Bonaparte Investigative, Unsolved

Hosted By: Anne Champion

It’s been 25 years since Anne Champion’s friend was killed, but the case was never solved. When Anne, now a prominent Manhattan attorney, gets an unexpected phone call from an old friend, it compels her to return to Iowa, her childhood home, to try and piece together the events around Laura Van Wyhe’s mysterious death.

Bonaparte Podcast Host:

Anne Champion is a lawyer, and a litigation partner in the New York office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. An Iowa City native, she defended President Trump’s niece, Mary Trump, against her family’s effort to stop publication of her best-selling book, Too Much and Never Enough. She also represented CNN and White House correspondent Jim Acosta in their successful suit to reinstate Acosta’s White House press credentials when they were revoked after a contentious press conference. Now, she’s asking the public for help. She believes new evidence—whether from witnesses or enhanced DNA analysis—is the key to solving the murder.

Praise from Listeners*:

  • Personal Connection: Listeners have found themselves to feel more connected to Laura Van Wyhe, due to the fact that the host of the podcast was a friend of hers.
  • Small Town Insight: Many listeners loved that the podcast gave more insight as to what it’s like to live in a small town and how it can impact an investigation as well as the views of those involved.
  • Compelling Storytelling: Listeners found themselves feeling pulled towards the story, as a result of Anne Champion’s knack for great storytelling that shows throughout the podcast.

Criticisms from Listeners*:

  • Political Bias: Some listeners have mentioned the political views and beliefs that Anne Champion shares within the podcast. They argue that certain episodes lean towards a particular ideological perspective, impacting the objectivity of the reporting.
  • Specuation: Listeners have expressed concern that there can be a blurred line between speculation and factual information, leading to potential misinformation being presented about what happened to Laura Van Wyhe.

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