Society's fascination with true crime has reached a level that I think any armchair psychologist would label as 'pathologically sinister'. It will only be a matter of time before the first people attending the scene of a reported murder will be medical personnel, police, and a Netflix producer looking to secure the rights to the story so as to create a multipart series describing the murder.
Well, in order to capitalise on this undoubtedly morbid fixation, Sky have launched a channel dedicated to the True Crime genre. Dubbed Sky Crime, the channel is available to Sky customers and will screen true crime programming from HBO and American television channel Oxygen.
The channel launched today and is available to Sky customers, as well as customers of Now TV.
Some of the programmes coming to the channel include:
I Love You, Now Die: In July 2014, 18-year-old Conrad Roy died by suicide in his car at a parking lot in Fairhaven, Mass. Police discovered a series of alarming text messages from his girlfriend, 17-year-old Michelle Carter, that seemed to encourage him to kill himself, sparking sensational headlines nationwide, leading to a trial that raised difficult questions about technology, social media and mental health, while asking if one person can be held responsible for the suicide of another.
The Disappearance of Susan Cox Powell: Susan was 28 years old when she disappeared from her Utah home in 2009. Upon her disappearance, her husband Josh Powell was named as a suspect. However, more than two years later, and after an unsuccessful police investigation, the unthinkable happened: Josh took the life of his two sons and his own. This documentary attempts to uncover new details of the last few years of Susan’s life and incriminates her father-in-law Steven Powell in a dangerous way.
In Defense Of: A psychologically thrilling true crime series that shines a light on the complicated relationships between infamous defendants and the attorneys who represented them. In each standalone episode, the top defense lawyers on high-profile cases, including the trials of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh and serial killer Ted Bundy, reveal the personal and professional cost of defending such notorious clients.
A Wedding and a Murder: Explores shocking true stories of engagements, weddings and honeymoons that began in joyous celebration, but tragically ended in untimely death. The motives and outcomes may differ, but each
episode will expose a grisly homicide set against the backdrop of what appears to be wedded bliss.