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November 15, 2018 Digital Media Exclusive

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Colin Abbott

Colin Abbott, convicted in the 2011 grisly killings of his wealthy father and stepmother at their opulent Butler County estate, will be profiled next week on the CNBC weekly true-crime series “American Greed: Deadly Rich.”

Abbott, 48, a former New Jersey landscaper, will be featured on Monday's episode at 10 p.m.

Butler County District Attorney Richard Goldinger, prosecutor Ben Simon and state police Capt. Steve Ignatz and Cpl. Chris Birckbichler — who teamed up to investigate and prosecute Abbott — also will have starring roles.

A CNBC producer interviewed and filmed the local officials in May at a makeshift studio that was set up at a hotel in Cranberry Township, and at the Butler County Courthouse.

“They reached out to us,” said Simon, the lead prosecutor, “and said this case just struck a nerve with them.”

“It's pretty much made for TV,” said Birckbichler, the lead investigator.

The episode is entitled: “A Crash or a Kill Mystery.”

A promotional summary on the show's website says: “Wealthy retired executive Ken Abbott and his wife, Celeste, are said to have died in a fiery car crash in New Jersey, but when the family can't get answers to simple questions about their deaths, police discover a gruesome crime motivated by greed.”

“American Greed: Deadly Rich,” narrated by Stacy Keach, is an hour-long program that looks at the dark side of the American dream and what some people will do for money.

Read more about the case in Friday's Butler Eagle.

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