On May 30, 2005, 18-year-old Natalee Holloway disappeared on the island of Aruba. Her case resulted in a worldwide media frenzy, yet Natalee's body was never found, and her father, Dave Holloway, has never stopped searching for answers. Now, 12 years later, he's following what he believes to be the most credible lead to date: a detailed firsthand account from a man who claims to know the whereabouts of his daughter's remains, and the hope of finally getting a conviction of Joran van der Sloot. This true crime series follows Dave and T.J. Ward, the family's longtime private investigator, in the latest and perhaps final chapter of the decade-long pursuit to uncover what really happened to Natalee.
Some of the world's most notorious murders are the subject of "It Takes a Killer," which investigates the crimes from the perspective of the killers, trying to get inside their minds and determine their motives. Leading homicide investigators and experts from such agencies as the FBI and Scotland Yard take a look at the evidence pulled from crime scenes and profile the killer's behavior to try to piece together the details of each murder, explaining when, why and how each criminal committed the crime. For the wannabe detectives watching the show, the experts also reveal how the crime was solved -- which often requires authorities to think like a killer.
Think "Cold Case" meets "CSI" with a bit of "Rizzoli & Isles" mixed in, then make it real. That's the formula for this unscripted procedural drama that follows two veteran female investigators as they attempt to crack murder cases that have lingered for years without answers and closure. Kelly Siegler is an attorney and former Texas prosecutor who successfully tried 68 murder cases in her 21 years on the job, including 20 capital murder death penalty cases in which she secured the death penalty in 19 of those trials. She gets help from veteran detectives, who dig into small-town murder cases that have gone unsolved for years in the hope of getting justice for the victims and their loved ones.
Prolific producer Dick Wolf is best known for creating and producing the various "Law & Order" series that show fictionalized accounts of how the criminal justice system works. For this show, he's entering the realm of unscripted TV to offer viewers a rare look at what happens inside the New York field office of the FBI. Each episode of this series, which is produced in conjunction with the FBI, centers around a different division within the federal agency -- including counterterrorism, gang units, cyber crimes and human trafficking.
Most true-crime shows let viewers know the identity of the victim right away, before working their way into revealing the identity of the perpetrator. That's not how things work on "Killision Course," which conceals all of the participants' roles until the episode's final act. While working toward the conclusion, each hourlong episode re-creates a murder case involving a victim, accomplice and killer. Stories often involve friends or lovers who commit crimes against people who once trusted them. It's all part of the road leading up to the big reveal, which is when viewers learn what role each party played in the fatal act.
The first three days after somebody is abducted are extremely important. Statistically, the chances of finding the abductee alive diminish significantly after the first 72 hours. "Three Days to Live" chronicles kidnapping cases, using re-creations and first-hand testimony from authorities and loved ones to illustrate what went on -- from the crucial periods early on in the cases, which all feature females who were taken, through the twists and turns the kidnappings took before reaching their conclusions. Journalist SuChin Pak narrates the hourlong series.
Social media can be a good thing when used properly, allowing people to catch up with friends and family who don't live nearby. Things can go wrong, though, when it's not used the right way. This series shows extreme examples of the negative outcomes that can result from social media usage. Episodes tell the stories of cases in which social media activity had dangerous -- sometimes deadly -- consequences. Cinematic re-enactments, witness testimony and expert interviews are used to present the tales that begin with something as simple as an online post or tweet and end with violence. Cases include an online feud between friends that results in a physical altercation and a seemingly innocent online connection to leads to a homicide.
Victims' rights activist John Walsh returns to weekly TV as host of a documentary-style investigation series. Walsh details stories of ongoing cases involving fugitives, with the intent of expanding searches outside the United States. Interviews with victims, loved ones and law enforcement accompany new leads in each hourlong episode, giving the public information to facilitate the capture of suspects. Walsh, a spokesman for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, hosted the series "America's Most Wanted" for 25 years, helping apprehend more than 1,200 criminals.
Each episode of this true-crime reality series examines a different felon, usually a female, who has committed murder or attempted murder. The victim is usually the perpetrator's partner. The documentary-style series features interviews with friends and family members of the accused and victims, law-enforcement officials, attorneys and other people with first-hand knowledge of the cases.