Culpable (podcast)

Culpable is an investigative true crime podcast hosted by Dennis Cooper that covers the 2014 death of 21-year-old Christian Andreacchio.[1][2] It is produced by Dennis Cooper, Donald Albright, and Jacob Bozarth as a partnership of Black Mountain Media, Tenderfoot TV, Resonate Recordings, and Cadence13.[2][3] In September 2019, the podcast was the #2 true-crime podcast and #3 podcast overall on Apple Podcasts.[4] The podcast brought national attention to Andreacchio's case.[4][1] Tenderfoot TV and Black Mountain Media offered a $100,000 reward for information leading to a conviction.[4][5]

Hosted byDennis Cooper
  • Investigative journalism
  • True crime
Written byDennis Cooper
  • Dennis Cooper
  • Donald Albright
  • Jacob Bozarth
Audio formatPodcast (via streaming or downloadable MP3)
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes15
Original releaseJune 17, 2019 (2019-06-17) – present
  • Black Mountain Media
  • Tenderfoot TV
  • Resonate Recordings
  • Cadence13


In February 2014, Christian Andreacchio left his job on a tugboat, was picked up by Dylan Swearingen, and went to confront his girlfriend, Whitley Goodman, about her alleged cheating.[1] Andreacchio was found dead in his apartment on February 26, 2014, in Meridian, Mississippi. After a brief investigation, the police ruled Andreacchio's death a suicide.[4][6] He was found in the bathtub with a gunshot wound to the head.[7] Andreacchio's mother, Rae Andreacchio, questioned the police's conclusion due to evidence that emerged showing it may have been a homicide.[8] Swearingen and Goodman were both in the apartment with Andreacchio, and had arrest warrants which were never fulfilled by the Meridian Police Department.[7] The gun was found near Christian's left leg, but he was right handed.[7] Additionally, Rae claims that Christian once told her, "Mom, if anybody ever tells you I killed myself, you come looking—because I wouldn’t do that."[8] In 2017, a jury did not indict two people who were connected to Andreacchio's death.[8][5] Andreacchio's family hired a private investigator, Sheila Wysocki, to investigate the case.[3] In August 2019 a district prosecutor announced that she was willing to reopen the case should new evidence come to light.[8][1] In November 2019, the Meridian City Council asked the United States Department of Justice to investigate the city's handling of Andreacchio's case.[8]


No.TitleLength (minutes:seconds)Original air date
1"Trust the Process"31:52June 17, 2019 (2019-06-17)
2"Until We Meet Again"43:15June 17, 2019 (2019-06-17)
3"The Apartment"39:28June 24, 2019 (2019-06-24)
4"Complex"32:12July 1, 2019 (2019-07-01)
5"Gun Night"35:27July 8, 2019 (2019-07-08)
6"Welcome to Meridian"49:19July 15, 2019 (2019-07-15)
N–A"Q&A - 7.18.19"27:03July 18, 2019 (2019-07-18)
7"A Second Look"44:04July 22, 2019 (2019-07-22)
8"Doesn't Add Up"48:55July 29, 2019 (2019-07-29)
9"Time of Death"39:28August 5, 2019 (2019-08-05)
N–A"Q&A - 08.08.19"27:34August 8, 2019 (2019-08-08)
10"Persons of Interest"31:13August 12, 2019 (2019-08-12)
11"The Investigation Pt. 1"54:57August 19, 2019 (2019-08-19)
12"The Investigation Pt. 2"48:38August 26, 2019 (2019-08-26)
N–A"Q&A - 8.29.19"33:44August 29, 2019 (2019-08-29)
13"Behind Closed Doors"61:10September 2, 2019 (2019-09-02)
14"Case File"47:10September 9, 2019 (2019-09-09)
15"The Bigger Picture"45:30September 16, 2019 (2019-09-16)
N–A"Round Table - 9.26.19"62:18September 26, 2019 (2019-09-26)
N–A"Bonus Episode - 10.03.19"49:02October 3, 2019 (2019-10-03)

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  1. ^ a b c d Wilton, Jackson (September 17, 2019). "Was it suicide or murder? True crime podcast 'Culpable' looks at death of Mississippi man". Clarion Ledger. Retrieved 17 April 2020.
  2. ^ a b Street, Jon (June 10, 2019). "Announcing Black Mountain Media & Culpable Podcast". Resonate Recordings. Retrieved 17 April 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Tenderfoot TV and Black Mountain Media launch Culpable, a new true-crime podcast". PodNews. June 20, 2019. Retrieved 17 April 2020.
  4. ^ a b c d Meyers, Alyssa (September 20, 2019). "The producers of hit true-crime podcast 'Culpable' are offering a $100,000 reward and say their investigation is 'not stopping' after the finale". Business Insider. Retrieved 17 April 2020.
  5. ^ a b Kelly, Erin (December 5, 2019). "Andreacchio family sues Meridian's chief administrative officer". The Meridian Star. Retrieved 17 April 2020.
  6. ^ Sawyer, Miranda (June 30, 2019). "The week in radio and podcasts: Culpable; Man in the Window; Paradise; Death in Ice Valley". The Guardian. Retrieved 17 April 2020.
  7. ^ a b c Helling, Steve (September 15, 2019). "Suicide or Murder: Was Christian Andreacchio's Death Self-Inflicted or Was He Killed by a Friend?". People. Retrieved 17 April 2020.
  8. ^ a b c d e Nolasco, Stephanie (December 20, 2019). "Christian Andreacchio's mother claims son warned her to 'come looking' before his death: podcast". Fox News. Retrieved 17 April 2020.

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