It Takes a Killer

Some of the world's most notorious murders are the subject of "It Takes a Killer" which investigates the crimes from the perspective of the killers, trying to get inside their minds and determine their motives. Leading homicide investigators and experts from such agencies as the FBI and Scotland Yard take a look at the evidence pulled from crime scenes and profile the killer's behavior to try to piece together the details of each murder, explaining when, why and how each criminal committed the crime. For the wannabe detectives watching the show, the experts also reveal how the crime was solved -- which often requires authorities to think like a killer.

Sunday 10:00 PM et/pt on Oxygen
2 Seasons, 105 Episodes
August 7, 2016
Crime, Documentary & Biography
7.1/10
Cast: Owen Thomas
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It Takes a Killer
Episodes

It Takes a Killer Full Episode Guide

  • The slaying of a casino worker in Las Vegas, Nevada, sends panic through Sin City. When cops investigate beyond the bright lights of the strip, they uncover a murder conspiracy that is months in the making.

  • The clock is ticking as police in northern Minnesota rush to rescue a kidnapped college student. It takes NASA technology for law enforcement to uncover the identity of the abductor, who turns out to be a serial predator.

  • The murder of a respected college professor sends shockwaves through suburban Richmond, Virginia; cops investigate the homicide nonstop until evidence reveals a cold-blooded killer's premeditated plot.

  • The murder of a respected college professor sends shockwaves through suburban Richmond, Virginia; cops investigate the homicide nonstop until evidence reveals a cold-blooded killer's premeditated plot.

  • The discovery of a Jane Doe underneath a New Jersey bridge kick starts an intensive investigation to figure out who she is and how she died.

  • Police follow the trail of a young Southern California woman who vanishes without a trace. Authorities work the missing person investigation for years until a random encounter turns them onto a chilling discovery and an even colder criminal.

  • In Southern California, law enforcement hunt for a serial killer who is targeting elderly women within a few mile radius; after weeks of searching, a survivor comes forward with a description that blows the case wide open.

  • In Southern California, law enforcement hunt for a serial killer who is targeting elderly women within a few mile radius; after weeks of searching, a survivor comes forward with a description that blows the case wide open.

  • A merciless triple homicide in New Orleans, Louisiana leaves law enforcement with puzzling clues, but as they piece together the mystery, they quickly realize there is more to the murders than a robbery gone wrong.

  • A merciless triple homicide in New Orleans, Louisiana leaves law enforcement with puzzling clues. But as they piece together the mystery, they quickly realize there's way more to the murders than a robbery gone wrong.

  • When women in a working class Rhode Island town begin mysteriously disappearing, cops investigate and discover the dark obsession of a serial killer nobody suspected.

  • A recent widower is brutally murdered inside his North Dakota home; law enforcement quickly uncover evidence that reveals the homicide is part of a desperate plan from a person almost too close for suspicion.

  • A soccer mom moonlighting as an escort disappears from Western Colorado, and it takes homicide detectives nearly seven years to unravel what proves to be a cold-blooded murder and a horrific cover up.

  • A soccer mom moonlighting as an escort disappears from Western Colorado. It takes homicide detectives nearly seven years to unravel a horrific cover up perpetrated by a suspect they'd identified from the outset.

  • A transient turned serial killer uses Louisiana's capital city as his private hunting ground, leaving a trail of dead women over a three-year span.

  • A husband and wife are savagely attacked in their upstate New York home by an axe-wielding murderer. The wife survives, but loses her memory of the attack, so police must rely on the evidence to see if her pre-amnesia identification of the killer proves true.

  • Police in rural Minnesota investigate the murder of a missing woman whose dead body was dumped next to an abandoned farmhouse.

  • A deranged man, with an unforgettable nickname, terrorizes New York City in the late 1970s, leaving a trail of dead and wounded in his wake. This killer operates with impunity for nearly 13 months until a parking ticket lead to his capture.

  • Cops in Fort Worth, Texas investigate a brutal killing at a construction site. After months of interviews, extensive forensic analysis, and process of elimination, homicide detectives track down a suspect who they've been eyeing from the beginning.

  • A controversial family of atheists walks away from their life's work without warning. When law enforcement stops investigating the disappearances, an intrepid journalist picks up the torch and hunts down a mastermind hell-bent on revenge.

  • When a chef's wife goes missing from Southern California, it initially appears she may have left voluntarily, yet, after months of investigation, detectives uncover she was the victim of a ruthless homicide and an even more savage cover up.

  • When a chef's wife goes missing from Southern California, it initially appears she may have left voluntarily, yet, after months of investigation, detectives uncover she was the victim of a ruthless homicide and an even more savage cover up.

  • A heartbroken millionaire marries a much younger woman, ending with a shotgun blast to the stomach and a lethal dose of poison.

  • When a Southern California high school teacher suddenly dies, it appears his death was due to natural causes. But once law enforcement starts looking into his widow, they uncover her treacherous past and her preference for using poison to kill.

  • The random murder of a woman in Central Montana sends law enforcement on the hunt for a killer; using a network of informants and good old fashioned methods the authorities track down the mentally unstable man behind the motiveless crime.

  • A homicide at the intersection of a teenage daughter and her boyfriend who can't get out from underneath a mother's overbearing eye. Cops uncover the shocking truth behind a premeditated murder plot.

  • A mother disappears, leaving behind three kids and a husband she planned to divorce. Law enforcement determines she's been the victim of a homicide but it takes them nearly two decades to unravel the mystery, and bring her killer to justice.

  • The discovery of a burned body on the side of the road in suburban Dallas kick starts a furious race to find a killer. With surveillance footage and a string of eyewitnesses, it takes local police less than 72 hours to identify the perpetrator.

  • The discovery of a burned body on the side of the road in suburban Dallas kick starts a furious race to find a killer. With surveillance footage and a string of eyewitnesses, it takes local police less than 72 hours to identify the perpetrator.

  • A central California community is rocked when a pregnant wife vanishes without a trace on Christmas Eve. After months of tireless investigation, cops make two grisly discoveries that confirm the expectant mom had been targeted for murder.

  • Four young adults are gunned down inside an affluent home in a suburb of Houston, Texas. Police investigate the quadruple homicide for three years, chasing down hundreds of leads, before arriving at a coldblooded killer with a convoluted motive.

  • A disgruntled man snaps and goes on a killing spree, terrorizing the entire borough of Brooklyn, New York. Cops track the killer's trail of victims for more than 24 hours before they finally hunt him down across the city.

  • A triple homicide in small town Maine rocks a community and destroys a family. It doesn't take police long to piece together the elements of the crime, and its ruthless cover-up, which point back to a perpetrator close to home.

  • Cops investigate the apparent carjacking of a husband and wife in East Los Angeles, California only to discover that the ambush was a ruse, carried out by cousins, to kill the husband for insurance money.

  • Law enforcement investigates a series of unsolved murders in the state of Colorado over the course of a year, only to realize all the seemingly isolated incidents all point back to a single FBI informant.

  • The murder of a man inside his suburban Los Angeles home sets off a chain reaction of murder, conspiracy and furious cover-ups, which ultimately point back to a mastermind who's in it for the money.

  • The disappearance of a wealthy retiree in South Florida quickly turns from a missing person's case to a full-blown homicide investigation focused around an unexpected perpetrator and her convoluted plan to get away with murder.

  • A serial predator targets men at gay bars, leaving a trail of dead bodies along the southeastern United States.

  • A serial killer crisscrosses California, leaving a trail of dead bodies in random locations. Law enforcement is nowhere near catching the dangerous sociopath, until he shows up at a Sheriff's Department with a victim's body part in his jacket.

  • A woman's clairvoyant dream leads cops to the body of a dead woman hidden in the bushes on a pristine beach. As investigators peel back the layers, they soon find out the victim had been marked for death by someone she used to love and trust.

  • A merciless killer terrorizes South Los Angeles during the 1980s then appears to go dormant for 14 years only to resurface in the most hideous way possible. But through technological advances law enforcement is able to bring the madman to justice.

  • The search a local business woman who vanished quickly morphs into a homicide investigation after police discover microscopic evidence inside the woman's home and car. But with no body or eyewitnesses, can law enforcement bring the killer to justice?

  • Law enforcement discovers the man who had been killing prostitutes in upstate New York for two years was living amongst the dead bodies of his victims that were stashed in his home.

  • When a woman is gunned down in the parking lot of her therapist's office building, it looks like a random act of violence. But security footage and eyewitnesses quickly reveal that the murder is part of a larger scheme.

  • After three members of an affluent family are mowed down inside their home, law enforcement locks in on a primary person of interest.

  • The murder of a husband and his pregnant wife leaving a child birthing class leaves police thinking it was a random shooting until they find the real perpetrator weeks later.

  • A gunman attempts to take out an entire family one by one as they enter their house. It takes law enforcement nearly two years to crack the code behind the murders only to find out they were masterminded by someone too close for comfort

  • The savage murder of a rabbi's wife inside the family's New Jersey home is investigated, and a sadistic murder scheme ultimately surfaces.

  • A guy's two-hour shooting spree leaves one man dead and two others wounded. The shooter then comes back to rob a tanning salon and goes face-to-face with a formidable customer.

  • A destitute serial killer terrorizes Florida by robbing men, murdering them and then leaving their bodies in wooded areas.

  • The disappearance of a rich retiree in South Florida soon turns from a missing person's case to a full blown murder investigation focused around an unexpected perpetrator and her convoluted plot to get away with murder.

  • A serial predator targets men at gay bars, leaving a trail of dead bodies along the southeastern United States. Cops struggle to play catch up, until the perpetrator leaves behind a key piece of evidence at a crime scene.

  • A serial killer crisscrosses California until his inner demons lead him to show up at a local Sheriff's Department with a victim's body part in his jacket pocket.

  • When a banker's soon-to-be ex-wife dies, it is passed off as an accidental fall, but after months of investigation it becomes clear that she was murdered.

  • A homicide investigation ensues after a surgeon's wife goes missing, and remains unsolved after 15 years.

  • A killer who travels across the country murdering victims with pre-stashed weapons at random makes a grave mistake when he chooses a victim close to home.

  • A British landlord offers free rent to a female "enforcer" if she'll take care of his troublesome tenants. The only problem is she ends up murdering a tenant and the landlord himself.

  • When a friendly woman is savagely murdered, cops suspect her killer is an ex-lover. But after two years of investigation, law enforcement discovers the real perpetrators are her bigoted neighbor and his deranged friends.

  • Five people are killed from two separate families in two different states. Police quickly identify the suspect - an ex-con who's recently escaped from a halfway house. The race is on to capture him before he can kill again.

  • A serial killer hunts young African-American women in Jacksonville, Florida, strangling them and discarding their bodies.

  • A loving father vanishes without a trace in central California, setting off a feverish missing person's investigation revealing he had been murdered by the woman he used to trust with his life.

  • A state employee abducts women in Southwestern New Mexico to keep them captive in his homemade torture chamber, the toy box, for years, until one of his victims escapes.

  • A seductress bleeds two cops in Georgia dry before killing them for their life insurance benefits.

  • The murder of a beautiful woman, found inside a burned luxury car in the desert, is investigated.

  • Severed body parts begin to appear across the countryside of England, striking terror in London and forcing police to piece together the human jigsaw puzzle in order to catch the perpetrator.

  • A murderous doctor has practiced his deadly hobby and avoided getting caught for a decade, but now the police are determined to track him down before he kills again.

  • A wayward, homeless ex-marine drifts through central Oregon, committing petty crimes here and there, until he spots Amyjane and gets the urge to kill.

  • A father, husband and businessman by day transforms into a sadomasochistic by night. This veteran con-man lures unsuspecting women with a web of lies and empty promises only to trap them in a world of sex slavery and murder.

  • A former army medic devises a sick plan to kidnap women, impregnate them and keep them in his basement as part of a personal baby farm.

  • A Michigan town in disbelief after a well-respected real estate entrepreneur becomes the prime suspect in his wife's murder. The investigation into the homicide uncovers a sordid tale of double lives.

  • A serial killer with a history of serial rape terrorizes Tampa, Florida's red light district, targeting women of night at random. This killer gets away with murder for months, only to be brought to justice by the one victim he let go.

  • A drug abuser out on a joy ride kidnaps then kills an innocent coed in Oregon. Investigators spend months attempting to solve what they believe is a missing person's until the perpetrator strikes again.

  • The disappearance of a decorated military man stumps law enforcement and shocks a central Texas community. But once investigators dig into his home life, they uncover a vicious murder plot involving his veterinarian wife.

  • Two ex-marines abduct women and keep them as sex slaves. This evil duo carries out their "operation" with military precision, unafraid to kill innocent civilians along the way, until a petty crime unravels their sinister plans.

  • A long-haul trucker with a lust for killing crisscrosses the country looking for his next victim. Police don't connect any of this serial murderer's crimes until he slips up and takes out someone from his inner circle.

  • A bizarre lover's triangle turns lethal and a mother of two suddenly disappears. Cops investigate the missing person's case but soon discover it's the coldest of coldhearted murders committed by two jilted ex-lovers.

  • After years of abuse, a high school valedictorian snaps, viciously stabbing his mother and leaving her for dead in the family's garage. He almost gets away with her savage murder, except for a couple small inconsistencies in his alibi.

  • Out on parole, an ex-con turned published author goes on a 24-hour killing spree. But when he unknowingly leaves one of his victims alive to identify him cops launch a multi-state manhunt and bring him to justice.

  • A case revolves around a millionaire inventor and his much younger fianc├ęe.

  • Armed robberies resulting in the killings of fast-food workers are investigated.

  • The shooting death of a promising attorney is investigated.

  • Mother and son grifters crisscross the United States, pulling off every scam and con imaginable. But when these criminal masterminds graduate to multiple homicides, they're finally caught by the long arms of the law.

  • A sexual predator turns the quiet town of San Luis Obispo into a hunting ground, preying on young, college age women. Through persistence and the tiniest of clues, law enforcement tracks down the sadistic killer and brings him to justice.

  • An Olympic hero shoots his girlfriend at his home in the middle of the night. Has he mistaken her for an intruder or is it all part of a precisely calculated plot to get away with murder?

  • A minister, his wife, and a mysterious suicide. When a wife and mother overdose, no one suspects foul play. The family forces investigators to dig deeper, only to find out she was murdered by the last person anyone would have expected.

  • A group of high school outcasts are on the run through the Southeastern United States after their leader commits a savage double homicide. Cops finally catch the thrill-seeking teens, only to find out they're a makeshift vampire cult.

  • Four-dozen women are murdered in Washington State, and five of the victims found in the Green River.

  • When four women are killed at different times in different states after going home from a bar with a handsome young man dressed like a cowboy, detectives don't realize the murders are linked together.

  • 20 years after a woman was killed at home, an LAPD officer opens the cold case file and sees the murder was staged to look like a robbery and the killer could actually be a cop.

  • Women are murdered in Baton Rouge, La., provoking an investigation.

  • A murderer terrorizes Wichita by preying on random people, binding and strangling them. Yet the killer goes quiet, only to resurface years later.

  • The strange deaths of three family members lead authorities to wonder if they were poisoned.

  • The 2003 shooting death of an actress hopeful discovered in famous music producer Phil Spector's California home is examined.

  • When a young man is brutally murdered in his home, the only suspect with a motive is his ex-girlfriend, who claims she hasn't seen the victim for months; detectives uncover evidence, and phone messages that tell a different story.

  • When government intern Chandra Levy goes missing, detectives discover she may have been having an affair with a senator; a man in jail claims he has information.

  • Three women who advertised erotic services on Craiglist are assaulted, on of them is killed; surveillance video and witness reports match a man who no one would ever suspect to be a killer.