BLAME EPISODE 9: THE AHA MOMENT – The goal of every journalist reporting a story is to be able to answer “The Five Ws and the H” – who, what, when, where, why and how.

It’s the same with any investigation.

And in the death of Jill Wells, some of the questions can be answered. What happened? A tragic shooting. Where did it happen? On a ranch in Lincoln County. When did it happen? On March 28, 2001.

But the answers to other questions linger among people trying to figure out whether Jill’s death was a horrible accident or something sinister.

Come along as 9Wants to Know works searches for answers in an effort to shed light on Jill’s death. Listen as people who were at the scene that day talk publicly for the first time about what they saw and heard – and why it’s really important which of Jill’s fingers was on the trigger of her own gun.

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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