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The 'predator' series in our own words

by Chris Hansen, Dateline correspondent

This "To Catch A Predator" special takes a look back at our earlier investigations as well as a look forward at some critical areas involving online predators we've yet to explore.

More important, it's told in a unique way. Producer Lynn Keller interviewed me, Del and Frag from the online watchdog group Perverted-Justice, some of the law enforcement officers who ran parallel investigations to arrest the men we confronted, and a prosecutor.

The story is told in essentially our own words. It will take you behind the scenes, going back to our very first investigation in Long Island, New York. You'll see how the investigations developed and became more sophisticated. There are moments that are startling, disturbing and in a few instances even humorous. We'll answer some of the questions you've raised here on the blog.

You may know that I recently wrote a book called "To Catch A Predator" in an effort to explore several important aspects of this subject that we've not had time to flesh out on television. One of those areas is that of collateral damage--  what happens to the wives and children of the men who are arrested. You'll meet Darlene Calvin who appears in the book and you'll hear the inspirational story of how she put her life back together after her husband's arrest. You'll also hear the unique prospective of Bob Shilling, a Seattle Police detective who investigates sex crimes against children, who himself was the victim of sexual abuse as a child.

Take a look at the program. I think you'll find it interesting and insightful.