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Season 17, Episode 01 Tacoma Confidential

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Oct 13, 2005
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Tacoma Confidential Oct 13, 2005 After 11 years of marriage Tacoma police chief kills his wife and himself.

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Season 17, Episode 02 Kobe Bryant: Full Court Press

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Sep 30, 2003
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Kobe Bryant: Full Court Press Sep 30, 2003 "There is no doubt in my mind that she has been taken advantage of by Kobe Bryant. There is no doubt in my mind that Kobe Bryant raped my friend," says JohnRay Strickland, who is talking to 48 Hours Investigates because his friend, Bryant's accuser, can't. A court-imposed gag order says that no one directly involved in the case can speak publicly, but Strickland says that his friend knows that he's talking to 48 Hours Investigates. Correspondent Lesley Stahl reports.

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Season 17, Episode 03 What's Love Got to Do With It?

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Jan 18, 2010
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What's Love Got to Do With It? Jan 18, 2010 Robert Epstein, a 49-year-old bachelor and Harvard-trained psychology professor, is determined to fall in love - deep love, even married love - and even if it's with a stranger. But stranger still is how he plans to do it. Epstein, an editor at Psychology Today, has devised what he claims is a scientific experiment, designed to teach two people to fall in love, and make that love last. Correspondent Bill Lagattuta reports.

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Season 17, Episode 04 The Law and Mrs. Shelton

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Mar 10, 2004
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The Law and Mrs. Shelton Mar 10, 2004 Strange things have happened to the men in Catherine Shelton's life. Her husband was convicted of murdering the spouse of one of her former employees. Was she involved? One thing almost everyone agrees on is that this Texas lawyer is very smart, and she's mastered using the law in her own defense. Last fall, Correspondent Richard Schlesinger reports on this story of murder and betrayal.

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Season 17, Episode 05 It's a Big Country

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Nov 1, 2003
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It's a Big Country Nov 1, 2003 Profiles of country stars Reba McIntire, Shania Twain, Brooks & Dunn and Kenny Chesney.

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Season 17, Episode 06 The Secret Life of Eric Wright

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Nov 8, 2003
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The Secret Life of Eric Wright Nov 8, 2003 For 12 years, Kathi Spiars gave her heart to a man she first knew as Steve Marcum. She was intrigued by his mysterious past – a past that included time spent as a hitman for the CIA. But then, his stories began to unravel, revealing a lifetime of lies. Even his name was a fraud. Steve Marcum was really Eric Wright. But when Kathi was finally forced to confront the truth about the man she loved, she began a frightening journey, digging into his dark past. Correspondent Susan Spencer reports.

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Season 17, Episode 07 Robert Blake's Real Life Drama

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Nov 12, 2003
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Robert Blake's Real Life Drama Nov 12, 2003 The last time America saw actor Robert Blake, he was locked up in the L.A. County Jail. But last March, after 11 months in solitary confinement, Blake was set free on bail. These days, his life is much sweeter, and he's looking much better -- even though he has to wear an ankle bracelet. Correspondent Peter Van Sant reports. Blake granted a 48 Hours producer and camera crew exclusive access into the Malibu condominium where he's living. He would not sit for a formal interview, but he gave 48 Hours a look into what his life is like as he awaits his murder trial.

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Season 17, Episode 08 Twist of Fate

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Nov 15, 2003
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Twist of Fate Nov 15, 2003 Adriana Scott was adopted from Mexico when she was just weeks old. While growing up on Long Island, N.Y., she noticed that she looked nothing like her cousins. She had no idea why she excelled at certain things. "I'm very into music and into dancing," she says. "My family's not like that, really." And she always believed her quirks were hers alone: "Nothing like, 'Oh, I got this from my mom, or I got this from my dad.' It's kind of just been like me." But what she didn't know was that she had an identical twin sister who lived just miles away in New York City. Correspondent Lesley Stahl reported on their remarkable reunion.

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Season 17, Episode 09 Heavy Burden: Eat It Raw

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Nov 22, 2003
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Heavy Burden: Eat It Raw Nov 22, 2003 Is a green liquid, which looks a lot like pond scum, the miracle we've all been searching for? A way to live longer and lose weight? Stephanie Keys found out. "I'm heavier now than I've ever been in my entire life," said Keys, who lives in Los Angeles. "So that's why I'm giving this 21 days and trying it out." Like a lot of women, this busy mother of two is watching her weight. A former Revlon model, she'd tried all the diets. So, she decided to try something new called "detoxing." Correspondent Bill Lagattuta reports on this health craze.

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Season 17, Episode 10 Dangerous Extremes

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Nov 29, 2003
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Dangerous Extremes Nov 29, 2003 When John Melillo met Pat in high school, he says she was the prettiest girl he ever saw. The couple, who've been living the good life in Long Island, N.Y., have been married 36 years and now have two children, Bret and Beth. Pat, who is 5'4" and weighed 110 pounds, began suffering from stomach problems five years ago. When her doctor recommended a low fat diet, Pat took his advice to a dangerous extreme – and went on a diet that spiraled out of control. Correspondent Peter Van Sant reports on her story.

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Season 17, Episode 11 Missing Molly

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Dec 3, 2003
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Missing Molly Dec 3, 2003 When a child goes missing, you do anything and everything the police ask you to do -- because those first hours can be critical to solving the case. But when hours turn into days and weeks, or even months and years, there's desperation and a willingness to look anywhere for answers. John and Magi Bish needed to find their daughter, Molly, who disappeared in 2000 in the town of Warren, Mass. And they've been willing to work with or without the police to find out what happened to her. Last winter, Correspondent Susan Spencer reported on this case from a small town that's become home to a large web of suspicion.

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Season 17, Episode 12 The Homecoming

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Dec 10, 2003
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The Homecoming Dec 10, 2003 Few drawn to the military ever envision ending their tours at Andrews Air Force base - where three nights a week, with no honor guard or fanfare or publicity, the wounded come home, an often forgotten cost of war. So far, more than 4,500 soldiers have been injured – most of them since the president declared the end of major combat. Correspondent Susan Spencer has the story of three of those young men - Robert Acosta, Alan Lewis and Dave Pettigrew - whose lives were torn by war and rescued from the battlefield.

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Season 17, Episode 13 Without Warning, Chaos

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Dec 17, 2003
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Without Warning, Chaos Dec 17, 2003 It was the first really warm summer night in Chicago's Lincoln Park, and a group of kids, most just out of college, were looking to make the most of it. The bars and restaurants were packed, and if you weren't out on the town, then you were likely to be partying out on the back porch of one of thousands of old row homes or apartment buildings in the area. On June 29, 2003, there was only one party to be at – a two-story bash thrown by a group of young professionals who lived there. "It was a good atmosphere," recalls pediatric nurse Katie Main. "There was a really great group of people." But in less than 10 seconds, the carefree party would turn into chaos -- and 13 people wouldn't get out alive. Correspondent Maureen Maher reports.

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Season 17, Episode 14 Air Sunshine:Flying into Danger

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Dec 17, 2003
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Air Sunshine:Flying into Danger Dec 17, 2003 July 13, 2003, was a perfect day to fly. At 2:30 in the afternoon, five adults and four children boarded Air Sunshine flight 502 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., en route to Abaco Island in the Bahamas. But this hour-long flight would take a tragic turn. Correspondent Troy Roberts reports.

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Season 17, Episode 15 The Other Woman

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Jan 7, 2004
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The Other Woman Jan 7, 2004 David Stephens has an affair with Stephanie. His wife the dies accidentally. Stephens marries his mistress. 6 years later he dies under mysterious circumstances. Suicide or murder?

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Season 17, Episode 16 Prime Suspect: Billy Fox

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Jan 14, 2004
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Prime Suspect: Billy Fox Jan 14, 2004 Billy Fox, 33, is a devoted father of two and a soccer coach. He appears to be an all-around regular guy from Wichita Falls, Texas, with full custody of his children, Skylar and James. But now, he's about to turn himself into the police, as they book him for the death of a baby. It's a charge that could put him in prison for the rest of his life. "What attracted me so much to Billy is what a wonderful father he was," says Billy's girlfriend, Cassie Herring, who first met Billy in 2000 -- just a few years after his divorce. At the time, Cassie was raising two children of her own: Peyton was 2 and Cameron was a newborn. In a matter of months, they all were under one roof. But in less than six months, startling events would shatter this new family. Correspondent Susan Spencer reports.

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Season 17, Episode 17 It's Just Sex

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Jan 21, 2004
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It's Just Sex Jan 21, 2004 A recent study by Time magazine points to the long-term benefits of an active sex life, including a stronger immune system, less chance of depression and perhaps even increased longevity. Modern medicine is pushing the limits like never before. 48 Hours Investigates examines the latest developments on the landscape: new prescription nasal sprays, pills and creams to help men in the bedroom; older women dating younger men; a senior citizen's sexual journey; tips on how to put sex back into a sex-starved marriage. Correspondent Bill Lagattuta reports from the front of the ongoing battle against erectile dysfunction. The latest "weapons" include a newly approved prescription pill called Cialis, playfully known as "the weekender" because it can be effective for up to 36 hours. Another pill, called Levitra, on the market for only a few months, is already competing with the erectile dysfunction champ, Viagra.

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Season 17, Episode 18 Who Killed the Prosecutor?

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Jan 28, 2004
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Who Killed the Prosecutor? Jan 28, 2004 Assistant District Attorney Steve Tauzer had a reputation for seeking justice, and for reaching out to people -- to make things right. On Sept. 15 2002, Tauzer, who had been Kern County assistant district attorney for almost 20 years, was found dead in his garage. He had been stabbed repeatedly in the head. Correspondent Erin Moriarty reports on the shocking, brutal murder of a man whom nearly every cop and lawyer in Bakersfield, Calif., knew and respected.

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Season 17, Episode 19 Murder In the Hamptons

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Feb 11, 2004
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Murder In the Hamptons Feb 11, 2004 Wall Street tycoon Ted Ammon, who was embroiled in a bitter divorce with his wife, Generosa, was murdered at their sprawling East Hampton, Long Island estate in October 2001. Correspondent Richard Schlesinger has an extensive interview with Danny Pelosi -- the home contractor who had an affair with Generosa, married her shortly after Ammon's death and became a prime suspect in the murder. Schlesinger also speaks to Pelosi's sister, Barbara Lukert, prosecutor Janet Albertson and Generosa's cousin, Al Legaye.

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Season 17, Episode 20 Trapped

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Feb 25, 2004
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Trapped Feb 25, 2004 48 Hours Investigates takes a serious look at people who believe they were born in the wrong body and take drastic steps to change their sex. The scientific term for this condition is gender identity disorder.Contributing Correspondent Maureen Maher speaks to Kayla, an 11-year-old girl who is convinced she should have been born a boy. Last year, Kayla made some drastic changes: a new haircut, a new school and even a new name.Also in the hour, Jenny Boylan, a respected college professor and author from Maine who was once known as James, speaks to Correspondent Susan Spencer about becoming a woman at age 40, and how it has affected her children, her wife, her colleagues and friends.Correspondent Troy Roberts interviews Jennifer Edwards, a 47-year-old from Oldsmar, Fla., who elected to undergo sexual reassignment surgery. 48 Hours Investigates follows Jennifer through the yearlong process, which proves to be extremely challenging both physically and psychologically. There are now dozens of doctors in the U.S. who perform this kind of surgery, usually on men who want to become women.

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Season 17, Episode 21 Searching For Angela Shelton

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Mar 10, 2004
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Searching For Angela Shelton Mar 10, 2004 As a Hollywood screenwriter, model and actress, Angela Shelton lives much of her life on film. But for years, this cover girl has covered a dark secret – an unexposed snapshot of her past. "It was a door that you shut. And just zip it and don't talk about it again," says Angela, who always knew that she would have to face her painful past one day. She just didn't know how.Then in 2001, she had an idea. In a quest to find herself, as Correspondent Bill Lagattuta reported last spring, she would make a very unusual documentary. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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Season 17, Episode 22 Mystery In Paradise

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Mar 12, 2004
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Mystery In Paradise Mar 12, 2004 In March of 2002, Randy was about to launch a marketing blitz for his rum company during a popular Easter weekend festival held on the island. When the festival ended, Randy planned to travel to the United States and celebrate Easter with his family in upstate New York. But that Easter morning, Vince found an ominous message on his cell phone. "It said, 'This is a neighbor of Randy's in Roatan. Something has happened and you need to contact us as soon as possible,'" recalls Vince. Randy's sister, Megan, picked up the phone and immediately placed a call to Roatan: "I said, 'I'm calling from the U.S. I need to speak to my brother.' He said, 'You can't.'" That, Vince says, started a day of nightmare. Correspondent Troy Roberts reports.

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Season 17, Episode 23 The Mystery of Robert Durst

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Sep 8, 2004
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The Mystery of Robert Durst Sep 8, 2004 For seven weeks last year, in the Texas port city of Galveston, Texas, one of the wealthiest men in America was standing trial for the bizarre murder of an elderly man. Robert Durst, 60, and Morris Black, 71, were neighbors. Durst claims Black came into his apartment, grabbed a gun that Durst had hidden and pointed it at him. Durst then said that they struggled over the gun before it went off, killing Black accidentally. At Durst's two-month trial, the jury's not-guilty verdict, after five days of deliberation, shocked everyone - including Durst himself.

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Season 17, Episode 24 Caged Kids

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Mar 31, 2004
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Caged Kids Mar 31, 2004 "Caged Kids" examines how the criminal justice system handles minors who are tried as adults for hard crimes ranging from armed robbery to murder. Many questions will be raised in the broadcast including: Have these young people served enough time? Should they have been tried as adults in the first place? Do they understand what they did wrong? And, do they deserve a second chance?

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Season 17, Episode 25 Prime Suspect: Marty Tankleff

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Apr 7, 2004
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Prime Suspect: Marty Tankleff Apr 7, 2004 Marty Tankleff, 18, was convicted of murdering his parents in 1990. And for the last 14 years, Marty's family has fought to clear his name. But now, Marty's family may have found the man who can free him. Correspondent Erin Moriarty reports.

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Season 17, Episode 26 Dangerous Minds

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Apr 14, 2004
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Dangerous Minds Apr 14, 2004 At Mepham High School on Long Island, the entire football season was canceled after players admitted to sadistically hazing fellow teammates. Once rated one of the best academic high schools in the nation, Mepham High is now mired in scandal. Correspondent Peter Van Sant reports.

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Season 17, Episode 27 Diana's Secrets

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Apr 21, 2004
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Diana's Secrets Apr 21, 2004 In life, it was Princess Diana's vibrancy and glamour that captured the world's attention. Today, it is the mystery surrounding her death. Correspondent Erin Moriarty reports. "She was convinced she was going to be killed," says Diana's old friend, Argentinean businessman Roberto Deverik, who recalls Diana often speaking of murderous plots against her. "She said, 'When it's not convenient anymore, I will-- they will blow me in a car or in a helicopter.'" The questions and puzzles remain nearly seven years after Diana's tragic death in a Paris tunnel. Billionaire Mohamed Al Fayed has relentlessly accused the British government of orchestrating the death of Princess Diana, and his son, Dodi. Al Fayed, who has refused numerous requests to talk to 48 Hours, believes that his son and Diana were killed in order to prevent the princess from marrying his son, a Muslim, and having his child. Conspiracy theories continued because the details of the French probe into the accident were never made public. But 48 Hours has obtained a report produced by the French government that was never made public until now. The report contains thousands of pages of confidential police documents, scientific analysis and images that tell what really happened to Princess Diana, beginning with the night she died.

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Season 17, Episode 28 Right or Wrong?

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Oct 12, 2005
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Right or Wrong? Oct 12, 2005 It's hard to say what's most horrifying: How Jeff Wright was killed, who killed him, or why she says she did it. The woman accused of committing murder is Jeff's wife, Susan, 27, a stay-at-home mother of two. "I did not want to die," says Susan, who now faces life in prison. "This was a brutal, terrifying, sadistic relationship that spanned years," says Susan's attorney, Neil Davis. Susan Wright stabbed her husband 193 times. And Davis says he believes that Susan's husband, Jeff Wright, triggered the attack that ended his life: "I hate to say it, but some people just deserve killing." That's how a lot of Texas lawyers interpret self defense. But what makes this case different is that Susan and her lawyers are saying it on the record. "She had to kill or be killed," says Davis. Correspondent Richard Schlesinger reports.

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Season 17, Episode 29 Driven To Extremes

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Apr 28, 2004
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Driven To Extremes Apr 28, 2004 In August 2000, Dennis and Mary Hill lost their 13-year-old daughter, Amy, in a tragic car accident. "I just see how hollow my life is now," says Dennis. "And I never thought I would experience that in my lifetime." "I believe the reason I was put on this Earth was to have Amy," says Mary. Before the accident, the Hills appeared to be living the extremely good life outside Orlando, Fla. They owned a successful marketing business, lived in a stately home, and their daughters, Amy and Kaitlin, were excelling in and out of school. On Aug. 7, 2000, Mary and Dennis went to pick their daughter Amy up from her first day of eighth grade. With her were best friends Carrie Brown and Zak Rockwell. The three were inseparable. On the way home, Dennis told Mary he needed to make a stop. Mary drove off with the three kids in the back seat. Everything would change during the next few minutes. Correspondent Peter Van Sant reports on how this seven-mile trip home from school ended in tragedy.

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Season 17, Episode 30 Who Killed the Rock Star?

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May 15, 2004
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Who Killed the Rock Star? May 15, 2004 48 Hours investigates the 1993 murder of rising Seattle punk rock star Mia Zapata and how DNA evidence may finally close the case.

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Season 17, Episode 31 Six Miracles for Christmas

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May 19, 2004
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Six Miracles for Christmas May 19, 2004 Mother Nature dealt Joe and Erin Perry of Pittsburgh, Pa., an unbelievable hand: a full house, with six babies -- all at once. And if you think six babies look hard to handle, try adding a 4-year-old brother to the mix. "I miss the days when I was by myself," says big brother Parker, who brings the Perry jackpot to seven. I say to people now, 'I have seven children. Seven children! I have seven children. Thirty-three years old, I have seven children," says Joe. "We're too young to have that many kids," adds Erin. The six-pack includes the first born, Ian, who gets into everything. Next in line is Simon, who looks most like his father. Then there's Olivia, nicknamed "The Queen," followed by Zoe, who's happy and calm, and Josh, who's very laid back. And finally, Madison, whom Erin describes as "10 pounds of demand." Correspondent Peter Van Sant spent a year with the Perry Sextuplets in this 48 Hours report.

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Season 17, Episode 32 Legal Challenges in the Spotlight

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Jun 2, 2004
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Legal Challenges in the Spotlight Jun 2, 2004 Scott Peterson: What evidence do prosecutors have linking Scott Peterson to the murders of his wife and unborn son, and will the jury buy it? Attorney Chris Darden, who gained fame as a member of the prosecution team during the O.J. Simpson criminal trial, talks to CBS News Correspondent Erin Moriarty about the challenges ahead for both sides in the case.A Michael Jackson Conspiracy: In a new April 21, 2004, indictment against Michael Jackson, prosecutors charge the singer conspired to commit child abduction, false imprisonment and extortion to keep his alleged victim and his family quiet. Was there a conspiracy within Jackson's inner circle to cover up his alleged crimes? Correspondent Bill Lagattuta speaks exclusively about the new charges with Jackson's new attorney, Tom Mesereau, and Jackson photographer Ian Barkley.The Jury Counsultants: In the brave new world of high-stakes, high-profile trial preparation, the people running the show are not the lawyers, but rather jury consultants. Correspondent Troy Roberts reports.

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Season 17, Episode 33 Young, Rich and Powerful II

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Jun 4, 2004
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Young, Rich and Powerful II Jun 4, 2004 Interviews with Hollywood's young, rich and powerful include Scarlett Johansson, Lindsay Lohan, Mandy Moore, Shia LeBoeuf and former Brat Pack members Molly Ringwald and Jon Cryer.

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Season 17, Episode 34 Cold Cases Get Hot

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Jul 10, 2004
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Cold Cases Get Hot Jul 10, 2004 A 20 Year Nightmare Ends: Residents of Greenhills, Ohio, can't stop talking about what happened back in 1963. It's just about the biggest thing that's ever happened in this very small town. A 15-year-old high school cheerleader named Patty Rebholz was brutally strangled and beaten to death. You can find Patty's name and a message etched on the sidewalk leading to the town pool: "Knowing who, we wonder why. Her life too brief, but not forgotten." Correspondent Harold Dow reports on this unsolved murder.. The Boy in the Box: It was a strange funeral in Philadelphia. Nobody knew the boy being buried. They only knew that he was found dead more than 40 years ago. They were burying him again after digging him up from an anonymous grave in a potter's field. But, as Correspondent Richard Schlesinger reports, almost everything about this boy's life and death was still a mystery.Cold Cases: Talk of the Town: Residents of Greenhills, Ohio, can't stop talking about what happened back in 1963. It's just about the biggest thing that's ever happened in this very small town. A 15-year-old high school cheerleader named Patty Rebholz was brutally strangled and beaten to death. You can find Patty's name and a message etched on the sidewalk leading to the town pool: "Knowing who, we wonder why. Her life too brief, but not forgotten." Correspondent Harold Dow reports on this unsolved murder.

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Season 17, Episode 35 Murder in the Hamptons

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Feb 5, 2005
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Murder in the Hamptons Feb 5, 2005 48 Hours takes a look inside the Lori Hacking case -- unraveling the web of lies told by her husband Mark, who's been arrested for her murder.48 Hours also reports on how more and more people are going to extremes to physically improve their appearance and achieve an edge in life in "Going to Extremes".More than one million young people are taking steroids illegally, and for some, it has led to disastrous results, including violent mood swings and suicide. Some teens have been getting a message that bigger, faster and stronger is better. Correspondent Troy Roberts speaks to Chris Wash of West Plano, Texas, who started taking illegal anabolic steroids because of vanity, while others, including Taylor Hooton, also of West Plano, and Rob Garibaldi of Petaluma, Calif., took them because sports coaches told them they needed to be "bigger." All of these young men experienced extreme mood swings that included depression, and in the case of Hooton and Garibaldi, suicide.Extreme Vacation: Surgury Safari: Even under ordinary circumstances, an African safari is the journey of a lifetime. But Colleen Hiltbrunner, 53, has a special reason to hope her African adventure will transform her life forever. "The opportunity to see the animals in their natural habitat. To go where man originated, and at the same time, get the plastic surgery I need at a bargain rate is just fantastic," says Hiltbrunner. It's the package deal of her dreams. Call it an "extreme" vacation, but as Correspondent Troy Roberts reports, Hiltbrunner is about to combine a safari with a nip-and-tuck –- 10,000 miles away from her home in Colorado Springs.Becoming Barbie: Living Dolls: For millions of little girls, the Barbie doll has been the pinnacle of plastic perfection for more than 40 years. "I think a lot of little 6-year-old girls or younger even now are looking at that doll and thinking, 'I want to be her.' And it's something they grow out of," says Cindy Jackson, 48, who admits

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