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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.

Latest episodes

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A serial killer crisscrosses California until his inner demons lead him to show up at a local Sheriff's Department with a victim's body part in his jacket pocket.
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The disappearance of a wealthy retiree in South Florida quickly turns from a missing person's case to a full blown homicide investigation focused around an unexpected perpetrator and her convoluted plan to get away with murder.
aired 7 days ago
A serial predator targets men at gay bars, leaving a trail of dead bodies along the southeastern United States. Cops struggle to play catch up, until the perpetrator leaves behind a key piece of evidence at a crime scene.
aired 8 days ago
The murder of a man inside his suburban Los Angeles home sets off a chain reaction of murder, conspiracy, and furious cover ups, which ultimately point back to a mastermind who's in it for the money.
aired 9 days ago
After months of investigation, cops make two discoveries that confirm an expectant mom who disappeared on Christmas Eve had been targeted for murder.
aired 10 days ago
Cops investigate the apparent carjacking of a husband and wife in East Los Angeles, California only to discover that the ambush was a ruse, carried out by cousins, to kill the husband for insurance money.
aired 17 days ago
Police in rural Minnesota investigate the murder of a missing woman whose dead body is dumped next to an abandoned farmhouse.
aired 18 days ago
Law enforcement investigates a series of unsolved murders in the state of Colorado over the course of a year, only to realize all the seemingly isolated incidents all point back to a single FBI informant.
aired 21 days ago
A heartbroken millionaire marries a much younger woman, ending with a shotgun blast to the stomach and a lethal dose of poison.
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When a Southern California high school teacher suddenly dies, it appears his death was due to natural causes, but once law enforcement starts looking into his widow, they uncover her treacherous past and her preference for using poison to kill.
aired 24 days ago
The random murder of a woman in Central Montana sends law enforcement on the hunt for a killer; using a network of informants and good old fashioned methods the authorities track down the mentally unstable man behind the motiveless crime.
aired 28 days ago
A homicide involving a teenage daughter and her boyfriend who can't get out from underneath a mother's overbearing eye; once cops unravel the twisted web of lies, they uncover the shocking truth behind a premeditated murder plot.
aired 29 days ago
When cops investigate the slaying of a casino worker in Las Vegas, they uncover a murder conspiracy that was months in the making.
aired 30 days ago
A dedicated mother disappears from suburban Los Angeles, leaving behind three kids and a husband she planned to divorce; law enforcement determines she's been the victim of a homicide but it takes them nearly two decades to unravel the mystery.
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The discovery of a burned body on the side of the road kick starts a furious race to find a killer.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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