Produced by Liza Finley and Ryan Smith [This story previously aired on July 16, 2016. It was updated on Dec. 8, 2018 ] "I feel the FBI and every other law enforcement agency underestimated me," Dorothy Lee Barnett tells correspondent Maureen Maher. In 1994, Barnett was in the midst of a bitter divorce with then-husband Harris Todd. One day she and the couple's 11-month-old daughter, Savanna, vanished. The disappearance launched an international search for Barnett and Savanna that didn't end until she was arrested in Queensland, Australia, in 2013. The case, which "48 Hours" has been covering since 1999, raises significant questions about parental child abduction, the issues that emerge in a bitter divorce, and what penalties should be leveled on a parent who flees with a child after losing a custody case. When Barnett fled her home in Charleston, S.C., she headed to Europe, where she spent time in Germany, France, then Malaysia, Singapore, South Africa, Botswana and Australia. … [Read more...] about Dear Savanna: Mother at center of international manhunt speaks out to “48 Hours”
A mother's intuition that something is wrong with her daughter living in Los Angeles led police to a house of horrors. Inside, they found Iana Kasian, 30, brutally murdered. Where the trail of blood led them could easily be the subject of big-screen movie script or a novel. Olga Kasian was concerned when she hadn't heard from her daughter, who was living with Blake Leibel in West Hollywood. Leibel, the son of a wealthy Canadian real estate family, moved in his 20s to Hollywood to make it big. Living a trust-fund dream life, he directed an offbeat film and was the co-author of a graphic novel about a vicious murder. "I had this feeling that something was wrong," Olga Kasian tells "48 Hours" correspondent Maureen Maher. Kasian called police, who eventually gained access to the home. Police found Iana, who recently gave birth to a daughter with Leibel, dead. "In my almost 30 years, I've never been involved in a more heinous crime than this," says Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department … [Read more...] about Was Hollywood producer’s graphic novel a blueprint for murder?
Alec Sirken is a "48 Hours" producer. "48 Hours" investigated the death of Cory Lovelace and the trials of her husband, former prosecutor Curtis Lovelace, in "Death on Valentine's Day." Quincy, Illinois, is a quintessentially American city of 40,000 people that sits on the eastern banks of the Mississippi River, across from Missouri. It's a place that fits the cliché, everybody knows everybody. So when a local high school football hero, and later a star at the University of Illinois, named Curtis Lovelace was arrested for the murder of his wife, Cory, in 2014, people in Quincy were talking. Watch: "48 Hours:" Death on Valentine's Day Did Lovelace smother his wife with a pillow the night before Valentine's Day 2006 in their bed while their four young children slept in adjacent rooms? Or did she die of natural causes -- a condition related to her alcoholism, exacerbated by bulimia, which she also suffered? These were questions that would keep a town speculating, … [Read more...] about The Lovelace case: Dramatic death in a small town
Produced by Judy Rybak and Josh Gaynor "This was an enormously high-profile case," says Bill Rankin, a reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and a "48 Hours" consultant. "They were a big-time power couple." On Sept. 25, 2016, Tex and Diane McIver were heading home after a long day of golfing and an evening of drinking. A friend who did not drink was at the wheel of Tex's SUV. Diane was in the front passenger seat and Tex was right behind her. He says he was fast asleep. Not far from home, they hit traffic and exited the highway. Tex says he woke up afraid that they were in a bad neighborhood. He asked his wife to hand him the .38 caliber handgun gun he kept in the car's console. Minutes later, with that loaded gun now in his lap, Tex says he fell back asleep. "And it went off," he later told police. Tex McIver shot his wife of 11 years in the back. She died during surgery. "Can a .38 Special just accidentally go off?" '48 Hours" correspondent Maureen Maher asked … [Read more...] about Atlanta attorney fatally shoots wife in SUV: Accident or cold-blooded murder?
AP Photo/Carlos Osorio In 2012, then-Mayor Dave Bing got the Legislature to create the Public Lighting Authority of Detroit and dedicate utility and income tax revenue to pay off $185 million in bonds. In the 16 months since Detroit completed the citywide installation of 65,000 streetlights, a national narrative has taken root that this was the sole accomplishment of Mayor Mike Duggan — and it's simply revisionist history.In 2012, then-Mayor Dave Bing got the Legislature to create the Public Lighting Authority of Detroit and dedicate utility and income tax revenue to pay off $185 million in bonds.The next year, as Detroit was careening toward a financial meltdown, Bing installed the first lighting authority board that signed the contract with DTE Energy to carry out the massive public works project, which began in early 2014 after Duggan took office under a shared-power role with Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr in charge.But Duggan has not done much to discourage … [Read more...] about Bing irked by Duggan getting credit for streetlight repairs