AMC Taps Dan Abrams for “The Killing” Warm Up Vignettes

AMC Has added a warm-up act to their hotly anticipated original series The Killing, which premieres on the cable channel Sun., Apr. 3 at 9PM | 8C. ABC Legal analyst and author Dan Abrams will anchor a series of documentary styled profiles of real-life unsolved murder mysteries that have captured the public imagination over the years. The series will begin running tonight, March 28th, and will include a new episode every day straight up until the premiere of The Killing.

Showrunner Veena Sud will bring her experience from Cold Case to the The Killing, crafting a captivating triple narrative that develops in the wake of the murder of a young girl in Seattle and follows a detective, the victim’s family, and the suspects in separately developing story-lines. Based on the highly regarded Danish series Forbrydelsen, The Killing promises to continue AMC’s tradition of presenting challenging, engaging, and intelligent drama.

Throughout the profile vignettes leading up to the premiere of The Killing, Abrams will himself apply the three pronged narrative of Forbrydelsen to real life cases examining the police work, the victims, and the suspects of each case. Stay tuned to AMC throughout the evening to catch these thought provoking bits of television journalism. Up for review are the cases of:

Jon Benet Ramsey: Jon Benet Ramsey was found murdered in 1996 at the age of six in the basement of her parents’home in Boulder, CO, eight hours after she was reported missing. Her family members were considered suspects, but have been legally exonerated as a result of DNA evident. In 2009, the Boulder Police Department reopened the investigation.

Natalee Holloway: Natalee Holloway disappeared at the age of 18 during a high school graduation trip to Aruba in 2005. Joran van der Sloot and brothers Deepak and Satish Kalpoe were suspects, but were all released due to lack of evidence. Her body still has not been found.

Marilyn Sheppard: Dr. Samuel Sheppard was convicted of the brutal murder of his pregnant wife Marilyn Sheppard in 1954. However, a decade later, his conviction was overturned. While the public seemed to still believe he was guilty of the crime, their son Sam Reese Sheppard, who was seven at the time of the murder, maintains his father was innocent.

The Alphabet Murders: The Alphabet Murders took place in the 1970s in Rochester, New York. The bodies of three young girls whose first and last names began with the same letters were each found in a town that started with the same letter as their name. While hundreds were questioned, the killer was never caught.

The Zodiac Killer: The Zodiac Killer was a serial killer in Northern California who went on a murdering spree in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. He coined the name ‘Zodiac’in a series of taunting letters, which included cryptograms, which he sent to local press. There have been numerous suspects, but no conclusive evidence has been found.

The Black Dahlia: The Black Dahlia was the nickname given to Elizabeth Short, whose body was found in Los Angeles in 1947. The mystery surrounding her murder has been the subject of numerous books and films.

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