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Crime+Investigation sets global week-long primetime true crime event

A+E Networks will launch its first ever seven-day, primetime programming event on its Crime+Investigation channels this November. The week-long event, titled Twisted Faith, will center on cults and feature a lineup of ...
October 4, 2018

A+E Networks will launch its first ever seven-day, primetime programming event on its Crime+Investigation channels this November.

The week-long event, titled Twisted Faith, will center on cults and feature a lineup of original content, new season premieres of continuing series and locally produced long- and short-form content.

Twisted Faith will kick off on Nov. 18, the 40th anniversary of the Jonestown Massacre, when cult leader Jim Jones instructed his followers to drink a beverage laced with cyanide in what would become the largest murder-suicide in American history.

The program is also Crime+Investigations’ first-ever global programming event and will be headlined by the A&E Indie Films feature No Greater Law (pictured), Tom Dumican’s investigation into the Idaho sect of the Followers of Christ and its high infant mortality rate. The program will also feature new episodes of Cults and Extreme Belief, season three of Escaping Polygamy and a special followup to Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath focused on Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Other titles will include Elizabeth Smart: Autobiography (2 x 90 minutes), Manson Speaks: Inside the Mind of a Madman (2 x 120 minutes), Jonestown: The Women Behind the Massacre (1 x 120 minutes), Warren Jeffs: Prophet of Evil (1 x 120 minutes) and Waco: Madman or Messiah (2 x 120 minutes).

“The event is an optimal platform to exploit the channel’s strong pipeline of cults and twisted faith related programming, while providing significant opportunities for localization as we present investigations of universal and broader themes across the week,” said Sean Cohan, president of  international and digital media at A+E Networks, in a statement.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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