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Greenlit: Reel Crime/Real Story, Investigation Discovery

Reel Crime/Real Story (3 x 60′) – Series hosted by legal champion and biopic subject Erin Brockovich that uncovers the true facts and real personalities behind iconic crime-and-justice movies that have become a part of our pop culture. Featuring the headline-stealing homicides that inspired Hollywood hits, it reveals the true tales on which award-winning films Selena, Monster, and To Die For were based, with never-before-seen interviews, crime scene reconstructions, and footage gathered from the actual investigations.

Each episode of reveals how art imitated life in some of the world’s most notorious cases:

Monster premieres Tuesday, May 29th
The media dubbed her the “Damsel of Death” and Hollywood immortalized her as “Monster.” This episode explores the life and crimes of Aileen Wuornos, America’s first female serial killer. Though executed in 2002, her story was immortalized by actress Charlize Theron, who won an Oscar for her portrayal of the prostitute turned femme fatale in 2003’s Monster. In a never-before-seen interview shot before Wuornos became one of only 11 women executed in the past two decades, she comes clean and reveals intimate details of the lesbian love affair that led her to kill seven men. This episode also includes the first ever on-screen interview with the undercover detective who brought Wuornos into custody.

Selena premieres Tuesday, June 5th
Latin music sensation Selena Quintanilla Perez found new life in a posthumous biopic starring Jennifer Lopez in her career-launching role. Lovingly nicknamed the “Mexican Madonna,” Selena was just 23 years old when her personal assistant and the president of her fan club, Yolanda Saldivar, gunned her down in a cheap motel room in Corpus Christi, Texas. The 1997 film, Selena, tracks the star’s meteoric rise to chart-topping stardom and her whirlwind romance with band member and husband Chris Perez. Through interviews with Perez, law enforcement, and the hotel manager in whose arms Selena died, REEL CRIME/REAL STORY explores the story beyond the movie: a shocking and senseless crime that snuffed out a bright young star’s life and career.

To Die For premieres Tuesday, June 12th
Pamela Smart lives on in Hollywood history as the woman whose salacious story inspired Nicole Kidman to win her first Golden Globe. The real-life scandal of a teacher who used sex to entice her 15-year-old student boyfriend to murder her husband rocked the small town of Derry, N.H. before exploding into a national media frenzy. The 1995 film To Die For parodies Smart as an ambitious, cold-hearted seductress out for her husband’s blood, but who is the real Pamela Smart? Family members, local law enforcement, lawyers, and media who followed the case from day one attempt to piece together the profile of a woman who thought murder was the only answer to an unhappy marriage.

Erin Brockovich became a household name following the groundbreaking courtroom battle she won against California’s Pacific Gas and Electric Company, and her triumph gave rise to the eponymous 2000 feature film starring Oscar-winning actress Julia Roberts. Continuing to spread the message of personal empowerment and providing a voice for those facing adversity, Brockovich hosted the 2003 cable series Final Justice with Erin Brockovich and is the author of the New York Times best-selling business book Take It From Me: Life’s A Struggle, But You Can Win.

Channel: Investigation Discovery

Producer: ITV Studios America

TX: 29th May 2012

Source: Investigation Discovery press release

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