By audiochuck

In order to tell the story of a crime, you have to turn back time. Every season, Investigative journalist Delia D'Ambra digs deep into a mind-bending mystery with the hopes of reigniting interest in a decades old homicide case.


NEW SHOW: The Deck Investigates

Darlene Hulse was forcibly taken from her home in Argos, Indiana on August 17, 1984. Her two oldest daughters witnessed the attack but they didn’t recognize the man who took their mother. Though Darlene’s body would be found a day later, just six miles from her home, her killer has evaded law enforcement for almost four decades and her case has remained cold…until now.After a year long investigation, we’re uncovering new facts and speaking with witnesses and suspects who have never been spoke to before in hopes of finally answering the question, who murdered Darlene Hulse?All 15 episodes are available for you to listen to RIGHT NOW on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you like to listen to your podcasts. Brought to you by CarMax. Car buying reimagined. Find a car you’ll love at
14/03/23·6m 26s

NEW SEASON: Strangeland

Maple Shade, New Jersey is a quaint New Jersey suburb; its slogan is “Nice Town, Friendly People.” But on the evening of March 23, 2017, an Indian tech worker, Sasikala Narra, and her six-year-old son, Anish, were found brutally murdered in their apartment. Police questioned the husband and father, Hanumantha, but his alibi had checked out. Six years later, the case is still unsolved, and authorities won’t discuss it. So, we’re investigating for ourselves and discovering new leads, potential motives, and questionable behavior by local authorities. Will there ever be justice for Sasikala and Anish?Listen to Season 2 of Strangeland: Murder in Maple Shade on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts. 
06/02/23·2m 9s

Season 4: BONUS Update

Delia speaks with former Desoto County cold case investigator James Kirdy to go over critical points of the John Welles case. She learns more about what James thinks happened to John and why he is convinced the teen was not a murder victim. This episode is an update for listeners who have streamed all episodes of CounterClock Season 4.
11/08/22·24m 28s

Season 4: BONUS Q&A

Host, Delia D'Ambra, and Executive Producer, Ashley Flowers, discuss listener questions that came in after Season 4 released. Delia gets her hands on evidence photos of John Welles's actual .22 Ruger Revolver and other critical pieces of evidence that have never been seen before. Associate producer David Payne and other voices from the season drop in to go over everything we know so far in this case and talk about theories that should be considered.
30/06/22·1h 14m

NEW SEASON: Park Predators

Sometimes the most beautiful places hide the darkest secrets.audiochuck is back with the third season of the hit podcast Park Predators. Host, Delia D’Ambra, is telling listeners about murders and missing persons cases in parklands across North America, Canada, Australia and beyond. Learn more at

Ep 15 of 15: Serious

Delia finds herself confronting a state governing board head-on at one of their meetings. Everything about the integrity of Desoto County and FDLE's handling of the John Welles case comes into question and the pressure of the CounterClock investigation builds to a breaking point. Plus, a special finale call out for listeners to keep the momentum going.
12/05/22·31m 33s

Ep 14 of 15: Statistics

The cleanliness of John's revolver brings into question whether it was ever the murder weapon at all. Delia uncovers data from the 12th District Medical Examiner's office that raises concern about the number of undetermined deaths recorded the same year John's manner of death was changed.
12/05/22·20m 12s

Ep 13 of 15: Similarity

Delia discovers another .22 Magnum Ruger single-action six shot revolver loaded with 17 caliber ammunition was present on the Southeast Hansel property the day of John's murder. What happened to this revolver after John died? That's the million-dollar question that Delia tries to get to the bottom of. Plus, what a former DNA forensics lab that worked on the John Welles case says could be done to gather more information thanks to new advancements.
12/05/22·20m 42s

Ep 12 of 15: Science

Delia brings in a forensic pathologist and a firearms reconstruction expert to evaluate the accidental shooting theory in the John Welles case. After months of testing, the group goes over their findings and the results are eye-opening.
12/05/22·23m 47s

Ep 11 of 15: Switch

14 years after John's murder, one Desoto County detective establishes a new theory about the case that does not line up with the evidence. Delia investigates how the information made its way to higher powers in the ME's office.
12/05/22·34m 17s

Ep 10 of 15: Security

Delia takes a step back to consider all of the suspects known in the case and evaluate law enforcement's handling of the investigation after 2006. She and associate producer David Payne venture back out to SE Hansel Avenue to continue working the case only to find themselves face-to-face with Desoto County deputies and subjects of a 911 call.
12/05/22·24m 53s

Ep 9 of 15: Sketch

Three years after John's murder a lead emerges thanks to a teenage domestic violence survivor coming forward. Delia learns that investigators looked into the lead but never really chased the guy down. Delia follows up and finds the man, who's now a convicted criminal serving time in a Florida state prison.
12/05/22·22m 45s

Ep 8 of 15: Swindled

Delia investigates how a bitter land dispute and missing will could have been the motive for the people close to John to want him out of the equation.
12/05/22·25m 21s

Ep 7 of 15: Sweetheart

Forensic results from FDLE are in and they create more questions than answers in the case. Delia tracks down Skip's former fiancé who reveals an interesting take on the crime and the love of her life.
12/05/22·32m 38s

Ep 6 of 15: Suspicions

Each primary witness’s story comes under the microscope as they recreate their version of events at the crime scene a week after John’s death. Delia investigates inconsistencies in Pat and Skip’s behaviors and examines their actions on the day of the crime. A second autopsy comes into play and tension builds at John's funeral.
12/05/22·36m 21s

Ep 5 of 15: Skip

Law enforcement in 2003 grills John’s step-uncle for more details about what he saw and did on the day John was killed. Delia explores the tactics interrogators used during the tense interview and investigates the ins and outs of Skip’s statements.
12/05/22·31m 8s

Ep 4 of 15: Skinner

Investigators in 2003 question John's 16-year-old best friend about what he saw on the day of John’s death. Delia catches up with him 19 years after he was in the hot seat to go over where he stands on being treated as a suspect.
12/05/22·31m 8s

Ep 3 of 15: Story

Desoto County Sheriff' Office has to start their murder investigation from square one and they're 24 hours behind. They call in help from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and Delia breaks down detectives first interview with John's grandmother to explore her version of events. Plus, Delia examines why the results of John's toxicology screen became a major focal point for investigators.
12/05/22·28m 55s

Ep 2 of 15: Slug

When the medical examiner processing John’s body discovers an intact bullet in the back of his skull, the case turns into a murder investigation. Other clues unearthed during John’s autopsy bring up even more questions about the hours and days leading up to the his death. Delia explores where police followed their initial suspicions.
12/05/22·23m 19s

Ep 1 of 15: Southeast Hansel

A teenage boy doing chores on his family’s farm in Arcadia, Florida is found face down in a watery ditch in the middle of a hot summer day. The simple investigation into his drowning takes a dark turn.
12/05/22·27m 9s

Season 4: The Death of John Welles

Investigative journalist, Delia D'Ambra, is back with a fourth season of CounterClock. She jumps right into investigating a teenager's mysterious death from 2003 in rural South Florida only to find that nothing is as it seems. Twists and turns are around every corner, and finding the truth of what really happened to 17-year-old John Welles proves to be Delia's most dangerous and difficult journey yet.
05/05/22·4m 55s

Season 3: (BONUS) Evidentiary Hearing

Less than a year after the release of CounterClock Season 3, Jeff Pelley is in an Indiana courtroom for the first time in more than a decade. His defense team has one shot at arguing his post-conviction case. Indiana University law professor Fran Watson claims the now 50-year-old, who is serving four consecutive 40 year sentences, deserves a new trial. Over a period of four days in Saint Joseph County Superior Court, Watson argued that Jeff had an ineffective trial attorney in 2006, prosecutor’s committed Brady violations, Jeff’s right to a speedy trial was violated, original and cold-case investigators fabricated evidence, and there was never-before explored evidence tied to Bob Pelley’s past in Florida that pointed to Jeff’s innocence but was repeatedly ignored by prior prosecutors and investigators.Delia went back in Indiana to report on the updates in the case and let CounterClock listeners in on what she’s been following since Season 3 released.
24/03/22·49m 57s

Season 3: Bonus Q&A

Host, Delia D'Ambra and Executive Producer Ashley Flowers team up to break down your burning questions about CounterClock Season 3 and update you on recent developments that couldn't make it into the 20 episodes!
10/06/21·44m 19s

20 of 20: Picking Up Pace

Delia realizes the potential significance of the Pelley's .22 revolver much to the surprise of Jeff's defense attorney. The investigation into Eric Dawson's murder takes a surprising turn and puts Delia in the same room with investigators. Listeners can help push the case forward in a special finale call out.**IMPORTANT INFO FOR LISTENERS***LEE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE CONTACTPHONE:Public Information Office: (239) 477-1340General: (239) 477-1000EMAIL:PIO general: PublicInformationOffice@sheriffleefl.orgSergeant Marsha Sutphin:
29/04/21·26m 21s

19 of 20: Name and Face

Delia investigates whether or not a fictitious identity manufactured in South Florida in the late 1970's could tether Bob and Phil's history more than previously thought.
29/04/21·24m 4s

18 of 20: Factually Based?

Delia discovers new information buried in the Pelley's phone records could be critical. Jeff's attorney makes a bold claim she plans to argue in court and Delia brings on a crime scene assessment expert to weigh in on the facts of the case.
29/04/21·22m 28s

17 of 20: Frauds and Fakes

The sentences for the defendants in Fort Myers raise suspicion about the court’s integrity and Delia learns startling facts about members of the prominent family.
29/04/21·23m 37s

16 of 20: Copy and Paste

Bombshell testimony from Eric Dawson's former secretary and an undercover informant reveals the suspects' depth of deception in stealing Eric's land days before he vanished.
29/04/21·14m 20s

15 of 20: Hogs & Snakes

Delia investigates the brutal murder of Eric Dawson in Fort Myers, Florida. A former lead detective on the case explains the complicated secrets of the slain land developer’s life and business. Family friends of the Pelleys’ emerge as persons of interest in Eric’s case.
29/04/21·23m 50s

14 of 20: Fines & Grace

The CounterClock investigation pivots to focus on the disappearance of a man in Southwest Florida seven months before the Pelley murders. Eric Dawson’s story is integrally important for the remainder of the series. 
29/04/21·18m 6s

13 of 20: Check The Bank

Delia revisits the history of an enormous financial scandal with Bob Pelley’s former employer, Landmark Bank. The CounterClock investigation reveals never-before heard testimony from a woman who told authorities that Bob was afraid of people from his past in Florida.
29/04/21·26m 29s

12 of 20: Guilty Face

Jeff’s current defense attorney, Frances Watson, invites Delia to her “Pelley Case” war room at IU McKinney School of Law and lays out the facts she is using to contest Jeff’s conviction. Delia uncovers that former Saint Joseph County Police detectives now contradict some of their original theories.
29/04/21·18m 56s

11 of 20: Trial Phase - Part 2

Alan Baum admits his failures as Jeff’s defense attorney but insists the physical evidence in the case suggests more than one shooter was involved. The final verdict comes in and new characters in the Pelley family's life speak publicly, raising even more questions in the case.
29/04/21·31m 23s

10 of 20: Trial Phase - Part 1

The trial of the State of Indiana vs. Jeff Pelley begins in South Bend. Jeff’s lead defense attorney recalls important moments and delays that defined the high-profile proceedings. He explains to Delia the defense's strategy that was pushed to the brink.
29/04/21·20m 35s

9 of 20: Years to Wait

The cold case homicide investigator who built a case against Jeff 13 years after the Pelley murders details his investigation and logic. Delia raises questions about a critical piece of evidence used to make the arrest that he can't explain.
29/04/21·27m 5s

8 of 20: Switch and Bait

Jeff's attempt to retrieve his inheritance early backfires and lands him in a world of trouble in Florida. Indiana police jump at the chance to try and get Jeff to confess to his family’s murders but that backfires too.
29/04/21·15m 27s

7 of 20: Time and Place

Delia re-investigates the narrow window of time police believed Jeff committed the four murders. Eyewitness testimony becomes key to knowing Jeff's whereabouts and the last time the Pelley family was seen alive.
29/04/21·22m 51s

6 of 20: No Clues to Waste

Indiana police try to find physical evidence linking Jeff to the murders. Delia examines their methods and uncovers documents that contradict one another.
29/04/21·20m 8s

5 of 20: Retrace

Original detectives on the case remember tracking down 17-year-old Jeff Pelley at a theme park in Illinois and Delia dissects the first videotaped interview authorities conducted with the teenager.
29/04/21·18m 25s

4 of 20: Motive and Haste

The Pelleys' next door neighbors remember critical details about the timeline leading up to the massacre and Delia learns the depths of mounting resentment between Jeff and Bob.
29/04/21·18m 11s

3 of 20: Evidence Race

Bob, Dawn, Janel and Jolene's autopsies reveal details about their killer's mindset and Delia examines how reliable the police’s investigative case record really is.
29/04/21·19m 37s

2 of 20: Crime and Case

Eyewitnesses and police investigators who discovered the Pelley murders in 1989 remember the horrific scene inside the Pelley home.
29/04/21·18m 12s

1 of 20: Establishing Base

Delia launches her investigation into the Pelley family murders by going back in time. Interviews with family members and close friends establish critical information that explains what led the family from South Florida to Indiana.
29/04/21·24m 46s

Season 3: The Pelley Family Massacre

Investigative journalist Delia D’Ambra is launching the third installment of audiochuck’s popular podcast CounterClock. Season 3 is the biggest investigation yet sending Delia hunting for answers across five decades.This 20-episode series will release in its entirety on April 29th, 2021 the 32-year anniversary of the Pelley family massacre in Lakeville, Indiana. Delia’s year-long investigation into the infamous family murders includes never-before-heard interviews from people closest to the victims and the initial police investigation. After reviewing more than 6,000 court documents, depositions, transcripts, and photographs, Delia has traveled from Northern Indiana to South Florida following leads that connect unsolved crimes in the Sunshine state to the Pelley family.This in-depth season is also closely examining the facts of the case that secured the 2006 conviction of Jeff Pelley.
25/04/21·5m 0s

Bonus: Q & A

Host Delia D’Ambra and CounterClock executive producer Ashley Flowers discuss details of the unsolved murder of Denise Johnson and the murder of Stacey Stanton. Delia goes through your email-submitted questions about both cases and tells all about her personal knowledge of nitty gritty details she’s gathered in both cases. Everything from new leads, to new potential evidence comes out in today’s Q & A episode.
19/11/20·1h 18m

Bonus: Clif

In today's episode Delia sits down for a raw one-on-one conversation with Clifton Spencer. The two dive deep into how law enforcement investigated the murder of Stacey Stanton and why the criminal justice system kept Clifton behind bars for nearly 18 years. What is Clifton's life like now? What can be done to right wrongs? That's all covered in this exclusive discussion between an investigative journalist and a convicted murderer still trying to clear his name.
12/11/20·32m 54s

Episode 10: The Long Game

Clifton may be a free man but the state of North Carolina is still after a big part of his life. During the season finale one of his post-conviction attorneys speaks openly about what the future holds.Counterclock is also encouraging listeners to participate in demanding change from the North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission and the North Carolina General Assembly. Visit our website for all the details you need to participate:
05/11/20·56m 50s

Episode 9: New Evidence

Delia explains Clifton Spencer's journey through the criminal justice system and why, time after time, evidence that could've helped free him, was never fully explored.
29/10/20·34m 53s

Episode 8: Overlap

Delia reveals unbelievable connections between the murders of Stacey Stanton and Denise Johnson that include the same people, places and new jailhouse confessions.
22/10/20·38m 33s

Episode 7: The Break Ins

Delia uncovers a violent history of crimes and suspicious behavior swirling around Mike Brandon. SBI agent, Donnie Varnell, is once again called upon to remember his former case work.
15/10/20·29m 32s

Episode 6: Thin Walls

A bank receipt from an ATM becomes a critical piece of evidence. Eyewitnesses on Ananias Dare Street are able to place individuals at Stacey's apartment during the early morning hours of the day she was murdered.
08/10/20·27m 14s

Episode 5: Conflicting Stories

Delia discovers that statements from Stacey's ex-boyfriend and his entourage are not adding up. Where they were and when leaves a lot of time unaccounted for on the night of the crime.
01/10/20·28m 18s

Episode 4: Bar Rats

Delia interviews a case of characters who were inside the Green Dolphin Pub on the night of February 2, 1990. These witnesses shed more light on the circumstances leading up to Stacey's murder.
24/09/20·32m 53s

Episode 3: Open and Shut

Clifton Spencer fights his conviction in court and wins a small victory...but a bigger battle is still head. Delia uncovers that the events from three decades ago still weigh heavy on key players in the case.
17/09/20·38m 6s

Episode 2: Prime Suspect

Within hours, authorities develop their prime suspect in the Stacey Stanton murder case. This lead takes investigators to a town just outside of Manteo and to a man who was with Stacey the night she died. The clock to make an arrest is ticking and racial biases start to come into play even when all the pieces don't quite fit into place.
10/09/20·43m 56s

Episode 1: Cluttered

In season two, host Delia D'Ambra is back in her home town to investigate another brutal murder from the 90s. To the local police and DA the case is closed and a man has been sentenced for the crime. But to those who knew the victim it is very much an unsolved case and an innocent man might have been wrongly convicted.In episode one Delia D'Ambra tracks down witnesses who remember the bloody crime scene inside Stacey Stanton's apartment on February 3rd, 1990. Early on, the investigation into how the young waitress died reveals unique clues about who committed the crime.
10/09/20·35m 37s

Season 2: The Murder of Stacey Stanton

It’s been 30 years since someone brutally stabbed 28-year-old Stacey Stanton inside of her second-story apartment. Investigative journalist Delia D’Ambra is back in her hometown on the Outer Banks of North Carolina to figure out if a man was wrongfully convicted for the crime and if the real killer is still out there. The only way to understand Stacey’s story is to move counterclockwise in time; to go backwards to the point where her clock violently stopped.CounterClock Season Two will premier on Thursday, September 10th!
26/08/20·3m 33s

Episode 13: New Lead

Who was really after who inside 2014 Norfolk Street on July 13th 1997? In 2020, a major update emerges in a cold case.
26/03/20·30m 53s

Episode 12: Irrelevant

After two years of searching, Delia tracks down Teresa but runs into unforeseen twists.
18/03/20·24m 43s

Episode 11: Vandal

Someone is still targeting Denise Johnson and a new crime taunts investigators in two neighboring small police departments.
12/03/20·30m 39s

Episode 10: Male Figures

Delia tracks down Denise’s long term boyfriends and discovers their overlapping information could point to the murderer’s motive. 
05/03/20·34m 58s

Episode 9: Body of Evidence

CounterClock revisits the crime scene at 2014 Norfolk Street and uncovers there are secrets beneath the floorboards.
27/02/20·37m 21s

Episode 8: The Tall Blonde

One of the last people to see Denise Johnson alive comes forward and Delia tracks down the man who lived next door to Denise in 1997. 
20/02/20·30m 32s

Episode 7: Caller Unknown

CounterClock uncovers a terrible secret about Denise’s past in Florida and unearths a police report from Kill Devil Hills in 1996 that could point to who wanted her dead. 
13/02/20·38m 2s

Episode 6: The Brass

All of the former key law enforcement detectives on he Denise Johnson case go on record about the investigation and mistakes that were made.
13/02/20·36m 3s

Episode 5: Search Warrant

A set of siblings start to suspect their downstairs tenant is involved in the crime and when police return to Norfolk Street, a new lead emerges.
06/02/20·30m 9s

Episode 4: Of Interest

Denise's roommate from 22 years ago remembers critical details that could help investigators and Delia uncovers a perplexing connection between Denise and the first eyewitness on scene.
30/01/20·43m 1s

Episode 3: The Dog

In 1997, the first eyewitness on scene is detained by police and years later CounterClock tracks him down. Investigators begin to consider Denise’s four-legged companion a critical piece of evidence. 
23/01/20·39m 18s

Episode 2: Small Operation

Kill Devil Hills police detectives, past and present, weigh in on the lagging progress in the case and the location of evidence from Denise's autopsy comes into question.
16/01/20·30m 50s

Episode 1: Dainty

A killer remains at-large 22 years after a woman is brutally murdered inside her home in coastal North Carolina. Host, Delia D’Ambra, begins a new investigation into the unsolved murder starting with recollections from eyewitnesses. 
16/01/20·36m 15s

Season 1: The Murder of Denise Johnson

An investigative journalist revisits her small coastal hometown in North Carolina to dive deep into a 22-year-old cold case murder and arson that's marred the image of where she grew up. This investigative series reveals new clues, never-before-heard interviews and tracks down potential suspects in the case.
27/11/19·3m 17s
Heart UK