carol costello presents: blind rage

the phyllis cottle story

in this podcast, journalist carol costello revisits the first big assignment she covered as a 22-year-old, novice reporter: phyllis cottles’ brutal attack. psychologists call them “triumphant survivors,” but phyllis cottle was more than a survivor, she used this crime to better herself and the world around her.

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psychologists call them “triumphant survivors,” but phyllis cottle was more than a survivor, she used her crime to better herself and the world around her.

in 1984, phyllis was kidnapped, raped, robbed, stabbed repeatedly in both eyes and left to die in a burning car. detectives called her a “living homicide victim” because she was blinded in the attack and could not identify her rapist, but phyllis was no victim. throughout her hours-long ordeal she never panicked, opting instead to channel a sort of controlled rage to catch her abuser.

phyllis turned into a detective and inspired thousands of traumatized women who were looking for a superhero and found one in this tenacious survivor.

in this upcoming podcast, journalist carol costello will revisit the first big assignment she covered as a 22-year-old, novice reporter, sharing how the story unfolded and her experiences in an ‘eighties-era newsroom.

the team

carol costello

host
carol costello is an award-winning journalist and former anchor and correspondent at cnn and hln, covering a broad range of world leaders, events, crime, and politics across three decades.

brigid coyne

executive producer
with a production background stemming from her education in literature and the liberal arts, brigid loves reading books and making terrible puns.

gerardo orlando

executive producer
vp of channel development at evergreen, gerardo is a lawyer, web entrepreneur, and creative scout building a diverse omnichannel catalog for the network.