Told through first-person interviews, stylized recreations and archival footage, ID's true-life crime series, "The Object of Murder," examines murders and the unique items that provided vital clues to the detectives tasked with solving them. In one episode, investigators find a missing woman's online journal that reveals the truth of what happened to her. In another, a man goes missing while duck hunting but leaves behind his boat and shotgun. Each episode showcases a different crime via interviews with loved ones who feel deep emotional connections to the objects that illuminated the events that changed their lives forever.
Michelle Mockbee, 42, is beaten to death at work; robbery is ruled out since Mockbee is still wearing her pink sapphire ring; the case stalls until a video surfaces that blows it wide open.
Nancy Pfister is found murdered in her closet; police have several suspects but minimal evidence until they examine her personal items.
In 2011, Holly Bobo is abducted from her home in rural Tennessee; the investigation goes cold for two years until a hunter makes a gruesome discovery.
In 2000, Mike Williams, 31, vanishes while duck hunting on a Florida lake; his boat and his shotgun are found, but not his body; 17 years later, a violent kidnapping leads detectives to suspects who had been hiding in plain sight.
In 1982, JoAnn Tate, 35, is stabbed to death in her home in St Louis, and her children, Melissa, 7, and Renee, 4, are left critically injured; Melissa identifies the attacker but remembers something different years later.
In 2016, Tricia Todd, 33, is reported missing after failing to pick up her daughter from a babysitter; investigators find her online journal that reveals the true horror of what had happened.
"Murder Board" presents real-life stories about puzzling murder cases in which the evidence board plays a crucial role during the investigations. The murder wall helps investigators visualize the evidence as they develop theories and make connections. The wall evolves throughout each episode as clues are collected, crime scene photos are amassed, witnesses are interviewed, and suspects are identified. Some of the leads on the wall go nowhere, while others lead to startling breakthroughs that help the police to crack the case.
Not every murder scene leaves behind clues in the form of bloody footprints, clothing fibers or fingerprint stains. Investigators earn their reputations by discovering evidence other than what is easy to see. This series spotlights devoted investigators who "go beyond the headlines," incorporating cutting-edge science to find the tiniest trace evidence and understand its relevance. The forensics-driven stories are told via stylized re-enactments, showing how the best investigators work to decipher which clues mean nothing and which ones will put a killer behind bars, all to bring justice to victims' loved ones.
Never forgetting what happened to loved ones who have been murdered is a way of paying respect, however horrifying and raw those memories may be. The recollections can come in handy too, like when they contain critical clues that help detectives piece together the final hours of the victim's life. This series examines that aspect of homicide cases, with each hourlong story told through the memories of family members, friends, and investigators, plus images from the time of the crime that still haunt and are unforgettable.
When a crime scene throws suspicion in multiple directions, investigators may have a perfect murder on their hands. Ingenious killers are every detective's worst nightmare, as the crimes they commit are full of leads that become dead ends, and multiple suspects are ultimately discarded. But just when a murderer thinks he or she has successfully gotten away with it, one small clue leads to another and a cold case suddenly turns hot. "The Perfect Murder" follows actual cases and uses stylized re-enactments depicting detectives slowly putting the pieces together to complete intricate puzzles.
Investigation Discovery's "The Murder Tapes" chronicles homicide investigations using raw and unfiltered footage, including body-cam, surveillance and interrogation-room footage. Family members react in real time, investigators give their first impressions at crime scenes and suspects protest their innocence before coming clean. Viewers see and hear it all, getting up-close and personal with real-life murder investigations. Episodes track cases from start to finish, proving that the truth wins out when tapes roll.
The pages of best-selling author James Patterson's books come alive in this true-crime series, a suspenseful foray into a world of twisted tales that once again proves truth is stranger than fiction.The hourlong episodes feature stylized re-enactments of unique murder mysteries that have enough twists and turns to fill a rollercoaster. But, according to Investigation Discovery, what's most shocking is that the mind-bending crimes are 100 percent real. Each self-contained story has an episode title that matches with that of one of Patterson's true-crime paperbacks.