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Surviving Unbearable Heartache

Dr. Bill Petit spent Sunday, July 23, 2007 playing golf with his father. The day was sunny and hot and a great day to be outside. His wife and two daughters spent the day at the beach. Life was good - until it wasn't.

Within 24 hours, his wife and daughters would be murdered, his home burned, his belongings gone. The trauma would render him unable to return to his medical practice. 

Randall Horton had a rough start to life. He was poor, living in tough conditions with a family that was solid, yet flawed. But, on the way to an economics degree from Howard University, his life veered in a  dramatically different direction. The path led to life as a homeless drug addict, international cocaine smuggler and incarcerated felon. 

Both men felt incomprehensible despair and climbed back up. How did they do it?


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Colin McEnroe, Betsy Kaplan, and Chion Wolf contributed to this show.

Betsy started as an intern at WNPR in 2011 after earning a Master's Degree in American and Museum Studies from Trinity College. She served as the Senior Producer for 'The Colin McEnroe Show' for several years before stepping down in 2021 and returning to her previous career as a registered nurse. She still produces shows with Colin and the team when her schedule allows.
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