ID, Arrow team up for “Monster”

Investigation Discovery's American Monster, airing in June, will use home footage of various killers with their families and friends to reveal the double lives they led.
May 9, 2016
U.S. net Investigation Discovery (ID) has ordered a six-part true crime series entitled American Monster(pictured), set to premiere in June.

The Arrow Media-produced program (6 x 60 minutes) will focus on the “twisted double lives” led by American killers. Arrow previously produced See No Evil for ID, now in its second season.

The new series is said to build on the success of See No Evil, which presents CCTV footage that helped police solve particular crimes. American Monster will similarly use home footage of the featured killers with their families and friends, along with interviews with neighbors and loved ones.

Also included are police interrogation tapes, filmed wire taps and reconstructions. Each episode will profile a different case.

Arrow Media’s Tom Brisley serves as creative director for American Monster. ID’s Tim Baney is exec producing for the net, while Winona Meringolo, VP of development for the net, commissioned the series.

“Using actual home movie footage of serial killers at home and at play gives us a fascinating insight into their twisted lives,” said Brisley in a statement. “It is totally absorbing, looking at how seemingly normal these killers are, yet knowing that each hides a deep dark secret.”

The series is not to be confused with Patricia E. Gillespie’s documentary American Monster, which was pitched at the Hot Docs Forum on May 4. The project, which deals with one specific case and is currently halfway through production, was recently backed by Morgan Spurlock’s Warrior Poets prodco, and is being restructured into a multi-part doc series.

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