Woman dubbed ‘Killer Grandma’ for murders, identity theft detailed on ‘Dateline’

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(NBC NEWS) – Friday’s all-new “Dateline NBC” reveals new details on the massive nationwide manhunt to capture Lois Riess.

Dubbed “Killer Grandma,” Riess murdered her husband in Minnesota before fleeing to Florida, where she killed and stole the identity of Pam Hutchinson, a woman she had just met.

Here’s a preview of Dennis Murphy’s report:

Out on the beach, it was a day made for flip-flops. Bright sun on white sand, sparkling water as far as the eye could see.

But a few blocks away, darkness of the worst kind had descended on a high-rise timeshare. Unit 404 had become a crime scene.

A woman had been murdered. A visitor.

TARUS WOELK: It just– like, why? What– what drove this person to do this?

 JACLYN BEVIS: Everyone kind of looked to their left and looked to their right and said, “How could this happen right here?”

Tonight “Dateline” will have the first sit-down TV interview with a woman befriended by Riess.

Watch “Dateline” tonight on NBC4 at 9 p.m.

About “Dateline”

“Dateline NBC” is the longest-running series in NBC primetime history and is in its 29th season. Dateline is anchored by Lester Holt and features correspondents Andrea Canning, Josh Mankiewicz, Natalie Morales, Keith Morrison and Dennis Murphy.

Dateline is the #1 Friday newsmagazine and reaches more than 17 million people every week through its broadcast, and millions more through its social media platforms and podcasts.

The stories range from compelling mysteries to powerful documentaries and in-depth investigations. When major news breaks, they go to the scene, putting the pieces together to bring the viewer the full picture. And in every story they tell, they help the real people who lived the events share their journeys with the viewer.

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