This True-Crime Podcast Helped Exonerate a Man Imprisoned for 13 Years

Spar followed the case since 2015 and uncovered new evidence


A Swedish man convicted of murder and robbery and in prison for 13 years was freed after a retrial that was partly the result of a popular podcast. Kaj Linna was released after the podcast Spar uncovered evidence that discredited a key witness whose testimony led to his conviction.

Linna’s was longest sentence followed by a retrial in Swedish legal history, and his story marks the first time a podcast and investigation has gotten someone out of prison, according to the BBC.

“This [verdict] shows that podcasting as a cultural medium has both the investigative and testimonial power to affect the outcome of a legal case,” said Karl Rosander, co-founder and chief strategy officer of Acast, the

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