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Announcer: (Voiceover) Deep in a dusty vault, forgotten in a fading file, a killer waits to be caught, a case waits to be cracked.

(Vault full of boxes; autopsy report; person taking box off shelf; piece of paper with writing; shadow of person, police line tape, vault of boxes; boxes on shelves)

DENNIS MURPHY reporting: (Voiceover) She was full of life and laughter.

(Photo of Cindy Zarzycki)

Mr. ED ZARZYCKI: (Voiceover) It was a joy to watch her because she had so much enthusiasm.

(Photo of Ed Zarzycki and Cindy)

MURPHY: (Voiceover) Her passions: songs, softball and, soon, a first love.

(Photo of Cindy; cassette tape; people playing softball; photo of Scott Ream)

Ms. ALICE ZARZYCKI: I wondered what kind of a secret that she was ...

(Voiceover) ... trying to get around to telling.

(House at night)

MURPHY: (Voiceover) A secret only her girlfriends knew.

(Photo of Cindy; cars on road at night)

Ms. CATHY BOUFORD: They were going to go ...

(Voiceover) ... meet at Dairy Queen.

(Dairy Queen)

MURPHY: (Voiceover) And at the Dairy Queen, she disappeared.

(Dairy Queen; photo of Cindy)

Mr. EDDIE ZARZYCKI Jr.: They just assumed ...

(Voiceover) ... she ran away.

(Dairy Queen; car; road)

Mr. ZARZYCKI Jr.: Open and closed.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) Her loved ones would not stop looking.

(Candlelight vigil for Cindy; Ed and Linda Zarzycki; missing poster for Cindy; Cathy Bouford and Theresa Olechowski)

Ms. THERESA OLECHOWSKI: I never forgot her.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) Someone else would not forget, a veteran detective.

(Police car; files; Derek McLaughlin)

Detective DEREK McLAUGHLIN: (Voiceover) He says, 'You've been looking for her ...

(McLaughlin driving car)

Det. McLAUGHLIN: ... a long time.'

MURPHY: (Voiceover) And a young volunteer.

(Jen Leibow)

Ms. JEN LEIBOW: There was a sense of injustice there.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) They found new information.

(Media at crime scene; files)

Ms. LINDA BRONSON: (Voiceover) Art was involved ...

(Photos of Art Ream)

Ms. BRONSON: ... in this girl's disappearance.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) IDed a suspect.

(Photo of Art)

Mr. ART REAM: (Police interview) These things make me sound like a monster.

Ms. LEIBOW: He's been our own personal Hannibal Lecter.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) And, no matter what, they would not give up until they brought her home.

(McLaughlin; Leibow; investigators; McLaughlin; photo of Cindy; Dairy Queen)

Det. McLAUGHLIN: (Voiceover) We weren't going to leave without her letting us know ...

(McLaughlin at search site)

Det. McLAUGHLIN: ... where she was.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) Cracked: The Case of the Girl Who Never Came Home

(Title graphic)

ANN CURRY: Good evening and welcome to DATELINE. I'm Ann Curry.

Profile: Cracked: The Case of the Girl Who Never Came Home; Cindy Zarzycki goes missing at age 13; years later her case is solved CRACKED: THE CASE OF THE GIRL WHO NEVER CAME HOME

ANN CURRY: Tonight, what happens when a family, even after more than 20 years, refuses to let a case of a missing child go unsolved. This family's passion was matched by the dedication of a veteran policeman and a young intern who, working together, were finally able to uncover the truth. Here's Dennis Murphy.

Mr. ED ZARZYCKI: (Voiceover) She was meeting a friend.

(Dairy Queen; sidewalk; stop sign; Dairy Queen; tarot card)

Mr. ZARZYCKI: And they were meeting at the Dairy Queen and they were going to go to church.

Ms. AMBER HUNT: (Voiceover) She's your daughter. She's your sister.

(Photos of Cindy growing up)

Ms. HUNT: She's 13 years old ...

(Voiceover) ... and she disappears.

(Photo of Cindy)

Mr. ZARZYCKI: (Voiceover) Had a birthday cake ...

(Cake with candles)

Mr. ZARZYCKI: ... and nobody to blow out the candles.

Detective DEREK McLAUGHLIN: (Voiceover) My chief ...

(Photo of Derek McLaughlin with police officer)

Det. McLAUGHLIN: ... threw this box on my desk.

(Voiceover) He says, 'This is an old file; they want you to solve it.'

(Case file box; files)

Mr. ZARZYCKI: (Voiceover) He promised me, he says ...

(McLaughlin)

Mr. ZARZYCKI: 'I will not give up till we find Cindy.'

Ms. JEN LEIBOW: (Voiceover) I took that file home with me almost every single night and just kept rereading it.

(Computer screen; Jen Leibow at computer)

Ms. LEIBOW: There was--there was more to it. You could see that.

Det. McLAUGHLIN: (Voiceover) There's the seeker card.

(Tarot card)

Det. McLAUGHLIN: He says, 'You must be the seeker.'

(Voiceover) The person of interest at this time was Art Ream.

(Tarot card; photo of Art Ream)

Mr. ART REAM: (Police interview) Well, I'm not going to lie to you, but I'm not going to tell you what you want to know.

Ms. LEIBOW: When he wouldn't answer, when he wouldn't elaborate, we knew we were on to something.

Det. McLAUGHLIN: We weren't supposed to find her that day, but I'll tell you, she was calling to us.

DENNIS MURPHY reporting: (Voiceover) Do you remember making mix tape cassettes for your friends? All these years later that's something a best friend recalls about Cindy.

(Tape recorder; cassette tape)

Ms. THERESA OLECHOWSKI: Dance music. She loved to dance.

Ms. CATHY BOUFORD: Yeah.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) Maybe the soundtrack to your life in the middle '80s was like Cindy Zarzycki's--Cyndi Lauper, Motley Crue and especially hometown favorite Madonna. The older sister she swapped clothes with still laughs about it.

(Cassette; Cyndi Lauper CD; Motley Crue CD; Madonna CD; record player; photo of Connie and Cindy)

CONNIE: (Voiceover) We had a song, I still remember every move to this day.

(Photo of Connie and Cindy)

CONNIE: Madonna's "Borderline." And Cindy and I would dance to that song over and over upstairs.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) In the middle '80s a kid like Cindy didn't live in a big universe. Hers was a blue-collar Detroit suburb known back then as East Detroit. Neighbors mostly assembled cars or stamped out the parts for them. The borders of this teenage girl were home, school, church and the mall; movies, meeting boys and messing around. In the warm months there were rundown ball fields for softball games, a family passion. And, of course, there was the friendly Dairy Queen down the street after softball. Eddie Jr.'s the kid brother.

(Photo of Cindy; houses; factory workers; road; businesses; houses; school; church; Macomb Mall sign; baseball field; score board; ice cream cone; sundae)

MURPHY: What did Cindy get, do you remember?

Mr. EDDIE ZARZYCKI Jr.: Vanilla, probably swirl, ice cream cone. We always got the twist with the chocolate and the ...

CONNIE: The sprinkles.

Mr. ZARZYCKI Jr.: ... like vanilla with sprinkles.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) It was the early spring of 1986, and Cindy, 13, about to be 14, would be playing first base and batting cleanup for her church softball team. Just two weeks before it all happened, she was playing catch outside with Eddie Jr. when Cindy piped up and asked her dad if he'd help coach the team that coming season.

(Trees; houses; photo of Cindy with softball team members; people playing softball; photo of Cindy and Ed with softball team members)

Mr. ZARZYCKI: (Voiceover) It was kind of exciting because ...

(Photo of Ed and Cindy)

Mr. ZARZYCKI: ... it was something that, as a father, I could connect with her.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) It hadn't been easy for Cindy's father, raising a son and two daughters by himself after the marriage broke up. Ed Zarzycki was a school custodian. And what exactly to do with a young daughter, other than love her, perplexed him a bit. So this new softball connection was a welcome one between father and daughter.

(Photo of Ed, Eddie, Connie and Cindy; bus and vehicles on road; Ed)

Mr. ZARZYCKI: I mean, I had no problems with her. It was a joy to watch her come home from school and that because she had so much enthusiasm in her and she always had a smile.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) And not at all a shy kid. There was that time the summer before on a family camping trip across the river in Canada.

(Photo of Cindy with other kids; bonfire)

Mr. ZARZYCKI: (Voiceover) In the middle of the night and the bonfire was going and at that time ...

(Bonfire)

Mr. ZARZYCKI: ... Greenwood had that song ...

MURPHY: "Proud to Be an American."

Mr. ZARZYCKI: "Proud to Be an American."

MURPHY: Yeah, Lee Greenwood.

Mr. ZARZYCKI: And she was just singing that song just as loud.

(Voiceover) That was the type of person. She enjoyed life.

(Photo of Cindy)

MURPHY: (Voiceover) And in the last couple of years she'd discovered boys.

(Photo of Cindy)

Mr. ZARZYCKI Jr.: All I remember is she used to come home from school and write boys' names like 50 times. 'I love Scott,' or 'I love Dave.'

MURPHY: (Voiceover) The boy's name she was writing the most that spring, filling notebooks, was Scott. Theresa Olechowski, Cindy's best friend since the second grade, like sisters in their matching too-cool-for-school white boots with buckles ...

(Photo of Scott Ream; Theresa Olechowski)

Ms. OLECHOWSKI: (Voiceover) We wore those shoes everywhere.

(Olechowski)

MURPHY: (Voiceover) ... was at the mall the day Cindy's crush on 14-year-old Scott began.

(Macomb Mall; photo of Scott)

Ms. OLECHOWSKI: (Voiceover) Scott had a couple of friends with him.

(Photo of Scott; Macomb Mall)

Ms. OLECHOWSKI: And we passed by, we started talking to them. They started talking to us. And I think they had a lot of the same interests.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) Cathy Bouford was Cindy's other great friend from school and sleepovers.

(Trees; river; Cathy Bouford)

Ms. CATHY BOUFORD: (Voiceover) She was really, really head over heels in love with him ...

(Bouford)

Ms. BOUFORD: ... but it wasn't anything like a long, deep relationship so ...

MURPHY: This is puppy love, infatuation?

Ms. BOUFORD: Puppy love, yes, exactly.

MURPHY: But the place where puppy love blossomed, here at the Macomb Mall, would, a few weeks later, get Cindy in hot water with her father. This mall was about seven miles from Cindy's house, and she had standing orders from her dad never to walk home, but she did. And a single dad raising a teenager needed his rules followed.

Mr. ZARZYCKI: So I had grounded her.

MURPHY: Which meant what, come home right after school?

Mr. ZARZYCKI: Right after school and, you know, to stay at the house.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) Grounded. No mall, no Scott. They went to different schools.

(Houses)

Ms. OLECHOWSKI: I think she was probably frustrated, like any 13-year-old would be when grounded, but then, at that time, the most important thing on her mind was Scott. You know, 'How am I going to talk to Scott?' And, 'How am I going to see Scott?'

MURPHY: (Voiceover) After school Friday, April 18th, 1986, Cindy said goodbye to her friends Cathy and Theresa and reported directly home as per her father's punishment. But the next evening, Saturday, Cindy bolted from house arrest.

(Kelly Middle School; sidewalk; house at night)

Ms. BOUFORD: Well, she called me and wanted to come over, and she escaped her house, came over to my house between 6 and 6:30.

MURPHY: She wasn't supposed to be there?

Ms. BOUFORD: No.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) The two girls talked about--what else?--Scott, a boy Cathy had never met. Cindy used the phone to finalize surreptitious plans. She would go to the Dairy Queen and get a ride to a surprise birthday party planned for Scott the next day, Sunday. Cathy would be the alibi.

(Photo of Scott; telephone; Dairy Queen)

Ms. BOUFORD: She had told Mr. Zarzycki that she was going to church with me the next morning.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) Come the next morning, Cindy told her kid brother she was going out for a while.

(Houses; sidewalk)

Mr. ZARZYCKI Jr.: (Voiceover) 'We're supposed to be together.' You know, 'Dad's not going to be happy with us.' And then she was like, 'I'm going,' and then ...

(Sidewalk; houses)

Mr. ZARZYCKI Jr.: ...'just stay here.' And then she started walking. And then I followed her. And she was like, 'Go home, go back.' And then that's when she really changed her voice and like screamed at me to go back. I wasn't supposed to come there.

MURPHY: You can't be the tag-along kid brother.

Mr. ZARZYCKI Jr.: Right. Yep.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) The infatuated 13-year-old softball ace in her cool white boots and jeans purse pivoted and strode to the Dairy Queen, and then she vanished. Coming up, frantic hours, days of pain. Cindy's family launches a search.

(Sidewalk; cars in parking lot; stop sign; Dairy Queen cars in parking lot; photo of Cindy; Dairy Queen; photo of Cindy; cars on road at night)

Mr. ZARZYCKI: (Voiceover) It was panic.

(Photo of Cindy; cars on road at night; house at night)

Mr. ZARZYCKI: You knew that there was something wrong.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) When Cracked: The Case of the Girl Who Never Came Home continues.

(Title graphic)

(Announcements)

MURPHY: (Voiceover) Thirteen-year-old Cindy Zarzycki was headed to the Dairy Queen a few blocks from her home on a Sunday morning. That's what she'd told her kid brother Eddie when she wheeled and barked at him to go back home, not follow her. Cindy had been going to the same Dairy Queen since she was in her mother's womb. Alice Zarzycki had been divorced from Cindy's father, Ed, since 1981. The two of them had been getting cones and sundaes there from junior high days together. Married and pregnant, they still stopped by.

(Photo of Cindy; Dairy Queen; sidewalk; photo of Eddie and Cindy; Dairy Queen; picnic table; photo of Ed, Eddie, Connie and Alice Zarzycki; person making ice cream cone and sundae)

Ms. ALICE ZARZYCKI: I remember when I was expecting Cindy, I didn't have cravings. But Ed would have cravings. He would have to have a strawberry sundae from the Dairy Queen.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) After the marriage broke up, there was no way, Alice thought, that she could raise the three children. She worked nights and was left with only a small house and had little money. Ed got custody. Cindy became the daughter she'd see on weekends.

(Photo of Connie, Eddie and Alice; photo of Eddie, Connie and Cindy)

Ms. A. ZARZYCKI: She was a middle child, and that's usually a child that tries really hard to please.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) On the Saturday before she went missing, Cindy dropped in on her mom's, a visit allowed by her dad's grounding rules. They talked a little bit about her punishment for walking home from the distant mall.

(Houses; stop sign; Macomb Mall sign)

Ms. A. ZARZYCKI: She was upset. She--but she knew she did wrong.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) But a mom with an extra sense about these things had a feeling something else was agitating her teenage daughter.

(Photo of Cindy)

Ms. A. ZARZYCKI: She asked could she spend the night. I would have loved to have been able to say yes, but I had to work, and I had to tell her no.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) Restless, Cindy then made that unauthorized visit to her girlfriend Cathy's house where she'd used the phone to finalize plans for what was supposed to be a surprise birthday party for Scott the following day, the Sunday. Cindy hadn't said anything about a party to her mom.

(Houses; telephone; cake with candles; photo of Scott)

Ms. A. ZARZYCKI: It's always troubled me that I didn't have her stay. I wondered what kind of a secret that she was trying to get around to telling me.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) By 3:00 Sunday afternoon, Cindy was getting into big trouble with her father.

(Photo of Cindy)

Ms. A. ZARZYCKI: (Voiceover) I got a phone call ...

(Photo of Cindy)

Ms. A. ZARZYCKI: ... from Ed, and he said 'Would you tell Cindy to come back home now.' And I said, 'Well, Cindy was over yesterday, but she's not here today.'

(Voiceover) He said, 'She isn't home.'

(Photo of Cindy)

MURPHY: When do you start to get worried, Ed?

Mr. ZARZYCKI: Probably about 5, 6:00. It was dinnertime. And they're usually all home for dinner. And she wasn't around. And ...

MURPHY: What'd you do?

Mr. ZARZYCKI: I went to the police station, and they told me that I had to wait 24 hours to file a report.

Mr. ZARZYCKI Jr.: She should have been home. She's not home. Now we're calling friends, trying to find out where she's at.

Mr. ZARZYCKI: So we went to different places looking for her.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) Cindy's brother, sister, mother and father divided the search: two to stay by the phones, the others driving down dark streets looking for the blond teenager. Had she run off with Scott? Was this her little rebellion against her father's grounding rules? Where could Cindy be, missing now for more than 12 hours?

(Cars in parking lots; cars on road at night; photo of Cindy)

Ms. A. ZARZYCKI: At that point we were still hoping that she had just spent the night at somebody's house.

Ms. OLECHOWSKI: And I remember my mom coming into the room and saying, 'Do you know where Cindy is?' She said, 'If you know anything, you better spill it.'

MURPHY: Now, your 13-year-old self, are you wondering where she is?

Ms. OLECHOWSKI: I was concerned right away, yeah.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) But on the bright side, this was East Detroit with the motto "a family town." Bad stuff happened in the big city nearby, not here.

(Macomb Mall sign; cars on road; town sign; houses)

Ms. OLECHOWSKI: (Voiceover) You didn't hear about that in East Detroit.

(Houses)

Ms. OLECHOWSKI: You heard about it in, you know, other states. And so when you're 13 you think you're untouchable.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) Still, that Sunday night, the phone didn't ring. Cindy's bed stayed empty.

(House at night)

Mr. ZARZYCKI: It was panic. You knew that there was something wrong.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) Monday morning, first thing, Ed Zarzycki went back down to the small town police station to report his daughter officially a missing person. He says the officer taking the report told him she was probably just a runaway.

(Dairy Queen; police station)

MURPHY: Did it make sense to you when they suggested that?

Mr. ED. ZARZYCKI: I was hoping that was it. But when someone hasn't run away and always is in contact, you maybe had a feeling that there might be something wrong.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) Two town cops were assigned the Cindy Zarzycki case, and by 10 AM they'd pulled Cindy's friend Cathy out of history class.

(Police car)

Ms. BOUFORD: And asked me some questions. I told them specifically who she was going with, where they were going to go.

MURPHY: You told them the story about, 'I talked to her and she said, "I'm going to the Dairy Queen"'?

Ms. BOUFORD: Yes.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) Theresa was interviewed by the officers at her home after school. Like Cathy, she told the cops about Cindy's plans to meet someone at Dairy Queen on Sunday, but she had the impression the officers had already locked onto a theory that Cindy was hiding out at another girlfriend's.

(Trees; house; Dairy Queen; police car)

Ms. OLECHOWSKI: They seemed to want to discuss more about who would keep her if she ran away.

Mr. ZARZYCKI Jr.: They just assumed, 'She's not here. What could happen? She ran away.' And but--open and closed.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) On their own, family members did what they could to find Cindy. They staked out the trailer park where Cindy's boyfriend, Scott, lived, hoping she might be there. They printed and distributed posters of their missing daughter and sister. Her mother, Alice, asked the local papers if they'd run Cindy's picture as a news item, but they turned her down in that age before Amber Alerts.

(Split screen of Ed and Eddie; trailer park; missing poster for Cindy; Alice sitting on bench)

Ms. A. ZARZYCKI: Cindy had just seen a movie, "Desperately Seeking Susan." So I put an ad in the personals, 'Desperately seeking Cindy.' Nobody responded to it.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) Six weeks after she went missing it was Cindy's birthday, June 8th.

(Missing poster for Cindy; cake with candles)

Mr. ZARZYCKI: I had a birthday cake and nobody to blow out the candles.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) Obsessed with finding Cindy, their runaway, looking at the mall, on the street, how many times did a young blond teen with a similar build catch their eye for just a moment? Once, late at night, the authorities in Detroit called Ed.

(Ice cream truck; houses; cars in parking lot; Dairy Queen; park; girls walking in park; road at night)

Mr. ZARZYCKI: (Voiceover) A body had come up at the morgue ...

(Car on road at night)

Mr. ZARZYCKI: ... and asked if I would come down and identify it because it had similarities of Cindy.

MURPHY: Were you relieved when you left the morgue that day and it wasn't your Cindy?

Mr. ZARZYCKI: Yes. Yes.

MURPHY: So there was still a flicker of hope out there?

Mr. ZARZYCKI: Yes.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) Cindy's best friend from the second grade, where they won every three-legged race together, had moved on to high school. Cindy's father was the school custodian.

(Olechowski)

Ms. OLECHOWSKI: And I remember seeing him in the hallways and just the broken look on his face. I can't even imagine, you know, as a parent myself, what that must have been like, to watch her friends grow up around him every day and not have his daughter.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) And Theresa, the best friend, was as obsessed as everyone else in trying to find out what had happened to Cindy Zarzycki.

(Photo of Cindy)

Ms. OLECHOWSKI: We'd look and hang up posters. We did that for a long time. I never forgot her.

MURPHY: But what did you really think?

Ms. OLECHOWSKI: I knew she was dead the whole time.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) Coming up, just when it seemed she'd never be found, a new detective takes the case and takes it personally.

(Dairy Queen; missing poster for Cindy; Derek McLaughlin driving car; McLaughlin looking at files)

CONNIE: As I got to know him better, he wasn't going to work on the case, he was going to find Cindy.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) What would he find? When Cracked: The Case of the Girl Who Never Came Home continues.

(McLaughlin looking at files; title graphic)

(Announcements)

MURPHY: (Voiceover) Cindy Zarzycki became one of those "Have you seen this child?" faces on the back of store coupons, forever 13 years old. She'd walked off to Dairy Queen on a Sunday morning in 1986 and was never seen again.

(Missing poster for Cindy; Dairy Queen)

CONNIE: She looked up to me. I let her down.

MURPHY: Why do you say that?

CONNIE: Because I wasn't there.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) Cindy's older sister Connie had been away from the house that weekend. Her kid brother Eddie was also tortured with guilt.

(Connie and Eddie)

Mr. ZARZYCKI Jr.: We should have been there and helped her out.

MURPHY: You should have tagged along?

Mr. ZARZYCKI Jr.: Yep.

Unidentified Man #1: (August 1994) We have seen how that the power of love has healed.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) In 1994, eight years after her disappearance and commemorating Cindy's 21st birthday, the Zarzyckis held a candlelight vigil in front of the family home.

(Candlelight vigil for Cindy)

Unidentified Reporter: (Newscast) Thirteen-year-old Cindy Zarzycki was last seen ...

MURPHY: (Voiceover) The media picked it up, and interest in the fate of the missing teen was revived, with Cindy's face popping up on "Have you seen me?" mailings like this one.

(Newspaper articles; mailings)

MURPHY: Connie, there was a message to the police here, wasn't it?

CONNIE: Kind of, yeah.

MURPHY: 'We're still here. We haven't gone away.'

CONNIE: Right.

MURPHY: 'And you need to get this going again,' huh?

CONNIE: Right. And I had written a poem. I actually had that poem published.

MURPHY: Do you remember a few lines of it?

CONNIE: "Cindy Jo, where did you go?" And it talked about looking for her. My poem was mostly that she's out there, and I'll find her.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) That's when the family recalled one of Cindy's favorite songs form the old mixed tapes, Cyndi Lauper's "Time After Time." The chorus spoke to them.

(Tape cassette)

CONNIE: "If you look, you will find me, time after time."

MURPHY: (Voiceover) And if Cindy came looking for them, the family made sure that the old home phone number never got changed. The house she knew stayed in the family just in case one happy day she turned up at the front door. One thing that had changed by the early '90s was the name of the town. Gritty sounding East Detroit had been redubbed the more upscale Eastpointe.

(Photo of Cindy; houses; cars on road; Eastpointe sign)

MURPHY: In the police station, though, nothing had much changed with the Cindy cold case file. It had been handed down from officer to officer over the years for a little defrosting, mostly chasing down tips of Cindy sightings around the country that went nowhere.

(Voiceover) But after the family's candlelight vigil spurred media interest, a new detective named Danielle Davis took a look at the file and decided to reclassify it as a possible murder.

(Candlelight vigil for Cindy; photos of police officers; photo of Danielle Davis)

Ms. A. ZARZYCKI: And officially that would allow it to be opened.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) One of Detective Davis' first questions was to find out what Cindy's teen crush back then, the boy named Scott, knew about her disappearance. Scott Ream, by then 22 years old, was located and agreed to a police interview right after the upcoming Fourth of July holiday. It never happened. Scott Ream was killed by a drunk driver first.

(Photo of Cindy; photos of Scott; Scott's headstone)

Ms. A. ZARZYCKI: So there was nothing that could be done. But that did start part of the ball rolling.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) One person reading those fresh news stories about the missing girl, it turned out, was Scott Ream's mother, a woman named Linda Bronson. She was divorced from Scott's father. The mother, Linda Bronson, was upset by what she read as innuendo in the news stories that her now-dead son had somehow been responsible for Cindy's disappearance.

(Linda Bronson; photo of Art and Scott; Bronson)

Ms. LINDA BRONSON: And I knew that just couldn't be true. That was why I contacted Danielle Davis.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) But Linda Bronson wasn't calling just to clear her son's name. She had some information to offer, and Detective Davis was listening.

(Bronson)

Ms. BRONSON: She was very interested in it, and she believed me. She wholeheartedly believed me. At least I felt she did.

MURPHY: Now, for the first time in eight years, the Eastpointe Police Department began looking at the Cindy case as something other than a possible runaway. The detective, Danielle Davis, began piecing together a timeline of Cindy's last weekend home, chasing down old witnesses. But after that flurry of fresh energy came a new setback: Detective Davis left the department. Once again the Cindy cold case file would be passed on to a new set of investigative eyes.

(Voiceover) In May of 1995, an Eastpointe cop named Derek McLaughlin, "Mac" to one and all, got promoted to the detective division's youth bureau that handled 40 to 50 juvenile cases a month.

(Photo of McLaughlin)

Det. McLAUGHLIN: (Voiceover) My chief came down and ...

(Photo of McLaughlin with another police officer)

Det. McLAUGHLIN: ... and he threw this box on my desk. He says, 'This is an old file.' He says--he says, 'It's still an open case.' He says, 'I want you to solve it.'

MURPHY: Solve it.

Det. McLAUGHLIN: Solve it.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) Mac stayed late that night reading the yellowing case files. In Cindy's old snapshots, in her diary, she looked and sounded to him like a happy, normal kid, not a potential runaway. The business about the crush on Scott jumped out at him as central as to what he'd need to find out to advance the case.

(McLaughlin looking at files; photos of Cindy; photo of Scott)

Det. McLAUGHLIN: And the whole case really intrigued me.

MURPHY: Why?

Det. McLAUGHLIN: Some statements. I read all the statements that Detective Davis had filled out, all the interviews that she conducted. There were some things that were popping out at me that were substantial.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) One thing really stood out: the lead that Linda Bronson, the mother of Cindy's boyfriend, had given Detective Davis. It was a bombshell.

(Police statement)

Ms. BRONSON: After thinking about it for a short time, I realized that Art was involved in this girl's disappearance.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) And who was Art? He was Scott Ream's father, and Linda Bronson's ex-husband, a carpet installer with a warehouse business. But what he also was, according to the ex, was a man who preyed on young girls. A search of the records revealed a sex crime in Art Ream's past. Twenty years earlier, in 1975, he'd been convicted and locked up for three years for taking indecent liberties with a minor. For Detective McLaughlin the cold case was now showing signs of a pulse.

(Photo of Art and Scott; photo of Art; photo of Art in jail; McLaughlin looking at files)

Det. McLAUGHLIN: The person of interest at this time was Art Ream, the father of Scott Ream.

MURPHY: The boyfriend, the father, he's got a rap sheet.

Det. McLAUGHLIN: That's right.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) But even though Ream had moved to the top of the case file, authorities had nothing to charge him with and no evidence whatsoever of a crime at the Dairy Queen or anyplace else.

(Photo of Art; people at Dairy Queen)

Det. McLAUGHLIN: (Voiceover) At the same time I was getting a whole lot ...

(Dairy Queen)

Det. McLAUGHLIN: ... of leads coming in at this time, missing, exploiting children out of New York. Well, you had to check it out, you know, because you just never knew. And I checked every one of them out that called in personally.

MURPHY: So dead or alive, you can't answer the basic question at this point?

Det. McLAUGHLIN: Right.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) But Cindy's family recognized this new detective on the case was different. He was taking it to heart, just as they did.

(McLaughlin with Ed and Linda Zarzycki)

CONNIE: As I got to know him better, he wasn't going to work on the case. He was going to find Cindy.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) And finding Cindy--or her body, if it came to that--was paramount to a family frozen in uncertainty, unable to mourn and move ahead. Could Mac find Connie's sister?

(Linda, Ed, Alice, Eddie and Connie; McLaughlin driving car)

MURPHY: Wasn't even a case number to him, was it?

CONNIE: She was my sister, his sister, my dad and mom's daughter.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) After a few years on the case, Mac got a call from Art Ream's ex-wife, Linda. She had some news. Art Ream was back in prison for raping a child. This time he was convicted of criminal sexual conduct. Ream was going nowhere. The detective would have time to come up with a strategy for getting inside the suspect's head.

(Bronson; prison photo of Art; West Shoreline Correctional Facility; prison yard fence)

Det. McLAUGHLIN: (Voiceover) I knew that he didn't like police officers. He didn't like to talk to them.

(Prison yard fence)

Det. McLAUGHLIN: So I had to figure out a way how I could talk to this guy.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) If Art Ream turned out to be a Hannibal Lecter, he was going to need a Clarice Starling to help bring him down. Coming up ...

(Photo of Art; Jen Leibow)

Ms. LEIBOW: I read the file, and it really was contagious.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) A surprising young partner for the veteran cop helps his investigation take a new turn.

(McLaughlin; Leibow on phone; file folders; McLaughlin looking at files)

Det. McLAUGHLIN: It was truly amazing what they were telling me.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) When Cracked: The Case of the Girl Who Never Came Home continues.

(Title graphic)

(Announcements)

MURPHY: (Voiceover) It wasn't until a few years after he'd been ordered to solve the Cindy case that Detective Derek McLaughlin, Mac, actually sat down with the missing girl's father. Ed Zarzycki by then had remarried a woman named Linda. She would become the family's principal contact with the police because she knew it wasn't in Ed's quiet nature to even talk much anymore about Cindy.

(Title graphic; McLaughlin driving car; Ed and Linda Zarzycki walking on beach)

Ms. LINDA ZARZYCKI: When her birthday came or the anniversary of her death came or Christmas came, I could feel his pain. She became my child as well.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) Mac, the father of three daughters and a son, asked the couple to understand his situation.

(Photo of McLaughlin with his family)

Det. McLAUGHLIN: I says, 'Listen,' I said, 'I'm going to do everything I can, but I'm kind of limited at what I can do because of my workload that I have now.' Linda was great. She even said, 'I'll do anything. I've got secretarial skills. I can help you file. I can type up things. I can do this and do that,' just so I could spend more time dealing with her family's case.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) Linda Zarzycki, the stepmother, would go to the Eastpointe police station on her lunch hour to pour through the case file. She'd suggest theories to Mac.

(Police car; police station)

Ms. L. ZARZYCKI: And he said, 'Yep,' he thought of that, too. But he kept running into brick walls. He just couldn't seem to make progress.

MURPHY: But in 2004, the brick wall was about to start crumbling because a new player, a completely unlikely partner for the veteran detective, had talked herself onto the case.

(Voiceover) She wasn't even a cop. She was a 23-year-old college intern with a law enforcement consulting firm in Chicago where Mac had taken courses on how to interrogate criminals. Immediately the young intern was fascinated by Cindy's case file. She picked it off her boss's desk when he wasn't looking.

(Leibow at computer)

Ms. LEIBOW: I've since admitted it to my boss. I read the file, and it really was contagious. I took that file home with me almost every single night and just kept rereading it.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) Jen Leibow was, at the time, an undergrad studying for a communications degree. She quickly became obsessed with the suburban Detroit teenager who disappeared when she herself was only four.

(Leibow; photo of Cindy)

Ms. LEIBOW: And then I brought it up to my bosses, and they allowed me to call Mac and see if, you know, I can be an extra set of hands for him, anything he needed. You know, as a new investigator, I could learn from him, but I could also help him out.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) And a phone relationship it remained for the next two and a half years. Mac, back in Eastpointe doing the shoe leather investigating, as he had time for, and Jen Leibow in Chicago going digital, diving into stuff that was mostly a mystery to Mac. Advanced computer research, searching missing persons Web sites, sifting MySpace pages, hunting for Cindy's old friends. Along the way, she taught Mac how to use e-mail.

(Leibow on dialing phone; McLaughlin; Leibow at computer; computer screens)

Det. McLAUGHLIN: She's doing a lot of research, stuff that I don't have time to do. And she's helping me with that.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) Jen's fascination with the psychology of the criminal mind brought her back time and again to some letters in the Cindy case file.

(Leibow at computer)

Ms. LEIBOW: Particularly letters from Cindy's sister that they had written to the police department, just saying, you know, 'Please don't forget about this case.' You know, 'This is my sister. This is a person.' And there was a sense of injustice there that, you know, it looked like Art Ream was the one who did this to Cindy and has been sort of keeping the family psychologically hostage for all these years, you know, not knowing what happened to their daughter.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) Art Ream, the father of Cindy's long ago teenage boyfriend, Scott, was behind bars for raping a young girl. In fact, Mac had gone to Jen's consulting firm that taught interview skills to ready himself for a confrontation with Art Ream.

(Prison photo of Art; McLaughlin)

MURPHY: Because that had been your narrow goal when you went to them initially, it's 'Give me some tips on how to approach this guy, how to crack this nut,' huh?

Det. McLAUGHLIN: That's correct, yeah.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) It wasn't until 2007 that Detective McLaughlin and his long distance partner Jen Leibow made a critical decision in their case. They decided to reset the clock to April 1986, and start the investigation all over. That meant conducting fresh interviews. It changed everything. Now two women who had been regarded as no more than bit players in the missing Cindy drama were tracked down by Mac and Jen and became star witnesses following a tedious search.

(Split screen of McLaughlin looking at files and Leibow on telephone; clock; Dairy Queen; car on road; McLaughlin driving; Olechowski and Bouford)

Ms. LEIBOW: They had moved. Their information wasn't the same. New last names, all that.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) Cathy and Theresa, two of Cindy's best friends in 1986, each felt that the police had brushed off what they tried to tell them just hours after Cindy disappeared. Both thought the investigation lackadaisical.

(Photo of Olechowski and Bouford; Olechowski and Bouford)

Ms. OLECHOWSKI: Seriously flawed and botched from the get-go.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) Now, two decades later, Mac asked Theresa to come down to the Eastpointe PD and go over her story yet again. This time the police interview was a very different experience.

(Trees; Olechowski)

Ms. OLECHOWSKI: I knew right away, walking in there, that he was listening to what I was saying very intently.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) The story that the two friends told had for some reason never made it into the police files. It had to do with a surprise birthday party for Scott and a planned meeting at the Dairy Queen. Cindy had been over at Cathy's house that Saturday evening. Cindy said she was going to hook up with Scott's father in the morning.

(Files; cake with candles; Dairy Queen; house; photo of Art)

Ms. BOUFORD: And she had mentioned that she was she was going to go to this belated birthday party in Pontiac. She was supposed to meet Art at the Dairy Queen the next day, Sunday.

MURPHY: How'd she talk about this person Art?

Ms. BOUFORD: She was just very, you know, very friendly with him. That was pretty much--pretty much it.

MURPHY: Did she talk to this Art at your house on the phone?

Ms. BOUFORD: Yes, she called Art to confirm the plans of the next day.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) Cathy heard Cindy tell the person on the phone that she'd look for his white van between 10 and 11 the next morning. Cindy told her girlfriend she had a birthday present for Scott. She asked Cathy to please come along with her. Cathy said her mother wouldn't let her.

(Dairy Queen; Bouford and Olechowski)

Ms. BOUFORD: When she was leaving my house, she turned around to me and she said, 'Will you please just show up, just say you're going to be there,' like a reassuring, like she needed someone to really, truly be there. And I said, 'I'll see what I can do.' And that was it.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) Cindy called her other friend, Theresa, Sunday morning. Same story: a surprise party for Scott in Pontiac, Michigan. She was getting her ride at the Dairy Queen in a few minutes.

(Olechowski; cake with candles; Dairy Queen)

Ms. OLECHOWSKI: She did ask me to go. And she knew right away when she asked me that I wouldn't be coming because, absolutely, my mother didn't let me leave and go two feet down the block without someone going with me. But I think she really wanted to see Scott, and she would have done just about anything maybe.

Det. McLAUGHLIN: It was truly amazing what they were telling me.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) It had taken more than 20 years, but police had finally stitched together a timeline for what was certainly Cindy's final weekend. The bait, a chance to be with the puppy love boyfriend Scott, the boy's father waiting in his white van at the Dairy Queen.

(McLaughlin looking at files; photo of Scott; photo of Art; Dairy Queen)

Ms. OLECHOWSKI: I remember him specifically saying to her on the phone--this was one of the conversations she told me about--that he didn't understand why Ed Zarzycki would ground her for walking home from the mall because it was no big deal. I think he was trying to make her feel comfortable with him.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) The story, told by both girls, now adults, absolutely floored Mac. Various cops over the years, even Mac, had talked to them but somehow didn't hear it or didn't extract it or maybe it wasn't offered in the same way. Despite his excitement, Mac had one nagging question: Was it true?

(Photo of Olechowski and Bouford; Olechowski and Bouford; files; McLaughlin driving car)

Det. McLAUGHLIN: (Voiceover) I even asked them ...

(McLaughlin driving car)

Det. McLAUGHLIN: ... when I interviewed both Cathy and Theresa, I said, 'When was the last time you two even talked,' thinking that they might have concocted some story, you know. And they said, 'We haven't. I haven't talked to her since Cindy disappeared.' And I go, 'Really?' I says--and she goes 'Yeah.' They told me almost identical stories.

MURPHY: Do you believe their stories?

Det. McLAUGHLIN: Oh, absolutely.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) Mac and Jen's investigation was finally gaining traction. Coming up, a search of Art Ream's one-time warehouse and a big discovery.

(Split screen of Leibow on phone and McLaughlin looking at files; warehouse; photo of Art; garbage can)

Det. McLAUGHLIN: She goes, 'Oh my God. Mac, look at this.'

MURPHY: (Voiceover) When Cracked: The Case of the Girl Who Never Came Home continues.

(Title graphic)

(Announcements)

MURPHY: (Voiceover) The Dairy Queen was where the trail went cold. Cindy Zarzycki's long-ago girlfriends said she'd made plans to walk there on a Sunday morning to meet her boyfriend's father, Art. Together they'd ride in his white van to an out-of-town surprise birthday party for Cindy's young flame, Scott.

(Dairy Queen; sidewalk; photo of Art; roadway; photo of Scott)

Ms. BRONSON: It was obvious that he was very interested in young girls.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) When the detective, Mac, talked to Linda Bronson, one of Art Ream's four ex-wives, he learned more about his primary suspect's stomach-churning history, a pedophile who'd been imprisoned in the '70s for taking indecent liberties with a minor. That's tame-sounding legal language for what the victim, a hitchhiker, said he actually did--abducted her, raped her in his car and then tossed her out the door. Linda had two children with Ream, Scott and another boy. Children, thought the ex, who were useful to Ream's appetites when the boys became young teens.

(Bronson; prison photo of Art; photo of Art; Bronson; photo of Scott and Art)

Ms. BRONSON: They attracted young girls, and Art liked having the young girls around. I think that was why he liked having Scott there, because he knew that girls would be attracted to him and, you know, he'd have his chance to do whatever he wanted to do, or whatever he could--thought he could get away with.

Det. McLAUGHLIN: He'd entice them with alcohol, marijuana, cigarettes, and he would be--he'd be their friend.

MURPHY: By 2007, with everything Mac was learning about Art Ream, the theory that Cindy was merely a teenage runaway was as outdated as her old mix tapes. This was a murder investigation, and the detective's thinking followed two paths. Could he make the boyfriend's father or others for the crime? And secondly, did he have any way of finding Cindy's remains? As a sign of either how desperate Mac was or how wide he was willing to throw his net, he paid a call on a psychic.

(Voiceover) The mystic had a strip mall storefront, sandwiched between a dry cleaner and a chicken joint. A cousin of Cindy's said she was weirded out when she heard him give a reading on the missing teenager at a party. Mac figured he had nothing to lose.

(Mystic Curio shop; strip mall; Mystic Curio shop)

Det. McLAUGHLIN: Well, at this point, we'll--I'll try anything.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) The psychic told the cop he didn't have time for him. He had clients booked months in advance.

(Inside psychic shop)

Det. McLAUGHLIN: I begged him. I says, 'Hey listen,' I says, 'let me just--two minutes of your time.'

(Voiceover) And so he took us in the back, sat us down. And he had the reading cards flipped over.

(Tarot cards)

Det. McLAUGHLIN: And he says, 'Well, she died a brutal death, and she is dead.' There's the seeker card. He says, 'You must be the seeker.' He says, 'You've been looking for her killer for a long time.' And I says, 'Yeah.' And he said, 'Well, his--he's incarcerated. In fact, you're going to be seeing this guy in a few weeks.' So at this point, my hair's rising on the back of my neck.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) The psychic had no way of knowing that Mac was indeed going to have his first meeting with Ream just a few weeks hence in the Muskegon prison where he was serving out his second sex crime conviction. The psychic turned more cards.

(Photo of Art; prison yard; tarot cards)

Det. McLAUGHLIN: He's telling me a lot of--lot of things. He's saying that where--she's buried by a river, in the banks of a river, by a bridge, and by a big field of purple flowers.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) So where was this riverside grave? The cards didn't say. If Art Ream knew, Mac was going to have to get it out of his suspect's head the old-fashioned way, by interrogation and gamesmanship.

(Tarot cards; McLaughlin driving car)

Unidentified Man #2: (Police interview) All right, Art. Brought a new partner with me, Detective McLaughlin.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) Mac's first meeting with the man he suspected of abducting and murdering Cindy came in early 2007. A prison interrogation of Ream had been arranged, and two senior members of Jen's consulting firm, interviewers skilled in psychological techniques, would be working with Mac. And coming to town with them was Jen Leibow. The detective and the young researcher who wanted so badly to be in on the case met for the first time after years of telephone calls and e-mails.

(Art in prison interview; photo of Cindy; prison yard; Leibow driving car; photo of Leibow and McLaughlin)

Det. McLAUGHLIN: (Voiceover) As soon as she walked out of the elevator, I knew that was her.

(Photo of Leibow and McLaughlin)

Ms. LEIBOW: It was a--it was a good meeting.

Det. McLAUGHLIN: Yeah.

Ms. LEIBOW: It was long overdue.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) But the business at hand was at hand. Into the prison for an eight-hour grilling of Art Ream. At this point he's 58 years old, he's been in prison for the past 10 years.

(Prison yard; interrogation room; Art in prison interview)

Det. McLAUGHLIN: (Police interview) You do know where she's at, Art. That's the problem here. That's the whole problem of this whole investigation.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) The initial strategy was to deal with him as though it were a given, that everyone in that interview room knew Ream had something to do with Cindy's disappearance, and now was the time to explain it all.

(Art in prison interview; interrogation room)

Det. McLAUGHLIN: (Police interview) You could put closure to this thing right now today and help a family out. You think about it right now. If you need some paper, I'll get you some paper. You can write it down.

Mr. REAM: (Police interview) No, I'm not going to write it down.

Det. McLAUGHLIN: (Police interview) Why not?

Mr. REAM: (Police interview) My memory's not that good. My spelling's not that good.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) In that first interview, Ream controlled the game just as the psychological detectives had feared. Mac suggested he could do himself some good by giving up the location of Cindy's body.

(Art in police interview; photo of Cindy)

Det. McLAUGHLIN: (Police interview) I can't make any promises, but do the prosecutors, the judges, do they listen to me? Of course they do.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) Then the accusations took a harder edge.

(Art in police interview)

Det. McLAUGHLIN: (Police interview) And you got information that'll tell me where this girl is, and you're not saying nothing. And I just think that's bull ... (word censored by network).

Det. McLAUGHLIN: (Voiceover) And he just sits there ...

(Art in police interview)

Det. McLAUGHLIN: ... doesn't deny it, doesn't refute it, doesn't do anything except sit there and nod his head saying, 'Well, you got that right.'

MURPHY: (Voiceover) A suspect, but no body, no witnesses, no forensics. The DA's office was going to need more before moving ahead on Art Ream.

(Art in police interview)

MURPHY: If the DA was demanding better evidence, then Mac wanted to get into this place and have a look around. It used to be a warehouse where Art Ream had his carpet business. In 1997, when he was arrested, he was hustled off to prison so quickly that he never got a chance to return to the warehouse to tidy up. It had been virtually locked up for the last 10 years. The DA gave Mac a green light to search the place.

Det. McLAUGHLIN: We're nearing the end of our looking around, and this bucket in the corner was this--my partner Kelly, she reached down and pulled out this Longines watch box. She opens it up and she goes, 'Oh my God, Mac, look at this.' So I look at it, and I'm looking at jewelry. I'm looking at some cufflinks and some necklaces and stuff.

(Voiceover) And I go 'What's the tip?' And she goes, 'No, it's the piece of paper here.'

(Missing poster for Cindy)

MURPHY: (Voiceover) The torn paper was an old direct mail sales coupon for a construction glass on one side, and on the other a "Have you seen me?" notice for Cindy Zarzycki with her picture and a 1-800 call line for leads.

(Sales coupon and notice for Cindy)

Det. McLAUGHLIN: We're ecstatic. We're sitting there going, 'Why would this guy have this in his property?'

MURPHY: Maybe because his son was involved and it was the girlfriend, and maybe the son had put it in there.

Det. McLAUGHLIN: We were thinking the same way. We're going 'Man, this is probably Scott's.' You know, they're going to say 'Well, this is Scott's stuff,' you know. And then we looked at the expiration date on the back of the advertisement.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) There it was in the small print, "Expires June 1995."

(Advertisement card)

MURPHY: And why is that important?

Det. McLAUGHLIN: Well, Scott died July 4th of 1994.

MURPHY: Scott was dead by the time this thing was put into this keepsake box.

Det. McLAUGHLIN: That's correct.

MURPHY: Was this the best evidence you had to date?

Det. McLAUGHLIN: Well, it was the only physical evidence we had.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) Had Mac and his partner stumbled upon a pedophile killer's trophy? The DA was very interested in what they'd found.

(Advertisement card; man at desk)

Det. McLAUGHLIN: 'Mac,' he says, 'you've got a winner here. I think I can--I can work with this.'

MURPHY: (Voiceover) And work they did, trying to get Art Ream to reveal what happened to Cindy.

(Art in police interview; recorder; advertisement card; photo of Cindy)

Mr. REAM: (Police interview) I'm not going to lie to you, but I'm not going to tell you what you want to know.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) Playing cat and mouse with a suspect when Cracked: The Case of the Girl Who Never Came Home continues.

(Art in police interview; title graphic)

(Announcements)

MURPHY: (Voiceover) Cindy Zarzycki had been missing for more than 20 years. The veteran detective Mac and his unlikely assistant Jen, the researcher with training in the psychology of interviewing criminals, had divided the labor of making a murder case against Art Ream, the father of Cindy's boyfriend. Jen interviewed Ream's ex-wives, extended family members; and the picture that came together was ugly.

(Photo of Cindy; McLaughlin and Leibow at desk; photo of Ream and Cindy; Leibow walking)

Ms. LEIBOW: (Voiceover) He was a pretty prolific pedophile.

(Leibow walking)

Ms. LEIBOW: He definitely had a fetish for, you know, 9- to 15-year-old girls, that he got away with a lot of it, and that was really surprising.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) By the end of 2007, Mac and Jen also had the stories from Cindy's girlfriends that Cindy had planned to meet Art Ream at the Dairy Queen the Sunday she disappeared. They had the old "Have you seen me?" picture of Cindy recovered from Ream's keepsake box in his carpet warehouse. But what they didn't have was significant--no body and no hard evidence. Ream was locked up in a prison in Muskegon, 10 years into a 12-year sentence for raping a young girl. Mac thought, with his suspect on ice, he'd have time to develop the circumstantial evidence the assistant DA said he needed.

(Leibow on phone; Bouford and Olechowski; Dairy Queen; missing persons flier; photo of Cindy; West Shoreline Correctional Facility sign; jail exterior; barbed wire)

MURPHY: But the detective got a jolt when he discovered that Ream was going to be getting out in the next few weeks on parole. He was going to be walking free right after Christmas 2007. Well, Mac was going to need an arrest warrant immediately, so he crossed his fingers and showed an assistant prosecutor named Steve Kaplan what he had.

Det. McLAUGHLIN: 'Mac,' he says, 'you got a winner here. I think I can--I can work with this.'

MURPHY: You got a green light?

Det. McLAUGHLIN: Got a green light.

MURPHY: So how do you feel?

Det. McLAUGHLIN: I couldn't wait to get the warrant in my hand. I couldn't wait to go up there and see Art.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) On January 8th, 2008, Jen, Mac and his regular partner drove an unmarked police car up wintry roads to Muskegon. They were going to arrest Ream and bring him back to their police station for one more interview, their last crack at him before he lawyered up. Ream was waiting in a prison holding cell.

(Snow-covered road; jail exterior; barbed wire)

Det. McLAUGHLIN: I said, 'Well, I have a warrant for your arrest for the murder of Cindy Zarzycki.'

Ms. LEIBOW: It was almost eerie that he had--his lack of reaction. It was like, 'We just charged you with the first- and second-degree murder of a 13-year-old girl.' 'Pass the salt.'

MURPHY: (Voiceover) They'd rigged up a concealed camera in the police car, but it didn't capture anything useful from Ream. He was blithely shooting the breeze with his arresting officers.

(Hidden camera of Art)

Ms. LEIBOW: He was actually even joking a lot with us on the way home, yelling at the truckers for not driving well and laughing with us.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) Jen may have been the one in the car intrigued most by psychology and the criminal mind, but it was Mac who had the idea for the head game they were about to play on Art Ream. They'd make a stop before the police station at the cemetery where Ream's son Scott had been buried 13 years before. Mac told his partner to pull over at a flower shop. He bought a dozen daisies and threw them in the backseat.

(Hidden camera of Art; cemetery; Ream grave site; flowers)

Det. McLAUGHLIN: And so he gets out of the car, we got him in belly chains and leg irons.

(Voiceover) And he's scuffling up there to the gravesite. And he starts crying.

(Photo of Art; cemetery)

Det. McLAUGHLIN: I said, 'Here, why don't you put some flowers on your kid's grave? You know, make it look nice.'

Ms. LEIBOW: We saw he was sort of at a weak point there. He was emotional.

(Voiceover) He was sad and, you know, we're standing over his son's grave. And I said, 'Art, you could bury your son, you've got that closure. You laid your son to rest.'

(Photo of Art; cemetery)

Ms. LEIBOW: 'Can't you do the same for the Zarzyckis? Can't you give them that same peace?' And he was quiet. And I looked at him. And I just said, 'Art, where's Cindy?' And he looked at me and he shook his head, and he just said, 'That's a low blow.'

MURPHY: (Voiceover) Later, inside the interview room at the Eastpointe cop shop, with another concealed camera rolling, Mac and Jen came at Art Ream for the next eight hours, not confrontational, more like friends talking. They had all the time in the world for him and his ramblings.

(Police interview with Art)

Ms. LEIBOW: (Police interview) I think at this point, I hope you understand, we're really just trying to find Cindy.

Mr. REAM: (Police interview) Well, so far I'm surprised, to be honest with you.

Ms. LEIBOW: (Police interview) What do you mean?

Mr. REAM: (Police interview) Well, your attitudes and, you know, your treatment.

Ms. LEIBOW: (Police interview) You saying it's better or worse than you thought?

Mr. REAM: (Police interview) It can't be worse, so it's got to be better. You know? I mean ...

Det. McLAUGHLIN: (Police interview) Well, we're just, you know, we're nice people. And we know that there's another side to Art Ream.

Mr. REAM: (Police interview) Some of these things that people are saying about me makes sound like a monster. I don't understand it, you know, I mean ...

MURPHY: Is he giving you anything?

Ms. LEIBOW: He's telling us that he can't tell us anything because it will open Pandora's box.

MURPHY: What's that supposed to mean?

Ms. LEIBOW: Well, to us, it meant there was a whole lot of bad information that he wasn't going to reveal, you know, incriminating information.

Mr. REAM: (Police interview) So I'm not going to lie to you, but I'm not going to tell you what you want to know.

Ms. LEIBOW: You know, that's not something an innocent person says. An innocent person doesn't have a Pandora's box to open.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) They took a dinner break--turkey sandwiches--and later, when they resumed, the interrogation took a deeply creepy turn for the young researcher. Mac had stepped out of the room, leaving Jen with Art Ream. The hidden camera had run out of juice, so Jen switched on her tape recorder.

(Police interview with Art; voice levels)

Ms. LEIBOW: And, you know, he sort of looked towards the door in a way that, you know, 'Is anyone there?' and leaned in towards me and said, in a whisper, you know, 'It didn't happen exactly the way they say it did. It wasn't--it's like nothing you'd ever believe.' And I got the impression that maybe, you know, Mac, as a police officer, the police presence was a reminder of punishment, and maybe he'll talk to me alone.

MURPHY: 'Let's you and me talk,' huh?

Ms. LEIBOW: Yeah. So I alerted Mac to that, and Mac stayed right outside the door, and I proceeded to talk to Art for about four more hours.

MURPHY: A cat and mouse game?

Ms. LEIBOW: Yes.

MURPHY: 'Clarice.'

Ms. LEIBOW: Yes.

(Clip from "Silence of the Lambs")

MURPHY: (Voiceover) The young investigator alone with a manipulative convict with a monstrous history--yes, she thought the same thing. She'd walked into a scene from "Silence of the Lambs." She was playing Clarice Starling to Art Ream's Hannibal Lecter.

(Police interview with Art)

Ms. LEIBOW: He even said to me during that part of the interview, 'You know, I'm not a Hannibal Lecter.' I'm thinking he's been our own personal Hannibal Lecter on this case, you know, that that's exactly who he is.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) She played along as the nonthreatening young female. He'd sexually devoured young women and hadn't been close to one in years.

(Empty interrogation room; police interview with Art)

Ms. LEIBOW: So I'm, you know, just going real easy with him, just really having conversation.

(Police interview) I kind of feel like a ... (word censored by station) ... idiot sitting here because I got nothing out of all this.

Mr. REAM: (Police interview) You did.

Ms. LEIBOW: (Police interview) You know everything. So how ...

Mr. REAM: (Police interview) No, I don't know everything.

MURPHY: So you think you got a shot, maybe the only shot.

Ms. LEIBOW: Maybe. This is the last shot we have with him. He's going to be arraigned the next day and get his lawyer the next day. So he--we couldn't talk to him after this.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) Ream suggested a game of sorts: Find the body. He'd had a number of real estate properties linked to him over the years, and Jen pulled out a list of those locations from her case file. If she gave him an address, he'd tell her whether she was hot or cold.

(Photos of Art; photo of beekeepers; photo of interview with Art)

Ms. LEIBOW: He says, 'Yes, you should look there.' 'Well, no, that's not a good place to look.'

(Police interview) If I were going to start off with any of these places, should this be the place that I start at?

Mr. REAM: (Police interview) It's a good start, yeah.

Ms. LEIBOW: (Police interview) Is it really a good start?

Mr. REAM: (Police interview) Rule all these out. You know, take it from there. Do your homework.

MURPHY: He's playing this kind of juvenile game?

Ms. LEIBOW: Yeah.

MURPHY: What was he getting out of this little game?

Ms. LEIBOW: Oh, I think he enjoyed being in control. I think he enjoyed being a manipulator. He also didn't have to sit there in a cell, you know, waiting. He got to smoke, and he was in a room. So he enjoyed it that way.

Mr. REAM: (Police interview) See, you're opening up that damn box.

Ms. LEIBOW: (Police interview) I'm not afraid to open that box.

Mr. REAM: (Police interview) Because I told you to wipe that one off the slate, and I shouldn't have said that.

Ms. LEIBOW: (Police interview) Why? It's like telling me, 'Don't look in Canada.'

Mr. REAM: (Police interview) Why not?

MURPHY: What was the best info you got out of him?

Ms. LEIBOW: The fact that he sat there and could tell me where the body was or where ...

MURPHY: Would entertain that thought?

Ms. LEIBOW: ... or where it wasn't. Yeah, I mean, an innocent person can't tell you where the body is or isn't.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) It was 2:30 in the morning. The marathon day, the arrest, the visit to the cemetery, the eight-hour interview was over.

(Empty interrogation room; Art on hidden camera; photo of Art; cemetery; police interview with Art)

Mr. REAM: (Police interview) Can I go to sleep now? I can't keep my eyes open anymore.

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MURPHY: (Voiceover) But Art Ream staid buttoned up. He hadn't opened what he called his Pandora's box, but he was still going to stand trial for the murder of Cindy Zarzycki.

(Police interview with Art)

MURPHY: (Voiceover) Coming up, an 11th hour surprise witness for the prosecution.

(Court in session)

Unidentified Man #3: (In court) He told me he would pay the airfare and expenses for Scott if I would take him with me.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) When Cracked: The Case of the Girl Who Never Came Home continues.

(Title graphic)

(Announcements)

MURPHY: (Voiceover) If she'd come back from the Dairy Queen and lived, Cindy Zarzycki would have been 35 years old. But she didn't. And now Art Ream, the father of her long-ago teenage boyfriend, was about to stand trial for her murder, even if he wouldn't admit it to his persistent interrogators. Cindy's sister Connie was prepared to testify.

(Dairy Queen; photo of Cindy; photo of Art and Scott; police interview of Art; stream; Connie)

CONNIE: (Voiceover) It was very stressful on our family. I mean, we've already wondered what happened for 22 years, and then we all have to relive it on the stand.

(Connie at stream)

CONNIE: We know he did it. We just need the jury to know he did it, too.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) Remarkably, Cindy's dad was still holding out for a miracle.

(Ed)

Mr. ZARZYCKI: I was still hoping.

MURPHY: Still hoping that she's alive?

Mr. ZARZYCKI: Yes.

Mr. ERIC SMITH: This family and this case is exactly why we started this cold case unit.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) The police on the case had gotten some extra investigative oomph from the county prosecutor's office. Chief prosecutor Eric Smith has made it a signature of his term in office to go after the hard-to-solve cases like Cindy's.

(Files; Eric Smith)

Mr. SMITH: From the first meeting you have with the victim's family and you tell them we're going to pick up their case, you see the relief, you see the tears come. At that point, it almost doesn't matter to them what the end result is, just the fact that we're going back to try and get justice.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) Trial prosecutor Steve Kaplan had successfully handled every cold case, gaining convictions or plea bargains in all 21 of them. But he knew case number 22, the Cindy case, was full of holes.

(Steve Kaplan's office; Kaplan)

Mr. STEVE KAPLAN: We did not have a body. We did not have an eyewitness to her being with anybody, kidnapped or ambushed. We had no physical evidence against anybody.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) And in pretrial wrangling, this wholly circumstantial case got a lot dicier. Much of Mac and Jen's marathon interrogation of Art Ream was tossed out because he'd had no lawyer present.

(Empty courtroom; police interview of Art)

MURPHY: The judge also declared inadmissible some potentially devastating evidence. First, she ruled the jury could not hear about Ream's history as a pedophile and of his sex crimes. And then she threw out a chilling statement from that hitchhiker case when Ream had abducted and raped a young girl, then tossed her from his car. The victim, it turned out, remembered a license plate number leading to Ream's arrest and conviction. And that prompted Ream to allegedly declare to an accomplice, quote, "If I ever do this again, I'll kill the next victim." Two rulings from the bench that were two strikes against the prosecution.

Mr. KAPLAN: The case is diminished. It would be like entering a gunfight with only part of your arsenal.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) The prosecutor began his case by knocking down the runaway theory. Older sister Connie testified that Cindy would never have done a runner without packing a bag.

(Kaplan at desk; court in session)

CONNIE: (In court) I have a photographic memory, and I know our stuff was still there. She didn't take makeup or clothes or anything.

Mr. KAPLAN: (In court) What was her state of mind? Happy? Unhappy?

CONNIE: (In court) She was one of the most happy, easy to get along with people. She let things slide off her back.

Mr. KAPLAN: Cindy Zarzycki is the poster child for not being a runaway. She loved her family, she had no drug addiction, she had no mental illnesses. She is the last 13-year-old who would run away.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) What had happened to her, then, was suggested by the testimony of two of her best friends, Cathy Bouford and Theresa Olechowski. They both told the jury, as they said they'd told police back in 1986, about Cindy's plans to meet her boyfriend's father, Art Ream.

(Bouford and Olechowski talking, walking)

Ms. BOUFORD: (In court) They were making plans. They were going to go down and meet at Dairy Queen.

Ms. OLECHOWSKI: (In court) She told me that she would be meeting Arthur Ream, Scott's father, at the Dairy Queen because he was going to take her to a surprise birthday party for Scott in Pontiac.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) But the party was a ruse, later testimony would reveal. Scott's birthday had been in January, not April when Cindy disappeared. The invitation, Kaplan argued, was merely a ploy to lure Cindy to the Dairy Queen and then into Ream's van, and she hadn't been seen since.

(Photo of Scott; Dairy Queen)

Ms. OLECHOWSKI: (In court) I know that Cindy is in a much better place. She's not on Earth right now. She didn't run away. I believe she's with the Lord.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) And where was Cindy's boyfriend Scott on that Sunday in question, April 20th? Not in Michigan, according to a late addition witness.

(Photo of Scott; court in session)

Judge MARY CHRZANOWSKI: (In court) Sir, would you raise your right hand, please? Do you swear from the testimony you're about to give will be the truth?

Man #3: (In court) Yes, I do.

Mr. KAPLAN: It was one of those TV movie moments where a witness surfaces just before trial.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) The relentless lead detective, Derek McLaughlin, had recently found this man, a former employee of Art Ream in the carpet business. The ex-employee testified that he'd requested time off to attend to some business in Texas.

(McLaughlin and man; court in session)

Man #3: (In court) He told me that the only way I'd be able to get that time off was if I took Scott with me down to south Texas. And he would pay the airfare and expenses for Scott if I would take him with me.

Mr. KAPLAN: (In court) How long were you and Scott away?

Man #3: (In court) We left on the Friday, which would have been the 18th, and we were back nine to 10 days later.

MURPHY: So your theory is this Arthur Ream has been grooming his son's girlfriend and gets the son out of the way so he can carry out his molestation?

Mr. KAPLAN: Yes. Yes, he gets the son out of Dodge in Texas.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) And, the prosecutor said, there was one more circumstantial sign of Art Ream's connection to Cindy. And it was the only physical evidence of significance produced in the case, exhibit number 10.

(Court in session; missing persons flier)

Det. McLAUGHLIN: (In court) Exhibit 10 is a mailer coupon that has a missing picture of Cindy Zarzycki.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) In 2007, you remember, Detective McLaughlin had uncovered the curious item tucked away in a jewelry box in Ream's old carpet warehouse. 'Why in the world would Ream have it there?' the prosecutor asked the detective.

(Missing persons flier by ruler; warehouse exterior; photos of warehouse)

Det. McLAUGHLIN: (In court) They're like trophies. They like to save things that the normal person wouldn't.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) In his cross-examination of the detective, defense attorney Tim Kohler argued that Art Ream hadn't been in that warehouse for years and suggested the evidence could have been tainted.

(Court in session; warehouse exterior)

Mr. TIM KOHLER: (In court) You don't know if anybody had been in there or not had been in there. You weren't there all that time, were you?

Det. McLAUGHLIN: (In court) No, sir.

Mr. KOHLER: (In court) You don't know what would have been brought in or taken out of there, do you?

Det. McLAUGHLIN: (In court) That's correct.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) In his defense case, Kohler called just a couple of witnesses, none particularly useful.

(Court in session; Tim Kohler walking)

MURPHY: Your general strategy to the jury in the court is what?

Mr. KOHLER: You don't have enough evidence. It's a tragic event, but you don't have enough evidence. Because I know I don't have the burden. The burden is on the prosecutor.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) So Kohler jabbed away at the prosecution's key witnesses, particularly Detective McLaughlin. Kohler, for instance, wondered if Mac had exhaustively run down all those leads on Cindy as a possible runaway.

(Court in session)

Mr. KOHLER: They have had numerous, by their own testimony, numerous calls about her that they didn't follow up.

MURPHY: And your mission, as a defense lawyer, is to plant that seed of doubt.

Mr. KOHLER: That's right. That's right.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) And Kohler hoped he'd raised sufficient doubt as he rested his case. To the news reporters on at least one scorecard, it looked as though the defense had a good shot.

(Court in session; Amber Hunt typing)

MURPHY: As you went into closing arguments, what was the betting in the courtroom about guilty or not guilty?

Ms. HUNT: It was probably about 30/70 in favor of not guilty.

MURPHY: In favor of not guilty?

Ms. HUNT: Yeah.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) Reporter Amber Hunt of the Detroit Free Press had heard a totally circumstantial case. There was no body, and Ream's past as a pedophile had been excluded.

(Hunt on phone)

Ms. HUNT: It was not a slam dunk case, by any means.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) But before the lawyers had the opportunity to give closing arguments, something extraordinary was about to happen in judge's chambers, a hush-hush meeting that could blow the case out of the water.

(Empty courtroom; judge's chambers)

Ms. HUNT: And I just happened to notice that the judge said, 'Nobody can overhear this,' and then I put two and two together.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) Coming up, the defendant offers a deal for information on Cindy. But will the chief prosecutor buy it?

(Ream in court; photos of Cindy; Smith at desk; Smith walking)

Mr. SMITH: My first inclination was, hell, no.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) When Cracked: The Case of the Girl Who Never Came Home continues.

(Title graphic)

(Announcements)

MURPHY: (Voiceover) The victim, the accused killer, and the father, compassionate beyond common understanding.

(Dairy Queen; photo of Cindy; photo of Art; Ed)

Mr. ZARZYCKI: (Voiceover) And God told me to start praying for him.

(Ed kneeling in church)

MURPHY: That you should pray for Art Ream?

Mr. ZARZYCKI: Art Reams, yes.

MURPHY: This man accused of abducting and killing your daughter, the way the prosecutor described it?

Mr. ZARZYCKI: Yes, yes. Yes. Yep. He told me that I need to pray for him and forgive him.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) And Cindy's father was about to show mercy to his daughter's accused killer in court, too, because of a dramatic event right before closing arguments. Art Ream was talking a plea, courtroom top secret.

(Ed in church; court in session)

Ms. HUNT: (Voiceover) They cleared out the courtroom, told us all to leave.

(Court in session)

Ms. HUNT: And I just happened to notice that the judge said to one of the bailiffs, 'You need to make sure that the entire back room is cleared out. Nobody can be in my chambers or near my chambers. Nobody can overhear this.' And then I put two and two together.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) Amber Hunt figured it out and would later be the first to report that an 11th hour plea deal had been in the works. Lawyers from both sides and the Zarzycki family were summoned to the judge's chambers.

(Hunt at desk; Kaplan in hall)

Mr. ZARZYCKI: Said, 'We want to talk to you. He wants to make an agreement.'

MURPHY: (Voiceover) Ream told his lawyer he didn't murder Cindy, but he could reveal where she was buried in exchange for a reduced charge and a lesser sentence.

(Art; Kohler)

Mr. KOHLER: He doesn't tell me where it is, but he tells me that he knows.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) Defense attorney Kohler then asked Detective Derek McLaughlin for help.

(Kohler)

Mr. KOHLER: And I said, 'You've got to work the deal, though.'

MURPHY: (Voiceover) The defense lawyer needed Mac as a negotiating ally to prod Eric Smith, the elected county prosecutor, to make a deal.

(McLaughlin; Smith walking)

Mr. SMITH: My first inclination was, hell, no. I'm going to make sure he goes to prison the rest of his life. The idea that a defendant thinks he can take control of this process and use this poor 13-year-old girl's body as a bargaining chip may be the lowest thing I've ever seen in a criminal case.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) Ream held one trump card, Cindy's body. And the Zarzyckis wanted that above anything else, even a conviction. The family found itself taking Art Ream's side in the plea talks.

(Photo of Cindy; McLaughlin and Ed and Linda Zarzycki)

Mr. EDDIE ZARZYCKI Jr.: It was all about finding Cindy. That was the thing, right from the--from day one.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) They'd had no chance to say goodbye and knew nothing of Cindy's whereabouts for the past 22 years. At least now they could give her a proper burial, if only the prosecutor would make a deal with the devil.

(Photos of Cindy; Smith)

Mr. EDDIE ZARZYCKI Jr.: I would rather have her buried on our own terms than some killer like the middle of the night.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) Detective McLaughlin was also arguing for a deal. After all, he'd promised the family he'd bring Cindy home.

(McLaughlin, Ed and Linda Zarzycki)

Det. McLAUGHLIN: Well, at the time I got this case, I had a daughter that was 13 ...

(Voiceover) ... the same age daughter as what Cindy was when she disappeared.

(Photo of McLaughlin with family)

MURPHY: (Voiceover) Now it was up to prosecutor Smith.

(Smith)

Mr. SMITH: It was a lot of heated discussions about this.

MURPHY: And you get this delicate situation of trying to broker the people's interests vs. the family's passionate desire.

Mr. SMITH: Yeah. And you can't say no.

(Voiceover) They've lived this for more than 20 years. So, with myself and the father and the family, came to sort of a middle ground.

(Ed and Linda Zarzycki outside courtroom)

Mr. SMITH: And I agreed to reduce it from first-degree murder to second-degree murder.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) Smith was also willing to downsize the sentence from mandatory life to 22 years. So would it be deal or no deal?

(Smith in hallway)

Mr. SMITH: It fell apart because he wanted a better deal.

Mr. KOHLER: We couldn't get the number. It fell apart because we couldn't get the number.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) No deal. Ream had insisted on only a 10-year prison sentence. The DA wasn't going there.

(Court in session)

Mr. SMITH: (Voiceover) And when he said no, it was taken off the table immediately, and Steve ran into court and did closings.

(Court in session)

MURPHY: (Voiceover) The jury, listening to closing arguments, was totally unaware of the 11th hour plea negotiations. The prosecution went first.

(Empty jury seats; court in session)

Mr. KAPLAN: (In court) Well, Cindy's not coming home. Cindy's dead. This man not only killed her, but he deprived the family of a burial.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) Then closing from the defense.

(Court in session)

Mr. KOHLER: (In court) If you've got reasonable doubt, you can come back with a verdict, and that verdict is not guilty.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) Then the jury went behind closed doors to deliberate a first-degree murder case. And to the surprise of nearly everyone, they were back after just two hours.

(Empty deliberation room)

Judge CHRZANOWSKI: (In court) All right, Mr. Foreman, have you reached a verdict?

Unidentified Man #4: (In court) Yes, we have, your honor.

Judge CHRZANOWSKI: (In court) Would you please give it to my deputy.

CONNIE: I remember praying and praying and praying.

Judge CHRZANOWSKI: (In court) As to count one, your verdict is?

Man #4: (In court) Guilty in the first degree.

CONNIE: Guilty of first-degree murder? I felt like someone punched me right in the heart because at that moment I knew I would have to admit she's gone and she's never coming back. And I was glad that he'd go to jail for what he did.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) A mandatory life sentence. Art Ream had overplayed his hand.

(Court in session)

Mr. SMITH: It took us 22 years to bring justice to her.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) But it was a bittersweet victory for the Zarzyckis. They'd lost their Cindy, and now they'd lost their leverage with Ream to get her remains back for a proper burial.

(Eddie Jr. and Connie hugging; Ed hugging Connie)

Mr. ZARZYCKI: I told my wife, I says, 'We'll never know now.' I probably would go to my own grave not knowing where she was.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) Except for one thing. The Zarzyckis still had Detective McLaughlin on the case, and it wasn't over for him. Coming up ...

(Eddie Jr. and McLaughlin hugging, McLaughlin and Connie hugging)

Mr. ZARZYCKI: He says, 'Ed, I'm going to find Cindy.'

MURPHY: (Voiceover) The detective won't rest until he keeps his promise, when Cracked: The Case of the Girl Who Never Came Home continues.

(McLaughlin and man at desk; McLaughlin; photo of Cindy; title graphic)

(Announcements)

MURPHY: (Voiceover) He had to keep on a-coming. There were years of frustration, but Detective Derek McLaughlin had finally taken down Cindy Zarzycki's killer.

(McLaughlin exiting vehicle; court in session)

MURPHY: (Voiceover) How'd you take the verdict?

(Art in court)

Det. McLAUGHLIN: I was--I was real happy about it.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) Is that a high five moment?

(McLaughlin hugging Connie)

Det. McLAUGHLIN: (Voiceover) Oh, more than high five.

(McLaughlin hugging Connie)

Ms. LEIBOW: Mac and I gave each other a big hug after that.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) But to Jen and Mac, this odd couple interrogation team, the conviction was only half the battle.

(Leibow and McLaughlin walking)

Ms. LEIBOW: The second we're done with all the official proceedings, I mean, Mac just took off, and he--and he went to go talk to Art, because I think the same thing was in both of our minds. Now it's time to find the body.

Mr. ZARZYCKI: He says, 'Ed, don't have a memorial service. I'm going to find Cindy.'

MURPHY: (Voiceover) It was a promise Mac had made to Cindy's father and the rest of the family. Cindy's case would stay open on his desk until her body was found.

(McLaughlin, Ed and Linda Zarzycki; open file)

Det. McLAUGHLIN: So I went and talked to Art.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) Art had just been convicted. He was still in the courthouse lockup. Mac tried the old buddy-buddy approach.

(Ream; door closing)

Det. McLAUGHLIN: I says, 'Art,' I says, 'you're not a killer.' I says, you know, 'You might have a fetish with 13-, 14-, 15-year-old girls, but you're not a killer.' I says, 'Tell me what happened that day.' He says it--'I panicked,' he says, 'and it got out of control and I killed her.' I said, 'But where'd you put her at, Art? You need to tell me where you put her.' He says, 'Mac, I can't tell you that.'

MURPHY: (Voiceover) The detective playing buddy-buddy was all well and good, but clearly Ream had no incentive to give up the information. His murder one conviction carried with it an automatic life sentence.

(Court in session)

Mr. JOHN CALABRESE: The first meeting he has with Art doesn't go very well.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) So Mac's boss, inspector John Calabrese, suggested a new ploy to sneak inside the mind of a killer. Take away his control with some psychological jujitsu. Drill into Ream's head that he doesn't matter anymore. No one cared about his aimless ramblings. He was yesterday's news.

(John Calabrese; McLaughlin and Calabrese at desk)

Mr. CALABRESE: I said, 'Mac, I think you need to take a different approach with Art. And you need to go in there and let him know that you don't care anymore. "If we find the body, fine. If not, it's over with. You know, it was nice talking to you, Art, but have a nice rest of your life in prison."'

MURPHY: This is a whole new strategy.

Det. McLAUGHLIN: Yeah. Yeah.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) It went against Mac's gut to play nonchalant about what he cared for most, finding Cindy's body, but he went with his boss's suggestion to try a new tack: Be brusque and dismissive. He hoped Ream would get flustered and produce a map and that would direct them to Cindy.

(McLaughlin and Calabrese)

Det. McLAUGHLIN: (Police interview) How've you been?

Mr. REAM: (Police interview) All right.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) A few weeks after the trial and conviction, Mac had a jailhouse meeting with Ream in a visitor's room by his cell. The detective recorded the interview with a camera concealed inside a plastic bottle. Right away Mac laid down the new law.

(Police interview with Art; fake water bottle; police interview with Art)

Det. McLAUGHLIN: (Police interview) The case is done. I have closure with it. The family's got closure. Do we want Cindy back? Absolutely. But everybody's OK. That's all I want to do is today, basically, get information as to where Cindy's remains are. I don't want to talk about anything else today.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) Ream, as he had so often before, tried to change the conversation.

(Police interview with Art)

Mr. REAM: (Police interview) So you really don't care what happened? You're happy with the story that was told, right?

Det. McLAUGHLIN: (Police interview) Right now, yeah.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) At first it seemed like Ream wasn't taking the bait. The two sparred.

(Police interview with Art)

Mr. REAM: (Police interview) If it doesn't matter what happened, you know, it doesn't--then it don't matter, does it?

Det. McLAUGHLIN: (Police interview) It does matter. It matters a lot.

Mr. REAM: (Police interview) Why would it matter? You know, you don't care, the family don't care. Nobody cares.

ALEXANDER: (Police interview) No, we didn't say we didn't care. No, we didn't say we didn't care. We just said we have closure.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) Mac stuck to the game plan, pretend like it's all old history.

(Police interview with Art)

Det. McLAUGHLIN: (Voiceover) I says, 'I'm fine with it. I'm going to move on.'

(Police interview with Art)

Det. McLAUGHLIN: And this guy was like hanging onto my--I'm trying to get up, I says, 'Art, you got five minutes to write me out a map.'

MURPHY: (Voiceover) The ploy was working. Ream could sense the curtain was coming down, and he didn't like not being center stage any more.

(Police interview with Art)

Mr. REAM: (Police interview) I don't have closure, so how the hell can they have closure?

Det. McLAUGHLIN: (Police interview) Because that's the type of people they are. Do they want their daughter back? Of course they do.

Ms. LEIBOW: He took his trump card. It was--it was perfect. Art had no more control. He couldn't be the puppet master, you know. Mac took it from him.

Det. McLAUGHLIN: (Police interview) Well, anyway, we're done today.

Mr. REAM: (Police interview) I don't like what you said that nobody cares what happened.

Det. McLAUGHLIN: (Police interview) I didn't say that.

Mr. REAM: (Police interview) It driving me crazy.

Det. McLAUGHLIN: (Police interview) No, Art, Art. You're missing it.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) Clearly, Mac's trick psychology had gotten to Ream, the killer who'd kept the Zarzyckis in the dark for 22 years. Now the tables were turned, and he sputtered at his loss of control.

(Police interview with Art)

Det. McLAUGHLIN: (Police interview) They care. But they're satisfied of what they've got so far, OK?

Mr. REAM: (Police interview) That's impossible. That's impossible.

Det. McLAUGHLIN: (Police interview) Hey, Art ...

Mr. REAM: (Police interview) It's been driving me crazy for 22 years.

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MURPHY: (Voiceover) Mac had been shadow boxing with a psychopath, rummaging around the brain of a killer, jabbing at him from a different direction. But he left without Ream coughing up a map.

(Police interview with Art)

MURPHY: You weren't sold on this strategy going in?

Det. McLAUGHLIN: No, I wasn't.

MURPHY: So about a week goes by and his lawyer calls you.

Det. McLAUGHLIN: And he said, 'My client wants to give you a map.'

MURPHY: (Voiceover) It was the break he'd dreamed of since the case file thumped on his desk back in 1995.

(Photo of McLaughlin and man)

MURPHY: Jen, you get a call. 'We've got a map'?

Ms. LEIBOW: I think I was done packing before we hung up the phone.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) Later, at the jail, the bottle cam caught Ream handing his attorney a hand-drawn map. In the crudely drawn map, Ream marked Cindy's burial spot with an X near a river, "about 25 feet from bridge," he wrote.

(Kohler at police interview; map)

Det. McLAUGHLIN: (Police interview) Why'd you pick this spot?

Mr. REAM: (Police interview) You ever walk in the country?

Det. McLAUGHLIN: (Police interview) I did.

Mr. REAM: (Police interview) It's nice up there.

Det. McLAUGHLIN: (Police interview) It is.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) He'd mapped out a place where he used to keep bees.

(Photo of beekeeper)

Mr. KOHLER: (Police interview) How large is the area that you excavated, dug out for her?

(Mac holds out arms)

Det. McLAUGHLIN: (Police interview) Now, did you go pretty deep, or ...

Mr. REAM: (Police interview) Probably four feet.

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MURPHY: (Voiceover) Even if he was telling the truth, locating Cindy's body would be extremely difficult. It had been 22 years. She'd been buried beside a river known for flooding its banks. Maybe her bones had carried downstream. Even though Mac had promised her father, maybe poor Cindy was just destined to remain missing.

(Police interview with Art; McLaughlin in field; forest trail; river; photo of Cindy)

MURPHY: (Voiceover) Coming up, a dramatic journey, a killer taken in chains to the place where he says he buried Cindy.

(Forest trail; officers escorting Art; photos of Art and police)

Det. McLAUGHLIN: I'll tell you, she was calling to us.

(Voiceover) And we weren't going to leave that area without her letting us know where she was.

(People digging)

MURPHY: (Voiceover) Would they finally find her and bring her home? When Cracked: The Case of the Girl Who Never Came Home continues.

(Photos of Cindy; title graphic)

(Announcements)

MURPHY: (Voiceover) They gathered by a river behind an old farmhouse--searchers, forensic anthropologists--guided only by a crude map drawn by the killer.

(McLaughlin, Leibow and others; forensic anthropologists; map)

Det. McLAUGHLIN: (Videotape) He says she's down by the river, she's 25 feet to the west of the bridge.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) How surreal it was for Mac. When he got to the scene, he remembered back to what the psychic had said. He was amazed that the area was so much as the psychic had described it.

(McLaughlin in forest; tarot cards; forest trail)

Det. McLAUGHLIN: One of the first things that popped in my head was, when we first got out there, you know, the bridge, the banks of the river, the field of flowers. It was unbelievable.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) The tranquility of the river and woods on that July day in 2008 was in stark contrast to what the searchers hoped they'd find there, the burial site of Cindy Zarzycki. Art Ream had dug a gravesite in what turned out to be a flood plain. Maybe all trace of Cindy had been washed away.

(Photos of people searching in woods; photo of Cindy; bridge and river; photo of McLaughlin, Leibow and others)

Ms. LEIBOW: (Voiceover) Cadaver dogs didn't find anything.

(Photo of McLaughlin, Leibow and others)

Ms. LEIBOW: We weren't exactly sure where it was.

Det. McLAUGHLIN: I knew she was there. It was still trying to find a needle in a haystack, you know.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) So Mac got permission to spring Ream from prison to narrow down the search. He lumbered in convict's chains to the place where he thought he'd dumped the murdered 13-year-old 22 years before.

(Art escorted by officers; photo of Art in forest)

Det. McLAUGHLIN: When he came out with us, he more or less--he couldn't remember exactly where the--where he had put Cindy.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) The pedophile killer poked about here and there as though he were trying to select a picnic spot.

(Photo of Art in woods)

Mr. SMITH: Just walking around, going, 'Yeah, I remember these trees. I think I was over here. It'--"it"--'could be over here.'

MURPHY: (Voiceover) Prosecutor Eric Smith, whose cold case unit had put Ream away for the rest of his life, was made crazy by Ream's casual banter.

(Photo of Smith; forest)

Mr. SMITH: To the point where I just said, 'Stop. Just shut up.' The fact that he could stand out there knowing full well the last time--maybe the last time he was here he's burying Cindy Zarzycki, and he's walking around as though he doesn't have a care in the world. Maybe it was that I'm a father, but that got to me in a hurry.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) Ream was then hustled back to prison, but not before Mac took him to a suspicious spot that, earlier, the detective had had a cadaver dog sniff at.

(Photo of Art and escort; cadaver dogs)

Det. McLAUGHLIN: He looked at the spot, he says, 'No,' he says--he says, 'I think it's closer to the river.'

MURPHY: (Voiceover) Meanwhile, about an hour northeast in their retirement cottage by Lake Huron, Ed and Linda Zarzycki were well aware that the search for Cindy had started, but Mac spared them the agonies.

(Ed and Linda Zarzycki at beach)

Mr. ZARZYCKI: He says, 'You stay put. But I promise, when we find her remains we'll call you.'

MURPHY: (Voiceover) It was turning into a frustrating day. Four holes came up empty. She could be anywhere. Still, the searchers pushed on as the July day became a scorcher. They were doing it for the girl's father and for Mac.

(Searchers near river; digging; photo of McLaughlin and others)

MURPHY: You had promised the father. You said, 'Ed, I'm going to get you your girl's body back.'

Det. McLAUGHLIN: Yeah. And that's something that, yeah, I should have never done, but I did. That's one thing a law enforcement person shouldn't do is promise somebody that they're going to get their deceased daughter back, you know? They were genuine people who missed their daughter. If it was me, I'd want somebody working the case, on my case, if I--if I had a daughter that came up missing.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) A neighborly farmer came by with his front-end loader to pitch in. Like so many others touched by Cindy's case, the farmer, a diabetic, became completely caught up in the mission and forgot to eat.

(Photos of tractor; man)

Det. McLAUGHLIN: His wife come down worried about him. I said, 'Why don't you just take your tractor home and call it a day.' I says, 'You look--you look whipped.' He says, 'No.' He says, 'I'm out here to find this little girl.'

MURPHY: (Voiceover) By then it was getting late in the day.

(Photo of searchers)

Det. McLAUGHLIN: And it's getting dark. It's hot. There's mosquitoes.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) Outside the dig area, Cindy's brother and sister were waiting for any news, the shadows getting longer.

(Photo of Eddie Jr. and Connie)

CONNIE: What happens when it becomes dark? You know, are they going to bring lights out there and keep searching or whatever? And I said, 'That's when we pray.' And I prayed. My prayer was that, 'If they are to find her, Lord, tonight, let them do it now.'

MURPHY: (Voiceover) Mac and the chief anthropologist had been ready to call it quits, but they decided to look one more time at the very spot Ream had dismissed earlier because it wasn't near the river. The anthropologist was intrigued.

(Photo of McLaughlin with shovel; searchers; riverbank)

Det. McLAUGHLIN: And he says, 'Let's give it one more shot. This looks like a good area to look at.'

MURPHY: (Voiceover) It would be hole number five. The farmer on the loader scooped out a 4x10 foot trench.

(Photo of searchers; tractor)

Det. McLAUGHLIN: And there was a little hump in the middle of this trench. I'm looking at it, and I remember asking Art, 'When you buried Cindy,' I said, 'Did you flatten out her grave, or did you just leave it like a hump like they do in the movies?' He says, 'I just left it a hump.'

MURPHY: (Voiceover) Mac jumped into the hole.

(Photo of searchers)

Det. McLAUGHLIN: So the first time all day long, I grabbed a shovel with another trooper, and we're digging. And my second shovel, I wrenched the dirt back and up popped this bone.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) For the anthropologist, it was the moment.

(Photo of dig site)

Det. McLAUGHLIN: And he picks up--it was the bone, and he holds it like this, and he says, 'Mac, do you know what this is?' And I think I'm in a state of shock at this time. And I says, 'No, I don't.' And he says, 'Well, it's a bone. It's a tibia bone to an adolescent child.' And I says, 'How do you know that?' He goes, 'Well, one, I'm an anthropologist. And two,' he says, 'the bone hasn't been fused yet.' So I said OK. I says, 'So it's not an animal bone?' I think I'm still in a state of shock. And he goes, 'No,' he says, 'Cindy's right below us.'

MURPHY: You'd found Cindy.

Det. McLAUGHLIN: Yeah.

MURPHY: After all those years.

Det. McLAUGHLIN: (Videotape) That's a clavicle.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) Mac and the anthropology team were bringing up more remains.

(Videotape of dig site; photo of remains found at dig site)

Unidentified Man #5: (Videotape) Is it jewelry?

Unidentified Woman: (Videotape) I don't know.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) Recovering personal items that maybe the girl's family could identify.

(Videotape of dig site; crime scene photo)

Det. McLAUGHLIN: (Videotape) Would that be clothing?

MURPHY: (Voiceover) What he was finding was enough for Mac to make a phone call he'd always wanted to make.

(Videotape of dig site; photo of searchers)

Mr. ZARZYCKI: And he calls up at about 5:30 and said, 'Can you be here?'

MURPHY: (Voiceover) More painstaking digging. Still, nothing unmistakably Cindy, until ...

(Videotape of dig site)

Man #5: (Videotape) Well, looks like the purse.

Det. McLAUGHLIN: (Videotape) Purse.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) As the investigators carefully removed the purse's contents, they found something that almost declared, 'Yes, I am Cindy Zarzycki's remains.'

(Videotape of dig site)

Ms. LEIBOW: (Videotape) And a tape. Oh my God.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) A mix tape. Prosecutor Smith approached the Zarzycki family, who'd now gathered on the fringe of the dig.

(Videotape of dig site; photo of Smith)

Mr. SMITH: I said, 'Well, there were certain things in her purse that were pretty distinctive.' And they didn't say anything. And I said, 'Homemade tapes of music.'

CONNIE: When he said the word "cassette tapes," and I laughed and cried all at the same time and said, 'That's Cindy.'

MURPHY: Mac promised you results, and he got them.

Mr. ZARZYCKI: Yes, he did. He promised me. He says, 'I will not give up till we find Cindy.'

Det. McLAUGHLIN: I still can't believe it. It was like we weren't supposed to find her that day, but I'll tell you, she was calling to us.

MURPHY: Hm.

Det. McLAUGHLIN: And she was--we weren't going to leave that area without her letting us know where she was.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) But there was something amidst the bones that no one could recognize, a piece of jewelry. There was one remaining mystery to solve.

(Dig site photos)

MURPHY: (Voiceover) Coming up, revealing a murderer's secrets.

(McLaughlin and Murphy with evidence; photo of Art; necklace)

Det. McLAUGHLIN: Pandora's box, it still has a few things in it, so.

Ms. LEIBOW: Yeah.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) When Cracked: The Case of the Girl Who Never Came Home continues.

(Photo of Art; title graphic)

(Announcements)

MURPHY: (Voiceover) It was a life cut short by the pedophile father of her first crush. The teenage artifacts of Cindy Zarzycki, thick with dried mud, were set out on a police station table.

(Photo of Cindy; items from dig site)

MURPHY: Detective, this is really distressing to see this stuff. This is the last of Cindy that came out of the grave, huh?

Det. McLAUGHLIN: That's correct.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) For Derek McLaughlin, the detective who couldn't rest until he found her, the tube socks with the stripes worn by a budding athlete were what got him.

(Murphy and McLaughlin looking at items from dig site)

Det. McLAUGHLIN: And her friends always said that she wore them, even in wintertime, in gym, wearing jeans. When I saw the socks, I said, 'That's Cindy.'

MURPHY: (Voiceover) For best friend Theresa, there were the white boots with a buckle. Only one was found, the other apparently swept away.

(Olechowski; mouldering remains of white boot)

Ms. OLECHOWSKI: Her shoes are what did it for me. I had gotten a pair for Christmas, and Cindy desperately wanted them. And she nagged her grandmother for these shoes. And her grandmother finally broke down and bought her the shoes.

Det. McLAUGHLIN: The tapes, Cindy always carried around her tapes, her music.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) For her older sister Connie, the mix tape cassettes taken from Cindy's purse, coming months before a DNA match from the lab, was all the confirmation that she would need. Had the tapes just maybe been Cindy's birthday present for Scott, her boyfriend? Connie says she and Cindy gave away mix tapes as gifts all the time.

(Connie; videotape of dig site; dig site photo; photo of Scott; mix tape remains)

CONNIE: We would pick their favorite songs or something that had meaning to us to show how much we cared for that person.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) But there was one item from the grave that no one in Cindy's family could remember, a gold necklace with a charm on it, an anchor.

(Grimy remains from dig site; McLaughlin and Murphy looking at items)

Det. McLAUGHLIN: Found it at around her neck area.

MURPHY: And her family didn't know what to make of that?

Det. McLAUGHLIN: Exactly. We asked them if they could ID this, and they--nobody could.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) But Linda Bronson, one of Art Ream's ex-wives, said yes, she knew what it was. Art had worn that anchor chain all the time.

(Linda Bronson walking; photo of Art)

Det. McLAUGHLIN: So what we're thinking is that what Art did is, after he put Cindy in the grave, he put his necklace around her neck and then buried her.

MURPHY: What do you make of that?

Det. McLAUGHLIN: A possession type thing.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) Just as he'd kept a missing persons flier of Cindy as a trophy.

(Missing persons flier)

Judge CHRZANOWSKI: (In court) It is the sentence of this court that you be incarcerated in the Michigan Department of Corrections to serve a life sentence.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) At his sentencing, mandatory life, Ream was still trying to keep his grip on the family he devastated for more than two decades. He offered to tell Cindy's dad explicit details of what happened after he and Cindy met up at the Dairy Queen.

(Art in court for sentencing)

Mr. REAM: (In court) I would like to ask the father if I could get his permission to write him, and maybe it would help us both if he knew everything.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) But Ed Zarzycki said no way. He and his family really had moved on, thanks to Detective McLaughlin, after years of police failure. Cindy's mother, Alice, said locating her daughter's remains had given them all closure.

(Sentencing trial for Art; McLaughlin; Alice)

Ms. A. ZARZYCKI: If we had not found Cindy's body, a piece of me maybe could have had one little piece of hope, 'Maybe it's not really true.' And if it wasn't really true, I'd see her again.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) Ed and his wife, Linda, accepted Mac's invitation to visit the riverside grave with him.

(Ed, Linda, McLaughlin visiting riverbank)

MURPHY: Did you get anything from it?

Mr. ZARZYCKI: I think the only thing that I got from it was it was a very peaceful spot.

(Voiceover) You know, by the river. And when we left, it almost felt like her spirit went with us.

(Ed and Linda Zarzycki at riverbank grave)

Mr. ZARZYCKI: And she was with family again.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) In November 2008, with DNA lab results finally confirming what everyone knew, Cindy's remains were returned to her family for a memorial service. Hundreds of mourners filled the funeral home in Eastpointe. Her pastor from the 1980s remembered Cindy.

(Memorial service; man speaking)

Unidentified Man #6: (Memorial service) A great girl just right on the edge of being kids sometimes and being a young lady some other times.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) One of sister Connie's daughters read a poem of remembrance, speaking emotionally about someone she'd only learned about from pictures and family stories.

(Girl speaking at memorial service; quilt; photo of Cindy)

Unidentified Girl: (Memorial service) Darling Cindy Jo, I love you even though we never met, because you're the aunt I never got to know.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) The next day the casket bearing Cindy's remains was brought to the cemetery that would be her final resting place. Cindy's long-suffering father welcomed her home after 22 years of paralyzing uncertainty. Ed Zarzycki had bought the burial plot for her two years before. His faith told him that someday Cindy would be laid to rest next to a sister lost in infancy and across the way from her beloved Grandma Frannie, who'd spoiled her with those gotta-have white shoes. Other family members and friends, old and new, paid their respects, including Mac and Jen, whose nonstop dedication to finding Cindy made this bittersweet day finally possible.

(Pallbearers with casket; funeral; Ed and Linda Zarzycki with casket; gravestones; McLaughlin and Leibow at funeral; funeral service)

Det. McLAUGHLIN: (Funeral) Goodbye, little girl.

Ms. LEIBOW: (Voiceover) It really puts a fire under you to realize, you know, what we can do as investigators.

(McLaughlin and Leibow at funeral)

Ms. LEIBOW: You know, lets other perpetrators know that even if you think you committed a perfect crime, you didn't leave your DNA and you didn't leave any fibers or hairs behind, they're still going to get you.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) And yet Mac hasn't entirely closed out this case file. He believes Art Ream may have buried more bodies by that riverbank. He's opened two new investigations.

(McLaughlin at riverbank)

Det. McLAUGHLIN: Pandora's boxes still has a few things in it, so.

Ms. LEIBOW: Yeah.

MURPHY: (Voiceover) Whatever happens in the future, Mac says getting justice for Cindy was not just the case of a lifetime, it was a lifetime's satisfaction.

(Photo of Cindy; McLaughlin, Leibow and others at funeral)

Det. McLAUGHLIN: This is the best thing that's ever happened to me.

(Voiceover) And that's including even the birth of my kids, to be able to give something of this magnitude back to a family.


Source Citation
"Dateline NBC." Dateline [Transcript] 3 Sept. 2010. General OneFile. Web. 20 Oct. 2010.
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