Here is the complete A&E True Crime Week 2021 schedule of premieres, with the official descriptions from the network. Note that these are just the original showtimes, and most if not all of these shows will repeat during the week.
Sunday, August 15
8:00-9:00 p.m. ET/PT: The First 48, “Bleeding Heart”
In Tulsa, a homeless woman and her boyfriend are taken in by a friend; when he ends up dead, they have to choose between saving themselves and doing the right thing. (Season 22 midseason premiere.)
9:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT: Invisible Monsters: Serial Killers in America, “The Perfect Storm/Hiding in Plain Sight”
In the mid-to-late 1970s, [Ted] Bundy, [John Wayne] Gacy and BTK begin claiming victims, while [Jeffrey] Dahmer and the Green River Killer inch ever closer to realizing their grim fantasies; the dangerous men blend into their communities and elude close calls with police. (Miniseries premiere; night 1 of 3.)
Monday, August 16
9:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT: Invisible Monsters: Serial Killers in America, “Catch Me If You Can/Media Firestorm”
With their confidences growing in 1978, Bundy, Gacy, Dahmer, the Green River Killer and BTK continue their game of cat and mouse with law enforcement; Gacy and Bundy are finally brought to justice; Dahmer struggles to resist his murderous urges. (Night 2 of 3.)
Tuesday, August 17
9:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT: Invisible Monsters: Serial Killers in America, “Power and Control/End of an Era”
In the mid-1980s, Gacy and Bundy sit on death row. BTK kills his own neighbor. Dahmer succumbs to his devious fantasies and commits his most heinous crimes to date; the remaining three killers are captured between 1991-2005. (Night 3 of 3.)
Wednesday, August 18
9:00-9:30 p.m. ET/PT: Court Cam
A defendant makes a threat in court and pays the price. A teen makes a desperate attempt to escape from the courtroom. A shocking murder is committed by a judge.
9:30-10:00 p.m. ET/PT: I Survived A Serial Killer, “Desert Demon”
Jennifer Asbenson recounts her fight to stay alive and escape the clutches of Andrew Urdiales, her would-be killer who kidnapped her in September 1992. (Series premiere; another episode airs Thursday.)
10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT: The Critical Witness
The disappearance of nursing student Holly Bobo remains a mystery for years; even after a tight-knit group of four men is charged in her abduction and murder, no one knows for sure who killed her or why. (One-off special.)
Thursday, August 19
8:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT: The First 48, “Unforgotten: Crystal”
Tulsa Homicide tackles its most difficult unsolved case, spanning multiple suspects and several years.
10:00-11:04 p.m. ET/PT: Accused: Guilty or Innocent, “Best Friend Killing or Self-Defense?”
A retired coal miner shoots his best friend to death after a Christmas outing takes a turn; accused of manslaughter and facing 35 years in prison, this case sees the defense take on not just the prosecution but the failing memory of the accused. (Season 2 premiere; note the four-minute overrun.)
11:04-11:34 p.m. ET/PT: I Survived A Serial Killer, “The Railroad Killer”
A fun night with her boyfriend turned into a nightmare for Holly Dunn, a junior at the University of Kentucky, in 1997. Holly managed to escape her attacker by following railway tracks to a nearby house.
Friday, August 20
9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT: Cold Case Files, “The Voice in the Lake”
When 31-year-old real estate appraiser Mike Williams mysteriously vanishes while duck hunting in the Florida swamps in December of 2000, authorities suspect he accidentally drowned. (Season 2 premiere.)
10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT: American Justice, “Friends Till The End”
When 19-year-old aspiring artist Sarah Stern goes missing just weeks before Christmas 2016, investigators initially suspect she may have committed suicide or run away from home. (Season 15 premiere.)
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