Shadow of the Past

We've presented a lot of fun and challenging cases since our launch in 1995 — so many, fact, that some of our favorite ones have been unavailable online for years.

Now, we're proud to bring you this classic case from 1998. Can you solve it as efficiently as our early viewers did?

Det. McPhail with the bodies in 1958

What happened?

On April 11, 1958, Richard and Lisa Izard were found murdered outside their Yoknapatawpha County residence.

Their young children — Ricky, age 6, and LeAnne, age 2 — were missing.

The murders were never solved, and Ricky and LeAnne were never found.

In 1998, Doris Hammack of Detroit, Michigan, came forward claiming to be LeAnne Izard.

Can Ms. Hammack shed new light on this long‑cold investigation or is she up to something else?

Help investigate the case

The Shadow of the Past case documents are presented in chronological order in the Case Files.

  • Click the Evidence, Interview, Biography, or Press tag at the top of the Case Files page to filter by document type.
  • Click the Day tags at the top of the Case Files page to filter case documents by the day they happened in the investigation.

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Where do you start?

If this is your first look at the investigation, you may want to start with the Case Recap or one of these case documents:

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