1. FRIENDS TO THE END.
SUMMARY: "In the pre-dawn hours of August 23, 1987, a 6000 ton cargo train made its regular night run to Little Rock, Arkansas. The train was just over a mile long and was traveling at a speed of 52 miles per hour. As the train drew closer, the train engineer made the horrifying discovery that two teenage boys, Don Henry and Kevin Ives, were lying motionless across the railroad tracks. Despite the engineer’s frantic emergency stop, the weight of the heavy cargo train carried it for a full half-mile.
The state medical examiner said the boys had been under the influence of marijuana and he ruled the deaths accidental. Don and Kevin’s parents, however, could not accept that ruling."
CASE STATUS: Unsolved. Because the parents never gave up trying to find out what happened, they later discovered that Don had been stabbed and killed and that Kevin had been unconscious before the train hit them; however, the boys' killer is still unknown.
2. UNKNOWN ARSONIST.
“I’ve never run across anything as eerie as this tape. It frightened me. As a matter of fact, I thought about it that night when I went to bed.”
SUMMARY: "On August 15, 1989, an overheated car pulled to the side of a road in Stockton, California. The owner was a man we’ll call Joseph Villa. Joseph inspected the damage while his wife and son looked on. He decided that he and his son should walk to the nearest phone. On the way, they noticed a camouflage jacket on the ground. Inside a pocket was an unlabeled videotape.
Joseph and his son decided to take the video home and watch it. The video was of a house on fire."
CASE STATUS: Solved, thanks to the episode. Two minors were charged; one served time at juvenile hall and the other was committed.
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