Two women struggle with an axe

True-crime series reveals the dark secrets of a decade that was as rich with nostalgia as it was fraught with violence.

There was a hidden agenda in the 80s that plagued the era, as greed and ambition took over and the United States was subject to the biggest crime wave ever recorded. Watch The 1980s: The Deadliest Decade, Fridays at 22:00 on Investigation Discovery (DStv Channel 171) and streaming live on DStv Now.

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Also known as the ‘blood era’, the 1980s were full of fear and terror, as revealed in the upcoming true–crime series The 1980s: The Deadliest Decade. Damning reality and darkest secrets uncovered, with some crimes being like something straight out of a slasher film. Some of the infamous cases of the decade include the serial-killing crime spree of ‘Night Stalker’ Richard Ramirez, the Menendez brothers’ murder of their parents, and Mark David Chapman’s cold-blooded shooting of music legend John Lennon. In the town of Wylie, Texas, young mother Betty Gore was gruesomely murdered with an axe. In Libertyville, Illinois, one of the richest couples is gunned down in their home, leaving everyone in the community dismayed and confused. This true-crime series reveals the violence of a time that was as rich with nostalgia as it was fraught with violence.

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