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TV show looks back at the Rex Krebs killings — and how police got him to confess

Rex Allan Krebs, shown here in a mugshot from San Quentin prison, was convicted of killing Rachel Newhouse and Aundria Crawford and sentenced to death.
Rex Allan Krebs, shown here in a mugshot from San Quentin prison, was convicted of killing Rachel Newhouse and Aundria Crawford and sentenced to death.

Two decades after the murders of two local college students, a television account of the story will air on the true-crime network Investigation Discovery next week.

The episode, which runs on Monday at 9 p.m., looks back at Rex Krebs' murders of Rachel Newhouse and Aundria Crawford in 1998 and 1999, respectively, as part of the series "Evil Talks: Chilling Confessions."

Newhouse and Crawford disappeared in San Luis Obispo, thrusting "this once calm and safe town into chaos and fear," according to show producers.

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Rachel Newhouse, left, and Aundria Crawford went missing within months of each other in late 1998 and 1999. They were abducted and killed by Rex Allan Krebs.

The episode includes interviews with Janice Mangan, a San Luis Obispo Police Department officer; Larry Hobson, a retired county District Attorney's office investigator; and David Zaragoza, a retired county parole agent.

The story includes re-enacted scenes, as well as actual police photos and interviews, including Krebs' interrogation footage.

The synopsis states: "Clues are elusive, but one detective has a 'hunch' he knows who is responsible. With little evidence, their only hope of finding the missing women: Convince the probable killer to confess."

Crawford was abducted from her San Luis Obispo apartment in the middle of the night. Her remains were found April 23, 1999, near Krebs' rural Avila Valley home.

On Nov. 12, 1998, Krebs followed Newhouse as she walked home from Tortilla Flats restaurant in San Luis Obispo. Anticipating she'd walk across the Jennifer Street Bridge, he drove ahead, climbed the stairs and donned a Halloween mask. Krebs attacked her once she reached the top, dragged her down the stairs by her hair and took her to an abandoned A-frame near his house.

An episode of “The Interrogation Room,” on the Discovery Channel aired earlier this year, also featuring Krebs' murders.

San Luis Obispo, California, serial killer Rex Krebs is the focus of an episode of the Discovery Channel show “The Interrogation Room,” airing Thursday, January 11, 2018.

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