The Case of Charles Dexter Ward podcast is like Serial mixed with True Detective

A young man named Charles Dexter Ward goes missing from his locked room in a Rhode Island institution, while his psychiatrist, Dr. Jonathon Willett later travels to Britain to murder a woman. That’s the start of a new podcast series from BBC Radio 4, based on an H.P. Lovecraft novel called The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, which follows a pair of investigative reporters working on a fictional true-crime podcast, Mystery Machine.

Set in 1928 in Providence, Rhode Island, the original novel appeared in the horror magazine Weird Tales in 1941, a couple of years after Lovecraft died. It follows a mystery of an institutionalized man, Charles Dexter Ward who vanishes from his cell, while his family’s doctor, Marinus Bicknell Willett, tries to…

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