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HLN's "Very Scary People" Returns For an Even Scarier Third Season
Hosted by Donnie Wahlberg, Series Premieres on May 2 at 9 pm ET/PT
Los Angeles (April 12, 2021) - Following its highest-rated season to date, Donnie Wahlberg returns to host the third season of HLN's Original Series Very Scary People, a six-episode HLN Original Series that takes a closer look at some of the most frightening killers in recent history. Each two-hour episode traces the history, psychology, and motives of these elusive criminals and how they were eventually caught.
Wahlberg's impressive career spans television, film, and music, capturing the attention of audiences worldwide. He also currently stars on the hit CBS drama "Blue Bloods."
Very Scary People is an HLN Original Series and part of the network's internally developed programming dedicated to true crime, mysteries, and investigations. Nancy Duffy, Senior Vice President of Program Development for CNN, is the Executive Producer of the series.
Very Scary People will also stream live for subscribers via CNNgo (at CNN.com/go and via CNNgo apps for Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire, Samsung Smart TV and Android TV) and on the CNN mobile apps for iOS and Android. The series episodes will be available on demand the day after their broadcast premiere via cable/satellite systems, CNNgo platforms and CNN mobile apps.
Very Scary People premieres May 2 at 9pm ET/PT on HLN. The first two seasons of Very Scary People is available to watch on HBOMax.
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"The Golden State Killer" - Joseph DeAngelo (May 2)
The Golden State Killer invaded homes, tortured and terrorized families, committed fifty brutal rapes and thirteen vicious murders, and was on the loose for forty-four years. Cold case Investigators chased down thousands of leads without ever getting their man. But a new forensic tool breaks the case and exposes this remorseless predator - Joseph DeAngelo - his family, his background, and his life story; and finally, scores of victims get a measure of long-awaited justice.
"The Butcher Baker " - Robert Hansen (May 9)
The Butcher Baker was one of the most prolific serial killers in Alaska's history. For more than a decade, he kidnapped young women and brought them into the wilderness where he stalked them like prey. He got away with his crimes for years, living a double life as a soft-spoken baker and church-going family man by day, and prowling the streets and strip clubs at night, looking for more victims. But when one woman escaped and lived to tell her harrowing story, police made a shocking discovery inside Robert Hansen's home, which would expose the baker as the monster he truly was.
"The Amityville Horror" - Ron "Butch" DeFeo (May 16)
In November 1974, six members of the DeFeo family were found murdered inside their beautiful seaside home. The mother, father, and four of their children were shot in the back as they lay sleeping in their beds. The bodies were discovered by the only family member left alive - the oldest son Butch DeFeo. What really happened that night in Amityville? Who murdered the DeFeo family and why? What caused the strange events in the house near the sea? Parapsychologists and psychics descend on the house to investigate claims of levitating objects and demonic possession in an attempt to explain why, 50 years later, this house is still a source of nightmares.
"The Dating Game Killer" - Rodney Alcala (May 23)
In 1968, an 8-year-old girl is abducted and raped. The Los Angeles police were just moments from catching her attacker, but he eludes them and escapes to New York where he kills a young woman. This is the beginning of a monstrous killing spree of young girls and women. When police discover who is behind these horrific murders, they are shocked to find it's a handsome, charming photographer. With a string of murders already behind him, incredibly, Rodney Alcala is chosen to appear on the national game show, "The Dating Game." What happens next makes Rodney Alcala one of the most horrific serial killers in US history.
"The Iceman" - Richard Kuklinski (May 30)
He was a family man, living in a New Jersey suburb with his wife and three kids. But unbeknownst to his neighbors, Richard Kuklinski held a dark secret: he was the "Iceman" - a cold-blooded killer who was part-time mob hitman for hire, and full-time psychopath. This intimidating, oversized killer managed to evade the police with ease for years. That is, until a few smart investigators started connecting the dots between seemingly unrelated murders and a mystery man known as "Big Rich."
"The Firestarter" - John Orr (June 6 )
A string of horrifying fires plagues California in the Eighties and Nineties, one of them fatally trapping four people inside. Are these raging infernosaccidental or is someone setting them deliberately? Years of meticulous investigation leads law enforcement to uncover a wave of terrifying fires set by a man some call the most prolific arsonist of the Twentieth century, who turns out to be none other than renowned fire investigator Captain John Orr. In a game of cat and mouse, colleagues discover dark secrets behind the man who thrived on the chaos of igniting the fires he was supposed to be fighting.
Second season of the HLN Original Series Very Scary People returns to HLN on July 12 at 9 pm ET/PT. The popular show, hosted by actor and musician Donnie Wahlberg, details many of history's scariest and most notorious characters , through captivating news footage and interviews with people close to the case. The second season features six two-hour episodes which looks at the lives and crimes that have captivated and terrorized the nation.
Very Scary People is an HLN Original Series and part of the network's internally developed programming dedicated to true crime, mysteries, and investigations. Nancy Duffy, Senior Vice President of Program Development for CNN, is the Executive Producer of the series. Donnie Wahlberg currently stars on the hit CBS drama "Blue Bloods," and still tours with his band New Kids on the Block.
Very Scary People will also stream live for subscribers via CNNgo (at CNN.com/go and via CNNgo apps for Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire, Samsung Smart TV, and Android TV) and on the CNN mobile apps for iOS and Android.
Episodes of Very Scary People will be available on demand the day after their broadcast premiere via cable/satellite systems, CNNgo platforms and CNN mobile apps.
Following are airdates and episode descriptions for season two of Very Scary People:
Son of Sam: The Duke of Death (July 12)
He is among the most infamous serial killers in American history. From 1976 to 1977, David Berkowitz terrorized New York City under his creepy self-given moniker: "Son of Sam." Using a large caliber .44 revolver, he unleashed eight horrific shootings across three different boroughs, wounding seven people and killing six. Despite an extraordinary investigation, and hundreds of NYPD officers working the case, Berkowitz's crime spree lasted over a year. How did he get away with it for so long? Did the investigators miss any vital clues? The detectives who worked the case tell the true tale of what it was like in New York City with a gun-toting murderer on the loose. The episode features interviews with detectives and psychologists about what he said after his arrest, why he did it, and how this quiet, soft spoken 24-year old post office employee from Yonkers turned into a serial killing monster.
BTK: Bind, Torture, Kill (July 19)
In January 1974, four members of a family are brutally tortured and murdered in Wichita, Kansas. The murders shock the safe midwestern city, but little do they know, it is just the beginning. The killer calls himself "B.T.K." which stands for Bind, Torture, Kill; and for decades this bloodthirsty serial killer terrifies Wichita as he murders again and again and again. After multiple killings from 1974 to 1991, he goes quiet; but he resurfaces in 2004, and residents of the midwestern city are once again petrified. For months he plays a cat and mouse game with law enforcement and the media taunting them as he seeks the attention he craves. But when he finally makes a mistake and is apprehended, it is chilling to discover that he has been hiding in plain sight for years.
The Night Stalker: Summer of Terror (July 26)
The Summer of 1985 was one of the hottest the city of Los Angeles had seen in a century, but terrified residents were not sleeping with the windows open, they weren't sleeping at all. A killer was on the loose. And although the 1980s were considered the decade of the serial killer, one man stood out. He was the night stalker, and his crimes were vicious, random, and committed in the name of Satan. His victims ranged from toddlers to the elderly; and as the city was paralyzed with fear, he went unchecked as police struggled to stop him. In 1985, the L.A.P.D. gets a tip. Twenty-four hours later, a mob of angry citizens track him down and capture him, and his trial is a bizarre chapter that has some wondering if the Night Stalker will escape justice.
The Co-ed Killer: The Murder Capital of the World (August 2)
Santa Cruz, California was a mecca for the hippie generation in the early 1970s, a beachside paradise, until female students began to go missing, with their body parts showing up around town. Police had no leads on who was committing these horrific crimes, but they soon realize that all the victims had something in common: they were last seen hitchhiking. A frantic public, desperate for answers, live in terror, waiting for the man they dubbed "The Coed Killer" to strike again. But no one could have expected that the person responsible, a local man, Edmund Kemper, was living among them, hiding in plain sight. Kemper was a man with a dark history and a tortured childhood, a man who had killed years before and had now set his twisted sights on young women. Told through interview footage with Kemper himself, as well as those who lived through this crippling period, this episode takes viewers back to the time when The Coed Killer brought terror to Santa Cruz.
Robert Durst: World's Worst Fugitive (August 9)
The unbelievable story of Robert Durst, the millionaire heir to a vast real estate fortune who has been living under a cloud of suspicion for decades. Durst's first wife went missing in 1982, but the case went cold when there were no leads - and no body. Then, 18 years later, just as the investigation into her disappearance was re-opened, Durst's best friend and confidante, Susan Berman, was shot dead inside her home. Less than a year later, while Durst was hiding out in Galveston, Texas, his neighbor's dismembered body was found floating in Galveston Bay. Durst was quickly charged with his murder and after jumping bail and going on the run for six weeks, he returned to Texas to stand trial. Durst admitted he killed his neighbor and chopped up his body, but said it happened accidentally, in self-defense. The jury acquitted him of murder. Durst, who pled not guilty, stands trial in Los Angeles for the murder of Susan Berman. Prosecutors say he killed her because he was afraid she would reveal what she knew about his wife's disappearance.
Dr. Death: A License to Kill (August 16)
For nearly two decades, Michael Swango, a physician-turned-murderer, left a trail of death and mayhem across two continents. Suspicious illnesses and deaths followed this once-trusted doctor from hospital to hospital for nearly two decades, picking off unsuspecting coworkers and helpless patients. What would make a well-respected doctor become one of the most prolific serial killers in the U.S.? Hear from the local and federal authorities who brought his reign of terror to an end. Interviews include survivors from Michael Swango's poisoning sprees, his former colleagues, families of his victims, federal and local investigators, and a Zimbabwean journalist who helped uncover a series of murders in a rural African hospital.