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More than two decades after 48 HOURS correspondent Erin Moriarty began reporting on the case of a missing 12-year-old girl from Friendswood, Texas, there is finally a conclusion. What no one knew when Laura Smither first went missing in 1997 was that she had been the victim of a serial killer. William Reece would go on to murder three young women that same year before he was eventually identified by DNA. Moriarty, who has been on the trail since 1997, has the latest in “The Daughters Who Disappeared,” to be broadcast Saturday, Jan. 21 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network and streaming on Paramount+.
The broadcast marks 48 HOURS’ 35th anniversary. 48 HOURS launched as a regular series on Jan. 19, 1988. Since then, the show has evolved into television’s true-crime leader and one of the most successful docuseries in history. Today it is the #1 non-sports broadcast on Saturday nights and has held that slot for 16 consecutive years.
48 HOURS: “The Daughters Who Disappeared” is produced by Sarah Prior and Richard Fetzer. Shaheen Tokhi is the associate producer and Dylan Gordon is the associate producer, archives. Nancy Bautista is the broadcast associate. Ken Blum, Gary Winter and George Baluzy are the editors. Lourdes Aguiar is the senior producer. Nancy Kramer is the executive story editor. Judy Tygard is the executive producer.
At 9:00 PM, 48 HOURS and Moriarty immerse viewers in the case of a killer who eluded police for 31 years, then was identified in just two hours by genetic genealogist CeCe Moore, in an encore of “A Killer in the Family Tree.”
On Saturday January 28 2023 at 9:00 PM, CBS broadcasts the episode of “48 Hours”.
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When investigators found the body of Ally Kostial, a student at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, in July 2019 near a remote fishing camp not far from campus, they wondered why someone would so brutally take the life of the 21-year-old. Kostial, originally from St. Louis, Mo., who was studying business and marketing, was shot at least nine times.
48 HOURS and Michelle Miller, co-host of CBS SATURDAY MORNING, investigate the murder of Kostial and the digital trail investigators followed to find her killer, in “What Ally Kostial Didn’t Know,” on the CBS Television Network and streamed on Paramount+. Prosecutors say this case raises questions about missed warning signs in relationships and whether the murder could have been prevented.
Investigators were able to track Kostial’s life before her death through her Apple Watch, which stored text messages, leading Lafayette County sheriff’s deputies to fellow student Brandon Theesfeld. He was arrested three days after Kostial was found.
“The hardest thing is to go back and read her messages,” says Lafayette County district attorney Ben Creekmore.
Theesfeld’s attorney Tony Farese calls the case “a tragedy of Shakespearean proportions.”
48 HOURS: “What Ally Kostial Didn’t Know” is produced by Marcelena Spencer and Susan Mallie. Ryan Smith is the development producer. Iris Carreras is the field producer. Phil Tangel, Richard Barber and Wini Dini are the editors. Anthony Batson is the senior broadcast producer. Nancy Kramer is the executive story editor. Judy Tygard is the executive producer.
Airdate: 9:00 PM Saturday 28 January 2023 on CBS
Cast of 48 Hours
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