Murder Made Me Famous
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About Murder Made Me Famous

Murder Made Me Famous is a fact-based crime documentary series that examines killers who gained public notoriety when their crimes generated intense media coverage and made the killers household names. The unnerving psychology behind murder has long been source material for television, books and movies but why do certain killers capture the attention of millions?

Each one-hour episode presents dramatic recreations of the crimes using archival material and insightful commentary from those connected to the case to help unravel the twisted personalities that were thrust into the spotlight. Featured commentator is author and PEOPLE crime reporter, Steve Helling, who has covered several high-profile crime stories including the Natalee Holloway and Laci Peterson disappearances.

This season includes “The Night Stalker” Richard Ramirez, Susan Smith, John Gotti, David Koresh, Yolanda Saldivar, and “Dating Game Killer” Rodney Alcala.

Previous season subjects include Scott Peterson, Jodi Arias, The Hillside Strangler, Charles Manson, Joran Van der Sloot, Jim Jones, Pamela Smart, Robert Durst, and Ted Bundy.

In 2008, Travis Alexander was found dead in his home and the prime suspect was his ex-girlfriend Jodi Arias. Here are some of the biggest events of 2008 to take you back to the year....

During Jodi Arias' long and sensational trial, her personal journals were admitted into evidence and read aloud to the court. They were used to catch her in lies and determine her character. Below you can read her bizarre feigned entries written days after she killed Travis Alexander....

It's Christmas Eve 2002, Laci Peterson (who is 8 months pregnant) has gone missing, and her husband Scott Peterson is heading up the search team, or is he? Here are some of the biggest events of 2002 to take you back to the year....

When Scott Peterson was arrested on April 18, 2003 for the murder of his wife Laci Peterson, who was 8 months pregnant with their son Conner, he was supposedly on his way to play golf with his father and brother. When his vehicle was searched, however, they found everything BUT golf clubs. Below is a list and evidence photos of the items seized from the car he had purchased under his mother's name....

Lyle & Eric Menendez stand accused of murdering their parents in their Beverly Hills home. The trial that follows is one of the first to receive the media attention that is so common today. Here are some of the biggest events of 1989 to take you back to the year....

Days after the brutal murder of their parents, Lyle and Eric Menendez went on a shopping spree that included Rolex's, new cars, and body guards. See what else they bought with their newly found fortune....

It's 2007 and Drew Peterson's wife Lacy has been missing for weeks, but upon closer investigation, it seems Lacy isn't the only wife of Drew's to befall mysterious circumstances. Here are some of the biggest events of 2007 to take you back to the year....

Kathleen Savio and Drew Peterson were gearing up for their divorce in 2003 when she received an anonymous letter informing her that Drew was having an affair, and to be careful and protect herself. The affair was with his soon to be fourth wife, Stacy Cales, who was 17 at the time. This letter was sent as a warning to Kathleen, to let her know she had no one to turn to for help in the law enforcement community...

The year is 1979, Ted Bundy has been terrorizing the country with his serial killings, and the authorities have finally caught up with him. Here are some of the biggest events of 1979 to take you back to the year....

Ted Bundy's murder spree spanned several states, and at least 4 years, although many speculate that his crimes started years earlier. When the authorities caught up with Ted Bundy for the last time in Florida, a search of his car produced his murder kit. He had it with him all the time so he was always ready for the next kill.

In 2005 the world gets their first glimpse of Joran van der Sloot in connection to the disappearance (and suspected murder) of Natalee Holloway, 5 years later to the day, he's back in the media for the murder of Stephany Flores Ramírez, will he finally pay for all his crimes? Here are some of the biggest events of 2005 to take you back to the year....

Joran van der Sloot became a household name in 2005 when he was the prime suspect in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway (who went missing in Aruba just after her high school graduation). Joran was never charged with the crime (let alone convicted) due to a lack of evidence and a pretty sorry police investigation....

1990, Greggory Smart is found gunned down in his apartment and his wife Pamela Smart stands accused of his murder. Here are some of the biggest events of 1990 to take you back to the year....

Pamela Smart wasn't the only one charged with Gregg Smart's murder. Four teenage boys from a local high school she worked at were also charged with the crime. Below you'll see their mugshots along with their official charges....

1969, several shocking murders have left L.A. in a state of panic. Sharon Tate and her house guests are butchered by The Manson Family, the question is, why? Here are some of the biggest events of 1969 to take you back to the year....

Did lightening strike twice? Is Steven Avery sitting in prison for a crime he didn't commit for a second time? Watch the videos below and get a glimpse at the side of the story you didn't hear on Making A Murderer....

2005, the country is still reeling from the disappearance of Natalee Holloway earlier in the year, and now another young woman, Teresa Halbach, is missing. Here are some of the biggest events of 2005 to take you back to the year....

1986, 18-year-old Jennifer Levin has been found beaten to death and raped in Central Park, and Robert Chambers is the #1 suspect. Here are some of the biggest events of 1986 to take you back to the year....

1984, Joe Hunt and his buddies start an investment firm, convinced they are smart enough to rake in the money in no time, but when they hit a bump in the road, Joe Hunt does the unthinkable to get them back on track. Here are some of the biggest events of 1984 to take you back to the year....

1980, Jean Harris is struggling to keep herself together while her life spirals out of control, and her ex-lover is caught in the cross hairs. Was it an accident, or cold blooded murder? Here are some of the biggest events of 1980 to take you back to the year....

2009, Philip Markoff is a bright medical student, engaged to the girl of his dreams, and accused of murdering a woman he met on craigslist, dubbing him the "Craigslist Killer". Here are some of the biggest events of 2009 to take you back to the year.

1982, Robert Durst's wife Kathleen has gone missing and his unique involvement with the investigation leaves police baffled. No one knows it yet, but this is the start of one of the quirkiest string of murders to ever happen, that has an ending made for T.V.

1989, Betty Broderick shot and killed her ex-husband and his new wife. Was it a case of a battered wife or a jealous one? Here are some of the biggest events of 1989 to take you back to the year.

The year is 1977, and young women are being found murdered in the Hollywood hills. As detectives scramble to solve these heinous crimes, bodies are pilling up, and the murders are escalating in violence.  The LAPD struggles to narrow down a suspect, but that's because they haven't realized the shocking truth, they're not looking for one suspect, but 2.  Here are some of the biggest events of 1977 to take you back to the year.

It's 1978, and Jim Jones is responsible for the deaths of over 900 people...people that had followed him to Jonestown in South America to follow the promise of a better life. We've all heard the saying "don't drink the kool aid", but do you know where it came from? Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple is where it came from! Jones ordered his followers to drink cyanide, and those that refused were forced. Here's a few other things that happened in 197...

It's 1980, and Paul Snider has brutally murdered his estranged wife, Dorothy Stratten, a playboy playmate whose star is on the rise. Here's some of the biggest events from 1980 to take you back to the year.

It's 1985, and the people of Los Angeles live in terror of "The Night Stalker." His crimes are shocking and anybody could be a target. Here's some of the biggest events from 1985 to take you back to the year.

Their crimes generated intense media coverage and made them household names and it was inevitable that the subjects of Murder Made Me Famous would inspire movies, television, books and music. Test your knowledge of how people like The Night Stalker and Charles Manson invaded our pop culture.

It's 1992, and once again, John Gotti is under arrest, but he's not getting away this time. Here's some of the biggest events from 1992 to take you back to the year.

It's 1979, and serial killer Rodney Alcala has been arrested for rape and murder. A killer hiding in plain sight as a contestant on The Dating Game. Here's some of the biggest events from 1979 to take you back to the year.