Shapearl Wells’ son 22-year-old Courtney Copeland died from a gunshot wound on March 4, 2016. After he was shot in the back of the neck, he had supposedly still been alert enough to drive himself around the corner to a police station for help. An ambulance was called, and his heart stopped on the way to the hospital. It’s still a mystery who shot Courtney, or what exactly happened the day he died. His mother Shapearl Wells is not giving up the fight to find out the truth. She has made waves with her award-winning podcast Somebody about the subject, and the heartbreaking case will be examined on Friday night’s Dateline episode The Story of Somebody.
Friday night’s Dateline episode “Breakout” is a prison-break love story that involves rescue dogs. On February 12, 2006, 48-year-old Toby Dorr had the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for her boyfriend: sneaking him out of prison in a dog crate.
Tonight’s Dateline episode titled “The Pink Gun Mystery” is centered around a twisted love triangle turned deadly. In 2014 the body of 32-year-old Robin Spielbauer was found in a ditch. Her ex-husband’s wife Katie Phipps was initially accused of the murder, partially because her pink handgun was the murder weapon. Someone else besides Katie had access to this pink gun: Jeremy Spielbauer, Katie’s husband and Robin’s ex.
At first, people thought Vietnam veteran Robert McClancy, who suffered from PTSD, had taken his own life. It took a while, but eventually, the truth was unraveled: he was murdered by his wife and his best friend, who went to great lengths to make Bob’s death look like a suicide so they could pocket his veteran’s benefits and live life without him.
Tonight’s episode of Dateline “Secrets by the Bay” details the 2-year disappearance of 32-year-old Elizabeth Sullivan that ended with a devastating revelation.
Friday night’s episode of NBC’s Dateline explores the disappearance and murder of Sarah Goode, a young mother whose life was cut short by a man she rejected.
Friday night’s episode of Dateline delves deeper into the story of Lori Vallow, who’s dubbed “cult mom” by the media because of her fringe religious beliefs, and the mystery of her missing children. Her oldest son, 23-year-old Colby Ryan, speaks out on the episode, distraught over not knowing where his siblings, 17-year-old Tylee Ryan and seven-year-old Joshua Vallow, are. Lori failed to produce the two children for a court order in January, but the children have not been seen since September.
Tonight’s episode of Dateline, “Before Daylight,” details the 2004 slaying of 23-year-old Jesse Valencia by his married cop boyfriend. The motive? Jesse was threatening to expose their relationship and Rios didn’t want to be “outed.”
Tonight’s episode of Dateline, “Evil Was Waiting,” explores how a 30-year-old murder cased was cracked in 2018 with the help of forensic genealogy – a relatively new scientific tool to link DNA to names
Tonight’s episode of Dateline explores the 2007 death of EB Games store manager Amber Belkin. She was found in the back of the store by another manager who’d been called in to check on her and the store when she didn’t open the game shop on time. He found her suffocated with a bag. It took investigators over a year to find a suspect in Amber’s murder.