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Days before Christmas in 1989, a small town in New York's Finger Lakes region was terrified by the brutal massacre of a family in their home. Thus began a decade-long string of tragedies and murders that rocked the quiet community of Dryden and triggered talk of a so-called "curse." The serialized documentary "Village of the Damned" explores what Investigation Discovery labels "important and disturbing questions concerning how innocent people become ensnared by evil, and how a tight-knit community survives when senseless crime pushes it past the breaking point." Each episode covers one chapter from the era, beginning with the execution of the Harris family and including the murders of Dryden football coach Steve Starr and school cheerleaders Sarah Hajney and Jennifer Bolduc.

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In 1993, Kirsten Clark reels from the horror of witnessing her friend's murder at the hands of another friend; a year later, football coach Stephen Starr crosses path with his daughter's deranged ex-boyfriend, who stalks the Starr family for months.
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After toddler Aliza May Bush vanishes, her mother receives a pink mitten in the mail, making police realize they're dealing with a kidnapping; the curse returns as Kirsten Clark awakes to witness the murder of her friend Scott Hume.
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In Dryden, N.Y., townspeople reel from a Christmastime massacre that claims the lives of Tony, Dodie, Shelby and Marc Harris; toddler Aliza May Bush vanishes in a snowstorm; these events mark the beginning of a curse that besets Dryden for 10 years.
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Police find evidence that missing cheerleaders Sarah Hajney and Jennifer Bolduc met with foul play; while townspeople pray for the teenagers' safe return, police track a sociopath who lived in their midst for years.
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In September 1996, the so-called curse reaches a nightmarish crescendo when football player Scott Pace dies in a car accident, Ed Bailey commits a stunning act of violence, and high school cheerleaders Sarah Hajney and Jennifer Bolduc vanish.

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