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The 1980s: The Deadliest Decade

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In many ways, the 1980s are considered the deadliest decade in recent history. Who wants to travel back in time knowing the 10 years consisted of infamous cases like the serial-killing crime spree of "Night Stalker" Richard Ramirez, the Menendez brothers' murder of their parents, and Mark David Chapman's cold-blooded shooting of music legend John Lennon? Investigation Discovery explores the dark side of nostalgia to recount other notable murder investigations from the '80s, an era of ego where excess and greed dangerously collide.

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When 13-year-old Sarah Rairdon vanishes from an isolated road in tiny Underwood, Minn., the entire town launches an exhaustive search; the discovery of her body leads to terrifying fears of child abductions and reveals a tragic secret.
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In Boston, Carol Stuart and her unborn child are shot dead, while her husband, Charles, survives the shooting to describe their black assailant and inflame racial tensions, then a witness comes forward with a story that blows open the case.
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An entire family is wiped out in a mass murder, stunning a small town in Missouri; at first, the unlikely suspect is a 14-year-old boy, but the truth turns out to be even more shocking.
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A charismatic Hare Krishna follower disappears, then another member is shot dead, leading police to untangle a twisted web of murder and betrayal.
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Vaudeville producer Roy Radin's bullet-riddled body is found in a canyon in 1983; police attempt to determine if he was the victim of a vicious drug cartel or a movie deal gone wrong.
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When 24-year-old Diane Delia is found dead in the Hudson River, detectives are surprised to realize she was once a man; an investigation leads police to New York's disco and gay club scenes, and a dramatic love triangle that could expose the killer.
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In Biloxi, Miss., Judge Vincent Sherry and his wife, Margaret, a city councilwoman, are shot to death in their home; the murdered couple's oldest daughter sets out on a 10-year quest to find her parents' killer.
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Thirty-one-year-old violinist Helen Mintiks goes missing during a performance at the Metropolitan Opera House, then her naked corpse is discovered in an air shaft at the opera house.
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Young actress Rebecca Schaeffer is gunned down in her doorway in Hollywood, Calif.; detectives investigate, wondering if there's a copycat killer in their midst.
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In Wylie, Texas, young teacher Betty Gore is hacked to death on Friday the 13th, causing investigators to wonder whether a copycat killer is trying to create his own real-life "slasher" film.
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In Libertyville, Ill., a wealthy couple is shot dead while in bed; shocked townspeople ask whether they fell victim to a robbery or to dark secrets harbored by a family member.
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When Long Island newlywed Lisa Solomon disappears on Christmas Eve, family and friends search for her tirelessly; investigators wonder whether she left her husband of two months in the middle of the night or was the victim of foul play.
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Single mother Linda Culbertson lands a dream job as a legal secretary in a Kansas City, Mo., law firm, and falls hard for her married boss, Donald Pierce; the fallout is deadly as Culbertson draws bystanders into a shocking and vicious crime.
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Stockbroker Joe Pikul and his wife, Diane, are living the high life, then Diane discovers Joe's been leading a double life, and within days of the stock market crash on Black Monday in 1987, their marriage comes to a violent end.
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Fifteen-year-old cheerleader Kirsten Costas is stabbed to death in a California suburb, and a teenage girl is seen fleeing the scene; as months pass without an arrest, the police are stumped.
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Teenager Jennifer Levin is found strangled to death in Central Park, and a prep school heartthrob, Robert Chambers, is arrested for the crime; the press seizes on Chambers' claim that Levin's death happened during rough sex.

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