The case of Joe Pikul is related. In October 1987, the former Wall Street securities analyst was accused of second-degree murder following the death of his wife, Diane. He claimed that he acted in self-defense. A jury decided otherwise, however, and convicted him.
The investigation into the 1984 murder of a 15-year-old cheerleader in suburban Orinda, Cal., is chronicled. Another teen girl is seen fleeing the scene, but a positive I.D. can't be made; it takes the police months to close in on a suspect.
The Robert Chambers case is recalled. The prep-school heartthrob became tabloid fodder in 1986 when he claimed that he accidentally killed a girl, Jennifer Levin, during "rough sex" in New York's Central Park.
The true-crime series about notorious murders in the 1980s begins with the story of Charles Stuart, who claimed he and his pregnant wife Carol were robbed and shot by a black assailant in Boston. Carol and her unborn baby did not survive.