The BEST Investigation Discovery shows of all time

Every Investigation Discovery show, ranked

We've compiled the average episode rating for every Investigation Discovery show to compile this list of best shows!

Jodi Arias: An American Murder Mystery
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10.00
27 votes

#1 - Jodi Arias: An American Murder Mystery

Sex, lies and murder – what happened to Travis Alexander? This three-part special examines the most salacious murder case in American history. We explore the investigation and trial that captivated the nation with interviews from central figures.

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Vanity Fair Confidential
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9.21
57 votes

#2 - Vanity Fair Confidential

Whether we love them or love to hate them, there is something about the rich and powerful that keeps us fascinated. From their rise and fall to their outrageous lies, and even murder, Vanity Fair captures it all and we just can’t turn away. Now, the true stories we have all devoured in Vanity Fair come to television. In each hour-long episode, viewers are treated to a sinful dose of power, wealth, deception and crime.

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True Nightmares
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8.74
80 votes

#3 - True Nightmares

True stories of murder and mayhem morph into urban legends like the boogeyman or the monster under the bed – haunting our childhoods and scaring us throughout our lives. Investigation Discovery’s (ID) upcoming series TRUE NIGHTMARES brings to life the true stories that spawned these hair-raising tales, proving once again that truth will always be scarier than fiction. Performer Todd Robbins, best known for his fascination with eccentric and arcane forms of entertainment, brings his shadowy and sardonic self to deliver six spine-tingling episodes, revealing that sometimes, our fears aren’t mere figments of our imagination after all. Acting as an on-screen narrator, Robbins appears in and out of scenes, using his ominous tone and eerie charisma to masterfully weave together three stories each hour, playfully hinting that there is always more to the story to reveal.

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Murder Calls
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8.49
92 votes

#4 - Murder Calls

Investigation Discovery's true-crime storytelling is often rooted in its award-winning visuals, but it's audio from actual 911 calls that sets the tone in Murder Calls. Each hour-long episode tracks a criminal investigation in which detectives must decipher the contents and subtext of an emergency call. As the case moves forward, the 911 audio ultimately leads investigators to the truth.

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Your Worst Nightmare
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8.32
124 votes

#5 - Your Worst Nightmare

Nothing is what it seems. For these victims, something or someone evil is lurking in the shadows. YOUR WORST NIGHTMARE presents spine-tingling stories and delivers true-crime thrillers in a cinematic style.

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Evil Lives Here
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8.31
172 votes

#6 - Evil Lives Here

Each hour-long episode of this chilling psychological drama tells the harrowing, firsthand stories of living with a person who became a killer. Viewers will be put in the shoes of the loved one, who lived through this incredible experience —from first noticing that something is amiss, to interpreting all of the puzzling signs and clues, to eventually coming face-to-face with the horrible truth: that the person they loved, the person they trusted, has a very dark side.

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Murder in the Heartland (2017)
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8.29
35 votes

#7 - Murder in the Heartland (2017)

Every episode documents a town and its people through a murder that tore through it. The townspeople not only become our storytellers, but they also hold the clues to the puzzle that has forever changed their lives and how they understand their home.

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Body Cam
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8.21
39 votes

#8 - Body Cam

Body cameras capture the life-or-death decisions made by police officers, from domestic disputes to traffic stops gone dangerously awry.

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Dr. G: Medical Examiner
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8.20
92 votes

#9 - Dr. G: Medical Examiner

Dr. G: Medical Examiner documents cases handled by deputy chief medical examiner Dr. Jan C. Garavaglia (aka Dr. G) of Florida's District Nine Medical Examiner's Office. Each episode features two or three cases Dr. G has handled in the Orlando area, and also in Bexar County, Texas and Jacksonville, Florida where she was previously employed. Some portions of the show have been dramatized and some names have been changed to protect the dignity of individuals and their families

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Real Detective
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8.02
117 votes

#10 - Real Detective

With narrative driven exclusively by the detectives themselves, each episode ventures deep into the mind of a homicide detective as they describe in vivid detail the one case forever ingrained in their memory.

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Murder Chose Me
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7.95
89 votes

#11 - Murder Chose Me

Rod Demery's destiny was sealed at the age of 3. That's when his mother was murdered, and Demery would come to realize that he wanted to protect people who couldn't protect themselves. He did so by serving for 14 years as a Shreveport, La., homicide detective, working on more than 250 cases and solving each of the 60-plus investigations on which he was lead detective. In ``Murder Chose Me,'' Demery reflects on his stellar career, guiding viewers through first-person storytelling that weaves his uniquely tragic personal connection to the story of each homicide he solved.

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The Lake Erie Murders
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7.90
30 votes

#12 - The Lake Erie Murders

The darkest and deadliest murder cases from Lake Erie, a region that borders four states and parts of Canada, are examined.

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A Crime to Remember
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7.88
211 votes

#13 - A Crime to Remember

Styles may change, but murder lasts forever. Step into the past and unravel the intricacies of real-life murder cases of the ‘50s and ‘60s. Set against the backdrop of Studebakers, fedoras, and three-martini lunches, these stories of truly mad men and women reveal complicated relationships where thwarted dreams and repressed passions led to terrible crimes. This series inaugurates a new high-end cinematic style, using the visual grammar of movies to bring the era to life. To properly illustrate each time period, the series stays true to the fashion and styles while highlighting the cultural taboos and social norms that informed each case.

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People Magazine Investigates
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7.85
75 votes

#14 - People Magazine Investigates

Investigation Discovery and People magazine partner to re-examine some of the most high profile crime cases in recent history. The one-hour series brings viewers tales of betrayal, buried secrets and unsung heroes, ripped from the pages of one of the nation's top weekly magazines. These stories transcended news and became part of pop culture, revealing shocking twists, new evidence, and unexpected resolutions. Interlaced within every episode are exclusive interviews with People's journalists, archival footage, re-creations, and firsthand accounts by those closest to the investigations.

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Most Evil
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7.84
85 votes

#15 - Most Evil

Most Evil is an American forensics television program on the Discovery Channel starring forensic psychiatrist Dr. Michael Stone from Columbia University. On the show, Dr. Michael Stone rates murderers on a scale of evil that he developed.

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The Murder Tapes
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7.74
61 votes

#16 - The Murder Tapes

Incorporating bodycam footage from the initial crime scene, surveillance video, and interrogation room recordings, homicide investigations unfold through dramatic real video footage providing an up-close perspective on homicide investigations.

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Casey Anthony: An American Murder Mystery
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7.72
85 votes

#17 - Casey Anthony: An American Murder Mystery

An examination of the Casey Anthony case. The 22-year-old Florida woman was accused of the murder of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee. At trial, she was convicted of four lesser charges of providing false information to a police officer, but found not guilty of murder, child abuse and manslaughter.

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Reasonable Doubt
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7.69
32 votes

#18 - Reasonable Doubt

Retired homicide detective Chris Anderson and criminal defense attorney Melissa Lewcowicz help desperate families, convinced a loved one has been wrongfully convicted of murder. Each week Chris and Melissa investigate a new case. And each week they are forced to decide whether there's really been a wrongful conviction or whether the family needs to face the bitter truth that their loved one is guilty as charged . "Reasonable Doubt" is a hard-hitting, balanced and emotional look at the US criminal justice system.

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Fear Thy Neighbor
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7.64
226 votes

#19 - Fear Thy Neighbor

Fear Thy Neighbor takes you into the lives of horrific neighborly disputes. Watch what happens when a simple issue turns into the worst night of a family's life.

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Signs Of A Psychopath
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7.60
23 votes

#20 - Signs Of A Psychopath

For every sadistic psychopath...there were signs. Charm. Narcissism. Lack of empathy. Impulsiveness. Manipulation. Deception. These traits and others are the telltale Signs of a Psychopath. This harrowing half-hour archive series revisits some of the most brutal killers in modern history, reviewing news footage and the words of the killers themselves to see which terrifying traits each killer exhibited. What are the signs...of evil?

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Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda
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7.57
422 votes

#21 - Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda

Homicide Hunter is a non-fiction investigative series of murder cases told through the personal experience of retired detective, Lieutenant Joe Kenda. With his personal interviews and compelling storytelling style, Kenda captivates us with the details of a different investigation each week, beginning from when he got the homicide call to when the case was closed. Unlike many true-crime shows, this series delivers the realities of the emotional and psychological effects of a murder on the investigator. Set in Colorado, a state known for its suburban lifestyle, these murders are all the more compelling because they are stories of homicide that can happen to anybody.

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Shattered (2017)
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7.50
22 votes

#22 - Shattered (2017)

Like a pane of glass cracking in all directions before shattering, the impact of a single crime can create ripple effects that forever alter multiple lives. This Investigation Discovery series unravels actual homicide cases to explore how the past continues to haunt the present for those involved -- loved ones, witnesses, and law enforcement.

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American Monster
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7.48
55 votes

#23 - American Monster

If you looked into the eyes of a killer, would you know? In American Monster, you find out. For the first time, viewers get closer than ever to some of America's most shocking and surprising crimes. Filled with never-before-seen footage of these devils in disguise, from home movie shots of them playing with their kids to musical performances at high school, from the church cook-out to the wedding video, American Monster interweaves twisting-turning stories of astonishing crimes, with 'behind-the-scenes' footage of killers at their seemingly most innocent.

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Obsession: Dark Desires
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7.40
37 votes

#24 - Obsession: Dark Desires

Obsessions form in all different kinds of ways. It could be a date, an interview, or even just a passing on the street. In this bone-chilling series they will show real life stories of obsession told by the victims.

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On the Case with Paula Zahn
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7.32
131 votes

#25 - On the Case with Paula Zahn

Led by Emmy Award-winning journalist Paula Zahn, ON THE CASE features in-depth interviews and original reporting that go beyond the headlines in search of fascinating mysteries from within our nation's justice system. Each episode is highlighted by Zahn's riveting exclusive interviews, which draw out different viewpoints from the people personally connected to tragedies that rocked their local community and the investigations that attempted to piece together the truth.

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In Pursuit with John Walsh
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7.19
26 votes

#26 - In Pursuit with John Walsh

Victims' rights activist John Walsh and his son, Callahan, showcase time-sensitive, unsolved cases in desperate need of attention, mobilizing the public to engage in the pursuit of justice.

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The Killer Beside Me
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7.17
24 votes

#27 - The Killer Beside Me

True crime stories expose the dark underbelly of the workplace, where coworkers indulge in rivalries, romances and abuses of power culminating in murder.

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Nightmare Next Door
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7.15
185 votes

#28 - Nightmare Next Door

"Nightmare Next Door" tells the tales of mysterious murders that rocked small-town America. Each hour brings you a new murder mystery and a new look into the evil that can lurk in the heart and soul of a tight-knit community. Interviews with investigators, prosecutors, family members and neighbors piece together the twisting tale of a classic whodunit.

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Horror at the Cecil Hotel
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7.03
186 votes

#29 - Horror at the Cecil Hotel

In Los Angeles, young Canadian student Elisa Lam's body is found in the water-supply cistern on the roof of the Cecil Hotel, which is known for its rich history of murders, suicides and unexplained deaths.

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An American Murder Mystery: The Staircase
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7.00
51 votes

#30 - An American Murder Mystery: The Staircase

Michael Peterson appears to have it all - a doting wife, a loving family and a successful literary career - but, that all changes on December 9, 2001, when Michael's wife, Kathleen, is found dead in a pool of blood at the bottom of a staircase in their home in Durham, North Carolina. Michael claims it was a tragic accident. Investigators, however, fear something far more sinister is at play and direct their attention to him. Did Michael Peterson murder his wife?

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Dead Silent
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6.98
36 votes

#31 - Dead Silent

A snap of a twig. A rustling leaf. In the woods, myth, urban legend, and horror collide with real-life killers. Transporting viewers into a vortex of dark mystery and psychological terror, each episode tells the true story of a crime set in a desolate location.

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Ken and Barbie Killers: The Lost Murder Tapes
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6.91
23 votes

#32 - Ken and Barbie Killers: The Lost Murder Tapes

Three schoolgirl murders. Two killers hiding in plain sight. Six video tapes that horrify the world and lead to one of the most controversial murder trials in modern history: one that left a nation shamed, victims denied justice, and a serial killer roaming free in Canada today. Over the course four parts, THE KEN AND BARBIE KILLERS: THE LOST MURDER TAPES follows the extraordinary twists and turns of the case and trial of glamour couple Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka, the "demonic duo of dark kink", who quickly became the most notorious killers in Canadian history.

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Deadly Women
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6.90
198 votes

#33 - Deadly Women

Female murderers are often times more horrifying and intriguing than their male counterparts. Their worlds are often defined by obsession, greed, and revenge. Deadly Women fuses bone-chilling story-telling, sumptuous period drama and forensic fact in a bid to explore history's most alluring female killers. Each episode profiles four famous cases from the past; killers and their victims are brought to life by elaborate dramatized reconstructions. The program will span four centuries and seven countries to explore the makings of these deadly women. Candice DeLong, a former FBI agent and profiler, and Dr. Janis Amatuzio, a forensic pathologist will also join the program to give a deeper insight into the crimes and the women who commit them.

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Unusual Suspects
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6.81
126 votes

#34 - Unusual Suspects

THE UNLIKELY CRIMINAL IS EXPOSED - The All-American boy next door. A church-going grandmother. A devoted brother. They were respected role models and trusted members of their community - until the day each of them was charged with a shocking crime. The series shines a light on some UNUSUAL SUSPECTS, showing that even the nicest neighbor can have a sinister side. From vengeful family members to a corrupt officer patrolling the roads, UNUSUAL SUSPECTS profiles those you would least expect to be capable of committing such dark deeds. Each one-hour episode of UNUSUAL SUSPECTS showcases some of the most baffling and challenging cases in contemporary law enforcement, and commends the unwavering investigations that led to the arrest of these unlikely culprits. Featuring in-depth interviews from some of America's top investigative forces, viewers find out how these illusive offenders evaded justice for years, and how persistent police work and a passion for justice ultimately got them caught.

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Swamp Murders
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6.70
83 votes

#35 - Swamp Murders

Across the Deep South, heat, humidity and darn good hiding places provide a perfect backdrop for dark, despicable deeds. Murky waters take secrets to the grave in SWAMP MURDERS when bogs, bayous and decrepit docks surrounded by a tangle of marshland and moss-covered trees set the scene for mucky murder. From the swampy bayou of Louisiana to the Great Lake o' the Cherokees in Oklahoma and even rivers and lakes in Georgia, Texas, and Florida, SWAMP MURDERS proves that even muddied waters eventually bring secrets to the surface.Hot, humid swamps make great hiding places - for bodies that is. In Investigation Discovery's newest series, moss-covered trees, dead-end trails, creaky docks and mangrove forests are the ominous backdrops for the murkiest of mysteries in SWAMP MURDERS.

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Scorned: Love Kills
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6.61
111 votes

#36 - Scorned: Love Kills

Investigation Discovery's new series SCORNED: LOVE KILLS uncovers crimes of passion sparked by a spurned lover's snap from provocative paramour to predacious threat. The 20-episode first season examines the dark side of love with a voyeuristic peek into the lust and obsession that fueled some of the most senseless, but definitely not emotionless, crimes to make front-page headlines. From dalliances with X-rated dancers to a love triangle born from an underground swingers' club, the stories featured in SCORNED pair sexual intrigue with bedded betrayal to form a recipe for murder.

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The 1980s: The Deadliest Decade
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6.60
53 votes

#37 - The 1980s: The Deadliest Decade

In many ways, the 1980s are considered the deadliest decade in recent history. Who wants to travel back in time knowing the 10 years consisted of infamous cases like the serial-killing crime spree of ``Night Stalker'' Richard Ramirez, the Menendez brothers' murder of their parents, and Mark David Chapman's cold-blooded shooting of music legend John Lennon? Investigation Discovery explores the dark side of nostalgia to recount other notable murder investigations from the '80s, an era of ego where excess and greed dangerously collide.

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Disappeared
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6.57
160 votes

#38 - Disappeared

A person suddenly and unexpectedly disappears; no trace, no clues, nothing but the lingering mystery they leave behind. According to the FBI's National Crime Information Center, there are now 110,484 active missing persons cases in the U.S., 53% are juveniles under the age of 18. Most of us have heard of the high-profile cases, such as Natalee Holloway, Stacey Peterson, and Chandra Levy. But have you ever heard of Mae Catherine Rocker, Alexis Peterson or Thomas Jay Kerr? Probably not. They are just a few of the hundreds of thousands of people in this country who one day, simply Disappeared. Most missing person's stories have never been told...until now. Disappeared is an exciting series that investigates the disappearance of these victims, who are here one minute, gone the next. Each episode focuses on one victim's story, as told through the perspectives and actual voices of their closest friends and family and the investigators trying to solve the case. Through interviews with family, friends, police, and searchers, each episode recounts the actions, thoughts, circumstances and motivations that led to each person's disappearance. Experience the victim's final hours until they vanished. Watch interviews with experts, from psychologists to forensic specialists to psychics, who will offer new insights into what may have happened in each case, whether the person was a victim of foul play or a runaway. Disappeared will take you inside the world of the missing, where a person can vanish without a trace, investigators race against the clock to solve a mystery, and the victim's anguished family and friends are left to wonder what in the world could have happened.

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I (Almost) Got Away With It
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6.40
125 votes

#39 - I (Almost) Got Away With It

For these perpetrators, their stories may be different, but their motives are always the same: to stay out of prison. The people profiled in this series evaded justice for years, sometimes decades, by using their families, fake identification and even violence to avoid capture. Learn what pushed these individuals to their crimes, how they stayed one step ahead of the police and managed to evade the law -- at least for a while.

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Evil Kin
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6.31
105 votes

#40 - Evil Kin

It's amazing the things that you can inherit from your family gene pool: blue eyes, a beautiful smile, a winning personality. But what about your family's less desirable traits? A grandfather's talent for swindling, an aunt's knack for aggravated assault or even a father's flair for murder.... can you actually inherit evil from your family tree? Evil Kin begs this question as well as whether psychopathic behavior is pre-programmed. From siblings who conspire to kill their parents, to three brothers who grow up independently to become a serial killer, a rapist and a mercenary, Evil Kin follows true-crime mysteries surrounding bone-chilling cases that prove blood is always thicker than water.

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Murder Comes to Town
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6.31
91 votes

#41 - Murder Comes to Town

A sudden, brutal murder will traumatize any community, but when it strikes in a small close-knit town, the effect is devastating. From the rural backwaters of Appalachia to the lonely desert climes of the southwest, MURDER COMES TO TOWN uncovers the shocking murder mysteries that haunt small town America and the dark secrets that lie just beneath the surface of even the most idyllic community. Following the first person accounts of investigators and townsfolk, each hour-long episode unravels the wild rumors and terrifying truths behind an unthinkable crime and the dark legacy it leaves behind. Illustrated through moody, cinematic recreations, MURDER COMES TO TOWN follows police as they put together each clue and attempt to bring the perpetrator to justice

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The Perfect Murder
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6.30
89 votes

#42 - The Perfect Murder

"THE PERFECT MURDER" brings viewers some of the most diabolical, perplexing murder cases to land on detectives’ desks – the kind of cases that make or break careers and provide fodder for Hollywood mystery movies. These ingenious killers are every detective’s worst nightmare. Whether by planting false evidence, or writing anonymous letters to police, these murderers will stop at nothing to stay one step ahead and get away with the perfect murder. In this program, we focus on the investigation, as detectives slowly put the pieces together to unravel the twisted truth. As detectives uncover new evidence, and turn to new suspects, we flashback through stylized reenactment, to depict each possible theory of what may have happened.

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Blood Relatives
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5.50
81 votes

#43 - Blood Relatives

In Investigation Discovery's new series BLOOD RELATIVES, all bonds are off when those closest to you commit the coldest of crimes. These teenagers, parents, spouses and siblings make sure to keep their loved ones in the family, by way of murder. From children who kill their mothers and fathers to parents who kill their sons and daughters, the love lost in each episode is palpable. Family members reveal their secrets behind the storybook façade, and create a compelling mystery that raises the question: is blood really thicker than water?

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Deadline: Crime with Tamron Hall
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4.65
51 votes

#44 - Deadline: Crime with Tamron Hall

MSNBC Host and NBC News Correspondent/Anchor Tamron Hall joins Investigation Discovery as host of an all-new, fast-paced, weekly investigative news program, DEADLINE: CRIME WITH TAMRON HALL. A respected anchor and investigative journalist, Hall knows first-hand the effect of violent crime, as her older sister was a murder victim in a case that is still officially unsolved. In each one-hour episode, Hall is joined by a core team of correspondents with extensive knowledge of law enforcement, to go beyond the headlines and explore not only what happened, but why it happened.

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True Crime with Aphrodite Jones
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4.06
50 votes

#45 - True Crime with Aphrodite Jones

Aphrodite Jones is a New York Times best selling author, specializing in non-fiction true crime stories. A noted national television commentator, her opinions are sought after by news programs such as The Today Show, Dateline NBC, and The O'Reilly Factor. Throughout Jones' 20-year career, her focus has been on shedding light on any crime that reveals the injustices within our society. Her book, "All She Wanted," was made into the major motion picture "Boys Don't Cry. True Crime with Aphrodite Jones is a new series for Investigation Discovery that will feature Jones delving into some of the most heinous murder cases and crimes of our time.

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Breaking Homicide
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0.00
0 votes

#46 - Breaking Homicide

Former Rhode Island police Sgt. Derrick Levasseur and forensic psychologist Kris Mohandie answer the pleas of desperate families and investigate murder cases that have officially gone cold.

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