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.
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.
This series delves into the psychological showdown that takes place inside actual police interrogation rooms and dissects what happens to yield a confession. Each hourlong episode takes viewers through the twists and turns of a real homicide case, from the crime scene to the suspects' questioning to the ultimate confession. The police officers and detectives assigned to each case reveal their methodology while interviews with the suspects' and victims' friends and family shed light on the crime. In every case, the interrogating officer will "break" the suspect and get a shocking reveal of what really happened.
The most famous and controversial cases of all time are detailed and re-examined for viewers. Some cases include The People v. Michael Jackson, The People v. OJ Simpson, The People v. George Zimmerman and The People v. Robert Durst. The original juries reconvene years after the trials have happened to re-examine the evidence and arguments. With the knowledge they now have of these cases, they discuss and debate if they would stand by their original assessment and verdict of the case or change their answer.
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.
This groundbreaking series from Executive Producer Dick Wolf's "Law & Order" franchise chronicles the ripped-from-the-headlines investigations of the NYPD's Special Victims Unit. Led by courageous and compassionate Lt. Olivia Benson, this elite team includes Detectives Odafin Tutuola, Amanda Rollins and Sonny Carisi, who focus on finding justice for the victims of the city's worst crimes. Assistant District Attorney Rafael Barba seeks justice for SVU's victims and survivors with precision and a passion to win.
Police officers are often portrayed by men in TV shows and movies, with female officers usually taking a back seat to their male counterparts. Policewomen are put in the spotlight, however, in this reality series that focuses on the work they do. "Policewomen Files" details complex murder cases that were solved by policewomen. The show highlights the challenges and setbacks the ladies face, in addition to dramatic revelations that are made, as they piece together the puzzles that are homicide investigations.
Oxygen's long-running true-crime series "Snapped" tells stories of people who commit murder or attempt murder, with the cases usually involving a woman trying to kill her partner. This extension of the franchise shifts the focus to couples who commit crimes. Using re-creations and firsthand accounts, each episode digs into a case, telling the story of the couple's romance, how the relationship evolved from love to manipulation, and what ultimately led the couple to commit the crime. The stories range from teenage lovers who go on a multistate crime spree to lesbian lovers who want to eliminate one of their husbands.
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.