The story of David Sweat and Richard Matt's prison escape is almost like the plotline of The Shawkshank Redemption. Last year David Sweat (34) sawed a hole in the back of his prison cell at the Clinton Correctional Facility, and began making nightly explorations in the tunnels underneath. Eventually, both he and fellow inmate Richard Matt (48) escaped, but were unable to remain free for long: Richard Matt was shot and killed during a police showdown, and David Sweat was captured by police.
21 years ago Harris Todd was awarded custody of his 11-month-old daughter Savanna, but he didn't see her again for 20 years after her mother never returned Savanna after a visit. For the next two decades Harris tirelessly searched for his daughter. Tonight Dateline NBC explores Harris' heartbreaking journey to be reunited with his child.
Friday night's Dateline delves into the world of self-proclaimed psychic and seer Daniel Perez, who was convicted this year in the 2003 murder of one of his followers. The woman, Patricia Hughes, was told by Perez that he saw she was going to die, and because she believed in him, she participated in her own death.
Tonight's Dateline deals with the 2009 murder of Dallas art student Samantha "Shelley" Nance. At the time of her murder, 20-year-old Shelley was enjoying her life in Dallas after growing up in small town Italy, Texas, and was in a relationship an adorable relationship that prosecutors say Daniel Willyam, 28 became obsessed with.
Tonight's Dateline tells the story of a 2004 murder that chillingly took place while there were cops on the victim's porch. Lynn Schockner's millionaire husband Manfred Schockner hired a hitman to kill his estranged wife because he feared losing $7 million in their divorce.
Tonight's <em>Dateline</em>, "Secrets at the Sunshine Hotel" delves into the grizzly 2013 attack of 78-year-old Yakima, Washington real estate broker Vern Holbrook. The man was lured to a vacant home by a couple posing as home buyers. Luis Gomez-Monges and Adriana Mendez left their three children behind in the car when they followed Holbrook into his home, and the struck him from behind. He was found badly beaten, and with his throat cut, but was still alive. Holbrook passed away several months later, but it became clear that there were other people involved in his murder, including family.