Investigation Discovery has to be one of the bloodiest networks on television. (Aside from History back in its all-Hitler, all-the-time days, of course.) But itâ€™s one of those networks that, because of the evil at the epicenter of so much of its programming, we find intrinsically fascinating. Tonight, one of the most evil-imbued â€” and therefore potentially tantalizing â€” programs to surface on ID premieres. Evil, I debuts with back-to-back episodes at 10pm and 10:30pm, and seeks to plumb the depths of the murdererâ€™s mind, retracing actual serial killings from a first-person perspective.
Each episode of Evil, I employs interviews with family members and insight from the detectives who worked the case, but also features the conceit of a specially chosen voice â€” selected to match the actual killerâ€™s, based on court recordings, interviews and other audio samples â€” to deliver a sort of play-by-play narrative that adds that particularly creepy dimension missing from other programs of this sort.
Twelve episodes of Evil, I make up the first season. Tonightâ€™s two episodes begin with a profile of Arthur Shawcross, a serial killer who formed the habit of visiting his victimsâ€™ shallow graves in the days after their slayings. As the police begin to pick up the trail of the man whoâ€™s been littering the banks of the Genesee River with the corpses of prostitutes, they also learn of his penchant for returning to the scene of the crime â€” will that be his undoing?
Following the Shawcross episode, Evil, I examines the bizarre crimes of Gary Heidnik. When Jeanette Perkins reports her daughter missing to Philadelphia police, their investigating team receives a tip that she was last seen at a church service held in the home of an eccentric neighbor. The tip proves inconclusive, but months later, Josephina Rivera, a prostitute, contacts police in a panic to tell them that sheâ€™s been held captive in a madmanâ€™s basement. Police invade the home, and there they make a shocking discovery that reveals the extent of Heidnikâ€™s disturbance.
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