For homicide detectives, the first 48 hours is everything. Once that line is breached without a lead, the odds of solving a case are cut in half.
In New Orleans a night out ends with a deadly morning after a random encounter; in Tulsa an argument over a cell phone escalates into a double homicide; and in Birmingham a lovers' breakup goes very wrong in a public park.
In New Orleans, close friends fight over money and one of them ends up dead; in Broward County, Florida, an elderly man makes a fatal mistake with some new friends; and in Dallas, childhood friends have a wild night that ends in tragedy.
In Tucson, when a homeless woman is brutally gutted under a highway underpass, the suspect's motive haunts investigators. And in Tulsa, the shooting of a man in an apartment sets off a chain of events unlike anything Tulsa Homicide has ever seen.
This episode looks back at three cases that stayed with detectives. In Dallas, a man is dismembered and burned and dumped in a lake. Then, in Tulsa, two kids find their mother dead in her car. And in Dallas, two friends are found burned in a car.
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Three cases are highlighted from The First 48 archive that feature stories with female detectives. In Atlanta, Detective Summer Benton investigates a deadly dispute between roommates.
In Rochester, investigator Terry Dearcop breaks open the case of a husband's murder.
In Miami, a Thanksgiving interrogation takes a surprising turn, while in Tulsa, an argument among a group of friends becomes violent and none of their stories match up.
In Cleveland, a family is torn apart when a beloved uncle is killed. In Tulsa, when a young man disappears and is believed to be dead, detectives face a family's code of silence.