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Motives & Murders: Cracking the Case

Motives & Murders: Cracking the Case

Photo Credit:  Jag Gundu / Investigation Discovery
  • Premiered: 
    November 3, 2012
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  • Network: ID
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Docudrama
  • Type: Live Action
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  • Subject Matter: Crime
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Plot Synopsis

Featuring re-enactments as well as interviews with law-enforcement officers and the victims' families, MOTIVES & MURDERS: CRACKING THE CASE presents competing versions of what may have happened in a crime as the program explores the emotional stories of those attempting to find closure in homicide investigations. Each 60-minute episode features a different tale, including these in Season 1 about: Jeanine Harms, who goes out on a date and disappears into thin air, causing friends and family to become frantic; the boss at a West Virginia security company, who was shot and left to die in the mountains; and many more stories. This series returned for its second season on Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at 8pm ET/PT on Investigation Discovery. In the Season 2 opener, a Florida couple is strangled to death in their home, but detectives may be looking in the wrong place when their suspicions about drug smuggling and an aviation deal gone wrong lead them to Belize. Investigation Discovery aired the Season 3 premiere of MOTIVES & MURDERS: CRACKING THE CASE on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 8pm ET/PT. The season's first episode, "Identifying Remains," chronicles what happens when a work crew uncovers a woman's skull on a stretch of Florida highway, and investigators try to determine who she is and find her killer. But it takes a bizarre discovery over a thousand miles away before the grizzly truth is finally revealed. Season 4 of MOTIVES & MURDERS: CRACKING THE CASE premiered on Thursday, March 3, 2016 at 9pm ET/PT on Investigation Discovery. In the season opener, "Who Killed Daddy's Little Girl?," when a pregnant 23-year-old Iowa woman is shot in her own bed, investigators must quickly determine if they are looking for someone with a deadly grudge against the couple or a more sinister culprit closer to home. Investigation Discovery premiered the fifth season of this series on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 9pm ET/PT.
On Thursday, May 30, 2016 at 9pm ET/PT, Investigation Discovery premiered the Season 5 finale of MOTIVES & MURDERS: CRACKING THE CASE. In the season ender, "A Sister's Promise," when the mutilated body of 17-year-old Lori Billingsley is found in a ditch on the outskirts of town, it's obvious a sadistic killer is on the loose in Oregon. But when the case goes cold, it's her sister who's determined to get justice for Lori.

Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Cineflix Productions