Discover the extraordinary stories behind the greatest crimes and trials in recent memory. The true stories have been carefully researched and reconstructed with actual archival footage of cases that have become almost legendary.
In June 2005, Dennis Lynn Rader appears in court. He works as an enforcement officer for the local authority, is a boy-scout leader and a prominent member of the Lutheran church. Then he's accused of the brutal murder of 10 people.
A devoted mother Nina Sharanova, disappears in mysterious circumstances in Oakland, California. The last time she's seen alive is just before she drops off her children at the home of her ex-husband, Hans Reiser. Police suspect he may be involved.
Cape Cod, is a place where people go to escape the grind of city life. Few could imagine anything really horrible happening in such an idyllic place. However, on January 26, 2002, perceptions are drastically altered.
In 1996 a ten year old boy, Zachary Ramsay, disappears on his way to school. The police suspect Nathaniel Bar-Jonah was a known paedophile from Massachusetts but with no hard evidence, they can do nothing.
Peter Bergna and his wife Rinette were involved in a terrible accident. Peter drives their car off a mountain road and it plunges 800 feet. Rinette is killed, but miraculously Peter survives leaving police suspicious of his account of what happened.
Australian heiress Janie Shepherd goes missing from a smart area of London. One policeman's intuition leads him to suspect David Lashley, a known rapist, of abducting her, but before he can be questioned, Lashley is convicted of a different attack.
In September 1987, elderly, reclusive, near blind, eccentric, Simon Dale, is found bludgeoned to death in his home Heath House, Shropshire, England. His ex-wife, Susan Wilberforce, quickly becomes the prime suspect in his murder.
Danny Rolling tortures his victims and as a calling card, he mutilates and poses their corpses to taunt police. A taskforce is set up which links Danny to the Gainesville murders in Florida, but it's four years before he finally comes to trial.
In 1991 Ray and Faye Copeland become, at the ages of 76 and 69, the oldest couple ever sentenced to death in the USA. They are convicted of killing five drifters on their farm in Missouri as part of bad cheque scam.
In 1997, students Holly Dunn and Chris Maier are attacked while taking a shortcut home along railway tracks. Maier is bludgeoned to death and Holly is beaten and left for dead, but she survives and vows to bring her attacker to justice.
Graeme Cunningham leaves his home and vanishes. After several dead ends, police are alerted to a mild mannered bookkeeper, Arthur Bishop, who they discover is a thief and fraudster, who has been molesting Graeme's friend.
One families' fight for justice against the might of the mafia. The death of Peppino Impastato on the night of 8th May 1978 was initially dismissed by the Italian police as a case of either a suicide or a bungled bomb attack by a left-wing terrorist.
Karla Homolka and Paul Bernardo were married in a picture perfect wedding by a lake in Niagara, Canada, right near the falls. But despite their Ken and Barbie appearances, this couple had murder on their minds
On June 28th 2005, Joan Porco arrives for the trial of the man accused of murdering her husband and attempting to murder her. But the strange thing about this trial is that the accused is her son and she is walking into court arm in arm with him.
An unassuming family doctor stands trial for murdering 15 of his former elderly patients. Harold Shipman pleads not guilty to all charges and the investigation into his crimes is dramatically played out in court.