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Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda

Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda

Investigation Discovery 2011

Homicide Hunter is a non-fiction investigative series of murder cases told through the personal experience of retired detective, Lieutenant Joe Kenda. With his personal interviews and compelling storytelling style, Kenda captivates us with the details of a different investigation each week, beginning from when he got the homicide call to when the case was closed. Unlike many true-crime shows, this series delivers the realities of the emotional and psychological effects of a murder on the investigator. Set in Colorado, a state known for its suburban lifestyle, these murders are all the more compelling because they are stories of homicide that can happen to anybody.

Warning: the following content contains spoilers!

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The 10 Best Episodes of Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda

Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda - S9E20

#1 - The End (Season 9 - Episode 20)

The slaying of a young boy has Lt. Joe Kenda facing his most difficult case yet; while confronting his own demons brought forth by this tragic case, the detective makes the most consequential decision of his career.

The episode was rated 8.47 from 34 votes.

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Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda - S6E15

#2 - Bullet With My Name On It (Season 6 - Episode 15)

In his first year on the force, rookie patrol officer Joe Kenda quickly learns the ropes. But when he tries to singlehandedly stop a brawling mob, he finds himself facing down gunfire. Can Kenda help detectives catch the man who nearly killed him?

The episode was rated 8.42 from 85 votes.

Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda - S8E8

#3 - Target Practice (Season 8 - Episode 8)

The murder of a young father stuns his close-knit community, but the investigation reveals a neighborly dispute turned deadly; when a house is besieged by mysterious gunfire, Kenda enlists a team of specialists to trace the bullets' origin.

The episode was rated 8.27 from 15 votes.

Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda - S8E20

#4 - The Case That Haunts Me (Season 8 - Episode 20)

Joe Kenda digs into the case of a naked woman who is found in the mountains...

The episode was rated 8.25 from 28 votes.

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Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda - S9E17

#5 - Blood Relative (Season 9 - Episode 17)

After a father is found shot in front of his home, Kenda uncovers a vengeful motive behind a deadly family feud; a church turns into a house of horrors as officers face a life-or-death decision when confronted by a knife-wielding psychopath.

The episode was rated 8.25 from 20 votes.

Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda - S4E13

#6 - My First Case (Season 4 - Episode 13)

In his first case with the homicide unit, rookie burglary detective Joe Kenda volunteers to work a bloody multi-victim shooting deemed "unsolvable" by the veterans. But has the ambitious young investigator bitten off more than he can chew?

The episode was rated 8.18 from 51 votes.

Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda - S8E9

#7 - The Setup (Season 8 - Episode 9)

Hardworking family man Douglas Warren stumbles into a downtown bar with a gunshot wound to the neck and bleeds out on the floor. To catch the killer, Kenda must conduct a risky sting operation and launch an interstate manhunt.

The episode was rated 8.17 from 18 votes.

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Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda - S9E4

#8 - Trigger (Season 9 - Episode 4)

A sharp-dressed pedestrian is shot in the back for unknown reasons. Chasing a promising lead, Kenda realizes he's barking up the wrong tree. Then when an impromptu argument turns fatal, a suspect's guilt boils down to his skill with deadly weapons.

The episode was rated 8.17 from 30 votes.

Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda - S6E18

#9 - Officer Down (Season 6 - Episode 18)

Sgt. Joe Kenda is faced with his worst nightmare when he learns a friend and fellow officer, Mark Dabling, has been killed in the line of duty. Police conduct an all-out manhunt and discover the gunman is even more dangerous than they'd thought.

The episode was rated 8.16 from 82 votes.

Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda - S8E11

#10 - Follow the Money (Season 8 - Episode 11)

The body of a 72-year-old man is found in junkyard, stabbed 13 times and wearing nothing but his underwear and dentures. When investigators discover a trail of purchases made with the victim's credit card, they hope it will lead them to the killer.

The episode was rated 8.13 from 16 votes.

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Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda - S2E10

#11 - Mr. Violence (Season 2 - Episode 10)

29-year-old Chris Devoy is shot in cold blood outside a neighborhood bar. Faced with a trio of suspects, Kenda trusts his gut and makes a controversial decision. The case hits a dead end, but Kenda gets an unexpected tip that proves his instincts right.

The episode was rated 8.12 from 84 votes.

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Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda - S6E21

#12 - The Monster Awakes (Season 6 - Episode 21)

After Julie Smith reports a sexual assault, Lt. Kenda, the Major Crimes Unit's sex crimes division, of which he is in charge, connect her attack to others that have been reported in the last four months on the east side of Colorado Springs, due to his unusual modus operandi. Now the hunt is on to find the serial rapist before he attacks another woman. There is one more attempted sexual assault and with the woman's description and a patrol officer's recollection of a recent crime with a matching part of the attacker's M.O., Kenda and the team are able to identify their...

The episode was rated 8.11 from 38 votes.

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Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda - S9E10

#13 - Cradle to the Grave (Season 9 - Episode 10)

After an infant stops breathing, Kenda and Walker investigate whether the daycare is to blame or the parents themselves; Kenda works an execution-style shooting, and he is shocked to learn the victim is a kindly grandmother.

The episode was rated 8.10 from 30 votes.

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Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda - S9E16

#14 - Fall from Grace (Season 9 - Episode 16)

Hikers come across the nude body of a man who has been bound and beaten to death; when the victim's checkered past comes to light, Joe Kenda must wade through a laundry list of potential suspects to find his killer.

The episode was rated 8.09 from 23 votes.

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Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda - S7E10

#15 - Where Is Claudia Jane? (Season 7 - Episode 10)

After a 15-year old girl goes missing, Lt. Joe Kenda investigates the mysterious circumstances surrounding her disappearance; a family man is shot dead on his neighbor's doorstep.

The episode was rated 8.08 from 48 votes.

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Last updated: jan 24, 2023

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