2023 09 29 16 00
The Murder of Mollie Tibbetts
"Iowa V Cristhian Rivera 2021Brooklyn, Iowa When 20 year old University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts went missing during her regularevening jog, her disappearance was headline news. Police had few clues until a local residentshared his garage surveillance camera which had captured a brief glimpse of Mollie running downthe street and later a black car driving by. Following the lead Police moved quickly to arrestundocumented immigrant Christhian Bahena Rivera who worked at a nearby dairy farm andcharged him with murder.Under intense questioning, Rivera appeared to confess, although his story had strange gaps.But when it came time for trial, he pled not guilty and his lawyers mounted a vigorous defense -accusing police of badgering him into a confession, casting suspicion on Mollie’s boyfriend andpresenting alternate theories of the crime.It took the jury more than 7 hours to convict in the hotly contested trial."
2023 09 30 21 00
The Jazz Musician’s Murder
Colorado v. Kevin Eastman. Jazz trumpet player Scott Sessions failed to show up for a gig. A well-known local musician, he played with groups including the Elvis Experience band. His body was found a few days later, wrapped in plastic, partially burned and hidden in a forest. Investigators opened a murder case and traced his last known whereabouts to the residence of his new love interest, Heather Frank. Frank was nowhere to be seen, but investigators followed up on a tip about her former boyfriend, Kevin Eastman. Dogged detectives placed a tracking device on Eastman's car. When they went to investigate, they discovered Frank's body on the property of Eastman's employer.
2023 09 30 22 00
Murder at Ohio State
Ohio v. Brian Golsby. When Ohio State senior Reagan Tokes failed to respond to messages from her parents, they feared the worst. Their nightmare became a reality when a 911 caller reported the discovery of a female body in the local park. She had been shot execution style. Knowing a brutal killer was on the loose, detectives raced to solve the crime, gathering surveillance video and photos that tracked Reagan's last moments. Brian Golsby, a previously convicted sex offender, was arrested. Golsby confessed to abducting Tokes, admitting he forced her to withdraw money from ATM accounts, but he adamantly denied killing her, insisting an accomplice he called "TJ" committed the murder. At trial Golsby continued to maintain his innocence; but even his highly regarded defense team couldn't produce TJ.
2023 10 02 16 00
Murder on Middle Mountain
"Colorado V Mark Redwine 2021La Plata, Colorado13 year old Dylan wasn’t eager to fly to Colorado for the court ordered long distance visit with hisdad Mark who tried to placate his son with a visit to McDonald’s and shopping at Walmart straightfrom the airport. But when the boy didn’t show up for a playdate the next morning, he wasreported missing, setting off a manhunt in the rough Colorado wilderness terrain. Mark Redwineand his ex-wife took to the airwaves to plead for their son’s return but to no avail. Then in astunning twist in a national television interview Dylan’s brother Cory accused Mark of beingresponsible for his brother’s disappearance, a charge the father vigorously denied. But three yearslater when Dylan’s badly decomposed remains were found by hikers , prosecutors did indeedcharge Mark Redwine with his murder, saying he killed his son out of anger and shame after Dylanconfronted him with compromising photos of his sexual deviancy."
2023 10 03 16 00
The Arson Murders
Ohio v. Stanley Ford. Firefighters made a desperate effort to save a young family from a blazing fire, but rescuers were too late. Police declared the fire was no accident and began an arson investigation, which included another unexplained fire a few blocks away that killed a beloved elderly couple. Detectives found their first clue in surveillance footage from neighborhood security cameras — a hooded figure, dressed in white, with no face visible — seen dousing both homes with lighter fluid, igniting the flames and running away. Who was the mystery man?
2023 10 04 16 00
The Mennonite Murder
Arizona v. Mark Gooch. A camper gathering firewood in Arizona's scenic Sunset Crater National Park was shocked to discover the body of a young woman in a traditional long dress, wearing black dress shoes. Her Mennonite family and friends were stunned — she had no known enemies and was a beloved, studious young woman, who loved books. How did she end up dead so far from home? Using sophisticated investigation techniques, police analyzed cell phone tower records and grainy surveillance videos that led them to their number one suspect.
2023 10 05 16 00
The Exchange Student Murder
Missouri v. Joseph Elledge. An exchange student found a career and a love match in the idyllic Missouri university town of Columbia. It was a shock to their friends and family when she disappeared, leaving both her child and cell phone behind. The missing persons case made headlines as police divers painstakingly searched a nearby river without success. But then a discovery - hikers stumbled on the remains of a corpse in the woods, and forensic experts confirmed it was Mengqi. The “no body” case was now officially a murder case with strong forensic evidence matching dirt on the killer’s boots to the dirt at her gravesite.
2023 10 06 16 00
The Murder of a Basketball Star
Tennessee v. Billy Ray Turner. Ten days after NBA player Lorenzen Wright went missing, the player's body was found in a swamp, shot 11 times. His death made headlines – Wright had played in the NBA for 13 seasons, was a first-round draft pick in 1996, and played for the Memphis Grizzlies and Los Angeles Clippers. But police initially had no clue who killed him and reporters speculated it was a drug deal gone bad. Lorenzen’s mother was tireless in her pursuit for justice and kept the case in the headlines as the murder went unsolved for a half dozen years. Finally, a break in the case led police to a suspect who had been hiding in plain sight.
2023 10 07 21 00
Murder on the Gulf Coast
When the body of former policewoman Taylor Wright was discovered buried on a remote Pensacola farm, detectives had a lineup of suspects to investigate - her ex- husband from whom Taylor stole $100,000, her new live-in girlfriend Casandra, or her best friend Ashley. A locked cell phone held the clues.
2023 10 07 22 00
Murder in the Kentucky Hills
Shayna Hubers called 911 to report she had killed her boyfriend in self-defense after he attacked her. But investigators soon learned he was planning a date with a beauty queen the night he died. Did Shayna kill him in a jealous rage? A stunning interrogation room confession and emotional testimony left the jury with a tough decision.