MSNBC American Radical
Rosanne Boyland was a sweet, apolitical girl from a small town in Georgia. She made bad jokes, adored her nieces, worked hard at her sobriety, and on the rare occasion she talked politics, she’d usually call Trump a loser. But then her family got a call they couldn’t have imagined: Rosanne had died at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, in the heart of a mob trying to force its way into the West Front. From the depths of their grief, the family vowed to figure out what had happened to Rosanne. How had she suddenly become obsessed with conspiracies? How had she died? And above all: who was responsible? Their quest for the truth begins with a Facebook message, a note from Rosanne’s brother-in-law, Justin Cave, to someone he hopes can help: his old high school friend Ayman Mohyeldin, now a journalist at MSNBC. The quest for the truth takes Ayman back to his hometown of Kennesaw, Georgia, where he retraces the last six months of Rosanne’s life and picks up a trail that leads to missing boyfriends and down shadowy internet rabbit holes. Answers are just starting to emerge when a shocking autopsy report turns the investigation upside down and forces the family to rethink everything they thought they knew about Rosanne’s final days. Hosted by Ayman Mohyeldin, American Radical tells the story of how an ordinary citizen became a foot soldier for one of the most dangerous conspiracies in America—and what her transformation, and her death, mean for all of us.