Twenty years ago, a young mother was about to embark on a new life in a new city. Instead, she disappeared, leaving behind her five year old son and an apartment filled with moving boxes.
When a successful doctor collapses at her home, her blood test reveals cyanide poisoning, shocking the medical community and resulting in a criminal investigation. Reporter: Dennis Murphy.
A brilliant woman who rose from poverty and became a successful criminal defense attorney is murdered; investigators look into her clients and follow a bizarre string of clues.
A doctor ingests a lethal chemical, causing friends to wonder if it was an attempt at suicide or if he was poisoned -- until a love triangle is uncovered.
A prominent doctor's wife is murdered on Valentine's Day. Investigators had plenty of theories to work with, but the suspect they brought into custody shocked everyone.
For 27 years, Judy Gough’s children kept a dark secret. The terrible truth was only unleashed when one of them could no longer live a lie about the disappearance of their father.
Kate Snow reports on a drug industry insider, Steven Francesco, whose son died suddenly from a rare side effect of taking antipsychotics. Francesco’s grief and remorse launched him on a journey to find out more about the system he thought he knew.
Amy Preasmyer, 16, and Ricky Cowles, 21, were in love and hiding some other secret that would soon change everything.
A twenty-three year old woman goes missing from a high-end shopping mall in Plano, TX. Her family members search for her, while police try to find out who might have been responsible for her disappearance.
The battle between a wife and a mistress for one man's heart leads to a deadly car chase.
A popular and attractive young woman, Robin Hoynes is murdered while working at a fast food franchise in 1984. There are few clues, except a strange and un-explainable piece of foam found at the crime scene.
This was one of the biggest cases Reno had ever seen: Brianna Dension had disappeared on a winter's night. What had happened, no one knew. Where it would lead, no one could predict. But this entire city would soon galvanize for a single mission: To find Brianna.
Mark and Mary Beth Harshbarger were, to some, the perfect couple. In 2006, they took their ideal vacation: a hunting trip to Newfoundland, Canada. But when Mary Beth took a shot at what she said she thought was a bear, this perfect couple's world was torn apart.
After Kristen Grindley is found severely beaten on a road in Pullman, Wash., the investigation is hampered by the fact she cannot remember a single detail about the night in question.
Carrie Elaine Olson goes missing and the current boyfriend and ex-boyfriend are suspects. Circumstantial evidence starts mounting and pointing to one suspect.
Dateline's Keith Morrison retraces the steps taken by a retired detective to dust off a cold case murder with the help of a photographer’s diary.
The case of Johnny Hincapie, whose conviction for the 1990 murder of a Utah tourist in New York -- a case that represented a tipping point in the city's law enforcement -- was overturned after 25 years.
Joseph Sonnier, a successful doctor, is murdered in his home. A web of women he was peripherally involved with were initially suspected, but the killer was someone closer to home.
Hundreds of Americans die every year from accidental carbon monoxide poisoning, but according to police, one of those deaths wasn't an accident - it was murder.
Lisa and Scott Pattison marry on a fairy tale day and build a life together in central Indiana. But one day in July 2009, their marriage comes to a horrifying end as Scott races his gravely injured wife to the hospital, calling 911.
Frank Rodriguez was a Navy vet who dedicated his life to helping needy children, not a guy with many enemies. Figuring out who would want him dead was a challenge and how he died was also a mystery investigators needed to solve to catch his killer.
Wisconsin, 2017: Teresa Halbach, murdered in 2005, was the victim in the Netflix 10-part documentary Making a Murderer (MaM), which became a Netflix binge-watching phenomenon in 2015. Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey were convicted in 2007 to life in prison for the murder. This updates the case with surprising information not included in MaM. Lead investigator Tom Fassbender, who interrogated Dassey and some believe produced a false confession, is on camera for the first time defending his actions and the prosecution's evidence.
Marc Despain was a married father of two and a successful real estate appraiser. He was busy building a life, until his ended all too soon. Was money the motive? A family rift? Or something else? His family wanted answers and so did investigators.
When Eric Somuah was found shot in his bed, it was hard to imagine who would want the outgoing salesman dead. One dogged detective refused to give up and his investigation put him on a path filled with twists, turns and an ending few some coming.
Meet Rhoni Reuter, the long-time girlfriend of former Chicago Bears football player Shaun Gayle. Stunning, stylish, sweet and pregnant - and then suddenly murdered in her own home. Who could have killed a woman with no enemies?
When loving mother Lisa Knoefel is stabbed to death in her home outside Cleveland, her newly-blended family is shattered.
A woman from a small town moves to the big city of Las Vegas, where she finds a new career and a new love, then she vanishes, and her body is found within a few days, but discovering her killer will be a tougher mystery to crack.
A Virginia man learns that his wife and son have been kidnapped while on vacation in the Philippines by an Islamic militant group. The man soon receives a call demanding $10 million in ransom.
The Harkey family was famous for pecan harvesting in the Texas Hill Country. Bonnie was the matriarch with a powerful grip on the family’s fortune and when she went missing, her community was stunned. Bonnie’s adopted grandson had a troubled past but Bonnie was one of the few people on earth who had ever loved him so, when he admitted to killing her, it had police wondering what would motivate him to do this? Was an inheritance the cause of a family feud? Turns out, this plot was more tangled than the branches of a pecan tree.
A devoted father gunned down in his own home by someone on the stairs. It was a crime that made national news because of its unusual defense. The suspect argued he was simply too obese to carry out the killing. Would that argument sway the jury?
A father and his infant son were shot on the streets of Miami. The son survived, the father didn't and widow Cindy Carballo was wracked with grief. Then, Cindy killed her husband’s business partner. Was this a revenge murder or self-defense?
A college freshman was found brutally beaten, a crime scene so bloody police couldn't ID the victim. But identifying the killer wasn't nearly as hard. He admitted what he did. It was why he said he did it that became the foundation for his defense.
Vern Holbrook seemed to have it all: A thriving estate company and a beautiful family. So when this beloved patriarch failed to show up at a meeting with his daughter-in-law, she was concerned. Was Vern delayed at work or was it something far worse?
One murder in broad daylight. The case went unsolved. Then another brutal attack almost exactly a year later and, this time, the victim went missing. When a photograph of the two women together from years earlier surfaced, authorities believed they unearthed a chilling connection. Was a serial killer stalking the women of this tight-knit church? It was a race to connect the dots.
Heidi Bernadzikowski seemed to be turning her life around. She had a steady job, a boyfriend she could take to meet the parents. Talk, even, of a summer wedding. Then, she was murdered in brutal fashion and there was a bizarre clue: The #1 scrawled on the wall near her body. Her boyfriend was devastated and had a strong alibi. The case went cold but, a decade later, there was a DNA hit. But the man lived nearly 1,500 miles from the victim and investigators couldn’t find an obvious connection. Did the man act alone, or was there another explanation?
The Neulanders were a prominent family in their community. Bob was a respected doctor, and Leslie was a philanthropic, stay-at-home mom. In 2012, Leslie fell in the shower and died, sending shockwaves through town. It was ruled a tragic accident, but was it? More than one of Leslie’s friends suspected something far more sinister.
For one couple in Missouri, the hobby of collecting turned into a passion. They delighted in the small fortune of rare collectables they kept in their house. Until one morning when their bodies were found among the treasure. The question for investigators was obvious: Who stood to gain most from their deaths? But would the answer to who killed them really be that simple?
Peggy Nadell was a beautiful and wealthy widow in the suburbs of New York City. She had a million dollar smile and a multi-million dollar estate. When she was found brutally murdered in her own home, a likely suspect emerged. But this was a twisted case of betrayal and greed, and would not be easy for investigators. Family secrets and secret resentments would be uncovered before the killer was discovered.
A few weeks before Christmas Jason Payne made a frantic call to 911: his wife and stepson had been shot in their bedrooms. Nichole Payne was shot in the back of the head and her son had been shot in the face. Investigators thought it looked like a murder-suicide. Then, they discovered a rag with blood on it outside, but both victims were inside. What was really going on behind closed-doors? Two deaths, two trials, and one truth.
Sabine Buehler had moved to an island off sunny Florida for her own slice of heaven. When she vanished, her friends knew she hadn’t left on her own. But no one could imagine anyone wanting to hurt this happy woman. Her personal life was very complicated and a list of the “usual suspects” would end up leading police down a long and winding path in the sand.
A kindergarten teacher and mother of two finds a new lease on life after shedding hundreds of pounds. When she vanishes from her home, investigators uncover a disturbing connection between her weight loss and her mysterious disappearance.
An Army veteran in Orange County, CA vanishes before her college graduation. A massive search turns up nothing, but detectives do find a clue: a cryptic 911-call that helps uncover the truth and exposes a twisted story of unrequited love.
A Las Vegas cocktail waitress and loving mother is murdered in her home, leading authorities to wonder if there was a predator at large. When detectives find the killer, it becomes clear that their investigation has only just begun.
German foreign exchange student and soccer player Diren Dede’s dream of studying in America came true when he began his junior year at a Montana high school. But when he decides to play a reckless teenage game, the consequences turn deadly.
The fire department responds to a call of an apartment fire. Inside they find the body of 21-year-old Carolyn Casey. The investigation into what happened to this bright, young woman leads investigators down a dark path to a serial killer.
A couple's romantic boat trip turns tragic when the young wife is lost at sea. Did she accidentally drown or was it more sinister? The case goes cold for years — until a model with a checkered past goes undercover to find the truth.
When the locally well-known couple Charlie and Diane Parker were found shot to death on their South Carolina tobacco farm, police looked to a family member who stood to gain from their deaths. But the answer wouldn’t be that simple.
18-year-old Robert Davis faced police questioning about the killing of a young mother and her son, after two neighborhood teens accused him of helping them in the robbery-turned-murder. Though Davis denied any involvement, at the end of a 6-hour interrogation he confessed to the crime he claimed he didn’t commit. For more than a decade, his lawyer struggled to prove that Davis’ confession was false and coerced. Getting pardoned would take a miracle, until he got support from the most unexpected sources.
David Laut took home the bronze medal for shot putting in the 1984 Olympics. So in 2009, when this hometown hero was shot to death in his own backyard, police began looking for a wanton criminal. What they found was something far more sinister.
When Nailah Franklin disappeared after graduating college, her friends refused to believe anything bad could have happened. She just met a handsome, well-dressed man with a Bentley. Had Nailah fallen in love, or fallen into a web of lies?
At first it looked like a home invasion gone wrong at the house Ralph Candelario shared with his second wife… a robbery that resulted in the murder of Pam. But when police learned the antique dealer's first wife had disappeared, they took a closer look.
In January of 2014, a loving mother was found dead in her burning home near Paducah, Kentucky. What first appeared to be a terrible accident, turned into a lurid tale of deception and murder.
A wife and mother of three is found dead in her bathtub in sleepy Boone, Iowa. Is it an accident, or something else? Dark secrets of secret lives and addictions are revealed as the investigation unfolds.
Four days after beautiful real estate agent Beverly Carter disappeared, a grisly discovery: an elbow sticking out of a shallow grave at a cement plant. It took years to figure out how she wound up dead, with no enemies. But the story that unraveled would shock even seasoned detectives.
Dominique "Nique" Leili was last seen at her home casually smoking a cigarette in 2011. The next day she was gone. It took her husband two days before he told anyone she was missing. Recordings from security cameras around the house had been erased. Did that point to murder?
Gifted student, Charlie Tan, was on his way to success after being accepted to the Ivy League school, Cornell. No one could believe when a weekend visit to his parents’ house wound up in gunfire. Could this young man headed for greatness have killed his own dad?
The case made national headlines: A toddler left in the car for seven hours while his dad was at work. Was this a heartbreaking accident? Police said it was murder. Could any parent ever do this on purpose?
Stranger than fiction - A mom suddenly vanished. A dad under suspicion. There was no body, no weapon, no eyewitness and surprises along the way. Now, after all the twists and turns of four murder trials, the final verdict is in.
They were a married couple meeting for a secret Valentine’s Day rendezvous, but it wasn’t to be. That secluded spot became a crime scene when Richard Schoeck was found shot dead. Turns out, the rendezvous wasn’t the only secret in their lives.
Melissa Lewis disappeared leaving signs of a struggle and a strange orange mist behind her. Later, her boss went missing and left behind an even bigger mess, including a missing fortune. Two crimes leaving one lingering mystery.
A recent high school graduate is miraculously found alive after she and her friend are brutally attacked just outside of Corpus Christi, Texas. Who could have committed such a horrific attack?
On a warm August day, Ray Kotomski quenched his thirst with a cool drink. But that drink contained a secret, a potion so sinister Kotomski would be dead within hours. Not only did investigators have to figure out what killed the happily retired Pennsylvania man, but whether this was a crime at all. Was it murder or suicide? Even police were surprised by all the twists and turns this investigation would take.
A bright and beautiful honor student invites a friend to sleep over. The next morning the teen is dead. Turns out, this was no ordinary slumber party. Stories surface of a dangerous experiment. Clues would take the investigation to a different country, uncover a sinister industry and reveal more than one culprit. The findings could keep a deadly danger from making its way into your home.
Jessie Blodgett gave her all to everything she did and then someone took it all away. After performing in a play, Jessie came home, said goodnight to her mother and went to bed. But the next day, her mom found her dead in her bed. Police were calling it murder. Who would want to kill this talented young woman? And was it somehow connected to reports of an attacker on the loose? The investigation took an unexpected turn before police were able to arrest the culprit.
In the hot and dangerous Middle East, she held her own in the company of men. A captain and a commander whose devotion never wavered. So no one could believe it when this decorated officer was found dead in her own home. Did this soldier have enemies off the battlefield? In a place where loyalty is prized, one clue would reveal a breathtaking betrayal.
She was a pretty freshman and he was a popular senior. It was an accusation that dominated the headlines: Sexual assault at an elite New England prep school, a place where young dreams are nurtured -- where young adults are taught to live meaningful lives, and are sometimes groomed for greatness. But even in places of power and privilege, teens face the same temptations and dilemmas, and one wrong choice can ruin it all. What had happened that night and who was telling the truth?
A Florida woman was brutally murdered in her own bed. Then, two separate, frantic 9-1-1 calls: one from her husband and the other from her son, each accusing the other of the same horrific crime. Police knew one of them had to be spinning an incredible tale but what story would the evidence tell?
They had a charmed life by the beach. A picture perfect home in a sunny California neighborhood, good friends, devoted family. That’s what made what happened seem so startling. Jason Harper was found murdered in his bedroom and his wife and kids were missing. It didn’t take long for investigators to discover who killed Jason but discovering why would prove much harder.
It started with a racy photo found on a teenage boy’s phone. He said he had sex with his 33-year old female tutor in the picture but she tells a different story. The texts would tell the truth and a jury was forced to decide: was the 33-year old female tutor in the picture a victim or a predator?
Samantha Geldenhuys thought she had the perfect upbringing. A doting father and a loving mother. Then, reality caught up with her when she learned the man she knew as her father was actually no relation to her and her mother was an international fugitive. So who was Samantha really? Well, in the throes of a custody battle, her mother went on the run when she was just a baby, taking her clear across the world. Investigators would have to search three continents for nearly two decades before they got answers about what happened to baby Savanna.
A young woman living on her own was murdered in the middle of the night. It was crime that jolted a sleepy seaside community. A killer was walking among them. Young, fun and pretty, Corey Parker had plenty of admirers. Had one of them liked her too much? A strange co-worker, an adoring friend and a young man she called the night creeper were among the potential suspects. There was a pile of evidence but the truth would be revealed by a tiny telltale clue.
Heidi Allen was sweet, spirited and super smart. She took a job at a convenience store to earn cash for college and was working the early shift on Easter Sunday. Then, she vanished. A man confessed to her murder. Mystery solved? Maybe not. Years later, a horrifying story and an old case blown wide open. Two women teaming up to find out the truth uncovered an astonishing twist: a teenager with a secret identity. Did she also have a secret enemy?
For newlyweds Brian and Katherine Laird, Big Sky Country was a paradise. For one of them, it would also become a grave. Kathryn Laird was an intelligent, hard-working beauty who lived life to its fullest. So when her body was found in a river, the explanation that she took her own life didn’t make much sense. Was this a suicide or could it have been something far more sinister? In a desperate search for answers her family embarked upon a decades-long quest for the truth.
When a Montana man bought his slice of heaven in the vast western wilderness, it would set off a chain of events that ended more like a nightmare, with one man shot dead and another charged with murder. How did this neighborly dispute turn deadly? Only two men were there and the man who shot first told his story, claiming it was kill or be killed. Did the dead man’s body tell a different story? A daughter was in a search for justice.
Lindsay Buziak was a charismatic, young real estate agent who thought she'd just landed the assignment of her dreams: Helping a couple buy a million dollar home. But what seemed like a golden opportunity turned into a mysterious case of murder after Lindsay was killed in the luxurious house. The longer her curious death remained unsolved, the more investigators learned about Lindsay’s life - and the people in it.
She was a free spirit who had yearned to make it in Hollywood. But she made headlines instead when she vanished. Brittany Tavar was generous, opening her life to anyone she thought needed her help. But after she disappeared her family discovered that her giving nature exposed her to more danger than they realized. There was a handsome boarder, the friend turned-enemy, or could’ve the free spirit just up and left on her own?
He was a high society hustler with a flair for spinning lies but was the con man also a killer? The murder happened decades earlier and now Christian Karl-Gerhartsreiter was living across the country under an alias with a recognizable last name, as Clark Rockefeller, but his cover was blown when he made headlines for kidnapping his daughter. Police in California immediately knew the face, but not the name. He was the prime suspect in the 1985 murder of his landlord. But to prove their case, detectives must retrace the phony Rockefeller’s steps along a decades-old trail of deceit.
They were a couple who seemed made for each other. Seemona Sumasar thought she had met Mr. Right, but how wrong she was. Nothing was as it seemed. Hope and promise had been replaced with deception and violence. Then, an elaborate plot to get revenge so twisted and devious, it nearly succeeded in fooling police and prosecutors. The alleged victim was now accused. Seemona landed in jail and lost just about everything. Was an innocent woman in prison for a crime she didn’t commit?