Dateline NBC special featuring Craig, Moffat County slated for tonight |

Dateline NBC special featuring Craig, Moffat County slated for tonight

Ben McCanna

A two-hour Dateline NBC special that includes Craig and parts of Moffat County is scheduled to air at 8 p.m. tonight.

The story focuses on Steven Hatch and Glen Ake, two fugitives who were wanted for murders in Texas and Oklahoma, and later apprehended at a ranch north of Craig in 1979.

Ake was sentenced to life in prison. Hatch was executed.

In December 2010, an associate producer for Dateline NBC visited Craig to research Craig Daily Press archives about the arrest, and to film locations, including the old jailhouse near the Moffat County Courthouse where Hatch and Ake were held.

Jeff Corriveau, a former Moffat County Sheriff who was the lead investigator at the time of the apprehension, was also interviewed for the story.

According to the NBC website, the crux of the story revolves around the lifelong impacts on Hatch and Ake's Oklahoma victims, the Douglass family.

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"After surviving a violent robbery that left a revered Oklahoma pastor and his wife dead, a son and daughter attempt to move on with their lives despite the multiple trials of their parents' killers," according to the website.

"Keith Morrison reports on the difficult search for healing and how their story of tragedy came to be a Hollywood film."

Brooks Douglass, whose parents were killed by Hatch and Ake and who was also shot by the two perpetrators, later became an Oklahoma state senator.

He is also the screenwriter and an actor in "Heaven's Rain," an upcoming independent film that depicts the ordeal.

Subscribers of Bresnan Communications and DirecTV can find NBC on channel 9.

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If you watch

What: “The Haunting,” a two-hour Dateline NBC special

Time/channel: 8 p.m. tonight, NBC

• For a preview of “The Haunting,” visit

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