48 Hours Season 18
S18 E01Sep 25, 2004
Written in Blood Sep 25, 2004 What happened to the Rafay family one summer night in 1994 brought tragedy and mystery to a quiet neighborhood in Bellevue, Wash. On July 13, just after 2 a.m., police were called to a crime that would take them 10 years to bring to justice. "It was a plan. A well-rehearsed, well-thought-out plan," say James Konat, a senior deputy prosecutor in King County. He and a team of detectives have been haunted by the first triple homicide in the history of Bellevue -- and the killers who got away. The search for the truth would lead police to another country, through a web of intriguing clues, including a screenplay describing the murder. In the end, would a sophisticated undercover operation, set up in the make-believe world of crime, catch the real killers? Correspondent Peter Van Sant reports for 48 Hours.
S18 E02Jul 5, 2005
The Ghosts of El Segundo Jul 5, 2005 This story originally aired on July 5, 2005. It was updated on Jan. 31, 2008. In 1957, Gerald F. Mason raped a 15-year-old girl and then killed two El Segundo police officers, Milton Curtis and Richard Phillips. The case went cold for 46 years. Gerald Mason was arrested in 2003, pleaded guilty and went to prison, where he died in 2017.
S18 E03Oct 9, 2004
Dark Side of the Mesa Oct 9, 2004 Convicted of killing his wife in 2004, a bombshell twist gives an Arizona man a second shot at freedom. Will a jury set him free? "48 Hours" correspondent Susan Spencer has the latest in the case.
S18 E04Oct 16, 2004
Who Killed Stephanie Crowe? Oct 16, 2004 Fourteen-year-old Michael Crowe of Escondido, Calif. confessed to murdering his 12-year-old sister, Stephanie, in her bedroom in January 1998. But was he telling the truth or was it another man, a drifter named Richard Tuite, who stabbed Stephanie while she slept? 48 HOURS Correspondent Bill Lagattuta has been following this case since it began in 1998 and reports for 48 HOURS MYSTERY: "Who Killed Stephanie Crowe?
S18 E05Oct 16, 2004
Who Killed Stephanie Crowe? Oct 16, 2004 A man confesses that he killed his sister with the help of two friends, but the family believes that a vagrant is responsible.
S18 E06Oct 9, 2004
American Taboo Oct 9, 2004 Susan Spencer investigates the story of the 1976 murder of American Peace Corps volunteer Deborah Gardner in the South Pacific Kingdom of Tonga, and how her killer - fellow volunteer Dennis Priven - walked free with the help of Peace Corps and US government officials.
S18 E07Oct 30, 2004
On the Verge of a Verdict Oct 30, 2004 Cherry Hammock says she had no choice but to shoot her husband, Jay. "The reason I pulled the trigger is because he was coming after me," says Hammock, who believes she would have been killed the night her husband died. But Jay's parents, Pete and Wyolene Hammock, bristle at the notion that their son had a violent and dangerous past. They insist that Jay, a skilled mechanic with a fondness for racing high-performance, high-priced motorcycles, didn't deserve to die.
S18 E08Nov 6, 2004
The Right to Kill Nov 6, 2004 Maria Cruz, a successful, 35-year-old New York City financial analyst, disappeared on the afternoon of April 13, 2003. For 10 months, police were unable to find Cruz, but the trail of evidence finally pointed to a man named Dean Faiello, who posed as a doctor and is believed to have treated Cruz for a mouth infection the day she went missing. In February 2004, acting on a tip from Faiello's former lover, Greg Bach, authorities found Cruz's body stuffed in a suitcase and buried in the cement in the garage of Faiello's former home in Newark, N. J. Just one month later -- 11 months after Maria Cruz was reported missing -- Dean Faiello was under arrest for Cruz's murder in Costa Rica. In an exclusive television interview, correspondent Harold Dow talks with Faiello, who speaks out for the first time since being charged with murder. Faiello remains in a Costa Rican prison as he awaits extradition proceedings.
S18 E09Nov 13, 2004
Vanished Nov 13, 2004 The story of missing NYC banker, Maria Cruz.
S18 E10Nov 20, 2004
Eye of the Beholder Nov 20, 2004 48 HOURS MYSTERY has new clues in Los Angeles' most famous unsolved murder, the 57-year-old Black Dahlia case. The brutal murder of Elizabeth Short, a young, beautiful, struggling actress whose body was discovered in a vacant lot in January 1947, has baffled the Los Angeles Police Department for decades. Correspondent Erin Moriarty reports.
S18 E11Nov 27, 2004
Black Dahlia Confidential Nov 27, 2004 In August 1993, 13-year-old Eric Smith made national headlines as a red-haired, freckle-faced killer. Smith's looks and age were so completely at odds with the horrific crime -- he was convicted of murdering four-year-old Derrick Robie -- that he nearly got away it. Until now, Smith has never explained why he killed Robie. Police investigators and veteran prosecutors found it difficult to comprehend that this child could kill another child in such a brutal way. CBS News' Dan Rather reported on this story 11 years ago and revisits it as Smith becomes eligible for parole and speaks out for the first times about the crime.
S18 E12Dec 11, 2004
Why Did Eric Kill? Dec 11, 2004 New evidence that investigators hope will lead to a break in the almost eight-year-old unsolved murder case of JonBenet Ramsey is reported by correspondent Erin Moriarty.
S18 E13Dec 18, 2004
JonBenet: Prime Suspects Dec 18, 2004 Dr. Richard Illes, a successful heart surgeon, and his wife, Miriam, a homemaker and mother to their young son, were a prominent couple in their small community of Williamsport, Pa. Then, on Jan. 15, 1999, Miriam, who seemingly had no enemies, was shot as she stood in front of her kitchen window - a bullet went straight through her heart. Who wanted the surgeon's wife dead? Correspondent Susan Spencer reports.
S18 E14Jan 8, 2005
A Shot in the Dark Jan 8, 2005 48 Hours investigates the murder of Miriam Illes in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Investigators believe that her husband Richard Illes, a successful heart surgeon, is responsible.
S18 E15Jan 15, 2005
Where's Our Baby? Jan 15, 2005 48 HOURS has obtained never-before-seen videotape shot by the terrorists who took 1,200 people hostage on Sept. 1, 2004 for three days at a school in Beslan, Russia. Roughly half of the hostages are believed to have been children. Correspondent Peter Van Sant speaks to the hostage negotiator, Ruslan Aushev, who is seen in the new video negotiating with the terrorists leader. The footage also captures the dramatic moment when the terrorists let mothers leave captivity with their babies, some of whom were forced to leave their older children behind.
S18 E16Jan 22, 2005
Hostage: The Siege of Beslan Jan 22, 2005 Correspondent Peter Van Sant investigates the September 2004 school hostage crisis in Beslan, Russia.
S18 E17Jan 29, 2005
Michael Jackson: Critical Stage Jan 29, 2005 Texas multimillionaire Herb Vest is searching for who killed his father almost 60 years ago. Twenty-five-year-old Harold "Buddy" Vest was found hanging in his cabinet shop in June 1946 in the small town of Gainesville, Texas, and although the police ruled his death a suicide at the time, Herb always thought there was more to it. Now, he has launched his own investigation, hiring a team of experts to search for the truth. Vest receives a mysterious letter that claims that someone who was on the Gainesville police force was responsible for Buddy's death. Will Vest find his father's supposed killer? Correspondent Harold Dow reports.
S18 E18Feb 19, 2005
Chamber of Secrets Feb 19, 2005 Frieda Hanimov was a woman in desperate fear of losing custody of her kids because she believed the judge ruling on her case was corrupt. Panicked and pregnant, she told authorities of her suspicions and agreed to go undercover. Wearing a wire, she went alone into a warehouse to try to prove that New York State Supreme Court Judge Gerald Garson was corrupt. 60 MINUTES Correspondent Lesley Stahl reports.
S18 E19Feb 12, 2005
Postmarked for Murder Feb 12, 2005 CBS News' 48 HOURS investigates the shadowy underworld of human sex slaves and rescues a young woman. Correspondent Peter Van Sant infiltrates the billion dollar business of human trafficking to reveal how easy it is in the 21st century to purchase a human being -- not for an hour, but forever -- and bring her to the United States.
S18 E20Mar 5, 2005
Secrets of the Well aka Cold Case Clay Mar 5, 2005 Criminal investigator Clay Bryant, also known as "Cold Case Clay," earned his nickname from the LaGrange, Ga. district attorney's office. When 48 HOURS MYSTERY caught up with Bryant, he was working on two separate and unsolved murders with some strange similarities -- both bodies had been found in wells. Correspondent Susan Spencer reports.
S18 E21Feb 26, 2005
Rescued from the Shadows Feb 26, 2005 Will new witnesses convince a judge to grant a new trial to Marty Tankleff, who was convicted of murdering his parents in 1988? Now 33, Tankleff was 17 when he was accused of killing Seymour and Arlene Tankleff in their Belle Terre, Long Island home. Tankleff's relatives, who have always believed in his innocence, hope that this hearing will finally set him free. Correspondent Erin Moriarty speaks to several key witnesses and reports.
S18 E22Mar 5, 2005
Secrets of the Well Mar 5, 2005 John Maloney, a Green Bay, Wis. police officer, was convicted of murdering his estranged wife, Sandy, in 1999, though he has always maintained his innocence. But after Maloney's conviction, the story took an unexpected turn when the prosecutor in his case, Joe Paulus, pled guilty to accepting bribes to fix more than 20 cases. This question now is, did Maloney get a fair trial, and, if not, should he get a new one? Correspondent Susan Spencer reports.
S18 E23Mar 12, 2005
Prime Suspect Mar 12, 2005 Nancy Seaman, a suburban Detroit elementary school teacher, killed her husband, Bob, with a hatchet in May 2004. Nancy says she killed him in self-defense and that she had been abused for more than 30 years. At Nancy's murder trial, the couple's youngest son testified on behalf of his mother, while the other son says his mother was never abused and that she simply snapped. Contributor Maureen Maher reports.
S18 E24Mar 26, 2005
A Question of Murder Mar 26, 2005 Chris Pittman shot his grandparents, Joe and Joy Pittman, at close range and then set their house on fire. According to family members, Chris, a well-mannered and shy 12-year-old, who lived with his grandparents, loved them more than anything. So, why would Chris kill them? Is the anti-depressant, Zoloft, which he was prescribed shortly before the murders, really to blame, as his lawyers claim? Correspondent Erin Moriarty has an exclusive interview with the now 16-year-old and reports for 48 HOURS MYSTERY.
S18 E25Apr 9, 2005
Blood Feud Apr 9, 2005 Nancy Seaman was an award-winning teacher who was accused of a horrific crime, the hatchet murder of her husband.
S18 E26Apr 16, 2005
A Prescription for Murder? Apr 16, 2005 Christopher Pittman, age 12, murdered his grandparents and burned their South Carolina home. He first blamed the crime on a black man, but eventually confessed. His lawyer blamed Pittman's actions on the prescription medication Zoloft.
S18 E27Apr 23, 2005
Terror at the Morgue Apr 23, 2005 Dr. O.C. Smith, a medical examiner, was apparently attacked on June 1, 2002, as he was leaving work. He was found wrapped in barbed wire with a bomb strapped to his neck.
S18 E28Apr 30, 2005
The Man Who Knew Too Much Apr 30, 2005 When they talk about Carmin, the oldest of their four daughters, Danny and Judy Ross are never at a loss for words. "She's bubbly, she's fun to be around. She makes the room warm. She's the sunshine," recalls Judy Ross, who even put together a list of words that come to her mind when she thinks of Carmin. "Brilliant, empathetic, thoughtful, spiritual, patient, political, loving, peaceful, delightful, silly, playful, courageous," reads Judy. "Full of life -- daughter of our youth." Looking back, Danny and Judy say their daughter's 1985 wedding to her sweetheart, Tom Murray, was one of the best days they ever had. "Both of them wrote their wedding vows," recalls Danny. "I stood there and cried through the whole thing."
S18 E29May 7, 2005
Secrets from the Grave May 7, 2005 When Fred Jablin, a beloved Richmond University professor and devoted father, goes out to retrieve the morning newspaper on Oct. 30, 2004 and is gunned down in his driveway, his ex-wife, Piper Rountree, is the prime suspect. But, before investigators in Richmond, Va. can make their case, they must deal with a trail of confusing clues and an unusual relationship between Rountree and her sister, Tina Rountree. Correspondent Harold Dow reports.
S18 E30May 14, 2005
A Mind for Murder May 14, 2005 In 2001, Finkel was a prize-winning feature writer for the New York Times. He had a gorgeous home in Bozeman, Mont., and a beautiful, intelligent girlfriend who had moved all the way from Alabama to be with him. "We felt like there was something deeper here that had to be explored," says Jill Barker, Finkel's girlfriend. "It just seemed like we should give this a chance." But Finkel's ambition had a darker side. "He had built his self-esteem around being Michael Finkel of The New York Times, and he was starting to get really intoxicated with all the attention," says Barker. "Pretty soon, I realized that I had to walk away from this relationship." His drive to outdo his competition and himself resulted in Finkel fabricating a portion of a story on child slavery in West Africa. His bosses found out and he was fired. "It was something I wish I could take back," says Finkel. "Really badly." In an instant, Finkel lost the career he'd been building his entire life. Scorned by his colleagues, Finkel retreated to Montana, awaiting the merciless media inquiries that were sure to come. The first call came sooner than expected, but the reporter wasn't interested in Finkel's fall from grace. Instead, he was calling about a murder of a family in Oregon.
S18 E31May 21, 2005
Two Wigs, a Gun and a Murder May 21, 2005 What happened to the Rafay family one summer night in 1994 brought tragedy and mystery to a quiet neighborhood in Bellevue, Wash. On July 13, just after 2 a.m., police were called to a crime that would take them 10 years to bring to justice. "It was a plan. A well-rehearsed, well-thought-out plan," say James Jude Konat, a senior deputy prosecutor in King County. He and a team of detectives have been haunted by this crime -- and the killers who got away. The search for the truth would lead police to another country, through a web of intriguing clues. Could a screenplay that described a murder unlock the mystery? And in the end, would a sophisticated undercover operation, set up in the make-believe world of crime, catch the real killers?
S18 E35May 31, 2005
The Pretender May 31, 2005 Police hunt for the killer of Mary Jane Longo and her 3 young children.
S18 E37Aug 6, 2005
Perfectly Executed Aug 6, 2005