Motives and Murder

Motives and Murder

  • 2012
  • 5 Seasons

"Motives and Murder" is the investigative documentary program that follows law enforcement agencies, as police and crime scene technicians track down notorious killers. This program takes an in-depth look at the investigation process that the police and the FBI use as they investigate some of the brutal murders that are reported in the United States. One key investigative tool is understanding the motive behind the murder for a sense of getting inside of the mind of the murderer. Along with the police, to help solve a homicide are crime scene technicians and forensic scientists at state crime laboratories who are also in colaboration with the homicide investigation team. A homicide investigation is a complex puzzle, each clue that is discovered by police is a piece of the larger puzzle of the motive. Depending if the killer has only one victim or in the case of a serial killer having multiple victims, investigators must make a profile of the crime as well as the killer who commited the murder, knowing that motive is the deciding key to solving the murder. Crimes of passion, revenge killings and sometimes the so called honor killings, all of these type of murders have motives attatched to them in some way or form. Most people don't realize that a murderer can be someone they know in their neighborhood. In cases where a murder happens in a residential neighborhood, police will interview the neighbors of the victim as part of the investigative procedure. Discovering the motive behind the murder itself, this can bring police closer to solving a homicide case. Forensic evidence like DNA is used to identify both victims and killers from biological fluids and hair samples that is analyzed in a crime lab. No matter how long a homicide investigation is, forensic evidence is the one key in uncovering the evidence to help solve the murder.

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Seasons
Three Times the Pain
12. Three Times the Pain
December 23, 2014
A popular college student is brutally stabbed to death during her first-ever night shift at a convenience store in Great Falls, Montana. The case goes unsolved for over ten years before an informant comes forward.
When the Smoke Clears
11. When the Smoke Clears
December 16, 2014
Authorities in Washington are stunned by the poisoning of a mother of three. The resulting murder investigation eventually reveals a pattern of tampered boxes and blister packs, more deaths, and a reptilian story of greed and betrayal.
Who Do You Trust?
10. Who Do You Trust?
December 9, 2014
After the mutilated remains of 17-year-old Shauna Card are discovered on the bathroom floor in her Orlando, Fla., home, the case goes cold.
A Chance Encouner
9. A Chance Encouner
December 2, 2014
A 20-year-old woman is shot in a Maryland suburb and with few leads and virtually no evidence, the case goes cold for 25 years before investigators finally close in on the killer.
The Ballad of Melissa Love
8. The Ballad of Melissa Love
November 25, 2014
Country singer Melissa Haferman has just recorded her first CD in Nashville when her body is discovered in a vacant lot near the Louisville, Kentucky bus depot. It takes four years to find her killer.
Texas Massacre
7. Texas Massacre
November 18, 2014
The residents of Kilgore, Texas are disturbed by the execution-style slaying of five people abducted from a fast-food restaurant. But it will take several decades and major advances in DNA technology before the perpetrators can be brought to justice.
Have You Seen Our Sister?
6. Have You Seen Our Sister?
November 11, 2014
A massive media campaign is launched after a single mother is murdered.
Where Murders Go Unsolved
5. Where Murders Go Unsolved
October 28, 2014
The rape and murder of a 19-year-old journalism student goes unsolved and is added to a string of unsolved homicides in a college town.
Who Took Polly Klaas?
4. Who Took Polly Klaas?
October 21, 2014
Investigating the kidnapping of 12-year-old Polly Klaas who was abducted during a slumber party at her home.
If Dogs Could Talk
3. If Dogs Could Talk
October 14, 2014
When Cathy Lamb is brutally murdered in her Palm Beach, Florida home, the only witnesses are her three blood-soaked dogs.
What Happened in Vegas?
2. What Happened in Vegas?
October 7, 2014
Single mother Donna Kitowski heads to a Las Vegas supermarket late at night and then vanishes.
Identifying Remains
1. Identifying Remains
September 30, 2014
When a woman's skull is discovered on a stretch of Florida highway, investigators try to identify her and figure out what happened.
Description

"Motives and Murder" is the investigative documentary program that follows law enforcement agencies, as police and crime scene technicians track down notorious killers. This program takes an in-depth look at the investigation process that the police and the FBI use as they investigate some of the brutal murders that are reported in the United States. One key investigative tool is understanding the motive behind the murder for a sense of getting inside of the mind of the murderer. Along with the police, to help solve a homicide are crime scene technicians and forensic scientists at state crime laboratories who are also in colaboration with the homicide investigation team.

A homicide investigation is a complex puzzle, each clue that is discovered by police is a piece of the larger puzzle of the motive. Depending if the killer has only one victim or in the case of a serial killer having multiple victims, investigators must make a profile of the crime as well as the killer who commited the murder, knowing that motive is the deciding key to solving the murder. Crimes of passion, revenge killings and sometimes the so called honor killings, all of these type of murders have motives attatched to them in some way or form.

Most people don't realize that a murderer can be someone they know in their neighborhood. In cases where a murder happens in a residential neighborhood, police will interview the neighbors of the victim as part of the investigative procedure. Discovering the motive behind the murder itself, this can bring police closer to solving a homicide case. Forensic evidence like DNA is used to identify both victims and killers from biological fluids and hair samples that is analyzed in a crime lab. No matter how long a homicide investigation is, forensic evidence is the one key in uncovering the evidence to help solve the murder.Motives and Murder is a series that is currently running and has 5 seasons (56 episodes). The series first aired on April 6, 2012.

Motives and Murder is available for streaming on the Investigation Discovery website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Motives and Murder on demand at Vudu and Apple TV.

  • Premiere Date
    April 6, 2012