A MANHUNT FOR THE DAD ENSUES WHEN A MOTHER AND THREE YOUNG CHILDREN
ARE FOUND DEAD ON "FINAL WITNESS" JULY 11
"Fatal Devotion" - Mary Jane Baker Longo was a devout Jehovah's Witness and mother of three. She and her husband, Christian, a handsome go-getter and great dad, were madly in love. When Christian packed up the family to move across country, Mary Jane and the kids happily went along. But what appeared to be a family adventure was something much more sinister: Christian was on the run. Unknown to Mary Jane, her husband was a consummate liar and, when under financial pressure, a thief. It had started years earlier with Christian pilfering money from work to pay for Mary Jane's engagement ring and escalated to hundreds of thousands of dollars in check fraud and stolen industrial equipment. At every turn, Christian assured Mary Jane that everything was fine and, even as they fled their hometown of Ypsilanti, Michigan and dragged their children and few remaining possessions (most stolen) on a manic road trip through cheap motels and apple-pie American tourist destinations, Mary Jane's trust never wavered. But in Newport, Oregon, Christian's lies finally caught up with him. What follows was a descent into murder and an international manhunt involving the FBI, on "Final Witness," airing Wednesday, July 11 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET) on the ABC Television Network.
This episode of "Final Witness" includes first-person interviews with Mary Jane Longo's sisters, Penny and Jenny, the Oregon detective and district attorney and numerous others, as well as a haunting soundtrack which includes singles by indie artists and bands including Kurt Vile, Barr Brothers, BOBBY, Young Man, Carla Kihlstedt, Marika Hughes, Shahzad Ismaily, Infinity Window and Teeth of the Sea. More information on the music on this episode can be found at ABC Music Lounge, http://abc.go.com/music-lounge.
The series is produced for ABC by Lincoln Square Productions. Executive Producers are Rudy Bednar and Christine Connor; Senior Producer is Adam Feinstein; Series Producer is Lee Beckett; Series Production Manager is Alex Friedman.
"Final Witness" is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format, with 5.1 Surround Sound. A TV parental guideline will be assigned closer to airdate.