A MANHUNT FOR THE DAD ENSUES WHEN A MOTHER AND THREE YOUNG CHILDREN
ARE FOUND DEAD, ON ABC'S "FINAL WITNESS," JULY 11
"Fatal Devotion" -- MaryJane 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, MaryJane 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 MaryJane, 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 MaryJane's engagement ring and escalated to hundreds of thousands of dollars in check fraud and stolen industrial equipment. At every turn, Christian assured MaryJane 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, MaryJane'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 (10:02-11:00 p.m. ET) on the ABC Television Network.
*Editor's Note: This program was originally scheduled to air on the clock from 10-11PM, but has since been changed to air off the clock from 10:02-11PM. Additionally, "MaryJane" is the proper name spelling, rather than "Mary Jane," as previously advised.
This episode of "Final Witness" includes first-person interviews with MaryJane 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.