just six months in, Jill finds out she's pregnant, and the two make plans to spend the rest of their lives together. But the night after Halloween, Jill receives a shocking text that will change everything, threatening to take away her dreams of happiness, her career, and maybe even her freedom. Foundry and novels, new podcast, Stolen Hearts, tells the intricate love story of Jill and Dean, and how opposites really do attract. You're about to hear a clip from Stolen Hearts. While you're listening, follow Stolen Hearts wherever you get your podcasts. And hey, prime members, you can binge all six episodes ad-free on Amazon Music. Download the Amazon Music app today. Make a lot of small towns in the UK, have a food west, manages to be both charmingly quaint and slightly depressing. It's in Wales about a hundred miles from the capital Cardiff. It's a small community nestled in the countryside. The sort of place where medieval churches mix with empty shops and greasy kebab houses. But for those that are born there, many choose not to leave. Because despite the slightly rundown high street, it's the kind of place that you can get on with your life without too much fuss. It's very quiet, it's peaceful, it's close to the sea, and where we live, it's just your bog standard residential cul-de-sac, and nothing out of the ordinary evidence to happen. And Sam, one of the 15,000 residents in Habba Food West, loves that about this place. Except today, that's going to change. It's the 3rd of November, 2006, and Halloween has come and gone. Left over Pumpkins, dot across doorways, unsmashed, unbothered. It's getting late, as Sam winds her way through the dark roads lined with trees and fields, leading up to her own quiet street. Her headlights start to sketch images of an unusual sight ahead of her. And images on her road, lots of them, and they're all in uniforms. Wow, there are just police cars everywhere here lined up both sides of the road. But she doesn't stop instead because it's down to her business what's going on. I went into my house, chucked off my work here, getting my uniform, all chucked in the wash and things. Her husband though, well, he can't resist. I hear my husband shout, quick, come quick, come look at the window, this searching Jill's house. Sam and her husband are not the only ones showing, naively concern. I could see neighbours just peering around corners and peeping over fences. Everybody could see everything open, all the curtains, every blind, officers rifling through all of her things, pulling out bits and pieces from everywhere, picking things apart, upstairs, downstairs. The housing question belongs to a police officer, a neighbour everyone in the road knows, Sergeant Jill Evans. The gossip was just whew, like wildfire through the streets. And who could blame them? I mean, a raid like this in their town, and for a police officer, no less, it's been a long time since anything this exciting happened in Havardford West. And Sam's husband has a theory as to what or who might be behind the commotion. He said, I wonder if it's him. And I said, what do you mean him? He said, well, the guy she was with, I wonder if there's something to do with him. And I said, well, gosh, it could be. It's been 72 hours since her man was shot dead. And the trail has led the police to Jill's door. A trail lined with tens of thousands of pounds, broken hearts and shower gel? Havardford West has never seen anything like it. But the truth is that this little town is about to witness one of the greatest and strangest love stories the world has ever known. Hey, prime members, you can binge all six episodes of stolen hearts, add free on Amazon music. And load the Amazon music app today.