Listeners to the latest edition of This American Life, a National Public Radio staple hosted by Ira Glass, heard a startling story -- one Westword readers first discovered back in 2004.
The subject? Then-staff writer David Holthouse's plan to murder the man who'd raped him at age seven.
Use the player below to listen to the episode featuring Holthouse, who now lives in Alaska; his is the second segment, just over eight minutes into the broadcast. Then read the entire terrifying yet redemptive tale in Holthouse's original feature, headlined "Stalking the Bogeyman."
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