Skeptical is an investigative podcast that takes a second look at stories of inmates who claim they have been wrongfully convicted. In the first season, creator and host Neeli Faulkner investigates the murder of high school teacher and coach Michael Bernos in July of 1994. One of the men convicted of the crime- his adoptive son, Daniel Blan- has claimed his innocence while incarcerated for the past 22 years. Is he telling the truth? We find out on Season 1 of Skeptical.
This 10-part series was once available on Apple Podcasts, Google Play Music, Spotify, and other popular podcast platforms. However, it has since been removed while the appeals process takes place.
Creator and Host
Creator and host of Skeptical, Neeli Faulkner is passionate about creating stories from true-life narratives. She was inspired by many other true-crime podcasts such as Serial and its host, Sarah Koenig – a Peabody Award-winning podcast that served as a catalyst for change for the case of Adnan Syed, a man convicted of killing his girlfriend in the late 1990’s who has since been granted a new trial after the premiere of Serial.
Neeli is the Managing Partner for Reckon Recordings and Founder of Wahu Tech, a tech design and management company. She holds a BA in Information Systems and Cybersecurity from Columbia Southern University and is a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS).