This story was produced by Samantha Broun and Jay Allison for Transom, and won the Silver Award in the 2016 Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition.
There are descriptions of violence and sexual violence, so there is a content advisory, including a warning to parents that the episode is not for children.
Note: The internet version of this episode contains un-beeped curse words. BEEPED VERSION.
Samantha Broun interviews her mom about surviving a brutal attack by Reginald McFadden 20 years ago, and sets out to interview friends, family and policymakers about how that attack changed Pennsylvania law regarding life sentences at the time.
Additional information and outtakes are available on the Transom website. (40 minutes)