SILVER SPRING, Md., Oct. 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Investigation Discovery (ID) and ABC's Lincoln Square Productions premieres BARBARA WALTERS PRESENTS AMERICAN SCANDALS, an exclusive new 9-episode series featuring iconic newswoman Barbara Walters. BARBARA WALTERS PRESENTS AMERICAN SCANDALS explores the gripping true-crime stories that dominated national headlines and the exclusive interviews that defined these crimes, from the murder of JonBenet Ramsey to the trials of O.J. Simpson and the Menendez brothers. BARBARA WALTERS PRESENTS AMERICAN SCANDALS premieres worldwide on Monday, November 2 at 10/9c, only on Investigation Discovery.
In each 60-minute episode, Walters recounts some of her most famous one-on-one interviews, offering unprecedented access as she reveals new information from the original interviews, including her own personal thoughts for the first time, ever. From the tragic murder of musical legend John Lennon, to Jim Bakker's sexual affair and imprisonment for fraud, to the most notorious teacher-student sex scandal in history, Walters gives us the true, never-before-seen scoop and conducts new interviews with key players involved in the original case, putting these crimes in context years later.
Premieres of BARBARA WALTERS PRESENTS AMERICAN SCANDALS are as follows:
JonBenet Ramsey: Inside the Mystery
Premieres Monday, November 2 at 10/9c
When 6-year old JonBenet Ramsey was murdered in her upscale Boulder Colorado home in December 1996, her parents were instantly under a cloud of suspicion for their daughter's violent death. This year, JonBenet would have been 25-years-old. Barbara Walters sits down with JonBenet's father, John, and revisits that night when he and his wife, Patsy, found the lifeless body of their daughter. For the first time ever, John attempts to put to rest the rumors that his son, Burke, was somehow tied to the crime scene. He also discusses how he thinks law enforcement botched the investigation, how he survived bankruptcy, and the untimely 2006 death of his wife Patsy from ovarian cancer. For the first time, we will meet John Ramsey's new wife, Jan, and hear how she dealt with the controversy when some people told her that she was marrying a killer.
O.J. Simpson: Kato Speaks
Premieres Monday, November 9 at 10/9c
In one of the most famous murders of all time, Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman were stabbed to death in front of Nicole's Brentwood, California condo. The evidence pointed to her ex-husband O.J. Simpson as the murderer, but the jury in the criminal trial found O.J. not guilty. Now, 20 years later, Barbara Walters talks again to houseguest Kato Kaelin who discusses what he recalls the night of the murder. Kato Kaelin, now 57-years-old, says that he thinks O.J. Simpson is the murderer. O.J. is currently serving time in a Nevada prison until at least 2017 on an unrelated robbery conviction.
Jean Harris: The Headmistress Murderer
Premieres Monday, November 16 at 10/9c
After Jean Harris visits her lover, celebrity diet doctor Herman Tarnower, he is discovered shot dead within hours. What really happened that night? Broadcast legend Barbara Walters takes viewers behind the scenes of one of the most lurid murder stories she has ever covered. Walters unveils never-before-seen footage from her infamous interviews with Harris, and reveals surprising new details about the crime, including Harris' drug use, life behind bars, and struggles to turn her life around. For the first time, Jean Harris' son, Jim Harris, sits down with Barbara Walters and shares what life was like with "mother." And later, Barbara shares personal commentary on why Harris was the convicted murderer she grew closest to, and how she risked her own reputation to save her.
Menendez Brothers: The Bad Sons
Premieres Monday, November 23 at 10/9c
Barbara Walters has a very unusual pen pal: a young man who killed his parents. Erik Menendez, and his brother Lyle, brutally shot their mother and father to death in their Beverly Hills mansion one evening. But was the family hiding a horrible secret? Barbara reveals chilling details about the crime, the trials, and her exclusive interview with the brothers. Walters interviews Erik Menendez's wife, Tammi and shares never-before-seen letters from Erik, describing his life in prison, his hopes, and regrets. Finally, Walters uncovers a stunning message from Erik's childhood, a bombshell that could possibly grant the brothers a new trial.
Kimberly Mays: Switched at Birth
Premieres Monday, November 30 at 10/9c
Two baby girls born at the same Florida hospital are sent home with the wrong families. While one dies tragically, the other is embroiled in a dramatic tug-of-war as both families fight for custody of the girl each believes to be their daughter. Barbara Walters uncovers the truth behind the most famous "switched at birth" story. Who sent the babies home with the wrong families? Was it an accident or foul play? And what happened to Kimberly Mays, the young girl who survived? Barbara talks to both families, and has an emotional reunion with Mays to find the truth behind a mystery that has taken more than twenty years to unravel.
Mark David Chapman: The Man Who Shot John Lennon
Premieres Monday, December 7 at 10/9c
On December 8, 1980, music legend John Lennon crosses paths with a lonely, suicidal fan in front of his New York City apartment. Hours later, Lennon is murdered in cold blood, shot in the back four times. Who would kill a pop culture icon beloved by millions? Barbara Walters shares her disturbing interview with Lennon's murderer, Mark David Chapman, and traces his steps leading up to the crime. She uncovers chilling new details from the person who knew Chapman best, his wife Gloria, in her first ever on camera interview. Still married to Mark David Chapman, Gloria Chapman shares revealing details about her husband's plot to kill Lennon, and the couples' life together after the murder.
Jim Bakker: Fall From Grace
Premieres Monday, December 14 at 10/9c
Jim Bakker had it all: fame, fortune, and respect as the world's most successful televangelist. But a sexual tryst and financial troubles cause him to lose his ministry, his marriage, and ultimately lands him in prison. Barbara Walters takes a closer look at one of the '80s most colorful scandals, involving big money, big hair and the "prosperity" gospel. Her interviews with Bakker and his family reveal what life was really like for the family behind the "PTL Club." What has Bakker been doing since he left prison? Has he moved on from Tammy Faye's tragic death? Is he still preaching? Barbara uncovers the unbelievable truth about what happened to Jim Bakker, and speaks exclusively to Bakker's son, Jay Bakker, who reveals intimate, new details about his parents' marriage and a surprising "revelation" about what his father is doing today.
Mary Kay Letourneau: Forbidden Love
Premieres Monday, December 21 at 10/9c
Barbara Walters revisits the country's most notorious teacher-student sex scandal. Mary Kay Letourneau, a popular and married sixth grade teacher, has an affair with her elementary school student, Vili Fualaau. Pregnant with Vili's baby in jail, Mary Kay is sentenced to prison for child molestation. Upon her release, Mary shockingly becomes pregnant by Vili again, and is forced to return to jail. Why would a woman risk her family and freedom for an affair with an underage boy? What has happened since Mary's release? How are the couples' two now teenaged daughters? Mary and Vili share exclusive details only with Barbara in a no holds barred interview.
Robert Blake: A Hollywood Hit
Premieres Monday, December 28 at 10/9c
Robert Blake shocked and captivated viewers with his aggressive prison interview with Barbara Walters as he sat in jail waiting for a court date for the murder of his wife, Bonnie Lee Bakley. Blake cries for his daughter Rosie and trashes Bakley. This explosive prison interview is one of Walters' most compelling, as Blake rants about the injustices he said he faced. Two weeks after the interview aired, Blake was freed on bail, and he credits Barbara Walters with saving his life. But did he get away with murder? Walters sits down with Bakley's daughter, Holly Gawron, who tells us why she thinks Robert Blake killed her mother and how she thinks he got away with it.
BARBARA WALTERS PRESENTS AMERICAN SCANDALS is produced for Investigation Discovery by Lincoln Square Productions with John R. Green serving as executive producer, and David Perozzi as co-executive producer. For Investigation Discovery, Diana Sperrazza is executive producer, Sara Kozak is senior vice president of production, Kevin Bennett is general manager, and Henry Schleiff is Group President.
About Investigation Discovery:
Investigation Discovery (ID) is the leading mystery-and-suspense network on television and America's favorite "guilty pleasure." From harrowing crimes and salacious scandals to the in-depth investigations and heart-breaking mysteries that result, ID 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 86 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 Barbara Walters:
ABC News correspondent; "The Barbara Walters Specials"; Creator and executive producer of ABC Daytime's "The View" Barbara Walters has arguably interviewed more statesmen and stars than any other journalist in history. She is so well known that her name and a brief biography are listed in the American Heritage Dictionary. In September 2004, after 25 years as co-host and chief correspondent of ABC News' "20/20," Ms. Walters left the show to begin a new phase in her career at the network. She remains an active member of the news division and network, substantially increasing the number of primetime ABC News specials, in addition to her "Barbara Walters Specials." Through the years she has interviewed such world figures as Russia's Boris Yeltsin, China's Premier Jiang Zemin, Great Britain's former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, Libya's Moammar Qadaffi and Iraq's President Sadaam Hussein. She was also the first American journalist to interview Russia's President Vladimir Putin and the first interview with President and Mrs. Bush following September 11. She has interviewed every American President and First Lady since Richard Nixon and has made journalism history by arranging the first joint interview with Egypt's President Anwar Sadat and Israel's Prime Minister Menachem Begin in November 1977. Ms. Walters joined ABC News in 1976 as the first woman to co-host the network news. She is also creator and co-executive producer of "The View." Over the years, Ms. Walters has received national recognition for her work and has been the recipient of numerous prestigious honors and awards, including 11 Emmy Awards, and 2 Lifetime Achievement Awards from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
About Lincoln Square Productions:
Lincoln Square Productions produces original content for broadcast, cable and digital distribution specializing in entertaining ways to tell fact based stories. Clients include ABC Television Group, Scripps Networks, Viacom, Discovery Communications, National Geographic Networks, and more. Lincoln Square Productions is a wholly owned subsidiary of American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. The headquarters are located in New York City.
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