(Silver Spring, Md.) – Sinister thoughts, deepening resentment and manipulative mind games are temporary – but MURDER IS FOREVER. Investigation Discovery today announced the premiere date for MURDER IS FOREVER, an all-new dramatic series created in partnership with bestselling author James Patterson and the Emmy-winning producers at Stephen David Entertainment. MURDER IS FOREVER – Patterson’s first foray into true-crime television, based upon the authentic stories featured in his upcoming paperback books – is set to debut on ID on Monday, January 22 at 10/9c.
“You can’t make up the astonishingly twisted tales featured in MURDER IS FOREVER – even with James Patterson, the greatest storyteller of our time, at the helm,” said Henry Schleiff, Group President, Investigation Discovery, American Heroes Channel and Destination America. “The combination of best-selling author, Patterson, and ID, America’s most-watched true-crime network, produces a uniquely irresistible offering for both of our passionate readers and viewers, who will
In this week’s roundup, new unscripted series and documentaries are scheduled to debut across PBS’s ‘Independent Lens’, Investigation Discovery, National Geographic and Bravo Media.
The 80-minute film, which premiered at the 2016 Hamptons International Film Festival, paints an intimate portrait of Naomi Kutin, who broke a world powerlifting record at the age of nine, lifting 215 pounds when she herself weighed only 97 pounds.
The doc chronicles Kutin’s attempts to hold onto her title while navigating adolescence, from strict Orthodox Judaism obligations to cyberbullying and health issues that could jeopardize her career. Supergirl premieres Dec. 18 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on ‘Independent Lens’.
Meanwhile, Katie Green and Carlye Rubin’s feature-length documentary The Family I Had (pictured) will receive its television debut when it airs across Investigation Discovery on Dec. 21
The prolific director will next tackle one of the most sensationalized true crime sagas.
Patty Hearst‘s story has found its director in James Mangold. Variety reports that the Logan director has signed on to helm the project with Elle Fanning in talks to star.
The film is as yet untitled, and will draw from Jeffrey Toobin’s true crime book, “American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst.” The highly sensationalized event surrounds how Hearst, then a 19-year-old student, was kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army and re-emerged as a member of the terrorist group.
The Amazon description “American Heiress” speaks to the true extent of the intense fervor surrounding the Hearst case. These are elements of a real-life case but they feel thoroughly fictional. To name a few: “the Hearst family trying to secure Patty’s release by feeding all the people of Oakland and San Francisco for
Netflix is releasing another intriguing true-crime documentary. And it looks to be one of its creepiest yet.
Voyeur tells the story of Gerald Foos, a Colorado motel owner who allegedly spent decades spying on his guests using an elaborate system of specially designed vents.
Foos himself is interviewed extensively. And the results are both fascinating and disturbing.
The ‘greatest sex researcher’
Peering down from the observation platform he built in the motel’s attic, Foos’ journals documented his patrons’ most private moments.
It was strangers having sex that he sought the most, and he claimed his actions were a means of conducting research into sexual behaviours.
He told The Sun he was “the greatest sex researcher there has ever been”.
By Sara M. McDonald
“The Keepers” is a must-see Netflix original true-crime documentary which exposes a long history of sexual and emotional abuse in the 1960s at the hands of an ordained priest.
Unlike the ever popular “Making a Murder,” another true-crime Netflix favorite, “The Keepers” seeks to give a voice to the victims and not to the criminal.
For the subject matter, this is usually the opposite way to handle the situation. Sexual and emotional abuse is so commonly thought of as a taboo subject that Hollywood tries to avoid it altogether. In an intriguing move, Netflix dared to tackle it.
“The Keepers” is a seven-part series that follows the struggles of former students now in their sixties who are seeking justice for the wrongdoing they have endured. Sister Cathy Cesnick, the series’ primary focus, was a young nun who disappeared while running errands in November 1969. The following year her
(Silver Spring, Md., October 16, 2017) – America’s most-watched true crime network, Investigation Discovery (ID), and Time Inc. Productions, the award-winning television group of multi-platform consumer media company Time Inc., announced today the return of their break-out hit series, PEOPLE MAGAZINE INVESTIGATES. Drawing from the original reporting of PEOPLE’s award-winning true crime editorial team, the second season of PEOPLE MAGAZINE INVESTIGATES features 12 all-new, compelling stories of ordinary people thrust into the spotlight following notorious crimes. Through the lens of PEOPLE’s trusted journalists, each hour-long episode takes viewers to the heart of the crime and is interlaced with archival footage, dramatic recreations and emotional interviews with those closest to the cases. Season two of PEOPLE MAGAZINE INVESTIGATES debuts Monday, November 6 at 10/9c, only on ID.
“We at ID are delighted to partner once again with some of the best people in true crime journalism today,” said Henry Schleiff, Group President of
EXETER The voices behind a true crime podcast garnering national listenership will come together for a night of chatter at the Word Barn on Oct. 12.
Crime Writers On, featuring Rebecca Lavoie, Kevin Flynn, Toby Ball and Lara Bricker, has morphed into a weekly discussion on true crime, journalism, and pop culture. According to Bricker, an Exeter resident, they’re getting 70,000 to 100,000 downloads a week.
The event, titled “An Evening with the Crime Writers,” is a fundraiser for the Exeter Historical Society. Bricker said several society trustees and employees listen to the podcast, and originally asked if she were interested in speaking about true crime in Exeter.
Lavoie and Flynn have written books about true crime cases on the Seacoast, including Seth Mazzaglia who killed a University of New Hampshire student in 2012. They’ve also written about Epping murderer Sheila
Interestingly, FX has been doing extremely well for itself in recent years when it comes to the quality of its content, even if it doesn’t always get all the buzz it deserves. Over the last three years, FX series have won more Emmys than Amazon and Netflix combined. FX even set a record for basic cable in 2016 with a whopping 56 Emmy nominations, and its shows took home an impressive 18. In 2017, FX won more Golden Globes than any other platform. As long as series like American Horror Story, American Crime Story, Fargo (if it returns), and Legion keep delivering unique content, FX could continue growing its audience base. FX+ may help the network gain a foothold in a new territory.
Now that he’s been granted parole, O.J. Simpson could be released from prison as soon as Oct. 1. But that will still be too late for him to get a look at “The O.J. Simpson Museum,” a five-day pop-up exhibition coming to the art space Coagula Curatorial in L.A.’s Chinatown Aug. 18 to 22.
Many of course believe that Simpson does not deserve a museum, even if it’s only a temporary gallery show. Coagula Curatorial owner Mat Gleason, however, says the exhibition is not intended to glorify Simpson. It’s largely a statement, he says, about the morbid fan culture around his murder trial.
“There are people to this day that say O.J. is innocent — not me — but it’s an obsession among Americans,” Gleason says. “All this stuff, this is the art of the people, the visual language of the common man.”
To display that visual language, more than 300 Simpson
All the comics I loved in the ’80s — Batman, Uncanny X-Men, Dr. Strange — are now enjoying a rebirth as Hollywood explores the DC and Marvel universes of my youth for potential blockbuster films. The usual superhero fare typical to comics has been exploding on the movie landscape, but back in the comics world, mob historian Christian Cipollini is bringing stories from the true-crime genre to comics — a sort of role reversal — with his debut series, Lucky, based on the infamous mafioso and founder of the five New York crime families, Lucky Luciano.
“Lucky, as a character for comics, isn’t a straightforward bad guy or good guy, not even an antihero, really,” Cipollini explains, pointing out that most superhero characters have elements of both dark and light. That human dynamic epitomizes the first issue