With A&E’s true crime miniseries Invisible Monsters: Serial Killers in America just weeks away, the network has released two minutes from the first episode.
The three-night event focuses on how five of America’s most notorious serial killers were all operating in the same two decades. Profiled in the episodes are Ted Bundy, John Wayne Gacy, Jeffrey Dahmer, The Green River Killer and BTK.
According to A&E, “The series analyzes the perfect storm of what was happening in culture, communications, law enforcement, media, forensics, and technology that allowed these men to claim hundreds of victims while hiding in plain sight,” so it sounds more like a big-picture cultural commentary than the usual examination of these well-known cases.
That would make the most sense, given that these investigations have been talked about and analyzed numerous times over the years, and A&E will be looking to offer viewers something that hasn’t already been in books or on another TV show. If it can indeed find new commonalities between these five people and start a serious discussion about the emergence of serial killers, it will play right into renewed interest about this time period thanks to shows like Mindhunter.
The event kicks off the network’s True Crime Week, which will feature the premiere of new series I Survived A Serial Killer and the returns of popular shows like Accused: Guilty or Innocent?
Watch the two-minute preview of Invisible Monsters before the series debuts on Sunday, August 15 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on A&E.
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