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Veteran journalist Paula Zahn steps out of the studio and into the field to unravel criminal investigations, tracking the drama of each story by featuring the opinions of those closest to the case, including law enforcement officials, the families of the victims and the incarcerated, lawyers from both sides, and first-time TV interviews with convicted murderers.
Rod Demery's destiny was sealed at the age of 3. That's when his mother was murdered, and Demery would come to realize that he wanted to protect people who couldn't protect themselves. He did so by serving for 14 years as a Shreveport, La., homicide detective, working on more than 250 cases and solving each of the 60-plus investigations on which he was lead detective. In "Murder Chose Me," Demery reflects on his stellar career, guiding viewers through first-person storytelling that weaves his uniquely tragic personal connection to the story of each homicide he solved.
True-crime stories about murders that take place among close-knit groups of people, including coworkers, neighbors and community members.
Investigators reconstruct the tragic final hours in a murder victim's life in order to crack the case and find the killer.
Investigation Discovery joins forces with reporters from People magazine to tell stories of the destructive effects cults have on members and their families. Lured by false promises, everyday people are caught up in terrifying webs of abuse, deception and manipulation, building to pivotal moments when blind worship leads to violence and even death. Each hourlong episode offers an in-depth exploration of a twisted American cult, from world-famous Jonestown to smaller but equally disturbing sects of depravity. People's journalists interview survivors who managed to escape a cult, exposing stories of power-crazed leaders who use mind control, sex, and daily rituals to dominate followers.
For better and worse, a work environment represents a microcosm of society. While lifelong friendships are formed at a job, and perhaps it's a place where people even meet their future spouses, working alongside others also increases the likelihood that creeps may be close by. "The Killer Beside Me" exposes the dark underbelly of workplace relations, where romantic rivalries and power plays culminate in murders. Cinematic re-enactments form the basis of the true stories, and interviews with family and friends of victims and law enforcement personnel lend support.
"Breaking Homicide" seeks closure for desperate families whose loved ones were victims in murder cases that have gone cold. Former Rhode Island police Sgt. Derrick Levasseur investigates decades-old cases, chasing down new clues and providing fresh perspective to those who never gave up on the search for justice. Helped by local law enforcement, victims' family members and advanced technology, Levasseur meticulously dissects each piece of evidence, unearthing new leads in some cases.
If anyone knows how to come out on top in a murder case, it's Anna-Sigga Nicolazzi. As a prosecutor with the Brooklyn District Attorney's office for two decades, Nicolazzi amassed a 35-0 record in the Homicide Bureau and established a flawless reputation for exposing the truth, while remaining a steadfast advocate for victims. Her expertise carries over to her role in "True Conviction," a six-episode series that follows Nicolazzi as she travels across the country to reveal how top prosecutors tackled their toughest cases. She visits crime scenes, examines cases through the eyes of prosecutors, and meets with key figures at the center of each case. The goal, she says, is to bring these true crime stories to life and tell them in a way that hasn't been done before.
Living in a surveillance society means everyday actions are caught on camera, mostly of honest citizens going about their routines. Video, however, doesn't discriminate; criminals also end up on film. "See No Evil" presents dramatic stories of crimes being solved with the aid of surveillance cameras. Testimony from police, eyewitnesses and families are woven into re-enactments bolstered by actual security-camera footage, which helps unlock answers to cases that otherwise might have remained unsolved and left dangerous perpetrators at large.
Lt. Joe Kenda spent 23 years in the Colorado Springs Police Department, where he amassed a lifetime of memories catching killers and helping solve close to 400 homicide investigations. The vivid memories are brought back to life in this hourlong series, as Kenda reopens his "Murder Books" for viewers -- folders in which every detail of his murder cases is held -- to revisit the most disturbing cases still haunting him today. As he details the process of how he solved the crimes, Kendra also embarks on a personal journey, coming to terms with long-suppressed nightmares. As he says, "I don't want to tell these stories. I need to."
In classic Investigation Discovery style, "Murder in the Heartland" weaves harrowing narratives of quiet Middle America towns torn apart by provocative crimes. Each town's tale is given life by the combined perspectives of its residents, who are more than just storytellers. The interviewees were also key witnesses to each of the crimes, and they hold critical clues to puzzles that not only have forever changed their lives but how they have come to view their once-idyllic hometowns.
Like trying to decipher the value of a book without ever opening it, judging a person by his or her outward appearance can be a mistake. Someone may look perfect on the outside, but even the most kind-hearted soul has a dark side looming. "Diabolical" is a 10-episode docuseries that delves into the minds of murderers, asking a simple question: "Why did they do it?" The acts were committed with extreme premeditation -- many were months or even years in the making. Tension builds in each episode as law enforcement taps into the methods of devious masterminds, aided by insights from forensic psychologists and psychiatrists as well as criminal profilers.
How well do you know your neighbors? What are their names? What do they do for a living? After watching "Nightmare Next Door," you may want to find out a little more about them. Each episode tells the story of a murder that happened in a seemingly tight-knit community. Viewers get to the heart of the case through interviews with investigators, prosecutors, family members and -- of course -- neighbors, in addition to forensic experiments. The stories reveal twists and turns, and when a suspect emerges, the final outcome can surprise everyone involved.
Dark dreams see the light of day in "Your Worst Nightmare," a typical Investigation Discovery true-crime series complete with jump-out-of-your-seat moments and chilling conclusions. Classic suspense film techniques highlight re-enactments of creepy, harrowing crimes, as victims' darkest dreams become unfathomable realities. Each hourlong episode features one story interlaced with commentary from law enforcement, criminal justice professionals, and psychologists, plus accounts from friends and family of the victim.
From blushing brides turned cold-blooded killers to smitten grooms with shocking dark sides, "Fatal Vows" examines the criminal psychology behind deadly divorces. Guiding viewers through actual stories of love gone wrong are psychotherapist Stacy Kaiser and forensic/clinical psychologist Dr. Brian Russell, who examine each couple to better understand how the marriage turned from flawed to fatal. Stylized re-enactments are supported by interviews with family, friends, law enforcement, and potential victims of the crime, while Kaiser and Dr. Russell provide analysis on unions that break down until divorce and murder collide.
"Betrayed" reveals chilling stories of chasing the American dream and how the veneer can dramatically crumble, ending in murder at the hands of a trusted family member, co-worker, lover, or friend. The cases of deception are told through the lens of the fictionalized, first-person perspectives of the victims. As investigators, family, and friends peel back the layers and facts of each case, the otherworldly narrator already knows where the trail ends. The narrator guides viewers through various relationships, raising suspicions about who will commit the ultimate betrayal.
The power of Investigation Discovery's dedicated fanbase unites with legendary victims' rights advocate John Walsh to continue his lifelong mission to track down fugitives on the run and find missing children. On each hourlong episode, John tells the time-sensitive stories of two fugitives and two missing children, taking viewers on a journey through the eyes of family members, friends and authorities who are desperate for resolution. He is joined by his son, Callahan, who leads the operation on the ground, working in tandem with the community and local authorities to solve the cases.
Chilling scenarios unfold in this true-crime series, which tells actual stories of people who shared their lives with loved ones who became killers. Each hourlong episode puts viewers in the shoes of the loved one, who first notices that something is amiss, interprets the puzzling signs and clues, and eventually comes face-to-face with the horrible truth: that the person has a very dark side. Exclusive interviews and firsthand accounts of the critical moments leading up to the vicious acts showcase devastating, often undiscussed consequences on the people who have nurtured, loved and raised a murderer.
Most homicide detectives would rather forget what they see at gruesome crime scenes. Pat Postiglione is not like most detectives. He has the gift of a photographic memory. Coupled with a laser sharp eye for evidence and the ability to detect microscopic clues, Postiglione is one of the most valuable detectives in his Nashville, Tenn., precinct. During his more than 25 years working homicide, he has seen hundreds of crime scenes, and he remembers each as if it happened yesterday. For the first time, he recounts his most memorable cases, walking viewers through the locations in exacting detail. Episodes feature each crime scene re-created based on police records and Postiglione's unparalleled memory.
If anyone goes down a dark path in East Texas, Sheriff J.B. Smith and detectives Pamela Dunklin and Joe Rasco are right on their tail. The three crime fighters perfectly complement one another: Dunklin leads with her intuition and is detail oriented; Rasco is the analytical thinker of the group; and Sheriff Smith is their fearless leader, empowering Dunklin and Rasco to tap into their skillsets. Each episode focuses on a memorable case, retracing the crime scene, the evidence, and the power of deduction it took to bring a killer to justice. It features in-depth interviews and detailed recreations, with interviews from victims' friends and families, news media, and other law enforcement weaved throughout the episode.
Hundreds of homicide cases in any given year can shake even the staunchest cities and police departments to the core. The statistics, however, don't paint the real stories and the effect that lingers -- through the pain endured by victims' loved ones, the community impact, and the memories that detectives will never forget. "Homicide City" explores unforgettable murder cases from major American cities, investigations that had law enforcement banding together across metropolitan landscapes in a sequence of manhunts. Each story is told by veteran homicide detectives, local reporters, and the victims' families.