The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil,
but because of those who look on and do nothing.

~~~ Albert Einstein



Thursday, December 11, 2008

48 Hours Mystery

CBS NEWS “48 HOURS MYSTERY” PRESENTS NEW DRAMATIC DEVELOPMENTS IN THE CASE OF A CHILLING DOUBLE HOMICIDE IN
“INVITATION TO A MURDER,” NOW ALSO AVAILABLE AS A BOOK BY PRODUCER GAIL ABBOTT ZIMMERMAN
SATURDAY, DEC. 13 ON THE CBS TELEVISION NETWORK

When Mark Winger fatally shot an intruder he was hailed as a hero. The nuclear engineer says he was in the basement of his picturesque Springfield, Ill. home when he heard a thump. Racing upstairs, Winger grabbed his gun and was faced with his worst nightmare when he discovered a man beating his wife Donnah with a hammer in a horrific scene that ultimately ended in the death of both his wife and her killer.

It seemed like an open and shut case of self defense and Winger was quickly cleared of any wrongdoing. But one rookie investigator believed that there was more to the story. Unable to let go of this hunch, he relentlessly tried to get the case reopened, but to no avail, until four years later, when a new witness helped put the pieces together and expose a shocking truth: Mark Winger was the mastermind behind a complicated plot to murder his own wife.

As new dramatic developments have emerged 48 HOURS MYSTERY has gone beyond the broadcast to document the case in more detail in the book Invitation to a Murder by producer Gail Abbott Zimmerman. Available in bookstores now, Invitation to a Murder is the fourth release in the 48 HOURS MYSTERY series published by Pocket Books, a division of Simon and Schuster.

            Richard Schlesinger also reports on these new developments as part of a special presentation of 48 HOURS MYSTERY: “Invitation to a Murder,” Saturday, Dec. 13 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT). This broadcast is produced by Gail Abbott Zimmerman and Douglas Longhini. Al Briganti is the executive editor. Susan Zirinsky is the executive producer.

Editors' Note:  This is a 48 HOURS MYSTERY doubleheader beginning at 9 PM (ET/PT) with Harold Dow’s report on two remarkable and haunting cases of murder that could be connected in 48 HOURS MYSTERY: “Deadline For Justice.”

Click here to watch a preview of “Invitation to a Murder”. Click here for Richard Schlesinger’s notebook. CBS News 48 HOURS MYSTERY broadcasts are now available on iTunes. An excerpt from the book is also available online.