REAL-LIFE NCIS AGENTS TEAM UP WITH AIR FORCE INVESTIGATORS TO SOLVE THE MURDER OF AN AMERICAN AIRMAN IN JAPAN, LEADING TO A DARK, TWISTED PATH OF DECEPTION, FRAUD AND WITCHCRAFT, IN “NCIS: THE CASES THEY CAN’T FORGET”
Wednesday, June 19 (9:00 PM)
(L-R) Agent Lindsay Temes and Agent Heather Bellar
When real Naval Criminal Investigative Service agents and their counterparts from the Air Force Office of Special Investigations probe the murder of an Air Force sergeant in Japan, they are led on a dark, twisted trail of deception, fraud and witchcraft in NCIS: THE CASES THEY CAN’T FORGET: “The Enemy Within” to be broadcast Wednesday, June 19 (9:00 PM) on the CBS Television Network.
Air Force Technical Sergeant Curtis Eccleston was found brutally stabbed to death in his apartment off base in Okinawa, Japan. The respected airman had no known enemies and a career on the rise. His death shocked the Japanese island.
Agents Lindsay Temes and Heather Bellar from Air Force Office of Special Investigations were among the first to arrive at the gruesome crime scene.
“We didn’t have a suspect. We didn’t know if it was a Marine or a member of the Navy or an Air Force member or a Japanese member that had killed Curtis,” said Air Force OSI Agent Lindsay Temes.
Air Force OSI agents called in NCIS to help solve murder.
“Curtis didn’t have any known enemies at all. We couldn’t find anyone that had any kind of grievances with him,” said NCIS Special Agent Brandon McKinnon.
NCIS and Air Force OSI agents were initially concerned because Eccleston’s wife Barbara was nowhere to be found until hours after his body was discovered. Investigators soon learned Barbara was cheating on her husband. At the time of his death, the couple had been in the process of getting a divorce. She told them he had been dealing drugs and she was concerned he was killed because of a drug deal gone bad.
But as agents began to look into the drug angle, something just didn’t seem right. When those leads ran cold the agents went back to the scene of the crime. What they uncovered through digital forensics would reveal that the cover-up and diabolical premeditation was almost as brutal as the crime itself.
“These are just things that you don’t expect to see in real life,” said Travis Tritten, a former reporter for Stars and Stripes. “These are things that happen in movies.”
NCIS: THE CASES THEY CAN’T FORGET is in its third season and is hosted by Rocky Carroll. The series features a slate of the biggest cases handled by the real-life Naval Criminal Investigative Service. These are the kinds of challenging investigations that have inspired cases on CBS Entertainment’s successful primetime series NCIS, broadcast television’s #1 drama, NCIS: LOS ANGELES and NCIS: NEW ORLEANS. The previous name of the series was 48 HOURS: NCIS.
About NCIS: THE CASES THEY CAN’T FORGET
NCIS: THE CASES THEY CAN’T FORGET: “The Enemy Within” is a CBS News production from the team behind 48 HOURS. Rocky Carroll is the host. Anthony Batson is the executive producer. Matt Goldfarb is the producer. Iris Carreras is the field producer. Kevin Dean and Martín Bauzá are the editors. Phil Tangel and Marlon Disla are the series’ producer-editors. Jonathan Leach is the senior development producer.