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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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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 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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A young women is found dead in the trunk of her car; searching for her killer unearths a deadly web of secrets.
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A student is brutally murdered while at home sick.
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When a beloved matriarch is found murdered, her friends and neighbors come under suspicion as detectives investigate the first homicide in the small town of Hubbardston, Mich.
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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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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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Like in a scene out of one of his Westerns, a former actor is gunned down in Yuma, Ariz., and police chase down leads across the Southwest until they finally get their man.
aired 61 days ago
A mother of three adult children is stabbed in her home in the middle of the day; detectives find a few unlikely suspects while scrutinizing the victim's life; however, it will take years and one bold wiretap to uncover what really happened.
aired 61 days ago
Police first rule a mother's death in a bath to be an accident, but when evidence doesn't add up, the case turns into a murder investigation; two more victims become connected to the murderer, whom cops must hunt down before he strikes again.
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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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In North Carolina, a young woman's killer keeps police guessing until he slips up and finally gives them what they need to put him behind bars.
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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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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.
aired 87 days ago
A fun-loving New Jersey woman buys a home close to her family, then the wrong houseguest proves deadly, and police must dig through the victim's life to find an enemy who hides very close.
aired 87 days ago
A farm foreman dies in what looks like a deadly accident, however, the ATF confirms the foreman's death came about as the result of a bomb, and the killer eventually gets brought down with the help of a little sunlight.
aired 114 days ago
In Southern California, police investigate the murders of married entrepreneurs who may have found out the hard way that no amount of money is worth losing one's life over.
aired 114 days ago
In Springfield, Ill., an infant girl is found in a sweltering sports utility vehicle, leading to the discovery that the baby's young mother has gone missing; a frantic search leads to an eerie sight at the edge of town.
aired 174 days ago
In Costa Mesa, Calif., the murder of a young girl and the disappearance of a former U.S. Army solider lead investigators down a dark path as they delve into the mind of an unassuming killer.
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The leading advocate for the science of cold fusion is beaten to death and investigators theorize about a wide range of suspects, from corporate executives to burglars.
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In Santa Monica, Calif., a man who killed an art teacher remains at large for years as police use every trick in the book to hunt him down.

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