Hidden Beneath the Trash

a series of tapes piece together one man's innocence almost two decades after he was imprisoned as a 16-year-old, this weeks long listen from Reveal

We go to Reveal for this week's long listen by Al Letson, listen to the whole podcast “The Jail Tapes in the Dumpster.” We include a key summary below to convince you it’s worth your time.

In 2005, James White of Minneapolis was working as a maintenance worker. On shift, his boss asked him to discard left behind trash in one of the vacant offices. As White was hauling the boxes into the dumpster, he noticed video tapes near the bottom, so he retrieved them in hopes of satisfying his curiosity.

To his surprise, White had discovered jail tapes detailing the conversations between the co-defendants of Myon Burrell, a man alleged to be at fault for the 2002 shooting death of 11-year-old Tyesha Edwards. Burrell was only 16-years-old at the time. In the tapes, the co-defendants defended Burrell, claiming that he was not the one to pull the trigger. He was not even on the scene when it took place. This podcast walks through the unfolding of the case of Myon Burrell as he pleads for his freedom to a crime he says he did not commit. 

Listen to the whole podcast here to find out if he was freed.


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