On October 13, 2002, 18-year-old Jim Morel was entrusted with a horrific secret -- one that could send his best friends to prison for life. He shares his story of murder, morality and betrayal with correspondent Susan Spencer on 48 HOURS MYSTERY.
For years after his wife's murder in 1987, millionaire Jim Sullivan lived the good life. He was a social climber, romanced gorgeous women worldwide, and lived a life of luxury. Though authorities suspected Sullivan was involved in his wife's death, it seemed he was untouchable and that no one would be held accountable for the point-blank shooting of Lita Sullivan. That is, until 11 years later, in 1998, when a young woman came forward with shocking new information that would link Jim Sullivan to the crime.
On July 5, 2003, 37-year-old Sandra Rozzo of Pinnellas Park, Fla. was shot eight times at point-blank range while she sat defenseless in her car. According to police, Timothy "Tracy" Humphrey's name was the first to come up as a possible suspect. Humphrey proclaimed his innocence, but evidence would lead investigators to discover a twisted plot involving seduction, manipulation and murder on 48 HOURS MYSTERY.
Why would a 28-year-old man, described as sweet, kind and gentle, take a knife to his mother one morning in 2003 and stab her over 70 times? Jeremy Perkins, who had been diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic, came to believe that his mother, Elli, was evil and out to get him. Experts say the brutal murder might never have occurred had he received proper treatment to control his psychotic delusions. But Jeremy's parents were devout Scientologists -- a religion that strongly opposes psychiatric treatment. Did Elli Perkins' faith contribute to her death?
When Peter Porco, a popular 52-year-old lawyer from a sleepy American town, didn't show up for work on a Monday morning in November 2004, a court officer went to his upscale home to investigate. What the officer found was a bloodbath in the kitchen, the bathroom, and the family room. At the foot of the stairs was Porco's bludgeoned body -- the victim of a brutal murder.
An actress on CSI Miami crosses paths with a real life serial killer.
Two wealthy brothers -- two separate murders - one family's tragedy.
Perry March had the perfect life -- a successful lawyer living in the lap of luxury in sunny Mexico with his second wife, in a peaceful home, complete with a swimming pool where the kids liked to do cannonballs. March had only one problem - a determined cold case unit that wanted to know what happened to Janet March, Perry's first wife, who was reported missing in the summer of 1996, in their hometown of Nashville.
A golden boy becomes a killer -- a brain defect may be the reason.
Sabrina Gonsalves and John Riggins were both 18 years old in the summer of 1980, about to start college and in love. On Dec. 20 of that same year, the couple was brutally murdered, both with their throats cut, on a foggy night in their hometown of Davis, Calif., on their way to Gonsalves' sister's birthday party. Now, more than 25 years later, the birthday gift the couple had with them may help identify the killer.
Jennifer and Bart Corbin had a seemingly perfect life. Bart's successful dental practice afforded the couple a beautiful home in the Atlanta suburbs where they raised their two little boys. But one December morning in 2004, seven-year-old Dalton Corbin woke up to a living nightmare. He ran to his neighbor's house in his pajamas and told them his mother was dead. Correspondent Peter Van Sant examines how a suburban mom suffered a fatal gunshot wound to the head and investigates her husband, a man who may have had something deadly to hide from his apparent charmed past. Van Sant also speaks exclusively to Jennifer's online lover - a person concealing a double identity.
Jarrod Davidson and Kelee Jones were college sweethearts. Within a year of meeting in chemistry class, they were moving in together, having a first baby, and planning a wedding. But the seemingly happy relationship ended in a bitter divorce and a nasty custody battle over the couple's daughter. On a July night in 2004, Jarrod was shot to death outside his Santa Barbara, Calif. apartment complex. Correspondent Maureen Maher follows the story as sheriff's deputies unravel a plot so bizarre that it puts three members of one family in prison - all in connection with a single murder.
Christie Wilson was a beautiful 27-year-old woman beloved by her family and friends. One October night in 2005, she spent six hours in a California casino gambling at the blackjack tables with a man she'd just met. Wilson left the casino that night with him and was never seen again. But the casino itself is outfitted with 700 cameras capturing movements of gamblers everywhere. Correspondent Erin Moriarty follows the story and examines the never publicly seen before videotape that may identify a killer.
Christa Worthington was a powerhouse in her fashion reporter career, even at the age of 26 when she landed an interview with industry icon Yves Saint Laurent. She later decided to slow down the pace of her life and settled on Cape Cod, where she happily became a single mom. So how did Worthington wind up stabbed to death in her kitchen on the all-American Cape while her two-year-old was in the house?
On December 10, 1996, fire raged through a home in an upscale Atlanta neighborhood. When firefighters extinguished the blaze, they found the body of 41-year-old David Coffin. Coffin's friends and family were grief-stricken, but their pain only deepened when authorities revealed that he was likely killed before the fire started. Correspondent Maureen Maher reports on the peculiar events surrounding Coffin's murder.
Newlyweds Heather and John Grossman were driving to lunch 10 years ago on a sunny Florida day when bullets suddenly pierced their vehicle. John survived the shooting but a bullet ripped a fist-sized hole in Heather's neck, severing her spinal cord leaving her a quadriplegic. Investigators found the shooter, Roger Runyon, who detailed how he used a long rifle to fire at the Grossmans. But investigators also uncovered three other men who allegedly conspired with Runyon. Yet investigators soon realized that the case against the group was missing one big piece -- the puppet master -- the person investigators believed to be responsible for planning the crime.
When Louisiana Tech University professor Stephanie Pepper Sims vanished in early January 2003, what did her husband David and her lover, Wayne Guidry, Jr., know about her disappearance?
An aspiring Broadway dancer is murdered -- did her secrets contribute to her death?