'People Magazine Investigates': How a Couple's Ocean City Getaway Ended in a Tragic Double Murder

In May 2002, Joshua Ford and Martha “Geney” Crutchley were murdered in cold blood by unlikely suspects

Martha Crutchley, left, and Joshua Ford, both of Fairfax City
Geney Crutchley and Joshua Ford. Photo: Fairfax City Police Department

In 2002, 32-year-old Joshua Ford and 51-year-old Martha "Geney" Crutchley set out on a romantic weekend getaway in Ocean City, Md.

They traveled to the resort town in Maryland from Fairfax, Va., for Memorial Day weekend, so they were expected home early the following week. After the holiday weekend ended, friends and family grew concerned when Ford and Crutchley didn't show up for work or return phone calls. They were then declared missing.

Police in Fairfax contacted law enforcement in Ocean City in the hopes of finding the couple, but what detectives quickly learned confirmed their worst fears: Ford and Crutchley had been the victims of a gruesome double murder that had taken place in the early morning hours on Saturday.

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The disturbing case is the subject of tonight's episode of People Magazine Investigates, "Natural Born Killers," which airs at 9 p.m. ET on Investigation Discovery and also streams on discovery+. (An exclusive clip is shown below.)

During the investigation, authorities also learned something that would help crack the case wide open: Ford and Crutchley weren't the only couple vacationing at Ocean City that weekend connected to the case. Ford and Crutchley had befriended another pair of visitors during a night out — and what happened hours later shocked everyone.

See more on the murders of Joshua Ford and Geney Crutchley on People Magazine Investigates, "Natural Born Killers," airing tonight at 9 p.m. ET on Investigation Discovery and also streaming on discovery+.

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