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This Alabama murder will be featured Sunday on Investigation Discovery

The Audrey Marie Hilley murder case will be featured this weekend on Investigation Discovery. 

One of Alabama’s most notorious murder cases will be the subject of the Investigation Discovery series American Monster this weekend.

The series will profile the case of Audrey Marie Hilley and the murder of her husband Frank Hilley Sunday, July 23, at 8 p.m.

Among those interviewed for the program will be Mike Hilley, Frank and Marie’s son; Frank’s sister Freeda Burns; retired FBI Special Agent Wayne Manis, and journalist Mike Stedham.

Crews were in Anniston in December filming scenes for the episode. 

Hilley’s first husband Frank died in 1975 after a sudden, unexplained illness that was thought to be hepatitis. Three years later, her only daughter Carol began exhibiting similar symptoms. At the same time, Marie was arrested for passing bad checks.

Doctors at UAB

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Behind Oxygen’s Killer Rebranding

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High-end true-crime series such as Netflix’s Making a Murderer and This American Life podcast Serial played a significant part in Oxygen’s decision to remake itself as the destination for crime series. The rebrand has been gradual, but it’s now kicking in in earnest, with a new logo making its way to air, and the resurrection of Dick Wolf’s Cold Justice series, which debuts July 22, among other crime show launches.

Rod Aissa, Oxygen executive VP of original programming and development, said the wildly popular crime series on Netflix and podcasts such as Serial revealed a younger version of the true-crime fan that Oxygen executives found intriguing. He speaks of a new wave of women consuming those pop-culture staples.

“We’re looking to engage with younger women,” he said, “this next generation of crime viewer.”

Oxygen was launched in 2000 by Geraldine Laybourne, Oprah Winfrey and

Read more at: http://www.broadcastingcable.com/news/programming/behind-oxygen-s-killer-rebranding/167187

These true crime movies and shows are about horrific Pennsylvania murders, scams and scandals

On July 12, 2008, Brandon Piekarsky, Derrick Donchak, Colin Walsh and Brian Scully and others attacked Luis Ramirez outside of a community festival. As they beat Ramirez, racial epithets were shouted and he was told to go back to Mexico. After kicking Ramirez in the head, Piekarsky told a bystander to “tell your Mexican friends to get out of Shenandoah or you will be lying next to him.”

Ramirez died of massive head injuries from the attack two days later. There was then an attempt to cover the crime up.

Eventually, Brian Scully admitted to taking part in the fight. He was ordered to spend 90 days in a juvenile treatment center. Brandon Piekarsky and Derrick Donchak were convicted of violating Ramirez’s civil rights and given a nine-year prison sentence.Colin Walsh pled guilty to violating Ramirez’s civil rights and was sentenced to 55 months in prison. Former police-chief Matthew Nestor was sentenced

Read more at: http://www.pennlive.com/life/2017/04/true_crimes_turned_into_movies.html

Realscreen » Archive » Starbuck named EP at Arrow Media

Arrow Media has hired Sam Starbuck as an executive producer who will oversee the independent production company’s true crime slate.

Starbuck (pictured) previously was at Raw TV as a showrunner for National Geographic’s military docuseries No Man Left Behind. She also worked on programs and series for the BBC and Nutopia. Her credits include Syfy’s cult horror docuseries Paranormal Witness, Sky Atlantic’s history docuseries The British and ITV’s Britain’s Biggest Adventures with Bear Grylls.

Starbuck will report directly to Arrow co-founder and joint creative director Tom Brisley.

The UK-based production company has unveiled its true crime slate for Investigate Discovery in the U.S., which includes a third season of See No Evil, which is co-produced with Canada-based production company Saloon Media. Arrow will also produce series two of American Monster (10×60) about the double lives

Read more at: http://realscreen.com/2017/02/07/starbuck-named-ep-at-arrow-media/

Starbuck named EP at Arrow Media

Arrow Media has hired Sam Starbuck as an executive producer who will oversee the independent production company’s true crime slate.

Starbuck (pictured) previously was at Raw TV as a showrunner for National Geographic’s military docuseries No Man Left Behind. She also worked on programs and series for the BBC and Nutopia. Her credits include Syfy’s cult horror docuseries Paranormal Witness, Sky Atlantic’s history docuseries The British and ITV’s Britain’s Biggest Adventures with Bear Grylls.

Starbuck will report directly to Arrow co-founder and joint creative director Tom Brisley.

The UK-based production company has unveiled its true crime slate for Investigate Discovery in the U.S., which includes a third season of See No Evil, which is co-produced with Canada-based production company Saloon Media. Arrow will also produce series two of American Monster (10×60) about the double lives

Read more at: http://realscreen.com/2017/02/07/starbuck-named-ep-at-arrow-media/

Arrow hires for true crime slate

UK factual indie Arrow Media has hired a former BBC and Raw TV executive producer to oversee its fast-expanding line-up of true crime series.

Sam Starbuck

Sam Starbuck

Arrow, which was one of the first UK indies to receive backing from Channel 4’s growth fund back in 2014, has hired Sam Starbuck as executive producer.

Starbuck has previously produced at the BBC, Raw TV and Jane Root’s indie Nutopia and worked on series including No Man Left Behind for Nat Geo, Paranormal Witness for Syfy and The British for Sky Atlantic.

She joins as Arrow – set up by former Darlow Smithson factual veterans John Smithson, Tom Brisley and Iain Pelling in 2011 – at a time of great expansion in the true crime genre.

A third season of Arrow’s See No Evil, which launched in 2015, has been commissioned by Investigation Discovery in the US.

The 13-part

Read more at: http://www.c21media.net/arrow-hires-for-true-crime-slate/

Pioneer hires Viner as creative director

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Slaying victim’s mom blasts Investigation Discovery for show about …

On Wednesday night, the Investigation Discovery channel will begin airing “Appalachian Horror Film,” an episode of its “American Monster” series.

The episode focuses on the 2003 murder of Randi Trimble, a Cumberland County woman who was the victim of a psychopathic plot by her husband, Brian, and his friend, Blaine Norris. Their aim was to collect on Randi Trimble’s $100,000 life insurance policy.

Randi Trimble’s mother, Nancy Chavez, wishes she could stop the show from going on the air.

While Chavez has not shied away from talking about her daughter’s death publicly over the years, she has invoked that tragedy only to forward the cause of the victims and survivors of domestic violence. Her efforts have included founding Randi’s House of Angels, which aids children traumatized by domestic violence.

However, the Investigation Discovery show about her daughter’s slaying is simply gratuitous, Chavez said Wednesday.

“Why do we have to continue to glorify these perpetrators?”

Read more at: http://www.pennlive.com/news/2016/06/post_52.html

Slaying victim’s mom blasts Investigation Discovery for show about Cumberland County murder

On Wednesday night, the Investigation Discovery channel will begin airing “Appalachian Horror Film,” an episode of its “American Monster” series.

The episode focuses on the 2003 murder of Randi Trimble, a Cumberland County woman who was the victim of a psychopathic plot by her husband, Brian, and his friend, Blaine Norris. Their aim was to collect on Randi Trimble’s $100,000 life insurance policy.

Randi Trimble’s mother, Nancy Chavez, wishes she could stop the show from going on the air.

While Chavez has not shied away from talking about her daughter’s death publicly over the years, she has invoked that tragedy only to forward the cause of the victims and survivors of domestic violence. Her efforts have included founding Randi’s House of Angels, which aids children traumatized by domestic violence.

However, the Investigation Discovery show about her daughter’s slaying is simply gratuitous, Chavez said Wednesday.

“Why do we have to continue to glorify these perpetrators?”

Read more at: http://www.pennlive.com/news/2016/06/post_52.html