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Inspired by HBO's acclaimed drama "True Detective," Investigation Discovery brings to life actual homicide cases through the words of the law enforcement officers who are still haunted by them. "Real Detective" blends documentary and scripted elements -- and narratives driven exclusively by the detectives themselves -- to create cinematic true crime TV, with featured guest stars including Michael Madsen, Devon Sawa, Curtis Caravaggio and Zoie Palmer. Each hourlong episode ventures deep into the mind of a homicide detective as he or she describes in vivid detail the one case forever ingrained in the memory.

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Detective Eddie Herman's ego gets in the way during an investigation into a double homicide, and the killer walks free.
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In Wausau, Wis., a well-liked man doesn't show up for work, and the case turns suspicious; Investigator Larry Woebbeking finds himself in a predicament when the victim's girlfriend appears to fall for him.
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Investigator Clarence Douglas tackles the case of Angel Doe, a little girl found dead in a ditch near the Houston Bayou, promising not to neglect her in death, like she was in life.
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A young woman fails to return to her home in Boulder, Colo, and she is later found decapitated; Detective Steve Ainsworth soon learns she was part of a mysterious Apostolic church group, led by a pastor who has a reputation for preying on the weak.
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In Lake County, Fla., Chief Investigator Rocky Harris is called in to investigate a haunting case, the rape and murder of a young girl; wading through bad police work and dead ends, Harris is sickened when he uncovers the identity of the killer.
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In Sacramento, Calif., FBI Special Agent Jeff Rinek searches for 7-month-old Frankie Proctor, who was kidnapped from his home, while fearing the baby may already be dead.
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Indianapolis Detective Christine Mannina arrives on the scene of an execution-style shooting that's left one man dead and another in critical condition; Mannina knows she must convince a reluctant witness to come forward and put her life on the line.
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One year into the most demanding case of his career, senior investigator Bob Creed arrives at the scene of the 16th murder in a string of slayings, and it turns out to be on his grandfather's property where he spent most of his youth.
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Inspectors John Conaty and Ray Giacomelli take on a murder case, in which the prime suspect is a dangerous killer who was put behind bars years earlier.
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While seeking to clear a suspect's name in the disappearance of a child, John Cameron delves into the world of a ritualistic child killer.
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Detective Mike Ciesinsky investigate a series of murders in an area of Seattle called "the jungle," but his leads go nowhere until a prison inmate calls will information.
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After a hit-and-run accident tears a family apart, Detective Tommy Ray takes the grieving wife and daughter under his wing; later, a chance encounter will make the detective realize he doesn't really know them.
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New homicide detective Leigh Maroni makes a rookie mistake when she gets too close to a murder victim's mother; as Maroni unearths the dark secrets that led to the murder, she is forced to share them with the victim's devastated mother.
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Detective Don Tabak becomes world-weary and hardened while working homicides in Los Angeles until a murder victim's mother opens his eyes.
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After a young woman is murdered, the signs point to suspects with friends in high places, but Texas Ranger Phil Ryan is intent on finding justice for the victim.
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Still troubled after killing someone in the line of duty, Detective C.W. Jensen faces the most haunting case of his career -- the pursuit of a serial killer who murders children, and the case pushes the detective to the brink of suicide.

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