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The Land of the Unsolved

The Land of the Unsolved

By Stephen Janis and Taya Graham
The City of Baltimore is no exception when it comes to open homicide cases.

The Land of the Unsolved explores the mysterious, nefarious and unresolved killings that remain caught in the murky shadows of the city’s conflicted psyche.

Investigative reporters Stephen Janis and Taya Graham go beyond the evidence, talking with homicide detectives, reporters, relatives and residents and exploring the often trenchant politics and communal chaos that feeds the vicious cycle of unavenged violence and murder cases left unsolved that continue to haunt the city and its residents.
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The Mysterious Death of Robert Clay - Announcing our new investigation!
He was prominent minority contractor and a kingmaker in the city, so why did police quickly rule the death of Robert Clay a suicide?  The Land of the Unsolved team joins investigative reporter Jayne Miller to discuss our upcoming series on the case, and breakdown why Clay's case represents more than just another mysterious death in a city infamous for unsolved murders.  For listeners who want to take advantage of our special offer from Ana Luisa jewelry you can click on the link here for a discount exclusively for Land of the Unsolved fans
June 03, 2022
How unsolved murders turn a city against itself - This Dream Called Death read by Taya Graham
As we continue to explore the psychic toll of unsolved murders and investigate news cases, the Land of the Unsolved team is also exploring the often unseen consequences of living in a city accustomed to suspicious deaths shrouded in mystery.  To fully understand the implications of living in The Land of the Unsolved, Taya Graham will read from This Dream Called Death, a novella by Stephen Janis that seeks to better understand the burden of unchecked murder through the power of a metaphor.  Published in 2009 when Stephen was covering the city for the now defunct Baltimore Examiner Newspaper, the book seeks to grasp the subtle and not to subtle ways that a community beset by violence turns inward.   For more info on the book click here....
December 22, 2021
Taya Graham and Stephen Janis discuss their new documentary "The Friendliest Town"
The hosts of the Land of the Unsolved discuss their five-year odyssey to document the firing of the first black police chief of a small town on Maryland's Lower Eastern Shore.  The feature length film delves deeply into how a former homicide detective's efforts to implement community policing lowered crime, but lead to a conflict over race and law enforcement that speaks volumes about the state of policing today. To order please click on the links below: Itunes Amazon Google Play Youtube
January 20, 2021
Evidence Mounts Rey Rivera Didn't Fall From a Height
A illustration of Rey Rivera's injuries raise more doubts that he jumped or was pushed from a height. Instead, they point to a growing body of evidence he was the victim of an assault or some other form of blunt force trauma.  Hosts Stephen Janis and Taya Graham continue their investigation into the case that has drawn international attention since was the subject of Netflix's reboot of Unsolved Mysteries.
December 27, 2020
Stephen Janis discuses new evidence, answers questions about Rey Rivera Case
Investigative reporter Stephen Janis discusses his preliminary take on the homicide case file released by the Baltimore City Police department.  He also answers questions from redditors about other details regarding Rey's death that remain mysterious 
November 21, 2020
Rey Rivera's Injuries Are More Consistent with Being Hit by a Car
A professor who analyzes car accidents and their impact of the body believes that Rey River, the 32-year old filmmaker whose body was found in a second floor conference room, was more likely hit buy a car or suffered from blunt force trauma.  The analysis comes in the wake fo international, attention brought to the case from the Unsolved Mysteries reboot on Netflix. 
October 13, 2020
The Day They Arrested My Editor - The Perils of Investigating Crime in Baltimore
As we continue to explore unsolved murders and mysteries in Baltimore,  we take a look at some of the challenges of covering crime in a city plagued by violence.   To do so, we go back in time and tell the story of the arrest of the editor of the Baltimore Examiner, and what that story says about how difficult but is to uncover the truth in a city that is often shrouded in mystery
April 27, 2020
Was Tyra McClary a victim of a Serial Killer, or simply another tragic statistic in there city's overdose epidemic?
She died in Northwest Baltimore buried under a pile of mulch with a trash bag tied around her legs.  But was she a victim of an elusive serial killer rumored to be preying upon women in Baltimore, or simply another tragic overdose case?  
January 20, 2020
The Real Back Story on Baltimore's Unknown Serial Killer and The Victim Which Lead to his Arrest
The first part of our series on the mysterious serial killer preying upon women in Northwest Baltimore who police initially said didn't exist.  
January 10, 2020
The Mystery of a Northwest Baltimore Serial Killer Part II
In the second part of our re-telling of the mysterious serial killer in Northwest Baltimore, we recount how in 2008 a series of strangulations of women raised fears again. an unearthed old cases which pointed to a suspect
December 15, 2019
The Mystery of a Serial Killer in Northwest Baltimore
When controversial stories about a serial killer preying upon women in Northwest Baltimore first emerged, the reaction was swift.   But was it true?  And what was really happening?  An in-depth look at how murder is covered in Baltimore, and the consequences for the community
November 28, 2019
Three Billboards and the Secrets of an Unsolved Murder
The murder of Jody LeCornu may have remained unsolved for 23 years, but her sister Jenny isn't giving up.  On this episode we explore why she turned to billboards to put pressure on investigators to release information to the family.  We also learn about a new technology that may lead to fresh clues in the case.
May 24, 2019
What the Alphabet Tells us About Murder
While we work on another unsolved case, we decided to probe one of the deepest mysterious of murder: why do people kill?  To do so we will recount one of the most brutal murders we’ve ever covered, the burning of gang member while he was alive in Leakin Park. 
April 07, 2019
Episode 12 - Who Killed Jody LeCornu? "The Dark Secrets of an Empty Parking Lot"
In our third episode exploring the mysterious death of Jody LeCornu, we talked to a journalist, a private detective, and Jody's twin sister Jennifer as the all strive to uncover facts and reveal the truth of how and why Jody was shot in the back on a desolate parking lot more than 20 years ago. 
January 29, 2019
The mysterious shadow that raises fresh questions about Detective's possible suicide
A highly-detailed investigative series by reporter Justine Barron raises new questions about the mysterious death of Baltimore homicide detective Sean Suiter
December 22, 2018
The Body at the Belvedere
In 2006 filmmaker Rey Rivera left his North Baltimore home and disappeared. Nearly a week later, his body was found in a second floor conference room of the Belvedere Hotel. Police believe Rivera committed suicide by jumping from the roof, but his family and friends didn't believe it. We talk with Mikita Brottman who investigated his death for her book "An Unexplained Death: The True Story of a Body at the Belvedere," about the evidence and the mysterious details of Rey's case.
December 04, 2018
Episode 8: Who Killed Jody LeCornu "Last Words"
After years of battling addiction and anxiety, Jody meets a man and falls in love. But their mutual love of alcohol leads lead to difficulties, and Jody makes a fateful decision that sends her on path to the desolate parking lot and a deadly encounter that would end her life.
October 24, 2018
Episode Seven: Who Killed Jody LeCornu "The Causality Chain"
It's been nearly 22 years since witnesses watched Jody LeCornu's final moments in a Baltimore County parking lot slumped behind the wheel of her car. Since then the case that involved a mysterious gunman and an execution style slaying has gone cold. But the path that lead Jody to a fatal encounter on that cold March evening may provide clues to what happened. Fraught decisions and life-altering twists of fate we explore to answer the question: who killed Jody LeCornu
September 14, 2018
Episode Six: A new report claims Suiter committed suicide, but does it hold up?
The group of former homicide detectives and police experts offer evidence Suiter's fatal gunshot wound was self-inflicted. Taya Graham, Stephen Janis and Investigative Reporter Jayne Miller scrutinize the findings in detail.
September 08, 2018
Episode Five: Poison of the Mind
As we await the report on the death of detective Sean Suiter, we go back into history to explore one of the only mysterious deaths of a Baltimore Police officer that remains unsolved. The case, which dates back 50 years, involves poison, false leads, and a wild rumors that the cop in question was either a target of the command staff, delusional, or both.
August 28, 2018
Episode Four: The Mysterious Death of Det. Sean Suiter "Breaking Developments in the Case"
The hosts of The Land of The Unsolved discuss new information that has come to light in the case of Detective Suiter that raises troubling questions about the police department and its actions after he died. We also preview our next series "Who Killed Jody LeCornu?"
August 12, 2018
Episode Three: The Mysterious Death of Detective Sean Suiter "How Deep Does the Corruption Go?"
As the investigation into the death of Detective Sean Suiter continues to unfold, new theories emerge about the case that reveal uncomfortable truths about the department...and Suiter himself. Meanwhile, a shake-up inside the police department and plea for outside help only makes the case murkier in the eyes of the already mistrustful public.
June 09, 2018
Episode Two: The Mysterious Death of Detective Sean Suiter "Secrets from the Past"
In the second episode exploring the mysterious death of Baltimore homicide detective Sean Suiter, we recount the bombshell secrets from Suiter's past that changes the course of the investigation. A story of past corruption that only heightens suspicions the official theory of what happened to Suiter is a smokescreen to hide the role of one of the worst scandals in BPD history in the case.
May 17, 2018
Episode One: The Mysterious Death of Detective Sean Suiter
He was popular veteran cop, a respected homicide detective who worked tirelessly to solve murder cases in Baltimore ’s most dangerous neighborhoods. But one fateful day in November 2017, Detective Sean Suiter was found in a West Baltimore alley suffering from a fatal gunshot wound to the head. Police initially focused on a lone gunman who they claimed shot Suiter after a brief confrontation. But as the case unfolded, that theory began to fall apart, leaving the city reeling from the implications that Suiter’s death was tied to one of the worst corruptions scandals in Baltimore police history. In Episode One, we recount the confusion and chaos that surrounded Suiter's death, and the initial clues that lead several journalists and a veteran homicide detective to conclude that the official story didn't add up.
April 19, 2018
The Land of the Unsolved - Promo
There are roughly 200,000 unsolved murders in the United States and the City of Baltimore is no exception when it comes to open homicide cases. The focus of The Land of the Unsolved is exploring the mysterious, nefarious and unresolved killings that remain caught in the murky shadows of the city’s conflicted psyche. Hosted by investigative reporters Stephen Janis and Taya Graham, The Land of the Unsolved goes beyond the evidence, exploring the often trenchant politics and communal chaos that feeds the vicious cycle of unavenged violence and murder cases left unsolved. By talking with homicide detectives, reporters, relatives and residents, The Land of the Unsolved seeks to shed light on the most vexing cases and troubling deaths that continue to haunt the city and its residents. Stay tuned for Series One, Episode One Lockdown: The Mysterious Death of Detective Sean Suiter. The Land of the Unsolved is sponsored by Safety begins with knowing.
April 09, 2018