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Motives & Murders: Cracking the Case

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Maybe it's the jealous ex, the co-worker seeking revenge, or perhaps a predator with an appetite for blood? Whatever the motives, crimes are most often solved by relentless investigators searching for the truth and following clues wherever they may lead. This series explores the emotional stories of those attempting to find closure in homicide investigations, from the victims' families to the dedicated police officers. Hourlong episodes present compelling versions of what may have happened and stylized re-enactments of events from different perspectives as new evidence emerges.

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A high school senior is murdered in her family's Minnesota farmhouse, but the case soon goes cold; years later, a fresh set of eyes spots an overlooked clue, but cold case detectives will need more to convict the killer.
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The mutilated body of 17-year-old Lori Billingsley is found in a ditch on the outskirts of town, pointing to a sadistic killer on the loose in Oregon, but Billingsley's case goes cold, and it's up to her sister to pursue justice.
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In southern Louisiana, a task force forms to hunt for a serial killer following a series of deadly home invasions.
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A New Hampshire man is shot dead through his screen door; investigators are stumped until they uncover a seething grudge and a culprit closer to home than anyone could have imagined.
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After a respected widow is beaten to death in her Salt Lake City home, investigators suspect she knew her killer, but it will take 20 years before a set of children's fingerprints can put him at the scene of the crime.
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When 18-year-old Lisa Monza is murdered in San Lorenzo, Calif., investigators look for a connection to other unsolved murders in the area.
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After the blood-soaked body of a young woman is found on the floor of her apartment in Orlando, Fla., it's up to investigators to find her killer before he strikes again.
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Debra Dill's bludgeoned body is discovered next to her car on a September morning in 1973, and it will take nearly two decades to put her killer behind bars.
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Kimberly Dunkin's body is found with a single gunshot wound to the head, and though investigators suspect she was the victim of gang violence, it will take 15 years, a deck of playing cards and a lucky break before the case breaks.
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Matthew Monahon returns home to discover his pregnant wife, Kelsey, hogtied on the floor and clinging to life, then she dies a few days later, and a $300,000 life insurance policy surfaces, turning Monahon into the number one suspect.
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The dumping of a woman's body prompts detectives to begin connecting the dots and find the link between seemingly random beatings, carjackings and murders.
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In Oregon, 19-year-old college student Brooke Wilberger, a devout Mormon, is abducted from a parking lot in broad daylight, prompting a massive search that grabs headlines across the country.
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Years after a woman is shot and the case goes cold, news of a potential prison confession leads investigators back to her front door.
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On her last day of school, a 14-year-old girl is brutally beaten and set on fire, sending shock waves through her California community.
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In Cleveland, 14-year-old Gloria Pointer is snatched off the street, assaulted and murdered on her way to school, and it will take detectives nearly 30 years to put her killer behind bars.
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In Iowa, a pregnant 23-year-old woman is shot in her own bed, and investigators must determine if they are looking for someone with a deadly grudge or a culprit closer to home.
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A college student is stabbed to death while working the nightshift at a convenience store, and her murder goes unsolved for 10 years until an informant steps forward.
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Washington authorities are stunned when a mother of three dies from cyanide poisoning, and their murder investigation uncovers a pattern of tampering with boxes and blister packs.
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After the mutilated body of 17-year-old Shauna Card is discovered on the bathroom floor in her Orlando, Fla., home, it will take years for investigators to finally crack the case.
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When a 20-year-old woman is gunned down in a Maryland suburb, the case goes cold with few leads and almost no evidence, and it will take 25 years before investigators finally close in on the killer.
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In Kilgore, Texas, the residents are reeling from the execution-style slaying of five people abducted from a fast-food restaurant, and it will take several decades before the perpetrators are brought to justice.

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