Investigation Discovery launches its new murder/mystery series, Stolen Voices, Buried Secrets, Monday, January 10 at 10 PM Eastern Time with two half hour episodes. "With a plethora of murder-mystery series on television today, the production team at Investigation Discovery consistently challenge themselves to evolve their storytelling techniques," announced Henry Schleiff, president and general manager of the network. The hook they have evolved for their new venture is to narrate a fact based murder story "from the perspective of the victim." Think The Lovely Bones on a low budget. Individual episodes combine footage of actors who resemble the victims, actor voiceovers, actual photos of the victim and commentary from police officers and friends and relatives of the victim. Each of the first two cases begins with some background, moves to a description of the actual crime, and then follows the investigation through its trials and errors to the final solution.
The initial episode, "Daddy's Princess," tells the story of Ali Kemp a 19-year-old college student home for the summer found beaten to death in the pump room of a swimming pool where she had been working. Police had a witness who had seen the killer as well as DNA evidence from blood found at the scene of the crime, but after three years and a couple of leads that failed to pan out, had still been unable to come up with the killer. Ali's father, however, was unwilling to give up, and he comes up with a novel scheme to try to get new information.
The second show, "Checkmate," deals with the bludgeoning death of a 49-year-old Ellen Robb the wife of a University of Pennsylvania professor noted for his work on game theory who lives with her family in the mainline community of Upper Merion in Pennsylvania. This is a woman who it would seem has everything anyone could possibly want out of life, until one day her husband comes home to find that the house has been broken into and ransacked, and his wife lies brutally beaten in the kitchen. Although this is a community unused to this kind of violence, the police quickly determine that there is something fishy about the break in, and begin to look at other possibilities.