ID and discovery+ just released their new roster of true crime programming coming up in the 2022-23 season, and it includes over 450 hours of specials, reboots, and even series such as People Magazine Investigates and Evil Lives Here.
It all starts in August, when ID breaks out four specials revisiting cases dating to the 1990s with 11 hours of programming. We’re talking about the headline-making trial of Erik and Lyle Menendez, the shocking student-teacher relationship involving Mary Kay Letourneau, the murderous feud between Tupac and Biggie and the murder trial of English au pair Louise Woodward.
Here’s the breakdown of the ID specials on these true crime cases:
Menendez Brothers: Misjudged? – The Menendez case became a sensation when the trial was broadcast live on Court TV. Lyle and Erik were convicted of shooting their parents, but claimed to have done so due to repeated abuse at their hands. Now, the ID special takes a closer look at the story, asking if the media got it all wrong.
Who Killed Biggie and Tupac? – Tupac Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G. were friends who became enemies, and B.I.G. was considered the main suspect when Shakur was shot to death in 1996. But, B.I.G. was killed six months later in the same fashion, leaving more questions than answers.
Mary Kay Letourneau: Notes on a Scandal – Letourneau was 34 years old when she began an affair with her student Vili Fualauu, who was only 12 years old at the time. As if that wasn’t enough of a scandal, she gave birth to Vili’s child while awaiting trial, and after serving three months in jail, the two resumed their inappropriate relationship, and Letourneau was re-sentenced for another seven years. While in prison, she gave birth to Vili’s second child. When released, the two were married, and the special asks if this really was a case of true love.
The Killer Nanny – British au pair Louise Woodward’s trial fascinated residents in both the UK and the US in 1997. The 19-year-old was working for a family in Boston, when she called 911 to report that the baby she was caring for had stopped breathing. Five days later, eight-month-old Matthew died, and Louise was charged with murder after his fractured skull and subdural hematoma were attributed to shaken baby syndrome. The new ID special re-examines the evidence and interviews key figures in the case.
House of Hammer – For this true crime special, ID abandons the 1990s to examine a newer case dealing with the disturbing accusations against actor Armie Hammer. We also get to take a look inside the dark history of the Hammer family.
In observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October, ID plans to present true crime programming supporting domestic violence advocates and survivors, while also providing resources for potential victims.
As part of this focus, Gabby Petito: An ID Murder Mystery will debut, investigating the disappearance of Petito, followed later by the discovery of her body. Fiancee Brian Laundrie refused to talk to police, and then took off as law enforcement began to get closer to the truth: Gabby was a victim of domestic violence.
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