In August 1980, the murders of two Fort Atkinson-area teenage sweethearts left the community reeling and desperately searching for clues. It would be 29 years before the families of Tim Hack and Kelly Drew received closure.
At 9 p.m. tonight, the dual slaying of Tim and Kelly will be the focus of an episode of the recently resurrected A&E television show, “Cold Case Files.”
Spanning 125 episodes, “Cold Case Files” originally premiered on A&E in 1998 and subsequently ran for almost 10 years. The “genre-defining,” Emmy-nominated true crime series began airing again on Feb. 27.
This episode covering the 1980 Hack-Drew murder case, titled “Sweethearts, Silenced,” will tell how “a killer authors a book about his conman past that becomes the key to solving a 29-year-old cold case of two high school sweethearts — and three other cold case murders — leading police to believe he could be the Zodiac Killer.”
“We chose to explore the murders of Tim Hack and Kelly Drew on ‘Cold Case Files’ because it was one of the most impactful cases we came across,” Laura Fleury, senior vice president and head of programming international at A&E Networks said. “Not only were the deaths of these two small-town sweethearts left unsolved for 29 years, but the case ultimately led detectives to a serial killer many believe could be the infamous Zodiac Killer.”