Investigation Discovery, the home of true crime, delivers an unmissable television event of nine back-to-back nights of riveting specials on headline-making stories and iconic cases with Nine at 9 next month.
Mystery, suspense, disbelief – Nine at 9 has it all – but what makes this blockbuster line-up so gripping is that these stories are fact, not fiction. From outsiders who gained notoriety for their vicious crimes, to household names whose actions and deaths shocked the world, these intriguing specials unpack stories of scandal and speculation to uncover the truth through exclusive interviews and in-depth investigation.
This epic event begins by stepping into the disturbed psyche of a serial killer and cannibal in Jeffrey Dahmer: Mind of a Monster (Monday 21 September). The special is chillingly narrated from Jeffrey’s police interview transcripts and features an exclusive never-before-seen interview with a witness who tried to save one of his victims. Then, The West Memphis Three: An ID Murder Mystery (Tuesday 22 September) looks at one of the most alarming cases in recent history, when police suspect three teenagers, thought to be Satanists, are responsible for cult-like killings.
We explore the shocking disappearance and murder of 27-year-old Laci Peterson and her unborn son in Scott Peterson: An American Murder Mystery (Wednesday 23 September); study the disturbing psychology of America’s most notorious female serial killer in Aileen Wuornos: Mind of a Monster (Thursday 24 September); find out how Aaron Hernandez went from professional football player to violent killer in Aaron Hernandez: An ID Murder Mystery (Friday 25 September); delve into one the most scandalous crimes of recent times in Pamela Smart: An American Murder Mystery (Saturday 26 September); and uncover the sex, lies and scandal behind one of the most bizarre disappearances in American history with Chandra Levy: An American Murder Mystery (Sunday 27 September).
The controversial death of Hollywood starlet, Brittany Murphy, has long been a topic of conversation since her untimely passing at just 32 years of age. Brittany Murphy: An ID Mystery (Monday 28 September) investigates her mysterious death and features an exclusive interview with the late Angelo Bertolotti, Brittany’s father, who casts doubt on the conclusion that she died of natural causes and reveals bizarre allegations against other family members.
Nine at 9 culminates with the two-hour special, Lost Boys of Bucks County (Tuesday 29 September), exploring the repugnant saga surrounding the murders of Jimi Patrick, Dean Finocchiaro, Mark Sturgis and Tom Meo in Pennsylvania. Paving the pathway from true crime to the truth, Investigation Discovery looks at these unforgettable cases in its distinctive, expert style.
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Jeffrey Dahmer: Mind of a Monster (1×120)
Monday 21 September at 9pm AEST
From the transcripts of audio recordings from the extensive police interviews after Jeffrey Dahmer’s arrest, this two-hour special is chillingly narrated by the words of Dahmer himself. His twisted confession reveals new insights into what led Jeffrey Dahmer – known as the Milwaukee Cannibal – to rape, kill and dismember 17 young men between 1978 and 1991. In a heart-wrenching interview, his father, Lionel Dahmer, further details his attempts to get his son the help he so desperately needed. Home video footage from Dahmer’s childhood offers an intimate look into his relatively normal upbringing, putting Dahmer as an outlier of a typical serial killer’s psyche and shining a disturbing yet tragic revelation about his motives. Other notable interviews throughout the special include: Ronald Flowers, one of Dahmer’s victims who somehow avoided being murdered; Dr. Park Deitz, a forensic psychiatrist who spent considerable time with Dahmer; and an exclusive, never-before-seen interview with Nicole Childress, a witness who tried in vain to save one of Dahmer’s victims and lives with the guilt of that night forever.
The West Memphis Three: An ID Murder Mystery (1×180)
Tuesday 22 September at 9pm AEST
West Memphis, Arkansas, is an American town not much different than any other. But when the parents of three young boys realize their sons are missing on the evening of May 5, 1993, the police uncover a triple homicide that turns into one of the most chilling cases in recent history. Police discover the bodies in what looks like a ritualistic murder scene, and with a demonic presence looming, the people of West Memphis suspect evil lives among them. Investigators quickly seize three teen suspects they believe are Satanists. The trio, later nicknamed the “West Memphis Three,” seem like the obvious suspects, but with no evidence connecting them to the cult-like killings, are they truly guilty or just easily targeted outsiders? The small-town murders that transform into a decade-long, global saga are detailed in The West Memphis Three: An ID Murder Mystery.
Scott Peterson: An American Murder Mystery (1×120)
Wednesday 23 September at 9pm AEST
Infidelity, deception, and murder. When 27-year-old expectant mother Laci Peterson vanishes on Christmas Eve, suspicion falls on her husband, Scott. Months later, a harrowing discovery is made along the rocky shore of the San Francisco Bay: the lifeless bodies of Laci and her unborn son. This special delves inside the harrowing investigation with exclusive interviews with Laci’s family and friends, shares in-depth accounts from lead detectives and journalists assigned to the case, and hears intimate details from Scott’s deceived lover, Amber Frey. Relive every heart-stopping moment from the murder and the infamous trial and investigate the claims behind Scott’s California Supreme Court appeal.
Aileen Wuornos: The Mind of a Monster (1×120)
Thursday 24 September at 9pm AEST
Starting in late 1989 through November 1990, seven men in and around Marion County, Florida fell victim to an elusive serial killer. As detectives slowly pieced together the evidence, they discovered the killer they were after was a woman named Aileen Wuornos. Her subsequent arrest and trial would forever solidify her place in history as America’s most notorious female serial killer. This two-hour special features chilling new insights into Wuornos’s life and personality, utilising personal letters and drawings from Aileen herself to help paint a picture of the twisted motives behind her deadly actions.
Aaron Hernandez: An ID Murder Mystery (1×180)
Friday 25 September at 9pm AEST
The story of Aaron Hernandez is one of the most stunning falls from grace in recent history. Once hailed as a hero for the New England Patriots, Hernandez is now considered an American tragedy. After beginning a promising NFL career at the young age of 20, Hernandez was thrown into the limelight. But few could ever imagine that just three short years later, he would be on trial, convicted of murder. Football and sports fans alike were perplexed as to how a professional football player with a growing family and promising career could resort to such violence off the field. But as the investigation unfolded and his story unravelled, more unknown factors were brought to the forefront. The public was exposed to the dangerous inner workings of Hernandez’s psyche, seeing the anger, secrets and struggles that simmered beneath the All-American façade. While serving a life sentence, Hernandez died by apparent suicide in April 2017. Aaron Hernandez: An ID Murder Mystery explores how Hernandez went from professional football player to violent killer. Was he acting out of unexplainable malice? Or were more deep-seated impulses at play? This three-hour special answers these questions and more through poignant, one-on-one interviews with those closest to the case.
Pamela Smart: An ID Murder Mystery (1×180)
Saturday 26 September at 9pm AEST
Sex, lies, and a tale too twisted to be real surround the murder of Gregg Smart. Who killed him and why? On May 1, 1990, 22-year-old media coordinator Pamela Smart finds her husband Gregg dead on the floor of their southern New Hampshire condo, leaving the town of Derry stunned. Scouring the region for clues, police shift their attention to Gregg’s grieving widow, Pamela Smart, who has been making curious television appearances publicising her plight. When investigators discover Pamela has been having a sordid affair with high school student, Billy Flynn, a complicated web of lies and deceit unravel, revealing one of the most scandalous crimes of the century.
Chandra Levy: An American Murder Mystery (1×180)
Sunday 27 September at 9pm AEST
Sex, lies, and power – where is Chandra Levy? On May 1, 2001, the Washington intern emails her parents, leaves her apartment, and vanishes. Police feverishly search the city to find the 24-year-old woman, but a powerful man hampers the search – Chandra’s alleged lover, Congressman Gary Condit. This three-hour special investigates one of the most bizarre disappearances in American history. We examine the search that gripped America with interviews from the people at the heart of the story. Chandra’s loving parents tell the harrowing tale of the desperate pursuit for their missing daughter. We’ll also sit down with their private investigator and a convicted predator who was once the case’s top suspect. Then, we reveal shocking details of the botched police investigation and a trial verdict that was turned on its head.
Brittany Murphy: An ID Mystery (1×60)
Monday 28 September at 9pm AEST
Brittany Murphy was one of Hollywood’s rising stars; a unique talent with unlimited potential. When she was found dead in her Los Angeles home on 20 December, 2009 at just 32 years old, Hollywood and her legions of fans were left in disbelief.
While her autopsy revealed that she died of natural causes – a combination of pneumonia, anemia and multiple drug intoxication – many believe foul play was involved. Details of her life and death started to emerge after her husband, Simon Monjack, and mother, Sharon Murphy, embarked on a bizarre media blitz that created more questions than answers, including an infamous interview on Larry King Live. Then, five months after Brittany’s death, Simon Monjack diesd under strikingly similarly circumstances – in the same bed he and Brittany once shared, only this time, allegedly with Brittany’s mother sleeping beside him.
In an exclusive final interview, the late Angelo Bertolotti, Brittany’s father, casts doubt on the conclusion that she died of natural causes. Angelo commissioned an independent examination, believing she was a victim of foul play, allegedly at the hands of her mother Sharon. With in-depth access to forensic details and alternative explanations about the cause of death Brittany Murphy: An ID Mystery revisits the case from a whole new angle to examine the truth behind Brittany’s heartbreaking demise.
The Lost Boys of Bucks County (1×120)
Tuesday 29 September at 9pm AEST
In a gripping two-hour special, The Lost Boys of Bucks County unravels the shocking serial murders that rocked an idyllic, sleepy suburb of Pennsylvania to its core. The nightmare began on July 5, 2017 when 19-year-old Jimi Patrick of Newtown Township went missing. Within two days, three other young men in nearby communities – Dean Finocchiaro (19), Tom Meo (21), and Mark Sturgis (22) – all seem to vanish without a trace. Now, Investigation Discovery exposes the harrowing investigation which confounded law enforcement and speaks to the devastated families who are left in the wake of a senseless tragedy.
Over the course of two days in July 2017, fear gripped the Bucks County, Pennsylvania community as multiple young men went missing without a trace. As families become increasingly more desperate for answers, local police team up with FBI agents to try and piece together a seemingly random puzzle that crosses various jurisdictions. After days of sifting through clues, they find a person of interest with connections to the missing boys – Cosmo Dinardo. Under interrogation, the 20-year-old claims no involvement in their disappearances, but when evidence suggests that there is more to his story, a massive search effort ensues on the Dinardo’s sprawling property. When additional evidence is unearthed, Dinardo has no choice but to confess to a crime so heinous, it shocks multiple it unveils a brazen predator and his accomplice, Sean Kratz, whose heartless actions carved a path of destruction through the otherwise peaceful region.