The BEST Episodes of Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Dec 21, 2019
Network: Investigation Discovery
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.
#1 - Bullet With My Name On It
Season 6 - Episode 15 - Aired Jan 1, 2017
In his first year on the force, rookie patrol officer Joe Kenda quickly learns the ropes. But when he tries to singlehandedly stop a brawling mob, he finds himself facing down gunfire. Can Kenda help detectives catch the man who nearly killed him?
#2 - Target Practice
Season 8 - Episode 8 - Aired Oct 17, 2018
The murder of a young father stuns his close-knit community, but the investigation reveals a neighborly dispute turned deadly; when a house is besieged by mysterious gunfire, Kenda enlists a team of specialists to trace the bullets' origin.
#3 - The Case That Haunts Me
Season 8 - Episode 20 - Aired Feb 13, 2019
Joe Kenda digs into the case of a naked woman who is found in the mountains...
#4 - My First Case
Season 4 - Episode 13 - Aired Nov 18, 2014
In his first case with the homicide unit, rookie burglary detective Joe Kenda volunteers to work a bloody multi-victim shooting deemed "unsolvable" by the veterans. But has the ambitious young investigator bitten off more than he can chew?
#5 - The Setup
Season 8 - Episode 9 - Aired Oct 24, 2018
Hardworking family man Douglas Warren stumbles into a downtown bar with a gunshot wound to the neck and bleeds out on the floor. To catch the killer, Kenda must conduct a risky sting operation and launch an interstate manhunt.
#6 - Officer Down
Season 6 - Episode 18 - Aired Jan 18, 2017
Sgt. Joe Kenda is faced with his worst nightmare when he learns a friend and fellow officer, Mark Dabling, has been killed in the line of duty. Police conduct an all-out manhunt and discover the gunman is even more dangerous than they'd thought.
#7 - Down for the Count
Season 9 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 9, 2019
Hikers stumble onto the brutalized corpse of amateur boxer Johnnie Wilson, hidden beneath a pile of branches. Plagued by false starts and blind alleys, the case finally gains traction when investigators get their hands dirty.
#8 - Mr. Violence
Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 11, 2012
29-year-old Chris Devoy is shot in cold blood outside a neighborhood bar. Faced with a trio of suspects, Kenda trusts his gut and makes a controversial decision. The case hits a dead end, but Kenda gets an unexpected tip that proves his instincts right.
#9 - Follow the Money
Season 8 - Episode 11 - Aired Nov 14, 2018
The body of a 72-year-old man is found in junkyard, stabbed 13 times and wearing nothing but his underwear and dentures. When investigators discover a trail of purchases made with the victim's credit card, they hope it will lead them to the killer.
#10 - Where Is Claudia Jane?
Season 7 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 1, 2017
After a 15-year old girl goes missing, Lt. Joe Kenda investigates the mysterious circumstances surrounding her disappearance; a family man is shot dead on his neighbor's doorstep.
#11 - Cradle to the Grave
Season 9 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 13, 2019
After an infant stops breathing, Kenda and Walker investigate whether the daycare is to blame or the parents themselves; Kenda works an execution-style shooting, and he is shocked to learn the victim is a kindly grandmother.
#12 - Murder in a Bottle
Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 29, 2013
Eric Houston is found stabbed to death in a seedy motel, but the ensuing investigation is stymied by a long list of suspects. Lt. Joe Kenda refuses to let the case run cold, and deploys a groundbreaking new technology to catch the killer.
#13 - Primal Instinct
Season 8 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 7, 2018
When a drunken dispute at a biker bar turns deadly, Kenda launches a manhunt for a pair of suspects who fled with a small boy in tow. Then a man is murdered in an onslaught of high caliber gunfire, but an unexpected break turns the case on its head.
#14 - Last Call for Murder
Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 16, 2012
Five people are murdered in a cold-blooded robbery at a shopping center, and much of the evidence is lost in a fire. But a fuzzy image from a newly installed surveillance camera leads Kenda on an exhaustive search that ends in a shocking confrontation.
#15 - Trigger
Season 9 - Episode 4 - Aired Sep 18, 2019
A sharp-dressed pedestrian is shot in the back for unknown reasons. Chasing a promising lead, Kenda realizes he's barking up the wrong tree. Then when an impromptu argument turns fatal, a suspect's guilt boils down to his skill with deadly weapons.
#16 - Fractured Glass
Season 8 - Episode 5 - Aired Sep 26, 2018
When affable ladies' man Michael Tittemore is gunned down in the dead of night, Lt. Joe Kenda sets his sights on the roommates who were present during the murder; then, a revelation turns his attention to a far more nefarious band of suspects.
#17 - Dead Man Falling
Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 12, 2013
When a family of four is brutally murdered, it sends a shockwave of fear through Colorado Springs. Police believe they have a spree killer on their hands, until Lt. Joe Kenda discovers a gruesome connection between the perpetrator and his victims.
#18 - Bump in the Night
Season 4 - Episode 12 - Aired Nov 11, 2014
When a pilot is found dead in her trailer, police are stumped; until Lt Joe Kenda finds a startling connection between the victim and her killer. Then, Kenda is called to a bloody shooting, only to discover that the murder victim is an old family friend.
#19 - Outlaw
Season 6 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 2, 2016
A gunfight at a biker bar that left two dead is investigated.
#20 - Tighten the Screws
Season 6 - Episode 7 - Aired Oct 12, 2016
The death of an Iraq War veteran is investigated.
#21 - #1 Suspect
Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired Oct 21, 2014
When a mother is killed, Lt Joe Kenda wonders if it’s a robbery gone wrong, until a slew of hateful messages surface. Then, patrols discover a body on a roadway after an evident hit-and-run, but the victim’s true cause of death turns the case on its head.
#22 - Razor's Edge
Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired Dec 17, 2013
When police find 24-year-old Patrick Ray with a gunshot to the temple, the scene has all the telltale signs of suicide. But Lt. Joe Kenda’s instinct says otherwise. When Kenda he digs deeper, he uncovers a murder mystery as shocking as it is tragic.
#23 - Dead Man Walking
Season 6 - Episode 12 - Aired Nov 16, 2016
The execution-style murder of a man who had recently been kidnapped is investigated.
#24 - Nine-Year-Old Hostage
Season 8 - Episode 15 - Aired Jan 16, 2019
A hostage situation puts Sgt. Joe Kenda and his team to the test, as they try to save a family without getting shot themselves; a neighbor discovers two teenagers who apparently entered into a suicide pact; however, one of them has multiple injuries.
#25 - The Line Goes Dead
Season 6 - Episode 13 - Aired Nov 30, 2016
The severed head of a wife and mother is discovered; and an apparent robbery-gone-wrong is investigated.