On the morning of August 17, 1984, Darlene Hulse was at home in rural Argos, Indiana with her three young daughters when a stranger came to the door and forced himself on her.
Marie and Melissa Hulse ran to their grandparent’s house nearby and their grandma told police to hurry up and get to Ron and Darlene Hulse’s house where there was an intruder.
While search parties look everywhere, an unsuspecting timber buyer happens upon a body in the woods.
Police work their way through dozens of tips and zero in on two suspects, which take detectives from Indiana, Colorado, Alabama and back in order to interrogate the men they thought could be responsible for Darlene’s death.
A fatal shootout in Texas leads state police to finding bloody clothes and a newspaper clipping about Darlene in the dead man’s Indiana apartment, launching an investigation into him as a serious suspect in her murder.
Police interview Darlene’s husband and we learn more about her, their relationship and their family’s routines.
Police ask the FBI to analyze Darlene’s case and how it might connect to two others in the Argos area.
We join Darlene’s daughters on their quest for answers.
We visit the crime scenes in Argos and drive the escape route police think the killer took when he abducted Darlene.
We study land records and see that a family farm near where Darlene’s body was found is tied to a suspect in the case, who was convicted of another nearby crime.
We sort through tips from 1984 that suggested a fugitive who was on the run in Indiana during Darlene’s murder could’ve killed her.
We interview a private investigator who reviewed the case and came up with yet another person of interest based on pre and post-crime behavior.
We discover we’ve been given bad information about a person of interest.
We consult an expert on questions we had about Darlene’s autopsy, and it turned everything we thought we knew upside down, not just about Darlene’s last living moments but also the man who killed her.
We urge officials to do direct comparison tests to the partial profile, along with DNA tests on Darlene’s underwear.