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The most terrifying criminals often hide in plain sight, looking as ordinary as a friendly next-door neighbor. Those regular Joes are the focus of "American Monster," precisely because lurking within them are psychopathic killers. Similar to Investigation Discovery's "See No Evil," the hourlong series uses personal movie footage of the monsters-in-disguise at home with family and friends, giving viewers a sense of how their lives are seemingly normal. Interweaved are the stories of their astonishing crimes and interviews with neighbors and loved ones.

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When outgoing Beth Spaulding and shy Jason Risenburg meet, it looks like a match made in heaven; however, illness and bad luck trigger a tornado of lies and deception that tears them apart.
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After Dr. Jim Kohnle dies in a blaze at his home, evidence and tip-offs lead police to question if his death was an accident, suicide or murder.
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After Ohioan Richard Beasley vanishes, police discover that an online monster has been luring local men to their deaths.
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An obsessive video blogger shares every detail of her roller-coaster life with her husband and their children online; one night, intruders tie her up, kidnap her husband and execute him; it seems someone has been keeping secrets.
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In Ogden, Utah, Stephen and Becky Vargas appear to have it all; however, jealousy and control issues abound behind the picture-perfect life seen in their home videos, but no one suspects their marriage will end in murder.
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Todd and Rachel Winkler's life looks exquisite from the outside, but inside things are falling apart; video footage shows the truth behind their seemingly happy marriage, revealing terrible secrets and mind games that culminate in murder.
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In Colorado, second-time spouses Harold and Toni Henthorn seem to dote on their young daughter and each other, then their idyllic life is shattered by a hiking accident; the couple's home videos conceal a deadly predator who nearly escapes justice.
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Coming home from church, a preacher finds his wife stabbed and beaten, the apparent victim of a home invasion; the preacher's alibi is rock solid, and his son's alibis are sound as well; however, several details don't add up, leading to the truth.
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After a taping of their local-access TV show, Chrissy and Charlie Billis have a terrible accident, smashing their car into a tree; only one of them survives, but tapes from the couple's TV show suggest a sinister tale behind what really happened.
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In Anniston, Ala., the townspeople grieve after Frank Hilley is struck down by a mysterious sickness, then his daughter falls ill, and the family becomes suspicious; home movies tell a shocking tale of murder and reveal the identity of a monster.
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A whirlwind romance ensues after beautiful and mysterious Rebecca Thudin meets dashing Larry Fenton; their union appears to be a match made in heaven, until a murder exposes a tangled web of lies, deceit and buried secrets.
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Doug and Rose fall in love and get married; however, lies and deceit surface behind their seemingly perfect facade as seen on home videos; then, a no-show at Thanksgiving and a box on the side of the road lead to a shocking discovery.
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When Amanda Schmitt marries John Grazioli, the happy day is captured on home video; six months later, police respond to a 911 call and make a shocking discovery.
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In suburban California, an intruder attacks and kills 55-year-old Joan Dawley; as the Dawley family grieves, it falls to LAPD Detective Paul Tippin to crack the case; home movies reveal a shocking tale of deceit.
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Carol-Ann and James Sharp seem like a match made in heaven, but behind the veneer hides a monster in plain sight; loved ones close to the couple sit down for the first time on camera to make sense of a murder that none of them saw coming.
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Great-grandfather Arthur Burney knows he's lucky to have such a large, loving family; but when Arthur is found murdered, the entire Burney family is divided - until a tip-off exposes a masterful plot.
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Dr. John Hamilton and his wife, Susan, are successful, respected and very much in love, until a vicious Valentine's Day murder destroys their lives; never-before-seen home videos shed light on a brutal murder no one saw coming.
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The Yates family moves to Spokane, Wash., only to find it besieged by a serial killer who's targeting young women and confounding the police; now, the family's home videos provide a look at one of the most notorious killers in the United States.
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At a family-run construction company, brothers and cousins work hard and play even harder; then, one of them goes missing, but no one steps forward with answers; the man's disappearance remains a mystery for 20 years.
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The Laffertys are pillars of the Mormon community, and they are known as an example of wholesome family values, as seen in home videos; however, an evil is lurking that will one day explode into an unholy double homicide.
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Four best friends, two married couples, multiple sordid secrets, and one betrayal that leads to murder; with exclusive interviews and never-before-aired home movie footage.

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