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There's a reason murder investigations don't begin with preconceived notions. Sometimes those least expected to be capable of committing such dark deeds -- respected role models and trusted members of the community -- can have a sinister side. "Unusual Suspects" documents baffling, challenging investigations, actual cases that were anything but cut and dry. Episodes feature in-depth interviews with leading law enforcement personnel combined with stylized re-enactments, illustrating how illusive offenders evaded capture for years before being undone by persistent police work.

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An elementary school teacher goes missing after her first day at a new job, and investigators sift through clues to uncover the heartbreaking truth behind her sudden disappearance.
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A teen is found strangled after vanishing from her group home; the investigation uncovers the killer's shocking identity.
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After a well-liked teenage boy is found stabbed to death in his Salt Lake City home, detectives leave no stone unturned in their quest to solve the murder that rocked this tranquil community.
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After 23-year-old Ashley Kline is found murdered in a Pennsylvania wildlife preserve, investigators must piece together the last few moments of her life to determine who killed her.
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When a 5-year-old girl describes her mother's killer as being a ninja, police puzzle out the truth behind the child's description as they put the murderer behind bars.
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Police make an arrest in the contract killing of a California businessman and realize it's just the beginning of the story.
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A tireless investigation finally unmasks a killer years after the body of Susan Schumake is found near a trail on the campus of Southern Illinois University.
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In Stockton, Calif., investigators search for 23-year-old Dalene Carlson who has gone missing, then a tractor operator makes a gruesome discovery in a cornfield.
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When a college student is found murdered in his Arlington, Texas, apartment, investigators suspect the kindhearted victim's generosity may have led a killer to his door.
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After an 8-year-old girl is found strangled to death In Ocean Shores, Wash., a local woman is instrumental in helping detectives bring the young victim's killer to justice.
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A businessman comes home to find his wife brutally murdered; investigators close in on a remorseless killer.
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An 8-year-old boy's body is found.
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A video tape surfaces after a naval officer is raped and stabbed suggesting the victim may have been silenced to prevent a scandal.
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In 1988, a 9-year-old girl goes missing in Great Falls, Mont.; the case goes cold until a chance encounter at a bus stop breathes new life into the investigation and leads to the horrifying truth behind the girl's disappearance.
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A chefs body is found dismembered in trash bags along a highway.
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When three Arlington, Texas, teenagers are murdered, a shaky alibi and forensic evidence lead investigators to a suspect with close ties to the victims.
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A popular high school girl is found murdered, and the shocking truth is exposed years later.
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There is no sign of a break-in when 13-year-old Mollie Pittman is attacked and murdered in the Orlando, Fla., home of family friends; it takes investigators 17 years to find out whether she knew her killer.
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A young woman is found murdered near a nightclub; the search leads investigators into the heart of the night clubs scene and onto the trail of a gruesome killer.
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A postal worker is found murdered in his apartment; 37 years later police find evidence that leads to the killer.
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A college student is abducted in the middle of the night.

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