In the summer of 1985, Shari Faye Smith and Debra May Helmick were kidnapped and murdered by Larry Gene Bell. A cloud of fear hung over the entire state of South Carolina for twenty-eight days. Former South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) forensic photographer Lieutenant Rita Y. Shuler leads us through the twenty-eight days of terror and shocking events of one of the most notorious double murders and manhunts in South Carolina history. Shuler shares her own personal interactions with some of the key players in this famous manhunt and investigation. Also included are Bell's chilling calls from area phone booths to the Smith family, along with his disconcerting interviews and bizarre actions in the courtroom, which show the dark, evil and criminal mind of this horrific killer. This case has been featured on the Discovery Channel's FBI Files, episode "Cat and Mouse," and in the CBS movie Nightmare in Columbia County, which can still be seen on Lifetime TV. It currently runs as the episode "Last Will" on Court TV s Forensic Files.
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