discovery+ and ID Highlights – Weeks of December 20 and December 27
The latest additions include the new special “The Hillside Strangler” on Tuesday, December 28.
[via press release from Investigation Discovery]
discovery+ TRUE CRIME HIGHLIGHTS
Weeks of December 20 and December 27 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 HILLSIDE STRANGLER
New Special Begin Streaming Tuesday, December 28 on discovery+
A serial killer stalks Los Angeles in the 1970s, leaving bodies on display throughout the Hollywood Hillside. After a man named Kenneth Bianchi is arrested in 1979 on the suspicion of a double homicide in Bellingham, Washington, it doesn’t take long for Los Angeles investigators to connect the dots back to the serial killer they dubbed “The Hillside Strangler.” But there’s a catch — through a series of explosive recorded interviews with various psychologists and psychiatrists, Bianchi claims that the perpetrator is NOT him; it’s actually his multiple personality, ‘Steve’ — and that’s not all he has to say on the matter.
CONCURRENT discovery+ AND ID PREMIERES
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.
· Once a Killer Premieres on ID Sunday, December 26 at 9/8c and Available to Stream Now discovery+
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 Premieres on ID Sunday, January 2 at 9/8c and Streams 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.
· The Silent Witnesses Premieres Wednesday, December 22 at 9/8c
A young woman on a trip to her father’s homeland goes missing, then turns up brutally murdered. Another young mother and her baby are shot as they drive along a highway.
CRIMES GONE VIRAL
New Episodes Premiere Mondays at 10/9c
This series takes viewers inside the riveting stories behind shocking crimes that go viral. From business security cameras to home surveillance cameras, to doorbell, taxi cab, motorcycle, police and cell phone cameras – someone is almost always watching. Gripping footage of kidnappings, break-ins, wild car chases, violent road rage incidents and other crimes – rack up millions of views. But CRIMES GONE VIRAL goes beyond the jaw-dropping footage to tell the full story. These stories include; good Samaritans who intervene to stop crimes, brave victims who fight back against their attackers, clever prison escapes, a shark heist, a woman who dumps six newborn puppies in a dumpster, and more.
· Danger on the Street Premieres Monday, December 27 at 10/9c
It’s a woman’s worst nightmare — a stranger followers her as she walks home. Terrified, she turns on her cell phone to record him as she tries to get away. And then, a vicious, unprovoked attack on a child dancing in the street prompts outrage.
· Customers Gone Wild Premieres Monday, December 27 at 10:30/9:30c
They are shocking examples of anger out of control. A rideshare customer aggressively attacks her own driver and then, another agitated patron gets violent at a fast-food restaurant, putting other people’s lives in danger.
MURDER IN THE HEARTLAND
New Episodes Premiere Tuesdays at 9/8c
MURDER IN THE HEARTLAND tells the complex and dramatic story of a murder in an entirely new way. Instead of a detective-led traditional whodunit story, each episode is told through the collective point-of-view of a Middle American town and its residents. Every story documents a town and people in the heart of the country, and the provocative crime that tore through it. What unravels over the course of the episode is that these townspeople are not only our storytellers, but they also hold the clues to the puzzle that has forever changed their lives and how they understand their home.
· Groomed for Murder Premieres Tuesday, December 28 at 9/8c
Tourist town Traverse City, Michigan, is turned upside down when 18-year-old Kalee Bruce lies bludgeoned to death at her workplace. Investigators feel the pressure to get this killer off the streets before they strike again.
CALLS FROM THE INSIDE
New Series Premieres Wednesday December 29 at 9/8c
It’s an iconic line in any crime story: when a suspect is arrested, they get one call. In reality, once a person enters the criminal justice system, they have multiple opportunities to make calls as they await trial. The vast majority of those calls are recorded. An admission, a threat, a slip of the tongue, a bribe it’s all on tape and the suspect knows it. But this doesn’t always stop them from talking and talking. Calls From the Inside, uses jailhouse phone calls to frame the narrative of murder investigations steeped in mystery.
· Calling All Suspects Premieres Wednesday, December 29 at 9/8c
Newlyweds Tony Cooper and Melinda Kotkins of Gresham, Oregon, are executed. Jail calls during Tony’s previous incarceration yield many suspects, including men in love with Melinda. The killer seals his own fate thanks to a jail call to his wife.
The programs below previously aired on discovery+ and will premiere on Investigation Discovery as follows:
New Series Premieres Back to Back From 8/7c to 11/10c on Sunday, January 1
When single mother Andrea Knabel goes missing, the search for concrete facts surrounding her disappearance brings up even more questions than her family and close friends knew they had. As a fresh set of eyes takes over the case, shocking information about her life in the months before she vanished is brought to light, leading her loved ones to rethink everything. She was a woman who helped those in need, devoting her free time to finding missing people with an eclectic and loyal group of friends, but perhaps she was the one who needed saving all along.
· Local Mom
After single mom Andrea Knabel vanishes, her loved ones rally together to find answers. Soon, rumors and a social media frenzy overshadow the search until a prior video clip of Andrea reveals a small but significant clue that sparks even more questions.
The search for Andrea takes a dark turn when the volunteer group Missing in America begins to suspect one of their own. A fresh set of eyes joins the case and discovers a mysterious inconsistency in the timeline of the night Andrea went missing.
Andrea’s family faces difficult possibilities regarding her disappearance. New details suggest Andrea had some serious personal struggles in the weeks before she vanished, leading many to wonder if this new layer could hold the key to finding her.
· Black Sheep
A new theory emerges from those finally ready to speak, leading everyone to wonder if the real danger was in front of them all along. Information shared with police gives Andrea’s loved ones renewed hope that their efforts will spur action in the case.
New Episode Premieres on Sundays at 10/9c
This six-part series follows filmmaker Christina Fontana’s search for a missing woman in Hannibal, Missouri. When she uncovers dark secrets of the town and the missing woman’s family, Fontana questions who she can trust and who might be hiding the truth.
· The Two Christina’s Premieres Sunday, January 2 at 10/9c
Christina Whittaker, 21, vanishes without a trace. But her mother, Cindy, refuses to give up hope. Inspired by Cindy, filmmaker Christina Fontana pledges to find out what happened to Christina Whittaker. But the deeper Fontana begins to dig, the more it’s clear nothing is as it seems in Hannibal, MO.
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.
· Cut to the Quick Monday, December 20 at 9/8c
In December 2007, police responded to a brutal scene near Palmer while in Anchorage, a series of shootings shook the city. When a potential link between the attacks emerges, officers race to bring the deadly weekend to a close.
· Home Alone Premieres Monday, December 27 at 9/8c
Eighteen-year-old Amy Sue Patrick vanishes from the outskirts of Wasilla, Alaska, paralyzing the community with fear. Alaska State Troopers travel over 600 miles across the state to track down leads and bring her home, dead or alive.
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.
· I Will Find You Premieres Monday, December 20 at 10/9c
In Shreveport, Louisiana, best friends Jeanie Phelps and Patty Thorington search for the killer of Jeanie’s beloved sister Carol Ann forty years earlier. Their epic fight to get justice for Carol Ann has become a lifelong quest.
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.
· A Woman to Kill For Premieres Thursday, December 30 at 9/8c
With a bloody murder inside a Washington State home, police seem to have the case solved almost immediately, until a series of disturbing revelations make the obvious suspect’s apparent guilt crumble right before detectives’ eyes, and a last-minute twist puts the entire case in a whole new light.