The Deck Investigates:
In the summer of 1984, Darlene Hulse was brutally killed in her own home and despite the immediate manhunt, eyewitnesses, hundreds of leads, and investigative support from local, state, and federal levels, Darlene’s killer has gone undetected for nearly 40 years.
In season one of The Deck Investigates: Darlene Hulse, Ashley Flowers will take listeners along as she shares newly uncovered details and exclusive interviews in the case and all the twists and turns of the on-the-ground reporting in hopes of finally bringing justice to Darlene and her family.
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On the morning of August 17, 1984, Darlene Hulse was at home in rural Argos, Indiana with her three young daughters when a stranger came to the door and forced himself on her.
Marie and Melissa Hulse ran to their grandparent’s house nearby and their grandma told police to hurry up and get to Ron and Darlene Hulse’s house where there was an intruder.
While search parties look everywhere, an unsuspecting timber buyer happens upon a body in the woods.
Police work their way through dozens of tips and zero in on two suspects, which take detectives from Indiana, Colorado, Alabama and back in order to interrogate the men they thought could be responsible for Darlene’s death.
A fatal shootout in Texas leads state police to finding bloody clothes and a newspaper clipping about Darlene in the dead man’s Indiana apartment, launching an investigation into him as a serious suspect in her murder.
Police interview Darlene’s husband and we learn more about her, their relationship and their family’s routines.