Dakota Spotlight Podcast

Dakota Spotlight is a slow burn, deep-dive True Crime podcast from and about the upper midwest. Season 5: A Better Search for Barbara Cotton: Season 4: Chasing Billy. Season 3: The House on Sweet and Seventh. Season 2: Zeeland, the untold story of Wade and Ellen Zick. Season 1: The case of Victor Newberry. A production of Forum Communications

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Quick Update #1 - A Better Search for Barbara

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Season 5, Episode 11 

Just a very quick update to let you know that the Dakota Spotlight Facebook Group is unavailable to me now because for some reason my facebook account has been suspended.  All the Barbara Cotton content is just gone, for now.

Barbara Louise Cotton has been missing since 1981. Her case is unsolved and open--one of North Dakota's oldest and most mysterious Cold Cases.  

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For the Love of Our Daughters - A Better Search for Barbara

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Season 5, Episode 10

While humans at NASA plan to fly a Helicopter on Mars and the community of Williston prepares to celebrate Barbara's life in Recreation Park on Sunday April, 11, 2021, podcast host James Wolner asks if it isn't time for humans to start speaking honestly about Barbara's sad story.

Barbara Louise Cotton has been missing since 1981. Her case is unsolved and open--one of North Dakota's oldest and most mysterious Cold Cases.  

Sign petition:  https://www.change.org/p/williston-chief-of-police-david-peterson-hire-an-investigator-dedicated-to-barbara-cotton-case

Music: Wowza in Kalamazoo https://wowzainkalamazoo.bandcamp.com/

Missing Kids https://missingkids.org

Dakota Spotlight Merch https://www.shop.forumcomm.com/dakota-spotlight

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The Evil That Lurks - A Better Search for Barbara Louise Cotton

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Season 5, Episode 9

Frank J. Delapena lived in Williston when Barb Cotton went missing in April of 1981.  He also murdered two young girls a month later.  Was Frank Delapena responsible for whatever happened to 15-year-old Barbara?  He was apprehended quickly and then, just like person of interest Stacey Werder, he hung himself in jail.

Barbara Louise Cotton has been missing since 1981. Her case is unsolved and open--one of North Dakota's oldest and most mysterious Cold Cases.  

Music: Wowza in Kalamazoo https://wowzainkalamazoo.bandcamp.com/

Missing Kids https://missingkids.org

Dakota Spotlight Merch https://www.shop.forumcomm.com/dakota-spotlight

Abbey Investigations https://www.facebook.com/abbeyinvestigations

Inforum https://inforum.com/dakota-spotlight

Podcast Newsletter https://www.inforum.com/newsletter

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The Brother in Black - A Better Search for missing Barbara Louise Cotton

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Season 5 Episode 8

Barbara's much older and now deceased brother Frank is one of at least three persons of interest in this case.  Who was Frank Cotton?  We speak with friends, family and Frank's daughter. 

Also a closer at Lousie Cotton,  the un-named friend who was with Barbara at a party and explore how Louise might have tracked Stacey to (potentially) being in Scobey, Mont?  Finally, is there a big break brewing in this case?

Barbara Louise Cotton has been missing since 1981. Her case is unsolved and open--one of North Dakota's oldest and most mysterious Cold Cases.  

Music: Wowza in Kalamazoo https://wowzainkalamazoo.bandcamp.com/

Missing Kids https://missingkids.org

Dakota Spotlight Merch https://www.shop.forumcomm.com/dakota-spotlight

Abbey Investigations https://www.facebook.com/abbeyinvestigations

Inforum https://inforum.com/dakota-spotlight

Podcast Newsletter https://www.inforum.com/newsletter

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Coming Up for Air - Recapping our Better Search for Barbara Cotton

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Season 5 Episode 7

A new timeline. A new friend. A new party. A new hotel.  

In this episode we attempt to recap what we've learned and what our new questions are. 

Barbara Louise Cotton has been missing since 1981. Her case is unsolved and open--one of North Dakota's oldest and most mysterious Cold Cases.  

Music: Wowza in Kalamazoo

Missing Kids

Dakota Spotlight Merch

Abbey Investigations

Inforum

Podcast Newsletter

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About the Podcast

Dakota Spotlight is a slow burn, deep-dive True Crime podcast from and about the upper midwest. Season 5: A Better Search for Barbara Cotton: Season 4: Chasing Billy. Season 3: The House on Sweet and Seventh. Season 2: Zeeland, the untold story of Wade and Ellen Zick. Season 1: The case of Victor Newberry. A production of Forum Communications

Hosted by

James Wolner