By James W, Wednesday 31st August 2016
Murderers and Their Mothers
Series 1 Part Two with 4 New Episodes
Sunday 2100 from 4th until 25th September
Donal MacIntyre returns to CBS Reality to investigate more notorious killers asking if they were born evil or whether their relationship with their mothers turned them into murderous monsters. In one of these episodes Donal looks into the case of 20-year-old Adam Lanza who killed his mother before driving to Sandy Hook Elementary School and shooting dead 20 children and six teachers in one of the bloodiest mass shootings in American history. Adam, who suffered severe and deteriorating mental health problems, spent his final months locked in his room playing violent video games and obsessing over mass killings with a cyber community of murder enthusiasts, only interacting with his mother Nancy via email. Many blame Nancy, a gun enthusiast who did nothing to remove her arsenal of weapons from the family home, for refusing to get Adam the help he so badly needed. MacIntyre and distinguished criminologist Dr Elizabeth Yardley examine this tragic case and ask how destructive this mother-son relationship ultimately was?
Sunday 2200 from 4th September
They are pillars of the community, uniquely qualified to perform the sacred rituals of their faith and provide spiritual guidance. It’s tempting to think they are immune from the human frailties that affect the rest of us but men of the cloth are, as we’ll see, as flawed as we are and in some cases tragically more so. A shocking new crime series which brings together murder cases where the protagonist is not a friendless outsider adrift from society but a trusted man or woman of God. One of those cases looks at a Methodist Priest in Pennsylvania who claimed he was out for a run on 23rd April 1999 when he returned home to find the body of his wife of 31 years in a pool of blood at the foot of basement steps in their home in North Lebanon. She had a vacuum extension cord wrapped around her leg. The coroner made no determination as to whether her death was an accident or a homicide and the case was closed. Authorities reopened the case after Schirmer was charged with using a crowbar to kill his second wife, Betty, in 2008 and staging a car accident in an effort to conceal the crime.
It Takes a Killer
Saturday 2100 & 2130 from 3rd September
It Takes a Killer investigates the world’s most notorious murders and takes you inside the minds and motives of the killers who committed them. Experts from the FBI, Scotland Yard and leading homicide investigators review crime scene evidence, profile each killer’s behaviour and describe the chilling forensic details of each murder scene. They explain when, why and how each perpetrator carried out the crime. They also tell us how the crime is solved. Sometimes you have to think like a killer to catch a killer.
Snapped: Killer Couples
Weeknights 2200 from 5th until 16th September
Snapped: Killer Couples is a gripping series that features couples whose passion drove them to commit terrible criminal acts. Through recreations and first-hand accounts, each episode delves into the stories behind the couples' romance, how their relationship evolved once love transformed into manipulation and what ultimately drove them to commit heinous crimes. From teenage lovers who embark on a multi-state crime spree to lesbian lovers who stop at nothing to eliminate one of their husbands, viewers are given unprecedented access into these relationships gone awry.
(Series 1, 2, 6 & 7)
Weekdays 1600 & 1630 (double bill) from 12th September
Dog Patrol is an exciting series following integral roles that working dogs and their handlers play on the frontline protecting the streets, communities, prisons, airports, borders and national parks. We’re right in with the action following the real scenarios that unfold as a result of these dedicated hardworking dogs who work for the Police, Corrections Service, Customs, Ministry for Primary Industries, Aviation Security, New Zealand Detector Dog Services and the Department of Conservation.
Undercover: Sex Slaves
Saturday 2200 from 3rd until 24th September
Investigations into a subject that is now a vast global crime. Human rights advocates estimate that every year almost a million women worldwide are sold as sex slaves.
Weeknights Midnight from 5th September continuing into next month
What would you do if you were confronted with death? What gives someone the strength to survive? Is it luck, chance, instinct? In a stripped down, simple yet cinematic interview style, I Survived allows survivors to explain in their own words how they overcame unbelievable circumstances, offering insight into what got them through the experience that changed their lives forever. I Survived is storytelling at its most dramatic, most basic and most honest.
MORE FEATURES Medical Detectives - Special Weekends in July
Posted on Saturday 23rd June 2018
Over two weekends in July CBS Reality is dedicating its programming to the acclaimed series Medical Detectives with three themed events of carefully selected episodes.
For those new to the series, Medical Detectives profile intriguing crimes, accidents and outbreaks of disease from around the world. Follow coroners, medical examiners, physicians, law enforcement officials, journalists and legal experts as they put together the pieces of the crime puzzle. Cutting-edge forensic techniques and every piece of evidence available are combined with true-to-life re-enactments and profiles of the people who lived through the events.
Medical Detectives: Serial Killer Weekend - 14th and 15th July from 9pm.