There are two chances to watch the new Oxygen “Behind Bars” episode:

  • The “Behind Bars” TV episode mentioned in the poster above will premiere on TV on Saturday, September 28, 2021, at 8 PM in all markets except CST where it will air at 7 PM, on the Oxygen Channel. It contains separate, new video interviews by the producers with both Misook Nowlin, and Barton McNeil.
  • The episode will also reair on Sunday, September 26th, 2021, at 4 PM and 9 PM in all markets except CST where it will air at 3 PM and 8 PM.

On Tuesday, October 5th, 2021 at 7:00 pm there will be a special live presentation and airing at the Normal Theatre, in Normal, IL, of the Oxygen Network’s 2-hour premiere special “Snapped: Behind Bars” chronicling the Barton McNeil and Linda Tyda murder cases. This will be followed by a live expert discussion among distinguished panelists, and we urge everyone to attend (See flyer for tickets).

  • Barton McNeil is one of a group of convicted IL prison inmates from McLean County, IL, all convicted during the same time-period by the same authorities, and all serving long sentence terms who are trying to exonerate themselves. We have previously mentioned his case as a wrongful conviction.

Barton NcNeil is represented by the IL Innocence Project; (IIP), one of only a few Illinois legal assistance organizations that work to free people after they are wrongly convicted. Barton McNeil was convicted for the June 1998 death of his three-year-old daughter, Christina McNeil, who was found lifeless in her bed. Bart called 911 upon finding her unresponsive in the morning, and police initially treated her death as natural. That changed after Barton pointed out suspicious signs of entry to her room from outside. Barton suspected his girlfriend, Misook Nowlin, with whom he had just broken up. Police failed to pursue leads indicating Nowlin’s possible involvement in Christina’s death and instead Barton McNeil was tried and then convicted as his daughter’s murderer.

After Christina’s death and Barton’s conviction, Misook Nowlin, then went on to be independently convicted in 2013, of murdering her mother-in-law, Linda Tyda, by strangulation. Certain elements of Tyda’s death have been compared to Christina’s. Misook Nowlin has been featured as a murderess in a 2017 Oxygen TV episode of the show “Snapped” as well as in the “Broken Ties” season 11 episode 3 of the TV show “Deadly Women”.

Nowlin, lost an original appeal of her murder conviction and then a follow-up post-conviction challenge. She is presently serving 55 years in IL prison. Barton, by contrast, has recently been granted a rare opportunity in post-conviction to challenge in court faulty forensic evidence which was used to originally convict him. The Illinois Innocence Project is representing him in that matter, but his case is also garnering national attention. You can read here why the IIP took on his case: https://www.uis.edu/illinoisinnocenceproject/current/mcneil/

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