The CW's Crime Nation season 1 finale will focus on the Idaho college murders, what to know

Crime Nation -- “Murder in a College Town” -- Image Number: CN110fg_0022 -- Pictured (L-R): -- Photo: NewsNation/The CW -- © 2024 Candle True Stories. All Rights Reserved.
Crime Nation -- “Murder in a College Town” -- Image Number: CN110fg_0022 -- Pictured (L-R): -- Photo: NewsNation/The CW -- © 2024 Candle True Stories. All Rights Reserved. /

The CW will be airing the season one finale of their show Crime Nation, which dives into true crime cases that have gripped the nation over the years. 

Since premiering in February, the series has made use of “expert analysis, exclusive reporting, and never-before-seen interviews” in order to dive into cases that people may only heard about in headlines. The episodes are two hours long, giving viewers time to get to know the cases and the people personally involved. In total, the season has 10 episodes. On April 30 at 8 p.m. ET, the season 1 finale will focus on what has become known as the Idaho murders. 

In November 2022, four college students were murdered in Moscow, Idaho, and it was a case that had everyone on social media talking. The victims were Xana Kernodle, Ethan Chapin, Madison Mogen, and Kaylee Goncalves; they were all students at the University of Idaho. For over a month, social media was ablaze with theories about who was involved until a suspect was found.

Crime Nation will discuss the investigation and how it led to a suspect, Bryan Kohberger, who is still awaiting trial for the murders. Not many details or a promo have been released for the episode, but the synopsis gives us some insight as well as what has aired previously for the series.

The official synopsis for "Murder in a College Town" states, “When four popular college students are murdered in the dead of night in their off-campus home, authorities launch a desperate search to find their killer, while the town of Moscow, Idaho becomes the epicenter of the True Crime universe.”

Besides focusing on the investigation aspects of the cases involved, Crime Nation will likely dive into how social media played a role in finding out what happened to the victims. In fact, the series has made use of social media sleuths, crime enthusiasts, podcasters, and more in order to find out how ordinary individuals played a role in solving the cases.

Other true crime cases discussed on Crime Nation include the case of Chad Daybell and Lori Vallow, the disappearance and murder of Gabby Petito, the Gilgo Beach murders, and the 2009 disappearance of Brittanee Drexel. 

The show has been getting decent ratings, but we don't know if there will be a season 2 yet. We will keep you updated if there is a possibility of the series returning with more cases to cover. Keep an eye on Hidden Remote for more updates.

Crime Nation is available to watch on The CW on Tuesdays at 8/7c. You can also find the episodes streaming on The CW app. Plus, there's a companion podcast for the series on the network's YouTube channel.