‘Dateline’ Season 30 Premiere Kicks Off with a Triple Murder Mystery That Left Authorities ‘Dumbfounded’

by Samantha Whidden
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With its 30th season set to kick off tonight, NBC’s Dateline shares on Twitter the details of the all-new 2-hour episode, which is about a triple murder that left authorities dumbfounded.

“This house was full of love. Then some evil entered this home,” a witness shared with Dateline’s Keith Morrison. The reporter then interviews others who witnessed strange things leading up to the murders. 

The Dateline episode features stalking, murder, evidence destroy and police being left in the dark as to what really happened. “These victims were not the typical victims of violent crimes that we normally see,” one detective revealed. Another detective also shared that the case was extremely alarming and unique. 

Airing since 1992, Dateline claims to be the longest-running prime-time program on NBC. The show is also claimed to be the first “multi-night” franchise that established brand power by “stripping editions.” Lester Holt is currently the principal anchor. He is joined by correspondents Andrea Canning, Josh Mankiewicz, Natalie Morales, Keith Morrison, and Dennis Murphy.

The 30th season premiere of Dateline is set to take place tonight (September 24th) at 9/8c on NBC.

Keith Morrison Talks ‘Dateline’ Fame & Interview Preparation

During an April 2021 interview with USA Today, Keith Morrison opens up about his Dateline fame and how he also became a “true crime sex symbol.” When asked if he actually feels like a sex symbol, Morrison stated, “Yeah, I mean how can you think otherwise right? No, I do not. I don’t think any of [the crew does]. But we have had a pretty good run. People have been good to us.”

While also talking about preparing for new Dateline interviews and stories, Morrison shared, “From the very beginning, I felt like there was something obviously that needed to be done here, but something that could also be very invasive.” 

The Dateline correspondent goes on to explain that when he’s doing a story about the worst thing that’s ever happened to a family, he knows in his head he’s going to be asking them some very personal questions. “You have to be aware that that is a little invasive.”

Morrison also described he and his Dateline team collaborate on what they’re going to do and how they’re going to do it. He then noted that he always has lots of material that he is able to use before heading into an interview. 

When asked what he truly thinks is appealing to Dateline, Morrison said, “The notice of justice. Injustice corrected by something that creates a balance of justice. [That] seems to be so central to the human experience. Especially so in a time as complex and uncertain as the one we’re in.”

In regards to when he’s planning to retire, the Dateline reporter added, “When they tell me to, I will. But you don’t want them to have to push you out the door and close it behind you.”