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This true-crime docuseries re-examines high-profile criminal cases with an aim of refreshing viewers' memories about the stories that, when they were fresh, dominated the media. Subjects of the series include OJ Simpson, Jon Benet Ramsey, the Mendenez brothers and other crime stories that have been the subject of media frenzies. The series debuted on the HLN cable network in early 2017.

How It Really Happened is a series that is currently running and has 5 seasons (57 episodes). The series first aired on January 27, 2017.

Where do I stream How It Really Happened online? How It Really Happened is available for streaming on Headline News, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch How It Really Happened on demand at HBO Max, Amazon, Hulu, Vudu, Microsoft Movies & TV, Sling, Google Play, Apple TV online.

Friday 8:00 PM et/pt on Headline News
5 Seasons, 57 Episodes
January 27, 2017
Crime, Documentary & Biography, Drama, Mystery
Cast: Hill Harper
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How It Really Happened Full Episode Guide

  • In 1993, James Raymond Jordan Sr. goes missing and his luxury car is found stripped and abandoned in North Carolina; clues point to a tragic crime.

  • A deeper look into Tom Petty's life reveals physical and emotional afflictions that may have led to his death at age 66.

  • With the Boston Bombing suspects identified as domestic terrorist brothers, the manhunt begins, and a terrifying crime spree ensues.

  • On April 15th 2013, two bombs explode during the Boston Marathon, killing three spectators and injuring hundreds others.

  • Roy tries to recover from severe wounds inflicted by his beloved tiger Mantacore, but the team's excuses for the animal's behavior lose credibility.

  • In 2003, the wildly successful careers of master illusionists Siegfried and Roy comes to a shockingly abrupt end when one of the team's prized tigers bites Roy Horn on the neck and drags him off stage.

  • The key suspect in the murder of young women in Yosemite National Park is caught, but it's up to an exceptionally skilled FBI agent to dismantle his web of lies and denials to draw a confession.

  • When in 1999, young women mysteriously disappear from Yosemite National Park, investigators determine foul play and a prime suspect emerges, then escapes.

  • Investigators believe Wayne Williams, a 23-year-old black man murdered more than two dozen black children and young men in Atlanta; 40 year-old evidence is reexamined using modern forensics in search of more answers.

  • From 1979 to 1981, more than two dozen of Atlanta's black children disappeared without a trace; a look at who was killing the city's most vulnerable and why.

  • A young women disappears from Yosemite National Park, a prime suspect emerges and then escapes.

  • An exclusive prison interview with Timothy McVeigh. He describes how events in his personal life, and in the ever-changing world around him, inspired him to take action against his fellow Americans. Also: survivors of the bombing.

  • On April 19, 1995, Timothy McVeigh, a 26-year-old U.S. army veteran, detonates a truck bomb outside the Alfred Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City, claiming the lives of 168 innocent people.

  • Teen idol David Cassidy's death was surrounded by mystery, leaving everyone with more questions than answers.

  • Police officers in Bolingbrook, Illinois go on an intense search to find Stacy Peterson.

  • In October 1994, Susan Smith reported that she had been carjacked and her two young sons abducted.

  • In a rare interview, David Smith, the father of the missing boys, shares his side of the story.

  • For nine months, in 2002, 14-year-old Elizabeth Smart is the most famous missing child in America. Kidnapped by Brian David Mitchell, she was forced up into a hiding spot in the mountains behind her home, assaulted and forced to be his second "wife." Following the harrowing of her nine month ordeal, including the multiple trips they took to Salt Lake City where she was hidden in plain sight. And the unbelievable end, one of the most incredible kidnapping recoveries in U.S. history.

  • On June 5th, 2002, Elizabeth Smart is kidnapped from her Salt Lake City home, snatched from her bed at knifepoint by a mysterious man in the middle of the night. To the public it seemed as if she had vanished into thin air, but she was actually taken by Brian David Mitchell, a 48-year-old pedophile. A look at the unbelievable nine month saga with its unforeseeable twists and turns, a police investigation that went sideways, and a family fighting to keep hope alive.

  • Five college students were found brutally murdered in Gainesville, Fla. but it would take investigators months, and the discovery of a campsite, a screwdriver and an audio tape, before they identified who the serial killer was.

  • During a terrifying three-day period in late August 1990, five college students were found brutally murdered in Gainesville, Fla.; panic filled the usually sunny city as investigators searched to find the serial killer before he struck again.