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Ex-CNN Anchor Turns To Podcast To Return To A True Crime Story She Covered Decades Ago.


Evergreen Podcasts has teamed up with former CNN anchor Carol Costello to launch Blind Rage, a new true crime podcast about the attack of a woman in Akron, OH. In this podcast, Costello revisits the first big assignment she covered as a 22-year-old, novice reporter. Blind Rage revisits the brutal attack of Phyllis Cottle, a woman savagely assaulted on her way to work in 1984. Cottle was tortured and then left to die in a burning car, yet she survived. For one reason, she says: “To fry the son-of-a-bitch.” Detectives call Cottle a “living homicide victim” because while she could not identify her rapist, she channeled her rage to, as she put it, “catch the bastard.”


"I've wanted to share Phyllis Cottle's story for years. Finally, it's time for the world to know about a courageous survivor who became a symbol of strength, ingenuity, and wisdom," Costello said. “Her story is tragic, but that's not her full story. Her life in her words, ‘had a purpose’ after she escaped her attacker."


In 2019, parole was denied for Phyllis’ attacker Samuel Herring. Herring was convicted of brutally attacking Cottle, permanently blinding her. Herring was sentenced to nearly 300 years in prison.

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