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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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The Jacob Wetterling 911 call: Audio and transcript

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Stearns County sheriff's office transcript of 911 call from Merlyn Jerzak, a neighbor of Patty and Jerry Wetterling. His daughter, who had been babysitting at the Wetterling house, called him to come to the Wetterling house when she learned of Jacob Wetterling's abduction from Jacob's brother, Trevor, and their friend, Aaron Larson.

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Spare the Rod resources

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Research and reading that contributed to the documentary Spare the Rod.

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Investigators find four cases of maltreatment at defunct Mesabi Academy

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Nearly two months after a juvenile correctional facility in northern Minnesota was closed, county officials found evidence of maltreatment in the actions of Mesabi Academy employees.

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Try the Accuplacer test: Math

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The Accuplacer is a standardized math and English test used by most community colleges to determine who is ready for college-level classes. A real test lasts about 90 minutes, but to give you an idea about the difficulty, we've selected three sample questions each in reading, math and sentence skills.

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Try the Accuplacer test: Reading

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The Accuplacer is a standardized math and English test used by most community colleges to determine who is ready for college-level classes. A real test lasts about 90 minutes, but to give you an idea about the difficulty, we've selected three sample questions each in reading, math and sentence skills.

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Who we are and what we do

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APM Reports strives to raise awareness, trigger debate and prompt positive change via non-partisan, independent investigative and documentary journalism.

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