discovery+ and ID Highlights – Weeks of May 23 and May 30
Look for the linear premieres of “The Hillside Strangler: Mind of a Monster” on Monday, May 30 and “The Prison Breaker” on Friday, May 27.
[via press release from Investigation Discovery]
discovery+ TRUE CRIME HIGHLIGHTS
Weeks of May 23 and May 30 2022
**All Air Dates Subject to Change
discovery+ is the global streaming service which 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+/ID CONCURRENT TRUE CRIME PREMIERES
TWO SHALLOW GRAVES
Two Shallow Graves to Air Across Three Nights on ID Starting Sunday, May 22nd at 9/8c with the First Three Episodes. Episodes Available to Stream the Same Day on discovery+.
In 2019, Charles “Chase” Merritt went on trial for the murder of his friend and business associate Joseph McStay, McStay’s wife, and their two young sons. The prosecution presented incriminating evidence including bank records, cell phone activity, and DNA placing him in McStay’s car. Merritt maintained his innocence and his defense team suggested another man had motive for murder. Over the course of seven gripping parts, TWO SHALLOW GRAVES gives an enthralling and never-before-seen look at Merritt’s murder trial and the investigation into the McStay murders through interviews with Merritt, the prosecution, and the defense. The series sheds new light on the controversial court case that captivated the nation and the questions around the heartbreaking crime that still linger unanswered.
· Vanished Premieres Sunday, May 22 at 9/8c
The fate of the missing McStay family remains a mystery for three years until their bodies surface in two shallow graves in the desert. Prosecutors accuse Chase Merritt of the crime, and the trial begins with each side passionately presenting their case.
· The Missed Call Premieres Sunday, May 22 at 10/9c
A bombshell witness upends the Merritt murder trial, claiming someone else confessed to the McStay murders. Merritt’s girlfriend gives him an alibi, but the prosecution attempts to discredit her on the witness stand.
· The Killer’s Truck Premieres Sunday, May 22 at 11/10c
Police investigate other suspects, including a business associate taking money, an ex-boyfriend still in love with Summer McStay and a new husband with a violent past. Footage of a truck leaving the McStay house may reveal the killer.
· The Desert Ping Premieres Monday, May 23 at 9/8c
Merritt’s phone pings near the desert graves, and authorities wonder whether he buried the bodies or merely visited a sister. Prosecutors suggest he tried to delete financial records to cover his tracks. A defense attorney takes a sudden leave of absence.
· Where’s Dan? Premieres Monday, May 23 at 10/9c
New DNA found in the graves may reveal who murdered the McStay’s. The defense questions Joseph’s brother on his whereabouts at the time of the murders, and they cannot locate the suspect they believe may have ties to the killings.
· The Verdict Premieres Tuesday, May 24 at 9/8c
If Merritt testifies, the jurors will learn about his criminal past. The defense and prosecution present their final arguments with closing statements, and it’s now up to the jury to determine guilt or innocence.
· Stay Out Of Dodge Premieres Tuesday, May 24 at 10/9c
Chase Merritt is furious with his attorney’s for failing to call an expert witness he believes can prove phone records placing him at the gravesite are “impossible.” Another key figure in the case breaks his silence about the crime.
SEE NO EVIL
New Episodes Stream on discovery+ and Premiere Wednesdays at 9/8c on ID
SEE NO EVIL reveals how the deadliest crimes are solved by the only witnesses that never lie — and where murderers have no place to hide: surveillance cameras.
· Driven To Murder Premieres Wednesday, May 25 at 9/8c
In 2017, neighbors discovered the body of 40-year-old Dawn Meade outside an apartment complex in Louisa, Virginia. Detectives must determine if this is an accidental death or something more sinister, so they turn to surveillance footage to uncover the truth.
· One Last Ride Premieres Wednesday, June 1 at 9/8c
On July 5, 2011, a young couple on their way home from a night of birthday celebrations is shot while getting gas. With the killers long since vanished, detectives must rely on the grainy gas station video to unravel a senseless act of evil.
DEVIL IN THE WEB
New Episodes Stream on discovery+ and Premiere Thursdays at 10/9c on ID
You’d never allow a stranger inside your house or into your family’s private life but every time you go on the Internet, you may be doing just that. DEVIL IN THE WEB looks at the devastating effects of internet crime on its victims. Criminals can use what we post to harass, humiliate and violate us – even to invade our world offline. And once this type of crime occurs, it’s nearly impossible to get justice – or get it to stop.
· Cyber-Stalker Premieres Thursday, May 26 at 10/9c
Andy Castillo uses the internet to call and text female realtors in 20 different states. Wielding their social media against them, he makes the women believe he’s lurking nearby, adding to their terror. But they have no idea what else he’s done.
· Revenge Porn Premieres Thursday, June 2 at 10/9c
Chrissy Chambers and her girlfriend, Bria Kam, are huge YouTube personalities in the lesbian world. Then Chrissy’s old flame – a man – starts a devastating revenge porn campaign, spreading videos of him having sex with her while she’s unconscious.
New Episodes Stream on discovery+ and Premiere Sundays at 9/8c on ID
If you looked into the eyes of a killer, would you know? Yet, 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.
· Tell Me You Love Me Premieres Sunday, May 29 at 9/8c
Ashley Pittman thinks she hit the lottery marrying Jeffrey Scott, and he gives her a cushier life than the one she left behind in small-town Louisiana. However, something ulgy festers behind closed doors – a secret that soon turns deadly.
· Life On The Lake Premieres Sunday, June 5 at 9/8c
ON THE CASE WITH PAULA ZAHN
New Episodes Stream on discovery+ and Premiere Sundays at 10/9c on ID
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.
· The Smallest Clue Premieres Sunday, May 29 at 10/9c
A murdered teenager’s body mysteriously turns up in a rural Iowa countryside. Will the smallest clue be the key to bringing her killer to justice?
· A Spider Web of Tragedy Premieres Sunday, June 5 at 10/9c
As police try to solve a disturbing homicide, each step of the investigation reveals another layer in a spiderweb of tragedy.
The programs below previously aired on discovery+ and will premiere on Investigation Discovery as follows:
THE HILLSIDE STRANGLER: MIND OF A MONSTER
All Three Parts Premiere Monday, May 30 beginning at 9/8c on ID
In Bellingham, Washington, police charge Ken Bianchi with the murders of two co-eds. Later, in explosive recorded interviews, Bianchi claims to know the identity of LA’s notorious ‘Hillside Strangler’ — but some suspect he may be talking about himself.
· Steve Did It Premieres Monday, May 30 at 9/8c
In 1979, police apprehend Ken Bianchi for the murders of two University of Washington students. His arrest shocks the world of psychiatry and sparks new life into one of America’s most notorious serial killer investigations.
· Multiple Personalities Premieres Monday, May 30 at 10/9c
Ken Bianchi claims responsibility for the hillside strangler murders in LA. But there’s a catch – he blames the murders on his multiple personality “Steve” and his cousin Angelo Buono. Investigators must determine if he’s credible or a pathological liar.
· The Stranglers Premieres Monday, May 30 at 11/10c
The Hillside Strangler Task Force receives a ‘magic phone call’ from Bellingham, Washington, providing a breakthrough. Prosecutors enlist world-renowned psychiatrist Dr. Martin Ome to help untangle the devastating truth behind Bianchi’s claims.
THE PRISON BREAKER
All Four Parts Premiere Friday, May 27 at 8/7c on ID
In his own words, THE PRISONER BREAKER tells the true story of fugitive Richard McNair. Richard McNair’s friends and family, the law enforcement officers he betrayed, and the journalists pursuing the truth, recall McNair’s 1992 jailbreak and his astonishing time on the run.
· The Penpal Premieres Friday, May 27 at 8/7c
In 1988, Richard McNair managed to wield a detective’s lip balm and use it as a lubricant to free himself from restraints. Now, McNair’s family, friends, journalists pursuing the truth and the law enforcement officers he betrayed, recall the dramatic arrest and flight of the young escape artist.
· The Prisoner Premieres Friday, May 27 at 9/8c
· In 1992, Richard McNair narrowly escaped by shimmying through the ventilation ducts.
Close eyewitnesses look back on McNair’s astonishing time on the run and ultimate recapture.
· The Fugitive Premieres Friday, May 27 at 10/9c
In the early spring of 2006, Richard McNair eluded authorities and successfully escaped federal prison. When stopped by an officer, McNair manages to smooth-talk the situation and is let off with a warning, an escape that allows the master escape artist to vault to international infamy.
· The Escapist Premieres Friday, May 27 at 11/10c
Weeks into his stint on the run, Richard McNair’s luck runs dry when he’s stopped by Canadian law enforcement in a stolen vehicle. McNair attempts to elude officers one final time, but is dramatically captured and taken into custody.
INVESTIGATION DISCOVERY PREMIERES
The programs below will premiere on Investigation Discovery as follows:
MURDER IN THE HEARTLAND
New Episodes Premiere Mondays at 8/7c on ID
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.
· Homicide Hotel Premieres Monday, May 23 at 8/7c
A mysterious stranger strangles overnight desk clerk, Mary Klatt, during her shift. The town of Blue Earth, Minnesota, struggles with the harsh reality that someone would want to bring harm to Mary.
· Truth Will Kill Premieres Monday, May 30 at 8/7c
A woman vanishes from her home in the neighborhood of Belle Center, Missouri, without a trace. Hoping to find Anita Dunn before it’s too late, the community aids investigators in an exhaustive search.
New Episodes Premiere Tuesdays at 9/8c on ID
Raw, intense, and action-packed, BODY CAM uses body cam footage to show the dangerous, fast-moving situations officers face and the life-or-death decisions they must make in the blink of an eye.
· Fired Up Premieres Tuesday, May 31 at 9/8c
Police race to an armed robbery and face a hail of shotgun pellets. A gas explosion lifts a roof off an apartment building, engulfing officers in a fireball. In Georgia, a man fights for his life in a wrecked SUV.
I WENT UNDERCOVER
New Episodes Premiere Wednesdays at 10/9c on ID
Undercover work is the most exciting, but risky part of law enforcement. However, when everyday citizens with no formal training go undercover, anything can happen. Doing the right thing has never been more dangerous.
· The Hit On The Handyman Premieres Wednesday, May 25 at 10/9c
Police receive a tip that a Florida business woman seeks to hire a hitman. As investigators delve further into her past, they find that murder-for-hire may be just the tip of the iceberg. Now, the race is on to save the lives of three unsuspecting people.
· The Sleepover Premieres Wednesday, June 1 at 10/9c
A Utah man’s traumatic memories of childhood molestation spur him to confront his predator – and record the entire conversation. As he agonizes over the possibility of other victims, he also wonders if he could have made a terrible mistake.
CRIMES GONE VIRAL
Premieres Thursday, May 26 at 9/8c on ID
This series takes viewers inside the riveting stories behind shocking crimes that go viral. From business security and 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. CRIMES GONE VIRAL goes beyond the jaw-dropping footage to tell the full story.
· Reckless At The Wheel Premieres Thursday, May 26 at 9/8c
Like a scene from a movie, police chase a thief in a stolen RV through the streets and residential areas. Later, another dangerous high-speed chase has a shocking twist when police realize the driver has her baby in the backseat.
· Oh No, You Don’t! Premieres Thursday, May 26 at 9:30/8:30c
A family fights to defend each other, and their store, when they are held up. Then, police scramble to contain a pair of young car thieves who seem to think they are invincible.
· Horror In The Street Premieres Thursday, June 2 at 9/8c
A woman enjoying a holiday celebration is the victim of a shocking hit and run caught on camera. Next, when a man steals a grandmother’s purse right off a restaurant table, she jumps into action, chasing him into the parking lot.