Recaps14x26: May 13, 2006 Missing ! recap
: Joyce Kesse stands on one side of the road in the early morning rush hour traffic. Her husband Drew stands on the other side of the road. These two parents hold posters of their daughter Jennifer who disappeared in January, seemingly without a trace. A bad photo from a surveillance camera is the only clue and so far, no one has come forward. The heartache is tangible and this emotional report about not just this missing person, but the families behind other missing people, moves everyone to care.. read more.14x13: Special Delivery: the Hitman Brings Roses recap
: Lita Sullivan opened the door to what she thought was a flower delivery nearly 20 years ago. Instead, the man with the pretty pink roses pulled a gun and shot her to death. She was found amid the scattered pink roses and a pool of blood. Now, after thinking he got away with it, her husband, Jim Sullivan stands in an Atlanta courtroom facing charges of murder... read more.14x11: Murder 5 Doors Down recap
: He did quality control on commercial jet engines, was an outgoing, intelligent gentleman in his early 60’s, married for more than 10 years to his wife, Fern. Did he shoot her with the gun she kept in the sunroom of their Florida home?
Her body was found, ‘5 doors down’, weighed down with concrete, wrapped in one of her own bed sheets and the murder weapon not far away from the home they shared. If the husband did it, how could he have made such obvious mistakes? Follow the trail and unravel this mystery tonight.
.. read more.14x10: For Better or Worse, or Poison? Also: Who Killed Imette? recap
: Everyday people who think that murdering someone is a viable option to problems they’re having with them are profiled in tonight’s investigation. Dateline looks back at previous stories as well as examines a more than year’s worth of hidden surveillance tapes that expose a town hero, a Houston area firefighter, attempting to poison his wife of more than three decades.
In an in-depth interview with this man (Richard Thomas) he explains why he did it, what he was thinking and apparently wasn’t thinking. Adding to the intrigue and surprising twists that are becoming typical of Dateline, the other people interviewed (we aren’t naming them at this time) make it a jaw-dropping episode.
In another story tonight, the question is raised about how young Imette St. Guillen, a criminology student, could leave a crowded Manhattan bar and disappear into the late night. Her body was found the next night, bound, strangled and dumped. She apparently died a horrific death. If a criminologist could ever be used, it’s for this devastating case. Of course, you, the public, may provide the most valuable clues.
.. read more.14x9: To Catch a Predator III recap
: There has rarely been a reality show this raw and disturbingly real. There are no retakes and no producers manipulating the outcome. These are genuine pillars of the community (among others who aren’t such pillars) who are online and stalking kids for sex. There are men nearing 80 years old with a long list of sexual predator offenses and there are men in their 20’s. Most seem to be in their 40’s and 50’s, with attitude and frightening fearlessness. All of them show up at this home in middle suburbia hoping for a ‘date’ with a 13 or 14 year old child. Some are looking for a boy, others for a girl, but all of them are looking for something not just illicit, but illegal.
Chris Hansen, Dateline’s perfect man for this mission in his candor and directness, ends up being what these men meet. As he initially interviews them there are obviously no cameras in sight, however, once the camera crew shows themselves, these guys make moves for the door, have their hands up in the air (one threatens the camera person, to which Hansen firmly tells him how much he doesn’t ‘want to do [that]) and once Hansen tells them they are free to leave, they all do. This time though, the police are right outside and each one is carted away. It’s a clean sweep of the garbage on the streets, after the garbage makes excuses for being there.
One of these guys insisted he was there at 11:00 p.m. at night to see some guy as referred by some other guy over some vague phone call, about a job in construction. When Chris Hansen reads the emails intercepted, which clearly indicate this man’s reason for being there (to meet with a youngster for photos and sex), the man just denies it. Someone else must have used an old email account of his and oh, yeah, he ‘thinks he remembers’ being a photographer many years ago. Better yet? He says he was an actor in Arnold Schwarzenegger’s ‘Kindergarten Cop’.
Amazingly, a lot of these whackos talked openly about it before they saw the cameras; then clammed right up when police met them outside. They all seemed to know their rights and called for their lawyers, like they’ve done this before. So really, why are they are doing it again? I mean, why CAN they do it again? And again? Is there some magic number of children that need to be abused, violated and damaged deeply, sometimes for a lifetime, before these guys are put away, in a mental health facility or prison, for the same amount of time? A lifetime.
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