48 Hours

10 Best Episodes of 48 Hours

Television's most popular true-crime series, investigating shocking cases and compelling real-life dramas with journalistic integrity and cutting-edge style. This in-depth approach has earned the program and its teams numerous awards including three Peabodys, 17 Emmys and five RTNDA Edward R. Murrow Awards.The program was revamped in 2002 when Lesley Stahl took over hosting duties from Dan Rather, and its name was changed to 48 Hours Investigates. The name was changed again to 48 Hours Mystery in 2004, and with its single-topic format, it does not use a single host but is narrated by the reporter assigned to the story.The current format of the documentary primarily deals with real life mysteries and crime stories, again with just one mystery per episode, owing to its single topic per show heritage.The program is not confined to reporting mysteries; CBS often uses the 48 Hours title or timeslot to present special reports on events, such as a 2006 report on the fifth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks, or coverage of the Virginia Tech massacre in April 2007. However, the relationship between these special programs and the rest of the series is essentially limited to the program's title.

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48 Hours - S35E3

#15 - Jasmine Hartin's Shot in the Dark (Season 35 - Episode 3)

Socialite Jasmine Hartin admits killing a top police official in Belize. For the first time, she tells her detailed story of what happened to "48 Hours." Correspondent Peter Van Sant reports.

The episode was rated 7.75 from 12 votes.

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#14 - Stalked (Part 2) (Season 30 - Episode 20)


Singer Christina Grimmie was killed by a stalker and Ivanka Trump has been stalked, too; now, an "NCIS" star is trying to change stalking laws. "48 Hours" correspondent Erin Moriarty investigates.

The episode was rated 7.76 from 21 votes.

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#13 - The Disappearance of Kelly Dwyer (Season 33 - Episode 8)

A young woman vanished after a night out in Milwaukee in October 2013. Did a meeting set up on a dating app lead to the disappearance or was it someone she knew? "48 Hours" correspondent Peter Van Sant reports.

The episode was rated 7.77 from 13 votes.

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#12 - My Dad's Killer (Season 26 - Episode 1)


48 HOURS gets underway Saturday, Sept. 29 at 10:00 PM, ET with "My Dad's Killer," which features Richard Schlesinger's report about a daughter who spent a decade certain she knew who killed her father and his fiancé, but couldn't prove it. After 48 HOURS began reporting the story, investigators pushed the case and the killer will now stand trial for murder. It is a story 48 HOURS has been reporting on for five years and the outcome has the potential to rip the family apart.

The episode was rated 7.79 from 14 votes.

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#11 - The Golden State Killer (Season 30 - Episode 34)

Comedian Patton Oswalt discusses his late wife's obession with finding the so-called "Golden State Killer," before she suddenly died on April 21, 2016.

The episode was rated 7.79 from 42 votes.

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#10 - The Online Life & Death of Bianca Devins (Season 35 - Episode 1)


How did images of a 17-year-old girl’s murder go viral? CBS News' Jericka Duncan reports.

The episode was rated 7.88 from 17 votes.

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#9 - “48 Hours Suspicion”: The Tiger King Mystery (Season 34 - Episode 1)

Shocking new information in the disappearance of tiger activist Carole Baskin’s former husband Don Lewis. "48 Hours" correspondent Richard Schlesinger investigates.

The episode was rated 7.90 from 10 votes.

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#8 - Find Yura - Manhunt on the Dark Web (Season 33 - Episode 21)


A teenager learns she’s the target of a hit ordered on the dark web. "48 Hours"' Peter Van Sant goes on a global manhunt to find Yura, the shadowy figure behind murder-for-hire sites.

The episode was rated 7.92 from 12 votes.

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#7 - Playing by the Rules? (Season 29 - Episode 23)

A popular football coach is serving life for killing his pregnant wife -- was evidence hidden that could set him free? "48 Hours" correspondent Richard Schlesinger investigates.

The episode was rated 8.06 from 18 votes.

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#6 - The Bugs Bunny Defense (Season 29 - Episode 8)


Did a cartoon play a part in the death of a California man? "48 Hours" correspondent Richard Schlesinger investigates.

The episode was rated 8.06 from 17 votes.

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#5 - The Killing Fields (Season 25 - Episode 4)

Can a Hollywood movie help solve the most notorious killing spree in Texas? Erin Moriarty reports.

The episode was rated 8.08 from 12 votes.

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#4 - Highway of Tears (Season 26 - Episode 7)


A series of disappearances and murders of women and girls dating back four decades. Now, a break in the case. Peter Van Sant reports.

The episode was rated 8.20 from 10 votes.

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#3 - Lizzie Borden Took an Axe... (Season 33 - Episode 25)

A fresh look at the very cold case involving the murder of Lizzie Borden's father and stepmother in 1892.

The episode was rated 8.25 from 12 votes.

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#2 - What Ever Happened to Mary Day? (Season 33 - Episode 30)


Detectives believe a 13-year-old girl who vanished from her California home in 1981 was murdered; more than 20 years after the disappearance, a traffic stop in Arizona turns up a woman claiming to be the missing girl.

The episode was rated 8.40 from 10 votes.

48 Hours - S32E7

#1 - What Happened in Apartment 4C? (Season 32 - Episode 7)

Joey Comunale, a successful 26-year-old from Connecticut did what many young people do every weekend -- go clubbing in New York's hot Meatpacking District. Comunale ended the night at an after-party that seemed like any other ... but this time, he disappeared.

The episode was rated 8.40 from 10 votes.

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