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This true crime series looks at the criminal careers and backstories of notorious American killers. Like most true crime series, it depends on re-enactments, archival footage and interviews with participants in the various investigations.

Sunday 9:00 PM et/pt on Investigation Discovery
1 Season, 40 Episodes
June 1, 2016
Crime, Documentary & Biography
7.5/10
Cast: Tom Streithorst
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  • Amanda does her dream job nannying two children, but an affair with the father dooms everything.

  • Great-grandfather Arthur Burney knows he's lucky to have such a large, loving family; but when Arthur is found murdered, the entire Burney family is divided - until a tip-off exposes a masterful plot.

  • Four best friends, two married couples, multiple sordid secrets, and one betrayal that leads to murder; with exclusive interviews and never-before-aired home movie footage.

  • The Winklers seemed to be a happily married couple, but the act came to a brutal end with murder

  • Brent Cotta's popular wife, Cassie, has mysteriously disappeared on New Year's Eve in Fort Smith, Arkansas. When family and friends conduct a search, the discovery of a shallow grave soon leads to the horrific truth emerging.

  • When Dr. Jim Kohnle is found dead in a fire at his family home, evidence and tip-offs lead police to question if it was an accident, suicide, or murder.

  • When outgoing Beth Spaulding meets shy Jason Risenburg it seems that love has conquered loneliness and the two quickly marry. But illness and bad luck push their happiness to the brink, triggering a tornado of lies and deception.

  • After locking eyes at the gym, Rebecca Thudin and Larry Fenton get married; then, Larry is shot dead in an apparent home invasion; home videos and interviews with family members help to unravel what really happened.

  • Doug and Rose fall in love and get married; however, lies and deceit surface behind their seemingly perfect facade as seen on home videos; then, a no-show at Thanksgiving and a box on the side of the road lead to a shocking discovery.

  • Carol-Ann and James Sharp seem like a match made in heaven, but behind the veneer hides a monster in plain sight; loved ones close to the couple sit down for the first time on camera to make sense of a murder that none of them saw coming.

  • Unraveling the mystery behind the confusing evidence at the scene of April Holton's tragic murder.

  • Alene and George Jenkins are a couple living a perfect life. When their desire for children leads them to adopt a son and a daughter it seems their family is complete. But instead it triggers a dark spiral ending in an unspeakably awful crime.

  • A fun-loving couple cultivates close relationships with their grown daughters, then the mother is bludgeoned to death in her home; no one suspects that the unthinkable could be true, but video doesn't lie, unlike guilty people.

  • Coming home from church, a local preacher finds his wife brutally stabbed and beaten, the apparent victim of a home invasion. His alibi is sound, as are their two grown sons. However, several details just don't add up. The truth shocks everyone.

  • An obsessive video blogger and mother of five shares every detail of her rollercoaster life with her husband and their children online. But one night, intruders tie her up and kidnap her husband and execute him. It seems someone has been keeping secrets.

  • A father-of-two disappears right before starting a new job; his wife has no idea where he went, while his friends hint that he led a secret, sordid life; the man's disappearance remains a mystery for years until a tip reveals the jaw-dropping truth.

  • At a family-run construction company, brothers and cousins work hard together - and play even harder. But when one of them vanishes, no one has answers. The mystery of his disappearance - and the salacious betrayal behind it - isn't solved for 20 years.

  • In Oklahoma, Dr. John Hamilton and his wife Susan are the envy of all: successful, respected and very much in love - until a vicious Valentine's Day murder destroys their lives. Never-before-seen home videos shed light on a brutal murder no one saw coming

  • Home videos show U.S. Air Force Sgt. Nathan Paet and his family living a blissfully normal life, then blind greed brings about the destruction of this loving family.

  • The Laffertys are pillars of the Mormon community, and known as a flawless example of wholesome family values, as seen in these never-before-aired home videos. But an evil is lurking that - decades later - will explode into an unholy double homicide.

  • Never-before-seen home movies reveal the fabulous lifestyle of Lanny and Donna Horwitz raising their only son Radley in their Florida mansion. But when their lives are upended by a ghastly shooting, everyone in this eccentric family becomes a suspect.

  • In Ogden, Utah, Stephen and Becky Vargas appear to have it all. Behind the picture perfect life seen in these rare home videos, jealousy and control issues are abound. But no one thought their marriage would end - in murder.

  • When Sherri Dally mysteriously vanishes from her Ventura home, her husband Michael and best friend Debbie head up a massive search. But someone knows more than they're saying. Never-before-aired home videos trace a tale of sordid secrets and double lives.

  • In suburban California, an intruder brutally attacks and kills Joan Dawley. As the Dawley family grieves, it's up to LAPD detectives to crack the case. Secret home movies uncover a shocking tale of deceit, and a monster lurking behind the scenes.

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