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Murderous History Series

TRUE CRIME MYSTERIES PULLED STRAIGHT OUT OF HISTORY

MURDEROUS HISTORY

ALL-NEW SIX PART SERIES PREMIERES SUNDAY APRIL 25 at 9PM ET/PT ON SMITHSONIAN CHANNEL

No fingerprinting? No DNA tests? No psychological profiling? No problem. Smithsonian Channel steps back in time to investigate history’s most shocking murder mysteries and reveal how they were solved in the upcoming all-new series, Murderous History. On the heels of the channel’s recent success in true crime, historians guide viewers through the sinister undercurrents of various city’s past where odd and lethal scandals perplexed historical detectives and expose the dark undercurrents of society. From the devastatingly bombed streets of London to industrial Chicago to Nazi Berlin, each episode captures nail-biting criminal investigations to prove that everything is not always what it seems. Murderous History premieres on Smithsonian Channel Sunday, April 25 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

At the scene of every crime is a story of a time, the place, and its people. This six-part series steps back in time to examine the most gruesome and compelling murder mysteries of the past 200 years, viewed through the lens of the eras and cities in which they took place. Through cinematic reenactments, we follow the determined investigators and complex perpetrators while revealing how each case made its own mark on history.

They happened in times of war and peace, during daylight and darkness, and to victims old and young. These are the stories of the most heinous murders of the 19th and 20th centuries, some which have faded from memory and others that continue to haunt their host cities to this day. Join us as we travel back to some of history’s defining moments when detectives had to overcome the limited tools of their era—and often invented new forensic techniques on the fly—in a race to catch the killers before they struck again.

Murderous History is produced by Warehouse 51 Productions Ltd. for Smithsonian Channel. The executive producers are TKTK from 51 Productions and John Cavanaugh for Smithsonian Channel. 

About Smithsonian Channel

Smithsonian Channel, a ViacomCBS Inc. brand, is the place for awe-inspiring stories, powerful documentaries and amazing factual entertainment, available in HD and 4K Ultra HD across multiple platforms. Smithsonian Channel, winner of Emmy and Peabody awards, is the home of popular genres such as air and space, travel, history, science, nature and pop culture. Among the brand’s hit series are Aerial America, America in Color, America’s Hidden Stories, Apollo’s Moon Shot, The Pacific War in Color and Air Disasters, as well as critically acclaimed specials that include The Green Book: Guide to Freedom, Black in Space: Breaking the Color Barrier, Walk Against Fear: James Meredith and Princess Diana’s Wicked Stepmother. Smithsonian Channel is available internationally in Canada, Singapore, Latin America, the UK and Ireland.

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OXYGEN Serial Killer Week

OXYGEN DARES DISCIPLES OF TRUE CRIME NOT TO LOOK AWAY DURING

THE SERIAL KILLER WEEK EVENT BEGINNING SATURDAY, APRIL 10

The Nine Day Event Includes the Premieres of Specials “Rifkin on Rifkin: Private Confessions of a Serial Killer,” “Catching a Serial Killer: Bruce McArthur and the Dorothea Puente Exposé “Murders at the Boarding House

Oxygen, the home for high-quality, true crime programming gives aficionados of the genre hours of exclusive access when the stories of some of the most fascinating and feared criminals are featured during Serial Killer Week, airing Saturday, April 10 – Sunday, April 18. The nine-night stunt kicks off with the new special “Rifkin on Rifkin: Private Confessions of a Serial Killer” (April 10), complete with a never-before-heard interview of one of New York’s most prolific murderers, Joel Rifkin. It continues with the special “Catching a Serial Killer: Bruce McArthur” (April 11), featuring the story of a wholesome gardener and mall Santa by day and by night, a murderer who hacked up his victims; and the two-night premiere of “Murders at the Boarding House” (April 17 & April 18), exposing the sinister scheme grandmotherly Dorothea Puente employed to rob her boarders of their lives and their money.

Additional appointment viewing during Serial Killer Week includes new episodes of “Snapped;” the season premiere of “Living with a Serial Killer,” which asks what it’s like to discover the person you shared your life with is a vicious murderer; “Mark of a Serial Killer,” viewing  investigations through the lens of the murderer’s psychological profile;  “Accident, Suicide or Murder,” unraveling the truth behind mysterious deaths; and the premiere of brand new series “Mastermind of Murder,” exploring the cunning criminals who manipulated others into doing their dirty work (April 18).  Follow @Oxygen and #SerialKillerWeek on Twitter Facebook, and for a sneak peek, please visit the website’s itinerary.  

Below are the upcoming premieres during Oxygen’s Serial Killer Week,all times ET/PT:

Saturday, April 10 

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm — “Rifkin on Rifkin: Private Confessions of a Serial Killer” – TWO HOUR SPECIAL PREMIERE   

Through newly revealed interviews from Attica Correctional Facility, New York’s most prolific serial killer, Joel Rifkin, reveals exclusive insights into the mind of a monster.

With unprecedented access to Rifkin’s childhood friends, investigators on the case, and those closest to the victims, viewers will gain fresh perspective into the psyche of the infamous serial killer. How did he continue to fly under the radar through seventeen murders? Those closest to the case reveal how Rifkin became the invisible madman who made headlines and *almost* got away with murder.

Sunday, April 11

6:00 pm – “Snapped” – NEW EPISODE

Susan Monica – While investigating a missing Oregon handyman, police stumble upon human remains and are left searching a stunning crime scene straight out of a horror movie. 

7:00 pm – 9pm – “Catching a Serial Killer:  Bruce McArthur” – TWO HOUR SPECIAL PREMIERE

Bruce McArthur was many things: friend, grandfather, mall Santa, landscaper, and a ruthless serial killer. He lived a double life: his wholesome appearance and cooperative nature eluded cops for years while he engaged in a hedonistic lifestyle filled with violent sex that often went too far. He cunningly took advantage of his work as a gardener and buried his victims’ body parts in the yards of his posh clientele. “Catching a Serial Killer: Bruce McArthur” unravels the twists and turns of the shocking investigation into Toronto’s most prolific serial killer. Through exclusive interviews with McArthur’s close friends, the homicide investigators who cracked the case, and expert analyses by leading criminologists and forensic psychologists, this two-hour special uncovers how McArthur targeted, terrorized and murdered members of Toronto’s LGBTQ+ community, The Village, for nearly a decade before getting caught.

Monday, April 12

8:00 pm – “Mark of a Serial Killer” – NEW EPISODE

The I-40 KillerA – killer is murdering and mutilating young women along the Route 40 corridor in Delaware. But when investigators set up an undercover operation, the hunter soon becomes the hunted.

Tuesday, April 13

8:00 pm – “Mark of a Serial Killer” – NEW EPISODE

The I-95 Killer -After multiple men are discovered brutally murdered, investigators determine that each victim was last seen with a handsome stranger they met in a bar. Police ask the public for help in tracking down a dangerous drifter before he kills again.

Wednesday, April 14

8:00 pm – “Mark of a Serial Killer” – NEW EPISODE

The Charmer -A series of women in the Seattle area are found brutally murdered, their bodies posed. Police realize they may have a killer stalking the area nightclub scene, one who is able to charm his victims into submission.

9:00 pm – 10:30 pm – “Living with a Serial Killer” – SERIES PREMIERE EPISODE

The Black Widow’s Web: Joanne Dennehy – Spree killer Joanne Dennehy stabbed three men to death in 2013. Now, for the first time, Dennehy’s daughter Shianne shares how she has struggled to come to terms with the realities of being the child of Britain’s most dangerous woman.

Thursday, April 15

8:00 pm – “Mark of a Serial Killer” – NEW EPISODE

The Englewood Killer – Chicago police are investigating the murders of several women, whose bodies are discovered in abandoned buildings barefoot. Evidence indicates there is one offender, now police need to locate him.

9:00 pm – 10:30 pm – “Living with a Serial Killer” – NEW EPISODE

Scotland’s Worst Predator: Peter Tobin – Peter Tobin raped and murdered Angelika Kluk in 2006, but police suspected this was not his first kill. With the help of Tobin’s ex-wife Cathy Wilson, a ground-breaking investigation unearthed more victims, and revealed Tobin as a serial killer.

Friday, April 16

8:00 pm – “Mark of a Serial Killer” – NEW EPISODE

Classified to Kill -Chicago detectives believe a serial killer is using the classified ads to lure and murder his victims. The investigation is set ablaze when flames obliterate evidence, until police make a shocking discovery.

9:00 pm – 10:30 pm – “Living with a Serial Killer” – NEW EPISODE

The Suffolk Strangler: Steve Wright -For 10 days in 2006, an unidentified killer terrified the rural town of Ipswich snatching five prostitutes from the streets and strangling them to death. When Pam Wright discovers that the killer was her own partner, her world begins to crumble.

Saturday, April 17

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm – “Murders at the Boarding House”- TWO NIGHT SPECIAL PREMIERE

When the Sacramento Police Department receives a missing person’s report from a concerned social worker, they send Detective John Cabrera to the boarding house where the individual was last seen. The elderly landlady, Dorothea Puente, is friendly and cooperative, but when Cabrera discovers human remains in the backyard, Puente falls under suspicion of murder. Now, with police getting closer to unearthing the rest of the bodies, the old lady gives Cabrera the slip and goes on the run.  

8:30 pm – “Accident, Suicide or Murder” – SEASON PREMIERE EPISODE

Dark Echoes – A weekend trip to an Alaskan lodge turns deadly for a young mother when she’s shot and killed by her boyfriend. The death is ruled an accident and the case is closed until an eerily similar incident in Montana drives investigators to reopen the case.

Sunday, April 18

6:00 pm – “Snapped” – NEW EPISODE

Gail Gash – After detectives discover a beloved fire chief’s dismembered torso in his own barn, they must rush to find his missing wife—are they both victims, or is this couple hiding dark secrets?

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm – “Murders at the Boarding House”- TWO-NIGHT SPECIAL PREMIERE

Detective John Cabrera must piece together the clues of Dorothea Puente’s dark past to form a picture of the grandmotherly serial killer. Meanwhile, Puente is hiding out in an L.A. motel, and lining up her next victim – an elderly man she meets in a bar. But when the man recognizes Puente’s face on the news, he contacts the police and Puente is caught. Back in Sacramento, prosecutors embark on the case against Puente, and after a long, difficult trial, the judge sentences Dorothea Puente to life in prison. 

8:30 pm – “Mastermind of Murder” – SERIES PREMIERE

Victims Wanted -A man is shot after answering a local help wanted ad. Detectives soon discover there are other victims with eerily similar stories. Their quest to locate a possible serial killer leads them to a suspected killer working for an evil manipulator. 

photo credit Ben Zucker and photo design by Easy Bandits

DREAMERS DROP VIDEO FOR “TRUE CRIME”

Just in time for Friday the 13th, cosmic-rock band DREAMERS have released a deliciously dark animated video for their new track, True Crime ft. DeathbyRomy. The video is a blend of live-action, stop-motion, 2D and 3D animation, by Burton Booz. This innovative clip perfectly captures the song’s story of love and betrayal set in the dark magic of New Orleans. Watch the video now HERE.

“The band was shot on a green screen so we could capture their performance. We then cut out their heads and placed them on 2D bodies that were made by mashing up photographs and illustrations like collage-art,” said director Jared Asher Harris when describing the creative process.

“The bodies were then rigged and animated in After Effects. The skeletons and sets were all hand-modeled and animated in 3D,” Harris continued. “When the animation was finished, we outputted the video as one giant clip and cut it up as though it were a live-action music video with trippy quick cuts.”

True Crime ft. DeathbyRomy was co-written by DREAMERS, DeathbyRomy, Joyway’s Dan Armbruster, and Sir Sly’s Jason Suwito and co-produced by Armbruster and Suwito. The track was inspired by the decadent city of New Orleans and the band’s chance encounter with a male witch, who taught the trio incantations. Lead singer Nick Wold describes their inspiration as “the terrible things the crimes that we can do to each other in the name of love.”

True Crime ft. DeathByRomy and is the follow-up to Heat Seeker ft. grandson and the band’s top ten alternatives hit Die Happy.

DREAMERS release new song – True Crime ft. DeathbyRomy

Cosmic-rock band DREAMERS have released “True Crime,” featuring dark-pop provocateur DeathbyRomy, a hook-ridden story of love and betrayal set in the dark magic of New Orleans. The track was co-written and produced by Joywave’s Dan Armbruster and Sir Sly’s Jason Suwito.

“This song is not about the election,” says lead singer Nick Wold.

Listen HERE

“We considered taking this week off of music due to this historic election. But we decided we have to keep the show going,” says Dreamers lead singer/guitarist Nick Wold. “This song is not about politics, it’s about life, and we’ll always continue to make our noise no matter what’s happening in this crazy world. We’ve done constant messaging with headcount.org, Rock The Vote, and others to help encourage everyone to vote, and we hope we’ve made some small impact getting our friends out there to vote and not take this precious democracy for granted.

“This is a love song that takes place in New Orleans, a city I’ve fallen in love with after years of doing shows there. That place is like a jungle and so seductive, where the thick liquid heat and mixture of life brings out your animal nature. It has a decadent mix of Louisiana Voodoo, French, Spanish and West African flavors and people play music outside everywhere you go. As we bounced through the streets one night we met a male witch who taught us how to do an incantation asking the Santeria spirit Elegua for anything we wanted – we partook in the ritual and this song is inspired by that delirious encounter. I was in a relationship at the time and experiencing some conflict, and while I can’t share my exact wish, the ritual was an attempt to resolve it. That night inspired the song, which is about the terrible things the crimes that we can do to each other in the name of love.”

True Crime ft. DeathByRomy is the follow-up to Heat Seeker ft. grandson and the band’s top ten alternative hit Die Happy.

ABOUT DREAMERS

Los Angeles-via-Brooklyn band DREAMERS features a unique brand of music that combines grunge, modern electronic pop, and 70s punk. The trio have spent the past few years touring non-stop, from small clubs to massive arenas to festivals such as Lollapalooza, Bumbershoot, Firefly, Reading and Leeds. Along the way, Nick Wold, Nelson and Jacob Wick have shared stages with the likes of X Ambassadors, The 1975, Bleachers, Stone Temple Pilots, Catfish and The Bottlemen, and Weezer, while garnering coverage from Fader, Entertainment Weekly and Paste, among many others.

In 2016, the band released their debut full-length album This Album Does Not Exist, which spawned a top 10 Alternative radio hit, the electro-sprinkled pop gem “Sweet Disaster.” Three other songs also charted nationally: the ’90s throwback “Drugs,” the crooning “Wolves (You Got Me),” and the soulful, brisk power-pop of their single “Painkiller.” In 2018 the band released a pair of EPs, LAUNCH and FLY, and in 2019 released LAUNCH FLY LAND, their second full-length album that spawned the alternative radio hit “Die Happy.” In 2020, the band released the hook-heavy Heat Seeker ft. grandson along with a visually-captivating live-action music video directed by lead singer Wold (Watch HERE), an animated sequel featuring sci-fi, mysticism, religion and rock, inspired by the animation of Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” and 1981’s cult classic Heavy Metal (Watch HERE), and a Covid quarantine rendition featuring special guests grandson, Robert Delong, Joywave’s Daniel Armbruster, UPSAHL and Bikini Trill’s Tony Stern for a special isolation version of the single (Watch HERE)

About DeathbyRomy

Singer, songwriter, and dark-pop provocateur DeathbyRomy pays attention to every last detail. She pours both pain and euphoria into her catchy but heavy music, pitting electronic melodies and propulsive beats against hypnotic vocals and deeply personal lyrics. Now 20 years old, the Los Angeles-born Romy Flores wrote her first song at age 5 and began releasing her music at 15, mining inspiration from the iconoclastic artists she was raised on (The Beatles, Björk, Kanye West, to name a few). With her 2018 debut album “Monsters,” she soon drew an avid following and found countless fans turning up to her shows adorned in her signature eye makeup. Her Capitol Records debut, 2019’s “Love u to Death” EP, was short but sickly sweet, emphasizing her unique interweaving of rap boldness, electronic innovation, and raw rock n roll passion. As Romy’s sound has taken shape, so has her DeathbyRomy persona: the Harajuku punk fashion, the corpsepaint-like makeup, and her hard-earned, utterly badass confidence. Stay tuned for more new music coming soon.

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‘Snapped’ Commemorates 500th Episode

OXYGEN’S LONGEST-RUNNING ORIGINAL SERIES “SNAPPED” COMMEMORATES ITS 500TH EPISODE ON SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 22, AT 6PM ET/PT

Oxygen, the network for high-quality true crime will premiere the 500th episode of Snapped on November 22 at 6pm ET/PT. With 28 defining seasons and nearly 16 years of production, “Snapped” is the network’s longest-running original series and one of the most successful true-crime shows in history. Since its debut in 2004, “Snapped” has captivated millions of viewers with in-depth investigations, first-hand interviews and a closer look into the lives and motives of women who kill.

The 500th episode of “Snapped” will delve into a riveting homicide that left a small town in Kansas forever shaken. The case follows the harrowing murder of Randy Sheridan who was shot five times while he was jogging less than a mile from his home nearly 30 years ago. New details will come to light about Sheridan’s relationship with his ex, Dana Flynn, who was in a sinful love affair with the local pastor. Sheridan and Flynn happened to be in an ugly custody battle over their 7-year-old daughter at the time of his death. In his first interview about the murder, Flynn’s brother Mikel Dreiling will speak on camera exclusively to “Snapped” and share disturbing revelations about his own involvement in the case and whether he believes his sister’s affair had deadly consequences.

For a sneak peek, please visit: https://www.oxygen.com/snapped/season-28/videos/snappeds-500th-episode-airs-november-22nd

“We always look forward to milestones, but there is something extra special about this one,” said Rod Aissa, EVP, Original Programming, Oxygen Media. “The captivating stories featured in this series have kept true-crime junkies coming back week after week, and before you knew it we were at 500.”

Beginning November 9, Oxygen will launch an epic two-week “Snapped”experience: “Snapped: The Killer Women Event” andair female killer-themed programming leading up to the special. Preceding the monumental episode, Oxygen will air the pilot of “Snapped,” a never-before-seen episode involving a doctor who was found dead on the lacquered floor of his brick mansion, elegant twin sisters with refined Southern accents and millions of dollars at stake.

“We wanted to find a special way to thank our fans for watching all these years,” said Stephen Land, CEO, Jupiter Entertainment. “We figured what better way than to air the pilot episode for the very first time and show them where it all began.”

“Snapped” is one of television’s longest running and successful true-crime franchises on television and has profiled the fascinating cases of women accused of murder for more than 20 seasons. Whether the motivation was revenge against a cheating husband, the promise of a hefty insurance payoff, or putting an end to years of abuse, the reasons are as varied as the women themselves. From socialites to secretaries, female killers share one thing in common: at some point, they all snapped.

“Snapped” is produced by Jupiter Entertainment with Patrick Reardon, Todd Moss, and Dale Fisher serving as executive producers.

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About Oxygen: 

Oxygen is a multiplatform crime destination brand for women. Having announced the full-time shift to true crime programming in 2017, Oxygen remains one of the fastest growing cable entertainment networks with popular unscripted original programming that includes the flagship “Snapped” franchise, “Cold Justice,” “Killer Couples,” “Criminal Confessions,” and breakout hit event series such as “The Disappearance of Natalee Holloway,” “Dahmer on Dahmer: A Killer Speaks,” and “Aaron Hernandez Uncovered.” Available in more than 77 million homes, Oxygen is a network of NBCUniversal Entertainment & Lifestyle Group, a division of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news and information to a global audience. Watch Oxygen anywhere: On Demand, online, or across mobile and connected TVs.

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Snapped: Betty Broderick

Oxygen, the network for high-quality true crime programming, takes a deep dive into the story that captivated a nation, the case of La Jolla socialite Betty Broderick, in  “Snapped: Betty Broderick,” premiering Wednesday, July 15, at 8PM ET/PT. Convicted of murdering her ex-husband, Dan Broderick and his new wife, Linda Broderick on November 5, 1989, “Snapped”  investigates the tale of a woman scorned, a shattered family, and a violent double-murder. For a sneak peek, please visit: https://www.oxygen.com/snapped/season-25/videos/the-case-of-betty-broderick. 

“Snapped: Betty Broderick,” depicts  the shocking details of the heinous murders of Betty’s ex-husband, Dan, and his new wife, Linda, along with the investigation, and trial that led to Betty’s 32-years-to-life sentence. Through in-depth interviews with former detective, Terry Degelder, friends of Dan Broderick, Betty’s attorney Jack Farley, and the author of Forsaking All Others: The Real Betty Broderick Story, Loretta Schwartz-Nobel, the episode delves into the history of Betty and Dan’s relationship and its ultimate demise. Taking a different perspective, the special aims to unravel the age-old question: Had Betty Broderick been plotting a murderous attack all along against a husband who took her for granted for years, left her for a younger woman, and put her through a vicious custody trial—or did she just snap?

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Killer Affair

Oxygen the destination for high-quality crime programming, dives deep inside the hearts and minds of scorned lovers whose overpowering desire leads them down a path of murder in the new series, Killer Affair premiering on Thursday, July 11 at 8pm ET/PT.  Each episode follows a new investigation, and takes viewers behind the true stories of murder ignited by infidelity and deception. Featuring juicy first-hand interviews with friends, family and investigators, and captivating re-enactments, their secrets reveal a tangled web of lies. With surprising twists and turns, and unexpected suspects, the killers are brought to justice for these intensely personal crimes of passion. Who ultimately will be desperate enough to kill? For a sneak peek, please visit: http://www.oxygen.com/killer-

“Killer Affair” is produced by Our House Media with Simon Lloyd, Matt Hanna, Tom Adams, Samantha De France, Craig Delaval, and Paul Storck serving as Executive Producers. 

About Oxygen Media:

Oxygen Media is a multiplatform crime destination brand for women. Having announced the full-time shift to true crime programming in 2017, Oxygen remains one of the fastest growing cable entertainment networks with popular unscripted original programming that includes the flagship “Snapped” franchise, “Cold Justice,” “Killer Couples,” “Criminal Confessions,” and breakout hit event series such as “The Disappearance of Natalee Holloway,” “Dahmer on Dahmer: A Killer Speaks,” and “Aaron Hernandez Uncovered.” Available in more than 77 million homes, Oxygen is a program service of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Watch Oxygen anywhere: On Demand, online, or across mobile and connected TVs.