COLD CASES HEAT UP WITH INVESTIGATION DISCOVERY'S NEW SERIES, "BREAKING HOMICIDE"
- Digital Companion "Breaking Homicide: Final Theory" airs exclusively on Investigation Discovery's IDGO Platform -
Investigation Discovery (ID), America's leading destination for true-crime programming, announced today the world premiere of the cold case series BREAKING HOMICIDE. In this all-new, six-part franchise from the fearless team that brought you IS O.J. INNOCENT? THE MISSING EVIDENCE, each two-hour episode follows former Rhode Island Police Sergeant Derrick Levasseur and Forensic Psychologist Kris Mohandie as they answer the pleas of desperate families seeking help investigating the unsolved murders of their loved ones. Each episode provides fresh perspective and new hope to those who never gave up on the search for justice. BREAKING HOMICIDE premieres on April 15, 2018 at 9-11PM ET, only on Investigation Discovery. Following each installment, fans can log onto IDGO and catch up with the latest breaks in the case, get updates from family members and see answers to each cases' biggest questions in BREAKING HOMICIDE: FINAL THEORY beginning at 11pm ET.
"Over the last 10 years, Investigation Discovery has received countless calls and emails from viewers about local cold cases that have never been solved; BREAKING HOMICIDE is our answer to those often-desperate requests for help." said Henry Schleiff, Group President of Investigation Discovery, American Heroes Channel and Destination America. "Derrick and Kris use their decades of experience and the fierce tenacity we first saw with their critically acclaimed work on ID's OJ special to shine a new light on these tragic crimes where the killers remain at-large and communities search for the closure they deserve."
BREAKING HOMICIDE takes Levasseur and Mohandie to large cities and small hometowns across America as they investigate six cold cases, chasing down new clues hoping for a break in these decades- old crimes. From a serial killer haunting Honolulu who has never been caught, to the sadistic assault and murder of a girl from Levasseur's hometown in Rhode Island; each case explored is still open. Levasseur and Mohandie, along with the help of local law enforcement and victims' family members who never gave up, will scrutinize one cold case from start to finish trying to find closure for loved ones. With the benefit of advanced technology, the investigators apply their unique talents and skills to meticulously dissect each piece of evidence, and in some cases, unearthing new leads.
Fans can find up-to-the minute breaks in the case in the digital companion series, BREAKING HOMICIDE: FINAL THEORY, following each episode exclusively on IDGO and InvestigationDiscovery.com. This original digital series will provide an update on the unsolved cases that the BREAKING HOMICIDE team has spent countless hours investigating. Additionally, it will call on the audience to contribute questions of their own using the hashtag #BreakingHomicide. The series is six episodes and will premiere on ID GO each week immediately following linear airing.
Cases examined in the first season of BREAKING HOMICIDE include:
MICHELLE NORRIS / CENTRAL FALLS, RI premieres Sunday, April 15 at 9pm ET
In the premiere episode, Kris and Derrick pay a visit to Derrick's hometown to investigate a case that continues to haunt the community. Who abducted seven-year-old Michelle Norris from a playground in 1986, killing her in the nearby woods? Clues point to the murderer being someone who lived in the neighborhood. Is he still there? And what clues does a mysterious letter hold? Derrick and Kris interact with old friends and potential suspects in this confrontational premiere episode.
FAITH HEDGEPETH / CHAPEL HILL, NC premieres Sunday, April 22 at 9pm ET
Kris and Derrick visit the famous college town of Chapel Hill, North Carolina to investigate the tragic murder of nineteen-year-old college student Faith Hedgepeth. This co-ed was brutally murdered in 2012 and her killer has never been found. Who sent the text message from her phone if she was already dead? And who wrote the mysterious note left by her body? Using the latest mobile technology, Kris and Derrick try to bring some closure to this tragic story.
CHRISTOPHER JENKINS / MINNEAPOLIS, MN premieres Sunday, April 29 at 9pm ET
Drunken revelry gone wrong? A fight that got out of hand? These are the puzzling questions that still haunt the parents of Christopher Jenkins, a 21-year-old student who died on Halloween night in 2002. Did he fall from a bridge into the Mississippi River by accident? Did he commit suicide or was he murdered? And does a mysterious island hold all the answers? Derrick and Kris interact with private investigators and new witnesses to tryto answer these burning questions and provide new theories on the case.
REBECCA ZAHAU / SAN DIEGO, CA premieres Sunday, May 6 at 9pm ET
In one of the most unique cases covered this season, Derrick and Kris visit sunny San Diego where, in 2001, 32-year-old Rebecca Zahau was found dead, hanging naked, her hands bound behind her back. The case had all the signs of murder, but police ruled it a suicide. Were they wrong? Or did she pull off one of the most incredible death scenes ever staged? Derrick and Kris go step-by-step to try and re-create the scene of the crime and figure out what really happened.
HONOLULU STRANGLER / HONOLULU, HI premieres Sunday, May 13 at 9pm ET
Sun, beautiful landscapes and a breeding ground for a notorious serial killer? Honolulu, Hawaii is the location of Derrick and Kris's latest case. It's been over thirty years since a brutal serial killer terrified this tropical paradise, savagely murdering five young women. Can the team find the perpetrator who committed these heinous crimes?
MICHELLE O'KEEFE / PALMDALE, CA premieres Sunday, May 20 at 9pm ET
In the final episode of BREAKING HOMICIDE, Kris and Derrick travel to Palmdale, CA to investigate a case involving a young woman brutally assaulted while walking to her car. Security guard Ray Jennings was convicted of killing 18-year-old Michelle O'Keefe at a parking lot where he worked in 2000. Eleven years later he was declared innocent. If he's not guilty, how did he know things only the killer could know? The team probes the truths and lies in this tragic crime, providing the O'Keefe family peace and closure.
BREAKING HOMICIDE is produced for Investigation Discovery and IDGO by Main Event Media and All3Media America; with Jimmy Fox, Greg Lipstone, Layla Smith as executive producers and Star Price as showrunner. For Investigation Discovery, Lorna Thomas is senior executive producer, Elizabeth Stephenson is coordinating producer. Sara Kozak is senior vice president of production, Kevin Bennett is general manager, and Henry Schleiff is Group President, Investigation Discovery, American Heroes Channel and Destination America.
ABOUT MAIN EVENT MEDIA
Main Event Media is a content and full-service production company founded by producer Jimmy Fox. Main Event launched in 2017 with the backing of UK-based Objective Media Group and All3Media and it is based in Los Angeles. The company produces a wide range of original scripted and non-scripted programming. It currently has numerous series in production, including such hits as the Emmy Award winning CNN series United Shades of America which has also been nominated for multiple NAACP Image Awards, Investigation Discovery's Is O.J. Innocent? (narrated by Martin Sheen), the E! drama series The Arrangement, the Pop series Hollywood Darlings and The Many Murders of Ed Edwards for Paramount Network. The company has been recognized for its work, garnering Emmy, TCA, NAACP, and International Documentary Association (IDA) nominations. The company is part of a growing roster of global All3Media sister companies including Sam Mendes' Neal Street, Gordon Ramsay's Studio Ramsay, Optomen, Lime Pictures, and Studio Lambert.
ABOUT INVESTIGATION DISCOVERY
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