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Cold case murder of Rayna Rison spotlighted in Unusual Suspects

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Rayna Rison was just 16 when she was murdered

This week Unusual Suspects examines the murder of Rayna Rison, a case that took detectives 20 years to solve.

March 26, 1993, in La Porte, Ind, and 16-year-old Rayna Rison went missing and was never seen alive again. Her body was found around a month later in a shallow pond, she’d been strangled to death.

Rison was a bright student who also worked three jobs and had dreams of becoming a vet, but her life also had a darker side to it and she was the subject of abuse by several men in her life.

Police initially suspected her brother-in-law Raymond McCarty, who had impregnated her and was charged with child molestation. In 1998 he was also charged with her murder, but the charge failed to stick and

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ATF and FBI involved as farm manager Roberto Ayala is blown up by bomb

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Paul Moore was convicted of killing Roberto Ayala

This week Unusual Suspects examines a case that had Shakespearean overtones as an innocent farm manager is caught in a family dispute turned deadly.

July 16, 2011, and 43-year-old Roberto Ayala picked up his 7-year-old son Fabian and set off to flood some rice fields using a couple of irrigation pumps. There was an explosion and the electrical box near one of the pump exploded, Roberto was caught in the blast and his young son ran to a neighbor’s house to get help. Sadly Roberto died from electric shock as a result of the blast, which left his body completely blackened.

At first it looked like it might be just a workplace accident, something all to common on farms. But the police soon became suspicious regards the size of the explosion and called in an expert. He

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Investigation Discovery show to retell the story of a Conway double homicide

The true-crime network, Investigation Discovery, will be retelling the local double homicide case of Charlie and Diane Parker on its series “Unusual Suspects: Deadly Intent” at 9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 27.

The Parkers were found shot to death in their Conway home in 2005, but investigators were initially stumped by the little evidence left behind at the crime scene and by the fact that the couple had even fewer enemies, according to a release from Investigation Discovery.

The gruesome crime gained national attention.

Richard Gagnon, who was dating the couple’s daughter, was ultimately charged with their murder after police found Charles Parker Sr.’s blood on his shoes.

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Gagnon said he got the blood on his shoes after he went inside the Parkers’ home when police and crime scene detectives had left.

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Investigation Discovery

The true-crime network, Investigation Discovery, will be retelling the local double homicide case of Charlie and Diane Parker on its series “Unusual Suspects: Deadly Intent” at 9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 27.

The Parkers were found shot to death in their Conway home in 2005, but investigators were initially stumped by the little evidence left behind at the crime scene and by the fact that the couple had even fewer enemies, according to a release from Investigation Discovery.

The gruesome crime gained national attention.

Richard Gagnon, who was dating the couple’s daughter, was ultimately charged with their murder after police found Charles Parker Sr.’s blood on his shoes.

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Gagnon said he got the blood on his shoes after he went inside the Parkers’ home when police and crime scene detectives had left.

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Harrisonville murders on Investigation Discovery

On Wednesday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m., true-crime network Investigation Discovery (ID) will be retelling the murders of Cara Jo Roberts and Nina Whitney in Harrisonville on its series, Unusual Suspects: Deadly Intent.

In the episode, life in Harrisonville is shaken to the core when young mother, Cara Jo Roberts, is found dead in her bathtub. As investigators work to catch a ruthless killer, he strikes again, killing

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TV show to recount Grovetown murder

A television show is set to air Wednesday recounting the beating death of a local Grovetown woman by a mother and her son.

The true-crime network, Investigation Discovery, will retell the story of the brutal 2009 murder of Laverne “Kay” Parsons, by Rebecca Bowers Sears and her son Christopher Sean Bowers. The show is tabbed Unusual Suspects: Deadly Intent.

Both Sears and Bowers pleaded guilty to murder in 2012.

On March 25, 2009, Parsons was found in the garage of her Grovetown residence, beaten to death with a bat and a claw hammer. Sears and Bowers were arrested a few days later. Both were indicted on murder, armed robbery and burglary charges in April 2010 and later convicted.

Authorities said Sears was having an affair with Parson’s husband, David, and wanted to eliminate her romantic rival.

To try to derail the investigation, Sears and Bowers

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Investigation Discovery tells story of woman killed in murder-for-hire plot

JACKSON, MI – The story of Frances Craig, stabbed to death in a murder-for-hire plot gone awry, is to be featured next week on the Investigation Discovery series “Unusual suspects: Deadly intent.”

An episode featuring interviews with Craig’s family and friends and Jackson County law enforcement authorities is to air at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25, Investigation Discovery announced in a Wednesday, Oct. 18, statement.

Craig, 28, was a young mother of two, working in a restaurant and a clothing store, living in a “new dream home” on Timbercrest Trail, just east of the Country Club of Jackson, the program notes, and died in her bedroom in the middle of the night.

Three men, charged after more than a year of investigation and a secret grand jury, are serving life sentences for the crime.

“Evidence points to some of those closest to the young woman, but determined investigators continue to uncover new leads that guide

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Hemet murder case gets TV spotlight after 30 years

Unusual Suspects / Investigation Discovery TVElizabeth “Betty” Crossman was murdered in Hemet in 1980. The suspect of the crime wasn’t convicted until 2013. ■ Kyle Selby / Reporter Elizabeth “Betty” Crossman, 67, was murdered in Hemet, California in 1980. Now, more than 30 years later, her story received the spotlight once again on Investigation Discovery’s TV series, “Unusual Suspects.” The seventh episode of Season 6 of “Unusual Suspects” entitled “Hometown Homicide” originally aired on March 2, 2014. Betty’s husband, Frank Crossman, found her naked and lifeless body on the bedroom floor of their Hemet home a little before 6 p.m. on Jan. 17, 1980. Betty’s clothing was found on the floor

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Andra Sachs, Brad Sachs: Menendez Brothers Inspired Ashton Sachs To Murder His Parents In California On ‘Unusual …

Andra Sachs and husband Brad Sachs were shot and killed in their home three years ago by Ashton Sachs, the California couple’s son. The murders were inspired by the Menendez brothers case. Unusual Suspects: Deadly Intent will air “Snake in the Grass,” an episode that will re-create the chilling events based on the real story. The Sachs murder case fascinated the public because it was rare to see this kind of murder in an upscale beach town.

 

Unusual Suspects: Deadly Intent episode “Snake in the Grass”

When an entrepreneur couple is found dead in their bed, investigators are looking for suspects in a home invasion until the evidence reveals the killer is closer to home.

 

2014: Days Before Valentine’s Day: Couple Murdered In Bed

According to Unusual Suspects, Detectives were called to a home in the San Juan Capistrano area for a fatal shooting that had occurred there. The beautiful mansion was

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1999 Springfield murder case featured on new TV program – The State Journal

An 18-year-old Springfield murder case is being retold in a television program that premiered on Investigation Discovery, a true-crime network, this week.

The season premiere of “Unusual Suspects: Deadly Intent” explores the 1999 killing of Lori Hayes, 25, of Auburn. The show first aired on Wednesday, but it will be rerun at 6 p.m. Saturday on the station, which is available on channel 471 on Comcast cable. The show also can be streamed by subscribers to the channel at www.investigationdiscovery.com.

Hayes’ vehicle was carjacked in the Parkway Pointe shopping area on Aug. 1, 1999. The vehicle was found later that day in the parking lot of a nearby movie theater; Hayes’ 9 1/2-month-old daughter was alone in the backseat. Hayes’ body was found in a cornfield west of Chatham the following day. She had been shot to death.

Dale W. Lash, 55, of rural Loami was

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