Category Archives: True Crime TV

Deadly 2015 stabbing at Burnaby SkyTrain station featured in true-crime TV show

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Deadly 2015 stabbing at Burnaby SkyTrain station featured in true-crime TV show

On Feb. 14, 2015, Victoria Heard got together with her longtime childhood friend, James Enright, for an anti-Valentine’s Day hangout.

The pair hadn’t seen each other for a while, and, as they were getting ready to head out the door, he stopped her.

“He grabbed me by my arms,” Heard said, “and he told me how much I mean to him and how much our friendship means to him and how much he loves me – and I blew him off. I was like, ‘Yeah, I know James. I love you too. We gotta go. Let’s go.’”

Less than an hour later, Enright would be lying unconscious outside the Edmonds SkyTrain station with Heard’s hands on his chest trying in vain to stop the blood gushing from

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8 Must-See Series Inspired by True Stories (PHOTOS)

Amazing stories make for great television and in some cases those tales stem from the real-life headlines and historical events.

While shows like Game of Thrones or Stranger Things offer viewers an escape into fantastical worlds, sometimes it’s nice to return to the stories rooted in reality, and there are more than enough for them to consume. Whether true crime or historical dramas are your thing, there’s a show for you.

Click through the gallery above for a peek at some of the must-see titles that are inspired by true stories, and let us know your favorites in the comments below.

11 Must-See Documentaries on TV  Streaming Now (PHOTOS)

11 Must-See Documentaries on TV Streaming Now (PHOTOS)

These films tell real life stories, from social justice to musican-based tales.

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Despite Plea by Ex-Wife to Spare His Life, S.C. Man Who Killed Their 5 Kids Is Sentenced to Death

The South Carolina man who murdered his five young children was sentenced to death Thursday, according to multiple reports.

TV station WIS reports Timothy Jones was sentenced after being convicted of strangling and choking his five children to death, all of whom were under the age of 8.

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Baby Found Alive After Spending Days in Michigan Motel Room with Dead Parents

Jessica Bramer and Christian Reed

A 6-month-old baby was found severely dehydrated — but alive — after spending several days alone in a Michigan motel with the bodies of her deceased parents, say police.

On Friday around noon, a Michigan State Trooper who responded to a request for a well-being check at the Rodeway Inn in

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Brazil’s newest morning TV sensation: Lurid true-crime shows

Marina Lopes May 27 at 8:00 AM

A gunman bursts into a family’s home as they gather for dinner. The father throws a chair at him and is shot. The father falls to the floor. He lifts his head weakly and is shot a final time.

Car chases, lifeless bodies, pools of blood. It’s not an action movie — it’s just another Brazilian morning show.

As the country battles a historic crime wave that has claimed tens of thousands of lives, the staples that once dominated morning television here — celebrity news, cooking advice, feel-good stories — have been replaced with increasingly gory footage of real violence. And Brazilians cannot get enough of it.

In January, “Primeiro Impacto,” a show

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Watch NCIS: The Cases They Can’t Forget – Day, time, TV channel, online stream for CBS News true-crime series

“NCIS: The Cases They Can’t Forget” returns for a third season with a special two-hour premiere and with “NCIS” star Rocky Carroll as the on-camera host. 

The real-life agents of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service take viewers inside their investigations into two unusual murder cases in back-to-back episodes airing Wednesday, May 29, 2019, at 9 p.m. ET/PT and 10 p.m. ET/PT on CBS. 

NCIS agents go inside the mysterious case of Cory Allen Voss, a young Navy communications officer murdered after using an ATM in Virginia in “Road Map to Murder,” airing at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. The investigation — a collaboration with the Newport News Police Department  — would lead the agents on a trail of twisted relationships, lies and secret double lives. That trail would lead to a hospital, where two of the suspects met as they served  as medical guinea pigs testing drugs. Investigators would spend months listening

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Here’s What It’s Like to Go to IDCon, the Unofficial Murderchella

I walked in and saw two women wrapped in black plastic garbage bags, covered in dried blood stains and caution tape. Toe-tags with identifying information dangled limply off their bodies. I wasn’t at the morgue or a crime scene: I was at Investigation Discovery’s IDCon in midtown Manhattan, and these true crime fans were simply dressed for the occasion.

For the uninitiated, Investigation Discovery, or ID, is Discovery Inc.’s true crime cable network. A quick glance at its show titles — including Your Worst Nightmare, Welcome to Murdertown, and Deadly Dentists — will give you the gist. (And yes, there are enough homicidal dentists out there to make an entire show about it.) The quality of the shows vary, ranging from the campy, cheeky reenactments in Who the (Bleep) Did I Marry? to more respectable ones like Deadline: Crime with Tamron Hall, hosted by

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BINGE WATCH ALERT: Highest-Rated BBC and ITV Series of the Year Exclusively in the U.S. on Acorn TV – LINE OF DUTY and MANHUNT

Silver Spring, MD; May 23, 2019 – Featuring the highest rated UK programs of 2019 with BBC One’s smash hit cop thriller LINE OF DUTY, Season 5 and ITV’s gripping true crime drama MANHUNT, Acorn TV is off to an incredible start to the year. Available via Acorn.TV and via apps on most streaming devices, Acorn TV is North America’s largest streaming service for British and international television and features new, exclusive content every week. This year, Acorn TV continues to add a fantastic mix of highly entertaining binges of high-quality mysteries and dramas. For those interested in an edge-of-your-seat thriller, subscribers have loved LINE OF DUTY from the creator of global sensation Bodyguard and MANHUNT with Martin Clunes (Doc Martin) in an award-worthy turn as a real-life detective on the trail of a serial killer. If subscribers favor a more fun and light-hearted mystery series, then look

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TV Review: Ava DuVernay’s ‘When They See Us’

Television, lately, has had a particular fixation on the closed-ended crime story — narrative limited series that follow famous cases, using familiar figures to fulfill our desire for catharsis through justice. That makes “When They See Us,” Ava DuVernay’s new limited series about the 1989 “Central Park Five” incident and its legal repercussions, part of a wave that includes shows as disparate as “Dirty John,” “Escape at Dannemora,” and “The Act,” all of which thrive on the promise of eventual vindication.

Yet this show stands apart. “When They See Us” can’t be included in the true-crime genre, in part because DuVernay’s direction is fueled foremost by mercy, not vengeance. DuVernay (who also co-wrote all four installments) walks us through the stories of poorly-understood men with a careful eye on the grinding wheels of justice but with an understanding, too, that the system is often destined to fail the most vulnerable. Retaining control of a rapidly beating heart (if at times only narrowly), “When They See Us” immerses viewers in a tale with none of the gaudy fun that true crime often offers. It’s an achievement and, given its pride of place on a streaming service despite its difficult subject matter, a worthy use of its director’s star power..

The story is told, earliest on, with an innocent lyricism whose fleetingness is the point. We briefly meet young teens as they prepare for an evening’s casual fun, streaming into a crowd that subsumes them as it rolls toward the park. The spell is broken within 10 minutes, as police ensnare these boys for crimes they hadn’t had the capacity to fathom moments before. Frantically attempting to resolve the gruesome rape and assault of a female jogger in the park, the police go after those whom they see, or whom they see as suspects. The melee finds sweet-natured Kevin (Asante Blackk) getting his face bashed by a police helmet — marking this series’ willingness to push past viewer comfort into the meanness of visceral truth.

Soon, a more insidious form of violence bleeds through the story. Linda Fairstein (Felicity Huffman), head of sex crimes in the Manhattan D.A. office, refers to the five boys in custody as “animals” incessantly, speciously claiming that they were “on a rampage.” The attitude of desperate declinism among New Yorkers in the late 1980s has been well-documented, including by Joan Didion, who presciently identified that these young men were being used as scapegoats to resolve a narrative wealthy white people had invented. Here, we see that narrative’s human toll, as Fairstein, her voice animated by the passion only available to those telling themselves a story, entreats her boss (Len Cariou), “We are not in control! And we can be.”

Control of crime requires control of people. And the five boys, here, are placed in a vise, first squeezing them for false confessions and then into the mold Fairstein’s narrative demands. The second episode begins with audio of various voices describing the ills of the city, culminating in a tabloid editorial imputing motives of hatred and vengeance to people we know have no such matters on their minds. “When They See Us” has bold social goals, but it’s elegantly able to go small, as when the father of one of the teens (Michael K. Williams, a standout in a crowded cast) urges his son (Caleel Harris) to lie in order to give the police what they want, not realizing the goal is punishment above all else. Once in prison, the boys are further constrained; after, they struggle against the marks on their record keeping them from functional lives, and the darknesses etched on their memory.

At times — as when depicting Fairstein’s raucous animus, or Donald Trump’s advocacy to have the five boys executed, or the violence that Korey (“Moonlight’s” Jharrel Jerome, exceptional) endures in prison — the balance here seems precarious, as though the show is so responsive to injustice that it’s becoming agitprop. The approach is proportional to the offenses suffered, but DuVernay finds other ways through. By grace of storytelling or of humanity, “When They See Us” perpetually rights itself, giving us glimpses of the incarcerated quintet, now men, glancingly reconnecting to family — as in Korey’s challenging, ever-evolving relationship with his mother (an award-worthy Niecy Nash) — and maintaining belief in their innocence.

The Central Park Five were unable to escape their casting in a plot in which they didn’t belong. (Their case against the city was settled in 2014, a quarter-century after the night in the park.) And “When They See Us” corrects the record, even as it is not naive enough to believe redress was possible. At series’ end, onscreen titles inform us four of the five have left New York. One thinks, first: Who could blame them? And then: Where, apart from in a work so explicitly designed to depict them as people and not just vectors in an ongoing drama of race and justice, could they ever feel safe again?

“When They See Us.” Netflix. May 31. Four episodes (all screened for review).

Cavalry Media To Co-Develop TV Project Based On YA True-Crime Podcast ‘Lethal Lit’

EXCLUSIVE: Cavalry Media has come aboard to co-develop Lethal Lit: A Tig Torres Mystery, a TV adaptation of the true-crime podcast from iHeartMedia and Einhorn’s Epic Productions. The news comes as the scripted podcast targeted at young adults was picked up for a second season to debut next winter on the iHeartPodcast Network.

The first six-part season debuted in October 2018 and followed teen detective Tig Torres as she returns to her small hometown of Hollow Falls, where her aunt was framed as a serial killer 10 years earlier. Through her own true-crime podcast and with help from her new friends from the school paper, Tig explores the mystery of the twisted Lit Killer murders.

Dana Brunetti and Keegan Rosenberger’s Cavalry Media acquired rights to co-develop along with EEP as Season 2 of the podcast begins development. Cavalry’s VP Development Jennifer Preston is set to oversee

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