The Letter

The Letter by Lemonada Media

Lemonada Media

In August of 1996, longtime friends on the verge of adulthood - Zachary Snarr and Yvette Rodier - headed into the mountains a few miles from their Salt Lake City homes, where they planned to spend the evening taking pictures of the rising full moon. But a 19-year-old stranger carrying a gun happened across them, changing dozens of lives with one fateful decision.

The crime sent shockwaves through the community that continued to reverberate long after the media turned its attention to other tragedies. But no one expected what came next - The Letter.

From KSL Podcasts (Cold), Lemonada Media (Believe Her) and Workhouse Media. The Letter is an 8-episode series, released weekly on Tuesdays.

Categories: Society & Culture

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When Jorge Benvenuto sat down to write a letter to the family of the boy he’d shot to death as a teenager, he had no idea the chain of events that would follow. When he penned his apology alone in a prison cell, he never imagined that it would lead to him hugging the mother of that young man. Nor did he have any inkling about the many ways the letter would reverberate through his own life - and the lives of his family members. The Letter opened a pathway for the parents of Zachary Snarr to push for his release.

The Letter team will follow and update with new episodes as developments happen.

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Researched and reported by Amy Donaldson
Written by Amy Donaldson and Andrea Smardon
Production and sound design by Andrea Smardon
Mixing by Trent Sell
Special thanks to Nina Earnest, Becky Bruce, KellieAnn Halvorsen, Ryan Meeks, Ben Kuebrich, Josh Tilton and Dave Cawley.
Main musical score composed by Allison Leyton Brown
With KSL Podcasts Executive Producer Sheryl Worsley
For Lemonada Media, Executive Producers Jessica Cordova Kramer and Stephanie Wittels Wachs
And Executive Producers Paul Anderson and Nick Panella with WorkHouse Media.
The Letter is produced by KSL Podcasts and Lemonada Media in association with WorkHouse Media.

The Letter is sponsored by Hunt a Killer, immersive mystery games where you get to be the detective. Get $10 off at with code THELETTER.
For a full list of current sponsors and discount codes for this and all other Lemonada series, you can visit

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Previous episodes

  • 10 - Meeting the Monster 
    Tue, 18 Oct 2022
  • 9 - Delivered 
    Tue, 11 Oct 2022
  • 8 - Making Peace with the Shadows 
    Tue, 04 Oct 2022
  • 7 - Putting Down the Rocks 
    Tue, 27 Sep 2022
  • 6 - A Death Sentence Waiting to Happen 
    Tue, 20 Sep 2022
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