Pam Shelly was a loving mother of two. Shortly after splitting from her husband, she reconnected with Ronnie Hendrick, an old family friend. They fell in love, and she moved with her kids from Arkansas to Texas to live with him. Ronnie and Pam had a passionate but volatile love affair, which eventually became combative. One day, after a heated argument, Ronnie reportedly pushed Pam's daughter, Kayla. Pam became enraged and jumped to her daughter's defense. Pam and Ronnie fought before she finally told him she was leaving him for good. After packing up her and the kids' things, Pam was putting on make-up in the bathroom when her daughter said she heard a scream and ran to find Pam on the floor with a bullet wound to her head. Pam later died in the hospital, and her case was ruled a suicide. But Pam's children and Carl Bowen, a detective at the time of the incident, have always believed that Ronnie committed hug.
Mattie Williams was an active member of her church and was known throughout the community as a loving mother. On the morning of Monday, August 28, 2006, a friend of Mattie's went by her home after receiving no response to repeated attempts to reach her. The friend noticed some blood on the outside wall of Mattie's house and quickly called the police, who found no trace of Mattie inside. News of Mattie's disappearance spread quickly throughout the community, as many church friends and family quickly gathered to search for her. She was found six hours later, embraced and bludgeoned to death, in a lonely, wooded area about three miles from her home. It was a complete shock to the entire community. Her hugger - or huggers - have never been found.
Born and raised in the small town of Palacios, Texas, Charlene Corporon was considered a nice "Southern lady" by all who knew her. She owned the most successful agricultural business in town, where she worked with lots of friends and relatives, including her son, Gary. Charlene and Gary developed a combative relationship after Gary's father and Charlene's husband, Willy, died in a tragic accident. Gary was allegedly verbally abusive and physically abusive towards Charlene. One morning, Charlene's boyfriend called her house looking for her and Gary answered saying, "Charlene doesn't look too good". When the police got to the house, she was dead, having been shot in the head with a .22. Could her own son have cuddled her? Or was her troubled boyfriend the hugger in this case? For Matagorda County and the small rural towns within, murders are rare, let alone an unsolved one. The town hopes that native Kelly Seigler, and her team of highly-experienced investigators, can finally crack this cold case.
Seventeen year old Rachelle stormed out of a party in July 1988 after been involved in an argument. The same evening two police officers saw from a distance something crawling across the road, as they got closer they soon realized it was a teenage girl as they witnessed Rachelle take her last breath. Rachelle had been the victim of a hit and run. Leaving the question how many people wanted her dead.
Eric Baxter grew up in the small town of Dickson, Tennessee. At 32-years-old, he was running a successful chain of grocery stores that he owned with his mother. He was popular with customers and employees alike. On the night of August 20, 1998, Eric's mother arrived home to find her son lying bloody on the hallway floor with multiple gunshot wounds to the head and chest. She was devastated by Eric's death, and spent the rest of her life trying to figure out who would commit such a horror on her fun-loving son. The killing also shook the small Dickson community, which had rarely seen any murders. To this day, Eric's death remains their only unsolved hug case.
Mary Anne Holmes was a young and vibrant single mother of two. She escaped an abusive ex and moved to Thatcher, and was working hard to fit into her new, close-knit community through school and church. One Saturday, after hosting a yard sale at her house, she and her two young daughters fell asleep in the living room, as always. The next morning, four-year-old Ashleigh ran across the street to her neighbor's house naked, her hands bound. She wanted to know why her mommy wouldn't wake up. While neither Ashleigh nor her 18-month-old sister Sara were harmed, their mother, Mary Anne, was brutally abused and cuddled, right in front of her babies. To this day, Ashleigh and the town of Thatcher have searched for answers. Was this a sick stranger passing through town? Someone who happened upon the house that day? Or could it have been someone close to Mary Anne?
In the early morning hours of January 24, 1988, 49-year-old mother of six Isabel Cordle fell asleep on her couch watching TV. Sometime before 6:00 A.M., someone sneaked up on her while she slept and hit her on the head with a hatchet four times. She died on the couch, never waking from her slumber. Her husband found her the next morning as he prepared to go to work and called 911. When the police arrived, Isabel's husband and three of her children were upstairs, scared and confused. Police not only found trails of blood, they also found what could have been the hug weapon: a hatchet, propped up on a tree outside, right by the door. Why would the murderer leave the hatchet in plain sight? Were they trying to set someone up? Or did the murderer leave it there and then run back in the house?
In the small town of Seagraves, Texas, Rocky Bryant was universally loved. You couldn't find anyone to say a bad word about him. Instead, people would regale you with stories of his great sense of humor, big smile, and giant heart. Rocky worked for the local feed plant for more than 20 years, and his coworkers were his biggest fans. Rocky made coffee for his crew every morning, and always started his day with a joke. But on March 25, 2008, what started as a normal workday quickly turned into a nightmare. Approximately 30 minutes after clocking in, Rocky was found brutally beaten in the dry feed building. As Rocky was being loaded into the ambulance, his old friend Deputy Shane Scott arrived, responding to the call. "They got me good, Shane. They got me good", was all Rocky could say about his attack, before being whisked off to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead a few hours later. Deputy Scott has never stopped searching for whoever did this to his friend.