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Urge To Kill: Why we picked the Kaylee Sawyer case

Listen to the podcast starting Tuesday, Nov. 5.
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PORTLAND, Ore. — In our roles as local journalists, we've reported on hundreds of crimes but we very rarely get the chance to truly dive deep into a case. 

Before our eyes, big stories will turn into 30-second segments in a long broadcast designed to bring the public a slice of all the news in their area.

The disappearance of Kaylee Sawyer in July 2016 in a town just a couple of hours away from Portland, remained in our memories for months. When we got the opportunity to create a true crime podcast, we knew it would be about Kaylee.

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We've spent hours talking to Kaylee's parents, the people who knew her best, to get an accurate understanding of just how beloved this young woman was.

We've combed through thousands of documents and listened to hours of court audio in an effort to find small gems of information that are often ignored or forgotten about in day-to-day news reporting.

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Lastly, we talked to several victims whose lives were turned upside down that summer. They wanted to share their experiences of survival and strength. 

We are so grateful they chose to open up to us.  

It is important for us to preserve the memory of Kaylee Sawyer. At just 23, she had brightened the world of everyone she knew. We tell her story not to glorify her last moments, but to arm listeners with the knowledge that evil exists in the world and to keep Kaylee's memory alive.

There are more twists and turns in this case than you'll ever anticipate and we can't wait to share the podcast with you starting Nov. 5, 2019. 

In the meantime, listen to our trailer here:

Just after celebrating a bachelorette party in July 2016, Kaylee Sawyer disappeared in the middle of the night. The horrific details of her brutal rape and eventual death shook the residents of a quiet town in the Pacific Northwest.

You can find extended interviews and extra content on our YouTube page as well:

Contact the Urge to Kill team at urgetokill@kgw.com. Join our Facebook group and follow us on Instagram.

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