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Investigation Discovery and People magazine partner to re-examine some of the most high profile crime cases in recent history. The one-hour series brings viewers tales of betrayal, buried secrets and unsung heroes, ripped from the pages of one of the nation's top weekly magazines. These stories transcended news and became part of pop culture, revealing shocking twists, new evidence, and unexpected resolutions. Interlaced within every episode are exclusive interviews with People's journalists, archival footage, re-creations, and firsthand accounts by those closest to the investigations.

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One summer night in 2007, the Petit family is woken up by two strangers in their quiet Connecticut home; suddenly, these four family members find themselves being held hostage and in a fight for their lives.
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Six-year-old beauty queen JonBenét Ramsey is found murdered in her Boulder, Colo., home in 1996, and investigators try to determine whether she was killed by an intruder or by a member of her own family.
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In 1984, the body of a 14-year-old girl turns up on the beach in San Diego and police think it relates to the murder of another teen; a clue yields an unbelievable suspect.
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A senseless murder rocks an African-American neighborhood in 1970s Detroit; police arrest suspects who are ultimately convicted of murder, but 47 years later, the truth finally emerges to right history's wrongs.
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In 1988, a young woman is found murdered in her Modesto, Calif., home, leading police to investigate the strife and infidelity in her marriage; a surprising witness eventually comes forward.
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A double murder involving the family of a federal judge prompts an investigation of epic proportions by the FBI, U.S. Marshals and Chicago Police Department; at the end of the trail, law enforcement personnel learn the death count may climb higher.
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After doting mother Cheryl Coker vanishes from Riverside, Ohio, numerous searches turn up nothing; as police take a closer look at the case, they uncover some disturbing information.
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Police question suspects in the inner circle of Jackie Galloway, a woman found strangled and bound with ritualistic knots; a chance encounter with a prowler leads them to the shocking discovery of a budding serial killer.
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After a young couple goes missing, detectives find a clue leading them to a strange storage container in the middle of 95 acres, and what's inside unlocks the secrets of a monster hiding in plain sight.
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NBA basketball player Lorenzen Wright goes missing outside of Memphis, Tenn., then his body is discovered in the woods, and investigators find out this case is far from a slam dunk.
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Right before Thanksgiving, two masked gunmen reportedly invade a couple's home and kill the husband; with few leads, police use ballistics, forensics and neighborhood gossip to solve this cold-blooded murder.
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Gallaudet University is the premier college for the deaf in the United States, but this haven of higher learning is turned upside down after two students are murdered in their dormitory rooms.
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When a widower and father of three is found murdered outside his Long Island home, police have reason to look into shady business dealings as a possible motive; then, a tip leads to three unlikely suspects, exposing dark family secrets.
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In 1969, a woman is found murdered in Los Angeles, but her identity is a mystery; for decades, police investigate hoping to put a name to the face and find her killer; the one lead that comes up over and over leads them to Charles Manson.
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In 1980, Tim Hack and Kelly Drew go missing from a small Wisconsin town, then their bodies are found in a field; a woman comes forward nearly 40 years later to help solve the so-called "Sweetheart Murders" of Hack and Drew.
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In York, Pa., race riots claim the lives of an African-American mother and a young, white police officer; their deaths are largely forgotten until 30 years later when their cold cases are reopened, revealing the city's dark past.
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In the summer of 2000, bags full of body parts start appearing all over the San Francisco Bay Area; investigators follow the trail of grisly clues to a secret cult carrying out a sinister scheme.
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In 1992, a 19-year-old woman is brutally assaulted outside of Desert Hot Springs, Calif.; miraculously, she escapes but lives in constant fear that her assailant will find her again one day, not realizing she has survived a serial killer.
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In 1998, a gifted Philadelphia graduate student is found murdered in her bed, triggering a hunt for her killer.
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Cambodian genocide survivor Dr. Haing Ngor wins an Oscar for his role in "The Killing Fields," then he's gunned down outside his Los Angeles home, and the LAPD investigates a web of political intrigue, revenge and street gangs to uncover the truth.
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In the early 1970s, Washington D.C. is terrorized by a cunning killer who abducts and murders six young African American girls; police and the community are outraged by the serial killings that target young children in their own neighborhoods.

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