Serial’s ‘The Coldest Case in Laramie’ reinvestigates Shelli Wiley’s unsolved murder in 1985
Serial presents “The Coldest Case in Laramie,” hosted by Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter for The New York Times, Kim Barker. Barker attended high school 40 years ago in Laramie, Wyoming, the town where Shelli Wiley’s unsolved murder occurred in 1985. She is diving into “conflicting stories” people have shared about the crime due to a shocking turn of events – a former Laramie police officer was accused of murder.
Stream the podcast’s eight, bingeable episodes from the beginning that run under 40 minutes each. In the series, you’ll hear interviews with Wiley’s friends, family, and others involved in the case.
At the time of the murder, Wiley was a 22-year-old college student and waitressed at a local truck stop. Her body was found inside her apartment stabbed 11 times, and her apartment was lit on fire.
Barker contacted Wiley’s family to learn more about why police arrested Fred Lamb in 2016 for Wiley’s murder. But why did prosecutors suddenly dropped the charges a year later? Lamb’s blood was found at the crime scene and he often spent time at a friend’s apartment in the same building Wiley lived in.
Wiley’s former roommate had some startling news and told Barker to contact a person who was at the crime scene who shared sour memories about Lamb and authorities. Barker went to Laramie and learned differing accounts of Lamb’s case. Barker revisited the original investigation for Wiley’s case, circled back with old suspects, and spoke with an individual who confessed to Wiley’s murder while in an Arizona jail.
Barker closely reviewed the odd interrogation that resulted in Lamb’s arrest and combed through all evidence against him. She searched for truths behind any stories about Lamb and even learned some from his wife. In the last episode, Barker sat down with Lamb and reexamined the case.
“The Coldest Case in Laramie” is now streaming wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts.