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Episode 1: “John Doe”
July, 1993. In the middle of a South Carolina swamp, a nearly unidentifiable body is found, a gunshot wound in the chest. More than sixty miles away, a stripped and vandalized Lexus sports car turns up in the woods. For three weeks, no one knows the identity of the John Doe. Then finally, a name: James Jordan. Father of the icon, Michael Jordan. The news breaks. The public mourns. Days later, authorities have their accomplice–Larry Demery– and their killer: Daniel Green. Problem is, Daniel says he didn’t do it.
In this episode, we introduce the man convicted of killing James Jordan and question whether fame and celebrity are what landed him behind bars. Read More
Episode 2: “Dig Deeper”
Investigators say they found their killer, now they just need evidence. Like an NBA championship ring buried in the dirt behind a grandmother’s house. A pistol in a shop vac. A music video. All clues that link Daniel Green to the murder of James Jordan – or at least it looks that way.
In this episode, we examine how investigators handled a case that had to be solved, and solved quickly. Read More
Episode 3: “Mr. Jordan”
Everyone followed the fairytale: The handsome kid, a born athlete, rises to stardom, gets the championships, the money, the shoes. Michael Jordan was a superhero story brought to life – and throughout the meteoric rise, his dad, James, was always by his side. Their identities are forever linked: even in death James was often described not by name, but as “Michael Jordan’s father.” But who was James independent of his son and how would their link haunt his death?
This episode, we delve into the complicated life of James Jordan in the shadow of his superstar son and the web of conspiracies people wove in the aftermath of his death. Read More
Episode 4: “The Devil’s Backyard”
Nobody in Robeson County was surprised about there being another murder in their neck of the woods. Things like that just seemed to happen there. In a place where armed gunmen have taken over the local newspaper and a political candidate is murdered on the eve of an election, nothing was out of the question. Often dubbed one of the most dangerous places in America, RobCo earned its reputation through decades of racial tension and police corruption that still haunt the community today.
In this episode, we question whether the deep history of racism and corruption of Robeson County could result in a fair trial for Daniel Green. Read More
Episode 5: “The State v. Daniel Green”
It’s 1996. Three years after James Jordan was murdered, the accused faces a jury – and the media, who come out in a frenzy, cameras loaded, hungry for the next OJ trial phenomenon. As the world learns what law enforcement thinks happened the night Mr. Jordan drove through rural North Carolina in the middle of the night, all eyes turn to the state’s star witness: Larry Demery, Daniel Green’s co-defendant and childhood best friend, who testifies it was Daniel who fired the shot that ended James Jordan’s life.
This episode details the case against Daniel Green and how sometimes, he can be his own worst enemy. Read More
Episode 6: “Daniel’s Story”
As a kid, Daniel Green begged his mom to buy him Wheaties so he could collect the Michael Jordan posters tucked away inside each orange “Breakfast of Champions” box. He says, to a young Black guy back then, Michael Jordan was everything. He was status. He was swag. And he was proof you could make it, too. So when Daniel was arrested in 1993 for killing his childhood idol’s father, no one was more surprised than him.
This episode we hear the most detailed first person account of Daniel’s version of what really happened the night of the murder and in the days after. Read More
Episode 7: “Waiting to Exhale”
For Elizabeth Green, more than one life was lost in the summer of 1993. While the Jordan family mourned for their father, she wept for her son. And when Daniel’s childhood friend–a boy partially raised in their home––testified against him, it was traumatic for the whole family.
In this episode, we talk about the lives changed on the other side of murder – what it means for your whole family to be branded as the killers of Michael Jordan’s father. Read More
Episode 8: “New Evidence, New Questions”
After winning exoneration for a falsely-accused murderer in North Carolina and blowing the lid off a pattern of corrupt behavior at the State Bureau of Investigation, her name is one spoken in hushed tones around prison yards. She’s won every wrongful conviction case she’s ever taken on.
And now, Christine Mumma and the NC Center on Actual Innocence are in Daniel Green’s corner. This episode, we go through the evidence she says should be enough to earn Daniel his freedom. Read More
Episode 9: “Who is Larry Demery?”
For decades, Larry Demery has been a locked box. When journalists went to his family for a statement, they were met with gunfire. Since his conviction, he’s turned down every interview. But it turns out, he did speak up once: before the trial, Larry makes a bombshell statement to a reporter. But, this information never came out at trial. How is that possible? And what kind of deal convinced him to testify against his best friend?
This episode, we look at who Larry Demery is and what he’s been up to since the trial that put him and Daniel Green behind bars for life. Read More
Episode 10: “Revelations”
After twenty-seven years behind bars, Larry Demery recants his trial testimony in a conversation with Daniel Green’s attorney. So, what’s the truth? Who murdered James Jordan? And could it be that Daniel’s best hope to get out of prison is the Jordan family itself?
In this episode: why you should care about this case – and the countless others like it – two and a half decades later. Read More