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Smithsonian Channel Doubles Down On New Crime Series: ‘Murderous History’

June 1, 2021

UK-based production house, Warehouse 51 Productions and The Smithsonian Channel (US) have partnered on a major new crime series, ‘Murderous History.’ This co-production endeavor also includes Canal + (France) and Viasat World (CEE, Russia, CIS, Baltics & Nordics). The 6 x 60 minute series will be distributed internationally by Warehouse 51’s sister company, West One International.

The first episode, hosted by veteran African American newscaster Robert H. Jordan. Jr., Ph.D, is ‘Chicago’s White City Devil’, which follows one of the most infamous stories in Chicago’s history as property developer, H.H. Holmes, takes advantage of the economic boom to build his own hotel in the city – which later became known as ‘murder hotel’.

This fascinating, contemporary investigative series looks at history through the lens of crime, following a chronicle of human stories which explores the social history of a place, the era and the people who lived there – unlocking the secrets of some of the world’s most shocking crimes and revealing the truth behind the headlines.

The spine-chilling stories, which immerse viewers into various locations throughout the globe, include a grisly murder during London’s Blitz, the story of Edinburgh’s Body Snatchers, Berlin’s Nazi Ripper and Rio’s Playboy Killers.

Commenting on the co-production, Carl Hall, Managing Director, Warehouse 51 said: “I am delighted to announce that we have concluded an agreement for Murderous History with The Smithsonian Channel. Along with our other co-production partners, Canal + and Viasat, Smithsonian Channel have been extremely supportive in creating this new genre which bridges the gap between true crime and history, viewing it through a contemporary lens – which appeals to a wide-ranging audience. We believe this is a compelling proposition for broadcasters and we look forward to the continuing success of the series as we expand the Murderous History franchise around the globe.”

“We are always looking to chronicle the past in an entertaining, current way.” Said John Cavanagh, Executive Producer for Smithsonian Channel. “The atmospheric mix of period drama, authentic local voices and mystery, really makes this a fresh take on true crime.  In a time when we are examining our world systematically, Murderous History’s look at how notorious crimes are both products and reflections of their times feels vital.”

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