Discovery’s mystery and suspense network Investigation Discovery is set to examine the ripple effects of a murder in Jackson, Mississippi fueled by racism in the second installment of its three-part documentary series ‘Love & Hate Crime’.
Love & Hate Crime: A Murder in Mississippi from British [prodco Top Hat Productions pulls the curtain back on the murder of James Craig Anderson, who was targeted because of the color of his skin by a group of young white teens from Rankin County, Mississippi.
In June 2011, Anderson became the group’s unsuspecting target when he was attacked and fatally struck with their car. Deryl Dedmon, the driver, was initially charged and convicted of murder, though his passengers were released without charges. But through the work of the Southern Poverty Law Center, the case was eventually handed to the FBI which successfully prosecuted nine additional teenagers for the first time under federal hate crime laws.
Featured in the film are interviews with those closest to Anderson’s case, including loved ones, law enforcement officials, and family members of one of the convicted passengers.
Love & Hate Crime: A Murder in Mississippi debuts Oct. 13 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ID.
Top Hat produces all three episodes of ‘Love & Hate Crime’ for Investigation Discovery and the BBC, where it originally aired across BBC1 and BBC3 in January 2018. Top Hat has been recommissioned by the British pubcaster to produce an additional three episodes.
The three-part documentary series takes an intimate look at the dangers facing those who are singled out in America by delving into the complex issues of gender, race, sexuality and mental health.
The first episode of ‘Love & Hate Crime’ premiered across ID in February 2018 and told the story of a transgender teen who was murdered by her gang member boyfriend.
The air date for part three is still to be announced.
“We feel it is part of our mission at Investigation Discovery to shed light on these tragic crimes and, thereby, expose the truth that hatred, based on race, is sadly, all too prevalent in the United States,” said Henry S. Schleiff (pictured), group president of Investigation Discovery, Travel Channel, American Heroes Channel and Destination America, in a statement. “By revealing how a culture of hatred can so quickly turn into a culture of violence, this documentary opens up a controversial but important dialog about the psychological effects of intolerance, showing that, today, perhaps as much as ever, there is a critical need for change.”