The case where a lady comes out of a convenience store and find a Polaroid picture of a young boy and teenage girl (believed to be missing teen Tara Calico) bound and gagged in the back of a van.
Especially chilling: the van in the photo had been in the parking spot next to hers when she went into the store.
The Boston Shopping Mall Rapist
The haunted bunk bed segment. Yes they made a segment about a haunted bunk bed. And it is scary as HELL.
The Blind River rest stop murders
The Dennis Depue case: Which some have accused the first half of the film Jeepers Creepers of partially ripping off.
The Tina Resch case where a teen girl was supposedly haunted by a Poltergeist, or suffering from psychokinesis. Tina herself would later go to prison for allegedly being responsible for the death of her three-year-old daughter.
Keith Warren's death. It was so obviously not a suicide, that it makes you wonder what was being covered up.
Same thing for Tommy Burkett. He was found in his parents' house, sitting upright on a couch with a bullet wound to the head and a revolver in his hand. But there was no blood spatter from the shot and the revolver's cylinder was open. A later autopsy revealed he had several broken bones. The strongest theory was that he was an informant for the DEA, was killed by drug dealers, and the DEA convinced the local police to cover up their involvement and close the case.
The Wacker case, where a seemingly innocent, nice elderly couple are harassed for years by someone who seems to know everything about them. Dorothy Wacker is physically assaulted twice in this segment, one time by someone that she didn't even see.
The voice of the Circleville Letter Writer
Satan worshippers. That is all.
Dave Bocks. Probably murdered to prevent him from blowing the whistle on wrongdoings at a nuclear power plant. His body was dumped in a nuclear reactor, at roughly 1300 degrees. All that was left was a few chunks of bone and his eyeglass frames. As was said, hopefully he was dead or unconscious before he was dropped in, otherwise it would have been a horrific way to go. Whoever did it has never been found. Oh, and his remains are too radioactive to release to the family, they're stored at a toxic waste facility.
I was always a little scared of Robert Stack. His creepy monotone and the fact that he never appeared to blink always guaranteed I was hiding somewhere safe when we watched this.
The one where a woman claims she is being stalked and terrorized by a stranger whose face she is never able to see. The police think she's doing it to herself. Later she is found tied up and dead I think.
The man who picks up a hitchhiker who later attacks him and somehow ends up finding the man's house and murders his elderly mother. How'd the FUCK did he know where the guy lived!!??? I think the man said he deliberately drove in the opposite direction from his home so the man wouldn't know where he lived. But he sees the hitchkiker near his house any way. He brings the police and he finds his mother murdered. Was it all just some kind of bizarre coincidence? Just typing this one sent chills down my spine.
Then there's the composite sketches, and age progression pictures Brr... The artists try, but those photos tend to dive full-force into the Uncanny Valley. It doesn't help matters that the photos in question are always straight ahead, meaning they're usually staring right at you.
The case in which every member of a small church choir is late for practice; as they begin arriving, the church explodes due to a gas leak.
Some of the missing persons cases, in particular, that of Kari Lynn Nixon, who was a mere 700 yards from her home when she vanished into thin air. It took seven years to find out that she'd been forced into a car, driven to a remote site, then raped and murdered, all before her mother even realized she was missing. Or Jeremy Bright, who also vanished without a trace. After months of investigating, the police and his mother came to the very ominous realization that someone knew what had happened to him, but was keeping his mouth shut. Whether because he was involved, or too frightened of those who were is unclear.
A lot of the cases have such a wrenching sense of "if only". If only Kathy Hobbs hadn't left her home late at night to go and buy a book. If only she'd turned back when she realized there was no one hanging out at the local pool to accompany her to the store. If only her mom hadn't gone to bed, assuming she was safe and not realized until the next morning that she never came home, thus giving her abductors—and killers—an 8 hour head start.
From the short-lived Lifetime revival came the Harper's Ferry "steamer trunk corpse" segment, in which an elderly man had been murdered and stuffed in a trunk, which was dumped at a park. At the time of the broadcast, he was unidentified, so an incredibly graphic autopsy photo was shown to viewers in hopes that he could be identified. While he was identified later due to forensic science and the case was solved, the autopsy photo would remain as a point in the broadcast. This marks the rare time an actual photo of the deceased was used in the show, rather than composite sketches or actors in the reenactments.