You don’t have to be Columbo to tell that Tim Harris, the handsome, green-eyed state trooper in Ann Rule’s You Belong to Me, is going to do something pretty awful. For one thing there is his reluctance to meet the gaze of his future mother-in-law, and his habit of prowling around bushes. For another there is his tendency to call strange women “slut” and “bitch”.
If that is not enough, Rule leaves a few more subtle clues. “It was early 1980,” she writes, reporting the outcome of a tug-of-love over the dashing cop. “Sandy had won in the battle for Tim Harris. In many ways, however, she had lost – and she didn’t even know it.”
If it is a racing certainty, then, that the charmless Harris will at some point lure a female motorist from her car, then rape and murder her, there is something else of
U.S. network Reelz and AE Networks for the UK and South Africa have secured the one-hour doc. Sky Italia has acquired the special, while Italian public broadcaster TV8 has also secured rights. The film has been picked up in Spain by ATRES for commercial-free TV broadcaster Mega and by AMC Networks International Iberia for ODISEA, in Israel by DBS and in CEE by TVN for Poland as well as public broadcaster RTVS in Slovakia.
The special, produced by Tony Comiti and directed by Manuel Laigfrefor for M6 in France, explores Diana’s death through the Mercedes car that crashed. According to the doc, the car had been badly damaged in an earlier road crash
NBCUniversal-owned Oxygen Media has revealed that the second series in its The Disappearance of… franchise will broadcast across the women-focused crime network in late September.
The Disappearance of: Maura Murray follows investigative journalist Maggie Freleng and former U.S. Marshal Art Roderick as they attempt to unravel new and unexplored leads, eyewitness discrepancies, missing evidence and questionable actions into the February 2004 disappearance of the young nursing student (pictured) after a car accident on a Haverhill, New Hampshire highway.
Produced by Texas Crew Productions, the six-part event series will retrace Murray’s last-known steps in an attempt to uncover what really happened while also tackling unanswered questions through rare access to Murray’s family and friends, including interviews with her father Fred and siblings Julie, Kathleen and Kurt.
The series will explore several theories into the case that have been proposed by Lance Reenstierna and Tim Pilleri’s podcast Missing Maura Murray, as well as from true crime author James Renner, author of True
Televangelists Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker had built a multimillion dollar empire in South Carolina. Known as PTL, it was a conglomerate of Christian-based businesses. In addition to a Christian broadcasting network, it included a theme park, water park and residential complex. It raked in millions of dollars per year.
Jim was known for his all-inclusive messages. Tammy Faye became famous for her garish makeup — false eyelashes, red rouge and heavy lipstick.
But everything came crashing down in 1987, when the Charlotte Observer began investigating the organization’s finances. Among the newspaper’s findings: that Jim Bakker had paid $279,000 to Jessica Hahn, a church secretary.
Soon, the story became more tawdry. Hahn alleged that she had been raped by Bakker in 1980, when she was 21. He acknowledged that he had once had sex with her, but insisted that the sex was consensual.
NBCUniversal-owned, women-focused crime network Oxygen Media is slated to investigate the cold case of 18-year-old Natalee Holloway, who vanished without a trace in Aruba more than 12 years ago.
Produced by Brian Graden Media, The Disappearance of Natalee Holloway will shadow Holloway’s father Dave as he follows what he believes to be the most credible lead to date in the May 30, 2005 disappearance of the American teenager (pictured).
The first installment of the true crime franchise chronicles Dave and T.J. Ward, the family’s long-time private investigator, as they search to unravel the mystery behind Natalee’s murder through a detailed first-hand account from a man who claims to have a connection to an alleged co-conspirator in the crime and information regarding its prime suspect, Joran van der Sloot, as well as the location of Natalee’s remains.
Van der Sloot – along with Deepak and Satish Kalpoe – was initially arrested as a suspect in the
U.S. cable net TV One recently unveiled a slate of originals during its annual Upfront presentation, with plans to enhance its lifestyle, true crime and justice-focused programming.
Beginning in August 2017, a second night of true crime shows will premiere, anchored by the proven series For My Man (Season 3) — a true crime series featuring the shocking stories of women who have been arrested for crimes they committed in the name of love. TV One recently premiered ForMyWoman (pictured), a spin-offwhich examines crimes committed by men for the women they love.
Additionally, the network will premiere two limited series from the production companies of Viola Davis and Julius Tennon (JuVee Productions) and Lemuel Plummer (L. Plummer Media). Two Sides of the Truth will focus on four high profile cases that have been watershed moments for law enforcement and the Black community. Each episode will dissect and present both points of views
True crime network Investigation Discovery’s (ID) new series is all about questioning major courtroom convictions.
Reasonable Doubt reopens closed cases with the aim of giving convicted family members hope for an appeal, or confirm the truth their kin is guilty of committing a crime.
With stories of overturned convictions and mistrials and endless pleas of innocence from inside prisons, the question of “did they really do it?” can haunt families of the convicted. In Reasonable Doubt, two investigators approach these cases from their own perspectives.
Retired homicide detective Chris Anderson and defense attorney Melissa Lewkowicz delve into cases full of facts, often uncovering evidence previously overlooked by police – or barred by the court – to help determine if justice was served to the victim and their families.
In each episodes, new witnesses, pieces of evidence and other clues are brought forward to pose the case of guilt or innocence of a convicted
True crime network Investigation Discovery has commissioned the new six-part sister series Hear No Evilfrom UK indie Arrow Media.
Hear No Evil (pictured; 6 x 60 minutes) uses archive material and authentic audio recorded at the crime scene as captured by victims’ families, investigators and the killers themselves to reconstruct each unlawful act.
The show is a sister series to See No Evil, which uses CCTV as the central source material.
Each episode of Hear No Evil also features first-person testimony, dramatic reconstructions, video archive and computer graphics to complete the narrative that ultimately lead to murder.
“By building the series around audio rather than visual elements we are letting the viewer’s own imagination and instinctive fear of the unknown come to the fore,” said Tom Brisley, co-founder and joint creative director at Arrow Media, in a statement.
Arrow Media’s Brisley serves as creative director, with Sam Starbuck as executive producer
It’s that time of year. With MIPDoc and MIPFormats kicking off in Cannes on Saturday (April 1) followed by MIPTV on April 3, realscreen presents its annual round-up of new non-fiction and unscripted titles from distributors slated for the French Riviera this week. Watch for parts two and three of the Shopper’s Guide over the next two days, April 3 and 4.
This year A+E is bringing a raft of factual primetime series and documentaries to MIPTV.
Titles highlighting the slate include relationship format Bride and Prejudice (60 minutes; Kinetic Content), in which three couples commit to get married in the face of staunch opposition from their family and friends; investigative docuseries Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath (60 minutes; IPC Television), in which the Church of Scientology is exposed; undercover docuseries 60 Days In (12 x 60 minutes; Lucky 8 TV), which sends law-abiding citizens undercover into jails rigged with cameras
U.S. cable net TV One is slated to debut ForMyWoman, a spin-off of For My Man,which examines crimes committed by men for the women they love.
Announced last April, the Sirens Media-made true crime series examines shocking stories of men who have committed crimes while blinded by love in the name of loyalty for their female counterparts.
Featured tales include season opener in which Minister Dondre Johnson, whose family-run mortuary business allowed his wife Rachel to live and spend lavishly. However, when the company’s income dried up, Dondre decided to cease cremation procedures as requested by grieving families and instead began storing corpses in the garage and pocketing the money before police made the grim discovery.
Siren’s Valerie Haselton and Rebecca Toth Dienfenbach serve as executive producers, while Anne S. Rothwell is showrunner. TV One’s Jubba Seyyid is executive-in-charge of production.