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This true crime series examines cases of sensational crimes from the perspective of the investigators who tried to figure out what happened. The series uses a combination of real interviews with participants and scripted re-enactments. The series debuted in 2016 on the Investigation Discovery network.

Thursday 10:00 PM et/pt on
2 Seasons, 16 Episodes
January 7, 2016
Crime, Documentary & Biography, Drama
8.1/10
Cast: Michael Douglas Cake, Liana Montoro, Tyrone Benskin, Mizinga Mwinga
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Real Detective Full Episode Guide

  • A young woman fails to return to her home in Boulder, Colo, and she is later found decapitated; Detective Steve Ainsworth soon learns she was part of a mysterious Apostolic church group, led by a pastor who has a reputation for preying on the weak.

  • In Lake County, Fla., Chief Investigator Rocky Harris is called in to investigate a haunting case, the rape and murder of a young girl; wading through bad police work and dead ends, Harris is sickened when he uncovers the identity of the killer.

  • A missing person case turns suspicious when a well-liked Wausau, Wis., man doesn't show up for work one morning. Investigator Larry Woebbeking finds himself in an unexpected predicament when the girlfriend of the victim appears to have fallen for him.

  • Sacramento FBI Special Agent Jeff Rinek sought out the worst cases because he was the best at solving them.¬†After being kidnapped at gunpoint from his family home, Rinek knows the chances of finding 7-month-old Frankie Proctor alive are slim to none.

  • One year into the most demanding case of his career, Riverside, Cal., senior investigator Bob Creed arrives at the scene of the 16th murder in a string of slayings. But this one is different. It's on his grandfather's property, where he spent most of his youth.

  • Long-time partners and best friends, police detectives John Conaty and Ray Giacomelli never thought things would happen the way they did on a Pittsburg, Cal., murder case, where the prime suspect is a killer who was put behind bars years earlier.

  • John Cameron attempts to clear a suspect's name in the disappearance of a child and along the way he finds out about the world of a ritualistic child killer.

  • A Seattle PD detective's investigation into a series of murders of women is aided by a call from an inmate at King County Jail.

  • The investigation into a hit-and-run in Lakeland, Fla., is recounted.

  • New homicide detective Leigh Maroni makes a rookie mistake when she gets too close to a murder victim's mother; as Maroni unearths the dark secrets that led to the murder, she is forced to share them with the victim's devastated mother.

  • Detective Don Tabak becomes world-weary and hardened while working homicides in Los Angeles until a murder victim's mother opens his eyes.

  • When all signs point to suspects with friends in high places in the horrific murder of a young woman, Texas Ranger Phil Ryan goes against the grain to get justice for this discarded victim.

  • Still troubled after killing someone in the line of duty, Detective C.W. Jensen faces the most haunting case of his career -- the pursuit of a serial killer who murders children, and the case pushes the detective to the brink of suicide.

  • Detective Eddie Herman's ego gets in the way during an investigation into a double homicide, and the killer walks free.

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