Unspeakable Crime: The Killing of Jessica Chambers (Oxygen)


Unspeakable Crime: The Killing of Jessica Chambers (Oxygen) – Premieres 15th September Miniseries

A documentary that looks into the death of Jessica Chambers, a 19 year old who was set on fire and later died from 3rd degree burns. Where it follows the court case of the suspect that the police believe is responsible for the crime.

In the opening episode, the programme covers the crime and the hunt to find the perpetrator, as it interviews the the members of Jessica’s family, the people that found her, a reporter who was looking into how online amateur sleuths were accusing virtually everyone involved, the police who worked the case and the various folks who were under suspicion.

As it goes over the case, it covers the sequence of events, and looked into Jessica’s background to find any possible links to explain what happened. As well as highlighting how the online aspect heightened the racial tensions in the area and how it possibly influenced the police search.

With the show not following an investigator as they go through the case this more similar to Making A Murderer & The Radical Story of Patty Hearst in its format. And with it following a case where there are questions about the accuseds guilt makes it an interesting watch.



Dying To Belong (Oxygen)


Dying To Belong (Oxygen) – Premieres 19th August

A docu-series similar to Abuse of Power, where in each episode it looks at a murder case involving someone who has risen up the social ladder, and when their lifestyle is threatened, end up murdering some folk.

The programme begins by giving a background of the victim and his family, where along with interviews from reporters, authors and family members set the scene for what leads to the murder.

After going through the actual murder the show then looks into the police investigation of the case where they narrow down their list of suspects, discover important pieces of evidence, before finally arresting the the killer.

For a true crime show this doesn’t offer anything new to the genre, and plods along at a slow pace. Overall it’s a chore to get through and fills more like a show commissioned to pad out the schedule.


The Disappearance Of Crystal Rogers (Oxygen)


The Disappearance Of Crystal Rogers (Oxygen) – Premieres 11th August – Miniseries

A crime documentary that is similar in format to The Disappearance of Maura Murray, The Disappearance of Natalee Holloway & Gone: The Forgotten Women Of Ohio. Where journalist Stephanie Bauer looks into the disappearance of mother of five Crystal Rogers. Who after 4 years from being reported missing, her whereabouts have not been discovered, and her family believe the local police have given up resolving the case.

After initially meeting the Rodgers family and the local police chief, Stephanie brings in the help of former detective Dwayne Stanton. Where the pair begin to look into the timeline and what the police did with the evidence. As they got through the story of the case they find out that Crystals father, who was doing his own investigation, was killed in suspicious circumstances. Along with discovering that Crystals aunt disappeared in a similar fashion 20 odd years earlier.

With the discovery that the police didn’t process the crime scene to the standards that Stanton was expecting. The pair bring in experts to to recheck the evidence available, as they go over recorded police statements available where they discover that some viable suspects were not followed up correctly.

Altogether it’s a decent crime documentary, which is helped by the fact the case itself is so strange. Though while the story has enough to attract your interest, with the opening episode being an hour and a half long it does drag in places, which does take away from some of its watchability.


Deadly Power (Oxygen)


Deadly Power (Oxygen) – Premieres 16th July

The Oxygen equivalent to Whistleblower, this looks into how a company that broke legal and moral guidelines, were found out, and brought to justice by former employees notifying the authorities.

The episode starts off with giving the background to the business being featured, where it shows how it started out and became a respected company. The programme then begins to interview former employees and customers, where they begin to reveal how the first signs that something wasn’t right appeared. It then goes on to show how the malpractices were fully discovered, how they people behind it all were were caught, and the fall out from the revelations.

While the subject of the show is interesting, it does suffer from the same problems as Whistleblower. As it goes along at a slow pace, and with the 45 minute runtime, does begin to drag. Making it a bit of a grind to get through.


In Defense Of (Oxygen)


In Defense Of (Oxygen) – Premieres 25th June

A crime docu-series that looks at the defence teams that represented notorious killers in US history, where they talk about why they represented them and what they did to try to achieve a reduce sentence with their representation.

Beginning with how the persons defence team was put together, it has interviews from the lawyers assembled and their family members. Where they explain why they took on the job and the problems that came from accepting it.

The programme then moves on to the case itself, with those being interviewed giving the back story of the accused. Along with the main points from the accuseds life, that they believed were the motivating instances that lead to the incident they committed.

From there, the show looks at the court case where the lawyers explained what result they were trying to get for their client, and how they planned to convince the jury. It then shows footage of the trial, along with showing the evidence the prosecution put forward that they had to try and counter.

As crime docs go, it is a spin on the usual format. And hearing the process from the other side makes for a nice change. Though that said the show itself is a bit of a slow goer, and begins to feel drawn out making a bit of a grind to get through.


The Price of Duty (Oxygen)


The Price of Duty (Oxygen) – Premieres 11th June

A by the numbers crime documentary, where it goes over a murder case a detective worked on over a number of years before finally cracking the case and getting the people behind it arrested.

The show starts by going over the actual event where along with interviews with the family and the detective that worked the case, it shows what happened.

From there the programme shows how the investigation stalled and then started up again over the years, where along with showing the interrogation footage of the suspect, reveals how they finally managed to catch the murderer and put the case to bed.

As crime documentaries go, this is more in line with shows like Abuse of Power, In Ice Cold Blood With Ice-T, & Copycat Killers. Where it’s going by a tried and tested format, that for a 45 minute show does tend to drag along. Overall it’s pretty forgettable stuff.


Buried In The Backyard (Oxygen)


Buried In The Backyard (Oxygen) – Premieres 3rd June

Standard real life crime programming where in each episode it looks into an old solved murder, where a body has been discovered in someones garden.

The programme follows the usual format, where at the begin it explains how the body was found. Then interviewing a reporter who was at the scene during the discovery, along with police who worked the case. As well as the interviews the programme shows news footage of the time, and begins to reveal how the police took the remains and began to find out who it was.

During the programme it follows the timeline where the police begin to put together the case, as it interviews family members of the deceased to fill in the history of the persons last known moments. And with the detective that worked the case explaining how everything is pieced together, the programme shows footage of them interrogating the suspects. That leads into showing how they managed to get the evidence and confession which closed the case.

As a crime documentary this is more in line with shows like Abuse of Power, In Ice Cold Blood With Ice-T, & Copycat Killers. Where it does what you expects, but with the slow pacing and it being 45 minutes long it’s drawn out to the point of tedium.