An episode of Investigation Discovery’s show “Nightmare Next Door” that aired Thursday night featured a case many Southern Illinoisans remember.
The episode, titled “Into The Woods,” recounted the 2012 murders of Jessica Evans, 17, of Norris City and Jacob Wheeler, 22, of Carmi.
The episode description on Amazon.com reads: “When Jessi Evans and Jake Wheeler go fishing — and never come home — the townsfolk of Norris City, Illinois fear the worst. Then, after Jake’s truck is found at an abandoned house, detectives uncover a twist that rocks this God-fearing community to its core.”
Jodie Gaines was 18 years old and on her way to a fish fry when she saw the blue lights of a cop car flash in her rearview. As detailed in an episode of House of Horrors: Kidnapped—one of a grip of ominously titled programs on the channel Investigation Discovery, the 24-7, true crime network—she was an outgoing high school senior from the tiny, Western Tennessee town of McKenzie, and was looking forward to a weekend home from the prep school she attended a few hours away. “I knew I wasn’t speeding,” she recalls in the program, “but I pulled over without hesitation.” It was a decision that would almost cost her her life: those “cops” were actually three men who kidnapped her for ransom, holding her for three days chained
LOS ANGELES — Chris Hansen is back to his specialty now — gritty stories about nasty people.
He did that for 20 years at NBC, including “To Catch a Predator.” Now he’s moved to cable. “He is truly one of the country’s best crime reporters,” said Henry Schleiff, head of Investigation Discovery.
That’s a skill he worked on in high-crime places like Detroit and Miami. Still, his big influence is a surprise: “I owe my whole career to Howard Lancour,” Hansen said.
The late Lancour was a gentle guy who at various points did kid shows and stage plays. But he was anchoring local WILX (Channel 10) when Hansen, a Michigan State University student, arrived.
Lauri Taylor spent four years investigating her mother’s mysterious death in Mexico that was ruled a homicide in 2006. Her long journey to uncover what truly happened led to the memoir “The Accidental Truth,” which was published earlier this year.
“The Accidental Truth” documents the struggles with law enforcement, the ups and downs of the investigation, and the hardships her family endured until the truth was discovered. The investigation also uncovered something that shocked Taylor – her mother was suffering from a mental illness, a borderline personality disorder.
“The only reason for me to tell such a deeply personal story and to be so deeply honest is the message at the end of the book,” said Taylor, who grew up in Manhattan Beach and graduated from Mira Costa High School in 1980. “That is the reason that I wrote it. There are many families struggling with this. It’s interesting that it has
NEW YORK (AP) — Henry Schleiff wants to simplify your life.
He wants to school you in life lessons.
He wants to hook you on crime.
As a group president at Discovery Communications, Schleiff is boss of Investigation Discovery, or ID for short, a network whose motto might be: “Where bad things happen to good (or hapless or downright clueless) people.”
ID is awash with real-life tales of greed, passion and outright evil served up with sassy titles like “A Crime to Remember,” ”I Almost Got Away With It” and
“Who the (Bleep) Did I Marry?”
Hooked?! Think of watching ID as being turned loose in a frozen yogurt shop: one delectable product in countless flavors you just can’t stop spooning up.
Meanwhile, ID guarantees you practical tips.
“If you live on a farm and it’s Halloween and there’s a storm, you don’t go down to the barn when