U.S. net Investigation Discovery is set to debut Beauty Queen Murders, a show about the dark side of beauty pageants, on October 1.
In every episode of the Optomen-produced series, the story of a beauty queen’s life and subsequent murder is examined, with commentary from loved ones and the law enforcement officials that pursued her killer.
The premiere episode focuses on beauty queen Jackie Johns, who never made it home from her night shift at a cafe. Her small town disappearance leads to an investigation with a lengthy list of suspects.
Other episodes of Beauty Queen Murders include the 25-year-old cold case of Tana Woolley, who is found murdered just three weeks after moving into her own apartment; a serial killer targeting beauty queens; the murder of a woman who set her sights on the Miss Arkansas title; and a mother of two who is at the center of a murder investigation when her best friend’s husband dies.
The series is executive produced by Optomen’s Steve McLaughlin and Investigation Discovery’s John Terp.
“Beauty Queen Murders reveals the not-so-pretty side of the typical pageant queen fantasy,” said Henry Schleiff, president of Investigation Discovery. “For these American sweethearts, winning a sash and crown may have empowered them to reach for the stars, but it couldn’t defend them against the fatal lure of a dangerous admirer.”