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Exclusive: Investigation Discovery preps “Homicide City”

Discovery Communications-owned cable net Investigation Discovery has set a late February premiere date for its latest true crime series Homicide City. Produced by New York-based studio Blackfin, the series will dedicate ...
January 30, 2018

Discovery Communications-owned cable net Investigation Discovery has set a late February premiere date for its latest true crime series Homicide City.

Produced by New York-based studio Blackfin, the series will dedicate its entire first season to documenting some of the most violent and perplexing homicide cases that shook the City of Brotherly Love to its core.

The six-part series explores murder cases throughout Philadelphia’s recent history, when law enforcement officials and investigators had to band together across the city’s metropolitan landscape in an attempt to help solve each mysterious case.

Each episode of the true crime program provides a first-hand account of each headline-making case through the eyes of veteran homicide detectives, including former Montgomery County chief Oscar Vance; retired Philadelphia police sergeant William Britt; and Philadelphia Inquirer investigative journalist Larry Lewis.

Local beat reporters and the victims’ families will provide additional commentary and insight.

Featured stories in season one of Homicide City are murders of former Lockheed Corporation CEO Courtlandt S. Gross, his wife Alexandra Van Rensselaer Devereux Gross, and their housekeeper Catherine O’Hara VanderVeur; the death of John Thurberg months before his wedding; and the killing of an expectant mother, Natise Johnson.

Homicide City premieres Feb. 21 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Investigation Discovery.

A sneak peek of Homicide City debuted across ID’s annual “Premiere New Year” television stunt on New Year’s Day.

Blackfin’s Geno McDermott serves as executive producer. For ID, Diana Sperrazza is senior executive producer, Sara Kozak is SVP of production, Kevin Bennett is GM, and Henry S. Schleiff is Group President of Investigation Discovery, American Heroes Channel, and Destination America.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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