A sudden, brutal murder will traumatize any community, but when it strikes in a small close-knit town, the effect is devastating. From the rural backwaters of Appalachia to the lonely desert climes of the southwest, MURDER COMES TO TOWN uncovers the shocking murder mysteries that haunt small town America and the dark secrets that lie just beneath the surface of even the most idyllic community. Following the first person accounts of investigators and townsfolk, each hour-long episode unravels the wild rumors and terrifying truths behind an unthinkable crime and the dark legacy it leaves behind. Illustrated through moody, cinematic recreations, MURDER COMES TO TOWN follows police as they put together each clue and attempt to bring the perpetrator to justice
The 1992 deaths of Tommy Griffin and his sister Connie Griffin Branham, both killed by shotgun wounds to the head. Connie was killed a few days after her sibling while enquiring his whereabouts
The case of Patricia Kimmi, who disappeared from her home in Horton, Kansas, in November 2009.
The case of 62-year-old Narleen Campton, who was found murdered in her home, apparently having been tortured, during Thanksgiving 2011 in Newport, Washington.
The September 2011 murders of Roy Napier, his estranged wife Angela, their two adult children and neighbour Henry Smith.
The case of Timothy Moore, whose body was found in a shallow grave in April 2011, five months after he had been reported missing from his home in Washington's Willapa Bay.
The case of 66-year-old Sharron Erickson, who was raped and murdered in the small Midwestern town of Colon, Nebraska in June 2003.
The deaths of Alabama country store owner Billy Triplett and his wife Debbie in June 2001. Locals suspected their fate must have been connected with his illegal side-business of retailing alcohol. However, when word of a bloodstained stash of money reached investigators, they were shocked to realise the identity of the person wishing to conceal it
The July 1999 murders of Diana Algar and her friend Jose Molina. Three letters scrawled across Algar's living room wall offered a key clue in a US-wide manhunt.
The New Year's Eve 2000 murders of Carl and JoAnna Dutcher and their 15-year-old grandson Tony, in the tiny Rocky Mountain outpost of Guffey.
The case of mother and daughter Angela and Ashley Hyke who went missing in July 2001, leaving candles burning and electric fans running in their home. Days later their bodies were found in shallow graves. Authorities quickly recognised that the key to identifying the murderer might lie in Angela's diary
Nestled halfway between Bangor and the Canadian border, Webster Plantation has a population of less than 70 people. When two of its residents, Michael and Valerie Miller are found brutally murdered in their home, fear overwhelms everyone in town.
A tight-knit Illinois farming town is rocked when a family of five is found beaten to death in their home. When the bodies of the Gee family are discovered, the tiny town of Beason, IL finds itself in the midst of a gruesome murder mystery.
Eighteen-year-old Kelly Eckart disappears one night after finishing up her shift at a local hardware store. Hours later her car is discovered abandoned by the side of the road, still running, but Kelly is nowhere to be found.
When elderly couple Charles and Grace Lewis vanish from the family farm along with their pickup truck, their children realize that something is terribly wrong. As word spreads, fear envelopes the quiet religious community of Bonne Terre, MO.
When teenager Bridgett Frisbie sneaks out of her Katy, TX home one night, her parents assume it's just typical teenage rebellion. But the next day, a group of boys find her body in the woods just outside of town.
When a couple is gunned down, a scrawled message leads police to suspect the crime may be related to drugs, even though there's no evidence the victims were involved in the drug trade.
When Cindy Borton is found brutally stabbed to death in her home, authorities immediately suspect those closest to her. But a note left at the site of a local arson lights a trail that turns the investigation on its head.
In Alma, Ga., Michael Augustson returns home to find his wife, Melisa, murdered in a scene of unspeakable horror.
When a 21-year-old mother fails to return from night classes and her car is found burned, investigators immediately suspect foul play; however, no one is prepare for the web of lies that unravel due to her disappearance.
In Galax, Va., the double homicide of a young woman and her 21-month-old daughter sends the town's tiny police force on a frenzied mission to stop unspeakable evil in its tracks.
Lightning strikes twice in the desert town of Socorro, N.M., where Crystal Houston is found murdered just 14 months after her older sister, Stephanie, is killed in a suspicious accident.
Awakened by noises, a couple's worst nightmare becomes a reality as intruders shoot and kill their beloved daughter, Terri Ann McCoy; investigators work through leads and lies to discover the perpetrators are closer than they realized.
The town of Cleveland, OK experiences overwhelming heartbreak when its esteemed Sheriff is mysteriously gunned down in the night. As the community wrestles with its safety, law enforcement is determined to find justice for their fellow officer.
When the sleepy town of Mooresburg, TN receives news that beloved teacher Margaret Jack Sliger is murdered on her farm, Hawkins County detectives are charged with finding the sinister perpetrator to bring their community justice.
In Poteau, Oklahoma, the proprietor of a saloon goes missing, leaving behind a splash of blood and many unanswered questions