Modern cold-case detectives have plenty of high-tech tools at their disposal. But their hard work may not only expose a killer; it can sometimes reveal missteps and missed opportunities in the original investigation.
Being a Cold Case Detective Gives You Advantages That Others Didn't Have
A hard-working single mom is murdered in a Michigan town where violent crime rates are nearly four times the national average. And while a TV celebrity leads a major media campaign, the search is on for a mysterious man known only as ‘B’.
Cracking the Case (Season 3):Star Jones Gets The Media Involved In Her Friend's Missing Case
The crime scene in Las Vegas has evolved at a rapid rate in the last 50 years, and detectives have had to change their strategies as well.
Cracking the Case:I Don't Think Anyone Would Say We Saw This Coming
Prosecuting Attorney, Greg Jacobs, explains why the Polly Klaas murder case was so unique to him.
Cracking the Case:I Couldn't Keep Images Of Polly Klaas Out Of My Head
When a work crew uncovers a woman’s skull on a stretch of Florida highway, investigators try to determine who she is and find her killer. But it will take a bizarre discovery over a thousand miles away before the grizzly truth is finally revealed.
Cracking the Case:The I-75 Is To Blame For Florida's Unique Crime Problem
In 1999, 19-year-old journalism student, Brook Baker, is murdered in her apartment sending shock waves through the once peaceful Vincennes, Indiana, and setting in motion a desperate police investigation.
Cracking the Case:She Was Murdered Because The Killer Liked Doing It
In 2004, local authorities call in blood stain pattern analyst, Stuart James, when Cathy Lamb is found dead in Palm Beach County, Florida. What does the blood in her house tell him about the murder?
Cracking the Case:Whomever Did This Had To Have Gotten Blood On Them
The body of Marilyn Habian, a popular teacher with a passion for dance, is found in the basement of her home. There are no witnesses or signs of forced entry, but evidence from the crime scene suggests Habian caught the perpetrator in the act before she was shot in the heart.
A Ballet Teacher Is Found Murdered, But Her Strong Spirit Lives On
On her last day as a high school freshman, 14-year-old Jessica McHenry vanishes. The victim of a shocking and brutal murder, her badly burned body is found in a field just outside of town. While her sleepy community deals with the aftermath, police hunt for a monster.
Returning To The Crime Scene Where 14-Year-Old Jessica Was Found Murdered
14-year-old Gloria Pointer is snatched off the street, assaulted and murdered on her way to school. Detectives work the case day and night, but a lucky break nearly 30 years later will put the culprit behind bars. Now her mother, Yvonne Pointer is dedicated to serving others.
Mom Whose 14-Year-Old Daughter Was Murdered Now Works With Inmates
31-year-old bartender Deborah Fielding’s body is dumped in an Orlando park. And as detectives connect the dots, a spate of seemingly random beatings, carjackings, and murders tells the story of a one-man crime spree.
Homicide Investigators Explain What Helps Determine If A Killer Is A Stranger
Kimberly Dunkin's body is found with a single gunshot to the head. At first, investigators suspect she was the victim of a gang war. It will take 15 years, a deck of playing cards, and a lucky break before the case finally begins to unravel.
How A Deck Of Cards Can Be Used To Help Solve Cold Cases
While building their dream home, Matthew Monahon discovers his pregnant wife Kelsey hogtied on the floor and clinging to life. When she dies days later, a $300,000 life insurance policy casts him as the number one suspect.
What Happens When There's A Lack Of Forensic Evidence In A Murder Case?
18-year-old Debra Ann Dill had just quit high school to get married to a local police officer. Dill leaves one night for a date with her fiancé, but the next morning, her body is discovered next to her car. Twelve state police investigators are assigned to the case, but after interviewing hundreds of people, the case goes cold. That is, until 15 years later when a phone call from a Connecticut prison changed everything.
A Cold Case Investigator Explains How The Process Really Works
Police in Hillsborough County, Florida investigate the murders of three young women. They describe what it's like for homicide detectives to work a case with such an emotional impact on the victims' family.
The Victim's Voice
Police often wait 48 hours to start looking for missing adults. When Carla Larson goes missing investigators jump on the case right away. Lead Detective John Linnert explains why.
Cracking the Case: No Waiting