Richard Schlesinger goes inside the investigation of the disappearance of Jonelle Matthews – and the trial of former Idaho gubernatorial candidate Steven Dana Pankey, for her murder – in an encore of 48 HOURS: “Who Killed Jonelle Matthews?” to be broadcast Saturday, August 6 (9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network and streaming on Paramount+.
Matthews vanished from her family’s Greeley, Colo., home five days before Christmas in 1984. The only evidence left behind were shoeprints in the snow – shoeprints someone tried to erase with a garden rake. The case drew national attention. Matthews was featured on milk cartons with other missing children. Then more than three decades later, in 2019, Matthews’ body was found by a crew digging a pipeline. In 2020, Pankey, who says he never met Matthews, was charged with murder after repeatedly making public statements that inserted him into the case, including drawing up a list of persons of interest with his own name on it. But he denies any involvement in her death. Watch a preview.
48 HOURS: “The Circleville Letters” (10:00 PM, ET/PT)
Has a forensic document expert unmasked the anonymous author of the infamous Circleville letters? For nearly two decades, an anonymous letter writer terrorized the small town of Circleville, Ohio, by sending threatening letters that exposed alleged secrets about neighbors and friends. Erin Moriarty and 48 HOURS investigate the true crime mystery behind the letters and interview experts about the documents in an encore of “The Circleville Letters,” to be broadcast Saturday, August 6 (10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network and streaming on Paramount+.
The sinister story has gripped part of Ohio for decades, with small-town intrigue, a flood of threatening letters, a booby trap and an attempted murder. Was the man many suspected of writing the letters actually the Circleville letter writer? That’s a question open for discussion. The mystery has caught the attention of more than a dozen podcasters and attracted television and print coverage. And it happened just 30 miles from where Moriarty was raised in Columbus, Ohio. Watch a preview.
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