A missing California college student's case had gone cold. Then came a podcast.

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How ‘Your Own Backyard’ podcast led to arrests in Kristin Smart murder

True-crime podcasts steeped in rumor and conjecture aren’t much use for police, but a podcast about the cold case of Kristin Smart helped investigators gain a new perspective on the case.

More than two decades after a California college student went missing from campus, never to be seen again, a budding podcaster named Chris Lambert decided to look into the case.

“Your Own Backyard” began somewhat tentatively in September 2019, with Lambert admitting he really didn’t know what he was doing.

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