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American Monster spotlights Kevin Dowling who killed a witness but was caught out by NASA scientist

Kevin Dowling fishing in video

Kevin Dowling had a seemingly cast iron alibi with him fishing on a boat

This week American Monster examines the case of Kevin Dowling, who was convicted of killing a store clerk to prevent her testifying against him.

In 1996 Jennifer Myers had been attacked at Gray Fox Gallery in Spring Grove, which she owned and operated. Her assailant had robbed and then attempted to rape her.

A few months later Myers spotted her attacker working at a local gas station and called the police. He was charged with robbery and indecent assault but before the trial started Myers was found dead. She’d been shot in the head and chest at the same gallery where the attack had taken place.

During the trial Dowling produced a video tape that he said showed he was away fishing at the time of the murder

Read more at: https://www.monstersandcritics.com/smallscreen/american-monster-spotlights-kevin-dowling-who-shot-jennifer-myers-dead-to-silence-her-forever/

Ted Bundy: An American Monster spotlights how the serial killer was brought to justice

Ted Bundy: An American Monster

Ted Bundy in court a decade before he was eventually executed

Ted Bundy: An American Monster is a special on Investigation Discovery examining the hunt for the infamous serial killer.

The man who helped bring him to justice examines the case and presents old film and case documents that shine new light on the gruesome crimes committed by Bundy.

Ted Bundy was born in 1946 and grew up with the slight stigma of being born out of wedlock. However, he was close to his grandparents though his grandfather was known for his violent outbursts and bullying behaviour.

His high school years were unremarkable other than a few minor brushes with the law for petty crimes. At University he studied Chinese and had a serious relationship with a classmate known only in his biographies under the pseudonym Stephanie Brooks.

He was deeply in

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TV This Week, Sept. 3-9: ‘You’re the Worst,’ ‘Hidden Figures’ and more

SUNDAY

The special “Do Your Job, Part 2: Bill Belichick and the 2016 Patriots” celebrates the work ethic of the reigning Super Bowl champs ahead of this week’s NFL season opener. 7 p.m. NBC

No one recalls inviting “Glee’s” Heather Morris in the new thriller “Psycho Wedding Crasher.” Joan Van Ark also stars. 8 p.m. Lifetime

And just like that, David Lynch’s “Twin Peaks: The Return” was gone, never to be seen again — in this dimension, anyway. Kyle MacLachlan stars. 8 and 9 p.m. Showtime

Lena Dunham and “Billy on the Street’s” Billy Eichner are among the new cast members for “American Horror Story: Cult,” a new post-election-themed iteration of Ryan Murphy’s freaky-deaky anthology series. 10 p.m. FX

Anchors aweigh! The new franchise entry “A Season With Navy Football” will follow the U.S. Naval Academy’s Midshipmen for the 2017 season. 10 p.m.

Read more at: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/tv/la-ca-st-0903-tvhighlights-20170903-story.html

American Monster: Manling Williams slashed her husband 90 times with Samurai sword and smothered young sons

Neal Williams pictured with his two sons in garden

Neal Williams pictured with his two sons in garden, they were all murdered by Manling

This week American Monster examines the case of Manling Tsang Williams who murdered her husband and their two young sons.

Neal Williams was a house husband and indulged his hobby of collecting swords whilst his wife Manling was the main bread winner.

Aug. 7, 2007, in Rowland Height and Manling came home around 7.30 a.m. from shopping to find her husband and kids dead.

According to reports from neighbors, Manling ran from the house screaming that her husband was injured. When police arrived they found 27-year-old Williams stabbed to death and even more tragically the couple’s two sons Devon (7) and Ian (3) smothered to death in their bunk beds.

It did not take long for the cops to suspect Manling

Read more at: https://www.monstersandcritics.com/smallscreen/american-monster/

What’s on TV Sunday: ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Florence Foster Jenkins’

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Kit Harington in “Game of Thrones.”

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Macall B. Polay/HBO

The season finale of “Game of Thrones” presents a long-awaited meeting. And “Florence Foster Jenkins” arrives on Amazon and Hulu.

What’s on TV

GAME OF THRONES 9 p.m. on HBO; also on HBO streaming platforms. Fans have been

Read more at: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/27/arts/television/whats-on-tv-sunday-game-of-thrones-and-florence-foster-jenkins.html

Serial husband and boyfriend killer Cynthia Phillips is spotlighted in American Monster

Cynthia Phillips as played by an actress

Cynthia Phillips (seen above played by actress in recreation) had a way with men and murder

This week American Monster spotlights the dark desires and greed that led to and Cynthia Phillips to attempt to kill her husband Ron.

Colorado, 1995, Ron and Cynthia Phillips move to a remote town and try to settle themselves and their four children into this new life.

However, things take a dark turn when a man Cynthia tried to hire as a hitman turns her into the police. She wanted to kill her husband and possibly collect life insurance money. But this shocking incident was only the tip of a string of suspicious deaths and murder attempts that Cynthia had been involved in.

She was convicted convicted and sentenced to 24 years in prison for trying to kill Ron, but police continued their investigation

Read more at: http://www.monstersandcritics.com/smallscreen/serial-husband-and-boyfriend-killer-cynthia-phillips-is-spotlighted-in-american-monster/

Corsicana murder explored Sunday on American Monster

American Monster, which airs at 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 20 on the true-crime network Investigation Discovery will feature the 1998 Corsicana homicide of Toby Matthews.

When Ron Phillips moved his wife Cynthia and their four kids from Kansas to a tiny town in Colorado to take over a meatpacking plant, it wasn’t easy on any of them. Little do Ron and Cynthia know — within a few years — their marriage will be torn apart by an affair and a double life revealed. New interviews and compelling home movies trace a remarkable tale of deception, infidelity, and murder that stretches between Kansas, Colorado, and Texas.

This episode includes interviews with:

• Magon Konrade, Cindy’s daughter

• Cathy Nau, Cindy’s sister

• Chris Rabe, Cindy’s sister

• Branagan Reiling, Cindy’s niece

• Bertha Zaidle, Corsicana Police Department (ret.)

• Jack Howard, Kiowa County Undersheriff (ret.)

Please note that the network’s name is Investigation Discovery, not Discovery Channel or Discovery ID.

Read more at: http://www.corsicanadailysun.com/news/corsicana-murder-explored-sunday-on-american-monster/article_6d6a6d90-8458-11e7-9948-87e361fc774e.html

American Monster: Harold Henthorn almost got away with killing two wives after he pushed second off a cliff

Harold and Toni Henthorn

Harold Henthorn pushed his wife Toni to her death

Harold and Toni Henthorn were both middle-aged and on their second marriages, seemingly happy with life and the life they’d setup with their young daughter.

However, their apparent marital bliss was shattered when a hiking trip went badly wrong. In September 2012 for their 12th wedding anniversary they headed to Deer Mountain in the Rocky Mountain National Park. After eating lunch at a particularly remote and awkward spot, Toni fell off a cliff and suffered what would be fatal injuries.

Her husband told police she was breathing for nearly an hour after the fall and that he repeatedly attempted CPR to keep her alive, but sadly he was unable to prevent her death before rescuers arrived. He also said that she fell around 30 or 40 feet and that he’d

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ID Ranks #1 For Both P25-54 and W25-54 Year-To-Date

ID Ranks #1 For Both P25-54 and W25-54 Year-To-Date

Hitting yet another milestone in 2017, Investigation Discovery (ID) is now the #1 ad-supported cable network for total day delivery among both P25-54 and W25-54. ID also continues to be in the top 5 in prime for delivery among W25-54, and is now a top 10 network among P2+.

In July, ID was the #1 ad-supported cable network for total day delivery among both P25-54 (up five ranks from July 2016) and W25-54 (up one rank from July 2016). Overall, the month was ID’s best July ever in prime and total day delivery for all key demos on Live+3 Day viewing, averaging more than 1 million viewers in prime for the month among P2+.

The top five programs contributing to ID’s performance in July included ON THE CASE WITH PAULA ZAHN (1.487M

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New clips of Christine Billis on TV with husband she killed in car crash shown on American Monster

Charlie and Chrissy Billis sitting together in TV show footage from American Monster

Charles and his killer wife Christine in one of their appearances on camera, shown on American Monster

New footage of killer Christine Billis on TV alongside the husband she left dead in a staged car crash are shown for the first time tonight on Investigation Discovery’s American Monster.

Billis intentionally drove the couple’s car into a tree but while she was belted up and suffered only minor injuries, her husband Charles, 57, was unbelted and died at the scene.

Tonight’s American Monster episode, titled The Last Broadcast, looks at how the tapes from a public-access TV show the couple were involved in show a “sinister tale” behind what happened.

It was initially thought the crash in 2009 in Charleston, Vermont, was an accident and that Christine had blacked out the wheel.

However, not long after

Read more at: http://www.monstersandcritics.com/smallscreen/new-clips-of-christine-billis-on-tv-with-husband-she-killed-in-car-crash-shown-on-american-monster/