A TV Channel Dedicated To True Crime Documentaries Has Launched This Week

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A TV Channel Dedicated To True Crime Documentaries Has Launched This Week

I’m never leaving the house again.

A new channel dedicated to true crime documentaries has launched on Sky and it sounds magnificent.

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A spokesman for Sky said the channel will be the home of premium US true crime from Oxygen and HBO and the dedicated home of content from Jupiter and Woodcut. Key programming will include addictive, emotionally charged accounts of true crimes, many of which remain unsolved, including I Love You, Now Die and The Disappearance of Susan Cox Powell.

The spokesman said the channel will show documentaries covering famous headline cases from the US and UK, such as Kemper on Kemper and Britain’s Most Evil Killers. As well as the In Defense Of series, which will bring new insight into some of the most notorious killers of modern times.

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Sky Comedy will also launch in February 2020 and will be the home of premium scripted US comedy from HBO, NBC and Showtime.

Zai Bennett, Managing Director of Content at Sky, said:

Sky Crime and Sky Comedy are fantastic additions to our entertainment portfolio, providing our customers with two new destinations for their favourite shows.

“Sky Crime, the home of premium true crime, will complement Sky Witness perfectly, while Sky Comedy is an exciting new proposition for Sky customers, offering them a daily dose of the best US comedy which will sit alongside our expanding slate of Sky Original comedy on Sky One.

“By investing in the best of the US as well as doubling our investment in original drama and comedy, we are making Sky an unbeatable destination for the best range of premium TV.”

Key upcoming launches on Sky Crimeinclude:

I Love You, Now Die: In July 2014, 18-year-old Conrad Roy died by suicide in his car at a parking lot in Fairhaven, Mass. Police discovered a series of alarming text messages from his girlfriend, 17-year-old Michelle Carter, that seemed to encourage him to kill himself, sparking sensational headlines nationwide, leading to a trial that raised difficult questions about technology, social media and mental health, while asking if one person can be held responsible for the suicide of another.

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The Disappearance of Susan Cox Powell:  Susan was 28 years old when she disappeared from her Utah home in 2009.  Upon her disappearance, her husband Josh Powell was named as a suspect. However, more than two years later, and after an unsuccessful police investigation, the unthinkable happened: Josh took the life of his two sons and his own.  This documentary attempts to uncover new details of the last few years of Susan’s life and incriminates her father-in-law Steven Powell in a dangerous way.

In Defence Of: A psychologically thrilling true crime series that shines a light on the complicated relationships between infamous defendants and the attorneys who represented them. In each standalone episode, the top defence lawyers on high-profile cases, including the trials of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh and serial killer Ted Bundy, reveal the personal and professional cost of defending such notorious clients.

A Wedding and a Murder: Explores shocking true stories of engagements, weddings and honeymoons that began in joyous celebration, but tragically ended in an untimely death. The motives and outcomes may differ, but each episode will expose a grisly homicide set against the backdrop of what appears to be wedded bliss.

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