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In a trap: What it means to be a 'person of interest'

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The police twice used the label "person of interest" in the Wetterling case. It's an imprecise term that stops short of calling someone a suspect but can leave a person in a long-term limbo.

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John Sanner

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He turned the focus of the Wetterling investigation to Dan Rassier, only to have one of the first suspects in the case, Danny Heinrich, confess.

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Kevin

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Years after the abduction, when he finally told the police of his actions that night, investigators took a different tack.

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The questionable science of tire track and shoe print analysis

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They can rule out a suspect, but shoe prints and tire tracks in the dirt lack solid standards for use as forensic evidence.

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What did Dan Rassier say when he called 911 the night of the abduction? We don't know

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APM Reports tried to get a transcript of Dan Rassier's 911 call. First the Sheriff's Office said no; then it said it didn't have it.

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The Spirit of the Million Man March

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The Million Man March of 1995 is recreated through the conversation between a young woman and her father, who attended it.

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A new study finds school readiness gaps have declined over the past decade

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What does it look like to be ready for school?

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Al Garber

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'What was done was what we could do'

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Episode 4: The Circus

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The Wetterling abduction story kept getting bigger as the case -- and Jacob's sweet smiling face -- served as a conduit for public fear and grief. Capitalizing on a growing sense that pedophiles lurked in every shadow, the likes of Maury Povich and Geraldo Rivera joined the cause with sensational retellings of the crime and its consequences.

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How thousands of kids were denied special education in Texas

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Strap on your cowboy boots: A new investigation by the Houston Chronicle finds that Texas has denied special education services to thousands of kids in the state.

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DNA and the Wetterling abduction

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DNA profiling has grown up since the Wetterling abduction, becoming both more powerful and, sometimes, as much art as science. It played an important role in shaping the case against the man who led authorities to Jacob's remains.

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Episode 3: The One Who Got Away

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The closest you can get to a conversation with Jacob Wetterling about his abduction is to talk to Jared Scheierl. Scheierl was walking home from an ice skating rink in Cold Spring in January 1989 when a man who turned out to be Danny Heinrich forced him into a car, assaulted him, and let him go, uttering some chilling parting words: "If they come close to finding out who I am, I'll find you and ki

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Rewriting the Sentence resources

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Research and reading that contributed to the documentary Rewriting the Sentence.

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Charlie Grafft

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Nothing frustrated him more than not solving the Jacob Wetterling abduction.

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Danny Heinrich

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Long known to investigators looking into the Wetterling abduction, he originally denied connection to the case but now admits that he murdered Jacob and pointed authorities to his remains.

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