In medicine, they call it the ‘critical hour’, in criminal investigations they call it the first 48 hours. Ask any detective and they will tell you that if they don’t have a lead, a suspect or an arrest within 48 hours, their chances of solving the case are cut in half. In a visual style that feels more like a TV drama than a documentary, The First 48 follows homicide detectives during these initial critical hours as they race against time to solve their cases. Each hour-long programme follows various detectives from a few select homicide teams as they track breaking cases each with a running clock that builds pace as the 48 hours inexorably expires.ESCAPING POLYGAMY
Tuesdays from May 31
Escaping Polygamy is a new docu-series that follows three sisters – Andrea, Jessica and Shanell – who, over ten years ago, bravely escaped polygamy. Now, their mission in life is to help other young men, women and children escape the abusive polygamous lifestyle into which they were born and raised, and manage their new lives on the outside. In each one hour episode, the sisters work with people who are in various stages of leaving polygamy – from those who are just at the point of recognising they have to get out, to those who are actively seeking to escape, to others who are struggling to adjust to the realities of the real world and the very powerful temptation of returning to the only lifestyle they know.
COPS ON THE CASE
Weeknights from May 5 at 17.25 – 20.10
Tune into Crime + Investigation® this month for Cops on the Case.
Crime Stories tracks criminal investigators as they unravel the stories behind cold blooded killings. With the help of forensic evidence, old fashioned legwork and years of dogged determination, detectives and D.A.’s deliver justice to families and communities mourning their dead.
Unusual Suspects showcases some of the most baffling and challenging investigations in modern law enforcement. Featuring crimes of murder, extortion, sexual assault and kidnapping, each thrilling episode documents completed cases that were anything but cut and dry.
Motives & Murders returns to the scene of the most perplexing crimes and follows detectives as they unearth the clues that lead them to the killer.
Homicide Hunter Lieutenant Joe Kenda and his Colorado Springs crime-fighting team have solved an unprecedented 387 homicide investigations, resulting in a 92% solve rate.
THEY TOOK OUR CHILD, WE GOT HER BACK
Tuesdays at 21.00
Each episode of They Took Our Child: We Got Her Back features a single story, told by the formerly kidnapped child and the family members and investigators who tirelessly searched for them. Viewers will hear about the parents’ frantic and relentless search for their child, and how they worked with law enforcement to bring them home. Through first-hand accounts, archival materials and true-to life recreations, viewers will learn how the child was safely returned and how the perpetrator was captured. Episodes culminate with an emotional present day reunion between the adult child and the key person who helped save them from their kidnapper.