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  • Serial Killers: Issues Explored through the Green River Murders

    Guillen follows the Green River Killer and does an in depth analysis of his confession and the police investigation itself.
  • Someone Has To Die Tonight

    The Lords of Chaos, a group of teenage boys on Ft. Myers, FL, went on a crime spree that ended with the murder of a high school band director. Their crimes included theft, vandalism and blowing up a Coca-Cola building. They even planned, but never had a chance to commit, a racially-motivated mass murder at Walt Disney World. As author Jim Greenhill conducted interviews and got to know the group's ringleader on Death Row, the ringleader and his mother asked the author to arrange the murders of three witnesses. Greenhill delves into how these young boys went so horribly bad.
  • Harvest of Women: The True Story About the Murders of Girls and Women in Juarez, Mexico (1993-2005)

    Author Diana Washington Valdez examines the circumstances behind the approximately 470 deaths of girls and women between the years of 1993 and 2005 in the border city of Juarez, Mexico. Her investigation discusses the brutality with which many of the victims were murdered, and the inability of local law enforcement to properly investigate these killings. Various law enforcement authorities undercounted the tally of dead by about 100, tried to blame the crimes on scapegoats, ignored viable suspects and "rejected or minimized information and leads provided by the FBI in El Paso, Texas." Investigations were further hindered by the fact the police and military were involved with the Juarez drug cartel, which "has operations in all the places where similar murders were committed during the past six years." Members of the Mexican government "protected prominent people involved in some of the murders and hid the findings of previous investigations. Therefore, it is unlikely the case will ever be completely solved, and the killers brought to justice.
  • The Buck Stops Nowhere

    KTRK investigates the number of crimes committed by illegal aliens, finding that the crime rate has grown largely because of lenient methods of dealing with immigrants accused of breaking the law. More than 12,000 non-citizens were charged with crimes in 18 months, including "murders tied to illegal immigrants who had been deported and returned, or had been jailed repeatedly and released without deportation." Also, the station found there were "dozens of sexual offenses committed by illegal immigrants that had been released from jail instead of" being deported. The station also found that Harris County kept the arrest of criminal aliens secret from the federal government.
  • Hiding Homicides?

    Murder rates in Chicago have been reduced, with the city citing better police tactics. But a WBBM-TV investigation found that that "the department may be reducing its murder rate by hiding homicides by downgrading murders." They uncovered dozens of cases where cause of death was, for instance, indicated as "Non-Criminal death or Death Investigation," though the victim showed clear signs of having been strangled. This included a particular case where the official cause of death was a heart attack, but the pathologist determined that strangulation was the true culprit. The results of the investigation put the police department at odds with the Medical Examiner's office.
  • Lalo: The Killer Informant

    WFAA tells the story of Guillermo Ramirez-Peyro, a paid U.S. government informant who continued to participate in and witness "a five-month killing spree along the U.S.-Mexico border." The 12 murders occurred at a house in Juarez, operated by a cartel. Ramirez supervised the first murder and audio-taped it, but the government's reaction was not to reprimand him, but to tell him to stop making tapes. The government, which had paid Ramirez $225,000 for his services, never took action against him, even promising him $1 million more before this story broke.
  • The Walker Murders

    In 1959 a family of four was murdered but the man who did it was never caught. In 2005 Doig got access to the case. As a result of his investigation detectives now have tools to possibly solve the crime.
  • Family Secrets

    The murders of Sally Carbajal, estranged wife of famed boxing trainer Danny Carbajal, and Sally's new boyfriend stunned the community. This story explores the strong motivation for Danny Carbajal to have the pair executed, i.e. hundreds of thousands of dollars in property and retirement accounts that were to be the subject of a high-stakes court hearing a few days later. It also revealed the extent that Danny and the couple's two daughters went in their efforts to keep Sally from receiving her 50% share of the couple's community property.
  • Who Financed 9/11? One family's quest to trace the money behind the murders

    This story is about how the parents of Tom Burnett, one of the leaders of the heroic passenger revolt on Flight 93 on September 11, 2001, initiated a lawsuit that is intended not to obtain a monetary award but to punish the 9/11 organizers by ferreting out the sources of terrorist funding.
  • Speak No Evil

    Early in the summer of 2005, Kansas City police predicted a record year for homicides. At the time, more than half of those murders were unsolved, and police blamed citizens who knew about the crimes but wouldn't come forward as a witness. This story exposes some of the reasons why people were reluctant to cooperate with police investigations -- including a vocal "Stop Snitchin'" movement.