Scoop: 48 HOURS on CBS - Tonight, September 26, 2015

Susan Spencer and 48 HOURS investigate the tragic disappearance of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham and the tireless police work that linked her alleged killer to other cases in "Hannah Graham: Deadly Connections," to be broadcast tonight, September 26, 2015 (9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.


The fast-moving two-hour broadcast kicks off 48 HOURS' 28th full season and looks at how the lives of four young women who didn't know each other are now intertwined in tragedy. Spencer and 48 HOURS also report on the life of Jesse Matthew, a man who was caught on surveillance cameras walking with Graham and is allegedly the last person to see her alive.

"Hannah Graham: Deadly Connections" tells the story of a bright, young, college student with a promising future who went missing in Charlottesville, Virginia and was ultimately murdered. Graham disappeared after a night out with friends. The search for her was the most exhaustive in Virginia history. After her body was found, the investigation into her death generated national attention, leading the police to other cases of unsolved attacks against young women spanning a decade.

"We are part of a club. We're part of an ugly little club," says Gil Harrington, mother of Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington, who went missing after a Metallica concert in 2009 and was later found dead in 2010.

"We still haven't found Alexis," says Trina Murphy, the aunt of Alexis Murphy, a young woman who was last seen at a Virginia gas station in 2013.

And then there's the case of a young woman identified as R.G., who survived a brutal rape. Was it the same assailant who had a hand in the disappearance of the others? A key piece of evidence in the disappearance of Graham led investigators to make significant ties to the other cases.

"The surveillance tapes were really the turning point in this case," says WTOP Radio Correspondent Neal Augenstein, a 48 HOURS consultant.

"DNA Science is what ultimately connected three separate cases," says WTVR TV reporter Laura French, a 48 HOURS consultant.

Will the families get justice?

48 HOURS: "Hannah Graham: Deadly Connections" will feature interviews with investigators, the families of other young women who may have been victims, and provide in-depth detail into the stunning turn the investigation took when police used Science to match up multiple cases. In addition, the broadcast features the Twitter reporting done by Augenstein as the case unfolded.

48 HOURS has also launched "The Hannah Graham Story," the Emmy-award winning broadcast's first-ever five-part, show-specific podcast produced in conjunction with the premiere of a new primetime season. The podcasts are anchored by Augenstein and available free for download at The 48 HOURS podcast "The Hannah Graham Story" was written by Neal Augenstein. Michael Vele is the producer/editor. Peter Schweitzer is the senior producer. Susan Zirinsky is the senior executive producer.

48 HOURS: "Hannah Graham: Deadly Connections" is produced by Marcelena Spencer, Aimée deSimone Josh Gelman and Ruth Chenetz. Michael Vele is the producer/editor. The field producer is Stephen McCain. David Spungen, Marcus Balsam, Mike Mongulla and Alan Miller are the editors. Peter Schweitzer is the senior producer. Susan Zirinsky is the senior executive producer.
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