Investigation Discovery presents the modern-day Clarice Starling as Dr. Michelle Ward goes behind bars to interview violent murderers and offer insight into what drives people to kill with the new series THE MIND OF A MURDERER premiering Thursday, February 19 at 10/9c. From her early doctorate research on psychopathy, to her ongoing study of criminal behavior, Dr. Ward possesses a unique ability to push murderers to the limit, getting them to admit things they wouldn’t confess to anyone else. She is trained to go beyond excuses and get to the psychological core of why people commit heinous acts – and she does it alone in a room, face-to-face with coldblooded killers.
“This series plays out like a fictional psychological thriller, a dark version of beauty and the beast — but it’s a real-life Hannibal vs. Clarice, if you will – with its gritty tone and Dr. Michelle Ward serving as the strong protagonist with a steadfast determination to unmask these brutal killers and reveal their inner motivations,” said Henry Schleiff, Group President of Investigation Discovery, Destination American, American Heroes Channel, Discovery Family Channel and Discovery Life. “THE MIND OF A MURDERER delivers an unparalleled sense of danger and an edge-of-your-seat experience that is best enjoyed with a glass of Chianti and a side of fava beans.”
Each episode of THE MIND OF A MURDERER begins with Dr. Michelle Ward’s mission, whether it’s to get the criminal to confess, to demonstrate remorse, or to tell parts of the story that they’ve never shared before. She looks at the evidence through her unique lens to formulate a theory on the killer’s true psyche before conducting the interview. And viewers will experience first-hand, the suspenseful and riveting in-person interviews with the killers which are contrasted with emotional statements from the victims’ families and friends who are so desperately seeking closure.
The first three episodes of THE MIND OF A MURDERER are as follows:
IVY LEAGUE KILLER Premieres Thursday, February 19 at 10/9c
Successful Wall Street lawyer Jason Bohn mercilessly strangles and beats his girlfriend to death in their New York City apartment. He claims he can’t remember a thing but Dr. Michelle Ward comes face-to-face with this convicted killer to see just how much he really remembers.
HEAT OF THE NIGHT Premieres Thursday, February 26 at 10/9c
Following a heated argument over an alleged affair, Janene Patton kills her husband Troy with one shot to the head. She claims it was an accident, but Dr. Michelle Ward is determined to uncover what actually went wrong that night – and what Patton is hiding.
EVIL RIDER Premieres Thursday, March 5 at 10/9c
In a drug-fueled killing spree, Karl Knapp brutally guns down his ex-girlfriend Jane Johnston, along with two other innocent people at her job. Is it an act of desperation or cold-blooded murder? Dr. Michelle Ward goes behind prison walls to find out.
THE MIND OF A MURDERER is produced for Investigation Discovery by Atlas Media Corp. with Bruce David Klein and Lorri Leighton serving as executive producers. Fae Moore and Dr. Michelle Ward serve as co-executive producers. For Investigation Discovery, Liz Massie is executive producer, Sara Kozak is senior vice president of production, Kevin Bennett is general manager, and Henry Schleiff is Group President.
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