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Investigation Discovery puts focus on victims in “Impact of Murder”

Discovery-owned true crime network Investigation Discovery has ordered the new victim-centric docuseries Impact of Murder, to premiere later this month. The six-part series offers a glimpse into murder cases from the perspective ...
July 3, 2019

Discovery-owned true crime network Investigation Discovery has ordered the new victim-centric docuseries Impact of Murder, to premiere later this month.

The six-part series offers a glimpse into murder cases from the perspective of victims’ families and loved ones, giving voice to the deceased through impact statements from those who knew them.

The premiere episode tells the story of Bill Freitag, burned alive by a childhood friend who had assumed his identity to commit drug crimes and tried to avoid charges by killing his friend. Carrie Freitag (pictured), Bill’s sister, discusses the closure she felt after confronting her brother’s killer. In episode two, Mary Zvolanek recounts the murder of her daughter and two-year old granddaughter in a case that saw Zvolanek deliver her impact statement before sentencing, a first in the American justice system in 1991.

Impact of Murder is produced for Investigation Discovery by October Films. Gillian Pachter and Steven Murphy executive produce for October. Pamela Deutsch is executive producer for Investigation Discovery.

The series premieres July 14 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Investigation Discovery, with a companion web series, Impact of Murder: After the Statement, airing immediately after the linear premiere on IDGO at 11 p.m. ET/PT.

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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