After the abduction of Beth Kenyon, which Miami Police treat as a routine missing person case, her family hires a private detective agency. The detectives find convincing evidence of another missing woman and both are associated with a mysterious man. Beth's family then contacted the FBI. Soon the FBI was tracking sadist, rapist and murderer Christopher Wilder as he fled authorities on a cross country killing spree.
The FBI investigates Lawrence Horn and co-conspirators who murdered Horn's wife, son and son's nurse for a million dollar lawsuit settlement. The investigation was challenging because James Edward Perry, who Horn hired to perform the murders, had followed instruction in a book about how to be a hit man to minimize evidence linking him to the crime.
Larry Gene Bell abducted, raped and murdered two young girls in South Carolina then taunted the family of one of the victims with phone calls as he obsessed about her sister. The FBI was able to identify Bell though a psychological profile and the impression of a phone number written on a page from the same pad he forced the girl to write a letter to her parents.
The FBI hunts drug dealer Geno Camacho after he and his gang kidnaps the family of an associate, Sam Wright, and murders a neighbor. Starting with Wright the FBI apprehends the gang members one by one, each leading to another until Camacho is finally tracked to Mexico where he is hiding in a town controlled by a violent drug cartel. Mexican authorities decline to arrest Camacho so the FBI entices him back to the Untied States with a million dollar drug deal.
Despite being an out of state runaway, Dawn Marie Birnbaum was treated with reverence by the Pennsylvania town where she was found murdered by the side of a road. Since no id was found with her body, identifying her, much less her murdered, should have been impossible. But persistence and several strokes of luck lead Pennsylvania State police and the FBI to her killer, James Robert Cruz Jr., a trucker who frequently traveled between Ohio and Pennsylvania. Authorities noted that as many as 600 other women and been found murdered in a similar fashion in Ohio during the ...
Robert Hansen's aggression toward women led to run ins with the legal system most of his life. But when he moved to Anchorage his behavior turned deadly as he became a serial rapist and killer who tortured and literally hunted his victims in the wilds of Alaska. But his public behavior and job in a bakery frequented by many police officers made him seem an unlikely suspect until the FBI applied behavioral profiling.
A decade long investigation of the contract killing of a married couple in Biloxi Mississippi, who happen to be a circuit court judge and a mayoral candidate, turns to a local criminal organization known as the Dixie Mafia. But as many of the culprits are convicted and jailed on other charges the murders remain unsolved and the mastermind, Peter Halat, is elected mayor. The threat of additional charges against one of the convicts pressures him to disclose the truth about the murders implicating Halat and his hit man.
The disappearance of a bank president following the robbery of his bank looks like a case of embezzlement to the residents of Noel, Missouri. But when the banker is found murdered the FBI identifies two brothers as the culprits.
The FBI was so anxious to capture serial killers Alton Coleman and Debra Brown that they earned the unique distinction of becoming the eleventh member of the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List. They engaged in a brutal seven week killing spree, mostly of young girls and women, in six mid-western states in 1984.
In December 1994, Joann Katrinak and her 4-month-old son, Alex, mysteriously disappeared from their home. A new DNA technique ended the mystery, in one of the first cases of DNA being successfully used in a criminal investigation in the United States.
An FBI police corruption investigation and a local murder investigation merge when it is discovered the murder was committed by a mobster under FBI scrutiny. The extensive sting operation nets 55 criminals including a former police chief and a lieutenant in the Cook County Police force but the investigation is cut short when the Washington Post discloses the operation.
The bodies of several women began turning up around the city of Vienna, Austria. Viennese police turned to the FBI for help. The FBI and Austrian Federal Police investigated suspected serial killer Jack Unterweger, who became an international outlaw, hopping from country to country to evade capture and to kill again.
A sniper murdered two young black men as they jogged with two white women. The FBI placed their suspect on their Ten Most Wanted list and began an intense manhunt. What followed was the arrest, trial and conviction of white supremacist serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin in the early 1980's.
Two brothers gained national attention after a videotaped shoot-out with state and local officers in Wilmington, Ohio. The brothers escaped and fled the state. But when a family was murdered in Arkansas, the crimes were revealed to be part of an ever-widening circle of violence that defined a new age of domestic terrorism. The FBI launched their manhunt for murderer Chevie Kehoe and his brother.
Two officers had been shot and one had been murdered in Washington, D.C. They had been sitting in their patrol cars when a man sneaked up on them and opened fire. The 1995 murders of Prince George's County Police Department officer John Novabilski and FBI Special Agent William H. Christian Jr. compelled the FBI to help catch the cop killer in a confrontation which lead to a violent gun battle.
Six black males had been brutally murdered; two had their hearts cut out. The only thing connecting the victims was their ethnicity and the fact that each had been shot with .22 caliber bullets. The FBI launched an investigation into Joseph Christopher, who became known as "The .22 Caliber Killer."