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"48 Hours Mystery" is a television show that airs on CBS every Saturday evening at 9PM Central and Mountain time. The documentary explores such topics as unexplained conspiracies, unresolved crimes, and strange occurrences. Interviews with experts, witnesses, and other professionals contribute to the credibility of the show. From crimes of passion to strange disappearances, reliable sources are always used to create an objective viewpoint. If investigating a mysterious murder and the only piece of evidence is a fingerprinted doorknob left by the suspect, then reporters might have an interview with a Forensic Fingerprint Expert. Other popular sources that are consulted on the show include attorneys, doctors, high-ranking officials, and family members who were close to the suspect or victim. Whatever the story, the goal of the show is always to present credible evidence in a non-biased manner to help viewers reach their own conclusions.

The show explores a diverse range of topics and themes, making each episode unique and interesting. One show might focus on the disappearance of a successful CEO during a business trip, while another encourages viewers who have any information regarding a career con artist on the lamb to file a report with the local authorities. Whatever the subject covered, viewers tune in each week because they can count on the show to learn something new.

The show also occasionally gives tribute to events that have shaped America, for better or for worse. Among such anniversaries celebrated by "48 Hours Mystery" have been 9/11 and the Virginia Tech tragedy. The purpose of the show is to give a factual account of the event while consulting sources and experts which might give new light on the subject.

By exploring a wide range of topics and themes, "48 Hours Mystery" takes TV journalism to a new and exciting level. From interviews with expert witnesses to conversations with family members involved, the show dissects each case in a manner that allows viewers to form their own educated opinion and think for themselves. For this reason, the show has prospered for over twenty years now with an even brighter future still ahead.

Saturday 10:00 PM et/pt on CBS
33 Seasons, 638 Episodes
September 8, 2004
Crime, Documentary & Biography
7.3/10
Cast: Dan Rather, Maureen Maher, Erin Moriarty, Peter Van Sant
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  • The FBI believes skulls drawn in blood are the number of victims murdered by a prolific serial killer.

  • A 13-year-old girl vanishes in 1981.

  • A man on death row says his blood was planted at the crime scene. Will an empty vial help his case? "48 Hours" correspondent Erin Moriarty reports.

  • Chacey Poynter, a Texas woman convicted in the 2016 murder of her husband, University Park Fire Department Captain Robert Poynter, tells her story for the first time about what happened the night he died, in an interview with Peter Van Sant.

  • A newsmagazine that focuses on a single story per episode, told from a number of perspectives by a group of correspondents.

  • Part 1: Four young women attacked, only one survivor. "48 Hours"' Maureen Maher has been on the trail of serial killer Michael Gargiulo for more than a decade. How "48 Hours" helped crack one of the cases.

  • Two children vanish and an Idaho mother won't say where they are. In their first network TV interview, her mother and sister say she'd never harm her children. So where are the kids? CBS News correspondent Jonathan Vigliotti reports.

  • A 13-year-old girl vanishes in 1981. Detectives believe she was murdered. Years later a woman appears and claims to be the missing girl. Is she an impostor? Correspondent Maureen Maher reports.

  • A college student goes missing -- the Find My Friends app leads to her body as her suspected killer flees the country. Will he get away with murder? CBS News contributor Maria Elena Salinas reports.

  • Did a young white woman cause a wrongful conviction by blaming a murder on a black guy? "48 Hours" correspondent Erin Moriarty has new details in the case she been covering for 20 years.

  • A wealthy Florida businessman is arrested after a violent confrontation with his wife - she survived. Did his daughter's sumptuous wedding lead to a murderous rage? Correspondent Peter Van Sant reports

  • Did Lizzie Borden really hack her parents to death? A surprising answer and an inside look at the haunting crime scene. "48 Hours" correspondent Erin Moriarty reports.

  • A story of tragedy and triumph -- the murder of a young woman and how her killer's heart saves the life of a dying woman. CBS News' Jim Axelrod reports.

  • A rare look inside a murder case where virtually everything from the first moments of the investigation through the verdict are captured on camera. Correspondent Richard Schlesinger reports.

  • A teenager learns she's the target of a hit on the dark web. "48 Hours"' Peter Van Sant goes on a global manhunt to find Yura, the shadowy figure behind murder-for-hire sites.

  • An investigation into the death of a Hollywood therapist. Did the system do enough to protect her from alleged killer Gareth Pursehouse? Her former fiance Drew Carey calls for updated laws. "48 Hours" Erin Moriarty reports.

  • An Irish businessman is killed by his American au-pair-turned-wife and her father. They claim self-defense. The dead man's sister fights to clear his name. "48 Hours" correspondent Maureen Maher investigates.

  • Did a Florida man hire a look-alike to kill his wife? A GPS leads police right to the hitman's door. "48 Hours" correspondent Erin Moriarty reports.

  • Without question, the death by suicide of 16-year-old Utah teen Jchandra Brown on May 5, 2017 was a tragedy. But was how it happened a crime? David Begnaud and 48 HOURS investigate the death of Brown and the search to find out what really happened to her in "A Death in Payson Canyon".

  • In her first American television interview, the sister of an Irish businessman who was murdered in Winston-Salem, N.C., speaks out to defend his honor.

  • Texas judge Julie Kocurek was shot multiple times, by an unknown man, in front of her teenage son, in the driveway of their home. She survived and shares her emotional story and her work to stop others from being targeted.

  • Peter Van Sant and 48 HOURS investigate the death of a decorated Marine colonel in Iraq and his wife's decade-long quest to get it labeled a homicide.

  • Could a teenager be brainwashed by one parent to help murder the other parent -- and then make it look like a suicide? "48 Hours"' Erin Moriarty investigates.

  • Maureen Maher and 48 HOURS investigate the deaths of Kathy Blair and Billie and Sidney Shelton and the search for answers.

  • The prime suspect in the murder of an American teacher while living in Seoul, South Korea, in 1988 speaks publicly about the case for the first time in 30 years.

  • A 48 HOURS investigation into the mysterious circumstances surrounding a young mother and her daughter found dead along railroad tracks in South Carolina has helped lead police to reopen the case. Peter Van Sant and 48 HOURS investigate the 2008 death of Kadie Major and her 10-month-old daughter River Lynn and the search for what happened.

  • A newsmagazine that focuses on a single story per episode, told from a number of perspectives by a group of correspondents.

  • For the first time, some of the hostages reveal the chilling hours they spent fearing for their lives while being held inside a Los Angeles grocery store in 48 HOURS: "Live to Tell: Standoff at Trader Joe's."

  • Nearly 20 years ago a death row inmate wrote to "48 Hours" that he was framed for the murder of four people. Was evidence planted? New DNA tests could answer that question. Correspondent Erin Moriarty investigates.

  • Can a driven detective and cutting-edge technology solve a nearly three-decade-old double murder? 48 HOURS and correspondent Richard Schlesinger go inside the investigation into the murders of two beloved grandmothers.

  • Two witnesses who watched a woman gunned down in her Florida home by someone in a clown costume speak out on network television. "48 Hours" correspondent Peter Van Sant investigates.

  • Can a daughter's frantic 911 call convict or free her father from charges that he killed his wife? CBS News' Jim Axelrod reports.

  • A brutal murder and police have DNA evidence — could a discarded cigarette lead investigators to a possible killer and close a case two decades later? CBS News correspondent Anne-Marie Green reports.

  • A young woman vanished after a night out in Milwaukee in October 2013. Did a meeting set up on a dating app lead to the disappearance or was it someone she knew? Correspondent Peter Van Sant investigates.

  • The wife of a NYC businessman is suspected of murdering him with help from her brother -- why would she want him dead and why did it take more than two decades to crack the case? Correspondent Richard Schlesinger reports.

  • An Ohio mother is brutally murdered. A detective pursues the wrong suspects, while the real killer walked free. It would take a dedicated sheriff to find a real suspect. Were there other victims? CBS News' Jim Axelrod reports.

  • Twenty-six school children abducted and buried alive in a truck trailer by three young men. An incredible survival story. CBS News' David Begnaud reports.

  • A mom vanishes and now her fiance is in jail awaiting trial for her murder. His former rodeo queen girlfriend says she knows what really happened. CBS News correspondent Nikki Battiste reports.

  • The parents of Brooke Skylar Richardson speak out -- the real story behind the international headlines in the case of an alleged unthinkable crime. Erin Moriarty reports.

  • Four young women attacked, only one survivor. "48 Hours" correspondent Maureen Maher has been on the trail of serial killer Michael Gargiulo for more than a decade. How "48 Hours" helped crack one of the cases in an all new, two-hour season premiere.

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