Police hunt for a man who killed three women in three different hotels in Des Moines, IA; and police get a killer to confess when they tell him prosecutors will show photos of the gruesome crime scene in front of his family and friends.
A scheme to bribe a country music magazine to manipulate the charts leads to murder in Nashville and a 13-year hunt for the killer. A murderer's plan to hide his gun and ammunition is foiled.
An eerie note left on a grave helps solve a 12-year-old case of murder, and an exhaustive questioning of a mother helps police unravel the mysterious deaths of three of her children.
Police play a wild hunch that pays off in the capture of a serial rapist. After 26 years, investigators finally solve the murder of a 6-year-old girl who had been forced to take a cold-water bath as punishment for painting her nails without permission.
A phone-sting operation helps police nab the killers of a San Diego man several years after the case went cold. And a California district attorney uses an unprecedented legal strategy--a "John Doe" warrant--in the 6-year-old hunt for a rapist.
Police suspect brothers J.R. and Coco Duvall beat two Michigan hunters to death, chopped up the bodies and fed them to pigs; and a serial rapist, who holds a mini-flashlight in his mouth to blind victims, is nabbed when he drops it during an attack.
Business cards found at a murder scene plus 38 years of advances in DNA technology reveal the killer of a woman. The lead suspect in a 22-year-old murder confesses after police take DNA samples from him.
Four retired law enforcement officers, called the Cold Case Cowboys, help track down the killer of a man wanted for rape and robbery. Police must wait for advancements in DNA technology before they can put away a man who harassed and killed a coworker.
Forensic testing, unavailable at the time of the murder, helps police solve the 20-year-old murder of a California beauty queen; and two hairs pulled from a bandana used in a double murder is the evidence that police need to put the killer behind bars.
The killer of an 11-year-old girl is brought to justice when his ex-girlfriend tells police he confessed the crime to her. And a mysterious set of bones puts police hot on the trail of a man who killed a teenaged boy 17 years before.
An undercover operation nabs the man who beat four black prostitutes, doused their bodies with gasoline and set them aflame. DNA helps solve the cold case of a man who posed as a fisherman to get a 6-year-old girl's attention, then raped and killed her.
Police suspect a gay man murdered a woman because she became too friendly with his boyfriend. And a man goes on a monstrous crime spree, abducting five women over 15 years and forcing each to spend months and even years as his sex slave.
The conviction of a man found guilty of sexually assaulting and stabbing a woman to death is overturned because his Miranda rights were violated when he was arrested. Police spend 13 years looking for the killer of a security guard.
A California jury convicts Kevin Green of raping and bludgeoning his wife, despite his claims of innocence. But 15 years later, police nab a serial killer known as the "Bedroom Basher" and discover that Green may have been wrongly jailed after all.
When a Nevada couple demands the return of a baby they had sold to another couple, the burned body of the baby turns up in Arizona. A man prepares his house for sale, but discovers a barrel in his crawlspace that contains the body of a pregnant woman.
A forensic dentist helps police nab a child killer by showing that the teeth marks on the killer's arms matches the teeth of the murdered boy. Telltale blood stains on a bandana solve the 10-year-old case of a teenage girl murdered at a Texas carnival.
Police hunt for over 15 years for a serial killer who lures women to sadomasochistic sexual trysts at hotels. A look at the pressures the small-town investigators faced while searching for the cold-blooded killer.
After an Arkansas man confesses to the brutal murders of two women, police are shocked when the DNA evidence shows that he isn't the killer. And a DNA profile on a scarf helps solve the 21-year-old cold case of a woman who was raped, bound and strangled.
A police officer helps solve an 18-year-old murder case when he finds the prime suspect - his older brother. And a biker with a bloody finger is the clue that police need to put away a rapist who assaulted 31 women over six years.
A pawned gun and a stolen pick-up truck are the clues that investigators need to solve a murder. And a tip from a prison informant cracks open the 15-year-old case of a man who had his ex-wife killed so he could cash in her life insurance policy.