Motives & Murders: Cracking the Case

Motives & Murders: Cracking the Case

2012 - 2016, Crime, True Life, Other
Investigators reveal untold stories of how they caught notorious murderers.
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Episode Guide

  • Motives & Murders: Cracking the Case - Where Her Future Ends (Season 4 Episode 10)
    Season 4 Episode 10:

    Where Her Future Ends

    After the blood-soaked body of a young woman is found on the floor of her apartment in Orlando, Fla., it's up to investigators to find her killer before he strikes again.

  • Motives & Murders: Cracking the Case - Sheltered From the Truth (Season 4 Episode 9)
    Season 4 Episode 9:

    Sheltered From the Truth

    Debra Dill's bludgeoned body is discovered next to her car on a September morning in 1973, and it will take nearly two decades to put her killer behind bars.

  • Motives & Murders: Cracking the Case - Somebody Knows (Season 4 Episode 8)
    Season 4 Episode 8:

    Somebody Knows

    Kimberly Dunkin's body is found with a single gunshot wound to the head, and though investigators suspect she was the victim of gang violence, it will take 15 years, a deck of playing cards and a lucky break before the case breaks.

  • Motives & Murders: Cracking the Case - Screams of Silence (Season 4 Episode 7)
    Season 4 Episode 7:

    Screams of Silence

    Matthew Monahon returns home to discover his pregnant wife, Kelsey, hogtied on the floor and clinging to life, then she dies a few days later, and a $300,000 life insurance policy surfaces, turning Monahon into the number one suspect.

  • Motives & Murders: Cracking the Case - This Can't Be Happening (Season 4 Episode 6)
    Season 4 Episode 6:

    This Can't Be Happening

    The dumping of a woman's body prompts detectives to begin connecting the dots and find the link between seemingly random beatings, carjackings and murders.

  • Motives & Murders: Cracking the Case - An Angel Taken (Season 4 Episode 5)
    Season 4 Episode 5:

    An Angel Taken

    In Oregon, 19-year-old college student Brooke Wilberger, a devout Mormon, is abducted from a parking lot in broad daylight, prompting a massive search that grabs headlines across the country.

  • Motives & Murders: Cracking the Case - Dancing With the Devil (Season 4 Episode 4)
    Season 4 Episode 4:

    Dancing With the Devil

    Years after a woman is shot and the case goes cold, news of a potential prison confession leads investigators back to her front door.

  • Motives & Murders: Cracking the Case - California Girl Gone (Season 4 Episode 3)
    Season 4 Episode 3:

    California Girl Gone

    On her last day of school, a 14-year-old girl is brutally beaten and set on fire, sending shock waves through her California community.

  • Motives & Murders: Cracking the Case - Mommy Speak for Me (Season 4 Episode 2)
    Season 4 Episode 2:

    Mommy Speak for Me

    In Cleveland, 14-year-old Gloria Pointer is snatched off the street, assaulted and murdered on her way to school, and it will take detectives nearly 30 years to put her killer behind bars.

  • Motives & Murders: Cracking the Case - Who Killed Daddy's Little Girl? (Season 4 Episode 1)
    Season 4 Episode 1:

    Who Killed Daddy's Little Girl?

    In Iowa, a pregnant 23-year-old woman is shot in her own bed, and investigators must determine if they are looking for someone with a deadly grudge or a culprit closer to home.

  • Motives & Murders: Cracking the Case - Three Times the Pain (Season 3 Episode 13)
    Season 3 Episode 13:

    Three Times the Pain

    A college student is stabbed to death while working the nightshift at a convenience store, and her murder goes unsolved for 10 years until an informant steps forward.

  • Motives & Murders: Cracking the Case - When the Smoke Clears (Season 3 Episode 12)
    Season 3 Episode 12:

    When the Smoke Clears

    Washington authorities are stunned when a mother of three dies from cyanide poisoning, and their murder investigation uncovers a pattern of tampering with boxes and blister packs.

  • Motives & Murders: Cracking the Case - Who Do You Trust? (Season 3 Episode 11)
    Season 3 Episode 11:

    Who Do You Trust?

    After the mutilated body of 17-year-old Shauna Card is discovered on the bathroom floor in her Orlando, Fla., home, it will take years for investigators to finally crack the case.

  • Motives & Murders: Cracking the Case - A Chance Encounter (Season 3 Episode 10)
    Season 3 Episode 10:

    A Chance Encounter

    When a 20-year-old woman is gunned down in a Maryland suburb, the case goes cold with few leads and almost no evidence, and it will take 25 years before investigators finally close in on the killer.

  • Motives & Murders: Cracking the Case - The Ballad of Melissa Love (Season 3 Episode 9)
    Season 3 Episode 9:

    The Ballad of Melissa Love

    After recording her first album, country singer Melissa Haferman is murdered and her body is dumped in a vacant lot near a bus depot in Louisville, Ky.

  • Motives & Murders: Cracking the Case - Texas Massacre (Season 3 Episode 8)
    Season 3 Episode 8:

    Texas Massacre

    In Kilgore, Texas, the residents are reeling from the execution-style slaying of five people abducted from a fast-food restaurant, and it will take several decades before the perpetrators are brought to justice.

  • Motives & Murders: Cracking the Case - Have You Seen Our Sister? (Season 3 Episode 7)
    Season 3 Episode 7:

    Have You Seen Our Sister?

    A TV celebrity leads a major media campaign after a hardworking single mother is murdered in a Michigan town where violent crimes are nearly four times the national average.

  • Motives & Murders: Cracking the Case - Highway to Hell (Season 3 Episode 6)
    Season 3 Episode 6:

    Highway to Hell

    Police from three different states join the hunt for a serial rapist and murderer, known as the I-5 Killer, who is terrorizing communities along Interstate 5 on the West Coast.

  • Motives & Murders: Cracking the Case - Where Murders Go Unsolved (Season 3 Episode 5)
    Season 3 Episode 5:

    Where Murders Go Unsolved

    The rape and murder of a 19-year-old journalism student in her bed is the latest in a string of unsolved homicides in a college town.

  • Motives & Murders: Cracking the Case - If Dogs Could Talk (Season 3 Episode 4)
    Season 3 Episode 4:

    If Dogs Could Talk

    Three blood-soaked dogs are the only witnesses to the brutal murder of Cathy Lamb in her Palm Beach, Fla., home, leaving detectives baffled by the gruesome crime scene.

  • Motives & Murders: Cracking the Case - What Happened in Vegas? (Season 3 Episode 3)
    Season 3 Episode 3:

    What Happened in Vegas?

    Single mother Donna Kitowski heads to a Las Vegas supermarket late at night but never returns home, and soon the local TV news is reporting on a woman's near-lifeless body found in the desert..

  • Motives & Murders: Cracking the Case - Who Took Polly Klaas? (Season 3 Episode 2)
    Season 3 Episode 2:

    Who Took Polly Klaas?

    During a slumber party, a man appears at 12-year-old Polly Klaas's bedroom door and abducts her at knife point.

  • Motives & Murders: Cracking the Case - Identifying Remains (Season 3 Episode 1)
    Season 3 Episode 1:

    Identifying Remains

    Investigators must determine the identity of a murder victim whose skull was found on a highway in Florida.

  • Motives & Murders: Cracking the Case - An Orphan's Ordeal (Season 2 Episode 14)
    Season 2 Episode 14:

    An Orphan's Ordeal

    Amy Roman was found dead in her apartment; her family takes action when the case goes cold.

  • Motives & Murders: Cracking the Case - Death Knocks (Season 2 Episode 12)
    Season 2 Episode 12:

    Death Knocks

    In a tranquil Austin, Texas, neighborhood, a woman shows her high-end home to a killer posing as a prospective buyer.

  • Motives & Murders: Cracking the Case - Into Thin Air (Season 2 Episode 10)
    Season 2 Episode 10:

    Into Thin Air

    A grisly discovery provides clues in the disappearance of a flight attendant.

  • Motives & Murders: Cracking the Case - Bad for Business (Season 2 Episode 9)
    Season 2 Episode 9:

    Bad for Business

    A woman is bludgeoned to death in her Arizona home; it takes 15 years for the police to catch the killer.

  • Motives & Murders: Cracking the Case - Before He Kills Again (Season 2 Episode 8)
    Season 2 Episode 8:

    Before He Kills Again

    A woman's body is dumped alongside a road; a year later two more bodies are found at the side of the road.

  • Motives & Murders: Cracking the Case - Not Forgotten (Season 2 Episode 7)
    Season 2 Episode 7:

    Not Forgotten

    A body is discovered in an apartment fire; police catch the killer with blood found in the kitchen.

  • Motives & Murders: Cracking the Case - Bad Things Happen to Good People (Season 2 Episode 7)
    Season 2 Episode 7:

    Bad Things Happen to Good People

    The execution style murder of a man in broad daylight appears to be a professional hit and to solve the crime, police search for murder weapon.

  • Motives & Murders: Cracking the Case - Northern Nightmare (Season 2 Episode 6)
    Season 2 Episode 6:

    Northern Nightmare

    A nurse vanishes from her house and only her car is found.

  • Motives & Murders: Cracking the Case - No Reason to Die (Season 2 Episode 6)
    Season 2 Episode 6:

    No Reason to Die

    An unusual source is used to chase down a cold blooded killer after couple is shot in their home.

  • Motives & Murders: Cracking the Case - Kansas Killer (Season 2 Episode 5)
    Season 2 Episode 5:

    Kansas Killer

    Mother and grandmother, Edna Walton, is found dead in her home.

  • Motives & Murders: Cracking the Case - A Secret Life (Season 2 Episode 5)
    Season 2 Episode 5:

    A Secret Life

    A pillar of the Haitian community is gunned down in his driveway; the suspects include his second wife and mistress.

  • Motives & Murders: Cracking the Case - An Orphan's Ordeal (Season 2 Episode 4)
    Season 2 Episode 4:

    An Orphan's Ordeal

    The case of 18-year-old Amy Roman, who was murdered in her Boston apartment in May 1990. Though police believed the young mother knew her assailant, the trail went cold, prompting her relatives into launching an investigation of their own. Fifteen years later, an arrest was made

  • Motives & Murders: Cracking the Case - Murder at the Farmhouse (Season 2 Episode 4)
    Season 2 Episode 4:

    Murder at the Farmhouse

    A dairy farmer and his wife are found dead in the living room of their home.

  • Motives & Murders: Cracking the Case - Nightmares in Babysitting (Season 2 Episode 3)
    Season 2 Episode 3:

    Nightmares in Babysitting

    A 14-year-old girl is brutally stabbed and raped while baby-sitting in an upscale community.

  • Motives & Murders: Cracking the Case - The Face of Justice (Season 2 Episode 3)
    Season 2 Episode 3:

    The Face of Justice

    After children find body parts in garbage bags, detectives employ a forensic anthropologist and cutting-edge technology in order to solve this grisly murder.

  • Motives & Murders: Cracking the Case - One Stormy Night (Season 2 Episode 2)
    Season 2 Episode 2:

    One Stormy Night

    A Florida couple with a thriving business and a baby on the way are strangled to death in their home; detectives believe drug smuggling played a part in the crime.

  • Motives & Murders: Cracking the Case - Never a Doubt (Season 2 Episode 2)
    Season 2 Episode 2:

    Never a Doubt

    A woman is certain that her husband was wrongly convicted of killing her mother and starts an investigation of her own.

  • Motives & Murders: Cracking the Case - Ring of Deceit (Season 2 Episode 1)
    Season 2 Episode 1:

    Ring of Deceit

    A woman vanishes on her way to the airport; her body is found two weeks later in the trunk of her car.

  • Motives & Murders: Cracking the Case - Murder at the Met (Season 2 Episode 1)
    Season 2 Episode 1:

    Murder at the Met

    A beautiful young violinist is murdered at the venerable Metropolitan Opera House in Manhattan and the story becomes an international scandal; Police interview everyone behind the scenes and the search is on for the real Phantom of the Opera.

  • Motives & Murders: Cracking the Case - A Killer Family (Season 1 Episode 16)
    Season 1 Episode 16:

    A Killer Family

    A retired real estate agent is bludgeoned to death in his garage and detectives suspect foul play.

  • Motives & Murders: Cracking the Case - Murder at the Roadhouse (Season 1 Episode 15)
    Season 1 Episode 15:

    Murder at the Roadhouse

    An unlikely witness, a dog tag, and some unusual bruises lead police to the killer of a man pummeled to death in a pub.

  • Motives & Murders: Cracking the Case - On the Trail of a Hitman (Season 1 Episode 14)
    Season 1 Episode 14:

    On the Trail of a Hitman

    A Vancouver man is shot on his doorstep; other local murders appear to be connected.

  • Motives & Murders: Cracking the Case - A Fatal Fare (Season 1 Episode 13)
    Season 1 Episode 13:

    A Fatal Fare

    A cab driver is murdered, mutilated, and dumped in a parking lot; days later another body sends police looking into "the case of a lifetime."

  • Motives & Murders: Cracking the Case - Severed (Season 1 Episode 12)
    Season 1 Episode 12:

    Severed

    While digging in a dumpster, a homeless man makes the gruesome discovery of a human arm; after a second arm is found at the scene, the hunt is on for a killer - and the rest of the body.

  • Motives & Murders: Cracking the Case - Deadly Deception (Season 1 Episode 11)
    Season 1 Episode 11:

    Deadly Deception

    An active senior disappears and a strange man is found at his home claiming to be there to check on the plants.

  • Motives & Murders: Cracking the Case - Crossed Dressed to Kill (Season 1 Episode 10)
    Season 1 Episode 10:

    Crossed Dressed to Kill

    Kacy Kay Ray vanishes after celebrating Christmas at her parents' home; her body is found days later in a field.

  • Motives & Murders: Cracking the Case - Free to Kill (Season 1 Episode 10)
    Season 1 Episode 10:

    Free to Kill

    A mother leaves for a weekend and is never seen again; a detective goes undercover to find the killer.

  • Motives & Murders: Cracking the Case - Wicked in the Windy City (Season 1 Episode 9)
    Season 1 Episode 9:

    Wicked in the Windy City

    A woman is found strangled to death on her bathroom floor the day after Halloween.

  • Motives & Murders: Cracking the Case - The Pathway Predator (Season 1 Episode 9)
    Season 1 Episode 9:

    The Pathway Predator

    A young woman goes for a ride and her body is found by a river; two more assaults and a fatal mistake lead to the killer.

  • Motives & Murders: Cracking the Case - He Came for Me (Season 1 Episode 8)
    Season 1 Episode 8:

    He Came for Me

    September 4, 1980-Thornton, Colorado. Fifteen-year-old Nanine Grimes is found murdered in her home. Despite many promising leads over they years, the case goes ice cold...until 26 years later when a national database of criminal DNA is created.

  • Motives & Murders: Cracking the Case - Deadly Snow (Season 1 Episode 8)
    Season 1 Episode 8:

    Deadly Snow

    While searching for a missing realtor and his wife, police make a grisly discovery inside the trunk of a car - their bodies; a nationwide hunt for the killer ensues.

  • Motives & Murders: Cracking the Case - Cabbie Killer (Season 1 Episode 7)
    Season 1 Episode 7:

    Cabbie Killer

    The murder of two taxi drivers over a two day period stuns the city of Austin, Texas; many years later a critical piece of evidence cracks the case.

  • Motives & Murders: Cracking the Case - Dying to Fit in (Season 1 Episode 7)
    Season 1 Episode 7:

    Dying to Fit in

    Sharon Bloom vanishes after leaving work to go out for lunch; her body is discovered 10 days later in a cornfield.

  • Motives & Murders: Cracking the Case - A Race Against Time (Season 1 Episode 6)
    Season 1 Episode 6:

    A Race Against Time

    A well-liked teenager is found dead at a nearby school, but the case goes cold; years later a stabbing hundreds of miles away finally cracks the case.

  • Motives & Murders: Cracking the Case - Not Again (Season 1 Episode 6)
    Season 1 Episode 6:

    Not Again

    Carla Larson leaves work for lunch and never comes back; she is found in a nearby swamp strangled to death.

  • Motives & Murders: Cracking the Case - Queen of Hearts (Season 1 Episode 5)
    Season 1 Episode 5:

    Queen of Hearts

    Bill Hassler finds his high school sweetheart naked and shot three times.

  • Motives & Murders: Cracking the Case - Body in a Bag (Season 1 Episode 5)
    Season 1 Episode 5:

    Body in a Bag

    A body found in a cement quarry has the signs of a mob hit, but as detectives look into the case, they discover a far stranger truth.

  • Motives & Murders: Cracking the Case - Toxic Love (Season 1 Episode 4)
    Season 1 Episode 4:

    Toxic Love

    When a woman's two husbands die of the same illness, investigators suspect the wife may be a coldblooded killer.

  • Motives & Murders: Cracking the Case - The Body in the Bay (Season 1 Episode 4)
    Season 1 Episode 4:

    The Body in the Bay

    When Nancy Manni's lifeless body is found floating in Chesapeake Bay the Maryland Natural Resources Police catch the case.Detective Dennis Leland worries she got on the wrong boat with the wrong guy.

  • Motives & Murders: Cracking the Case - Relative Suspects (Season 1 Episode 3)
    Season 1 Episode 3:

    Relative Suspects

    Barbara Lloyd is stabbed to death in her home while her children are sleeping

  • Motives & Murders: Cracking the Case - Railway Killer (Season 1 Episode 3)
    Season 1 Episode 3:

    Railway Killer

    A man's body is found near train tracks and his girlfriend is missing; while searching for the killer and the missing girl, investigators land in the world of freight train riders and serial killers.

  • Motives & Murders: Cracking the Case - Web of Lies (Season 1 Episode 2)
    Season 1 Episode 2:

    Web of Lies

    Employees at a security company receive a puzzling call from their boss; they learn that he has been shot and died.

  • Motives & Murders: Cracking the Case - A Deadly Turn (Season 1 Episode 2)
    Season 1 Episode 2:

    A Deadly Turn

    An Orange County woman is shot in broad daylight; the case goes cold until a similar shooting takes place and a startling link is revealed.

  • Motives & Murders: Cracking the Case - Web of Lies (Season 1 Episode 2)
    Season 1 Episode 2:

    Web of Lies

    Employees at a security company receive a puzzling call from their boss; they learn that he has been shot and died.

  • Motives & Murders: Cracking the Case - Poisoned Heart (Season 1 Episode 1)
    Season 1 Episode 1:

    Poisoned Heart

    A woman and her sons are rushed to the hospital complaining of extreme pain and nausea and test positive for a rare and deadly poison.

  • Motives & Murders: Cracking the Case - In Harm's Way (Season 1 Episode 1)
    Season 1 Episode 1:

    In Harm's Way

    Family and friends are frantic when 42-year-old Jeanine Harms goes out on a date and disappears into thin air. Her apartment shows no outward signs of a struggle, but a Persian rug is missing. Has Harms' body been rolled up in the rug and dumped?

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