Published: January 2, 2003
Dangerous Liaisons? A special two-hour Dateline NBC.
One summer day, the small quiet town of Troup, Texas, was shaken by a rare occurrence for the area: a murder. NBCs Mike Taibbi reports on the brutal murder of Marla Tabb, the pretty young wife of the town’s brand new Methodist preacher, Mike Tabb. But is there enough evidence to solve the crime and determine the murderer?
Also, Linda Stangel and David Wahl were a young couple planning to get married. But one night, David disappeared on the cliffs of a windy seashore. What really happened? Dennis Murphy reports in a Dateline/Court TV network exclusive.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 5
Amanda Otter lived much of her life as a fugitive, spending years on the run to escape her fathers custody. Now she is 18 and the fighting is over, but her scars remain. Amanda has stopped running, but will she ever find peace? John Hockenberry reports.
Also, Matt Lauer sits down with Renée Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Richard Gere, the stars of the new film, Chicago.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 7
What could have driven a quiet, serious young man to plan a massacre at his school? In February of 1999 the town of Elmira, New York escaped a Columbine-type fate when 18-year-old Jeremy Getman decided not to carry out his plan to shoot his fellow students and faculty. When Getman changed his mind, he was armed with a shotgun, bombs and ammunition. NBCs Ann Curry reports for Dateline NBC, examining Getmans upbringing and questioning what would bring an apparently kind and caring teen to plan such a horrific act.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 10
Traffic tickets and petty burglaries were among the only crimes the Ruston police force ever encountered. But when a stranger entered the small Louisiana town, police were faced with a hostage situation and a series of harrowing decisions for which they had no roadmap. In a special interactive edition of Dateline NBC, viewers can log on to the Dateline website (www.dateline.msnbc.com) and face the same decisions the officers faced to find out what choice, if any, gets the hostages out safely.