People Magazine Investigates

The WORST episodes of People Magazine Investigates

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

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: 6/23/2022Network: Investigation Discovery
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Who Killed Jane Doe 59?
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6.89
35 votes

#1 - Who Killed Jane Doe 59?

Season 3 - Episode 15 - Aired 2/25/2019

In 1969, a woman is found murdered in Los Angeles, but her identity is a mystery; for decades, police investigate hoping to put a name to the face and find her killer; the one lead that comes up over and over leads them to Charles Manson.

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Alaskan Temptress
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6.97
39 votes

#2 - Alaskan Temptress

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired 1/22/2018

Shock sweeps through a Washington community when a suburban mother gets arrested for a murder from a decade earlier in Alaska; details of a seedy and sordid past emerge.

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Murder on Newberry St.
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7.00
25 votes

#3 - Murder on Newberry St.

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired 1/14/2019

In York, Pa., race riots claim the lives of an African-American mother and a young, white police officer; their deaths are largely forgotten until 30 years later when their cold cases are reopened, revealing the city's dark past.

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The Sound of Silence
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7.00
28 votes

#4 - The Sound of Silence

Season 3 - Episode 13 - Aired 2/11/2019

Gallaudet University is the premier college for the deaf in the United States, but this haven of higher learning is turned upside down after two students are murdered in their dormitory rooms.

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Alibi
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7.00
5 votes

#5 - Alibi

Season 6 - Episode 3 - Aired 6/20/2022

During an armed robbery, a father of three is fatally shot, but for 23 years, another family questions if the wrong man is behind bars.

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The Unicorn Killer
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7.13
30 votes

#6 - The Unicorn Killer

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired 1/21/2019

In Philadelphia, police make a horrific discovery 18 months after a woman goes missing; the police pursue the woman's killer, but he always manages to stay one step ahead of the law.

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Burned Alive
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7.14
29 votes

#7 - Burned Alive

Season 3 - Episode 14 - Aired 2/18/2019

On a Mississippi back road, a 19-year-old woman is set on fire and left to burn alive; her last words lead detectives down a road of dead ends and the case goes cold until a special agent taps into her location data and finds a suspect.

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Blood In the Sand
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7.20
46 votes

#8 - Blood In the Sand

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired 1/8/2018

In 1984, the body of a 14-year-old girl turns up on the beach in San Diego and police think it relates to the murder of another teen; a clue yields an unbelievable suspect.

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Fatal Family Secrets
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7.26
34 votes

#9 - Fatal Family Secrets

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired 1/7/2019

A celebratory night turns deadly for a Texas family when they are gunned down at home. When investigators uncover a conspiracy, it will test one man's ability to forgive as he fights to save the criminal mastermind from the death penalty.

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Murder at Sea
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7.30
37 votes

#10 - Murder at Sea

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired 12/11/2017

A premiere fishing boat explodes into flames just off shore, stunning the small fishing town of Craig, Alaska; after fighting the flames, state troopers discover the remains of a young family and few clues as to could have set the ship blaze.

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Death Before Dawn
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7.31
39 votes

#11 - Death Before Dawn

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired 1/29/2018

Police investigate the shooting of millionaires Brad and Andra Sachs in their home in 2014 and track a series of clues in a chase to find the couple's killer.

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Gone in 90 Seconds
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7.32
41 votes

#12 - Gone in 90 Seconds

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired 11/19/2018

When an 11-year-old Arizona girl vanishes while waiting for an ice cream truck, it's clear she's been abducted; the search for her leads to a trail of suspects, making it the largest missing child investigation in Arizona history.

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Once Bitten
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7.33
48 votes

#13 - Once Bitten

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired 12/4/2017

Sherri Rasmussen and John Ruetten are enjoying newlywed life until one morning when Sherri calls into work sick; that night, John returns home to find his wife murdered; years later, detectives discover Sherri's killer was too close for comfort.

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Motor City Murder
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7.33
36 votes

#14 - Motor City Murder

Season 4 - Episode 12 - Aired 1/20/2020

A senseless murder rocks an African-American neighborhood in 1970s Detroit; police arrest suspects who are ultimately convicted of murder, but 47 years later, the truth finally emerges to right history's wrongs.

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Gone Girls
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7.39
33 votes

#15 - Gone Girls

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired 12/17/2018

When three women from three different decades meet their death or go missing under mysterious circumstances, authorities are forced to examine the one thing they had in common: they all fell in love with the same man.

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Terror in Philadelphia
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7.41
39 votes

#16 - Terror in Philadelphia

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired 11/12/2018

In 1998, a gifted Philadelphia graduate student is found murdered in her bed, triggering a hunt for her killer.

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Marked for Murder
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7.42
45 votes

#17 - Marked for Murder

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired 12/18/2017

In Florida, friends and family are stunned after an esteemed criminal law professor is executed in his garage; investigators follow a series of leads taking them on a statewide hunt in search of the murderous masterminds.

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The Springfield Three
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7.43
68 votes

#18 - The Springfield Three

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired 11/4/2019

On June 6, 1992, Suzie Streeter and Stacy McCall attend parties celebrating their high school graduation; by morning, the teenagers have gone missing, along with Suzie's mother, Sherrill Levitt; the case leads police on a nationwide search.

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Mother's Orders
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7.43
7 votes

#19 - Mother's Orders

Season 6 - Episode 2 - Aired 6/13/2022

A mother's bond to her daughter is put to the ultimate test when one of them shoots a man dead.

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The Darkest of Nights
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7.43
67 votes

#20 - The Darkest of Nights

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired 1/2/2017

In Craig, Ala., townspeople are shocked when police discover the charred body of beloved mother and wife Lauri Waterman; people have no idea who would want to kill her, then an unlikely witness reveals a sordid story of secrets and lies.

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Mystery in the Swamp
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7.45
38 votes

#21 - Mystery in the Swamp

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired 12/3/2018

The morning of his anniversary, Mike Williams goes duck hunting. When he fails to return home that afternoon, an all-out search commences. But it's only the beginning of a sordid mystery that will take close to 20 years to solve.

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A Killing in Chinatown
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7.46
37 votes

#22 - A Killing in Chinatown

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired 12/2/2019

Cambodian genocide survivor Dr. Haing Ngor wins an Oscar for his role in "The Killing Fields," then he's gunned down outside his Los Angeles home, and the LAPD investigates a web of political intrigue, revenge and street gangs to uncover the truth.

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The Cheerleader and The Hitman
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7.47
45 votes

#23 - The Cheerleader and The Hitman

Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired 12/30/2019

When a widower and father of three is found murdered outside his Long Island home, police have reason to look into shady business dealings as a possible motive; then, a tip leads to three unlikely suspects, exposing dark family secrets.

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Children of Thunder
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7.48
27 votes

#24 - Children of Thunder

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired 1/28/2019

In the summer of 2000, bags full of body parts start appearing all over the San Francisco Bay Area; investigators follow the trail of grisly clues to a secret cult carrying out a sinister scheme.

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Jeffrey MacDonald: The Accused
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7.48
58 votes

#25 - Jeffrey MacDonald: The Accused

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired 1/9/2017

A brutal 1970 home invasion claims the lives of Army surgeon Jeffrey MacDonald's wife and daughters, leaving him the lone survivor; authorities doubt his story of murderous hippies and believe MacDonald committed the crime himself.

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