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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.

Friday 8:00 PM et/pt on Headline News
4 Seasons, 44 Episodes
January 27, 2017
Crime, Documentary & Biography, Drama, Mystery
6.4/10
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How It Really Happened Full Episode Guide

  • 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.

  • Behind the scenes of Selena's red hot career, ambitions, and tragic demise.

  • Four years after the vicious killing of Travis Alexander, his ex-girlfriend Jodi Arias stands trial for his murder.

  • Jodi Arias is a pretty, small town waitress and aspiring photographer.

  • Aaron Hernandez is a star player for the New England Patriots, and at the young age of 23, is set up for greatness.

  • Ted Bundy maintains his innocence.

  • The murder trials and appeals.

  • In 1974, college-age women from the Pacific Northwest begin to disappear without a trace.

  • What were the real reasons for the government raid of a religious compound in Waco Texas in 1993? What was happening inside the Branch Davidian compound?

  • What were the real reasons for the government raid of a religious compound in Waco Texas in 1993? What was happening inside the Branch Davidian compound?

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