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"Blood Relatives" takes a look at the many hidden secrets that a family can hide from the rest of the community, when a family member commits a crime so cold blooded that all bets are off when it comes to family ties. These stories rang from a family's black sheep taking one last step before one great final fall, to heirs ready to cash in on an inheritance early, because of a myriad of overwhelming financial debts by way of murder. Other shocking tales about sibling rivalry turning deadly after so many years of hiding jealousy, to teenage sons and daughters who feel the need to dispose of parental figures, because of some petty reason or another in the mind of the offenders. The same can also be said when an abusive parent finally goes completely out of control with rage that results in the death of a child.

Tales of outright infidelity, hatred, anger, envy, abuse and other horrible things that can be hidden behind closed doors. Behind the facade of respectability is a web of sordid secrets and lies that could only lead to the family in question to be totally destroyed from within, because of these dark secrets hidden from the community at large. The illusion that many people think and see when they see what seems to be the perfect family is quite often not the truth in many criminal cases after a crime involving the family is committed.

Murder is often the only option left in a desperate situation when there is nothing else left as a choice to remedy the problem within a certain home. Law enforcement always start the investigation with the immediate family, after the motive of the crime is discovered that involves a relative in the family, it is safe to say that many secrets lie just beneath the surface. Twisted secrets that families try to hide are often exposed after a relative dies from causes that aren't natural.

Thursday 10:00 PM et/pt on Investigation Discovery
5 Seasons, 55 Episodes
June 7, 2012
Crime, Drama, Family
Cast: Brenda Strong
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Blood Relatives Full Episode Guide

  • Southern Oregon is a campers' paradise...but for one local businessman's family a weekend in the woods will become a nightmare. Open marriages and forbidden relationships will lead to someone's watery grave.

  • The Pacific Northwest may be full of gloomy weather, but one local family sees only rainbows. Three generations of an established household appear to have it all until a stash of guns and a secret video reveals the face of a diabolical killer.

  • The Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina make a perfect backdrop--for murder. Pillars of the community are pulled into a nightmare when affairs, abuse and embezzlement lead to someone losing their head.

  • Montgomery, Alabama's upper crust social circle is about to play host to an uninvited party guest. Murder is on the menu when one family's distrust and finger pointing lead detectives on a cross-country trek for a killer.

  • In quiet, little Honesdale, Pennsylvania one family endures heartache, teen pregnancy and addiction, but keeps moving forward. It's only when someone from the past disturbs the delicate balance is murder in the midst.

  • Orange County, California is known for sun, sand and surf...and murder. A local family that has pulled itself from rags to riches will soon find it's luck has run out when murder comes knocking.

  • The suburbs of Detroit provide a comfortable backdrop for locals to build a life. One family though is quickly headed for disaster when affairs, lies, and explosive arguments lead someone to an early grave.

  • Murder happens within a blended family whose personal and professional lives are woven together.

  • A farming family in Texas is so revered by the community the entire town is named after them! But when several relatives want to start doing business differently the claws come out. Infighting and backstabbing lead to more than one death in the family.

  • A couple of recent "empty nesters" are finally able to enjoy the fruits of decades of labor. Old vices come home to roost when one of the children doesn't quite make it on their own. Arguing escalates to deadly violence.

  • A NASA contractor and his beautiful wife are living the dream with their three adopted children on the picturesque Maryland coast. Traditional parenting soon turns into military-style punishment and when the children start fighting back only a few members

  • The rocky Cape Cod coastline is bathed in blood after one family's fight for a fortune turns deadly.

  • In the dessert oasis of Tucson, Arizona, a beautiful, young family's quick climb up the corporate ladder has them flush with cash. But soon, deceit and a cold-blooded murder will turn this family's dream into a nightmare.

  • Chesapeake, Virginia is home to a tightknit, religious family. At a glance they look perfect, two beautiful daughters and a successful business - but this family is torn apart when one of them washes up along the banks of the Great Dismal Swamp.

  • In upscale Exeter, New Hampshire one family endures divorce, murdered pets and multiple suicide attempts. But only when a shallow woodland grave unearths a body do residents of this quiet town realize a truly sadistic mastermind is in their midst.

  • An unorthodox family is dragged into the media after one of their own is brutally murdered in rural Beaver Dams, New York. When police realize it is an inside job, mothers, fathers and brothers turn against each other in a search for truth.

  • Mountainous Salt Lake City is where two brothers call home. Their airline cleaning business once overflowing with cash is now steadily failing. With eyes dead set on living the high life, one person in this family will be worth more dead than alive.

  • A Houston family lives the good life until greed creeps in and ends with a murder.

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