— A Co-Production from Investigation Discovery, Condé Nast Entertainment and Truly Original, Season Three of VANITY FAIR CONFIDENTIAL Premieres Monday, January 23 at 9/8c –
(Silver Spring, Md.) – Investigation Discovery (ID) announced today the return of the network’s hit series, VANITY FAIR CONFIDENTIAL, from Truly Original, in partnership with Condé Nast Entertainment. Kicking off a thrilling third season on Monday, January 23 at 9/8c, VANITY FAIR CONFIDENTIAL takes viewers deep inside the vaults of iconic publication Vanity Fair to review some of the most sensational true crimes of the century. From salacious sex scandals to cold-blooded murder, the 12-part season explores the real-life dramas of the rich and powerful, and features new, exclusive insights about the crimes from the Vanity Fair writers and editors who worked closest to these cases.
“Telling some of the most outrageous crimes stories through a highly refined and sophisticated lens is a truly unique kind of storytelling that can only be found in Vanity Fair,” said Henry Schleiff, Group President of Investigation Discovery, America Heroes Channel and Destination America. “We are absolutely delighted to once again bring the magazine’s esteemed writers and editors to our network and to share their unique insights and personal experiences with our viewers. Indeed, the contributions of investigative journalists – these ‘detectives with pens’ – and, their efforts to seek justice and to reveal the truth have never been more important!”
“Vanity Fair continues to challenge audiences with its sharp and insightful journalism, which has never been more relevant or necessary,” said Dawn Ostroff, president of Condé Nast Entertainment. “CNÉ is committed to pushing the boundaries of that rich storytelling across all platforms, and we’ve found the perfect partners in ID on this series, as evidenced by the incredible response from viewers season after season. We look forward to embarking on this exciting third installment together, and engaging new audiences along the way.”
“The social relevance of these riveting cases, especially those featured in our third season, despite the range of time in which they were first covered by Vanity Fair, is staggering,” said Executive Producer Steven Weinstock. “While we continue to grapple with the fact that reality is often more startling than fiction, the impeccable investigative journalism by Vanity Fair and the bar set by ID for true crime offers an unbeatable collaborative experience for all of us at Truly Original.”
Each hour-long episode of VANITY FAIR CONFIDENTIAL features a great mystery from the pages of the magazine. Vanity Fair writers give viewers exclusive insight into each story, interlaced with first-person accounts from those involved in the case—from law enforcement to family members and friends of the victims.
Episodes included in season three of VANITY FAIR CONFIDENTIAL are below:
The Fugitive Son by Jennet Conant – premieres Monday, January 23 at 9/8c
Two young women are raped in Darien, Connecticut, a wealthy enclave not far from New York City. The attacker threatens to kill them if they tell anyone. When police announce that the serial rapist is a popular high school athlete from a prominent family, the story makes front-page news. To most it seems unthinkable that the coolest kid at Darien High could commit such a horrendous act. But when the Connecticut golden boy disappears without a trace, the F.B.I. and Interpol launch a worldwide manhunt. As the years pass, everyone involved wants to know… Will he ever return? Will he honor his death threats?
Murder on the Sunset Strip by Mark MacNamara – premieres Monday, January 30 at 9/8c
In 1980, a pair of serial killers nicknamed the “Hillside Strangler” and “Freeway Killer” torment citizens of Los Angeles. And when the bodies of two teenage girls are found, detectives brace themselves for another series of killings. Throughout the summer, women are abducted from the Sunset Strip and murdered, their bodies turning up in bizarre places around the city. Detectives are desperate for a break in the case when an unidentified woman calls in, claiming to know the killer. As investigators decipher fact from fiction, they realize they are dealing with a serial murderer they really don’t know
Murder at Drama Club by Adam Teicholz – premieres Monday, February 6 at 9/8c
Deep in Louisiana bayou country, a man is found murdered in a nightclub. Detectives discover a handwritten note soaked in the victim’s blood, which reads “You gave me AIDS.” Police suspect they are dealing with a hate crime, but months pass and they still don’t have any real leads. While the town lives in fear that the killer will strike again, detectives have concerns that the case may go cold. That is, until they uncover a terrified victim of domestic abuse who they believe holds the key to the investigation. Hidden evidence and shocking surveillance footage reveal a disturbing motive that will bring down one man and divide a family.
Seeds of Doubt by David Rose – premieres Monday, February 13 at 9/8c
For six months, a serial killer terrorizes the city of Columbus, Georgia, raping and strangling seven elderly women with their stockings. Dubbed the “Stocking Strangler”, the killer strikes at will and police seem powerless to stop him. Years pass before Carton Gary, a small-time criminal, is convicted of murder and sentenced to death. It all seems open and shut – until Vanity Fair writer David Rose takes a closer look at the investigation. Rose and Gary’s legal team uncover shocking facts that leave them wondering if Carlton Gary is actually an innocent man. What will it take to stop Gary’s impending execution?
Grounds for Murder by Sarah Ellison – premieres Monday, February 20 at 9/8c
In October 2009, Dan and Gil Harrington discover that their daughter, Morgan, a junior in college, is missing. Morgan’s friends last saw her at a concert on the University of Virginia campus. Weeks pass and the case goes cold… until a farmer uncovers Morgan’s body in a field three months later. Panic pervades the campus as police fear a killer is on the loose in the elite college town. Five years later, another young woman disappears from the campus, 18-year-old Hannah Graham. What sinister secrets will police uncover as two families galvanize the public to help put a killer behind bars?
Nightmares on Main Street by Leslie Bennetts – premieres Monday, February 27 at 9/8c
Throughout late summer and fall of 1991, children come forward with chilling accounts of animal and human sacrifices at Fran and Dan Kellers’s day care in Austin, Texas. At the same time, multiple women from across the nation speak publicly about memories of being chained to altars while babies were removed from their wombs. These are stories of horrifying ritual abuse that divided families, communities, mental health experts and law enforcement officials. They are the shocking tales that triggered a “Satanic Panic.” A judge and jury must assess pleas of innocence and decide who should be locked up for life, and who should go free.
Henry Lee Lucas: Dead Reckoning by Ron Rosenbaum – premieres Monday, March 6 at 8/7c
In 1983, Henry Lee Lucas, a Texas drifter, confesses to killing three women. But less than 24 hours after his initial confession, Lucas tells police he has in fact killed many more innocent victims. Investigators realize they may be dealing with a terrifying serial killer as Lucas divulges details about hundreds of murders. Police from across the country meet with Lucas to verify the facts, and slowly, case after case is closed and families of the victims finally find closure. But some investigators wonder if they have the real killer behind bars. Could a vicious murderer still be on the loose? It will take more than 20 years to find out the truth.
Natalee Holloway: Lost in Paradise by Bryan Burrough – premieres Monday, March 13 at 9/8c
In May 2010, Stephany Flores, the daughter of a Peruvian politician, goes missing after a night out in an upscale district of Lima, Peru. Shocked by the sudden disappearance, her family immediately starts searching the downtown casinos where Stephany liked to spend her free time. Culling through surveillance footage of the Atlantic City Casino, it is clear she left the venue with an unknown tall, white man. As they dig deeper, the Flores family is shocked to learn that exactly five years earlier, another family 3,000 miles away was scrambling to track down their own daughter after a night with this same mystery man.
Bikram Feels the Heat by Benjamin Wallace – premieres Monday, March 20 at 9/8c
In 1974, Bikram Choudhury, a yoga prodigy, opens his first studio in Beverly Hills, California. By 2011, there are over 600 Bikram Yoga studios worldwide. As Choudhury’s empire grows, so does the cult-like nature of his organization. He becomes controlling, demanding loyalty from his followers and surrounds himself with young, female students who he insists brush his hair and massage him. In 2013, one woman alleges that Choudhury assaulted her. Soon after, more women come forward with similar stories of harassment and sexual assault. How did this man allegedly go from healer to sexual predator? What will it take to stop the violence?
Locked Up Next Door (wt) by Mimi Swartz – premieres Monday, March 27 at 9/8c
When Aubrey Lloyd learns her teenage sister has run away, Aubrey is certain she knows what’s happening. Her sister is being sold for sex. It is a familiar story for Aubrey, who was forced into prostitution when she was a high school student. The multibillion-dollar sex trafficking industry has evolved into a modern day slave trade. In Houston, law enforcement officials fight to take down notorious trafficker Gerardo “El Gallo” Salazar, who brands his victims with trademark rooster tattoos. When a girl’s innocence becomes a moneymaking proposition, how far will a sexual predator go to turn a profit?
Race Wars (wt) by Tina Nguyen– premieres Monday, April 3 at 9/8c
A young white stranger joins a bible class at the historic black Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. After sitting silently for 45 minutes, he shoots nine parishioners dead. The killer, Dylann Roof, recently radicalized on the Internet, is committed to starting a race war. Two months later, three white militia men, calling themselves “Crusaders,” plot to blow up an apartment complex in Kansas where 120 Somali Muslim immigrants live and pray. Intent on “a bloodbath,” they use the Internet to learn how to kill more effectively. How far do these online communities, who seem committed to hate, stretch?
St. George’s Hidden Dragons by Benjamin Wallace– premieres Monday, April 10 at 8/7c
St. George’s School, an elite New England prep school, sits on a hilltop in Rhode Island. Graduates have included Mellons, Vanderbilts, Bushes and Astors. But the campus holds decades of dark secrets. In April 2015, the school sends a letter to students and alumni stating that it is investigating claims of sexual abuse of students by a staff member. It seems ready to atone for its sins. As dozens of alumni come forward with stories of sexual misconduct by teachers and staff, how high will the number of victims – and perpetrators – climb? And how deep did the cover-up go?
VANITY FAIR CONFIDENTIAL is a co-production between Investigation Discovery, Condé Nast Entertainment and Truly Original. For ID, Pamela Deutsch is senior executive producer, Sara Kozak is senior vice president of production, Kevin Bennett is general manager, and Henry Schleiff is Group President of Investigation Discovery, American Heroes Channel and Destination America. For Condé Nast Entertainment, Joe LaBracio and Dawn Ostroff are executive producers; and Dana Brown is deputy editor for Vanity Fair. Glenda Hersh, Steven Weinstock and Stephanya Bareham are executive producers for Truly Original.
About Investigation Discovery
Investigation Discovery (ID) is the leading mystery-and-suspense network on television. From harrowing crimes and salacious scandals to the in-depth investigations and heart-breaking mysteries that result, the “always revealing” network challenges our everyday understanding of culture, society and the human condition. One of our nation’s fastest growing cable networks, ID delivers the highest-quality programming to more than 85 million U.S. households and is available in both high definition (HD) and standard definition (SD). For more information, please visit InvestigationDiscovery.com, facebook.com/InvestigationDiscovery, or twitter.com/DiscoveryID. Investigation Discovery is part of Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the world’s #1 pay-TV programmer reaching nearly 3 billion cumulative subscribers in 220 countries and territories.
About Condé Nast Entertainment (CNE)
Condé Nast Entertainment (CNÉ) is an award-winning next generation studio developing and producing projects across film, television, social and premium digital video, and virtual reality. CNÉ produces more than 5,000 pieces of original digital content per year, spanning all genres – documentaries, animation, comedies, celebrity and how-to, and is distributed across over 50 platforms including web, mobile and OTT. CNÉ content delivered more than 2.8 billion video views in the past year, won its first Emmy Award in 2015, and received multiple Academy Award nominations for its short-form film digital content. In addition to its growing digital video network, CNÉ also has five unscripted television series in production including the critically-acclaimed “Last Chance U,” “The New Yorker Presents” and “The Fashion Fund,” and multiple scripted television pilots sold to several networks. The company recently wrapped production on the feature film “Granite Mountain,” starring Josh Brolin and Miles Teller, and is starting production on “The Old Man and the Gun,” starring Casey Affleck and Robert Redford. Additionally, CNÉ operates The Scene, the first platform dedicated to premium digital video, as a mobile-first, video social platform with a mobile app available in the iTunes App store.
About Truly Original
Truly Original creates a broad range of scripted and unscripted programming for television and digital platforms through its award-winning brands True Entertainment and Original Media. Run by Emmy award-winning producers Glenda Hersh and Steven Weinstock, who serve as Truly Original’s co-presidents and CEOs, the company a subsidiary of Endemol Shine North America. Truly Original’s hit series include The Real Housewives of Atlanta, The Real Housewives of Potomac, Don’t Be Tardy, Shahs of Sunset and the upcoming Summer House and Stripped, for Bravo; Ink Master and Ink Master Redemption for Spike; Vanity Fair Confidential for ID; Swamp People for History; Comic Book Men for AMC; Hack my Life for TruTV; I Love You But I Lied for LMN; The Horn for Red Bull TV, and many others. Truly Original is headquartered in New York City.