Through the darkness there will be light.
For years, Eric Carter-Landin has worked diligently to shed light on some of New Mexico’s most heinous crimes through his podcast, “True Consequences.”
“A lot of real crime podcasts are weekly or bi-weekly,” he says. “I’m giving myself time to cover the whole story.”
After a long day at work, Carter-Landin will file public records inspection requests to help him navigate his research.
The podcast is a labor of love – a labor where the roots are particularly close to Carter-Landin.
In April 1987, her mother was working her shift at a local grocery store in Socorro.
She had received a call from her grandmother telling her that she had to leave her little brother Jacob somewhere so that she could go to church.
“My mom only had an hour left on her shift and figured my brother could be safely left with her boyfriend at the time,” he wrote. “Not long after my brother was dropped off, my mother’s boyfriend frantically rushes to his workplace to let him know that my brother is on his way to the hospital.”
Her brother later died.
Carter-Landin covered his brother’s case on the podcast. During the episode, he talks with his mother and goes over the details of the case.
“I hope this episode gets people talking about the issue of child abuse in New Mexico,” writes Carter-Landin. “At first, I didn’t want to release an episode about my brother because I was afraid it would be too intense. I now realize that by telling my story I am breaking my own stigma around this issue and if this story can help a child then it was worth it.
Carter-Landin says Jacob’s killer was never prosecuted for these crimes. The district attorney repeatedly refused to prosecute. The case is cold and it is considered closed by the state police.
“A cold case investigator said in a report that there was sufficient and clear evidence to secure a conviction,” he said. “The reasons why the prosecutor refused to prosecute, not once but twice, are not clear to me. It’s more than frustrating to know that a monster was allowed to brutally murder a baby and get away with it. There are a lot of things that need to change with the justice system. Primarily, prosecutors have to stop trying cases in their mind. “
Jacob’s case is what prompted Carter-Landin to create the podcast.
“I watched these child abuse cases and it seemed like every time a new one happened it was the same result,” he says. “I said I would do something about it. The podcast is a perfect way to honor my brother.
Carter-Landin is preparing to launch a new season on February 6. It currently has 71 episodes on trueconsequences.com.
Some of the cases he has presented are the Torreon Cabin Murders in 1995 and the Hollywood Video Murders that took place in 1996.
There’s an episode that takes a peek at one of the most famous outlaws – Billy the Kid.
Of course, Carter-Landin looked into the high-profile cases of Robbie Romero, Baby Brianna, the New Mexico prison riots, Tara Calico, the West Mesa murders, and the Las Cruces bowling alley massacre. Each case has made national news over the years.
“Crimes like these are a huge problem here in New Mexico,” he says. “It’s something that keeps me awake at night. I want to tell these stories. People need to remember these cases and be aware of what is happening today.
It takes hours of research before an episode is ready to record.
Carter-Landin spends around 50 hours producing an episode in his Albuquerque-based studio.
“I really try to go as far as I can because there is so much misinformation going around,” he says. “I work with direct sources. Season five will be all about Dylan Redwine, who has connections with New Mexico. “
Dylan Redwine’s father Mark was convicted of second degree murder and child abuse resulting in death for his death in 2012 in October.
Carter-Landin says his daily job changed dramatically during the pandemic, which caused him to be more in the studio.
With requests for public records coming in regularly, he stayed busy.
“It’s a different approach to real crime,” he says. “I’m not doing ‘Dateline’. I’m an empathetic person and it’s a unique approach. I want to highlight the issues in the system and help define the challenges we have in the state.”