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The 1980s: The Deadliest Decade explores the dark side of nostalgia, this series journeys back in time to recount murder investigations from the

Monday 9:00 PM et/pt on Investigation Discovery
2 Seasons, 12 Episodes
November 14, 2016
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6.5/10
Cast: Patrick Gallagher, Lance Coughlin, Liam Higgins, Bill Hoffmann
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  • In 1987, two of Biloxi, Miss., most prominent citizens, Judge Vincent Sherry and his wife, Margaret, a city councilwoman, are shot to death in their home. Their oldest daughter sets out on a decade-long quest to find her parents' killer.

  • When 31-year-old violinist Helen Mintiks goes missing during a performance at the Metropolitan Opera House, all of New York is terrified. Then her naked corpse is discovered in an airshaft at the Met.

  • When rising star Rebecca Schaeffer is gunned down in her doorway, Hollywood panics. A killer is on the loose, and no one knows who murdered the beloved young actress. Detectives investigate - wondering if they have a copycat killer in their midst.

  • In Wylie, Texas, young teacher Betty Gore is hacked to death on Friday the 13th, causing investigators to wonder whether a copycat killer is trying to create his own real-life "slasher'' film.

  • Libertyville, Illinois is the kind of place where families go to live out the American Dream. When one of the town's wealthiest couples is gunned down in their bed, the community is shocked. Was it a robbery - or was this family harboring dark secrets?

  • When Long Island newlywed Lisa Solomon disappears on Christmas Eve, family and friends search for her relentlessly. Did she leave her husband of two months in the middle of the night? Or is there something more sinister at play?

  • The tale of a legal secretary whose fascination for her married boss results in his death.

  • Stockbroker Joe Pikul and his spouse, Diane, are living the high life, then Diane find out Joe's been posing a double life, and within days of the stock market drop on Black Monday in 1987, their marriage comes to a violent conclusion.

  • A whole family is wiped out in a mass killing, shocking a small town in Missouri; at first, the unlikely suspect is a 14-year-old boy, but reality turns out to be even more unexpected.

  • Fifteen-year-old cheerleader Kirsten Costas gets stabbed to death in a California suburb, and a teen girl is seen leaving the scene; as months go by without an arrest, the cops are stumped.

  • Teenager Jennifer Levin is discovered strangled to death in Central Park, and a prep school heartthrob, Robert Chambers, is put in jail for the crime; the press snatches Chambers' claim that Levin's death occurred during rough sex.

  • In Boston, Carol Stuart and her unborn baby are shot to death, while her husband, Charles, lives through the shooting to describe their black assailant and ignite racial tensions, then a witness steps forward with a tale that blows open the case.

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