New York-based prodco Blackfin is slated to debut its 10-part true crime series The Murder Tapes on Discovery-owned net Investigation Discovery.
The series uses all taped footage involved in a homicide case, from initial crime scene investigations via dash cam and body cam to home security tapes to interrogation room footage revealing “heart-pounding confessionals.”
Woven with present-day interviews from friends, family and law enforcement directly involved in the cases, The Murder Tapes follows investigations from beginning to end. Viewers watch as law enforcement narrow in on an answer to the crime and formulate theories in real-time, relying on the tapes as memories become fallible.
“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. “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.”
Upcoming episodes include: “Albuquerque Ambush,” which follows investigators in the New Mexico city as they unravel the suspicious death of former firefighter Don Fluitt, airing Aug. 28; “Scene of the Crime,” about a victim shot execution style, leaving law enforcement to hypothesize possible motives, airing Sept. 4; and “Jane Doe,” about a mysterious body discovered in the woods, airing Sept. 11.
Other episodes, titled “Frenzy,” “Don’t Go In There,” and “I Did It,” are slated to air Sept. 18, Sept. 25 and Oct. 2, respectively.
The Murder Tapes premieres Aug. 28 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Watch an exclusive clip below: