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Five part docu-series premieres on Showtime September 13, 2019

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Based on a best-selling book, this five-part true crime docu-series investigates the unsolved murders of 8 women whose bodies were discovered in drainage canals and on desolate back roads in and around Jennings, Louisiana. In examining the lives of the young victims - and the violent sex and drug trade they were a part of - the series uncovers the secrets of this troubled town. These discoveries lead to even more shocking revelations, exposing corruption, bad actors and institutional injustices that have left the town still searching for truth.

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S1.E1: A Body in a Canal

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Between 2005 and 2007, the bodies of four young women are discovered in and around the town of Jennings, Louisiana, deep in the heart of Cajun country. All four are from the poorer south side of town. An arrest for one of the murders is made, but the suspects are released a short time later without explanation.

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Original air date: 9/13/19

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I know this will be a Master of the Obvious statement since we're talking about a documentary about unsolved murders, but man was the first episode deeply unsettling.

Watching the premiere reminded me of when I watched The Wire. About halfway through the first episode, I gave up trying to remember everyone's names and how they all knew each other because there were just so many people. Thank goodness for all of the chyrons reminding me who each person was and how they knew which victim. Even so, now that the episode is over, I can't remember half of their names!

I've definitely been sucked into the story so I'm already preemptively disappointed because the murders are  unsolved. I'm sure that by the end of the series, I'll be even more frustrated that there's no resolution. I hope that maybe the show will get some key information to come to light so that we can eventually find out who killed these women.

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S01.E02: Death on Me

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The body count in Jennings continues to grow, with four more victims discovered over the next year. Police state that the women lived “high risk lifestyles”, and all were known by one of the original suspects, Frankie Richard. And yet, police seem unable to solve the crimes. After local journalist Scott Lewis breaks the story, the case gains national attention, and investigative journalist Ethan Brown becomes intrigued. Allegations of police misconduct arise. Something isn't adding up.

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Original air date: 9/20/19

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