It Was Him: The Many Murders of Ed Edwards (Paramount Network)

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It Was Him: The Many Murders of Ed Edwards (Paramount Network)

When finding out that his grandfather is the serial killer Ed Edwards, Wayne Wolfe stumbles across the website run by former detective John Cameron who believes his grandfather is responsible for more unsolved cases.

After meeting up with John, Wayne is shown Camerons research that links his grandfather to the killings of The Black Dahlia, Laci Peterson, JonBenet Ramsey, Teresa Halbach, The Atlanta Child Murders and also states that he was the The Zodiac Killer.

While Wayne is skeptical about what he is told, he heads out with John to visit the places around the states where John believes Edwards was involved in the murders. While there they talk to the families of the victims, and meet up with some of Waynes extended family that he didn’t know existed.

During the programme as John is trying to find evidence that finally links Edwards to the cases he believes he is responsible for, Wayne is trying to piece together his grandfathers life. Where he ponders on the thought that the behaviour may be hereditary, and trying to find out what his and his own fathers lives would have been like if Edwards had stayed with his grandmother.

As crime documentaries go the theories used in this one are tenuous at best, though begins to show how Cameron destroyed his own career working on them. And though the basis of the programme is ridiculous, it is an alright bit of viewing but probably not in the way the people who made it intended it to be.

4.5/10

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Deadly Intelligence (Science Channel)

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Deadly Intelligence (Science Channel) – Premieres 8th April

A docu-series that looks into the mysterious deaths of scientific geniuses in recent times. Where in the programme it goes over the events and tries to determine if the scientists death was accidental or deliberate.

The episode starts off by showing a brief career of the featured scientist. There it goes into their previous works before explaining what field they were working on during the time of their demise.

It then moves on to the persons murder, where along with an investigator who has been working the case, goes along the time time and highlights anything that is suspicious. As well as the investigator the programme talks to those who originally worked the case as well as showing the theories and evidence that was found. Then after everything has been presented the investigator gives his opinion on what happened and if it was intentional.

With the first episode being about the death of Frank Olsen, it is more or less a brief recap of what was shown in Wormwood, but without the input of Olsens son Eric. Though that said the subject matter is interesting even if it is delivered in a by the numbers manner.

4.0/10

Killing Eve (BBC America)

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Killing Eve (BBC America) – Premieres 6th April – Renewed

After the murder of a Russian politician in London, Eve, a MI5 security officer is tasked with protecting the only witness. During the meeting about the killing, Eve puts forward the theory that the hitman is in fact a woman. Which is instantly dismissed by everyone bar the lady from the MI6 Russian desk. And after interviewing the witness Eve then finds out that her suspicions were correct, though the description she got pair up with no one they had on Record.

While Eve is trying to find the killer, Villanelle, the woman she’s hunting has been given a job to kill a mafia boss in Italy. Where in doing the job begins to take some liberties as she becomes more arrogant. Then after killing the mafia boss Villanelle to told to discreetly kill the witness that Eve is protecting, which she does in the most non-discreet manner possible.

As the witness is murdered Eves boss blames her for the outcome and sacks her. Only for the woman from the MI6 Russian Desk to contact Eve afterwards to get her to help with the capture of Villanelle.

For a crime drama it goes along at a decent pace, where the setup for the show is quickly put into place. Though while it’s clearly well made, there’s something about it that doesn’t make it feel like a must watch.

5.9/10

In Ice Cold Blood With Ice-T (Oxygen)

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In Ice Cold Blood With Ice-T (Oxygen) – Premieres 1st April

A crime docu-series that’s hosted by Ice T, where it looks into a lesser known  murder case.

As the programme kicks off it introduces the main people involved in the case, where they get interviews with friends and co-workers explaining how certain people know each other and what they were like. It then moves on to the crime, where it shows how the murder scene was discovered along with showing a few of the actual crime scene photos.

From there the programme interviews the officers that were involved in the investigation. And goes through the stages of the case that finally leads up to them catching the right man, where it also shows the interrogation footage of the suspect finally cracking and admitting to the murder.

It then quickly wraps up with showing a couple of clips from the court case and the prosecutor involved talking about how the case went. And after it’s announced how long the person is imprisoned for, finishes off with some of the friends of the victims talking about their thoughts on the murderer.

For a real crime show it comes across as the standard Investigation Discovery style docu-series, where it looks like a low budget quick turnaround job that’s been done to numerous times before. It’s all pretty forgettable stuff.

2.4/10

Grace Vs Abrams (A&E)

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Grace Vs Abrams (A&E) – Premieres 29th March

Fronted by legal analysts Nancy Grace and Dan Abrams, this is a show that looks into the case previously covered in Marcia Clark Investigates The First 48. Where in front of a studio audience the pair talk to people involved in the court case, and generally ignore what’s said to them, while saying why the verdict was incorrect.

To start off the programme the pair list the three points they want to look into, explaining that these are the pivotal points that would get a different outcome if they are delved into. They then invite witnesses, back up jurors and the judge that was involved in the case to question them. Then to break that up they get members of the audience to fire some questions.

The show itself is a pointless bit of viewing if you’re after a fair and non sensationalised look into the case. Which is highlighted best when after asking a juror if he thought the person was innocent, said yes much to their disgust highlighting there was reasonable doubt. The pair then ask him if reasonable doubt wasn’t in play what he thought the verdict would be, then announce that he’s changed his mind, ignoring the fact they’ve moved the goalposts to get the answer they want.

It’s a truly awful bit of programming.

0.7/10

Marcia Clark Investigates The First 48 (A&E)

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Marcia Clark Investigates The First 48 (A&E) – Premieres 29th March

A show fronted by former prosecutor Marcia Clark, this is a crime docu-series where in each episode Marcia looks into the first 48 hours of a controversial case.

After briefly explaining what happened and the verdict that was given, the programme shows the main points that happened in the investigation during the first 48 hours. 

The show then goes through each pivotal moment, where Marcia along with two associates, interview the people involved and go through the evidence gathered. Comparing what they discovered to how it was explained in the case.

Along with the going through the evidence, Marcia and her team interview the members of the police, the judge and prosecutors that worked on the case, as well as some of the witnesses. Then by going through the given statements try to find any inconsistencies, and to see if anything was missed.

To wrap up the episode, Marcia gives a monologue talking about how if certain things they discovered could have changed the outcome if they were presented in the court case.

While the show is similar to programmes like Unlocking The Truth & Final Appeal, this does being to drag in places and with it being about an hour and a half long does seem to longer than it needs to be.

4.6/10

Trust (FX)

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Trust (FX) – Premieres 25th March

An anthology series based on a true story, the first series follows at the kidnapping of John Paul Gettys grandson, John Paul Getty III in 1973. 

After the suicide of his son George, Getty makes sure that the reason behind his death is kept unknown for fear of what the public opinion would be. At the funeral of his son, Getty hosts the wake at his home in England where his other son, John Paul Getty II, plans to propose a business opportunity. Only to be upstage by the unannounced arrival of his own son John Paul Getty III.

As the wake finishes, Getty III asks if he can stay at the house for a few days, where during that time Getty I takes a shine to him and plans to bring him into the family business. After being shown around the business and how the finances are set up Getty III reveals that he needs $6k to pay off some folks in Rome that he is in debt to. Getty I offers a deal where he’ll pay the money as long as his grandson accepts to work on the oil rigs for 6 months. An offer Getty III rejects out of hand.

Getty I then refuses to give the cash to his grandson, who in turn heads back to Italy. Where after a night on the town ends up being kidnapped, though when this is revealed both the police and Getty I believe this is a scheme to get the cash out him.

For an opening episode it goes along at a good pace, and manages to set up the backstory nicely without ever dragging. It’s worth a watch.

6.5/10