A peaceful South Carolina town is shocked when the death of a woman turns into a sordid murder case involving her drug-dealing husband, a strip-club bouncer, a prominent politician, a Catholic bishop, and key witnesses from all walks of Southern society.
In 1996, a prominent Delaware prosecutor and governor's aide, Tom Capano, was convicted of murdering Anne Marie Fahey, his young mistress. After sailing 60 miles into the Atlantic, Capano chained anchors to Fahey's body and dumped her overboard.
After accusing his wife of infidelity, Glenn Summerford, an Alabama preacher at the Church of Jesus with Signs Following, was convicted of trying to kill his wife at gunpoint by forcing her to thrust her hand into a cage filled with venomous rattlesnakes.
Scandal comes to a quiet town in Texas when its mayor, Mark Crawford, is accused of murdering his business partner, set to reveal incriminating evidence against him. In 1999, the Texas mayor was charged with money laundering, dealing drugs and murder.
Mel Fisher was Key West's resident hero since his discovery of a sunken treasure ship from 1622. But in 1998, an investigation was sparked into Fisher's "authentic" gold coins and his old diving buddy Walter Kruse.
In 1974, Athalia Ponsell-Lindsley, socialite and model married to the city's mayor, was murdered in her front yard—she was nearly decapitated with a machete. Her neighbor Alan Stanford was tried and acquitted, but police never looked for another suspect.
Popular politician and pharmacist, Johnny Volpato, was accused of shooting his wife to death, then wounding himself to make it appear that someone else had killed her. Valpato was eventually acquitted, but the city still remains divided on the outcome.
In 1983, two bankers were murdered on a secluded Minnesota farm. Their deaths and the lives of their troubled killers shocked the small town of Ruthton and became a disputed national symbol for the farm crisis of the early 1980's.
In 1978, police chief Ed Cantrell shot and killed fellow police officer Michael Rosa in a frontier-style shootout. Resulting in a trial and acquittal, Cantrell maintained that he shot officer Michael Rosa in self-defense.
In the early 1980s, Michael Matthews worked with notorious mob boss, Nicodemo Scarfo, to win the mayoral election in Atlantic City. But in 1984, Mayor Michael Matthews was convicted on charges of bribery, corruption and extortion.
The shocking story that ignited racial tension in Boston. After an alleged carjacking in 1989, police were fooled into believing that Carol Stewart, a pregnant white woman, was murdered by a Black man—but Carol's husband had staged the whole crime.