The Amanda Knox story became international news and landed on the cover of PEOPLE.
As the tenth anniversary of the murder approaches, the Reelz Channel revisits the saga in its docuseries, Scandal Made Me Famous, and reveals that Knox had the opportunity to leave Italy before she was ever incarcerated, but chose to stay.
Before 2009, Philip Markoff was a preppy Boston University medical student. At the time, his doting fiancée Megan McAllister told PEOPLE that he was “a beautiful man inside and out.”
But the perception changed in April 2009, when Markoff, then 23, was charged with the armed robbery and murder of Julissa Brisman in a Boston hotel room. He was also charged with additional armed robberies, each involving a female victim that he met through ads placed on Craigslist.
So much for friendly competition. The violent 1994 attack on Olympic figure skater Nancy Kerrigan is reenacted on the Scandal Made Me Famous: Tonya Harding special airing Saturday, December 10, as seen in Us Weekly‘s exclusive sneak peek.
The Reelz episode’s preview clip revisits the lead-up to the infamous moment when Shane Stant struck Kerrigan’s knee with a baton on January 6, 1994. Stant had been hired by Tonya Harding‘s ex-husband, Jeff Gillooly, and her bodyguard Shawn Eckardt to break the athlete’s leg in an effort to keep her out of the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway.
Back in 1993, Lorena and John Bobbitt made headlines when she infamously cut off his penis after she claimed that he cheated.
The husband remained in the spotlight in the aftermath of the incident and subsequent trial — during which, Lorena was acquitted of all criminal charges, with the jury labeling her temporarily insane — and now, he’s reliving the most traumatic incident of his life for REELZ’s new docu-series Scandal Made Me Famous.
WHAT IT’S ABOUT As part of its ongoing “Scandal” series, Reelz turns to the “Long Island Lolita” case — the 1992 shooting of Massapequa native Mary Jo Buttafuoco by Amy Fisher, teen lover of her then-husband, Joey. This 44-minute-long doc includes interviews with Fred Klein, former Nassau County assistant district attorney, and Fisher’s former defense attorney, Eric Naiburg.
MY SAY Way back in the day, the Amy-Joey saga produced a long line of casualties besides poor Mary Jo, from the trivial to the consequential: the media, auto body shops, Long Island’s reputation and fundamental human dignity (ours — the reluctant witnesses). We couldn’t escape these three, and just when we thought we could finally emerge from the shower, the three quickie TV movies arrived and aired in just about the span
Is there a better place to watch something creepy on Saturday nights than REELZ? And tonight, an all-new episode of “Murder Made Me Famous” features Steven Avery, while “Copycat Killers” features a real-life Hannibal Lecter.
According to REELZ, “Murder Made Me Famous” is a fact-based documentary series that examines killers who gained public notoriety when their crimes generated intense media coverage and made the killers household names. The unnerving psychology behind murder has long been source material for television, books and movies but why do certain killers capture the attention of millions? Each one-hour episode presents dramatic recreations of the crimes using archival material and insightful commentary from those connected to the case to help unravel the twisted personalities that were thrust into the spotlight. Featured commentator is author and PEOPLE crime reporter, Steve Helling, who has covered several high-profile crime stories, including the Natalee Holloway and Laci Peterson disappearances. Tonight
Netflix’s Emmy-nominated hit docuseries Making a Murderer is already planning to return with new episodes that focus on the post-conviction process, furthering the story of Steven Avery and co-defendant Brendan Dassey, the two men convicted in the 2005 murder of Wisconsin woman Teresa Halbach. But for those fans who can’t get enough of the theories of how evidence was handled and weighing in on whether Avery was wrongfully convicted will have a new glimpse into the case. In a new episode of Murder Made Me Famous to air on Reelz on Saturday, July 30th, the case is examined through a different lens, including reenactments of key moments.
Break out the lemonade, the hot dogs, and the TV remote. Reelz has just announced their new and returning series for the summer season.
Returning shows include the docu-series Murder Made Me Famousand Copycat Killers.
This summer, Reelz is premiering their new docu-series Hollywood 911. The show will feature real emergency calls from stars like Sandra Bullock, Justin Bieber, and Lindsay Lohan. The new series premieres on June 11th at 10 p.m. ET/PT.
New episodes of Murder Made Me Famous debut on July 23rd at 9 p.m, ET/PT, and Copycat Killers returns on July 23rd at 10 p.m. ET/PT.
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(Albuquerque, NM) Monday, May 16, 2016 – REELZ today announced new original series Hollywood 911 will premiere Saturday, June 11 at 10pm ET/PT and the return of original series Murder Made Me Famous and CopyCat Killers with new episodes premiering on Saturday, July 23