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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.

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Hollywood golden boy Gavin Smith, a 20th Century Fox executive and former star UCLA basketball player, goes missing; for years, his family and detectives search tirelessly for answers, but a group of heartless characters hold fast to their secrets.
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Motivational speaker Jeffrey Locker, 52, is found stabbed to death in East Harlem, N.Y.; at first, detectives suspect Locker was in the wrong place at the wrong time, then they learn the truth is far more complex and shocking.
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University of Miami football player Marlin Barnes and his friend, Timwanika Lumpkins, are beaten to death in Barnes' apartment; as detectives search for the vicious killer, the crime sends shock waves through the campus and community.
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After 39-year-old Dawn Viens goes missing, her chef husband, David, reports she ran away to escape her problems; the investigation leads detectives to an unexpected killer who disposed of Viens' body in an unimaginable way.
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In Bronx, N.Y., police investigate the murder of 20-year-old Kimberly Antonakos who was set ablaze while still alive.
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Film director Adrienne Shelly is discovered hanging by a bed sheet from the shower rod in her bathroom; while Shelly's death looks like a suicide, her husband insists it was murder, and detectives start to believe him.
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When Robert Schwartz, a father of three, dies in a brutal murder in his own home made to look like a ritualistic killing, the investigation uncovers a killer much closer to home.
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A car races up to the emergency room doors at a Mount Kisco, N.Y., hospital; driver Carlos Perez-Olivo has been shot in his side, while wife Peggy has been shot in the head; investigators must determine what horror has befallen this couple.
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Ann Anastasi returns home from shopping to find her husband, Anthony, lifeless in bed, a gun beside him; police soon find a second victim, Jacqueline Riggs, in the basement; later, they discover a dark tale of love, lust and violence.
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On Long Island, a man pulls into a gas station claiming his wife has been shot dead by a motorist on the highway, but he's foggy on the details.
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Peter Theriault, 51, has never missed a day of work in nearly 30 years, then he fails to arrive for his shift at a car plant in Commerce City, Calif.; his family and friends immediately suspect that something is very wrong.
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Twenty-six-year-old car dealer Christopher O'Brien takes a stranger for a test drive and never returns; investigators wonder whether O'Brien's criminal past has caught up with him.
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After New York City fashion photographer Joel Schoenfeld is shot dead in his Greenwich Village studio, detectives uncover a dark secret and a twisted tale of revenge.
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Randy Scheffield's family finds him dead in his bed and assumes he has succumbed to a heart attack, but detectives slowly uncover a murder conspiracy that will rock Scheffield's small town for years to come.
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Multi-millionaire Las Vegas real estate developer Ron Rudin goes missing; to find him, detectives trace twisted a path filled with haunting spirits, dark obsession and greed.
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Miami businessman Henry Diaz goes missing the night before a family vacation.
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Wisconsin police are shocked to find an elderly couple brutally murdered in their home, then their family members and neighbors start receiving death threats as well.
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An intruder shoots Daniel Ott dead with a shotgun in a stunning case of mistaken identity that leads investigators into the heart of one of the most dangerous criminal rings in the country.
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Pro football player Sean Taylor is shot dead by an intruder in his Miami home.
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Forty-two-year-old Miami mother Raquel Calderin vanishes without a trace on her way home from work in 2012; the investigation into disappearance leads detectives deep into a disturbing family picture, and the truth will haunt them for years to come.
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Forty-seven-year-old mother Joyce Aparo is found strangled to death near a road 70 miles from her home in Glastonbury, Conn.; the investigation leads detectives into a dark world of abuse, sexual obsession and lies.

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From the moment a homicide is reported, a file is assembled to document every facet of the investigation -- crime scene photos, notes and observations, forensic reports, witness interviews, suspect profiles -- and continues to grow with new information until an arrest is made and conviction attained. Investigation Discovery opens these "murder books" to tell haunting tales buried within the pages. Hourlong episodes take viewers back in time with details of decades-old cold cases using actual archival footage, crime-scene evidence and first-person interviews with lead investigators, unraveling the mystery and uncovering what broke the cases open.
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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.
Some of the world's most notorious murders are the subject of "It Takes a Killer," which investigates the crimes from the perspective of the killers, trying to get inside their minds and determine their motives. Leading homicide investigators and experts from such agencies as the FBI and Scotland Yard take a look at the evidence pulled from crime scenes and profile the killer's behavior to try to piece together the details of each murder, explaining when, why and how each criminal committed the crime. For the wannabe detectives watching the show, the experts also reveal how the crime was solved -- which often requires authorities to think like a killer.