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When a murder happens, one of the first questions is always: "Why?" After all, for most people, the idea of taking a human life is unthinkable. But for others, all it takes is a cheating spouse, a chance at wealth, or a vicious feud to cross the line and kill.
In Oxygen's series “Killer Motive,” which is returning with a jaw-dropping second season on Saturday, Jan. 23 at 6/5c, Emmy-winning journalist Troy Roberts returns as host to guide viewers through some of our nation’s most horrific murders fueled by vengeance, jealousy, fear and greed. Each episode will expose dark and twisted motives that led to gruesome murders and uncover the psychology of the people who committed them.
This season features all kinds of shocking cases. In the premiere, we meet the McStay family. They had recently moved into their southern California home and appeared to be living the American dream when they mysteriously vanished in 2010. Authorities suspected that Joseph and Summer McStay had voluntarily left the country with their two toddler sons when their car was discovered near the Mexican border. However, friends and family were convinced something much more sinister was at play.
In 2013, the bodies of the couple, their two children and the three-pound sledgehammer used to slaughter them were found in shallow graves in the California desert. Who could have murdered the McStays, and what was the motive for killing this family in such a brutal matter?
Coming up in other episodes: A popular chiropractor is perfectly healthy one day, but dies a painful death the next — who would want a woman with such a perfect life killed? When the body of an insurance salesman is found alongside a bayou in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana, police discover that he was a man who led a vice-life. Could those closest to him have anything to do with his murder? An outspoken radio personality and veterans’ advocate is gunned down in her own bedroom. Did her strong opinions make her a target, or did her own family’s hidden secrets lead to her killing?
“Killer Motive” is produced by Texas Crew Productions with David Karabinas, Steve Katz, and Brad Bernstein serving as executive producers.
To learn more about these twisted killings, watch the second season of "Killer Motive," airing with a 90-minute premiere on Saturday, Jan. 23 at 6/5c, or stream episodes on Oxygen.com.
Oxygen is a multiplatform crime destination brand for women. Having announced the full-time shift to true crime programming in 2017, Oxygen remains one of the fastest growing cable entertainment networks with popular unscripted original programming that includes the flagship “Snapped” franchise, “Cold Justice,” “Killer Couples,” “Criminal Confessions,” and breakout hit event series such as “The Disappearance of Natalee Holloway,” “Dahmer on Dahmer: A Killer Speaks,” and “Aaron Hernandez Uncovered.” Available in more than 77 million homes, Oxygen is a network of NBCUniversal Entertainment & Lifestyle Group, a division of NBCUniversal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news and information to a global audience. Watch Oxygen anywhere: On Demand, online, or across mobile and connected TVs.
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