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Actual murder cases from the 1950s and '60s get sleek, cinematic treatment in this series, transporting viewers back to a pre-forensics era when sometimes it was more about how suspects looked than what they did that determined guilt. Narrative by a fictional bystander -- who "knew" the victim -- drives the hourlong episodes, while reporters who covered the case explain how the events impacted society. Artfully crafted re-creations play out like period thrillers, staying true to fashions and styles, while spotlighting cultural taboos and social norms surrounding each case.

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Four members of the Mark family are found murdered in their Cedar Falls, Iowa, home, prompting police to suspect someone close to the family; the bizarre outcome shakes the townspeople and devastates the surviving members of the Mark family.
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Ten-year-old Leona O'Loughlin fails to show up at school, while her detective father Leo falls violently ill; investigators consider the chilling possibility that someone may be trying to eliminate the entire family.
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In Los Angeles, 1968, Cheryl Perveler is found bleeding to death in her sports car with a gunshot wound to the head, then investigators delve into Perveler's life and uncover an outlandish plot that defies belief.
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The blood-soaked body of 76-year-old Franklin Bradshaw is found behind the counter of his auto-parts store, prompting detectives to dig into the strained history of his family and uncover a hotbed of deceit, manipulation and all-consuming greed.
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A detective struggles to exonerate his black friend from rape allegations pinned on him by the LAPD's all-white brass; he must navigate entrenched racism, lead a stake-out and employ the magic of Hollywood to ensnare the real predator.
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Heiress Barbara Mackle is kidnapped and buried alive in a coffin-like capsule; local police and the FBI race to Mackle's abductor before her time underground runs out.
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In what became known as the crime of the century, a boy from one of Chicago's wealthiest families is kidnapped and found murdered; the ensuing investigation zeroes in on the wealthy, thrill-seeking college students, Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb.
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Chicago is gripped with terror after three bizarre and savage murders go unsolved; police officers and newspaper reporters are eager to deliver a suspect amidst the public furor.
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The story behind author Truman Capote's classic non-fiction novel, "In Cold Blood," which details the Clutter family murders in 1959 and the nationwide manhunt for the killers that followed.
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In 1970, an entire family is discovered shot and drowned in their own swimming pool in Santa Cruz, Calif., and investigators must search psychedelic hippie communes to solve this Manson-style murder.
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In Los Angeles, 1922, a man is found dead, while his wife is discovered locked in a closet, and detectives soon find themselves caught up in a world of seduction and obsession where the ghosts are all too real.
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In Bronx, N.Y., 1941, tea for two ends in murder, and investigators must count on the testimony of a few brave women to bring the killer to justice.
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In 1963, Carol Thompson, church-going wife and devoted mother of four, is found in a bloody heap on her neighbor's doorstep; now, detectives must peel away the layers of her picture-perfect life to reveal the victim's painful secrets.
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Patricia Jones' bullet-ridden body turns up in a secluded spot in Kansas City, Mo., and Detective Browning trails her killer from Missouri to Mexico, taunted by the sly smiles of his arch nemesis.
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In 1958, two love-struck, sex-crazed teenagers embark on a killing spree in Lincoln, Neb., and it will fall to one local sheriff to put the brakes on this nightmare of a joyride.
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In 1961, police uncover a shocking high school rumor as they search for teenager Betty Williams in Odessa, Texas.
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In 1934, Eric Madison is found shot to death in a boarding house at the back of the Warner Bros. lot, and his beautiful widow, Nellie, is convicted of murder and sentenced to death.
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Marilyn Sheppard is found beaten to death in her bedroom in 1954, and it will take more than 30 years for investigators to piece together the truth of what happened the night she died.
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In Macon, Ga., Mary Burge is found strangled in her bed, and detectives must delve into a world of hooded Klan members and Yankees in which truth is stranger than fiction.
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In 1937, a pin-up model and two others are discovered brutally murdered on Easter Sunday.
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In 1966, Richard Speck slays eight nursing students at a Chicago dormitory, while the ninth nursing student survives the crime of the century by hiding under a bed.

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