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48 HOURS
Air Date: Saturday, February 09, 2013
Time Slot: 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST on CBS
Episode Title: (#2616) "DESPERATE MEASURES"
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A MARRIED COUPLE IS ASSASSINATED - COULD AN ONLINE MAP HAVE LED THE KILLERS TO THE WRONG HOUSE? "48 HOURS: DESPERATE MEASURES" - SATURDAY, FEB. 9, 2013

Dennis Koula was a wealthy businessman who continued to go to work even though he earned enough to retire many times over. His wife, Merna, was a substitute teacher, and just like her husband, she loved to work. Then one day in May 2010, they failed to show up - because they were shot dead in their home.

The case shocked residents of La Crosse, Wis., where the Koulas were respected members of the community, seemingly loving parents to their grown children Eric and Cindy, and enthusiastic grandparents.

"It was an assassination," says John Christophersen, a former special agent with the Wisconsin Department of Justice, who investigated the case "This is somebody that was lying in wait for them, prepared to execute them."

"Just didn't understand why, why they're like this at all. Such great people. You know, they're - now they're gone," Eric Koula says in an interview with 48 HOURS: "Desperate Measures," to be broadcast Saturday, Feb. 9 at 10:00 PM, ET/PT on the CBS Television Network.

"For my parents to die the way they did is just, it's the most bizarre twist of fate," says daughter Cindy Cowell. "For two people who were so against violence to be brutally shot, it just boggles the mind."

It was Eric who found his parents dead in their home. He tells 48 HOURS he got worried when neither responded to calls. He headed to their home, where he found his father on the floor. His mother was slumped over her computer. Eric Koula called 911. But who would want the Koulas dead?

"There's nobody that stands out," Christophersen tells 48 HOURS.

The investigation would lead in many directions, including a tip from a neighbor - a banker - who tells police he had gotten death threats. And, as it turns out, a Google map search for his address, actually points to the Koula house.

Did the person threatening the neighbor get misled by the online maps, or were the Koulas killed by someone they knew?

Peter Van Sant and the 48 HOURS team report on the investigation into the murders of Dennis and Merna Koula using interviews with family, friends, investigators and prosecutors. "48 HOURS: Desperate Measures" is produced by Susan Mallie. Amanda Cassandra is the associate producer. George Baluzy and Mead Stone are the producer editors. Marlon Disla is the editor. Anthony Batson is the senior broadcast producer. Susan Zirinsky is the senior executive producer.

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48 HOURS (CBS)
BROADCAST HISTORY:
1/19/88 - ???
STATUS:
currently airing (spring 2014)
TIME SLOT:
saturdays from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM EST
CURRENT SEASON:
27 (??? 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