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48 HOURS
Air Date: Saturday, January 12, 2013
Time Slot: 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST on CBS
Episode Title: (#2612) "THE PERFECT FAMILY"
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A MOM IS BRUTALLY MURDERED REVEALING SHOCKING FAMILY SECRETS - IS THE KILLER AT HOME? "48 HOURS: THE PERFECT FAMILY" SATURDAY, JAN. 12, 2013

Bernie Pyne returned home one day in May 2011 with his young daughter to find his wife Ruth in the garage, brutally beaten and stabbed to death.

The savage murder of the suburban mom was so shocking that even veteran detectives were stunned. Ruth Pyne was found in a pool of blood and beaten so badly her skull was cracked open. It was one of the worst crimes Detective Sergeant Greg Glover had ever seen in his nearly 25-year career, he tells 48 HOURS. "We knew that there was some type of rage," Glover says. "We felt it was something that was personal."

To outsiders, the Pynes appeared to be the all-American family. Bernie Pyne was a successful auto engineer who, with his wife, raised a seemingly happy family in a suburb of Detroit. They had two children, the oldest, Jeffrey, was his high school's valedictorian and on his way to college.

After Ruth was murdered, police would learn life inside wasn't so perfect. The investigation immediately turned to those who lived with Ruth, and along the way investigators learned Ruth had some psychiatric issues, including arguments and confrontations about her medications. Investigators learned Ruth and Bernie's marriage was fractured, and that Bernie had an affair. They also found Ruth's relationship with their son, Jeffrey, was also strained.

"Nobody knows what goes on behind closed doors and in someone's home. The family was not the family it appeared to be," Glover says on 48 HOURS: "The Perfect Family," to be broadcast Jan. 12, 2013 (10:00 PM ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

Ruth's sister Linda Jarvie thought Bernie was responsible for the murder. Given his affair, he understood the suspicions. "As a husband, to have your wife brutalized like this is the most painful and humiliating thing that can happen to a person," he tells Tracy Smith. "And then, to have people think that you could do it, is the most disgusting and debilitating thought you can have."

Five months into the investigation, Jeffrey Pyne was charged with his mother's murder. His attorney says he didn't do it. Police have no direct evidence tying him to the crime. Moreover, at trial, his attorney argues against a lesser charge of second-degree murder, rather than the original charge of first-degree murder, believing it would make it easier for a jury to convict him.

"The boy didn't do it," Bernie Pyne says. "My son would never harm his mother. They have this wrong. The police make mistakes and this is a mistake."

Tracy Smith and the 48 HOURS team report on Ruth Pyne's murder, the investigation and Jeffrey Pyne's trial through interviews with Ruth's sister, Bernie Pyne and investigators on the case. "The Perfect Family is produced by Liza Finley, Marc Goldbaum and Ruth Chenetz. Al Briganti is the executive editor. Susan Zirinsky is the senior executive producer.

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48 HOURS (CBS)
Returns Saturday, September 27
BROADCAST HISTORY:
1/19/88 - ???
STATUS:
returning this fall (yet to premiere)
TIME SLOT:
saturdays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
CURRENT SEASON:
28 (??? episodes)
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ADDITIONAL NOTES:
renewed through the 2014-15 season (the show's 28th) on 3/13/14
DESCRIPTION:
(from CBS's press release, March 2014) CBS, America's most-watched network, today announced pick-ups for 18 series for next season. Combined with its previously announced pick-ups, CBS has now renewed 20 returning series for the 2014-2015 season, encompassing 17 hours of primetime programming. The 18 series renewed today comprise 15.5 hours of CBS's weekly primetime schedule and include nine dramas, five comedies, two reality series and two news programs. Finally, in news, CBS will return 60 MINUTES, television's #1 news program for more than four decades, and 48 HOURS, Saturday's #1 non-sports program.
PRINCIPAL CAST INFORMATION:
· Bill Lagattuta as Correspondent
· Erin Moriarty as Correspondent
· Harold Dow as Correspondent
· Maureen Maher as Correspondent
· Peter Van Sant as Correspondent
· Richard Schlesinger as Correspondent
· Susan Spencer as Correspondent
· Troy Roberts as Correspondent
CREW INFORMATION:
· Rob Klug as DIR
· Susan Zirinsky as EP
GENRE(S):
· newsmagazine
STUDIO INFORMATION:
· CBS News