The killers of Berta Cáceres had every reason to believe they’d get away with murder. More than 100 other environmental activists had been reported killed in the previous five years, yet almost no one had been punished for the crimes. In Blood River, journalist Monte Reel follows the four-year quest to find her killers—a twisting trail that leads into the country’s circles of power.

Part One

The Witness

July 27, 2020

Gunmen burst into the bedroom of Berta Caceres, shooting her dead. But they leave something important behind: a houseguest, in a bedroom down the hall.

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Part Two

A Dangerous Woman

July 27, 2020

In her final years, Berta Cáceres led a protest movement against a proposed hydroelectric dam in Honduras. Was her murder connected to the company behind the project?

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Part Three

The Manhunt for the Killers of Berta Cáceres

August 3, 2020

The day began with a series of surprise police raids to find the men who murdered the environmental activist. After that, things only got wilder.

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Part Four

Tracking Suspects Who Never Thought Anyone Would Look

August 10, 2020

Investigators collected thousands of text messages to reconstruct an alleged plot to murder Berta Cáceres.

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Part Five

Executive Accused in Honduran Activist’s Killing Has a Different Story

August 17, 2020

David Castillo awaits trial for allegedly planning the murder of Berta Cáceres. He insists everything you think you know about the crime is wrong.

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Part Six

Family of Murdered Activist See Defense Strategy as Delay

August 24, 2020

The trial of David Castillo in the killing of environmentalist Berta Cáceres has been put off for 2 ½ years as motions and postponements pile up.

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Part Seven

How a Murdered Environmental Activist Sparked a Global Movement

August 31, 2020

The deadline to put Honduran CEO David Castillo on trial looms, while international organizations seeking justice for Berta Cáceres target the government and its foreign lenders.

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Part Eight

Trial Arrives for a Mastermind of Honduran Activist’s Murder

July 19, 2021

A witness testified that Berta Cáceres, who led opposition to a dam project, told her that if anything bad happened, “it’s David Castillo’s fault.”

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Part Nine

Honduran Judges Decide Fate of Accused Mastermind in Activist’s Murder

August 23, 2021

David Castillo claims he had nothing to do with the killing of environmental leader Berta Cáceres. Five years after her death, the courts pass judgment.

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