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A Heavy Weight

A Heavy Weight

By A Heavy Weight
A podcast re-investigating the disappearance of Joseph Smedley.

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A Heavy Weight is intended for mature audiences. It discusses topics that may be triggering for some listeners including drug use and suicide.

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Episode 10: Where We Are Today
Episode ten of A Heavy Weight: Where are we today? In the series finale we’ll go over the facts in Joseph’s case and hear from outside experts as to what could help have Joseph’s case re-opened. We’ll also hear from Joseph’s family about what they want to happen in his case. While this is the series finale, for now, we’ll be posting episode updates as we keep working on justice for Joseph. Thank you for listening.
December 01, 2021
Episode 9: Narrative
Episode nine of A Heavy Weight: What is the narrative in Joseph’s story? Who has tried to control it and why? We’re diving into a few strange details in Joseph’s case, starting with the letter found by his roommates. You’ll hear conversations from the time, begging the question, who could’ve written that note? Do law enforcement know something we don’t? We’ll also hear from Joseph’s family in the aftermath of his death; why would law enforcement hold onto Joseph’s belongings for the past six years?
November 24, 2021
Episode 8: Less Than 1%
Episode eight of A Heavy Weight: Forensic pathologists Dr. Andrea Zaferes and Dr. Darin Wolfe join us again to talk about the likelihood of suicide by drowning in Joseph’s case. What does the evidence tell us? Should his death have been ruled suicide by drowning?
November 17, 2021
Episode 7: Extremely Unusual
Episode seven of A Heavy Weight: We begin to unpack Joseph’s autopsy and toxicology reports with the help of forensic pathologists Dr. Andrea Zaferes and Dr. Darin Wolfe. What do the reports tell us about Joseph’s death?
November 10, 2021
Episode 6: Confidential Informant
Episode six of A Heavy Weight: The investigation into Joseph’s death takes shape; but does the story being presented make sense?Joseph’s family try to get more answers from law enforcement and begin to form their own theories about what could’ve happened.
November 03, 2021
Episode 5: Does this make sense to anyone in the room?
Episode five of A Heavy Weight: The body of 20 year old IU sophomore Joseph has been recovered and the investigation into what could’ve happened to him shifts. The prevailing theory around his death is made public leaving those close to him with more questions than answers.
October 27, 2021
Episode 4: 66 Pounds of Rock
Episode four of A Heavy Weight: 20 year old IU sophomore Joseph has been missing for nearly a week. What clues could the group chat found on his laptop hold? The search for Joseph takes a turn no one could have predicted...
October 20, 2021
Episode 3: Rumors
Episode three of A Heavy Weight: 20 year old IU sophomore Joseph hasn’t been heard from in days. What clues do detectives and his sister find as the search continues…
October 14, 2021
Episode 2: Someone Knows Something
Picking up the night of September 27th, 2015 after Joseph vanished. Where could he have gone? What clues did he leave behind?
October 06, 2021
Episode 1: Blood Moon
Episode 1 of A Heavy Weight; a podcast re-investigating the unexplained disappearance of Joseph Smedley. 20 year old sophomore Joseph vanishes on the night of a blood moon, September 27, 2015.
September 27, 2021
Introducing: A Heavy Weight
A Heavy Weight is a series re-investigating the 2015 disappearance of Joseph Smedley, a 20 year old sophomore attending Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.  The series launches this fall; visit for source materials and to follow Joseph's story.
September 24, 2021