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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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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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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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Home movies reveal the fabulous lifestyle of Lanny and Donna Horwitz who are raising their son, Radley, in their Florida mansion; when their lives are upended by a ghastly shooting, everyone in this eccentric family becomes a suspect.
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A fun-loving couple cultivates close relationships with their grown daughters, then the mother is bludgeoned to death in her home; no one suspects that the unthinkable could be true, but video doesn't lie, unlike guilty people.
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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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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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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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Manling Williams returns home to find her young sons murdered and her sword collector husband, Neal, stabbed to death.
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A father-of-two disappears right before starting a new job; his wife has no idea where he went, while his friends hint that he led a secret, sordid life; the man's disappearance remains a mystery for years until a tip reveals the jaw-dropping truth.
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After Sherri Dally vanishes from her Ventura, Calif., home, her husband, Michael, and her friend, Debbie, head up a massive search; however, someone knows more than they're saying, and home videos tell a tale of sordid secrets and double lives.
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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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Home videos show U.S. Air Force Sgt. Nathan Paet and his family living a blissfully normal life, then blind greed brings about the destruction of this loving family.
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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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While Ron and Cynthia Phillips and their four children try to adjust to life in a remote Colorado town, home videos mask dark impulses within the Phillips family, ones that will lead to deceit, infidelity and murder.
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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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After Ohioan Richard Beasley vanishes, police discover that an online monster has been luring local men to their deaths.
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As seen in home videos, the Snyders are thrilled when their 34-year-old son, Mike, finally starts a family with his sweetheart, then Mike vanishes after being diagnosed with a terrible illness, and his horrific fate comes to light only years later.
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In Ohio, Jack and Linda Myers are shot to death in their sleep, and the only eye witness is their sleepy 4-year-old grandson; now, family members speak about what happened that night and share home movies revealing a monster living in their midst.
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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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Kevin and Joanne Dowling like to capture their children's milestones on videotape, then Kevin is accused of gunning down a woman in a nearby town, and his fate hangs on his video camera.
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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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