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People Magazine Investigates

People Magazine Investigates

  • Premiered: 
    November 7, 2016
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  • Network: ID
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Docudrama
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Based on the crime stories investigated by People Magazine 
  • Subject Matter: Crime
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Plot Synopsis

Featuring archival footage, re-creations, and interviews with key players in the investigations, PEOPLE MAGAZINE INVESTIGATES takes viewers to the heart of the most controversial crimes as each hour-long episode focuses on stories ripped from the headlines. From the Long Island Serial Killer case where new updates have been uncovered exclusively by People reporters; and the "Grim Sleeper," where one of People's journalists worked the case from the beginning, interviewing victims and families and connecting the killings that were occurring in Los Angeles; to the JonBenet murder mystery as it unfolds making headlines now approaching its 20th anniversary and the infamous MacDonald Family murders and more, People's own trusted journalists seek to divulge new facts while revealing the shocking twists and unexpected resolutions that occurred while they were investigating each emotionally riveting case.

PEOPLE MAGAZINE INVESTIGATES premiered on Monday, November 7, 2016 from 9-11pm ET/PT, with a two-part story about the Long Island Serial Killer on Investigation Discovery with a simulcast on TLC. The series' first hour (9pm) begins in 2010 as a vivacious young escort, Shannan Gilbert, visits a client on the south shore of Long Island and vanishes under mysterious circumstances. Her disappearance leads police to the bodies of other victims buried along the shore. This discovery unleashes a wave of secrets, suspects, recriminations and conspiracy theories in the hunt for a serial killer who targets prostitutes, and who leaves behind a trail of grieving families determined to find justice. Then, in the second episode (10pm), the discovery of four women's bodies in the marshlands off Gilgo Beach was just the beginning. Authorities now believe the Long Island Serial Killer may be responsible for up to seventeen deaths over a twenty-year period. But who is the Long Island Serial Killer? Police have no shortage of theories, including multiple killers, corrupt cops, and wealthy sadists who kill for pleasure - but still no suspect. Their investigation leads us into the most sordid corners of this quiet beach community, revealing shocking secrets and twisted relationships, as they race to identify and capture this prolific killer before he strikes again.

The sophomore season of PEOPLE MAGAZINE INVESTIGATES premiered on Monday, November 6, 2017 at 10pm ET/PT on Investigation Discovery. In the season opener, "People" editor-in-chief Jess Cagle and senior writer Christine Pelisek delve into the iconic Golden State Killer case. Originally suspected to be two separate criminals -- The East Area Rapist and The Original Nightstalker -- this violent predator began terrorizing Californians in the late 1970s, attacking and killing innocent people at home as they slept. His victims shared little in common, and his deadly escapades haunted the Golden State for nearly a decade. Investigators believe the Golden State Killer is responsible for 12 killings and more than 45 assaults in California spanning 1978 to 1986; the perpetrator remains at large. Subsequent episodes feature: the disappearance of two-year-old DeOrr Kunz; Joey and Summer McStay and their two young boys, who suddenly disappear without a trace; and a family of four being held hostage in their home in the quiet community of Cheshire, CT.

The 15-episode third season of PEOPLE MAGAZINE INVESTIGATES premiered on Monday, November 5, 2018 at 10pm ET/PT on Investigation Discovery. In the season opener, "Somebody's Watching," Nanette Krentel is found burned to death in her own home in St. Tammany Parish, LA. Her husband and local fire chief, Steven Krentel, is baffled by the accident that took everything he owned, including his true love. During Nanette's memorial service, news is released that Nanette's cause of death was not by the fire. She was shot in the head. An investigation into the lives of Nanette and Steven uncover secrets, lies and deceit while arson experts unravel the story of a fire intentionally set to burn any evidence of a killer. A family of suspects challenges detectives to find the shooter, while a treasure trove of emails and texts from Nanette point towards those closest to her. For the Sheriff's Department, a mystery ensues: Who killed Nanette Krentel?

Season 4 of PEOPLE MAGAZINE INVESTIGATES premiered on Monday, November 4, 2019 at 10pm ET/PT on Investigation Discovery. Anchored by original reporting from PEOPLE's award-winning true crime editorial team, the 12-episode new season delves into extraordinary tales of ordinary people thrust into the national spotlight following notorious crimes. The season opener, "The Springfield Three," transports viewers back to June 6, 1992, the graduation day for Kickapoo High School in Springfield, Missouri. After receiving their high school diplomas, new graduates Suzie Street and Stacy McCall head straight to celebrate with their peers at a series of graduation parties. When the evening festivities come to an end, Suzie and Stacy are seen leaving a friend's house to go spend the night at Suzie's. But by the next morning, the two teens, along with Suzie's mother, Sherill Levitt, are gone without a trace. Stacy's family files a missing person's report for the three women, prompting an investigation that leads police through countless twists and turns as authorities work tirelessly to solve the mystery of the Springfield Three.
On Monday, January 20, 2020 at 8pm ET/PT, Investigation Discovery premiered "Motor City Murder," the Season 4 finale of PEOPLE MAGAZINE INVESTIGATES. In 1970s Detroit, a senseless murder rocks the African-American neighborhood of the North End. Police think they've go the perpetrators and a jury agrees...but it will take 47 years for the truth to finally emerge and right history's wrongs.

Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Radley Studios
  • Produced by People Productions (Season 1)
  • Produced by Four M Studios (formerly Time Inc. Productions) (Seasons 2-4)