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Investigation Discovery preps Blackfin’s “The Murder Tapes”

Homicide investigations unfold through taped footage in Investigation Discovery’s 10-part true crime series The Murder Tapes, from New York-based prodco Blackfin. The series provides an up-close perspective of murder cases, including footage ...
August 20, 2019

Homicide investigations unfold through taped footage in Investigation Discovery’s 10-part true crime series The Murder Tapes, from New York-based prodco Blackfin.

The series provides an up-close perspective of murder cases, including footage from the initial crime scene investigations via body cam, home security tapes and interrogation room tapes. Footage is interwoven with present-day interviews from friends, family and law enforcement directly involved in the investigations.

“In this show we are taking the notion of viewer-immersion to a whole new level,” said Henry S. Schleiff, group president of Investigation Discovery, Travel Channel, American Heroes Channel and Destination America, in a statement. “By using various forms of raw, in-your-face footage, this series shows the critical role that actual recordings play in law enforcement’s heart-pounding quest to capture a killer, with each tape bringing the viewer at home into the very center of the story.”

Episodes include “Albuquerque Ambush,” in which police work to solve the murder of former firefighter Don Fluitt; “Jane Doe,” about a mysterious body discovered in the woods near a mobile home park in Florida; and “I Did It,” about a murder that leaves an Iowa community “numb with shock.”

From Blackfin, the series is executive produced by CEO Geno McDermott, with Benjamin Adams Trueheart showrunning as co-executive producer. Tim Baney is executive producer for Investigation Discovery.

The Murder Tapes premieres Aug. 28 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

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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