Styles may change, but murder lasts forever. Investigation Discovery’s newest series, A CRIME TO REMEMBER, invites viewers to step into the past and unravel the intricacies of real-life murder cases of the ’50s and ’60s.
Set against the backdrop of Studebakers, fedoras, and three-martini lunches, these stories reveal complicated relationships where thwarted dreams and repressed passions led to terrible crimes. With A CRIME TO REMEMBER, Investigation Discovery inaugurates a new high-end cinematic style, using the visual grammar of movies to bring the era to life. To properly illustrate each time period, the series stays true to the fashion and styles while highlighting the cultural taboos and social norms that informed each case. Each story is driven by the narrative of a fictional bystander who “knew” the victim, while reporters who covered the case explain how the crime and investigation impacted society.
Episodes feature interviews with surviving friends and relatives, as well as surviving journalists who covered the cases and investigators. Other interviews feature true crime experts and authors.
With six episodes, each hour in this limited series plays out like a dramatic period thriller designed to have the viewer relive those “bad old days.” A CRIME TO REMEMBER showcases the most compelling crimes of our past, when murder erupted from the same dark places as today, but the cops had to catch the killer with little more than a fingerprint duster and a Rolodex.
A CRIME TO REMEMBER’s feature film style cinematography showcases high-end production design, representing the time period with authenticity and flair, earning two Emmy Awards for its artful execution.
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Part 1: Go Ask Alice
Queens, NY, 1965. Two children disappear in the night, taken from their bedroom. Hours later they turn up dead, strangled. The police have no clues but an instant dislike for the parents: Eddie and Alice Crimmins. They are separated and fighting over custody of the kids. She seems more concerned about her make-up and appearance than her dead kids; he seems to be obsessed with her many love affairs. Cops think one of them did it, but it will take twelve years to unravel the truth.
Part 2: The Career Girl Murders
New York, NY, 1963. When two young women – just out of college, starting their first jobs in The Big City – wind up dead in their Upper East Side apartment, raped, mutilated, the victims of a terrible, heinous attack, the City is thrown into chaos. If these girls aren’t safe, who is? The NYPD is under such pressure to solve the high-profile case it makes a tragic misstep in the investigation of the case the newspapers dub “The Career Girls Murders.”
Part 3: Judge, Jury, Executioner
West Palm Beach, FL, 1955. Judge Curtis Chillingworth (58) and his wife (50’s) say their goodbyes to friends at swank dinner party, step into their car and drive away. They are never seen again. When police start investigating they unravel a tale of corruption, moonshine and numbers-running that leaves Florida in shock.
Part 4: Time Bomb
Denver, CO, November 1, 1955. United Airlines Flight 629, a DC-6B bound for Portland and Seattle, exploded in flames only 11 minutes after taking off from Denver. The subsequent crash in a farm field near Longmont, Colorado, killed everyone on board. It wasn’t very long into the crash investigation when chemical residue, consistent with the explosion of dynamite, was found on debris from the rear baggage compartment. The crash investigation then turned into a criminal probe of the second act of sabotage of a commercial airline, in United States history.
Part 5: A New Kind of Monster
Michigan, 1967. A young co-ed from Eastern Michigan State University goes missing. Her body is found months later, rotting in a field. A year later, another co-ed, disappears and is found stabbed to death. A few months after that, a young law student is found shot and strangled in an Ypsilanti cemetery. The young women of Southeastern Michigan are terrified and the police commence a massive hunt for the monster they call The Co-Ed Killer.
Part 6: Who Killed Mr Woodward?
New York, NY, 1955. The death of wealthy heir and prominent member of New York society circles William Woodward Jr. On October 30, 1955, he and his wife Ann are hosting a dinner party. They are well known as the darlings of New York society at the time but the party soon takes a horrible turn as Billy is discovered in a pool of his own blood. Ann admits to killing him but claims it was a drunken accident, as she feared an intruder had accessed their home. Many suspected she murdered him as the pair had been arguing earlier in the evening, though she was never charged.