Category Archives: Southern Fried Homicide

The New Wave of JonBenét Ramsey Shows Is No Mystery

You might have noticed the flurry of true-crime specials marking the 20th anniversary of the JonBenét Ramsey case. TV’s exhaustive coverage of Ramsey’s murder—Dateline NBC‘s special “Who Killed JonBenét?” and Investigation Discovery’s JonBenét: An American Murder Mystery, among others—is what happens when the ’90s tabloids’ ghoulish murder fascination collides with our current insatiable hunger for true crime. (Serial, anyone?)

The renewed attention to Ramsey’s case matches the surge of interest in O.J. Simpson over the past year—think FX’s scripted series The People vs. O.J. Simpson and ESPN’s documentary miniseries O.J. Simpson: Made in America. The six-year-old’s murder can hardly be mentioned without that earlier case. According to “Who Killed JonBenét?” host Josh Mankiewicz, the former football star’s 1995 murder trial “established criminal law as popular entertainment.”

But why are networks and audiences so keen

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Addicted to Murder


Forget ladies’ captivation with romantic soap operas. Now it’s women grabbing an hour for another guilty viewing pleasure entirely: murder. Mix in sex, intrigue, and crime-scene investigation — and you have the makings of a top-rated network.

Known for its dramatic, emotive, sometimes sexual reenactments of real-victims’ stories, Investigation Discovery, which launched in 1996, finished the fourth quarter of 2015 as the most-watched ad-supported cable network among women ages 25 to 54, according to Nielsen.

“Give me a good serial killer and I’m happy!”

The programming includes enticing titles such as “Who the (Bleep) Did I Marry?,” “Hell House,” “I’d Kill for You,” “Southern Fried Homicide,” “Let’s Kill Mom,” “Sex Sent Me to the Slammer,” and “Evil Lives Here.”

Women have have had their frivolous favorites for decades — Lifetime movies, for example — but ID takes TV to a darker level.

“To me, these programs show any

Read more at: http://www.lifezette.com/popzette/addicted-to-murder/

Adnan Syed up close yet impersonal in new TV special

The narrative of the Adnan Syed case is so compelling that each time I write about it, I have to remind myself that a real Baltimore teenager was killed and her real family members continue to mourn.

I repeated that process about halfway through a screening of the Investigation Discovery production “Adnan Syed: Innocent or Guilty?” that premieres later this month on the Maryland-based channel.

“Remember: These are real people that all these talking heads are talking about,” I wrote in my notes, “NOT characters in a made-for-TV movie. Hae Min Lee is dead, and Syed has been in prison 17 years.”

Adnan Syed up close yet impersonal

The narrative of the Adnan Syed case is so compelling that each time I write about it, I have to remind myself that a real Baltimore teenager was killed and her real family members continue to mourn.

I repeated that process about halfway through a screening of the Investigation Discovery production “Adnan Syed: Innocent or Guilty?” that premieres later this month on the Maryland-based channel.

“Remember: These are real people that all these talking heads are talking about,” I wrote in my notes, “NOT characters in a made-for-TV movie. Hae Min Lee is dead, and Syed has been in prison 17 years.”

Easy to say, hard to hold on to while watching a fast-paced, smoothly constructed true-crime TV production with re-enactments, hyped-up narration and crime scene photos. I suspect most viewers will just get onboard this prime-time train and ride it

Read more at: http://www.baltimoresun.com/entertainment/tv/z-on-tv-blog/bs-ae-zontv-syed-20160603-story.html

Stephanie Bennett, Drew Planten: Investigation Discovery Shines Light On Lake Lynn Rape, Murder Of North Carolina …

Stephanie Bennett of the Lake Lynn murder case in Raleigh, North Carolina, will be show on Investigation Discovery’s next Unusual Suspects, a compelling crime documentary series that features true crime cases that involved an unusual suspect. Stephanie Bennett was murdered in 2002 in her apartment, which she shared with her roommate. It took detectives three years to finally get the evidence to crack the case. The 35-year old man indicted was Drew Edward Planten, a shy and antisocial misfit who had a penchant for raping and killing women. Planten was never brought to justice. WRAL reported that the mentally-disturbed man committed suicide by hanging himself in his jail cell before he could be brought to trial.

The Stephanie Bennett–Drew Planten case has been played out on Forensic Files and Investigation Discovery’s Nightmare Next Door and Southern Fried Homicide. On Sunday’s episode, entitled “Vicious Voyeur,” ID fans will listen

Read more at: http://www.inquisitr.com/2752722/stephanie-bennett-drew-planten-investigation-discovery-shines-light-on-lake-lynn-rape-murder-of-north-carolina-woman/

Cable’s Campiest Channel Has Perfected the Art of Killing Women

Turn on the Investigation Discovery channel and there’s a good chance a woman is getting killed.

 
On Wives With Knives, Scorned: Love Kills, and Fatal Vows, people kill their partners. On Blood Relatives, Evil Kin, and Evil Twins, people kill their family members. On Elder Skelter, old people kill each other. On Murder in Paradise, people whack each other on vacation. On Do Not Disturb: Hotel Horrors, the act is done in fancy hotels. All day, all night, people—often women—get abducted, raped, murdered on the true-crime network.

And all across America, female viewers can’t get enough.

Launched nearly eight years ago from the Silver Spring headquarters of the sprawling media empire Discovery Communications, Investigation Discovery quickly became one of the fastest-growing cable networks in the US. Among women ages 25 to 54, it went from number 50 in ad-supported cable channels to, this past September, number one. That means women like it

Read more at: https://www.washingtonian.com/2015/12/10/investigation-discovery-women-real-crime-tv-shows-idaddicts/

‘Southern Fried Homicide’ episode filmed in Frederick at C. Burr Artz Library to air

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Murderous character walks among Frederick’s unsuspecting library patrons

Director of photography Thomas Jacobi, left, prepares to film a scene Thursday with actors Paul Allen and Rachel Hirshorn, who are portraying Stephen Stanko and Laura Ling. The production company Sirens Media was filming at C. Burr Artz Public Library for an Investigation Discovery program.

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National TV spotlight to shine on murder of former York mayor

Julia Phillips – convicted of murdering former York Mayor Melvin Roberts over money and drugs, who sought attention her whole life until it came with handcuffs and prison bars at age 70 – can watch television from prison on Thursday night.

Roberts’ two sons plan to watch the Investigation Discovery program titled “Romance is Dead Thursday night, if the portrayal of their father dead at age 79 with a zip tie around his neck is not too much to bear. They were interviewed for the show.

The cops who caught Phillips, but are still looking for others they believe killed Roberts, will watch. They were interviewed.

The prosecutor who put Phillips in prison for life will watch. She was interviewed.

The Herald columnist who covered the case – from Roberts’ death in February 2010 through the arrest of his girlfriend, Phillips, later that year and her conviction in 2013 – will watch. I was

Read more at: http://www.heraldonline.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/andrew-dys/article12296921.html

Louisiana actress Shanna Forrestall hosts ID’s ‘Southern Fried Homicide’

Southern Fried Homicide” launches on Investigation Discovery. TV tweet of the day so far. TV Tuesday.

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Louisiana actress Shanna Forrestall hosts the new Investigation Discovery true-crime anthology “Southern Fried Homicide,” which launches at 9 p.m. Wednesday (June 5). She relished the opportunity to portray the series’ wrap-around host, in sequences that were shot at Madewood Plantation in Napoleonville. The elegant character politely introduces real murder stories, which is part of the series’ perverse (see title) appeal.

“To me, that’s what Louisiana is,” said Forrestall, a Gonzalez native. “It’s between the genteel and the crazy. In my own family, I can vouch for that. They’re all around me. Sometimes I read a (story) description and think, ‘This is my family. Except they haven’t quite murdered anybody yet. They’re just this nuts.’

“That’s what makes the show so fun. I think the

Read more at: http://www.nola.com/tv/index.ssf/2013/06/louisiana_actress_shanna_forre.html