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Sins and Secrets is a documentary style program that broadcasts on the Investigation Discovery network. The series profiles notorious crimes including background information of the community where each event took place. Also included are details from the individual investigators' personal lives.

The premiere episode recounted the murder of two residents of Knoxville, Tenn. Student Channon Christian, 21 and 23-year old boyfriend, Christopher Newsom Jr. were carjacked while on their way to a date. Police found Christian's battered and sexually assaulted body thrown into a trash can in East Knoxville. The burned body of Newsom was found nearby the home of convicted armed robber, Lemaricus Davidson on train tracks.

Davidson and several accomplices were later convicted of these murders after a long trial. While details about the crime and subsequent investigation and trial covered half the episode, the rest of the show was about Knoxville's history, neighborhoods, and class and racial tensions.

The Davidson trial motivated white supremacist rallies, while conservative bloggers and publications seized upon the murders as examples of black-on-white hate crime. The narration includes the differences between Knoxville's East, West, North and South regions.

The first episode details how Knoxville is geographically segregated among the middle and working-classes that identify more with the rich than the poor. The rest of the hour provides a snapshot of the city's development, particularly its New South identity and emerging intellectualism.

The show unflinchingly delves into these crimes with brain and brawn. Another show details an account of the murder of Liz Marinello by husband and sportscaster, Vince Marinello. They hail from the New Orleans Metarie suburb. The case is treated as a southern potboiler showing the urban lawlessness and decay as a result of Hurricane Katrina. This caused residents and authorities to assume that the crime actually began as an armed robbery.

This episode details how the couple met and then provides a sense of reasoning behind the murder. The trauma of Katrina with the destruction of Vince's home from childhood is part of what drove the couple down a dwindling spiral. Ultimately, financial and romantic secrets were exposed.

For example, Vince was not actually divorced from his first wife and continued paying for her homeowner's insurance from the checking account of his second wife, whom he murdered. This is the type of detail and perspective that is offered for each of the cases profiled.

Thursdays at 10:00 pm et/pt on Investigation Discovery
4 Seasons, 46 Episodes - Currently Airing
February 17, 2011
Documentary & Biography
7.4/10
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Sins & Secrets Full Episode Guide

  • In 1999, May Greineder was an ordinary homemaker in the upscale enclave of Wellesley, until her husband discovered the remains of her butchered body on a walking path. Instead of a suspected serial killer, Police found a cover-up of deadly proportions.

  • In 2008, in Greeley, CO, aspiring model Angie Zapata was brutally beaten to death at her city apartment. The investigation revealed a dark side.

  • In 2002 in Topeka, Kansas, newly engaged Michael Sisco and Karen Harkness were brutally shot while they slept. Detectives had to sift through family vendettas and evidence across the state before the truth would come out.

  • A woman's disappearance from Raymond, WA, may be linked to two other disappearances.

  • Examining the death of firefighter in 2009, who was beaten and then started on fire in his own home.

  • Investigating the 2007 murder of journalist Chauncey Bailey who was shot in broad daylight by a masked man in Oakland, California.

  • In 2009, humanitarian Grady Nichols seemed like the most respected man in all of Athens. Then he was shot and killed on his back porch in an apparent botched robbery. Only a surprise confession would reveal the truth about Grady's death.

  • In 2009, a beautiful San Antonio woman was found murdered in her condo. Evidence soon surfaced that suggested this wasn't a random crime. The true identity of the killer was even more surprising.

  • On Valentine's Day 1998, a woman approaches the front desk of a St Michaels, MD resort to report a fire in her hotel room. Investigators discover the charred remains of a human body and experience an unforgettable holiday.

  • Examining the 1998 case of a Louisiana man who was shot and killed outside his home in the fourth season premiere.

  • Police investigate the 1997 disappearance of a reclusive widow, and are shocked by what they find.

  • In 2009, a beautiful real estate broker In Palo Alto was found strangled to death in her home that was also started on fire.

  • The case of the 2009 disappearance of a father and son in Omaha.

  • In 2005, the upstate town of Plattsburgh New York was terrorized when mom and pop furniture store owners David and Lorrie Donivan were found brutally stabbed to death.

  • In 2005, the city of Iaeger became alarmed when beloved physician Doc Whitley was found burned to death in his home. The investigation would blow the top on the town's darkest secrets.

  • Detectives discover Dana Ireland dying in Hilo's secluded jungle.

  • In 2006, Stephen Williams' body was found off the coast of Catalina Island, after being shot in the head. After inheriting nearly $2 million, his plans to sail across the world were cut short after someone stole his money and killed him.

  • In 2003, Tim Schuster vanished after losing his job. Dealing with a bitter divorce, his friends feared suicide. That is, until police discovered Tim's body days later, partially dissolved in a bin of hydrochloric acid.

  • In 1999, former NFL wide receiver, Rae Carruth, was a rookie fast on the rise. That is, until his pregnant girlfriend was gunned down in the suburbs of Charlotte. Who really killed Cherica Adams?

  • Suzette Trouten loved living on her own in Kansas City. But when she vanished, evidence suggested a sex-crazed serial killer was responsible.

  • In 2008, Auburn University freshmen Lauren Burk was found naked and fatally shot on the side of a local highway- her car in flames on campus. When investigators make connections to a string of missing coeds in the area, residents are gripped with fear.

  • The grisly murder of automotive executive Bob Seaman unveiled a dark side of the white collar community of Farmington Hills. The startling confession and groundbreaking trial that followed would divide a family and a city for years to come.

  • Somerset native, Sam Catron, was running for his fifth consecutive term as County Sheriff until an assassin's bullet struck him dead at a political rally. Only a confession can reveal the truth - as well as the unlikely trio who conspired to kill him.

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