INVESTIGATION DISCOVERY PEELS BACK DARK AND SECRET LAYERS TO REVEAL "DREW PETERSON: AN AMERICAN MURDER MYSTERY"
-- Produced in Partnership with American Media, Inc., Jupiter Entertainment and
Weinstein Television, ID Presents a Two-Hour Special Premiere from Record-Breaking Franchise
on Sunday, August 27 at 9/8c --
(Beverly Hills, Calif.) - On October 28, 2007, 23-year-old mother of four, Stacy Peterson, vanishes without a trace from her sleepy suburban Chicago home. All eyes turn to her seemingly upstanding husband, police sergeant Drew Peterson, who publicly protests his innocence and swears Stacy left him for another man. Now, 10 years after Stacy's suspicious disappearance, Investigation Discovery (ID) delves into the dark and secret life of Drew Peterson, his short-lived marriage to Stacy, and the mysterious and questionable circumstances surrounding the death of his previous wife, Kathleen Savio, in DREW PETERSON: AN AMERICAN MURDER MYSTERY. The latest installment of ID's breakout "AN AMERICAN MURDER MYSTERY" franchise, presented in partnership with Weinstein Television, Jupiter Entertainment and American Media, Inc. (AMI), DREW PETERSON: AN AMERICAN MURDER MYSTERY unravels the twisted web of lies, corruption and violence behind one of the most fascinating missing persons' cases in recent history. The two-hour world-premiere special airs Sunday, August 27 starting at 9/8c, exclusively on ID.
"Drew Peterson is the ultimate villain - posing as a concerned husband, community man and officer of the law - when, in fact, he was a monster hiding in plain sight," said Henry Schleiff, Group President of Investigation Discovery, American Heroes Channel and Destination America. "There are still so many unanswered questions surrounding what really happened to Stacy Peterson, and while you may think you know everything about this story, we are eager to bring our viewers a deeper, more thorough exploration of this tremendously tragic case."
"ID's partnership with American Media, Inc., The Weinstein Company and Jupiter Entertainment continues to deliver for the viewer," said Dylan Howard, Chief Content Officer and Vice President of American Media, Inc. "Drew Peterson is the latest installment of our programming, directly leveraging the world-class reporting of our titles, editors and journalists. This unprecedented access delivers new revelations, and provides the definitive look inside the trail of carnage Peterson left in his wake."
DREW PETERSON: AN AMERICAN MURDER MYSTERY features all-new and exclusive interviews with those closest to the case, including Stacy's sister Cassandra Cales and her aunt, Candace Aikin. Other notable interviews include Sue Doman, Kathleen's sister; Neil Schori, Drew and Stacy's pastor; Jim Glasgow, Will County State's attorney who was later the target of a murder-for-hire, coordinated by Drew; Larry Blum, forensic pathologist who re-examined Kathleen's body and determined her death to be a homicide; and Joel Brodsky and Steve Greenberg, criminal defense attorneys who represented Drew in court.
The two-hour special was created by the same team that produced the record-breaking ID series JONBENET: AN AMERICAN MURDER MYSTERY and CASEY ANTHONY: AN AMERICAN MURDER MYSTERY.
ABOUT THE CASE
In October of 2007, Stacy Peterson vanishes without a trace from her suburban Chicago home. While investigating Stacy's disappearance, police dig further into her police officer husband, Drew, who maintains his innocence and claims to have no involvement in the disappearance of his fourth wife. Despite his public protest that Stacy ran off with a younger lover, investigators discover that Drew may be harboring a dark and secret past. Years earlier, Drew's previous wife Kathleen Savio died under suspicious circumstances, and police are concerned that Drew may know more about Stacy than he's letting on.
With news of Stacy's disappearance blitzing the national media, Drew appears on countless television and radio shows proclaiming his innocence. His cavalier attitude about his missing wife paired with his seeming enjoyment of the media attention concerns many viewers, including the family of Kathleen who remained vigilant in their belief that Kathleen's death was not an accident, as previously determined.
Seizing on renewed interest in the case, Kathleen's family requests her body be exhumed and re-examined by local authorities. Upon a second forensic evaluation, the chief medical examiner determines Kathleen's death was, in fact, a homicide due to the significant bruises and scrapes on her body that were not previously reported. Shifting their focus to catching Kathleen's killer, investigators dig further into Drew and eventually hit the jackpot when Drew and Stacy's pastor, Reverend Neil Schori, comes forth with information that Stacy had helped Drew with his alibi the night of Kathleen's disappearance. Drew was formally charged for Kathleen's homicide in 2009 and was found guilty of premeditated murder in 2012.
While serving the first of his 38 years in prison, Drew makes headlines once again when he solicits a hit on Will County State's Attorney Jim Glasgow. Drew confided in a fellow inmate his plot to hire a hitman to kill Glasgow, who he claims was obstructing his appeals and attempts for early release. The inmate informs police of Drew's plans, and Drew is convicted of soliciting a murder-for-hire and given 40 additional years in jail.
DREW PETERSON: AN AMERICAN MURDER MYSTERY is produced for Investigation Discovery by Weinstein Television, American Media, Inc., and Jupiter Entertainment with Harvey Weinstein, Bob Weinstein, Patrick Reardon, Stephen Land, Allison Wallach, Matt Sprouse, David Pecker and Dylan Howard as Executive Producers. For Investigation Discovery, Pamela Deutsch is senior executive producer, Sara Kozak is senior vice president of production, Kevin Bennett is general manager, and Henry Schleiff is Group President of Investigation Discovery, American Heroes Channel and Destination America.
About Weinstein Television
Weinstein Company (TWC) is a multimedia production and distribution company launched in October 2005 by Bob and Harvey Weinstein, the brothers who founded Miramax Films in 1979. TWC also encompasses Dimension Films, the genre label founded in 1993 by Bob Weinstein. During Harvey and Bob's tenure at Miramax and TWC, they have received 351 Oscar nominations and won 82 Academy Awards.
Weinstein Television boasts an active television production division, including the reality powerhouse Project Runway, with its spin-off series Project Runway All Stars, hosted by Alyssa Milano, Project Runway Jr, featuring supermodel Hannah Jeter and fashion critic Kelly Osbourne.
About Jupiter Entertainment
America's leading producer of true crime and mystery programming, Jupiter Entertainment is a full-service production company focused on creating highly successful TV series with great storytelling, compelling characters, and high production values. For over 20 years, Jupiter Entertainment has produced a variety of hit primetime series and specials across a wide range of genres from explosive docusoaps like Wild West Alaska (Animal Planet) and Welcome to Myrtle Manor (TLC) to broadcast specials like Game Changers with Robin Roberts (ABC). Jupiter Entertainment has also produced record shattering true crime programming from hit series like Homicide Hunter to stunning specials such as Jon Benet: An American Murder Mystery and Casey Anthony: An American Murder Mystery, all of which delivered landmark ratings for ID. Other recent credits include: Killer Couples, #Killerpost (Oxygen), Justice: By Any Means, Fatal Attraction (TV One) and National Enquirer Investigates (REELZ). Jupiter Entertainment currently operates offices in New York, NY and Knoxville, TN. Find out more about Jupiter Entertainment and its projects at www.jupiterent.com.
About American Media, Inc.
American Media, Inc. (AMI) owns and operates the leading print and digital celebrity and active lifestyle media brands in the United States. AMI's titles include National Enquirer, Star, OK!, Globe, National Examiner, Soap Opera Digest, Men's Fitness, Muscle & Fitness, Flex and Muscle & Fitness Hers. AMI also manages 10 different digital sites including RadarOnline.com, OKmagazine.com, MensFitness.com and MuscleandFitness.com. AMI's magazines have a combined total circulation of 2.1+ million and reach more than 37 million men and women each month. AMI's digital properties reach an average of 50 million unique visitors and over 350 million page views monthly.
About Investigation Discovery
Investigation Discovery (ID) is the leading mystery-and-suspense network on television. From harrowing crimes and salacious scandals to the in-depth investigations and heart-breaking mysteries behind these "real people, real stories," the always revealing network challenges our everyday understanding of culture, society and the human condition. One of our nation's fastest growing cable networks, ID delivers the highest-quality programming to approximately 85 million U.S. households and is available in both high definition (HD) and standard definition (SD). For more information, please visit InvestigationDiscovery.com, facebook.com/InvestigationDiscovery, or twitter.com/DiscoveryID. Investigation Discovery is part of Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the world's #1 pay-TV programmer reaching nearly 3 billion cumulative subscribers in 220 countries and territories.