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.
When cops investigate the slaying of a casino worker in Las Vegas, they uncover a murder conspiracy that was months in the making.
The clock is ticking as police in northern Minnesota rush to rescue a kidnapped college student; it takes NASA technology for law enforcement to uncover the identity of the abductor, who turns out to be a serial predator.
A church-going mother with no known enemies suddenly disappears from Northeastern Texas; as cops investigate, they uncover a serial predator from the shadows and rush to stop him before he kills again.
The murder of a respected college professor sends shockwaves through suburban Richmond, Virginia; cops investigate the homicide nonstop until evidence reveals a cold-blooded killer's premeditated plot.
The discovery of a Jane Doe underneath a New Jersey bridge kick starts an intensive investigation to figure out who she is and how she died.
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Police follow the trail of a young Southern California woman who vanishes without a trace for years until a random encounter turns them onto a chilling discovery and an even colder criminal.
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A serial predator terrorizes Southeastern Louisiana, strangling men to death and disposing of their bodies like trash for nearly a decade until a potential victim escapes his clutches, and then leads police right to the killer's doorstep.
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In Southern California, law enforcement hunt for a serial killer who is targeting elderly women within a few mile radius; after weeks of searching, a survivor comes forward with a description that blows the case wide open.
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After the murder of a grandmother in the suburbs of Cincinnati, it takes nearly a year, a microscopic clue, and a piece of jewelry as unique as a fingerprint for law enforcement to bring the murderer to justice.
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A merciless triple homicide in New Orleans, Louisiana leaves law enforcement with puzzling clues, but as they piece together the mystery, they quickly realize there is more to the murders than a robbery gone wrong.
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A bloodbath inside a Beverly Hills mansion sparks a high publicized investigation; after months working the case, law enforcement uncovers the secrets of a family so deep in turmoil that a cold-blooded murder plot was hatched to bring it down.
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A damaged man turns Cleveland, Ohio into a hunting ground as part of a twisted plot to exact revenge on the women who hurt him.
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When women in a working class Rhode Island town begin mysteriously disappearing, cops investigate and discover the dark obsession of a serial killer nobody suspected.
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A recent widower is brutally murdered inside his North Dakota home; law enforcement quickly uncover evidence that reveals the homicide is part of a desperate plan from a person almost too close for suspicion.
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A soccer mom moonlighting as an escort disappears from Western Colorado, and it takes homicide detectives nearly seven years to unravel what proves to be a cold-blooded murder and a horrific cover up.
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A serial killer uses Louisiana's capital city as his private hunting ground, leaving a trail of dead women over a three-year span; cops struggle to stop him, until he leaves a survivor who picks him out of lineup and brings him to justice.
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A husband and wife are savagely attacked in their upstate New York home by an axe-wielding murderer; the wife survives, but loses her memory of the attack, so police must rely on the evidence.
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Police in rural Minnesota investigate the murder of a missing woman whose dead body was dumped next to an abandoned farmhouse.
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A deranged man terrorizes New York City in the late 1970s, leaving a trail of dead and wounded in his wake until a series of letters, a reluctant witness, and a parking ticket lead to his capture.
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After a brutal killing at a construction site, homicide detectives track down a suspect who they've been eyeing from the beginning.
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When police stop investigating the disappearance of a family of atheists, an intrepid journalist picks up the torch and hunts down a mastermind hell-bent on revenge who resulted to kidnapping, extortion and murder.
You may not want to watch "Paranormal Witness" alone if you're easily spooked. This series brings to life -- through the use of first-hand testimony, home videos and personal photos -- the stories of people who have lived through paranormal experiences. In addition to featuring the usual paranormal stuff -- UFO sightings, poltergeists, haunted mansions, to name just a few -- "Paranormal Witness" episodes also tell the stories of a child with an imaginary friend and a highway that is said to be haunted.
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.
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 was in its infancy in 2004, but the explosion in its popularity in the years since then has kept alive a missing-person case. Nursing student Maura Murray vanished in February 2004 after witnesses heard what sounded like a car crash. The case has led a legion of armchair detectives to come up with their own theories about the apparent crime on blogs, websites and podcasts. In this series, investigative journalist Maggie Freleng tries to unravel a slew of unexplored leads, eyewitness discrepancies and missing evidence that have cropped up online. She receives rare access to Maura's family and friends and talks with people who have dedicated countless hours to searching for the truth in the case. Freleng retraces Maura's last-known steps to try to find out what really happened and tackle the unanswered questions that remain -- perhaps most importantly, did Maura choose to disappear or was she a victim of foul play?
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.
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.
Oxygen's long-running "Snapped" true-crime series takes a look at cases involving women who are accused of murder. In "Snapped: She Made Me Do It," women are the supposed masterminds behind deadly acts, but aren't necessarily the ones accused of the crimes. As is customary with these types of shows, witness testimony, interviews with experts and dramatic reenactments are used to tell the story of each case. Viewers get both sides of the story in each case before finding out the jury's verdict. Romance is often at the core of the attacks.