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Investigation Discovery explores “Dark Minds”

Beyond Productions has enlisted crime author M. William Phelps (pictured, left) and criminal profiler John Kelly to revisit unsolved homicides that could have been the work of serial killers, for the Investigation Discovery series Dark Minds, premiering on January 25.
December 20, 2011

Beyond Productions has enlisted crime author M. William Phelps (pictured, left) and criminal profiler John Kelly to revisit unsolved homicides that could have been the work of serial killers, for the Investigation Discovery series Dark Minds, premiering on January 25.

Also helping out Phelps and Kelly is “13,” a source who is a convict serving multiple life sentences for a series of murders, who offers his expert opinion about motivations behind these cold cases.

The eight-part series, airing at 10 p.m. EST, will spotlight crimes committed by the infamous Green River Killer and the BTK Killer.

M. William Phelps is a best-selling author, crime expert and investigative journalist who has published 20 non-fiction books on topics ranging from female murderers to America’s first spy.

Kelly is the founder of S.T.A.L.K. (System To Apprehend Lethal Killers), which helps law enforcement pursue murderers through a comprehensive profiling process. S.T.A.L.K. was also where Kelly first enlisted the help of “13″ to build criminal profiles.

In Dark Minds, the voice and identity of “13″ have been disguised so he can provide information to help Phelps and Kelly as they build portraits of the suspects responsible for these crimes.

Dark Minds is reminiscent of a real-life Silence of the Lambs and is the latest example of ID pushing its storytelling techniques,” said Henry Schleiff, president and general manager of Investigation Discovery. 

“At the same time, Dark Minds will hopefully provide valuable information to law enforcement officers investigating these unsolved crimes. We hope that by identifying the common links that connect these crimes and victims, Dark Minds will ultimately build theories that will jog the public’s memories and encourage viewers to bring forward new leads.”

For Beyond Productions, Geoff Fitzpatrick and John Luscombe serve as executive producers, while Jeanie Vink is executive producer for the network.

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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