CounterClock

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In order to tell the story of a crime, you have to turn back time. Every season, Investigative journalist Delia D'Ambra digs deep into a mind-bending mystery with the hopes of reigniting interest in a decades old homicide case.

  • 36 minutes 16 seconds
    Ep 8 of 14: The Trio

    Delia reinvestigates the mysterious deaths of three teenagers in Williamston in August 1992, one year after Doug Wagg was killed. Law enforcement's quick decision to close the case sends up red flags and Delia discovers a concerning pattern beginning to emerge.

     

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    24 May 2024, 7:05 am
  • 20 minutes 48 seconds
    Ep 7 of 14: The Family

    Ancestry records prove there is a connection between the sheriff who dismissed investigating Doug's death and the Davis family. Delia probes more into that relationship and visits the property Doug was living in in 1991. A history of distrust between the Waggs and Sandy is explored.

     

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    24 May 2024, 7:00 am
  • 23 minutes 39 seconds
    Ep 6 of 14: The Force

    Delia uncovers some alarming information about deep corruption within local law enforcement in Martin County during the 1990s. The retired commander of a collective drug task force assembled to fight the war on drugs reveals that at the height of the task force’s operations, some officers were working both sides of the law and benefiting greatly.

     

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    17 May 2024, 7:05 am
  • 39 minutes 55 seconds
    Ep 5 of 14: The Car

    Delia discovers a traffic citation Doug received one month before his death and its contents are beyond puzzling. The lead raises a lot of questions about why Doug was out in the middle of the night, one month before his death. Delia sets out to speak with one man who’s alleged to have seen Doug during July 4th weekend 1991. We hear, for the first time, from Doug’s son about why he’s joined the pursuit for answers about the father he never knew.

     

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    17 May 2024, 7:00 am
  • 26 minutes 4 seconds
    Ep 4 of 14: The Timeline

    Delia visits the scene of Doug’s death in Martin County and observes why it was an ideal place to potentially dump a body undetected. Doug's widow retraces the timeline leading up to his death and murky accounts of where he was last seen alive leave a lot to be questioned. A troubling letter Doug wrote to his wife weeks before his death alludes to a much more sinister reality.

     

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    10 May 2024, 7:15 am
  • 31 minutes 17 seconds
    Ep 3 of 14: The Damage

    Delia reviews the original forensic pathologist’s findings in the Doug Wagg case to determine the big takeaways. Family members reveal just how in the dark they were back in 1991 and what new discoveries have left them questioning everything they thought they knew. Delia learns about a bizarre overlap between her own life and the top brass at the Martin County Sheriff’s Office. 

     

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    10 May 2024, 7:10 am
  • 32 minutes 25 seconds
    Ep 2 of 14: The Tracks

    The operator of the freight train that hit Doug recalls the fateful early morning strike from July 1991 and Delia learns more about what law enforcement did and didn’t do to investigate. A detective from a neighboring jurisdiction explains how he tried to alert the Martin County Sheriff’s office that there was evidence of murder on the desolate stretch of train tracks.

     

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    10 May 2024, 7:05 am
  • 30 minutes 15 seconds
    Ep 1 of 14: The Stranger

    On July 8, 1991, the body of 27-year-old Douglas Wagg, Jr. turned up on a lone stretch of railroad tracks that border the small city of Williamston, North Carolina. How he got there and how he died has remained a mystery for more than 33 years. In the first episode of CounterClock season six, Delia turns back time to unravel Doug’s life story and get a better sense of who he was, where he was from and why his family is fighting to figure out what happened to him.

     

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    10 May 2024, 7:00 am
  • 4 minutes
    Season 6: The Death of Douglas Wagg, Jr.

    Since the release of CounterClock Season 1, Delia has received hundreds of requests from families of victims of violent crime. In November 2022, one message in her inbox stood out from the rest. It was from a middle-aged woman asking for Delia's help investigating the mysterious death of her 27-year-old brother from 1991. The message stood out for one big reason. The man's mangled body was found in an all-too-familiar place to Delia. Eastern North Carolina.

    Thirty-three years after Douglas Wagg, Jr. turned up on a lone stretch of railroad tracks in the middle of the night in rural Martin County and over a year since Delia took on the case the scope of what was really going on in the area during the 1990's has come into view. Who was Doug? How did he end up so far from home? Who was he last seen with? Was the train really what killed him? Why was his case never investigated?

    The journey to find the answers to those questions has revealed a web of small town secrets that feel like fiction, except they're not. Over the course of the Season 6 investigation Delia has interviewed more than 45 people, spoken with convicted murderers in prison, and traced the origins of a disturbing pattern of behavior within local law enforcement that may have resulted in a decades-long cover up of multiple deaths. The investigation into what happened to Doug Wagg appears to be just the tip of a very large, very complicated iceberg that someone has worked hard to keep hidden for more than three decades.

     

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    26 April 2024, 7:00 am
  • 49 minutes 24 seconds
    Season 1 UPDATE: Back To The Beach

    It’s been four years since CounterClock released an episode on the unsolved murder of Denise Johnson. Delia unravels the newest leads she’s been following related to the case and revisits some of her initial reporting. This is the update episode listeners have been waiting for and now it's time to dive in.

     

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    16 February 2024, 8:00 am
  • 34 minutes 10 seconds
    Season 5: BONUS Q&A

    On the heels of Season 5’s release, Delia updates listeners with new information and leads that have surfaced in the Bruce Cucchiara murder investigation. We hear from familiar voices about what needs to happen next with the case. Delia and executive producer, Ashley Flowers, discuss listener submitted questions to try and answer your burning questions.

     

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    22 June 2023, 7:00 am
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