discovery+ and ID Highlights – Weeks of November 22 and November 29
Newcomers include “The Hunt for the Chicago Strangler” and “Fruitcake Fraud.”
[via press release from Investigation Discovery]
discovery+ TRUE CRIME HIGHLIGHTS
Weeks of November 22 and November 29 2021
**All Air Dates Subject to Change
discovery+, the newly launched global streaming service, brings together all of Discovery’s brands and non-fiction content in one place to offer fans unlimited access to the largest collection of real-life entertainment in the world. Featuring a wide range of exclusive series across popular genres, discovery+ offers passion verticals for genre fans, from Animals to Paranormal, Food and Home. In the True Crime category alone, discovery+ contains an unprecedented 5,500 hours of the best mystery and suspense, boasting the largest library of true crime of any streaming service.
discovery+ TRUE CRIME PREMIERES
THE HUNT FOR THE CHICAGO STRANGLER
New Series Begins Streaming Friday, December 3
Since 1999, 51 mostly Black women have been found strangled across Chicago, their bodies dumped like trash in garbage bins, alleyways, and abandoned buildings. To this day all but one of the cases remain unsolved, leading many to believe there is a serial killer or killers targeting women in Chicago. Through intimate interviews with families, activists, experts, politicians and police, THE HUNT FOR THE CHICAGO STRANGLER takes a deep dive into the murders and the close knit communities who have been victimized by fear and loss. Revealing the devastating emotional toll on families and residents, this three part special also explores a ground-breaking new system for tracking unsolved murders that is now signaling a red alert on an active serial killer in Chicago. The series also looks at these murders in the context of decades-long racism and neglect in Chicago’s south and west side communities How could more than 51 women be strangled with seeming impunity over twenty years, yet their killer or killers are still at large to this day? As THE HUNT FOR THE CHICAGO STRANGLER drives towards those answers, shocking new evidence has the potential to break the case open at last.
New Series Begins Streaming Wednesday, December 1
Whether you are a fan or not, fruitcake usually invokes cheery images of Christmastime gatherings. But Corsicana, Texas – the town where the best, most scrumptious fruitcakes come from – was definitely not a happy place when it was discovered someone had extorted millions from the acclaimed Collin Street Bakery. How the crime was solved and the lavish lifestyle the culprits were living on the ill-begotten proceeds has people in Corsicana and plenty of others, including the FBI, still scratching their heads in amazement.
New Episodes Stream on Tuesdays
Every day, countless adults utilize the internet with insidious intentions to groom, sexually exploit, and abuse children online. Committed to stopping these perpetrators, child advocate Roo Powell and the team at her nonprofit organization SOSA (Safe from Online Sex Abuse) work in collaboration with law enforcement to detect and identify the menacing adults who use the internet to harm children. Undercover Underage follows Roo as the 38-year-old mother of three transforms her appearance into a teen online. Once adults engage with Roo’s underage decoys, it’s a race against the clock to gather enough information to positively identify the offenders and get them on law enforcement’s radar.
· A Barrage of Messages Begins Streaming Tuesday, November 23
Flori is approached by a man who admits to committing crimes involving minors in the past, and Matt and Shelby go to extremes to confirm another predator’s address. A man working in the mental health field starts talking to 15-year-old persona, Alex.
· The Dark Web Begins Streaming Tuesday, November 30
Flori talks to an alleged 17-year-old who is desperate to buy nude photographs of her. After he eventually disappears, she is approached by a much older man who has suspiciously similar tactics, goals, and demands.
CONCURRENT discovery+ AND ID PREMIERES
New Three Part Special Premieres Back to Back From 8/7c to 12/11c on ID Friday, December 3 and Begins Streaming Monday, November 22 on discovery+
From executive producer and international best-selling author James Patterson and New York Times best-selling author and journalist Vicky Ward comes an explosive investigative documentary series, Chasing Ghislaine. Ghislaine Maxwell is many things: a fallen socialite, an alleged sexual abuser and an accused sex trafficker of minors. But with the spotlight often focused on her employer, one-time lover and accused accomplice Jeffrey Epstein, the full breadth of Maxwell’s alleged crimes and the many vital secrets she still keeps have remained closely guarded – until now. Chasing Ghislaine will change everything we think we know about the Epstein saga and the woman at the center of it all.
· Sins of the Father
Vicky Ward profiles the life of media mogul Robert Maxwell. Maxwell’s story helps to pull back the veil on his daughter Ghislaine’s mysterious past. To understand Ghislaine Maxwell, one must first understand her complex father, Robert.
· Power Geisha
Ghislaine Maxwell turns to Jeffrey Epstein for financial security after her father dies. She, in turn, introduces him to the rich and powerful. However, prosecutors say she also provided introductions of a very different sort – finding him young girls.
· The Secrets She Keeps
Vicky Ward looks at the web of men around Jeffrey, even after he’s a convicted sex offender. Ghislaine tries to escape his orbit, but she’s drawn back by a revealing photo. And after Jeffrey dies behind bars, Ghislaine becomes the next target for arrest.
REAL PD: KANSAS CITY
New Episodes Premiere on ID Tuesdays at 10/9c and Streams on discovery+
Real PD: Kansas City is a hard-hitting, new documentary series that goes behind the scenes with Kansas City, Kansas PD detectives, round the clock, capturing the real-life drama of police investigations in the heartland of America.
· I Just Shot My Girlfriend Premieres on ID Tuesday, November 23 at 10/9c and Streams on discovery+ on Tuesday
A quiet neighbourhood in Kansas City, Kansas is shaken by a double homicide in a local deli, but what lies behind these brutal murders and will the killer be brought to justice?
· Run to Grandma Premieres on ID Tuesday, November 30 at 10/9c and Streams on discovery+ on Tuesday
Four separate gas stations are violently robbed at gunpoint by a masked man in one night. Will detectives catch the robber and get justice for the terrified local community?
LOVE, HONOR & BETRAY
New Episodes Premiere on ID Thursdays at 10/9c and Streams on discovery+
Love, Honor Betray is a real-footage led series telling the shocking stories of wives and husbands duped by their partners in dark and devastating ways – that absolutely no one could have seen coming. From bigamists and covert criminals to serial liars and would-be murderers – Love, Honor Betray features accounts of partners with terrible secrets that eventually become too big to conceal. Layers of deceit that keep escalating combined with gripping real footage will keep you guessing until the very end.
· For Better or for Worse Premieres on ID December 9 at 10/9c and Streams on discovery+ on Thursday, December 2
When Butch Halley finds love with the charming Sunny, he can’t wait to start their new life together. But sinister rumors soon threaten to tear the family apart, and a shocking request triggers an undercover operation, exposing a horrifying truth.
· In Those We Trust Premieres on ID December 2 at 10/9c and Streams on discovery+ on Thursday, November 18
Deborah Jones and Gerard Pepin seem like the perfect match until a dark accusation tears their marriage apart. As the scale of Gerard’s wrongdoing comes to light, Deborah decides to fight to bring him to justice, whatever the personal cost.
ON THE CASE WITH PAULA ZAHN
New Episodes Premiere on ID Sundays at 10/9c and Stream on discovery+
ON THE CASE WITH PAULA ZAHN takes viewers on a thrilling journey inside the most fascinating crime and mystery investigations. First person accounts, along with insight from experts, are featured as each case reaches its dramatic conclusion.
· “Precious” Jane Doe Premieres on ID Sunday, December 5 at 10/9c and Streams on Sunday, November 21
After a young woman is viciously murdered, police launch a two-part investigation; one to find her killer and a second to identify his victim, “Precious” Jane Doe.
New Episodes Premiere Sundays at 9/8c on ID and Streams on discovery+
If you looked into the eyes of a killer, would you know? In AMERICAN MONSTER, viewers find out. On any street, behind any smile, lurks an American Monster. Never-before-seen-video footage looks straight into the eyes of a killer, hidden in plain sight. Mom next door; dad across the street; the kid who never broke the rules. Anyone can be a MONSTER.
· Stage Fright Premieres on ID Sunday, December 5 at 9/8c and Streams on Sunday, November 21
In the suburbs of Houston, Texas, Stephanie Kirkpatrick is a gifted stage performer and much-loved special needs teacher with the world at her feet. However, behind closed doors, resentment and envy fester in her marriage, leading to a shocking 911 call.
· Once a Killer Premieres on ID Sunday, December 26 at 9/8c and Streams on Sunday, November 28
Divorced mother Mamie Caldwell finds true love later in life with a younger man named Shabaka WaQlimi. After 20 years together, they’re the heart and soul of their family, but behind the façade, something evil is growing with horrifying consequences.
· Say Your Prayers ID Premiere Date Forthcoming (Please contact for more details). Available for Streaming on Sunday, December 5
When LaTonya Taylor gets pregnant at 15, her mom, preacher Angelia Taylor, vows to support her no matter what. Years later, it looks like love has conquered all, but someone’s hiding a deep-seated resentment that will destroy the whole family.
INVESTIGATION DISCOVERY PREMIERES
The programs below will premiere on Investigation Discovery as follows:
STILL A MYSTERY
New Episodes Premiere Wednesdays at 9/8c
Just because a case is closed doesn’t mean the truth has been revealed. Suicide or murder? Runaway or kidnapping? Accidental or premeditated? Each episode of STILL A MYSTERY re-examines a single crime case where unanswered questions still remain. Through original interviews with law enforcement, family members and private investigators, news footage and social media, STILL A MYSTERY dissects the evidence and presents new theories in a quest to uncover the truth.
· Where The Clues Lead Premieres Wednesday, November 24 at 9/8c
He seems like a great partner. But when Susan Osborne and her 14-year-old son Evan disappear, it turns out “Mr. Right” has a secret. Then, when a young man is shot in a street confrontation, all clues point to one man. Could this case be that simple?
· Far From Home Premieres Wednesday, December 1 at 9/8c
A young woman’s body is found 200 miles from home, and a retired police detective uses his podcast to crowd-source the search for her killer. And, when a young mother disappears, an old answering machine message could hold the key to finding her murderer.
The programs below previously aired on discovery+ and will premiere on Investigation Discovery as follows:
COLD BLOODED ALASKA
New Episodes Premiere on Mondays at 9/8c
Within Alaska’s wild and brutal landscape lurk some of the most dangerous criminals in America. This true-crime series uncovers Alaska’s most disturbing murders and unpacks the extraordinary lengths law enforcement working in the Last Frontier must take to bring the killers to justice.
· Winter Kill Premieres Monday, November 22 at 9/8c
Authorities are alarmed when several women disappear off the streets of Anchorage. While some remain missing, others meet a brutal end. As detectives investigate, they soon uncover links to an old case that may help them to catch a killer.
· The Last Walk Premieres Monday, November 29 at 9/8c
Mandy Lemaire goes missing in August of 1991, and the town of Tazlina comes together to search for one of their own. However, days pass with no sign of Mandy, so troopers shift their focus to the community for answers.
New Episodes Premiere on Mondays at 10/9c
This six-part documentary series takes a fresh new look at the phenomenon of amateur sleuths who have played major roles in cracking real cases in the quest for the truth.
· Malibu Sniper Premieres Monday, November 22 at 10/9c
A young father dies from gunshots in his tent in Malibu Creek State Park, and journalist CeCe Woods uncovers a string of unreported shootings in the area. Residents fear a sniper may be on the loose in Malibu Canyon.
· Emails from Death Row Premieres Monday, November 29 at 10/9c
In Pensacola, Florida, independent journalist Rick Outzen dives into the murder investigation of a local couple known for adopting special needs children. Rick’s investigative tactics provide crucial insight into one of Florida’s most notorious crimes.
THE FOG OF MURDER
New Episodes Premiere on Thursdays at 9/8c
This mystery crime series drops the viewer into the surreal, disorienting heart of a murder case. The investigation unfolds through a combination of heart-stopping first-person accounts, chilling recreations, actual videos, recordings, and photographs straight from the police files. As each piece of the murder puzzle falls into place, the fog of uncertainty lifts and the case is solved.
· Romance Roulette Premieres Thursday, December 2 at 9/8c
A daring start to a new chapter in life turns into a nightmare of violence when a gorgeous woman places her trust in one man too many. Blonde and bubbly hairdresser, Ranae Chupick, is a social butterfly that crosses paths with a killer lurking among the beautiful people of a Michigan suburb.
QUEEN OF METH
New Episodes Premiere on Friday, November 26
One of America’s most notorious drug dealers, Lori Arnold, sister of actor Tom Arnold, takes a break from her mundane Ohio factory job to confront her criminal past in her Iowa hometown in this rollicking and emotional three-part series.
· Daughter of Anarchy Premieres Friday, November 26 at 9/8c
Lori Arnold, sister of Hollywood actor Tom Arnold, works a factory job in Ohio, where no one knows she was once the most powerful drug dealer in America’s Midwest. Now, Lori returns to her hometown where she and Tom confront the chaos of their childhood.
· Art of the Dealer Premieres Friday, November 26 at 10/9c
Now in her 20s, Lori struggles to raise her son Josh. When a chance to sell drugs arises, Lori sees it as a way out of poverty. She spends the next six years building a multimillion-dollar meth empire – but her success makes her a top target for the DEA.
· To Catch a Queen Premieres Friday, November 26 at 11/10c
Law enforcement sweeps in as Lori’s world rapidly implodes. The Queen lands in prison, leaving behind her young son Josh. Now facing the pain and destruction she has caused, Lori tries to make amends to her loved ones and move on from her turbulent past.
WHEN PHILIP MET MISSY
New Series Premiere on Saturday, November 27 at 9/8c
When a woman goes missing on a trip to Graceland, all eyes are on her husband, Philip. But clues are hard to come by, leaving police to put him under surveillance hoping to catch a break. That’s when a mysterious younger woman enters the scene, meeting up with Philip at local fast-food restaurants. And as their May-December relationship deepens, the only thing certain is that the small town of Hartville, Ohio will never be the same again.
New Episodes Premiere on Sunday, November 28
“I know everything. What do you want to know?” Andrew “Chef” Glick sits in a candle-lit tattoo parlor getting his Pagan’s Motorcycle Club tattoo covered up with orange and red flames. Chef tells one of the most dramatic crime stories of the last twenty years: the 2012 murder of radio host April Kauffman near Atlantic City, NJ. April’s husband Jim, secretly wrote illegal opioid prescriptions for the Pagans, and later hired the Pagans, to kill his wife. But for five years no one questioned Dr. Kauffman or his Pagan co-conspirators. Finally, a new detective pressured Chef to commit the ultimate sin: wearing a wire on his Pagan brother.
· Are They That Dumb? Premieres Friday, November 28 at 9/8c
Andrew “Chef” Glick tells one of the most dramatic crime stories of the last 20 years: the 2012 murder of radio host April Kauffman. After five years, a new detective pressured Chef to commit the ultimate sin: wearing a wire on his Pagan brother.
· Cain and Abel Premieres Friday, November 28 at 10/9c
Caught with a mother lode of drugs and guns, Chef faces 40 years in jail. He makes the gut-wrenching decision to wear a hidden camera on his Pagan brother Fred as they talk about April’s murder, the pill mill, and a plot to kill the Doc in jail.
· I’m Gonna Be Judged Premieres Friday, November 28 at 11/10c
After Fred and the Doc are charged with murder, Chef is outed as the informant, bringing death threats from the Pagans. As the trial approaches, Chef has his regrets, struggling with his act of betrayal.