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romantic rival. >> jealous girl friend. jealous girlfriends make criminals. >> i've never seen one act engender the kind of outpouring of hate, revulsion, and disgust that laura's case did. >> and in florida, a teenager is told he helped murder his elderly relatives. >> tell me something went bad. >> i don't know. >> bostick said, i don't know by my count 285 times. >> now, go where cases can be made or broken. "caught on camera" presents inside the box. austin, texas, august 26th, 2005.
>> i've never been in a situation like this before. >> i hope this the only time. >> i want to go home. believe you me, you guys, model citizen when i walk out of here seriously. i'm not even making jokes. >> university of texas undergraduate laura ashley hall assures detectives she knows little about the murder and dismemberment of jennifer david, her 21-year-old romantic rival. >> i don't want to you tell me anything that's not true. i don't need that. >> i'm not willing to lie. >> one of the monitor rooms at the austin police department homicide unit. >> this has changed me. >> i was watching the interview. in the nearly 10 years i've been with the homicide unit, i don't know if i've come across an individual who has been as vile or intent on distorting the truth as laura hall.
>> i disagree with the detectives. i respect them. i know they work hard but they are wrong. >> laura's attorney jim sawyer finds deep flaws in both the way investigators conduct the interview and the interrogation process in general. >> the entire thing is designed to make you look bad. from the moment they have you in custody, they want you to accept responsibility for having committed the crime. that's what an interrogation is about. >> the austin police contend their ambition is uncovering the truth. a goal they say they begin pursuing the moment they receive this 911 call from jennifer caves' mother. >> please hurry. >> the address of the emergency. we need the address. ma'am, hello? >> police are eventually directed to austin's west campus
neighborhood, home to colton pitonyak, an erratic national merit scholar finalist and drug dealer, romantically involved with both laura hall and jennifer cave. after failing to hear from her daughter, jennifer's mother and her fiance have forced their way into colton's apartment, encountering a grisly sight in the bathtub. >> her head was severed and her hands in an attempt to remove the possibility of obtaining any dental work or fingerprints. so there's a saying that's common amongst homicide detectives, which i have inscribed on the bracelet on my wrist, which means, let the dead teach the living. our job as homicide detectives are to speak for the dead. they have a family that's got to
continue on without them. >> to pursue that mission, detective fugate explores the sixth street, the epicenter of austin's night life and the party scene that brought laura hall and colton pitonyak together. laura hall was infatuated with colton, however he was dating jennifer cave at the time. once colton revealed to her the body was in the bathtub, laura hall may have taken part in the mutilation of the body. as far as stabbing cave in the upper torso, the right side of her face and firing a round into the cranial vault of her head. >> six days later authorities track laura and colton in a hotel room in piedras negras. laura isn't arrested.
instead, police advise her family to pick her up and take her home. >> she was still subject to the investigation, but we weren't clear as to her level of involvement. so at that point, she was not a suspect. >> colton was charged with jennifer's murder and brought to a local detention center to be interviewed. >> i'm pretty sure i need to speak with an attorney. this is serious. >> that's absolutely your right to do, okay? >> investigators then drive to laura's parents home. when they turn on their tape recorder, laura appears unwilling to help them build a case against colton. >> i don't think he did it. i really don't. >> in fact, laura describes the trip to mexico not as a flight from justice but a romantic vacation.
>> i was very excited that he wanted me to go on a trip with him. i was like, i love this guy. i didn't think twice. >> but three days later, detectives capitalize on another opportunity to question laura, instructing her to come to austin police headquarters to pick up her impounded car, then escorting her inside the box, the interrogation room. >> i hope you didn't find any inconsistencies. >> there were a lot of inconsistencies. >> we knew her involvement was much greater than she initially led us to believe. >> i'll have to speak to my attorney. obviously. >> you have nothing else to tell us? you're not going to change your statement or anything. >> mark gilchrist, who is the lead detective, already knows
he's going to put her in jail. there's already a warrant. >> you don't want to talk to me without your attorney? is that what you're telling me? >> he plays a game with her until what? until she says, you know what, i want a lawyer. >> if you're saying i might be in some kind of trouble. oh, my god. >> laura ashley hall, you are under arrest for hindering apprehension. >> since the last conversation, police have been carefully scrutinizing this image of the pretty government major driving her boyfriend over the border. that's enough to charge her in assisting in the escape but the government suspects it goes deeper and continue to pursue more serious charges. >> oh, my god. what's going to happen? >> you're going to go to jail. >> what did i -- oh my god. what do you want to know?
>> i want to know the truth. >> if a person is not under arrest, you don't have a right to have an attorney present during any questioning. she was free to leave. once they informed her she was under arrest, the whole ball game changed. and she's entitled to an attorney. and if she invoked her right at that point, the interview would have been terminated. >> what we can do right now is make things right and talk to us and make a statement, or do you want to get up and go to jail? >> hoping to distance herself from any wrongdoing, laura is about to tell detectives her account. >> he had the knife out. he licked it. he put his tongue in the blood. >> can anyone believe her version of events? ameritrade hr floor traders to help walk you through that complex trade. so you'll be confident enough to do what you want. i'll pull up their number.
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august 26th, 2005. >> i need you to stand up and empty your pockets. >> okay. >> do you always carry your passport in your pocket? >> laura ashley hall, the university of texas government major, just shy of her 22nd birthday, has come to police headquarters expecting to pick up an impounded car. instead, detectives place her under arrest for helping boyfriend colton pitonyak escape to mexico after he kills another girlfriend, 21-year-old jennifer cave. >> i want to know the truth about what happened from the 18th to the time you crossed back over the border. >> okay. >> and i don't want to you tell me right now. i don't want to you tell me
right now because you have asked for an attorney. i'm going to walk out of this room. okay? >> he's taking that extra step to make it clear that laura hall does not have to talk to him any further. >> detective david fugate is watching the interview from an adjoining room. he and lead detective mark gilchrist have been working the case since jennifer cave's body has been found headless and handless in colton pitonyak's bathtub eight days earlier. >> do you understand what i want you to do? >> yes, i do. >> think about that. when i come back, you can make a decision. >> absolutely. >> i interpreted this as false caution on his part. i think it was an effort to make laura hall feel like he was looking out for her. >> okay. >> okay what? >> i'll talk to you. >> okay.
>> according to laura, she receives an early morning phone call from colton on august 17th, 2005, and accepts an invitation to visit his apartment near the university of texas. >> i saw someone's purse on the floor. i asked him about it. he wouldn't tell me who had been there. he told me to shut up, quit being a ho about things. >> that is normal for him to talk to you like that? >> sometimes. >> she denied having any knowledge of the murder at all. bit by bit, she would give a little bit of detail, enough to let us know there was more information still to be gleaned from the interview. >> i knew about it. >> okay. >> i knew there was a body in the bathtub. >> if we're interviewing somebody we'll have them go and lay out their story in
chronological order. we'll go back and ask them in reverse order. it's extremely difficult for somebody to lie in reverse. >> i saw a purse. i saw shoes. i saw shorts. he goes shhh. you don't believe me, come see. okay. sure. let's see the body in your bathtub. you know, yeah, right. opens the shower curtain. there's a body in the bathtub. sitting on top of it. >> you never saw a face? >> uh-uh. >> at that point, did you know who it was? >> no. i had never met her.
i knew that she had been shady before. >> how did you know she had been shady before if you didn't know who she was. >> he had told me about her. look, jennifer, there are other girls he knew. every girl he knew was sketched out. >> laura hall considered colton pitonyak to be her boyfriend and had a dislike for jennifer cave. once colton revealed to her the body was in the bathtub, we believe laura hall stabbed the torso and face. >> and he told me that she came in and shot at him and missed and that he shot her. he said in the head. he also said he shot her in the chest. >> she's trying at all times to outsmart them.
i think she clearly thinks she's the smartest person in the room. >> it might be important forensically to know did you have sex with him that day in the bed or anywhere in the apartment? >> on the couch. >> the couch. okay. before he showed you the body or after? >> after. >> was it intercourse or was it oral sex? >> intercourse. >> they have this young girl in a small room with a video camera going on above her head knowing everything they know about interrogations becoming public, the cops asked her if they had sex after laura arrived at pitonyak's apartment. you can almost see body parts and intercourse, copulation,
oral sex. what kind of question is that? it's because even the cops are fascinated by this bizarre turn of events in the case. >> laura says within 24 hours, she and colton are in mexico. she calls herself a reluctant driver despite describing their journey as a romantic holiday during a prior interview. >> i never intended on purpose to help colton hide, you know. i'm being held captive. i played for my life the best i could. >> what laura doesn't realize is a mexican acquaintance has e-mailed this photo to detectives. >> you're on vacation. you're having a good time. that's what it looks like. right? >> i think it looks like a fake smile. [ crying ]
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austin, texas, august 26th, 2005. away from the swirl of activity on 6th street, university of texas undergraduate laura ashley hall finds herself alone in an interrogation room contemplating the possibility of prison. police have already charged laura with hindering apprehension for driving boyfriend colton pitonyak into mexico after he kills his own girlfriend, 21-year-old jennifer cave.
investigators also suspect laura of dismembering the corpse in colton's bathtub, cutting off the head and hands to prevent identification. >> didn't say anything about handling the body. >> i didn't touch the body. >> didn't say anything about handling things -- >> i didn't touch the hacksaw. >> when did we talk about a hacksaw? >> we didn't. i read it in the paper. >> do you believe everything you read it in the paper? >> no. >> how did you know there was a hacksaw involved? >> he told me he went and bought the hacksaw. he confessed that. >> laura is in the box for more than eight hours tweaking, revising, and sometimes inventing her narrative. >> he said that three people came into the apartment, one of them was jen, they had guns. they came in shooting at them. he said he killed three people.
>> did he say where the rest of them was supposed to be? >> yeah. >> what did he say? >> he said he dumped them. >> yet in between the inaccuracies, detectives say they find a few nuggets of truth they need to further the case against colton. >> there's a bit of relief after the interrogation, because we were able to gather details that we would not have otherwise. >> despite her description of colton pitonyak as an intimidating drug user, who at one stage in laura's story runs his tongue down a bloody knife, she refuses to testify at his 2007 trial for jennifer's murder. >> mr. pitonyak says he doesn't remember how it happened. when he essentially came out of the influence of alcohol and drugs, his friend jennifer cave was dead in his apartment. as far as all the mutilation and all of the aftermath, he blamed
all of that on laura. >> colton is convicted of murder and sentenced to 55 years. and some time prior to her own trial, laura tattoos his name on her ankle, a bewildering choice her lawyer attributes to her instability. >> i think she is bipolar. there's a picture of her coming into the trial, and she looks like she's interviewing for miss america. she's smiling. it's all bad affect. dear god, tell me, is that evidence relevant to determination of whether or not you committed a crime? >> because she opts not to take the stand at either trial, the best available barometer of her character can be found on the interrogation tapes. >> colton owed about $2,000 to the asian mafia. he thought they were going to kill him over the money. >> yet prosecutors never allowed
jurors to hear these statements. >> i've never seen the state miss an opportunity to present an interrogation. >> i know it's embarrassing but i have to ask, was there intercourse or oral sex? >> uh-huh. >> what could be more important to show a jury than the callous disregard for the fact you're having sex feet away from the dismembered body of the young girl, but they don't do it. the question is, why not? the flip side of that question is it's callous of the detectives who acted in reckless disregard to the common bounds of human decency. >> we did not introduce it at trial because we felt like it was manipulative and self-serving and we would like to question her about her story. >> even without lawyer's
statement, prosecutors are confident her dna on both the machete used in the dismemberment and the gunfired into the corpse will convince jurors that laura mutilated her rival for colton's affections. on september 1st, 2007, laura is convicted of tampering with evidence, for cutting up jennifer's body, and hindering apprehension for driving colton to mexico. nonetheless, because of a procedural dispute involving the penalty phase, laura decides to appeal her five year sentence, but this time, bill bishop is prepared to let jurors hear the defendant's words, not from the interrogation, but a series of recorded jailhouse phone conversations. >> i'm pretty mad. there's a lot of people that are going to pay for this. i hate them with a passion. >> among the targets of laura's anger, jennifer cave's mother. >> she's going down one way or another, that bitch.
>> i remember the words. they are burned into my memory. i think the next question that was played in that conversation was what about that [ bleep ] damn judge. she responds, when i get out of jail this time, i'm going to march down to his office and i'm going to bitch slap that mother [ bleep ] is what she said. of course the judge is sitting there listening, too. >> in july 2010, laura's appeal results in her sentence being doubled to 10 years. for detective david fugate, the information called from the interrogation of laura ashley hall ultimately fulfills his mission of giving voice to the dead. >> the bottom line is to find out the facts of the case. it's not necessary all about the conviction, it's about finding the truth.
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central florida, april 10th, 2008. >> cops are like pit bulls. they figure out what happened and put a puzzle together. people decide they want to deal and they are the ones that start talking. >> 18-year-old alex bostick listens to detective phil laken explain his crime fighting philosophy. >> i think about this case at night. i dream about this case. i'm thinking about it in my sleep when i'm dreaming. >> he didn't think of himself very highly. >> alex has come to the orlando county sheriff's office to talk about a double homicide. >> this is not going to be
unsolved. it's going to be solved and it'll be solved quickly. >> i had no idea i was a suspect at all in any of that. >> alex is the only boy with three sisters and a single mom. he was just a redneck boy that went hunting and fishing and loved being in the woods with all his friends. >> he considers the homicide victims 84-year-old patrick depalma and his 79-year-old wife likable but distant relatives. >> the depalmas were my great uncle and aunt. she was my grandfather's sister. the children and i went over there and scrubbed her house and did all kinds of stuff for her. >> on october 28th, 2006, an intruder drives up to the depalmas remote home in the
small community. >> they were stabbed and cut multiple times. mrs. depalma is located in the back bedroom, mr. depalma was in that hallway. >> i was 16 at the time of the murders. >> by the time the police visit his home, two years after the crime, alex was a senior at the tampa's freedom high school. >> the detective said i understand you have guns and knives. alex is a good old country boy and he says, yes, sir, i do. and alex says do you hunt? he says, yeah, but i hunt men. once you hunt men, it's a totally different game. >> alex then drives himself to the sheriff's office, gets issued a guest pass and goes
inside the box with detective laken. >> i've never been interrogated or whatever you call it. >> it's an interview, called you helping you help me. >> i was definitely pro law enforcement. they seemed like they would be good people. >> here is the thing. this is phil and alex talking here. when i was 18, i didn't want mom knowing what i was friggin' doing. >> made me seem more comfortable saying me and you talking, almost seemed as if it was off record. >> what kind of dude would've wanted to hurt somebody like that. do you think it was something just went wrong? >> he is providing a scenario which is not unusual for a investigator to do, a detective to do. >> gets into a frenzy. >> i knew my girlfriend was outside and couple of friends
were waiting for me back home to come back. we were going to have a fire out in the woods. >> but before alex leaves, police ask him to take a lie detector test on a computerized voice stress analyzer or cvsa. >> what this does is, it measures the stress in the voice. so as long as you tell the truth, you'll pass this with no problem, i'll be the best friend you've got today. >> cool. >> once again he's asked a series of questions about the double homicide. >> do you know anything about how they were killed or anything? >> looks like someone broke in and murdered them from what i heard. i'm guessing my uncle tried to fight back or something. >> what do you think should happen to the people that killed your aunt and uncle? >> i think they should be locked up. >> is there any reason you shouldn't pass? >> no. >> alex thinks it's over but the
detective tells him the computer has malfunctioned. >> every once in a while you get a blue screen, the computer shuts down. that's what happened with this one, it shut down. we've got two, we use them so often. i'll get this cranked up. >> you're going to have to reload the questions. >> it won't take that long. >> computers, i think as we all know, although they are of great assistance, sometimes they are a problem. i've seen that happen in other investigations by other law enforcement agents. if the question is is that a ploy by the examiner, i don't believe it was. i don't have any evidence to indicate that it was. >> still, alex seems bothered by the mishap. >> i'm ready to go home. >> i'll have you out of here before you know it. alex, do me a favor. take the microphone and hold it in front of your mouth.
just hold it just like that. >> i've never heard of a voice analysis. i was doing everything i could to try to clear up whatever their thoughts were. i had no doubts on the answers i gave him. i was extremely confident. >> but alex will remain in the sheriff's department deep into the night as the atmosphere in the interrogation room radically changes. >> there was no way i was there. >> i promise you it was you. you were there? >> how? what's your dad want for it? ..like a hundred and fifty grand, two hundred if they want that tape deck. you're not going to tell your dad about the time my hamster had babies in the backseat, are you?! that's just normal wear and tear, dude. (vo) subaru has the highest resale value of any brand... ...according to kelley blue book ...and mitch. love. it's what makes a subaru, a subaru. e plane and thought... yeah! empty seat next to me.
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administers a lie detector test to 18-year-old alex bostick, repeatedly asking about his elderly relatives, pat and evelyn, slain in the course of a burglary in the rural community of masaryktown a few years earlier. >> methodically investigators compile the results of the computerized voice stress analyze, or cvsa exam. alex is unprepared for what comes next. >> this is indicative of a lie, a very strong lie. that question was, do you know who killed your aunt and uncle. you said no. this obviously shows you're lying, you do know. this test you lied on both questions. >> that was the truth. >> no, it's not. >> it's a lie, brother.
>> they were definitely lying about the voice analysis. i was doing my best to answer any question they had about this. >> i know the examiner. i'm not a cvsa expert by any means. based on the materials he had, that was his opinion. >> i haven't done anything. >> i'm telling you, you failed it miserably. >> can i retake it? >> no. it's twice you've taken it and failed it miserably. i want to work with you. i'm not going to work with you if you keep lying to me. >> i was getting quite disturbed with the entire situation and stating to them clearly several times, i couldn't even tell you how many that i wasn't there and i was innocent. >> please stop for a second. >> i don't want to you touch me. >> i'm sorry. >> what you do -- >> i didn't do anything. i don't know where i could have been. i don't know.
i'm so scared, it's not even funny. i'm so [ bleep ] scared. i don't know what to do. >> he definitely took away any personal space that was there. when we had first started talking, he was i believe on the opposite side of the table from me. a little further into the interrogation, he had moved his chair up towards mine and was sitting rather close. >> that whole body language, kinetic thing, i know there's a theory behind it, rubbing their shoulder, eir back or patting them on the knee, you know, it will be all right and i'll take care of things. >> over and over again detective phil laken tries drawing out alex by down playing his presumed role in the murders. portraying the teen as an unwilling accomplice in a robbery gone wrong. >> you probably wanted to puke when it happened.
didn't you? >> i don't know. >> you wanted to puke when this happened. >> did you see that? >> as nightfall descends on the hernando county sheriff's office, alex's mother sherry bostick maintains a vigil outside the interrogation room. >> they said we're going to close the station. you have to wait outside. i said what, my son is in here, i want my son. they said we're not done talking to him yet. he knew more than we thought. >> can i please -- >> we're going to resolve. >> not allowing my mother come in definitely worsened the situation a lot. from the lower self-esteem or lower confidence level i was at, it just plummeted from there. >> were you [ bleep ] up. >> no. i haven't done any weed or alcohol in my entire life. >> slowly alex says the detectives suggestions about
transpired at the crime scene begin to impact the interview. >> i didn't do anything that i can remember. unless they gave me something. i don't know. >> who gave you something? >> i don't know. >> you have a lot of strength in you, son. >> i'm trying. >> you've been carrying the weight of this around for way too long, man. >> i'm trying to find anything. i don't remember going inside of their house. >> you were there, man. you were there. >> i was inside? >> you were at the house. >> was i inside? i'm trying to play a scenario that would make sense. that would pop up in my head. something that was true. >> i was definitely trying to put together anything i could that would help. >> i'm trying to remember. all i see is little flashes. it all looks like i'm trying to make something up. >> go ahead, brother. it's okay. you can tell me. >> after more than five hours in
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central florida april 10th, 2008. >> tell me how it went down there. >> i didn't do it, man. >> how it went bad. >> after denying his role in a double homicide for several hours, alex bostick is about to tell hernando county investigators about the deaths of his elderly relatives pat and evelyn depalma two years earlier. >> son, we're past -- >> i'm trying to tell you. i know we're past it. i'm afraid of going to jail. >> for much of the
interrogation, alex has refused to place himself anywhere near the crime scene. now he said he visited the depalma home with two older acquaintances named keith and ryan to commit a burglary. the story is consistent with the theory detective phil laken has been advancing in the interview room. >> i wouldn't be capable of doing anything like that, which is why the story i came up with included the two other suspects. >> they gave me something but i didn't want to take it. they were funny little round pills though. >> do you remember how many there were? >> there was a couple. try to get drugs, something. >> when else would you be trying to find? >> all he would ever look forward to is money. >> i thought if he heard a
little bit of what he wanted to hear, i was going to get let go. >> i was outside. >> you were outside? where outside were you? >> going to keith's car. >> for what? >> his phone. >> when you went back inside the house, tell me what you knew and what you saw, what you heard. >> they were hollering a little bit. >> who was hollering and what were they saying while they were hollering? >> something wasn't supposed to happen. >> what wasn't supposed to happen? >> he was killing them. >> i guess mainly from watching tv, i pieced together how i think a murder scene would go down. >> sometime during the night prosecutor mcmcgreeno, former david county police officer, receives a call from the sheriff's office. >> i said, well, don't arrest him for the murder. perhaps at best he may be an accessory.
>> i wasn't there. please stop asking me these questions. >> bostick said i don't know. by my count 285 times, i can't or i don't remember 163 times. >> what are you going to tell me something went bad. >> i don't know. >> what the detective felt were admissions to certainly factual aspects were only made after the detective directly or indirectly provided that information to mr. bostick. >> it's all right. you've remembered quite a bit so far. you're doing a good job. >> i'll check right now. if they didn't leave, tell them i love them. >> i will. >> by about 11:00 that night, my ex-husband showed up banging on
the doors for someone to let us in and get to my son. the detectives looked at me and said he was there. he was at the crime scene when it happened. and i said, he's a good boy, you know, he doesn't deserve this. and he said ted bundy's mother said he was a good boy too. >> the hernando county sheriff's office declined to discuss alex's case with msnbc. when alex's father, david bostick, finally gains access to the interrogation room, the teen has been there for more than eight hours. >> just relax. breathe. >> one thing he's always been able to do is keep me calm. >> i came here today and i didn't believe i had anything to do with it until they told me the lie detector said and they had all this evidence. that i was there. >> that's all kind of a ploy. >> alex's parents are about to deliver the worst news possible.
>> you are being charged -- >> with -- >> murder. i'm sorry. we're right in the middle of it. we'll have the attorney here and do as much as we can as soon as we can. as soon as we can. >> i'm calling him again right now. he said, what are they going to do to me? i wiped his tears, and i was just like, i don't know. >> where are we going? >> we're going for a ride, brother. >> because he was 16 at the time of the murders, alex is transported to a juvenile detention facility where he's placed in solitary confinement. >> i knew there was only two things that could happen. either they were going to figure out they were wrong and i was going to be okay or i was going to sit in jail for a while. >> there was a meeting later on in the morning with the sheriff's office. they were of the belief that the
interview of him was sufficient and that further dna testing would prove that. i can remember saying, well, his dna isn't there, there's no case. >> in fact, despite the long interrogation, dna would eventually link the murder of the depalmas not to alex but to a troubled ex-marine named robert jardin, a stereo, vacuum cleaner and set of keys stolen from the couple would also be found in jardin's possession. >> he did say when asked that bostick was not involved in the murder. >> this is reinforced by phone records that show alex in tampa about 35 miles from the depalma home at the time of the crime.
>> i know of no evidence that ties him to the homicide. >> in 2010, hernando county jury concurs convicting robert jardin of the double homicide, perpetrated in the course of robbing the depalmas' property. alex is released from juvenile detention after 20 days when prosecutors refused to present his case to a grand jury. authorities expunged the arrest from his record clearing the way for alex to pursue his dream of joining the u.s. military. >> this is so wrong. something is not right. >> i never watched the interrogation mainly because i've tried to put it behind me. it wasn't -- i guess you could say an important lesson in my life. that's how i try to keep it. i don't like to think negatively about any person or any event. if i watched it, i have a feeling i would have a different opinion.
murder for hire plots caught on camera. >> you know we're talking about murder here. >> i know we are. >> in north carolina, a preschoolteacher asks a stranger to throw her husband into a power line. >> i know i'm a coldhearted [ bleep ]. >> if you listen to her story, preschoolteacher, married, kids, she's everyone's next door neighbor. >> and in new york, a businessman tries using murder to end his marriage. >> the only thing that i can walk away saying about him, he's a jerk and wanted his wife