The horrific 1990 murder of 24-year-old Gregg Smart becomes a national media event when his attractive young wife was found to be having an affair with the teenage killer. The conviction of Pamela Smart as the mastermind has inspired books, a TV movie and Hollywood film as her trial was the first to be broadcast live on television. It's a true story of sex, conspiracy, betrayal and innocence lost set in a small town New Hampshire.
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The 1980 murder of Scarsdale diet doctor Herman Tarnower shocked the nation. His lover and headmistress of a prestigious girls' school was arrested and convicted in a sensational trial in the suburbs of New York City. Jean Harris claimed the shooting was accidental when the doctor struggled for her handgun to prevent her attempt at suicide. This true story of wealth, fame and jealousy garners sympathy for Harris as a long-time girlfriend rejected by Tarnower and replaced with a younger woman.
Billionaire Boys' Club
Con man Joe Hunt formed an investment club with wealthy young men who trusted him with their families' money. The Ponzi scheme led to murder when Hunt became involved with Ron Levin, a notorious con man, himself. Set in Beverly Hills with fancy cars and expensive designer suits, this story about upper-class young men with bright futures turns into a bizarre tale of greed, deception, violence, missing bodies and eventually, life in prison.
The partially clothed body of pretty, 18-year-old Jennifer Levin was discovered on the Upper East Side of Manhattan's Central Park. The chief suspect was handsome 19-year old Robert Chambers, who claimed Jennifer wanted 'rough sex' and blamed her for her own death. The sensational 1986 tabloid story of affluent teens from New York City's private prep schools became known as the 'preppie murder'. And even the jury didn't believe Chambers was a cold-blooded killer.
In 1969, nine people are killed by a notorious cult leader with mostly female followers living in a commune. Among the brutally murdered is pregnant actress Sharon Tate. The two-night murder spree terrorises Los Angeles and uncovers a bizarre connection to musical legend Dennis Wilson of The Beach Boys and actress Doris Day's son, Terry Melcher, a producer who failed to promote the musical ambitions of Charles Manson.
The 2005 murder of young photographer Teresa Halbach shocks the central Wisconsin community of Manitowoc County. A grisly crime scene of her burned bones is discovered at the family auto salvage business of Steven Avery, recently released from prison after serving 18 years for a rape he didn't commit. Two years earlier, DNA evidence exonerated him, but now arrested, charged and convicted of the photographer's murder, Avery's second conviction seems cut and dried... until defence attorneys cast doubt on Avery's guilt once again.