South Dakota Is Scared
South Dakota is a big state with a small population: the place where Midwestern Nice meets the rugged West. But it’s also consistently ranked as one of the most corrupt states in all of America. Season One of Brought to Light digs up the story of that corruption and how it’s impacted the people and politics of South Dakota.
People in South Dakota are scared. They’re kept in the dark about a lot of the stories I’ll be telling you about in the next few episodes and afraid to speak out against the abuses of power that they know are happening.
The whole thing seems upside down.
- Why did the admitted child rapist Richard Mette get 22 of the charges dropped against him and why did his wife Wendy Mette get every single charge – all 11 of them – dropped the against her?
- How did prosecutor Brandon Taliaferro and child advocate Shirley Shirley – the people trying to help the victims and trying to prosecute Richard and Wendy Mette – get arrested? They could have ended up in prison for forty years if the state’s case hadn’t been thrown out by the judge.
- Why is South Dakota’s Attorney General Marty Jackley so personally involved that he testified just a couple of weeks ago to try and keep Taliaferro from being able to clear his name?
- And why does almost nobody in South Dakota know the details of this story?
The child rapist and his wife get all but one charge against them dropped. and the Attorney General goes after the prosecutor and the children’s advocate.
How did this happen? Find out on this episode…
In this episode, we’ll dig deeper into the story of Dr. Annette Bosworth, the would be Senate canidate who’s about to go on trial and faces 24 years in prison for alleged petition fraud.
And we’ll start to unravel an especially awful case of child abuse that’s been ignored by the South Dakota media where a man named Richard Mette committed years of sexual assaults and was sentenced to 15 years.
I spent five months in South Dakota in 2014. I love the state, I made some great friends there but I also found a shockingly corrupt political culture that’s been able to flourish virtually unchallenged by the media.
In this episode, we’ll begin to examine what happened to one political candidate who did speak up. Annette Bosworth facing a possible prison sentence…and the maybe the end of her career as a doctor, too. Find out why…