In her first American television interview, the sister of an Irish businessman who was murdered in Winston-Salem, N.C., speaks out to "48 Hours" to defend his honor. "In Jason's Name" airs Saturday at 10/9c on CBS. Jason Corbett was beaten to death with a brick paver and a baseball bat in 2015 by his American au-pair-turned-wife, Molly Corbett, and her father, former FBI agent Tom Martens. Corbett and Martens maintained they killed Jason Corbett in self-defense after he tried to strangle Molly. They claimed he was abusive to Molly for years and he had been threatening to kill Molly the night he died. Prosecutors said Corbett's death was murder. Now, Tracey Lynch is trying to set the record straight on her slain brother. "They claimed it was self-defense," Lynch tells "48 Hours"' Maureen Maher. "The Martens didn't just murder Jason," Lynch says. "They tried to destroy his character." "Jason was an amazing human being," Lynch says. Jason Corbett was a 30-year-old … [Read more...] about “I may have killed him” former FBI agent tells 911 after attack on son-in-law with baseball bat
Produced by James Stolz and Jaime Hellman After three murders with chillingly similar scenarios occurred in Austin, Texas, police began to wonder if they were chasing a serial killer. But whomever committed the crimes left no evidence, no DNA. Cops went into a frantic investigation. The hunt for clues changed when a man testing out a new thermal imaging scope recorded the nighttime movements of a stranger the night of the first murder. As "48 Hours" correspondent Maureen Maher reports, it was evidence cops never expected – and would help them break the case. A SHOCKING CRIME These days in Texas, it seems like all roads lead to Austin. The sleek skyline of the Lone Star capitol---glittering. A boom town that welcomes newcomers, chasing dreams. It's a city charged with life -- an unlikely place to find tragedy as dark as the death of a dreamer, like Kathy Blair. Kirsten Mathieson | Kathy Blair's sister: She loved life … you loved being around her. Maureen … [Read more...] about Was a killer filmed on his way to committing a murder?
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