NEW: Motive


WBEZ Chicago has launched a new investigative podcast series – Motive – to take listeners inside a single, real-life story to answer the simple question: “How could this have happened?”

Motive’s first season is based on original reporting by the Chicago Sun-Times and is hosted by Chicago Sun-Times Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, Frank Main. It chronicles the saga of Thaddeus “T.J.” Jimenez, whose life story has been called a “cruel sociological experiment” – he was locked up as a 13-year-old boy for a murder he swore he didn’t commit, released as a 30-year-old man, and awarded $25 million for a wrongful conviction. He then lost it all and returned to prison after he shot a man from the driver’s seat of his Mercedes convertible.