Admissible: Shreds of Evidence

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Episodes: 14

 Apr 26, 2023
Top notch reporting well told.


13 wrongful convictions all tied to one forensic analyst. The analyst – Mary Jane Burton – was hailed as a hero for saving the DNA evidence that led to the exonerations. But when reporter Tessa Kramer starts investigating, she meets a former lab trainee with a very different – and much darker – story to tell. Over the course of 12 episodes, Kramer unravels this mystery, searching for proof of explosive allegations against Burton and a possible cover-up at one of the nation’s leading crime labs.

An original podcast from VPM and Story Mechanics, future seasons of Admissible will investigate the role of evidence in our legal system.

Episode Date
Ch. 12 - Something of this Magnitude?

As we come to the end of season one, reporter Tessa Kramer is left with some lingering questions. How are the injustices we've seen in this story woven into the DNA of our criminal legal system? Is there hope for genuine reform? And what role can forensics play?

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Apr 25, 2023
A Note from Tessa on Evan Gershkovich

The final episode of our first season is coming soon, but first: a message from Tessa on the arrest of her friend, Evan Gershkovich, a Wall Street Journal reporter who is wrongfully detained in Russia. For more information, visit

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Apr 18, 2023
Ch. 11 - Repress It, Suppress It

The case of Earl Washington left a permanent stain on Virginia’s state crime lab. What does this case, and its aftermath, reveal about the lab's record of reviewing misconduct within its own four walls?

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Apr 11, 2023
Ch. 10 - The Ultimate Form of Gaslighting

As we approach the end of our reporting, Tessa revisits Gina Demas, the whistleblower, to see where the events of our story have left her, and to give her an update on our investigation. Will she get any vindication?

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Apr 04, 2023
Ch. 9 – The Burden

Three women attacked on one fateful night in Norfolk, Virginia. All three identify the same man. Decades after his conviction, DNA analysis proves his innocence, leaving the women with more questions than answers. The people falsely convicted are not the only ones whose lives are turned upside down when the system gets it wrong.

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Mar 28, 2023
Ch. 8 - Lights and Sirens

In the midst of our reporting, another man is exonerated based on Mary Jane Burton’s clippings – Winston Scott. But one thing isn’t clear: why was Scott convicted in the first place? Reporter Tessa Kramer takes the original serology reports to an expert. Did Burton have a hand in Scott’s conviction? 

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Mar 21, 2023
Ch. 7 - Too Little Too Late

The discovery of Mary Jane Burton’s clippings sparks a review of thousands of case files. This massive effort to find wrongly convicted people is unprecedented. Yet the slow effort by the lab raises questions. Were they afraid of what they’d find? 

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Mar 14, 2023
Ch. 6 - "Bad Documentation"

Whistleblower Gina Demas wasn’t the only one with concerns about Mary Jane Burton. Tessa Kramer sits down with two former lab employees whose careers soared following Gina’s fight with the lab. What do they remember about Mary Jane’s work? And what kept them from speaking up?

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Mar 07, 2023
Ch. 5 - Politics and Science

Falsifying results, skipping tests, and ignoring scientific protocols -- why weren’t these concerns addressed by the Virginia state crime lab? Whistleblower Gina Demas finds herself caught in a clash between science and office politics.

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Feb 28, 2023
Ch. 4 - The Show and Tell Girl

Who was this storied serologist, Mary Jane Burton? While her work is preserved in case files, bench notes, and court transcripts, little is known about her interior life. As we gather more detail about her life, uncovering mysteries and tragedies that complicate the narrative surrounding her work, a clearer picture emerges.

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Feb 21, 2023
Ch. 3 - Pandora's Box

Reporter Tessa Kramer gets her hands on a box that’s been gathering dust for 40 years – a time capsule from the crime lab’s pre-DNA era. To decipher the evidence, we’ll seek the help of an outside expert and put the whistleblower’s credibility to the test. What will we find in the box? And will it reveal an unsettling truth?

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Feb 14, 2023
Ch. 2 - Oil and Water

Forensic scientist Mary Jane Burton cracks some of Virginia’s toughest and most gruesome cases – what’s her secret? When a young trainee brings fresh eyes to Mary Jane’s work, the answer to this question is not what she expected. But can we trust her story?

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Feb 07, 2023
Ch. 1 - The Holy Cow Moment

DNA was a revolution for crime solving and for one mother, it could be the key to proving her son’s innocence. Her journey leads to a much larger story – one full of scandals and secrets. What follows is an astounding series of events surrounding the work of one trailblazing forensic analyst, Mary Jane Burton.

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Feb 07, 2023
Introducing: Admissible: Shreds of Evidence

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Jan 31, 2023