BLAME EPISODE 2: NOBODY INVESTIGATED IT – An unintelligible start to a 911 call marked the beginning of the short and incomplete investigation into the death of Jill Wells.

There are very few official records created in the case. A two-page police report. Crime scene photographs. Several recordings, including the only two interviews with the only witnesses to the crime, Mike Wells and his son Tanner, the 6-year-old boy blamed for accidentally shooting his mother.

The recorded interview of Mike Wells lasted less than a minute. The recorded interview with Tanner took place while he sat alongside his father and lasted one minute and 31 seconds.

But others who responded to the scene – emergency medical technicians, firefighters and victim’s advocates – all have carried something with them all these years that wasn’t recorded in those scant official records.


BLAME is a podcast produced by the 9Wants to Know investigative reporting team at 9NEWS in Denver, Colo. Reporter Kevin Vaughan takes you along as 9Wants to Know investigates a mother’s death, her husband’s secrets and the lax police work that far too quickly accepted the story that the couple’s 6-year-old son was to BLAME.

It takes you back to the beginning, the day Jill Wells died and her husband Mike told authorities their son Tanner pulled the trigger, to re-examine the crime and ask investigators, family and friends the question: Who’s really to BLAME?

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