Early on a serene summer evening in Bellevue, Wash., neighbors heard a muffled commotion from inside the home of a quiet family, newcomers to the wealthy Seattle suburb. It wasn't until well after midnight that Atif Rafay and his best friend, Sebastian Burns, entered the Rafay house to find Atif's parents fatally bludgeoned and his sister clinging to life. Despite airtight alibis and a dearth of evidence, the boys quickly emerged as suspects. But the police didn't have enough to charge the boys with murder, so the friends headed to Canada. After a six-year extradition battle that went all the way to Canada's Supreme Court, Rafay and Burns were returned to the U.S. The case involved an elaborate sting operation, a damaging screenplay, a shattering surprise witness, and the shocking discovery of one of the boys having sex with his female attorney in prison. Were Rafay and Burns falsely accused? Correspondent Peter Van Sant reports 48 HOURS MYSTERY: "Perfectly Executed," which will be broadcast in a special two-hour presentation.
Now an original paperback, Perfectly Executed (Pocket Star Books; 2007; $7.99) is the riveting true-crime account of this case from behind the scenes of the broadcast written by Van Sant and CBS News' 48 HOURS MYSTERY producer Jenna Jackson. Van Sant and Jackson draw on penetrating interviews and extensive research to unravel a controversial case from the broadcast files of 48 HOURS MYSTERY.
Perfectly Executed is the second in a series of true-crime books based on 48 HOURS MYSTERY broadcasts launched earlier this year.
Aired: 17 Sep 2007