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This true-crime docuseries examines the cases of murderers who have achieved media fame thanks to the extensive coverage of their crimes in TV and film. Subjects of the series have included Jodi Arias, Scott Peterson, Charles Manson, Ted Bundy and Steven Avery. The series airs on the Reelz cable network.

Saturday 9:00 PM et/pt on REELZ
1 Season, 43 Episodes
August 15, 2015
Cast: Brad Osborne, Steve Helling
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Murder Made Me Famous Full Episode Guide

  • Richard Speck always believed he would shock the world and make headlines. He did just that when he systematically tortured, raped, and murdered eight student nurses from South Chicago Community Hospital on the night of July 13

  • On the FBI's Most Wanted list for more than a decade, Al Qaeda founder Osama Bin Laden orchestrates an attack against the United States, using 19 militants to hijack four airplanes with which to carry out suicide missions on Sept. 11, 2001.

  • Police officer turned killer Laurie Bembenek is convicted of murdering her husband's ex-wife, Christine Schultz; Bembenek claims she was framed for the savage murder, but the evidence included her husband's police revolver and fibers from her wig.

  • It is one of the most famous cases of serial murder in American history. Albert DeSalvo wanted fame more than anything. He finally found it by striking fear into women - young and old. DeSalvo’s rape and murder spree took the lives of thirteen women between 1962 and 1964. Many of his victims were strangled to death by their own nylon stockings. During this time, no woman in Boston was safe and some even resorted to leaving the area out of fear for their safety. He was a face they knew, a face they trusted, and the last face they would ever see. He was the Boston Strangler.

  • The killer that brought New York City to its knees; David Berkowitz went on a yearlong murderous rampage killing six people in 1976. He mostly targeted long-haired brunettes, leading many women in New York City to cut and dye their hair blonde. Given up for adoption as an infant and bullied as a child, Berkowitz always felt unwanted and alone. After finally finding acceptance in a satanic cult, he decided to act on the rage he harbored against women. He was out to destroy them, blaming his actions on the demands coming from a demonic dog. He’ll later claim he didn't act alone, and that he was the scapegoat. But are these more lies from a deranged madman or are the true killers still out there?

  • Spotlighting Pablo Escobar. He was a modern day Robin Hood, with a vicious bite. Pablo Escobar dreamed of being a millionaire and he killed his way to the top, becoming the Columbian Cartel Kingpin of the 1970-80s. He turned Columbia into the murder capital of the world. He also cared deeply for the impoverished conditions of his countrymen, taking care of the poor and less fortunate.

  • The story of husband and wife Karla and Paul Bernardo, the Ken & Barbie killers.

  • Hitchhiking sex worker Aileen Wuornos garnered national attention after she was charged with murdering at least six men in less than a year by shooting them at point-blank range.

  • An exploration of the life and crimes of Danny Rolling, the Gainesville Ripper.

  • The original "Killer Clown", Gacy is widely thought to be the inspiration for the terrifying and nightmare inducing Stephen King character, Pennywise the Clown. Gacy's death count totals 33 young men and teen boys, most of whom he buried in the crawl space beneath his home. An active member of his community, Gacy often dressed up as a clown to perform for charitable events and parties. He'd lure his victims to his house, many who were underage, with the promise of giving them alcohol. After they were drunk, he would handcuff them claiming he wanted to demonstrate a trick from his clown routine. After they were bound, he would viciously torture and sodomize them before ultimately strangling them to death. In May of 1994, he was executed by lethal injection.

  • For three weeks in 2002, the streets of D.C. were terrorized and residents were paralyzed with fear. Two men, 17 year-old Malvo and 42 year-old Muhammad, were hunting random civilians in broad daylight with a rifle. The sniper attacks made national news and Americans became fearful that they could be next. After becoming a skilled marksman in the military, John Muhammad recruited the help of friend Lee Boyd Malvo, in 2002, to shoot people from the trunk of his car. They killed 17 people who were doing simple, everyday tasks such as pumping gas or leaving a store. After testifying against Muhammed, Malvo was given multiple life sentences and Muhammed was executed by lethal injection in 2009.

  • The true story of Dennis Rader, a father of two that lived a double life as the BTK Killer.

  • A profile of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, who was responsible for killing and dismembering 17 young men between 1978 and 1991.

  • The infamous Jack the Ripper case is revisited. "Ripperologist" Martin Fido suggests that a violent, anti-social man was the killer, partly because his incarceration at an insane asylum coincided with the end of the murders. The Season 5 premiere.

  • Whitey Bulger is one of the most prominent figures in Boston's organized crime scene; from 1975 to 1990, Bulger serves as an informant to the FBI and tips off police of other crime families while simultaneously building his own crime network.

  • NFL player Aaron Hernandez and the murders he committed are the focus. Also: a look at his suicide in prison.

  • A former Texas music teacher and choir leader, Marshall Applewhite was the founder of Heaven's Gate, a religious group which organized the largest American mass suicide since Jonestown.

  • With a total of 49 confirmed murders (he confessed to 71), Gary Ridgway, otherwise known as the Green River Killer, is one of the most prolific serial killer in American history. While married, Ridgway began murdering sex workers and children throughout the 1980's and 1990's. Strangling his victims and discarding their bodies around Seattle and the Washington Green River, Ridgway regularly returned to the corpses for intercourse. It wasn't until 2001 when the nefarious necrophiliac was connected by DNA evidence to the murders of four women.

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