People Magazine Investigates

The BEST episodes of People Magazine Investigates

Every episode of People Magazine Investigates ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of 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.

Last Updated: 8/4/2022Network: Investigation Discovery
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The Hollywood Ripper
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8.35
17 votes

#1 - The Hollywood Ripper

Season 5 - Episode 6 - Aired 4/26/2021

When Ashley Ellerin is found murdered in her Hollywood bungalow, police zero in on the Hollywood heartthrob she was supposed to have a date with the night she was killed. The case takes a shocking turn as detectives realize Ashley is not the only victim, and discover they are on the hunt for a serial killer. The assailant's victim count grows until one woman manages to fight back so fiercely that he leaves behind critical blood evidence. But will they be able to finally catch him?

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Red Christmas
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8.35
20 votes

#2 - Red Christmas

Season 5 - Episode 11 - Aired 5/31/2021

On December 10, 2003, police receive a mysterious 911 call at a home in the tony Walnut Estates in Mansfield, Texas. Police are dispatched to investigate and when they enter the home they encounter a horrific scene: the bloodied bodies of homeowners Rick and Suzy Wamsley. The couple was highly regarded around the neighborhood and thought to have the perfect family life so detectives are left with a big question mark: Who and why would anyone want to kill the Wamsleys? When detectives launch an investigation to find out, the myth of the Wamsleys' perfect life begins to unravel. It turns out underneath the polished exterior, there are deep, dark secrets.

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Groene Family Massacre
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8.29
14 votes

#3 - Groene Family Massacre

Season 6 - Episode 1 - Aired 6/6/2022

A savage killer goes on a homicidal rampage and then abducts two young siblings from their home in the middle of the night. But the children quickly decide they will do whatever is necessary to survive.

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Blood Ties
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8.17
24 votes

#4 - Blood Ties

Season 5 - Episode 5 - Aired 4/19/2021

On a snowy night in January 1980, college student Helene Pruszynski disappears after reaching her final bus stop. When her body turns up in a snowy field, police launch a long and frustrating investigation that pushes family and detectives to the brink of hopelessness. Their hope is revived when they discover that cutting edge forensic genealogy may hold the key to finding Helene's murderer.

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The Grudge
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8.13
8 votes

#5 - The Grudge

Season 6 - Episode 8 - Aired 8/1/2022

In January 2020, a Mennonite woman goes missing from her small religious community. They find her body, but forensic evidence leads them to a dead end, stymieing law enforcement. Detectives get creative in an effort to find their suspect.

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Little Girl Gone
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8.05
20 votes

#6 - Little Girl Gone

Season 5 - Episode 7 - Aired 5/3/2021

In the summer of 2003, the Iron Range of northern Minnesota is a peaceful community where parents let their kids play outside on their own without a second thought. But when five-year-old LeeAnna Warner vanishes without a trace, investigators do a deep dive into the quaint community and realize that some of the familiar faces in the neighborhood may be hiding some disturbing secrets that may never fully be uncovered.

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The Delphi Killer
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8.00
27 votes

#7 - The Delphi Killer

Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired 4/12/2021

A quiet rural town is rocked when two middle-school girls go on a hike and are later found murdered. But when police discover one of the girls may have recorded her killer with her cellphone, the race is on to find the mysterious man.

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The Price of Fame
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8.00
23 votes

#8 - The Price of Fame

Season 5 - Episode 8 - Aired 5/10/2021

In the spring of 2001, former child actor and Baretta star Robert Blake just married Bonny Lee Bakely, the mother of his new baby girl. The couple are out to dinner in Los Angeles when Bakely is murdered in the passenger seat of the couple's car, execution style. Blake seems devastated, but as police investigate, they uncover a tale of a troubled marriage of convenience and a fight for custody that may have led to one of Hollywood's most infamous murders.

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Nine Years in the Shadows
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7.95
42 votes

#9 - Nine Years in the Shadows

Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired 12/23/2019

In 1988, a young woman is found murdered in her Modesto, Calif., home, leading police to investigate the strife and infidelity in her marriage; a surprising witness eventually comes forward.

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A Crimson End
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7.91
23 votes

#10 - A Crimson End

Season 5 - Episode 9 - Aired 5/17/2021

When a woman is found dead in her historic house on Horseshoe Lake, police chase her killer to the water where he drowns. But when the body is recovered, people are shocked to realize this story started 25 years earlier when two other family members were found murdered by the same man.

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The Colorado Hammer Killer
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7.89
9 votes

#11 - The Colorado Hammer Killer

Season 6 - Episode 5 - Aired 7/11/2022

In 1984, a slew of brutal hammer attacks left a Colorado community in fear. It takes nearly 40 years before a serial killer is brought to justice.

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Connecticut Horror Story
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7.86
49 votes

#12 - Connecticut Horror Story

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired 11/27/2017

One summer night in 2007, the Petit family is woken up by two strangers in their quiet Connecticut home; suddenly, these four family members find themselves being held hostage and in a fight for their lives.

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Bible Belt Massacre
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7.81
21 votes

#13 - Bible Belt Massacre

Season 5 - Episode 12 - Aired 6/7/2021

Two days before the new millennium in the rural town of Welch, Oklahoma, Danny and Kathy Freeman are found dead after a neighbor spots the family trailer engulfed in flames. Police soon determine their cause of death was not the fire, but a gunshot. The case adds another layer when it is discovered that the Freeman's daughter Ashley and her best friend Lauria Bible are nowhere to be found. Nearly two decades later, police finally discover what happened to them, the truth is almost too dark for words.

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Somebody's Watching
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7.78
46 votes

#14 - Somebody's Watching

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired 11/5/2018

After a fire chief's wife's burned body is discovered, an autopsy reveals she died from a gunshot wound to the head, and the arson investigation turns into a hunt for her killer.

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Shallow Grave
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7.77
47 votes

#15 - Shallow Grave

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired 11/20/2017

When a young family vanishes from their Southern California dream home, friends and family are left with dozens of unanswered questions; authorities suspect they fled the country, until an unlikely source uncovers the truth.

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Killing Field
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7.76
50 votes

#16 - Killing Field

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired 1/1/2018

After a young couple goes missing, detectives find a clue leading them to a strange storage container in the middle of 95 acres, and what's inside unlocks the secrets of a monster hiding in plain sight.

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Golden State Killer
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7.75
44 votes

#17 - Golden State Killer

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired 11/6/2017

In the 1970s a serial rapist is on the loose in northern California; then, as his reign of terror over the community wanes, police discover he isn't just a serial rapist, he's a serial murderer and he's been killing people all over California.

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My Father, the Serial Killer
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7.69
45 votes

#18 - My Father, the Serial Killer

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired 1/15/2018

In 1980, Tim Hack and Kelly Drew go missing from a small Wisconsin town, then their bodies are found in a field; a woman comes forward nearly 40 years later to help solve the so-called "Sweetheart Murders'' of Hack and Drew.

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The Freeway Phantom
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7.69
45 votes

#19 - The Freeway Phantom

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired 11/25/2019

In the early 1970s, Washington D.C. is terrorized by a cunning killer who abducts and murders six young African American girls; police and the community are outraged by the serial killings that target young children in their own neighborhoods.

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The Long Island Serial Killer: New Revelations
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7.67
101 votes

#20 - The Long Island Serial Killer: New Revelations

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 11/7/2016

The discovery of four women's bodies on Gilgo Beach is just the beginning, as investigators uncover multiple suspects and shocking theories while racing to identify the Long Island Serial Killer before he strikes again.

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Fallen Angels
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7.67
36 votes

#21 - Fallen Angels

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired 11/26/2018

A 12-year-old girl goes missing on her way to school in Oregon City, Ore.; the police investigation offers little in the way of leads, then a second girl disappears.

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Where Is Baby DeOrr?
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7.65
46 votes

#22 - Where Is Baby DeOrr?

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired 11/13/2017

A young couple's toddler vanishes while the family is enjoying an impromptu camping trip in Leadore, Idaho; investigators and private detectives work around the clock to find the missing boy, only to come back to his parents.

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Flight Risk
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7.65
17 votes

#23 - Flight Risk

Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired 4/5/2021

Kelsey Berreth, a young mother and pilot, was last heard from on the morning of Thanksgiving 2018. Her fiancé is worried she may have harmed herself after a stressful year. But when police discover blood in an unusual place, they begin to unravel a bizarre story of love, jealousy, and a murder that goes far beyond what anyone in law enforcement could have imagined.

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Hollywood Horror Story
star
7.64
66 votes

#24 - Hollywood Horror Story

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 12/5/2016

Hikers discover the severed head of Hervey Medellin in the Hollywood Hills; the suspects include former lovers, drug cartel hit men and a porn star in this tale of lust, greed and butchery.

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JonBenet: The Untold Truth
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7.64
74 votes

#25 - JonBenet: The Untold Truth

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired 12/19/2016

An examination of the JonBenét Ramsey murder case. The 6-year-old beauty pageant winner was murdered in her family's home on Dec. 26, 1996. Included: whether she was killed in a kidnapping-gone-wrong, by a home intruder or by one of her own family.

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