"THE PERFECT MURDER" brings viewers some of the most diabolical, perplexing murder cases to land on detectives’ desks – the kind of cases that make or break careers and provide fodder for Hollywood mystery movies. These ingenious killers are every detective’s worst nightmare. Whether by planting false evidence, or writing anonymous letters to police, these murderers will stop at nothing to stay one step ahead and get away with the perfect murder. In this program, we focus on the investigation, as detectives slowly put the pieces together to unravel the twisted truth. As detectives uncover new evidence, and turn to new suspects, we flashback through stylized reenactment, to depict each possible theory of what may have happened.
After New York City fashion photographer Joel Schoenfeld is shot dead in his Greenwich Village studio, detectives uncover a dark secret and a twisted tale of revenge.
Film director Adrienne Shelly is discovered hanging by a bed sheet from the shower rod in her bathroom; while Shelly's death looks like a suicide, her husband insists it was murder, and detectives start to believe him.
An intruder shoots Daniel Ott dead with a shotgun in a stunning case of mistaken identity that leads investigators into the heart of one of the most dangerous criminal rings in the country.
Twenty-six-year-old car dealer Christopher O'Brien takes a stranger for a test drive and never returns; investigators wonder whether O'Brien's criminal past has caught up with him.
Forty-two-year-old Miami mother Raquel Calderin vanishes without a trace on her way home from work in 2012; the investigation into disappearance leads detectives deep into a disturbing family picture, and the truth will haunt them for years to come.
Robert Schwartz, a father of three, is murdered brutally in his own home in a way that's made to look like a ritualistic killing, but the investigation will uncover a killer much closer to home.
After 39-year-old Dawn Viens goes missing, her chef husband, David, reports she ran away to escape her problems; the investigation leads detectives to an unexpected killer who disposed of Viens' body in an unimaginable way.
Randy Scheffield's family finds him dead in his bed and assumes he has succumbed to a heart attack, but detectives slowly uncover a murder conspiracy that will rock Scheffield's small town for years to come.
Atlanta preschool teacher Julie Love goes missing just a week after getting engaged to boyfriend Mark; detectives find numerous suspects in the teacher's disappearance, but the truth turns out to be far worse than they could have imagined.
Miami businessman Henry Diaz goes missing the night before a family vacation. His business success has earned him many enemies... even within his own family. But before police can figure out who killed Henry Diaz, they'll need to find his body. Follows detectives as they try to track down the whereabouts of the Miami grocery store owner.
Twenty-seven-year-old mother Dana Satterfield is found raped and strangled in her South Carolina hair salon.
A freak car accident brings a Belgian honeymoon to a tragic end, and the investigation leads police down a rabbit hole and culminates in an international manhunt for a killer.
Diane Girts is found dead in the bathtub of her home adjoining her husband's funeral home, and investigators cannot determine exactly how she died; as the case unfolds, detectives uncover troubling clues pointing to a cunning and dangerous killer.
In 1988, a Burbank couple is shot in their own home, the investigation reveals a scheming killer who almost got away with the perfect murder.
When Nancy Lyon dies of a mysterious illness in 1991, her wealthy father tells police she was poisoned by her own husband.
California real estate developer Jana Koklich vanishes in the summer of 2000, causing police to suspect her job led her into danger, until a local pastor comes forward with a shocking confession.
The brutal murders of an elderly couple in 2010 Wisconsin are investigated; and the case takes on a greater urgency when family and neighbors begin receiving death threats.
Ann Anastasi returns home from shopping to find her husband, Anthony, lifeless in bed, a gun beside him; police soon find a second victim, Jacqueline Riggs, in the basement; later, they discover a dark tale of love, lust and violence.
The body of 20-year-old student Sandra Bonaventure is discovered in a garbage bag on a sidewalk in New York City; the trail of clues lead to a cold-hearted killer who possesses an astonishing talent for deception.
Forty-seven-year-old mother Joyce Aparo is found strangled to death near a road 70 miles from her home in Glastonbury, Conn.; the investigation leads detectives into a dark world of abuse, sexual obsession and lies.