ID will partner with Conde Naste Entertainment and True Entertainment to bring some of the magazine’s more compelling stories to viewers in the series, which is set to debut this winter. Each one-hour episode will feature a piece from the magazine and magazine writers will give their insights into each story, interlaced with first-person accounts from those involved in the cases, including law enforcement, family members and friends of the victims.
From ID’s announcement:
Stories in the first season will include
PRISONER OF DENVER by Mark Seal
Twenty-one-year-old Lisl Auman is a self-proclaimed hippie with a knack for mixing with the wrong people at the wrong place and time. In the summer of 1997, Auman is charged with the felony murder of Denver police officer Bruce VanderJagt, despite being locked in the back of a police patroller when the deadly shots were fired. Pleading her innocence, Auman writes to author Hunter S. Thompson and several politicians in a last-ditch effort to make an appeal yet fails to receive any responses or aid. Auman is devastated and hopeless until one day when Hunter S. Thompson responds. Using his vast influence to organize the Free Lisl campaign, Thompson starts working with Vanity Fair contributing editor Mark Seal to uncover what really happened that fatal day. Was Auman as innocent as Thompson believes? How could someone be convicted of murder if they never touched the weapon? And who is really responsible for the death of Officer VanderJagt?
DON’T ASK, DON’T KILL by Buzz Bissinger
At 2 a.m. on July 5, 1999, Private First Class Barry Winchell is murdered. His parents are told he’s been kicked in the head by a steel-toed boot, while his girlfriend, Calpernia Addams, hears on the news that he was in a brutal fight. Addams, a pre-operative transsexual, fears she was to blame for Winchell’s killing. Only two men know what really happened in the beer-soaked barracks that deadly night. One of them is released from prison; the other is ready to tell the awful truth about the jealousy, homophobia, and manipulation that led to the death of the well-liked PFC.
THE LADY VANISHES by Mimi Swartz
Madalyn Murray O’Hair is deemed one of the most hated women in all of America for being responsible for banning school prayer. When O’Hair, her son, Jon, and her granddaughter, Robin, suddenly vanish, some people believe they’ve been killed by religious fanatics. Others are convinced she’s embezzled money from American Atheists, the organization she founded, and has started a new life abroad. Her eldest son, William J. Murray, and family friend, Phil Donahue, are concerned and start the manhunt to find the Murray O’Hairs, which Vanity Fair writer Mimi Swartz quickly joins. Did the Murray O’Hairs flee to Europe with embezzled money? Were religious extremists responsible for their disappearance? The truth of the family’s whereabouts is something that no one could have predicted.