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New on TV today: Saturday 5 August

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 05 Aug 2023
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Small Town Secrets

Channel: eExtra (Openview 105 / StarSat 489 / DStv 195)
TX Time: 23h00
Genre: True Crime, Documentary Series, Mystery

Small Town Secrets

A 34-year-old cold-case investigation into the murder of student athlete Denise Pflum in Indiana.

There are countless rumours, people of interest, and confessions, but Denise Pflum's disappearance remains a mystery.

The Disappearance

Denise Pflum leaves her home in rural Indiana to look for her purse in 1986 and hasn't been seen since; the sheriff's department takes a fresh look at the case - and her ex.

Rumors

Two cousins allegedly confess multiple times to killing Denise; they've never been arrested, and police say one of them hasn't even been questioned - until now.

Confessions

While in custody, Denise's ex-boyfriend confesses to killing her; when he dies before the case can go to trial, Connersville is left with more questions than answers.
 

The Co-Ed Killer: Mind of a Monster

Channel: Investigation Discovery (DStv 171 / StarSat 223)
TX Time: 21h00
Genre: True Crime, Documentary Series

The Co-Ed Killer: Mind of a Monster

Cruising Santa Cruz's ocean highways, Edmund Kemper appears to be a 6'9" gentle giant who offers hundreds of young female hitchhikers a ride.

But behind his charming smile and signature gold-rimmed glasses lurks a brutal and perverted monster.

In 1973, while awaiting trial, Kemper was interviewed by psychiatrist Dr. Donald Lunde.

Lunde records Kemper's detailed confession on audiotape.

For 50 years these tapes were locked away and forgotten, but now they are public for the first time and reveal a tormented childhood, dark sexual fantasies, and a thirst for revenge on the person he despises most: his own mother.

Part 1

Ed Kemper appears to be a gentle giant who offers rides to young female hitchhikers. But behind his charming smile lurks a perverted monster.

Recorded audio confessions reveal the dark fantasies behind one of America's most notorious serial killers.

Part 2

After killing his grandparents, 15-year-old Ed Kemper is sent away to a mental institution.

There he uses his near-genius IQ to deceive psychiatrists.

Once released, he finds himself surrounded by attractive co-eds, and his twisted fantasies return.

Part 3

Fearing arrest, Kemper decides he must finally deal with his mother, bringing this story to a devastating finale.

In custody, a psychiatrist gives Kemper a "Truth Serum," which reveals his most horrifying secrets on tape.
 

How I Caught the Killer 2

Channel: SABC2
TX Time: 21h30
Genre: True Crime, Documentary Series, Docu-Drama

How I Caught the Killer 2


NOTE: this show was advertised as starting last week, but it didn't.


Featuring exclusive officer accounts, chilling evidence and stylish recreations, How I Caught the Killer provides insight into what it's like to work on indecipherable cases.

The series shines a light on a myriad of murders and an array of outstanding officers who made key discoveries during investigations - from the dedication of the detectives, to the forensic analysis of the CSIs and the heart-wrenching role of the family liaison officers.

Each 60-minute episode focuses on a different murder case, characterised by either a unique scenario to solve, particularly ingenious policework or especially disturbing suspects.

The story of the investigation unfolds using multiple voices in static interviews and in key locations.

The urgency of the 48 hours is conveyed by mixing footage and photographs from the case files, illustrative recreations, and unpicking the crime scene using footage and dynamic graphics.

Telling the story of the investigation from the perspective of the police - former policeman and Crimewatch presenter Rav Wilding narrates this series packed with revelations from the people who solved murders and caught killers.

In the Season 2 premiere, "Assassin's Greed": DNA left on a cigarette butt leads investigators to the brutal killer of 84 year-old gun enthusiast Kenneth Speakman.

 

Channels in this post: eExtra, Investigation Discovery, SABC2



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